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Mary-Ann Middelkoop

Doctoral Candidate

Cambridge CB2 1RD


Mary-Ann Middelkoop is currently a PhD Candidate in History at Peterhouse, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. Previously she read History at Utrecht University and undertook an MSc in History of Nationalism at the London School of Economics and Political Science, funded by the Huygens Scholarship Programme and the VSBfonds Scholarship. Her research interests include modern European history, nationalism and the visual arts, cultural diplomacy and the history of museums. 

Research Interests

PhD Title: the Visual Arts and Foreign Cultural Policy in the Weimar Republic, 1918-1933

The thesis seeks to address the politicisation of German modern art in a transnational context during the turbulent Weimar years. By examining Germany's official representation abroad at international art exhibitions and the related activities of a select group of museum directors and politicians, the dissertation establishes another aspect of Germany’s long and complex history with artistic modernism, whilst also pointing at the intricate relationship between power, culture and international relations in the interwar years. 

Research Supervision

Supervisor: Professor Sir Richard J. Evans

Advisor: Dr Henning Grunwald