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Dr Emilie Oléron Evans


Lecturer in French

Telephone: +44 20 7882 2995
Room Number: Arts One 1.02A


I am an art historian specialising in cultural transfers, historiography (19th-20th century) and the interrelation of art and translation. I joined Queen Mary in 2017 as a Teaching Fellow in visual culture of the French-speaking world.
In 2014, I received my PhD from the Université Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle and Queen Mary. In 2015, I published my first book: Nikolaus Pevsner: Arpenteur des arts, in which I analyse the career of German-born art historian Nikolaus Pevsner (1902-1983) as a pivotal moment in the progressive integration of questions of art and architecture into British culture.
In 2015-17, I held a postdoctoral fellowship in Historiography of Art at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Strasbourg, where I coordinated the Dictionnaire Culturel de Strasbourg 1880-1930 and contributed to the exhibition Strasbourg, Laboratoire d’Europe as an author for the catalogue and an expert on art and culture in the city at the turn of the 20th century.


Surrealism FRE/COM 6029
Photography: The Self and its Image FRE/COM 6001
Art in France FRE/COM 5003
French Foundations block 4: ‘Images of France’ FRE 4201

Postgraduate Supervision:

‘Hermann Muthesius au Royaume-Uni’, Master 2 Transnational History, École Normale Supérieure (co-supervisor, 2017-2019)
‘La fortune critique de J.M.W. Turner en France au XXe siècle’, Final Year Dissertation, École du Louvre (co-supervisor, 2016-2017)


Research Interests:

Cultural transfers, circulations of people, objects and thoughts
Art and translation, art in translation
Transnational history of art museums and collections, with a focus on the interactions between France, Germany and Britain
Women in art history: Translators, mediators, scholars and curators
History of the Modern Movement in art, architecture and design
I am currently a convenor of the Queen Mary Visual Cultures Forum.



2015 Nikolaus Pevsner, arpenteur des arts, Paris, Démopolis


Lectures, May 2016
Revue de l’art, n° 192, 2016, pp. 84-85
Kunstchronik 9/10, Oct-Nov 2016, pp. 499-503
Annales. Histoire, Sciences sociales 71/2, Apr-Jun 2016, pp. 542-544

            Chapters and contributions

2018 (Commissionned) ‘Layers of fiction: Palimpsests in Art and Literature’, inEdinburgh Companion to Literature and Art History, edited by E. Bell, Edinburgh, EUP (forthcoming).
2018 ‘Vers une discipline? Les discours sur l’art au Royaume-Uni pendant la Première Guerre mondiale’, in: A. Frenet, M. Passini, S. Combescure (ed.), Hommes et patrimoines en guerre, l’heure du choix, Dijon, Presses universitaires de Dijon.
2017 (Commissioned) ‘Illustres et inconnues: pour une histoire des femmes à Strasbourg, 1880-1930’ and (with R. Recht) ‘Aby Warburg, étudiant à Strasbourg’, in: R. Recht, J. Pijaudier-Cabot (ed.), Strasbourg, laboratoire d’Europe, 1880-1930, exhibition catalogue, Strasbourg, Musées de la ville de Strasbourg.
2017 (Commissioned) Dictionary entries: ‘Affaire Spahn’; ‘Blochmann, Elisabeth’; ‘Clemen, Paul’; ‘Heuss-Knapp, Elly’; ‘Hipp, Johanna’; ‘Koch, Hans’; ‘Kraus, Franz Xaver’; ‘Kunstgewerbe in Elsass-Lothringen, Das’; ‘Leitschuh, Franz Friedrich’; ‘Maugain, Gabriel’; ‘Muller, Dorette’; ‘Mündel, Curt’; ‘Polaczek, Ernst’; ‘Rau, Jacqueline’; ‘Schmarsow, August’; ‘Schneegans, Friedrich Eduard’; ‘Springer, Anton’; ‘Trübner, Karl’; ‘Verbindung deutscher Kunstvereine für historische Kunst’; ‘Wolff, Paul’; ‘Wust, Emma’, in: R. Recht, J.-C. Richez (dir.), Dictionnaire culturel de Strasbourg 1880-1930, Strasbourg, PUS.
2014 ‘“Bringer of Riches”: Nikolaus Pevsner et le patrimoine britannique’in: T. Le Hégarat, A.-C. Bondon, J. Delassus (ed.), Faiseurs et passeurs de patrimoine XIXe-XXIe siècle (Workshop Proceedings).

