Professor Helen Hills
Professor of Art History
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BA Hons (Oxon), MA & PhD (Courtauld Institute, Lond.)
Helen Hills is Professor of Architectural & Art History in the Department of History of Art at the University of York. Her research interests include baroque theory; architectural history & theory; architecture & feminism; religious devotion, social class, gender and sexuality; Naples and the Italian South; affect and art; monastic architecture & the veil; materiality & miracles; post-industrial cities; urbanism. A new project on silver and its affective politics in relation to Spanish imperialism in early modern Europe and Latin America will soon be underway.
Helen Hills studied Modern History at the University of Oxford before turning to History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London (MA with Distinction) where she also did her Ph.D. Her doctorate study of inlaid marble decoration in Sicily later became her first book, Marmi Mischi Siciliani: Invenzione e Identità (Società Messinese di Storia Patria, 1999), the basis of a trajectory which includes over 50 articles and 8 books of which the most recent isThe Matter of Miracles. Neapolitan Architecture & Sanctity (Manchester University Press: October 2016).
Helen Hills has wide experience of teaching in Universities, having taught at Queen's University in Canada for 9 months while completing her PhD, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA and at the University of Manchester, UK before joining the History of Art Department at York as Anniversary Reader in 2005. She was promoted to Professor in 2008.
Helen Hills has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for a new project, Silver: Surface and Substance. She will be on academic leave for this project 2018-19.
Hills was invited Senior Visiting Fellow at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Autumn 2017.
Distinguished visiting professorships
Helen Hills was invited to the prestigious position of Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor of Renaissance Studies at Smith College, Massachusetts. She took up this role, which involved giving public lectures and teaching an upper level undergraduate colloquium, in Aug-Dec 2014.
She has also served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Stockholm, Sweden (2010), the University of Boulder-Colorado, USA (2013), and Emory University, USA (2013).
Helen Hills has published extensively in the field of architectural history and theory, baroque art & theory, gender and sexuality, and contemporary visual culture, including scholarly monographs, edited books, chapters and articles.
The Matter of Miracles: Neapolitan baroque architecture and sanctity was published by Manchester UP in 2016.Invisible City: The Architecture of Devotion in Seventeenth-Century Neapolitan Convents (Oxford University Press, 2004) was awarded the Best Book Prize in 2004 by the USA Society for the Study of Early Modern Women.
Rethinking the Baroque (Ashgate, 2011) offers essays by leading scholars from art history, philosophy, and literature studies to reconsider the potential of ‘baroque’; New Approaches to Naples (2013) offers a range of ways to come across Naples outside the usual paradigms formed elsewhere.
Hills is co-founder and present organizer of the Neapolitan Network, an exchange and meeting point for scholars of Neapolitan culture from all over the world which developed from an AHRC-funded Network and series of workshops in 2010-11.
The recipient of numerous distinguished research awards and scholarships from the AHRC, British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and the Getty.
Helen has given keynote addresses and papers at conferences and research seminars from Adelaide in Australia to Santiago in Chile to Harvard in USA.
- Director of Sculpture Studies Research School (2016-present)
- Co-ordinator of Erasmus / Study Abroad / Global Programmes/ Visiting Students (HoA) (2016-)
- Director of Postdoctoral Research Fellows & Writing Competition (2015-present)
- University of York Athena Swan Committee & Forum Delegate (2016)
- Research Concordat Officer (2015-16)
- Equality Champion 2015-16
- Equal Opportunities Officer 2015-16
- Research Mentor to Dr H. Vorholt
- Director, LFA-Art History Programmes (2013-14)
- Chair, Departmental Research Committee (2006-7, 2008-2012)
- Department Management Team Member (2008-2012)
- Library Officer (2006-7, 2008-09)
- Representative on Digitization programme (2007-9)
- Director of the Research School for Architectural History & Theory (2007-12)
- University Research Committee (2007-10)
- University Research Forum (2007- 2012)
- Advisory Committee for Arts & Humanities for Promotions (2010-15)
- Research Concordat Officer (HoA)
Principal research interests include:
- Baroque art and architecture, especially in Italy
- Baroque theory
- architectural history and theory
- feminism, gender, sexuality
- religion and art
- materiality & materials of art and architecture
- decoration/adornment and discourses of excess
- urbanism including post-industrialism in the UK
- southern Italy and meridionalismo
- the veil
- music & architecture
- affect and art
Helen is interested in hosting Postdoctoral Researchers and European Fellowships for established researchers with interests related to these fields.
