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EDUCATION              

PhD             2007-2014
Thesis: ‘Giotto’s Salone: An astrological investigation into the fresco paintings of the first floor Salone of the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy.’  University of Bristol, Faculty of Arts, School of Humanities, Department of Historical Studies (History of Art), 2014. 
Supervisors: Prof. Beth Williamson and Prof. Ronald Hutton

BA (Hons)    2004-2006
Open University, History of Art, 2006.
Dissertation short-listed for the AAH Bulletin 2006 BA Dissertation Prize  

Diploma in Directing NIDA   1985
National Institute of Dramatic Art, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 1986.



ACADEMIC POSITIONS

THE UNIVERSITY OF WALES TRINITY SAINT DAVID   2009 – current
Tutor: MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astronomy:
 

• AHAN7002 Introduction to Cultural Astronomy and Astrology 
  In October 2017 this module was renamed: 
• HPCA7001 Foundations in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology 
   This module introduces the study of astronomy, astrology and cosmology in  relation to culture.  

AHAN7003 History of Astrology – Lead Module Tutor
    This module examines the history of astrology from its origin in Mesopotamia through its transmission to                        Greece, Egypt and classical Rome and its revival in the nineteenth and twentieth-centuries.

AHAN7024 Heavenly Discourses
    This module explores human relationship with the sky though zodiacs, astrolabes, maps, poetry, literature,                       music, architecture, and the visual arts.


UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL    2010 – 2014 
Tutor: History of Art, undergraduates:

2014 HART10215: Introduction to Medieval Art (seminar tutor).
2014 HIST13011: Introduction to Medieval History (seminar tutor).
2014 HART22223: History and Theories of Art (seminar tutor).
2014 HART20009: Early Italian Art (co-teaching with B.Williamson).
2014 HART22225: Special Field Project (co-teaching with B.Williamson).
2012 HART10215: Introduction to Medieval Art (seminar tutor).
2011 HART10215: Introduction to Medieval Art (seminar tutor).
2010 HIST13015: Approaching the Past (seminar tutor).

PAPERS IN REFEREED JOURNALS AND EDITED BOOKS (forthcoming)

• Space, Place and Religious Landscapes: Living Mountains, edited by Darrelyn Gunzburg and Bernadette Brady, London: Bloomsbury Academic (forthcoming 2020).

• ‘The Summer Triangle and the Stymphalian Birds’, in The Talking Sky, edited by Bernadette Brady and Darrelyn Gunzburg, Ceredigion: Sophia Centre Press, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, (forthcoming 2020).


PUBLISHED PAPERS IN REFEREED JOURNALS AND EDITED BOOKS

• 'Time Pursued by a Bear: Ursa Major and Stellar Time-Telling in the Paduan Salone.' In Visualising Skyscapes: Material Forms of Cultural Engagement with the Heavens, edited by Liz Henty and Daniel Brown, 158-176. London and New York: Routledge, 2020.

• ‘Reflecting on Mary: The Splendour of the Madonna in the Lower Church of Assisi.’ In The Medieval Franciscans and the Virgin Mary, edited by Steven J. McMichael, Franciscan Tradition in the Middle Ages. Leiden: Brill, 2019.

• Guest Editor: ‘Special Issue: Inside the World of Contemporary Astrology.' Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 13, no. 1, 2019. [Read Introduction here.]

•  'The Horoscopic Place: The Encounter between Astrologer and Client.' Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature & Culture 13, no. 1 (2019): 44-60.

• Contributing Entry: ‘Al-Qabisi’, in Astrology through History: Interpreting the Stars from Ancient Mesopotamia to the Present, edited by William E. Burns. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2018.

• Contributing Entry: ‘Art’, in Astrology through History: Interpreting the Stars from Ancient Mesopotamia to the Present, edited by William E. Burns. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2018. 

• Contributing Entry: ‘Medieval European Astrology’, in Astrology through History: Interpreting the Stars from Ancient Mesopotamia to the Present, edited by William E. Burns. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2018.

• ‘The Reception of Islamic Astrology in the Images of the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy’ in Religious Offerings and Sacrifices in the Ancient near East; Astrology in the Ancient near East; the River Jordan, edited by Shafiq Abouzayd, 177-194. Oxford: ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies, 2017.

• ‘The Orientation of Cistercian Churches in Wales: A Cultural Astronomy Case Study.’ Cîteaux – Commentarii cistercienses 67, no. 3-4 (2016): 275-302. Co-authored with B.Brady and F. Silva.

