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Chapters in books

    • ‘Sensory Separation and the Founding of Art History’, (reprinted) in David Howes (ed.) Senses and Sensation: Critical and Primary Sources, Volume 4: Art and Design. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018. 27-42
    • ‘Embracing Sculpture, Holding Stones: On gender and the details of touch’, in Peter Dent (ed.) Sculpture and Touch. Subject/Object: New Studies in Sculpture. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2014.
    • '‘Keeping Objects Live'’ in Michelle Henning (ed.) International Handbook of Museum Studies Vol. 4 Museum Media. Oxford: Blackwells, 2013.
    • (with Raiford Guins) 'Introducing Objects: What, When and Where, How', in The Object Reader, London: Routledge, 2009.
    • 'Yesterday Upon the Stair', in Fiona Candlin and Raiford Guins (eds.) The Object Reader, London: Routledge, 2009.
    • 'Museums, modernity and the class politics of touching objects', in Helen Chatterjee (ed.) Touch in Museums. Policy and Practice in Object Handling, London: Berg, 2008.
    • 'A Dual Inheritance: The Politics of Educational Reform and PhDs in Art and Design', (reprinted) in ed. Richard Hickman, Research in Art & Design Education: Issues and Exemplars, Bristol: Intellect, 2008.
    • 'Don't Touch! Hands off! Art, Artefacts, Contamination and Blindness' (reprinted), in Elizabeth Pye (ed.) The Power of Touch Handling Objects in Museum and Heritage Contexts, Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 2007.
    • 'Space, Chastity and Classicism at The British Museum', in David Jones and Gerald Normie (ed.) A Spatial Odyssey. University of Nottingham: Continuing Education Press: 54-65, 2001.
    • (with Margaret O.Brien)  'Life-long Learning in Museums: A Critical Appraisal', in David Jones and Gerald Normie (ed.) A Spatial Odyssey. University of Nottingham: Continuing Education Press: 176-186, 2001.

Journal articles

    • 'Rehabilitating Unauthorised Touch or Why Museum Visitors Touch the Exhibits’, The Senses and Society. vol. 12 (3) 251–66, 2017.
    • 'Open House at the Vintage Wireless Museum', Open: Cahier on the Art and the Public Domain. Issue 23. (Bi-lingual English /Dutch journal), 2012.
    • 'Independent Museums, Heritage, and the Shape of Museum Studies', Museums and Society. vol. 10 (1). 2012.
    • 'Touch and the Limits of the Rational Museum', Senses and Society. vol. 3 (3) 277-292, 2008.
    • 'The Dubious Inheritance of Touch: Art History and Museum Access', Journal of Visual Culture. vol. 5 (2):137-154, 2006.
    • 'Food Utopias: Gayle Chong Kwan.s New Photographs', Portfolio: 44, 2005.
    • 'Hands Off! Don.t Touch: Art, Artefacts, Contamination and Blindness', Body & Society. vol. 10 (1): 71-90, 2004.
    • Blindness, Art and Exclusion in Museums and Galleries., International Journal of Art and Design Education. vol. 22(1):100-110, 2003.
    • 'The politics of work, imperialism and restoration at the Victoria Memorial, Kolkata', Third Text: Third World Perspectives on Art and Culture. vol. 17(1): 29-42, 2003.
    • 'Touching Art', New Beacon (RNIB journal). April: 35-8, 2003.
    • 'Imperialism and Art: Resisting Restoration at the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata', Bengal Past and Present. vol. 120: 51-73, 2002.
    • 'A Dual Inheritance: The Politics of Educational Reform and PhDs in Art and Design', International Journal of Art and Design Education. vol. 20(3): 302-310
    • 'A Proper Anxiety? Practice-based PhDs and academic unease', Journal of Working Papers in Art and Design. vol. 1(1): 2000
    • 'Practice-based Doctorates and Questions of Academic Legitimacy', International Journal of Art and Design Education. vol. 19(1): 96-101, 2000.


    • 'Bad Behaviour, New Sensations', Sense and Sensuality exhibition catalogue: 3-8, 2005.

