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Dr Charlotte Ashby

I was awarded my PhD in 2007 by the University of St Andrews, with the thesis: Words and Deeds: National Style Versus Modernity 1890-1916: The Writings and Work of Vilho Penttilä and the Architecture of Financial Institutions. I then continued onto a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Royal College of Art working on an AHRC research project. The more appealingly titled: Viennese Café and fin-de-siécle Culture.

Since then I have worked as a lecture at Birkbeck, University of London, the Courtauld Institute of Art, Oxford University and the V&A. My teaching and writing revolves around my interest in Nationalism, transnationalism and modernity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and in art, design and architecture and vehicles for identity and ideals.

Current Research:

I am currently working on a book provisionally entitled International Art Nouveau for Bloomsbury Academic.

My previous book, Modernism in Scandinavian Art, Architecture and Design (2017), is published by Bloomsbury Academic.

Alongside this I am working on a collection of essays Imagined Cosmopolis: Internationalism and Cultural Exchange 1870-1920, as part of my work with the ICE Network .

Publications include:

2014: ‘The Light of Other Worlds: The fin-de-siècle Interior’, in Silvia Berselli, Matthias Brunner, Daniela Mondini (eds), Le jeu savant. Light and Darkness in XX Century Architecture, Mendrisio Academy Press (Peer-reviewed 3200 words)

2013: ‘The Kalevala: Imagining the Finnish Past, Envisioning the Finnish Future’ in Ingrid Hanson, Wilfred Jack Rhoden and E. E. Snyder (eds), Poetry, Politics and Pictures in the Nineteenth Century, Peter Lang (Peer-reviewed 7500 words)

2013: The Viennese Café and Fin-de-siècle Culture, Berghahn Books. Co-edited with Tag Gronberg and Simon Shaw-Miller. A collection of essays related to the work of the Vienna Café Project, including my essay ‘Space and Sociability’ (Peer-reviewed; chapter c.8000 words)

2012: ‘National Style versus Modernity: Reconciling Contradictions in Finnish Architecture around 1900’ in Nationalism and Architecture, Raymond Quek and Darren Deane (eds.), Ashgate Publishing (Peer-reviewed; 4000 words)

2010: ‘Nation-building and Design: Finnish Textiles and the work of the Friends of Finnish Handicrafts’, Journal of Design History 23:4; pp. 351-365. (Peer-reviewed; 7000 words)

2008: ‘Looking Backwards and Forwards: Fennomane Furniture Design in Finland around 1900’, J

Dr. Charlotte Ashby