Distinguished Visiting Professorships
- Smith College, Mass., USA: Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies: Aug-Dec 2014
- University of Colorado-Boulder, USA: Distinguished Visiting Professor: April 2014.
- Emory University, USA: Distinguished Visiting Professor, Department of Art: April 2013
- The University of Stockholm, Sweden, Department of History of Art: February 2008.
Helen Hills has published extensively in her fields, including eight books and over 50 articles.
8) Hills, H., The Matter of Miracles. Neapolitan Baroque Architecture & Sanctity, Manchester University Press, 2016; 656pp; 72 b&w ills; 49 col. pls.
7) Calaresu M & H. Hills (eds), New Approaches to Naples 1500-1800: The Power of Place, Ashgate: 2013.
An outcome of AHRC-sponsored 'Exoticizing Vesuvius' Workshop Award. (‘provides a significant contribution to the study of Naples’s cultural history’ Renaissance Quarterly).
6) Hills, H., (ed.), Rethinking the Baroque, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011. 243pp. 25 col. pls. 40 b&w ills.With essays by leading scholars from art history, philosophy, literature studies to reconsider the potential of ‘baroque’ (Mieke Bal, Andrew Benjamin, Howard Caygill, Tom Conley, Alina Payne). With support from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art for the plates in colour.‘This book’s greatest contribution is that it prompts historians of Baroque art and architecture to look again at the term and its implications, and with the aid of Deleuze’s ‘fold’ reassess the period through the prism of its very construction and history as an archive worthy of study.’ (Burlington Magazine).'Rethinking the Baroque from a serious, scholarly point of view, is a well- needed enterprise, and this collection of essays by some of the most important thinkers of our time marvelously tackles the task. (Renaissance Quarterly). ‘Hills’s purpose in assembling such a vibrant and diffuse collection of essays on the baroque was to ‘trouble the smooth waters of a linear historicism’ (p. 91), and this collection certainly succeeds in doing that and building on Walter Benjamin’s complicating notions of historical time and the nature of fate, as well as expanding understandings of baroque culture and rejecting early modern pre-eminence.’ EV Devlin (Univ of Cambridge), The Seventeenth Century 28:1, 100-103: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0268117X.2012.760948
5) Invisible City: The Architecture of Devotion in Seventeenth-Century Neapolitan Convents, Oxford University Press, 268 pp.44 b. & w. & 10 col. plates. 2004. Best Book Prize, 2004, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, USA; Weiss /Brown Award in support of outstanding works of scholarship of European culture pre- 1700, The Newberry Library, Chicago. Widely and favourably reviewed in academic journals in the UK, USA and Italy, including Napoli Nobilissima (‘indispensable’); Women’s Art Journal; Rivista Storica Italiana; Reviews of New Books (‘Hills’ extraordinary study is a nuanced and innovative incarnation of the secular city from its sacred recesses that should have broad appeal and wide-ranging influence. Invisible City is a brilliant, stunning book’); Church History (‘a very important exploration of the complex nexus between sacred architecture, gender relations, and lineage politics…wonderful’), Renaissance Quarterly; Confraternitas (‘a meticulously researched and well-crafted analysis of the complex interrelationships between gender, social class, and monastic architecture […] What results from this masterful synthesis is a model for excavating the complexities of premodern convent life and suggestions of intriguing possibilities for future research’), Urban History (‘pioneering’); and the Institute of Historical Research on-line book reviews (‘marvelously interesting’). Reviewers noted that the book will stimulate scholarship in its own and related fields and approaches.
