Professor Jason Edwards
Professor of History of Art



BA, MA, PhD (Cantab)

After completing a PhD in English at King's College, Cambridge, which explored ideas derived from Victorian evolutionary theory and molecular physics in W.B. Yeats's prose, Jason has been a research fellow at the Henry Moore Institute for the Study in Sculpture in Leeds and at the Yale Center for British Art, and a Henry Moore Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of York.

Departmental roles

Having previously co-directed the Sculpture Studies Research School and directed the British Art Research School, Jason is now Director of the University's Interdisciplinary Centre for Modern Studies. Jason is also a member of the History/History of Art Executive Committee.

Jason is also Chair of the Research Committee and a member of the Senior Management Team.



  • British sculpture, c. 1769-1940: Global Contexts
  • Queer Theory, especially Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
  • Animal studies
  • World systems/complex systems and other theories of cosmopolitanism and ecology
  • The Victorian polar world

Jason is currently involved in the final stages of curating a synoptic exhibition of Victorian Sculpture, will open first at the Yale Center for British Art in Fall 2014, and then at Tate Britain in Winter 2015.

Research group(s)


  • AHRC award for Displaying Victorian Sculpture
    In Autumn 2009, Jason was awarded a c.£410,000 AHRC award, as the co-investigator, with Professor Michael Hatt at the University of Warwick, of a major three-year research project, Displaying Victorian Sculpture. The project, which is also in collaboration with the Yale Center for British Art, focuses on the ubiquitous display of sculpture in 19th-century Britain and its colonies, and will culminate in the first synoptic exhibition of Victorian sculpture anywhere in the world. The project funds Claire Jones, as a post-doctoral research fellow, and Gabriel Williams and Eoin Martin, as doctoral students.


Jason's AHRC funded supervision includes PhDs upon:

  • The problem of allegory in British sculpture, 1750-1850
  • Gothic Revival Sculpture
  • Sculpture at the Victorian International Exhibitions
  • Sculpture in the Princess Louise Circle
  • Sculpture in Victorian South Kensington
  • Victoria, Albert and Sculpture
  • Sculpture in the Circum-Atlantic World: Herbert Ward’s Congolese Bronzes in Europe and America 1884-present
  • Visualizing: Victorian Women Artists
  • Sculpture and the Decorative Arts in Nineteenth-Century France
  • The Life and Work of Simeon Solomon after his Arrest
  • The Arts and Crafts Object
  • Stained Glass at the Great Exhibitions


Selected publications

  • 'Postcards from the Edge: Thomas Woolner's Captain Cook For Sydney', in Jason Edwards and Michael Hatt, eds, Displaying Victorian Sculpture special issue of The Sculpture Journal (Autumn 2014).
  • ‘Introduction’ and ‘Charles Henry Felix Rossi’s Monument to Cornwallis’ in Sarah Burnage and Jason Edwards, eds., The British School of Sculpture, c1768-1832 (2014).
  • 'Two Arts, Fat and Thin: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick as Fibre Artist' in Michael O'Rourke, ed., Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick: Gender, Sexuality and the Body (Ashgate, 2014).
  • "A Queer Variety of Natural History"? Staging the Mid-Victorian in Edmund Gosse's Sculptural Criticism, c.1890-1907, in Martina Droth and Peter Trippi, eds, Change/Continuity: Writing about Art in Britain Before and After 1900 (Ashgate, 2014).
  • '"By Abstraction Springs Forth Ideal Beauty?": John Gibson's Modernity', in Sarah Monks, Mark Hallett and John Barrell, eds, Living with the Royal Academy: Artistic Ideals and Experiences in Britain, 1768-1848 (Ashgate, 2013), 195-220.
  • 'War and Peace: Harry Bates's Lord Roberts Memorial in Calcutta, London and Glasgow, 1898-1924', in Julie Codell, ed., Transculturation in British Art, 1770-1930 (Ashgate, 2012).
  • 'Queer and Now: On Etty's Autobiography (1849) and Male Nude with Upraised Arms (1830)', in Sarah Burnage and Mark Hallet, eds, William Etty (York: York City Art Gallery, 2011).
  • '"Tell Me Not Wherein I Seem Unnatural”: Queer Meditations upon Coriolanus in the Time of War', in Madhavi Menon, ed., Shakesqueer (Duke University Press, 2010).
  • 'From the East India Company to the West Indies, and Beyond: The Global Contexts of British Sculpture, c.1757-1947', Visual Culture in Britain (Spring 2010), 147-172.
  • 'Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick: In the Bardo (2 May 1950-12 April 2009)', Sexualities (2009), 675-677.
  • 'Rethinking the Victorian Interior: An Eclectic, Collabroative Introduction', in Jason Edwards and Imogen Hart (eds), Rethinking the Interior: Aestheticism and the Arts and Crafts Movement, 1867-1896 (Ashgate, 2009), 1-24. Co-authored with Imogen Hart.
  • 'The Lessons of Leighton House: Aesthetics, Politics, Erotics', in Jason Edwards and Imogen Hart (eds), Rethinking the Interior: Aestheticism and the Arts and Crafts Movement, 1867-1896 (Ashgate, 2009), 85-110.


  • Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (Routledge, 2008).
  • Alfred Gilbert's Aestheticism: Gilbert Amongst Whistler, Wilde, Leighton, Pater and Burne-Jones (Ashgate, 2006).