            Peer-reviewed articles 

2018 (Commissioned) ‘Art Practice and Art History in Fin de Siècle Alsace: the Art Journal Das Kunstgewerbe in Elsass-Lothringen’, Journal of Art Historiography (special issue on ‘Art History for Artists’ edited by E. Vratskidou, forthcoming).
2018 ‘Housing the Art of the Nation: The Home as Museum in Gustav F. Waagen’s Treasures of Art in Great Britain‘, Nineteenth Century Art Worldwide.
2017 ‘A Cultural Constellation:’Open Library of Humanities: Special Issue on  Visual Culture, 3(1), 2, p. 1–12.
2015 ‘Gustav Waagen et l’institutionnalisation des “trésors de l’art” en Grande-Bretagne’Revue Germanique Internationale 21, 2015, pp. 51-64.
2015 ‘Historien, guide, pédagogue: le discours architectural novateur de Nikolaus Pevsner’Cahiers Thématiques 14, 2015, pp. 16-25.
2014 ‘Transposing the Zeitgeist ? Nikolaus Pevsner between Kunstgeschichte and Art History’Journal of Art Historiography 11, Dec 2014.
2012 ‘Réception et perception de la Renaissance burckhardtienne dans l’Angleterre du XIXe siècle’Comparatio. Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft, 4/1, 2012, pp. 1-24.


2018 (Commissioned, in preparation with M. Galland-Szymkowiak) A. Schmarsow, L’Architecture, configuratrice d’espace – essais, Marseille, Parenthèses.
2018 (Commissionned, under review) N. Pevsner, Géographie de l’art anglais (The Englishness of English Art), Strasbourg, Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg.
2014 A. Sacks, ‘Migration et musique chorale: deux facteurs d’émancipation et de succès pour les Juifs allemands dans le Berlin d’avant-guerre’, in: L. Guillon, H. Knörzer (ed.), Berlin et les Juifs XIXe-XXIe siècles, Paris, Éditions de l’Éclat.


2015 ‘The Voice of Art History: Nikolaus Pevsner’s Work for the BBC’ (Review of Pevsner, Nikolaus, Pevsner: The Complete Broadcast Talks. Architecture and Art on Radio and Television, 1945-1977, ed. by S. Games, Ashgate, 2014 and S. Games, Pevsner: The BBC Years. Listening to the Visual Arts, Ashgate, 2015), Journal of Art Historiography 13.
2014 ‘Rütten, Raimund, Republik im Exil. Frankreich 1848 bis 1851: Marie Cécile Goldsmid, Citoyenne und Künstlerin, Olms, 2012’Romantisme. Revue du XIXe siècle, 4/166.
2014 ‘Sutton, Katie, The Masculine Woman in Weimar Germany, Berghahn, 2012’Journal of Contemporary European Studies 22/4.

Public Engagement

Interview on architectural history for the Global Lab podcast (2018)

Literature workshop for Books@Work, Steelcase, Strasbourg (Jul 2017).

Interview for a video presentation of writer and translator Denise Naville in the exhibition Strasbourg, laboratoire d’Europe, Strasbourg (sep 2017-feb 2018).

Guest Talk, “Nikolaus Pevsner, a Kunsthistoriker in Britain”, Inauguration of the exhibition Germans in Britain organised by Migration Museum Project, QMUL(Jan 2015).

Contributor to the exhibition catalogue Les frères Humboldt: l’Europe de l’esprit, Observatoire de Paris, curated by Bénédicte Savoy and David Blankenstein (May-Jul 2014).

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