Associate Professor Mary Roberts

BA Sydney, PhD Melbourne
John Schaeffer Associate Professor of British Art

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

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Mary Roberts is the John Schaeffer Associate Professor of British Art. She specializes in nineteenth-century British and Ottoman art with particular expertise in Orientalism, the history of artistic exchanges between the Ottoman Empire and Europe and the culture of travel. Her books include: Intimate Outsiders. The Harem in Ottoman and Orientalist Art and Travel Literature (Duke, 2007) and four co-edited books: The Poetics and Politics of Place. Ottoman Istanbul and British Orientalism (Pera Museum and University of Washington Press, 2011) Edges of Empire. Orientalism and Visual Culture (Blackwells, 2005), Orientalism’s Interlocutors, (Duke, 2002) and Refracting Vision. Essays on the Writings of Michael Fried (Power Publications, 2000/2012).

Mary has been awarded residential fellowships at the Yale Center for British Art (1999 and 2008), the Getty Research Institute (2008-9), the Clark Art Institute and Oakley Center for the Humanities (2009-10) and was a visiting scholar at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern University (2011-12). Her research has also been supported by grants from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Australian Research Council. She has been invited to speak at the Getty Research Institute, The Freer/Sackler Galleries in Washington, the Courtauld Institute of Art, Tate Britain, Northwestern, University of Michigan, Bosphorus University, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, the Yale Center for British Art and Pera Museum, Istanbul. Mary’s latest book entitled: Istanbul Exchanges. Ottomans, Orientalists and Nineteenth-century visual culture is forthcoming with the University of California Press.

Research interests

  • European, especially British, art of the Nineteenth Century
  • Gender, Orientalism, the history and culture of travel
  • Ottoman art in the Nineteenth Century and cultural exchange with European artists

Associations

  • 2010 – present, member of the expert advisory committee, Art in Translation, Getty funded e-journal published by Berg Publishers, Oxford
  • 2002 – 2012, Art History (Journal of the British Association of Art Historians), External Advisory Committee Member

Awards and honours

  • 2012 Honourable mention in the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Book Prize for outstanding scholarship in Art History, for The Poetics and Politics of Place. Ottoman Istanbul and British Orientalism
  • 2008 American Association of College and Research Libraries, (Choice Reviews Online) distinguished list of Outstanding Academic Titles: Mary Roberts, Intimate Outsiders. The Harem in Ottoman and Orientalist Art and Travel Literature
  • 2001 Honourable mention in the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Book Prize for outstanding scholarship in Art History, for Refracting Vision. Essays on the Writings of Michael Fried

Visiting fellowships

  • 2011-12, Visiting Scholar, The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University (July-February)
  • 2009–10, The Clark Art Institute/Oakley Center for the Humanities Fellow, (Sept-June)
  • 2008–09, Getty Scholar, Getty Research Institute, (Sept–June)
  • 2008, Visiting Fellowship, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, (Feb–March)
  • 2006, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Research Support Grant
  • 2005, Research Institute of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Writing Fellowship
  • 2000, Visiting Intercultural Fellow, Richmond College, London
  • 1999, Visiting Fellowship, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven

Selected grants

2014

  • Artists as collectors of the Islamic Arts, 1850-1910; Roberts M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2013

  • Istanbul Exchanges; Roberts M; Australian Academy of the Humanities/Publications Subsidy Scheme.

2012

  • Orientalism, Masculinity, Museology: Nineteenth-century artists as collectors of Islamic Decorative arts; Roberts M; School of Letters, Art and Media, University of Sydney/ARC Assistance Scheme.

2011

  • Gender and Modernity Research Group; Morris M, Allon F, Cooper M, Driscoll C, Gatens M, Hardie M, Hickey-Moody A, Jayamanne L, Lusty N, Roberts M, Waldby C; University of Sydney/FARCS Grant.

2010

  • Peripheral Horizons: Reinterpreting Orientalist visual culture through a comparative study of womens Orientalism in Australia, the USA and Europe, 1855-1914; Roberts M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
  • The Gender and Modernity Research Group; Driscoll C, Gatens M, Hardie M, Hickey-Moody A, Lusty N, Park J, Roberts M, Waldby C, Jayamanne L, Cooper M; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

2009

  • Istanbul Exchanges: Ottomans, Orientalists and nineteenth-century visual culture; Roberts M; The Clark Art Institute/Clark-Oakley Humanities Fellowship.
  • Challenging Regional Orientalisms; Roberts M; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.