• Editor: The Imagined Sky: Cultural Perspectives. Sheffield: Equinox Publishing, 2016.

• ‘Giotto’s Sky: The Fresco Paintings of the First Floor Salone of the Palazzo Della Ragione, Padua, Italy.’ In The Imagined Sky: Cultural Perspectives, edited by Darrelyn Gunzburg. 87-113. Sheffield: Equinox Publishing, 2016.

• Guest Editor: 'Special Issue: The Imagined Sky, Cultural Perspectives’, Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 7, no. 4 (2013).

• ‘Giotto's Sky: The fresco paintings of the first floor Salone of the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy.’ Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 7, no. 4 (2013): 407-433.

• ‘The Perugia Fountain: An Encyclopaedia of Sky, Culture and Society’. In Sky and Symbol, edited by Nicholas Campion and Liz Greene, 103-118. Ceredigion: Sophia Centre Press, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, 2013.

• ‘How Do Astrologers Read Charts?’ In Astrologies: Plurality and Diversity, edited by Nicholas Campion and Liz Greene, 181-200. Ceredigion: Sophia Centre Press, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, 2011.

• ‘Looking Back: The Transgression of Social Codes Explored through the Direct Gaze in Fra Angelico’s San Marco Altarpiece When Compared with Madonna and Child with Eight Saints’. St Andrews Journal of Art History and Museum Studies 14 (2010), 31-44.


CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PUBLIC LECTURES - Academic
• ‘The Summer Triangle and the Stymphalian Birds’, Sophia Centre Conference, The Talking Sky, 1-2 July 2017, Bath UK.
• ‘Time pursued by a Bear: Ursa Major and stellar time-telling in the Paduan Salone’, Astronomy in Past and Present Cultures, TAG (The Theoretical Archeology Group), 20 December, 2016. Southampton, UK.
• Welsh Monastic Skyscapes: The Cistercians in Wales - TAG (Theoretical Archaeology Group), 19-21 December 2016, Southampton, UK.
• Welsh Monastic Skyscapes: the Cistercians in Wales - SEAC (International Conference of the European Society for Astronomy in Culture), 12-18 September 2016, Bath, UK.
• ‘Reflecting on Mary: Pietro Lorenzetti's Madonna dei Tramonti (Madonna of the Sunsets) in the Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi’: Special Session – The Medieval Franciscans and the Virgin Mary, 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 12-15 May, 2016.
• ‘Time pursued by a Bear: Ursa Major and stellar time-telling in the Paduan Salone’, Astronomy in Past and Present Cultures, SEAC (International Conference of the European Society for Astronomy in Culture), 9-15 November, 2015. Rome, Italy.
• Welsh Monastic Skyscapes: the design and results of a pilot project - SEAC (International Conference of the European Society for Astronomy in Culture), 9-15 November, 2015. Rome, Italy.
• Welsh Monastic Skyscapes Project - Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bristol, 29 October 2015.
• ‘Motif and memory within the zodiac constellations in art: a ‘pittura’ franca’, Astrology As Art: Representation and Practice, Sophia Centre Conference, Bath, UK 27-28 June, 2015.
• Astrology and Medieval Literature, Special Session co-organised with Elizabeth Archibald, Durham University, and Evelyn Birge Vitz, New York University): 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 14-17 May, 2015. Paper presented: ‘A Serf at His Gate: Guido Bonatti’s Humanism in his Essential Dignities’.
• ‘An investigation into the celestial images of the Salone in Padua’ ¬– The Materiality of the Sky, SEAC (International Conference of the European Society for Astronomy in Culture), University of Malta, Valletta Campus, Old University Building, 21-27 September 2014, Malta.
• Paper in panel: ‘Reading the horoscope, Becoming the Other’ in the panel: ‘Contemporary Astrologers: defining cutting edges from the inside’ - ‘Religion, art and performance’ and ‘the cutting edge, BASR annual conference, The Open University, UK, 3-5 September 2014.
• ‘An astrological building and its painted scheme: The Salone of the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy’ in the Special Session: Astrology and its Objects in the Middle Ages, 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo Michigan, 8-11 May 2014.
• ‘The Representation of Celestial Images in the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy’, Astrology in the Near East, ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies (The Oriental Institute, Oxford University, 23-25 April 2014.
• ‘The Representation of Celestial Images in the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy’ Celestial Bodies and their Orbit in Art, 39th AAH Conference, University of Reading, UK, 11-13 April, 2013.
• ‘Celestial Orientations of Secular Buildings’, Ancient Cosmologies and Modern Prophets, SEAC (International Conference of the European Society for Astronomy in Culture), City Museum of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 23-29 September 2012.
• ‘The Language of Giotto’s Sky’, Starcræft: Watching the heavens in the early middle ages, UCL Early Medieval Interdisciplinary Conference Series, UCL Institute of Archaeology, London, UK, 30 June –1 July 2012.
• ‘The Changing Faces of the Heavens’, Heavenly Discourses, Myth Astronomy and Culture Conference, The University of Bristol, UK, 14-16 October, 2011.
• ‘The Perugia Fountain: an encyclopaedia of sky, culture and society’, Sky and Symbol, Sophia Centre Conference, Bath, UK, 4-5 June 2011.
• ‘Sky-Horizon-Earth: The tripartite division of space reflected in art’, INSAP VII, Bath, UK, 25-29 October, 2010.
• ‘The Language of Giotto’s Sky: Medieval Frescoes as Astrological Documents, Imagining Astrology: Painted Schemes and Threads of the Soul Conference, University of Bristol, UK, July, 2010.
• ‘How Do Astrologers Read Charts?’ Astrologies: Plurality and Diversity, Sophia Centre Conference, Bath, UK, 24-25 July 2010.
• ‘The Language of Giotto’s Sky’, Language and Silence, Postgraduate Medieval Conference, University of Bristol, UK, February 2010.
• ‘A consideration of the first floor Salone of the Palazzo della Ragione, Padova, Italy, as an astrological document’, Heresy and Orthodoxy, Leeds International Medieval Conference, University of Leeds, UK, 14 July 2009.
• ‘A Civic Palimpsest: the fresco paintings of the first floor Salone of the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy’, Tradition and Renewal, Postgraduate Medieval Conference, University of Bristol, UK: February 2009.
• ‘A Civic Palimpsest: the fresco paintings of the first floor Salone of the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy’, Sophia Centre Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Wales, Lampeter Bath, UK, July 2008.
• ‘Justice, Astrology and Visual Narrative in Fourteenth Century Padua', Research Symposium, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, UK, June 2008.
• ‘Looking Back: The transgression of social codes explored though the direct gaze in Fra Angelico's San Marco Altarpiece, Contestations, AAH Conference, University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, April 2007.