Impact (a): This book formed the inspiration for Clausura Sconfinata, a performance of contemporary dance and early modern conventual music, directed by Julia Pond, performed by the prestigious New York dance company, the Isadora Duncan Dance Company and the Cappella Artemisia (an early modern music ensemble based in Bologna, Italy), world-premiered in Narni, Italy in 2009 and subsequently performed elsewhere in Italy.
Impact (b): This book is cited as inspiration for Sarah Dunant's award-winning novel Sacred Hearts (Virago, 2009) 'A masterfully created tale of convent life' (The Guardian).
4) P. Gouk & H. Hills (eds), Representing Emotions: New Connections in the Histories of Art, Music and Medicine, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005. ‘important […] well-ordered, well-edited, and contemplative about its role in the production of histories of emotions’ (Medical History), and as having ‘more riches here than I am able to describe’ (Sixteenth Century Journal).
3) Helen Hills (ed.), Architecture and the Politics of Gender in Early Modern Europe, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003. ‘Pioneering’ in proposing that ‘the built environment is a more fruitful subject of enquiry for gender (than painting), arguing that architecture organises all aspects of life spatially through the body’ (Urban History). The Women’s Art Journal noted this collection as ‘innovative’, and that I brought together all the leading authors in this area.
2) M. Crinson, H. Hills, & N. Rudd, (eds.), Fabrications: New Art and Urban Memory in Manchester, Manchester: UMiM, 2002.
1) H Hills, Marmi Mischi Siciliani: Invenzione e Identità (Inlaid polychromatic marble decoration in early modern Sicily: Invention and identity), Società Messinese di Storia Patria, Scholarly monograph series, Messina, 1999. 457pp.
Funded Speakers to York
Helen was responsible for bringing to York Professor Joseph Connors, Director Villa I Tatti for the Patrides Lecture; Professor Andrew Benjamin (Monash University , Australia) as Distinguished Visiting Speaker in January 2011 and Professor Alexei Lidov, Distinguished Visiting Professor 1 May-30 June 2011.
- Leverhulme Research Fellowship 2017-18: Helen will be on research leave from Sep 2017 until Jan 2019
- 2017 Autumn: Senior Visiting Fellow: Villa I Tatti (Harvard Centre for Renaissance Studies)
- 2017-18: Leverhulme Research Fellowship
- 2012-14: British Academy Small Grant (£9875)
- 2008-09: PI for AHRC Workshops Award ‘Exoticizing Vesuvius’ (Topography & Culture in Neapolitan History c.1500-present: with Dr M Calaresu, Cambridge
- 2008-09: AHRC Research Leave Scheme Award 2008-09
- 2005-07: British Academy Research Readership
- 2003: Balsdon Fellowship, British School in Rome
- 2002: AHRB Matching Leave Award
- 2000-02: ‘Urban Memory in Manchester: the Fabrication of the Post-Industrial’, AHRB, £79,296. With Mark Crinson & Frank Salmon
- 1998-99: ‘Convent architecture, gender, and power’, J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Arts and the Humanities
- 1998-99, Research Fellowship at the Centre Canadien d'Architecture. Awarded but declined
- 1997: ‘Mapping Early Modern Italian Cities: Maps as Inscriptions of Power’, Review Committee for Grants from the Endowment Committee of the College for Scholarly Publications and Performances, UNC-CH
- many small awards from UNC-CH; University of Manchester & University of York
Helen welcomes inquiries from potential Ph.D students eager to study these or related topics. She also welcomes Postdoctoral Research fellows and European Marie Curie Fellows who are undertaking research in any area connected to her own research interests.
Prospective PhD candidates may like to consult the History of Art Funding webpage, The British School at Rome; Italian Cultural Association's website "Il Circolo"; ResearchResearch.com , for details of available scholarships. Early Modern Architecture also provides resources and funding news.
PhD Supervision in Progress
- Fabrizio Ballabio (EU student), 'Architecture & the dynamics of Bourbon Rule in Naples', WRoCAH funded, Sep 2017- present.
