Marjan Sterckx is associate professor of Art History at Ghent University, where she is programme chair and lectures on the histories of nineteenth-century art and of interior design. She heads the UGent-VUB research group The Inside Story: Art, Interior & Architecture 1750-1950 (ThIS), which she launched in 2016, and that yearly organizes the Studiedag Historisch Interieur en Design. Sterckx is co-editor of Brepols Publishers' new book series XIX. Studies in 19th-century Art and Visual culture, and the scholarly journal Tijdschrift voor Interieurgeschiedenis en Design. She is a board member of ESNA (European Society of Nineteenth-century Art) and advisory board member of the scholarly journals Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide (NCAW) and Oud Holland.
Her own research has so far focused on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century art, especially sculpture, in relation to gender and space (public and domestic). Nowadays she also focuses more on interior and design history. Her PhD research on women sculptors and their work in the metropolis (Paris, London, Brussels, 1770-1953), published by the Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten, was awarded the ‘Tri-annual Award for Humanities' of Academische Stichting Leuven. In 2019, Sterckx was denominated 'Laureaat van de Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten, klasse Kunsten'.
Research interests: 19th-century art & art practice, 19th-century sculpture, women sculptors, sculpture & photography, monuments, art & gender, art & corporeality, art & the interior, interior painting, historic interiors, design history
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