Meet the organisers

Cole Collins is a PhD Student at Edinburgh College of Art, the University of Edinburgh. His thesis examines the collages of Kurt Schwitters which feature images of women and ascertains a feminist aesthetic in these works. As part of his PhD research, Cole spent a year in Hannover researching in the Kurt Schwitters Archive, held in the Sprengel Museum Hannover, which was supported by the Leverhulme Trust. Cole is a regular contributor to Sch… the Journal of the Kurt Schwitters Society. He is currently undertaking a short-term ARP Fellowship at the Stiftung Arp e.V. in Berlin, working on abstract feminine forms in the sculptures of Kurt Schwitters and Hans Arp.


Dr Freya Gowrley is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advance Studies in the Humanities. Her research explores intersections between material culture and identity in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is currently revising her doctoral thesis for publication as a monograph exploring the role of emotions and social relations in the material culture of the home between 1750 and 1850. Her postdoctoral research project ‘Collage before Modernism’, examines collage made in Britain and America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In 2017, she was a Visiting Scholar at both Yale’s Lewis Walpole Library and Yale Center for British Art, and held a Short-Term Research Fellowship at the Winterthur Museum and Library. In 2018, she will hold Short-Term Research Fellowships at the Huntington Library and Harry Ransom Center.


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