- Valeria Viola, Chapels in Aristocratic Domestic Residences in 18C Palermo'. Commenced Oct 2016.
- Maria-Anna Aristova, ‘The Problem of Ornament in Early Modern Architecture’. October 2014- present.
PhDs Supervised & Awarded
- Bogdan Cornea, '"Why tear me from myself?": The Depiction of Flaying in the Art of Jusepe de Ribera': External Examiner Rose Marie San Juan (UCL): PhD Awarded 2015; University of York Humanities Research Centre Postdoctoral Fellowship: 2016-17
- Elizabeth Chew, PhD on 'Female art patronage and collecting in 17th-century Britain' (advisor 1995-99) Examinations passed 1995; PhD awarded Dec 1999. Now Curator at Thomas Jefferson Museum at Monticello, USA.
- Josephine Neil, 'Is a visual apophaticism at work in Spanish and Neapolitan Counter-Reformation Painting, and how did it influence the way divine presence and action was perceived?' Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London. PhD co-supervisor with Prof. Ben Quash.
- Martin Nixon, ‘The Baroque Towns built in the Val di Noto Area of Sicily 1700-1780’. Awarded the 2011 John Fleming Prize for research in Eastern Sicily. PhD Awarded with minor corrections Sept 17
- Alex Pilcher, 'Mythologies of Foundation in Renaissance Florence, c.1450-c.1550', Feb 1998-Sep 1998 (PhD co-supervisor). PhD submitted Oct 98. PhD awarded 1999
- Alice Sanger, 'Women of Power: Studies in the patronage of Medici Grand Duchesses and Regentesses 1656-1650'. Feb 1998-May 1999 (submitted) (PhD co-supervisor ). PhD awarded 2000; now Lecturer at the Open University
- V. Whitfield, 'Portraiture of industrialists in 18thC Britain', temporary supervisor during illness of Prof. Marcia Pointon, Nov 00-Jul 01. PhD awarded Jun 02
- Alessandra Pompili, 'An insula in Ostia'. Aug 03-Feb 05 (PhD co-supervisor with Prof. R Ling). Awarded PhD Jul 07
- Charlotte Poulton, 'The representation of music in early modern Italian painting' (Part-time USA) Viva Examination Oct 2009: PhD awarded with minor corrections (External Examiner: Professor Robert Kendrick, Department of Music, University of Chicago). Lecturer in Art Histor, Brigham Young University
- Helen served on PhD committees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and supervised successful completion of PhD Baroque Examinations of a further 14 students
Helen Hills has published widely, including studies of Italian baroque architecture, urbanism, sculpture and painting to the history of affect and emotions, gendered religious devotion, the voice, baroque theory, postindustrial cities and the writing of architectural history.
- The Matter of Miracles. Neapolitan Baroque Architecture & Sanctity, Manchester University Press, 2016; 656pp; 72 b&w ills; 49 col. pls.
- New Approaches to Naples: The Power of Place, ed. Helen Hills & Melissa Calaresu , Ashgate, 2013
Renaissance Quarterly Review (PDF , 410kb)
Urban History Review, Fall 2014 (PDF , 39kb)
16th Century Journal Review (PDF , 398kb)
- Rethinking the Baroque , ed. Helen Hills (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011).
Read reviews, Read a CAA Review, Review from the Burlington Magazine (PDF , 166kb) Review in The Seventeenth Century (PDF , 178kb) Rethinking the Baroque flyer (PDF , 69kb) Rethinking the Baroque webpage
- Invisible City: The Architecture of Devotion in Seventeenth-century Neapolitan Convents . Oxford University Press, 268 pp.;44 b. & w. & 10 col. plates. 2005. Awarded the Weiss / Brown Award in support of outstanding works of scholarship of European culture pre-1700, 2003, The Newberry Library, Chicago; Winner of the Best Book Prize, 2004, Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, USA.
Read some reviews Invisible City webpage JSAH Review (PDF , 220kb)
- Representing Emotions: New Connections in the Histories of Art, Medicine, and Music, ed with P. Gouk, (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005).
