Congratulations to Julia Lum (PhD 2018, Yale University) on her new tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at Scripps College in the United States! She will begin her new position in September 2019.
Julia’s main research areas include topics in landscape, empire, photography, cross-cultural exchange and the visual and material histories of colonization, and she is currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto, working with Professor Mark Cheetham.
Julia’s doctoral dissertation, Art at the Meeting Places of Britain and Oceania, 1778-1848, examined the objects and geographies depicted in colonial Pacific landscape representations of 1788-1848. Her project considers what happens when European aesthetic conventions of the picturesque and sublime come into contact with land shaped and marked by the Indigenous peoples of Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti. Julia’s committee included Tim Barringer (supervisor) and her departmental external was Maia Nuku.
Julia is working on a book manuscript, Landscapes in Parallel, and her article “Fire-Stick Picturesque: Landscape Art and Early Colonial Tasmania,” was published in November 2018 by British Art Studies (Issue 10). Her article builds on and extends her dissertation research by examining the impact of Indigenous burning regimes on the transposition of English landscape aesthetics in Australia in the 1830s and 1840s.
Congratulations Julia on your new position at Scripps College and we wish you all the best!