2008

  • Artistic Exchanges in Nineteenth Century Istanbul; Roberts M; Getty Foundation (USA)/Getty Scholar Grants.

2006

  • Elite Ottoman Women and Artistic Patronage in Istanbul in the 1870s; Roberts M; University of Sydney (CHASS)/Overseas Conference and Travel Grant.
  • Refashioning Images of Empire: British Artists/Ottoman Patrons; Roberts M; Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Yale University/Research Support Grant.

2005

  • Intimate Outsiders. The Harem in Ottoman and Orientalist Art and Travel Writing; Roberts M; University of Sydney/Research Institute for Humanities & Social Sciences Writing Fellowships.

2003

  • Illustrations subsidy for book: Edges of Empire (Blackwells, 2005); Roberts M; Australian Academy of the Humanities/Publications Subsidy Scheme.
  • The Other Orient. Reinterpreting Orientalist Art by studying the priorities of Ottoman painters and patrons in Constantinople 1839-1909.; Roberts M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
  • Illustrations subsidy for book: Edges of Empire (Blackwells, 2005); Roberts M; Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney/Research Seed Funding Scheme.
  • Conference Session Convenor and Presenter: Exotic Inversions: Egyptian Royal Women and the Orientalism Debate and Session Convenor: Writing Feminist Art Histories; Roberts M; University of Sydney (CHASS)/Overseas Conference and Travel Grant.

2002

  • Edges of Empire: British Art and the Orientalism Debate; Roberts M; Center for British Art, Yale University/Travel and Conference Grant.

2001

  • Patterns of patronage: An inquiry into the Orientalist paintings of Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann; Roberts M; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Research and Development (R&D).
  • The Politics of Portraiture Behind the Veil; Roberts M; University of Sydney (CHASS)/Overseas Conference and Travel Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Roberts, M. (2007). Intimate Outsiders: The Harem in Ottoman and Orientalist Art and Travel Literature. Durham (USA) and London: Duke University Press.

Edited Books

  • Roberts, M., Beaulieu, J., Ross, T. (2012). Refracting Vision: Essays on the Writings of Michael Fried. Sydney: Power Publications.
  • Roberts, M. (2011). The Poetics and Politics of Place: Ottoman Istanbul and British Orientalism. USA: Pera Museum.
  • Roberts, M., Hackforth-Jones, J. (2005). Edges of Empire: Orientalism and Visual Culture. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Roberts, M., Beaulieu, J. (2002). Orientalism's interlocutors : painting, architecture, photography. Durham, United States: Duke University Press.
  • Roberts, M., Beaulieu, J., Ross, T. (2000). Refracting Vision: Essays on the Writings of Michael Fried. 1st Edition. Sydney: Power Publications.