Read some reviews
- Architecture and the Politics of Gender in Early Modern Europe, (Aldershot : Ashgate, 2003).
Read some reviews
- Fabrications: New Art and Urban Memory in Manchester, ed. with N Rudd & M Crinson (Manchester : UMiM, 2002).
- Marmi mischi siciliani: invenzione e identità (Inlaid polychromatic marble decoration: invention and identity) trans. AnnaVio, Messina: Archivio Storico Messinese (Scholarly monograph series), 1999.
Helen's Objects in Focus class (2017)
Helen's students from 'Critical Architecture' module 2016
Helen's MA students examine baroque cabinets at the V&A
A group of upper level students at Mount Grace Priory during Helen's Architecture, Gender & Sexuality module.
I have taught at all levels at the Universities of Keele and Manchester in the UK, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the USA, and Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.
Students in Helen's Museology tutor group at the Bar Convent
Students in Helen's Marble module observe the brush stroke of paint on the Parthenon marbles and enjoy their ravishing beauty. BM, April 2018
"Marble" seminar breaches a bastion of male class privilege. May 2018.
BA Undergraduate modules include:
- The City & the Subject in Early Modern Europe
- Architecture, Gender and Sexuality
- Critical Approaches to the Baroque
- Seeing the City
- Architectural Theory
- Architecture & Memory
- Historiography & Theory
- Introduction to Architecture
- Masculinities & Femininities in Baroque Art
- Space as Property and the Properties of Space
MA modules include:
- Rethinking the Baroque
- Advanced Problems in Baroque Art
- Redeeming Matter
- Space as Property and the Properties of Space
A group of upper level students at Mount Grace Priory during Helen's Architecture, Gender & Sexuality module.
Critical Architecture MA Module, Field Trip to Libeskind's Imperial War Museum North, Manchester, Feb 2018
Helen welcomes inquiries for potential PhDs in line with her research interests. She is also happy to host Postdoctoral Researchers and European Fellowships for established reseachers with similar interests.
Bogdan Cornea, one of Helen's PhD students, receives a prize for his presentation on his PhD topic at the Humanities Research Centre, University of York, in July 2014. Photograph Ian Martindale
Two of Helen's PhD students at a research event she ran at Compton Verney
- Consultant Editor of the Open Arts Journal (Open University Press): February 2013 - present
- The Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities Advisory Committee founder member: 2017 (foundation) - present. The Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities at la Capraia, Naples: a partnership between The Edith O'Donnell Institute of Art History, University of Texas-Dallas, USA and the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy-- https://www.utdallas.edu/arthistory/port-cities/partners/
- Invited member of the international advisory board of a new book series Illuminating Women Artists: Renaissance and Baroque, to be published by Lund Humphries. Series Editors: Marilyn Dunn (Loyola University, Chicago) & Andrea Pearson (American University)
- Invited Scientific Advisory Committee Member, L'Officina di Efesto, a scholarly journal dedicated to all the arts, medieval-contemporary, in southern Italy and the Mediterranean (2018-present)
- International Scientific Committee: Grandi dimore: storia e conservazione publication series: Società Editrice Umberto Allemandi & C., Torino, Umberto Allemandi: direttore editoriale; Pietro Belli and Massimo Visone: coordinatori editoriali
- Scientific Committee: Arte - Architettura - Città e Territorio (with Alicia Cámara Muñoz (UNED – Madrid), Maria Concetta Di Natale (Università di Palermo), Marco Rosario Nobile (Università di Palermo), Dany Sandron (Université de Paris - Sorbonne)
Distinguished visiting professorships
- Robert Lehman Visiting Professor, Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence, Italy: Autumn Term 2017
- Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies: Smith College, Mass., USA: Aug-Dec 2014
- Distinguished Visiting Professor University of Colorado-Boulder, USA:: 5-15 April 2014
- Distinguished Visiting Professor, Department of Art, Emory University, USA: April 2013
Lectures and research seminars
I have presented papers at many national and international conferences and institutions including:
Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome, Italy; CAA (USA); Association of Art Historians (GB); EAHN; Group for Study of Early Modern Women; South East College Arts Conference (USA); University of Essex, UK; the Courtauld Institute of Art, London; University of Warwick; University of Reading, UK; University of Oxford (Renaissance Research Seminar); University of Manchester, UK; University of Sussex, UK; Manchester Metropolitan University; Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge; University of Leeds (early modern Research seminar); University of Liverpool; Clark Institute, USA; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; UCL-Courtauld Early Modern Research Seminar; University of Valenciennes, France; University of Stockholm, Sweden; University of Santiago, Chile; Palazzone Cortona (Harvard, Scuola Normale Pisa & EPHE, Paris), Italy; Universität der Künste, Berlin; V & A Museum, London; National Gallery, London; British School in Rome, Italy; Queen’s University, Canada; SE College Art Conference USA; Centro Internazionale di Studi sul barocco in Sicilia, Italy; Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome, Italy; Istituto Portugues do Patrimonio Arquitectonico, Lisbon, Portugal; Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies (Pittsburgh) USA; Università degli Studi, Palermo, Italy; Conference of Urban Historians, Berlin; Villa Le Balze (Georgetown University), Florence, Italy; Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX, USA; Roma Tre University, Italy; Ecole Française de Rome, Italy; Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome, Italy; Università degli Studi, Bologna, Italy; La Sapienza, Rome; Antwerp University; Fondazione Valerio per la Storia delle Donne, Naples, Italy; Meadows Museum, Dallas, Texas (USA); Harvard University, USA; Duke University, USA; College Art Association (New York) 2013; Università degli di Studi di Palermo; University of Leicester; Emory University, USA; University of Adelaide (ARC Centre of Excellence for History of Emotions), Australia; La Sapienza-Swedish Institute & Accademia di San Luca, Rome, Italy; IHR, London; Royal Holloway, London; University of Colorado-Boulder, USA; Smith College, Mass., USA; Association of Art Historians (UEA); University of Leeds ; Voglia d'Italia, Barcelona; Feminist Readings Conference (Leeds); Open University (London); Wiesbaden Art Gallery & Museum (University of Mainz), Germany; Hull Literary and Philosophical Society (Hull Year of Culture, 2017); Musée Cognaq-Jay, Paris (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle; Université Paris Nanterre; Institut universitaire de France); Art Gallery & Museum Wiesbaden, Germany.
Research peer review
- AHRC Peer Review Panel member (by invitation): 2010-2014; 2014-17; recently renewed until 31 December 2021
- The Council for Social Sciences and the Humanities of the Netherlands, Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO): Peer review of Senior Grant Application 2017
- University of Pavia, Italy: "Blue Sky Research" proposals evaluation. 2017: International Peer Review by invitation.
- REPRISE International Peer Review: Research on architecture and urbanism ca.1400-present conducted by members of Italian universities. REPRISE is a database of expert reviewers, created by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR), which brings together qualified experts from Italy and around the world in all fields of scientific enquiry. Selection panels draw on REPRISE to appoint peer-reviewers of research projects funded by MIUR or individual Universities (further information is available here: https://www.researchitaly.it/en/research-evaluation/).
- Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, Amsterdam. Evaluator of research applications: 2017
- U.O.S. Ricerca Competitiva: Università degli Studi di Udine, Italy: International reviewer: 2017 (invited peer reviewer to evaluate applications for research grants).
- Agenzia Nazionale di Valutazione del sistema Universitario e della Ricerca: Valutazione della Qualità della Ricerca, Italy: 2016-17: for research published 2014-2015: GEV Area 08 Civil Engineering and Architecture: Invited International Member Peer Review
- Swedish Research Council Peer Review: 2015-16. This involves reading two or three large grant applications annually; and giving feedback on proposed initiatives in research funding
- International MIUR Member of Italian Research Evaluation (for Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca, Dipartimento per la Formazione Superiore e per la Ricerca, Direzione Generale per il coordinamento, la promozione e la valorizzazione della Ricerca): Architectural History & Theory. By invitation: 2012-13; 2013-14; 2014-15; 2015-16; 2017-18.