CONFERENCES – CO-CONVENOR
Heavenly Discourses, Myth, Astronomy and Culture Conference, The University of Bristol, UK: 14-16 October, 2011.
Imagining Astrology: Painted Schemes and Threads of the Soul Conference, University of Bristol, UK: July, 2010.

EXHIBITION CURATOR
Visions of Heaven. Adjunct exhibition to the Heavenly Discourses conference featuring David Malin’s pioneering astrophotography from when he was employed by the Australian-Anglo Observatory (1975–2001), 14–23 October 2011, Bristol Gallery, Bristol.

HISTORY OF ART—ARTICLES
• ‘Ben Uri – from Chagall to Soutine’, Cassone, May, 2012.
• ‘Nine Warhols Waiting...’ Cassone, October, 2011.
• ‘Chagall's 'Lost' Masterpiece’. The Art Book, 17, no.4 , 43-44, 2010.
• ‘Philip Jackson - the Body Language of Sculpture’. The Art Book, 17, no.3 15-17, 2010.
• ‘J.W.Waterhouse - the Modern Pre-Raphaelite’. The Art Book, 17, no.2, 70-72, 2010.
• ‘Banking on Art in Istanbul’. The Art Book, 16, no. 4, 70-71, 2009.
• ‘Collecting a Vision: Henry Clay Frick and the Frick Collection, New York’. The Art Book, 16, no.3, 19-21, 2009.
• ‘Niki De Saint Phalle’s Magic Circle’. The Art Book, 16, no.3, 16-18, 2009.
• ‘Le Violon Bleu: A Tune of a Different Colour’. The Art Book, 16, no.1, 83-84, 2009.
• ‘Ben Uri: Hidden and Homeless’. The Art Book, 15, no. 4, 30-31, 2008.
• ‘Going Dutch in New York’. The Art Book, 15, no.3, 61-62, 2008.
• ‘Two Saints - Home at Last’. The Art Book, 15, no.1, 27-28, 2008.