Book Chapters

  • Roberts, M. (2014). Ottoman Art, Empire and the Orientalism Debate. In Robert Aldrich, Kirsten McKenzie (Eds.), The Routledge History of Western Empires, (pp. 364-381). London: Routledge.
  • Roberts, M. (2013). En route: 1001 Nights cast. Atelier Paris: The Power Studio. Sydney: University Art Gallery, The University of Sydney.
  • Roberts, M. (2013). The Limits of Circumscription. In Ali Behdad and Luke Gartlan (Eds.), Photography's Orientalism: new essays on colonial representation, (pp. 53-74). Los Angeles, USA: Getty Publications.
  • Roberts, M. (2012). Divided Objects of Empires: Ottoman Imperial Portraiture and Transcultural Aesthetics. In Julie F Codell (Eds.), Transculturation in British Art, 1770-1930, (pp. 159-175). Surrey: Ashgate.
  • Roberts, M. (2011). Genealogies of Display: Cross-Cultural Networks at the 1880s Istanbul Exhibitions. In Zeynep Inankur, Reina Lewis, Mary Roberts (Eds.), The Poetics and Politics of Place: Ottoman Istanbul and British Orientalism, (pp. 127-142). USA: Pera Museum.
  • Roberts, M., Lewis, R., Inankur, Z. (2011). Introduction: Disruptive Geographies. In Zeynep Inankur, Reina Lewis, Mary Roberts (Eds.), The Poetics and Politics of Place: Ottoman Istanbul and British Orientalism, (pp. 19-29). USA: Pera Museum.
  • Roberts, M. (2010). Gérôme in Istanbul. In Scott Allan and Mary Morton (Eds.), Reconsidering Gérôme, (pp. 119-134). Los Angeles, CA: Getty Publications.
  • Roberts, M. (2009). Visual Elaborations: Fausto Zonaro's 'Ottoman' Self-Portraits. In Jaynie Anderson (Eds.), Crossing Cultures: Conflict, Migration and Convergence: the proceedings of the 32nd International Congress of the History of Art. Melbourne: Miegunyah Press.
  • Roberts, M. (2007). Karşit Noktalar: Said, Sanat Tarihi ve 19. yy'da Osmanlı Kimliğinin Yeniden İcadı [Counterpoints: Said, Art History and the Reinvention of Ottoman Identity in Nineteenth-century Istanbul. Oryantalizm: Edward Said Anısına [Orientalism: In Memory of Edward Said]. Istanbul: İstanbul Büyükşehir.
  • Roberts, M. (2007). The Politics of Portraiture Behind the Veil. In Tim Barringer, Geoff Quilley and Douglas Fordham (Eds.), Art and the British Empire, (pp. 223-236). Manchester UK & New York: Manchester University Press.
  • Roberts, M. (2006). Harem portraiture: Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann and the Egyptian Princess Nazli Hanim. In Deborah Cherry, Janice Helland (Eds.), Local/Global: Women Artists in the Nineteenth Century, (pp. 77-98). Aldershot UK: Ashgate.
  • Roberts, M. (2005). Cultural Crossings: Sartorial Adventures, Satiric Narratives, and the Question of Indigenous Agency in Nineteenth Century Europe and the Near East. In Jocelyn Hackforth-Jones; Mary Roberts (Eds.), Edges of Empire: Orientalism and Visual Culture, (pp. 70-94). Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Roberts, M., Hackforth-Jones, J. (2005). Introduction: Visualizing Culture across the edges of empires. In Jocelyn Hackforth-Jones; Mary Roberts (Eds.), Edges of Empire: Orientalism and Visual Culture, (pp. 1-19). Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Roberts, M. (2002). Contested Terrains: Women Orientalists and the Colonial Harem. In Mary Roberts and Jill Beaulieu (Eds.), Orientalism's interlocutors : painting, architecture, photography, (pp. 179-203). Durham, United States: Duke University Press.
  • Roberts, M. (2002). Inhabiting Tradition: Barbara Campbell's 'Inflorescent'. In Barbara Campbell and Laura Ginters (Eds.), Flesh Winnow. Sydney Australia: Power Publications.
  • Roberts, M., Beaulieu, J. (2002). Orientalism's interlocutors. In Mary Roberts and Jill Beaulieu (Eds.), Orientalism's interlocutors : painting, architecture, photography, (pp. 1-18). Durham, United States: Duke University Press.
  • Roberts, M., Beaulieu, J., Ross, T. (2000). An Interview with Michael Fried. In Jill Beaulieu, Mary Roberts and Toni Ross (Eds.), Refracting Vision: Essays on the Writings of Michael Fried. Sydney: Power Publications.
  • Roberts, M. (2000). Difference and Deferral: The Sexual Economy of Courbet's 'Femininity'. In Jill Beaulieu, Mary Roberts and Toni Ross (Eds.), Refracting Vision: Essays on the Writings of Michael Fried. Sydney: Power Publications.
  • Roberts, M., Beaulieu, J. (1997). Courbet's Corporeal Realism: The Phenomenological Body and the Anti-theatrical Tradition. In Anthony Bond (Eds.), Body, (pp. 109-118). Melbourne: Bookman Press.
  • Roberts, M. (1997). Twelve Catalogue Entries on British and French Orientalist Paintings. In Roger Benjamin (Eds.), The Oriental Mirage: Visions of the East From Delacroix to Klee. Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Journals

