Matthew Potter


Research interests

I have been drawn to fields which have tended to be passed over as ‘known’ quantities and are now ripe for revisiting and revising. I am particularly interested in the roles played by internationalism and global politics in the creation of national identities in the period 1850-1945, primarily in the British World. With my research I address certain ‘myths’ regarding the Victorian period and early twentieth century – challenging Modernist parameters that have previously confined potential discourses in this field – and draw upon new interdisciplinary approaches, incorporating philosophical, literary and material art histories in the work that I do.



Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD, History of Art, Birkbeck University of London

    1 Oct 1999 - 1 Apr 2004
  • MA, History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art

    1 Oct 1998 - 31 Aug 1999
  • BA (Hons), History, University of Oxford

    1 Sep 1995 - 31 Aug 1998