HISTORY OF ART—BOOK REVIEWS
• ‘Jewish Artists and The Bible in Twentieth-Century America’ by Samantha Baskind. Cassone, September, 2015.
• ‘An Art Lover’s Guide to Florence’ by Judith Testa. Cassone, June, 2013.
• ‘A Laboratory for Art: Harvard’s Fog Museum and the Emergence of Conservation in America 1900-1950’ by Francesca G. Bewer. Cassone, May, 2012.
• ‘The Art of Life’ by Sabin Howard and Traci L. Slatton. Cassone, May, 2012.
• ‘Courts and Courtly Arts in Renaissance Italy: Art, Culture and Politics, 1395-1530’ by Marco Folin (ed.). Cassone, June, 2011.
• ‘Art and Artifact: The Museum as Medium, Rev. Edition by James Puttnam.’ The Art Book, Vol. 17, no. 4: 56-57, 2010.
• ‘Dialogues in Art History, from Mesopotamian to Modern’ by Elizabeth Cropper (ed.).’ The Art Book, Vol.17, no. 4: 35-36, 2010.
• ‘Duccio to Leonardo: Italian Painting 1250 -1500’ by Simona De Nepi.’ The Art Book, Vol.17, no. 4:27-28, 2010.
• ‘Duccio and the Origins of Western Painting’ by Keith Christiansen.’ The Art Book, Vol, 17, no. 3:38-39, 2010.

HISTORY OF ART—EXHIBITION REVIEWS
• ‘Ben Uri: Migrating from Chaos to London’, Somerset House, London, Cassone, September, 2015.
• ‘Clean Slate’, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK. Cassone, September, 2012.
 ‘The wandering artist – a Polish exile in Britain: Josef Herman: Warsaw, Brussels. Glasgow, London, 1938–1944’, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK. Cassone, June, 2012. 
• The Refurbished Renaissance Galleries at the Welsh National Museum of Art, Bulletin of the Society for Renaissance Studies, Vol. XXIX, 1:3-5, April, 2012.
• ‘Andy Warhol: The execution of a dream’, Os Mistérios Da Arte Exhibition: Andy Warhol and Pietro Psaier, Evora, Portugal. Cassone, December, 2011.
• ‘Andy Warhol’s Jewish Minyan’ - Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century Exhibition: The Coach House at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, UK. Cassone, October, 2011.

LANGUAGE SKILLS
French, Italian, Latin (basic).

MEMBER OF…
• International Centre of Medieval Art (ICMA)
• Association for Art History (AAH)
• Italian Art Society (IAS)
• Medieval Academy of America


NON-ACADEMIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS

PUBLISHED PLAYS
Behind the Beat. Sydney: Currency Press Ltd, 1990. 1991 AWGIE award.
• ‘Water from the Well’ in Around the Edge: Women's Plays. Adelaide: Tantrum Press, 1990. 1991 AWGIE nomination.
Hiccup. Sydney: Currency Press Ltd, 1989. 1989 Samuel Weisberg Award. 1990 AWGIE nomination.
• ‘A Touchy Subject’ (co-written with Roxxy Bent and Margaret Fischer) in Weighing It up & A Touchy Subject. Adelaide: Tantrum Press, 1989.

GRANTS – PLAYWRIGHTING
1992 Residency: Keesing Studio, Paris. Literature Board of the Australia Council: April-June 1992.
• Writing for Performance Grants, South Australian Department for the Arts received in: 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, and 1994.
• Writers' Fellowships, Literary Arts Board, Australia Council received in 1988, 1990.

PUBLICATIONS – ASTROLOGICAL
Restoring The Heavens to Astrology 2005-2006 v. 1: The Chronicles of the Visual Astrology Newsletter. (with BernadetteBrady). Bristol, UK: Astro Logos Publishing, 2010.
AstroGraphology. Bournemouth, UK: The Wessex Astrologer, 2009.
Life After Grief: An Astrological Guide to Dealing with Loss. Bournemouth, UK: The Wessex Astrologer, 2004.
Under Capricorn: An Anthology of Australian Astrology. (ed.) Adelaide, South Australia: The FAA’s Board of Examiners, 1990.

PUBLICATIONS
Grief, A Dark,Sacred Time, Swanage: Flying Horse Books, 2019.

EDITOR – NON-ACADEMIC JOURNALS
Lowdown, Youth Performing Arts Magazine (Adelaide, Australia). 1993.
Dialogue, Newsletter of the Australian National Playwrights' Centre, (Sydney, Australia), 1989-1991.
Journal of the Federation of Australia Astrologers (Adelaide, Australia), 1986–87,1990–93