Edited Collections

  • Sculpture Victorious: Art in an Age of Invention 1837-1901 (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2014). Coedited with Martina Droth and Michael Hatt.
  • Displaying Victorian Sculpture special issue of The Sculpture Journal (Autumn 2014). Coedited with Michael Hatt.
  • The British School of Sculpture, c.1760-1832 (Ashgate, 2014) Sarah Burnage.
  • Victorian Sculpture in its Global Contexts , special issue of Visual Culture in Britain (Spring 2010). Co-edited with Michael Hatt.
  • Rethinking the Interior: Aestheticism and Arts and Crafts, 1867-1896 (Ashgate, 2009). Co-edited with Imogen Hart.
  • Joseph Cornell: Opening the Box (Peter Lang, 2007). Co-edited with Stephanie L. Taylor.
  • Anxious Flirtations: Homoeroticism, Art and Aestheticism in Victorian Britain, special issue of Visual Culture in Britain 8.1 (Spring 2007).



  • Casts & Cultures: The Crystal Palace, Sydenham
  • The 'British School': Sculpture in Britain, c. 1760-1837
  • Sculpture in the Circum-Atlantic World
  • Victorian Sculpture
  • The Cultures of Sculpture, c.1815-1918
  • Victorian Art
  • Word and Image in the Nineteenth Century
  • Art in Paris
  • Twentieth-Century Sculpture


  • Queering Theory: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
  • Two Arts, Fat and Thin: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's Works in Fibre and Paper
  • English Sculpture, 1848-1899
  • English Sculpture, 1900-1939
  • Frederic Leighton
  • Visuality in English and French Painting, 1848-1918
  • Nostalgia, Conservatism and Modernity: Anglo-French Art Between the Wars
  • The Art of War: The St Paul's Pantheon

External activities

Editorial duties

Invited talks and conferences

Conference organisation
  • Fat Art, Thin Art: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick as a Poet 
    February 2014.
  • Tendencies at Twenty
    University of York February 2013.
  • Queer/Things, co-organised with Bob Mills and Ben Nichols 
    King's College, London June 2013
  • Queer Animals, co-organised with Bob Mills and Ben Nichols 
    King's College London, June 2012
  • On Sentimentality, co-organised with Nicola Bown 
    University of York, May 2011
  • The Here and Now: Thinking the Contemporary Across Disciplines, co-organised with Mike Savage. 
    University of York April 2011
  • Thinking Niche, co-organised with Helen Hills 
    University of York, May 2010
  • Victorian Sculpture in its Global Contexts
    November 2008, North American Victorian Studies Association, at Yale
  • Nineteenth-Century Sculpture in the Circum-Atlantic World
    February 2008, University of York
  • Revisiting Victorian Sculpture
    February 2007, University of York
  • Theorising Relief, Renaissance, Victorian, Modernist
    November 2006, University of York
  • The Aesthetic Interior
    October 2005, Institute of English Studies, co-organised with Imogen Hart
  • English Sculpture 1780-1940, New Perspectives
    June 2005, University of York
  • Boxing Clever, A Centennial Re-Appraisal of Joseph Cornell
    September 2003, Centre for Studies in Surrealism, University of Essex, co-organised with Stephanie L. Taylor
  • Anxious Flirtations, Homoeroticism, Art, and Aestheticism in Late Victorian Britain 
    July 2001, Institute for English Studies, University of London
  • Sculpture, Literature, Symbolism and Its Legacy 
    March 1997, Henry Moore Institute, co-organised with Fiona Russell
Forthcoming and recent talks
  • Victorian Posthumanism? Depicting the Nineteenth-Century Circum-Polar World
    UCL, December 2013.
  • Silver Shields and Leather Lobsters: Eve’s Queer Menagerie
    Queer/Animals, King’s College, London: June 2012.
  • For Beauty is a Series of Hypotheses? On Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s Bodhisattva Fractal World
    University of Manchester: January 2012.
  • Living (with Animals) Beyond Theory?
    Living Beyond Theory symposium, University of York: January 2012.
  • Packing William Etty? Sleeping Nymph with Satyrs (1828)
    Unpacking William Etty Conference: York City Art Gallery: November 2011.
  • Paper Worlds: The Cultural Geographyof the Sydenham Portrait Gallery
    What is to Become of the Crystal Palace? The Crystal Palace After 1851 conference: University of York, June 2011.
  • The World of Victorian Portraiture: The Portrait Gallery of the Crystal Palace, Sydenham, c.1854
    Plaster Casts at South Kensington: Reproducing Art in the Nineteenth Century, V&A: May 2011.
  • The Cultural Geographies and Ecologies of Victorian Sculpture
    The Parry Lecture (given with Michael Hatt), University of Bristol: May 2011.
  • The Epistemology of William Ettys Closet
    April 2011, Emory University
  • Materialising Interiority?
    Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's Patchwork Panels, November 2010, Yale University
  • Displaying Victorian Sculpture, The Proposition
    October 2010, Humanities Research Centre, University of York
  • For Beauty is a Series of Hypotheses?
    On Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's Bodhisattva Fractal World, October 2010, Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Hollow Embrace: Thinking Niche
    May 2010, University of York
  • White Spaces: Epistemology of the Closet Reconsidered
    May 2010, Kings College, London
  • The World of Victorian Sculpture
    February 2010, University of York
  • War and Peace: Harry Bates's Lord Roberts Memorial in London, Glasgow and Calcutta, c 1895-1930
    November 2009, University of York
  • We Have Never Been Modern? The Antiquity of John Gibsons Modernity
    The Modernity of Ancient Sculpture, July 2009, University of Bristol
  • Whilst We Were Sleeping: On Not Forgetting Edmonia Lewis
    July 2009, University of York
  • Another World? Trans-National Trends in Victorian Sculpture
    January 2009, The University of York
Jason Edwards

Contact details

Prof. Jason Edwards
Professor of History of Art
Department of History of Art
Room V/232

Tel: 01904 324250

Office hours: Please email Jason for an appointment