- University of Roma-La Sapienza, Department of History, Cultures & Religions: External Academic Advisor: Jan 2011-present. This involves offering constructive advice when the Department faces internal and external reviews or wishes to launch new initiatives.
- Irish Research Council: Invited Member of the International Assessment Board for Senior Research Awards. Apr. 2013; Apr. 2014; Apr 2015.
- Irish Research Council: Invited Member of the International Assessment Board for Postgraduate Awards. Oct 2013. April 2014; Apr 2015.
- The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Science Research. Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. Peer Review Appraiser, 2015.
- Czech Science Foundation: Invited expert assessor on early modern Bohemian topics for postdoctoral research awards: Jun-Jul 2013. This involved assessing 4 applications for large research grants.
- Croatian National Research Institutes: 2011: Panel Member of Research Quality Study. I was invited to serve as the expert Art Historian member of the international Research Quality panel to assess the Croatian National Research Institutes in Zagreb 23-26 May 2011
- Keith Sykes Research Fellowship, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. Reviewer of Italian Renaissance/ Baroque Architecture application, Oct 2007
- Dutch Foundation for Scientific Research (NWO) Humanities Section, Reviewer: 2006-07
- J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art and the Humanities. Member of review panel: 2002-03; 2003-04
Regular reader for
Journal of Hispanic Studies
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (USA)
Object (UCL's Graduate Student On-line Publication)
The Sixteenth Century Journal
Cambridge University Press
Manchester University Press
Oxford University Press
Ashgate Publishing Company
Podcasts and media appearances
- Lecture as part of the Hull Year of Culture on 24 January 2016: http://www.hull-litandphil.org.uk/24th-january.html
- BBC Radio 4, ‘In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg’
- BBC Radio 3, Night Waves
- Invited discussant for live broadcast (30 minutes) on the 'Baroque', as part of Radio 3's 'Baroque Spring' season: 20 March 2013. Podcast available: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01r9q6r
- Helen was featured on Night Waves talking about the 'baroque' as part of Radio 3's "Baroque Spring".
- Radio Adelaide: Interview with Ewart Shaw. Interview lasting 45 minutes on the occasion of my keynote lecture at the Emotions & Rituals in Early Modern Europe conference held at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Feb 2014. Podcast available.
- Miraculous Affects: Inventing Corpses in Baroque Italy Miraculous Affects (PDF , 117kb) Opening Keynote Lecture, University of Adelaide Australia, February 2014 ; Centre for the History of Emotions, a Research Centre of Excellence funded by the Australian Research Council for 2011-17. The 2014 international collaboratory is on the theme of 'Emotion, Ritual and Power in Europe: 1200 to the Present': Emotions Make History
- Kennedy Lectures Series The Matter of the Baroque Smith College, Mass., USA 201 (PDF , 154kb)
- Lecture on Materiality and Art at a recent conference in London
- Interview by Ewart Shaw on Radio Adelaide (10 Feb 2014) talking about bloody miracles. Part of the interview is available here.
- Co-organizer & Co-curator, Fabrications: New Art and Urban Memory in Manchester. Included commisioning 6 new pieces of art from 6 contemporary artists. Cube Gallery, Manchester. 11 September - 2 November 2002
- Exoticizing Vesuvius? Formations of Naples, c.1500-present
- 3 AHRC Workshops in 2009: Principal Investigator with Dr M Calaresu, Cambridge: The Historical and Intellectual Formation of Neapolitan Historiography; Topography and Piety: Naples Afflicted; Objects of Collecting in Naples and Naples as Object of Collecting, 1708-2008
- Rethinking the Baroque
- University of York and Castle Howard, 5-7 July 2006
- Urban Memory in Manchester
- University of Manchester, September 2002
- Representing Emotions: evidence, arousal, analysis University of Manchester, 25-27 May 2001
Workshops organized (selected)