network members

The network is co-convened by Naomi Billingsley (University of Manchester) and Lieke Wijnia (University of Groningen); information about their work is available on the about page.


Sibylle Erle, FRSA, is Reader in English Literature at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln. She is the author of Blake, Lavater and Physiognomy (Legenda, 2010) and chapters and articles on Blake, Fuseli, Lavater, Tennyson, Ludwig Meidner and Frankenstein. She co-curated with Philippa Simpson the display ‘Blake and Physiognomy’ (2010-11) at Tate Britain, and has co-edited several volumes, including currently The Reception of William Blake in Europe (Bloomsbury, 2019) with Morton D. Paley.


Michelle Fletcher is Research Associate for The Visual Commentary of Scripture at King’s College London. Michelle is a New Testament scholar, and her particular research interests include the Book of Revelation, textual imitation, and visual culture. These topics are all explored in her book Reading Revelation as Pastiche (Bloomsbury, 2017).


Michelle Foot is Teaching Fellow of Nineteenth-Century Art at the University of Edinburgh. She received her doctorate from the University of Aberdeen in 2016 for her thesis ‘Modern Spiritualism and Scottish Art between 1860 and 1940’. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and an Associate of the Scottish Centre for Victorian Studies.


Guido van Hengel is a cultural historian. His main specialization is in fin-de-siecle Southeast-European history. He obtained a PhD from Groningen University for a thesis on student networks in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Currently he’s affiliated with The Hague University of Applied Sciences. His forthcoming book (in Dutch) is about European visionaries in the Interwar period.


Catriona McAra is University Curator at Leeds Arts University. She was awarded her doctorate in History of Art at the University of Glasgow and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh. She has published extensively on the art and literature of Dorothea Tanning and Leonora Carrington with a particular interest in feminist aesthetics and surrealist legacies in contemporary practice.

Charlie Miller is Lecturer in Art History and Theory at the University of Manchester. He writes about the history and theory of the avant-garde. He is the author of numerous essays and articles about the history and theory of the historical and neo-avant-gardes. His book Radical Picasso: History, Theory, Avant-Garde, is forthcoming with University of California Press.

Jadranka Ryle is a PhD candidate in Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Manchester. By exploring the emergence of abstraction in Hilma af Klint’s work, her research offers a micro-history of the interrelated discursive upheavals of modernism, such as the rise in popularity of spiritualist movements, aesthetic debates about decoration, social changes in the private and public spheres, changes in modern music and new discoveries in physics and botany.

Colin Trodd (University of Manchester) is the author and co-editor of several books on British painting and culture, including Victorian Culture and the Idea of the Grotesque (1999), Governing Cultures (2000), Art and the Academy (2000), Representations of G.F. Watts (2004), and Visions of Blake: William Blake in the Art World, 1830-1930 (2012). He has co-edited two Special Editions of Visual Culture in Britain: Victorian History Painting (2005), and William Blake: the Man from the Future (2018/19) He is currently working on a book on Ford Madox Brown’s murals in Manchester Town Hall.

If you are interested in joining the network, please get in touch with the conveners.