Early career researchers

Dr Jodie Heap
Dr Jodie Heap

Dr Jodie Heap

Associate of the School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne

Jodie’s research focuses on Western philosophical conceptions of the imagination and the imaginary from Aristotle to Castoriadis. Her PhD thesis, titled The Imagination. The Seed of Indeterminacy in the Writings of Kant, Fichte and Castoriadis, offered a scholarly elucidation of the notion of the imagination and the imaginary as well as provided a new way of thinking about the imagination as an embodied power of formation and of creation fundamental to both the ontology of being and of ways of being. Her area of research also explores the role of the imagination and the imaginary in relation to the concepts of creation and creativity, and in relation to creative forms of thinking and of practice, both at the level of the individual and society. Jodie has a particular interest in the ERCC project ‘Creativity, Critique, Innovation’ and has contributed to the ERCC seminar series in her seminar titled, Unleashing the Creative Imagination in the Domains of the Humanities, Science and Art.

Email: jodie.heap@unimelb.edu.au

Dr Callum Reid
Dr Callum Reid

Dr Callum Reid

Associate of the School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne

Callum Reid is an art historian whose research fields include museology, printmaking, early modern art and decorative arts, with a particular focus on the formation of collections and their reception. Callum is further interested in the history and provenance of objects, having also spent several years working in the art market and collecting institutions. Adapted from his PhD, his upcoming monograph Collecting and display in the Uffizi Gallery: Art in the age of the grand dukes (Routledge, 2021) is a museological study into Florence’s state gallery, and its early incarnations under the control of Medici and Lorraine grand duchies (1580-1859). Callum's research into 18th and 19th century museums aligns with the ERCC theme of Critique, Creativity, Comparison, as collectors and administrators toyed between the new trend of didactic arrangements and the self-representation of aesthetic displays.

Email: callum.reid@unimelb.edu.au

Louise Box
Louise Box

Louise Box

Tutor, Master of Art Curatorship, and PhD Candidate (Art History), School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne

Louise is an educator, arts historian, and curator. Her current research is focussed on the acquisition, assembly, and categorisation of prints collected by Elizabeth Seymour Percy, 1st Duchess of Northumberland (1716-1776). Her other research interests include English eighteenth-century furniture; the collection and display of prints; the material culture of the English country house; the commerce of collecting; and the history of the book. In 2018, Louise was the Harold Wright and Sarah and William Holmes Scholar at the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, London. She has also been awarded a Paul Mellon Research Support Grant and a Francis Haskell Memorial Fund Scholarship to undertake research in collections and archives in the UK, Europe and the USA. Louise’s recent publications include: “Marks and Meanings: Revealing the Hand of the Collector and “the Moment of Making” in two 18th-Century Print Albums”, Journal18, Fall, 2018; and a book chapter in Kerrianne Stone (ed.) Horizon Lines, Marking 50 Years of Print Scholarship, Melbourne, 2019. Louise’s research on English print rooms will be published in Eighteenth-Century Life (forthcoming, 2021).

Email: boxl@unimelb.edu.au

Todd Dearing
Todd Dearing

Todd Dearing

PhD candidate in English Literature, Flinders University, Adelaide

Todd Dearing’s work focuses on Romantic ideas of the human and conceptions of imagination, creativity, and genius. He explores how these ideas impact upon contemporary literary criticism and contemporary ideas of the human. He is currently completing his doctorate thesis on the trope of the daimon in William Blake’s magnum opus, Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion, read as an allegory for literary practice. His broader research interests include English and German Romantic literature, art, and philosophy, (post)humanism, contemporary literary criticism, poetry, mythopoeia, and the links between psychology and literature. Todd is interested in the ERCC themes ‘Creativity, Critique, Comparison’ and ‘Actual, Mixed, and Virtual Realities’, and the ERCC research projects ‘Critique, Creativity, Innovation’, ‘William Blake and the History of Imagination’, and ‘Gothic Fictions’.

Email: todd.dearing@flinders.edu.au