Apr 06 2022

Introducing the OSI 2022 Faculty: Cristina S. Martinez

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We are happy to announce Cristina S. Martinez as a member of the faculty of the OSI 2022! Cristina teaches 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.

Cristina participated in OSI in 2014. Since then, she has been a regular member of the OSI faculty, joining us year after year in Osnabrück. Her work focuses on art and visual culture from the eighteenth century to the present, and she is particularly interested in graphic satire, the history of copyright law and the use of appropriation strategies in modern and contemporary art. She has presented her work at the Paul Mellon Centre for Study in British Art, Yale Law School’s library, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, the Hunterian Art Gallery in Glasgow, and before the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) in New York. She has also been invited to present her research at conferences elsewhere in France, the UK, Italy, Switzerland and Australia. Cristina will convene a workshop with Nora Slonimsky on questions of intellectual property, copyright and cultural production.

Cristina is currently completing her manuscript Art, Law and Order: The Legal Life of Artists in Eighteenth-century Britain which is to be published by Manchester University Press, and is co-editor for the forthcoming collection Female Printmakers, Printsellers and Publishers in the Eighteenth Century: The Imprint of Women in Graphic Media, 1735-1830 (under contract with Cambridge University Press). She received the prestigious Association of Print Scholars Publication Grant in recognition of this project.

She co-curated the exhibition ‘Queen Caroline and King George: sex, celebrity and royal scandal, 1820-21’ presently on display at the Wilhelm Busch Deutsches Museum in Hannover, and is the official biographer for the entry on Jane Hogarth in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Her ongoing work on this eighteenth-century printseller and pioneer in copyright law has won the 2020 Emilie Du Chatelet Award (ASECS Women’s Caucus). Her most recent publications include ‘An Emblematic Representation of Law: Hogarth and the Visible Manifestation of the Engravers’ Act’ in Law and the Visual: Transition, Transformation, and Transmission, edited by D. Manderson (University of Toronto Press, 2018) as well as the co-authored articles ‘Justice and Art, Face to Face’ in the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities (Spring 2016) and ‘A Game Map: Object of Copyright and Form of Authority in Eighteenth Century Britain’ in Imago Mundi, The International Journal for the History of Cartography (Summer 2020). Additionally, ‘The First Copyright Case under the 1735 Engravers’ Act: The Germination of Visual Copyright?’ (co-authored with Isabella Alexander) has appeared in Circulation and Control: Art, Copyright, and the Image Revolutions of the Nineteenth Century, S. Delamaire and W. Slaughter eds., Open Book Publishers, Cambridge (2021).


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