Apr 28 2017

Introducing the OSI 2017 Faculty: Cristina S. Martinez

Posted at 6:00 pm under Convener '17

We are proud to introduce OSI-alumni Cristina S. Martinez as the second convenor of Workshop 4 ” Cultural Productions, Contentious Properties.” She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa. She holds a PhD in Art History and Law from Birkbeck College, University of London, and completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto.

Her research focuses on eighteenth-century art and culture, in particular British art, and the historical interactions between visuality and law, political satire and libel law. She is also interested in copyright law and the use of appropriation strategies in modern and contemporary art. She has presented her work on art and law at Yale Law School’s library, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington; the Hunterian Art Gallery in Glasgow; and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York. She has also presented her work at conferences in the U.K., Switzerland, Australia and Canada. This summer, she is co-organizer of the panel ‘Copyright Law and the Visual’ at the Law and Society Association to be held in Mexico City, 20-23 June 2017.

She is currently working on her book ‘Art, Law and Order: The Legal Life of Artists in Eighteenth-century Britain’ which will be published by Manchester University Press. The forthcoming book has been recognized by the Historians of British Art with its annual Publication Award. She has also received research grant support from the Terra Foundation for the Arts, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Scottish Society of Art History, the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Commonwealth Fellowship Plan and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. In 2014, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art and she is a fellow from the Lewis Walpole Library.

Her most recent work includes contributing to the book Hogarth: 50 New Essays. International Perspectives on Eighteenth-Century English Art, a compilation of commissioned essays by leading art historians and cultural theorists, edited by Bernd W. Krysmanski. Her piece ‘An Emblematic Representation of Law: Hogarth and the Visible Manifestation of the Engravers’ Act’ is part of a collection entitled Law and the Visual: Transition, Transformation, and Transmission, edited by Desmond Manderson (University of Toronto Press, 2017) and her co-authored article ‘Justice and Art, Face to Face’ has been published in the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities Vol 28(2), Spring 2017. Currently, she is working on a book project on appropriation art in Canada with Janice Gurney.

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