Selected conference papers and presentations

    • ‘Where was the Museums Boom?’, Spatial Humanities, Lancaster University, September 2018
    • ‘Mapping Museums and Managing Patchy Data’, Digital Humanities Congress, Sheffield University, September 2018
    • 'Hugging Baboons and Tracing Hieroglyphs: Why museum visitors touch exhibits without permission', Hold Me Now seminar series and conference, Keynote Lecture, Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, January 2018
    • ‘Small Museums’. Small spaces event, Arts Week, Birkbeck, 2016
    • ‘Partisans Reviewed’. Im/Material: Encounters within the Creative Arts Archive conference, University of the Arts London.  2016
    • ‘What the attendants saw and the visitors felt: Vandalism and patterns of unauthorised touch at the British Museum’. Conventions of Proximity conference, Birkbeck, 2016
    • ‘Unauthorised touch at the British Museum’. Staff research seminar series, History of Art department, Birkbeck,  2016.
    • 'Micromuseums, Micromuseology, and an Archive'. Pitt Rivers Museum Research Seminar in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology, University of Oxford, 2016
    • ‘Archiving Micromuseums’, Archive and Society seminar group, Institute of Historical Research, 2015
    • ‘Micromuseums as Radical Heritage’, Radical Heritage Symposia, Raphael Samuel History Centre, Welcome Institute, 2015.
    • ‘Micromuseums, curiosity cabinets, and Bakelite’, Curiosity Symposia, Arts Week, Birkbeck, 2015.
    • ‘DIY Curating’, Curating Now! Birkbeck School of Arts, 2015
    • 'Looking Back at practice-based PhDs',Researching Research-Creation Symposium,University of Alberta at Edmonton, Canada. 2014
    • 'Keeping Objects Live', Encountering the Sacred In Museums'. Study Day, The British Museum, 2013
    • 'Micromuseology: Researching small, independent, single-subject museums', New Approaches to the Past: Methodological Innovation in Heritage Research seminar series, UCL, 2012
    • 'Art and the Etiquette of Touch., School of Graduate Studies in association with the Concordia Sensoria Research Team, Concordia University, Montreal, 2011
    • 'How Museums Feel', Sensing Cultures panel, American Anthropological Association conference, Montreal.
    • 'Night Shift at the British Museum', Night Shift seminar series, Birkbeck, 2011.
    • 'A short and partial history of museum and gallery access provision for blind and partially-sighted audiences'. Keynote lecture, Visual Impairment Training Day, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, 2011.
    • 'Object handling in English Museums: Histories of tactual knowledge', Birkbeck Symposia, 2010.
    • The Object Reader, College Art Association Conference, Chicago, 2010.
    • 'Touch and Art in Contemporary Museums', research seminar series, Reading University, 2009.
    • 'Differentiating Touch / Tactual Practices', College Art Association conference, Los Angeles, 2009.
    • 'Licit and Illicit Touch', Touch and Sculpture conference, Courtauld Institute, 2008.
    • 'Art, Museums and the Separation of the Senses', Art and the Senses conference, Oxford University, 2006.
    • 'The Class Politics of Touch', Touch and the Value of Object Handling, AHRC funded seminar, University College London, 2006
    • 'The Dubious History of Touch', research seminar series, Thames Valley University art department, 2006.
    • 'The Dubious Inheritance of Touch', Art Beyond Sight conference, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2005.
    • 'Doctors of Invention', Symposium on Practice-based Theory, Leuven University, 2005.
    • 'Can Matter Think? Touch and Knowing in Museum Collection's, Sensation conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2005.
    • 'Blindness, Touch and the Conservation of Expertise in Museums', Wellbeing conference, Cambridge University, 2004.
    • 'Why Art Appeals to Me', The Treason of Images: Modern Art and Education conference, Tate Modern, 2004.
    • 'Why Aren.t Museums More Accessible', Challenging Ocularcentricity, ESRC funded seminar series, Tate Modern, 2003.
    • 'Research in Progress', Art Talks, Arts Through Touch (disability activist group), Pocklington Resource Centre, London, 2003.
    • 'Touch and Gesture in Benodebehari Mukerjee's Art Practice', British Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, Liverpool, 2002.
    • 'Museums in Theory and Practice', Research Seminar Series, Art and Design Department, Institute of Education, 2001.
    • 'Space, Chastity and Classicism at The British Museum', The 6th International Conference on Adult Education and the Arts, Birkbeck, 2001.
    • A Dual Inheritance: Practice-based PhDs and the Politics of Educational Reform, Thinking in Practice conference, Exeter University, 2001.
    • 'A Proper Anxiety? Practice-based PhDs and Academic Unease', Research into Practice conference, University of Hertfordshire, 2000.

Curatorial and research consultancies

    • Concordia University, Montreal. Consultant on foundation of Sensory Research Centre, 2011.
    • The Arts Council and Arts Through Touch. Conducted evaluation and wrote advisory report: Arts Through Touch: Then, Now and the Future, 2005-7.
    • Tate Modern, London. Researched and wrote advisory paper: Hearing, Touching and Understanding Art: Re-thinking Education Provision for Visually Impaired Adults in Art Galleries. 2009.