  • Roberts, M. (2013). Networked Objects. International Journal of Middle East Studies, 45(3), 570-573. [More Information]
  • Roberts, M. (2013). Ottoman Statecraft and the "Pencil of Nature": Photography, Painting, and Drawing at the Court of Sultan Abdulaziz. Ars Orientalis, 43, 10-30.
  • Roberts, M. (2011). Mary Roberts ile söyleşi. Toplumsal Tarih, Issue 216.
  • Roberts, M. (2010). Walls of Algiers: narratives of the city. Society of Architectural Historians. Journal, 69(4), 610-612. [More Information]
  • Roberts, M. (2002). Pasts Present: Recent Developments in the Study of Nineteenth-century British Art. Art Monthly Australia, , 15-18.
  • Roberts, M. (2000). Being Drawn: Barbara Campbell's 'Inflorescent'. Eyeline, Autumn/Winter.
  • Roberts, M. (2000). Strategic Inversions: Women's Harem Literature and the Politics of Looking. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, 1(2), 31-41.
  • Roberts, M. (1997). 'Decorum' by Helen Nicholson. Art and Australia, 34(3).

2014

  • Roberts, M. (2014). Ottoman Art, Empire and the Orientalism Debate. In Robert Aldrich, Kirsten McKenzie (Eds.), The Routledge History of Western Empires, (pp. 364-381). London: Routledge.

2013

  • Roberts, M. (2013). En route: 1001 Nights cast. Atelier Paris: The Power Studio. Sydney: University Art Gallery, The University of Sydney.
  • Roberts, M. (2013). Networked Objects. International Journal of Middle East Studies, 45(3), 570-573. [More Information]
  • Roberts, M. (2013). Ottoman Statecraft and the "Pencil of Nature": Photography, Painting, and Drawing at the Court of Sultan Abdulaziz. Ars Orientalis, 43, 10-30.
  • Roberts, M. (2013). The Limits of Circumscription. In Ali Behdad and Luke Gartlan (Eds.), Photography's Orientalism: new essays on colonial representation, (pp. 53-74). Los Angeles, USA: Getty Publications.

2012

  • Roberts, M. (2012). Divided Objects of Empires: Ottoman Imperial Portraiture and Transcultural Aesthetics. In Julie F Codell (Eds.), Transculturation in British Art, 1770-1930, (pp. 159-175). Surrey: Ashgate.
  • Roberts, M., Beaulieu, J., Ross, T. (2012). Refracting Vision: Essays on the Writings of Michael Fried. Sydney: Power Publications.

2011

  • Roberts, M. (2011). Genealogies of Display: Cross-Cultural Networks at the 1880s Istanbul Exhibitions. In Zeynep Inankur, Reina Lewis, Mary Roberts (Eds.), The Poetics and Politics of Place: Ottoman Istanbul and British Orientalism, (pp. 127-142). USA: Pera Museum.
  • Roberts, M., Lewis, R., Inankur, Z. (2011). Introduction: Disruptive Geographies. In Zeynep Inankur, Reina Lewis, Mary Roberts (Eds.), The Poetics and Politics of Place: Ottoman Istanbul and British Orientalism, (pp. 19-29). USA: Pera Museum.
  • Roberts, M. (2011). Mary Roberts ile söyleşi. Toplumsal Tarih, Issue 216.
  • Roberts, M. (2011). The Poetics and Politics of Place: Ottoman Istanbul and British Orientalism. USA: Pera Museum.

2010

  • Roberts, M. (2010). Gérôme in Istanbul. In Scott Allan and Mary Morton (Eds.), Reconsidering Gérôme, (pp. 119-134). Los Angeles, CA: Getty Publications.
  • Roberts, M. (2010). Walls of Algiers: narratives of the city. Society of Architectural Historians. Journal, 69(4), 610-612. [More Information]

2009

  • Roberts, M. (2009). Visual Elaborations: Fausto Zonaro's 'Ottoman' Self-Portraits. In Jaynie Anderson (Eds.), Crossing Cultures: Conflict, Migration and Convergence: the proceedings of the 32nd International Congress of the History of Art. Melbourne: Miegunyah Press.

2007

  • Roberts, M. (2007). Intimate Outsiders: The Harem in Ottoman and Orientalist Art and Travel Literature. Durham (USA) and London: Duke University Press.
  • Roberts, M. (2007). Karşit Noktalar: Said, Sanat Tarihi ve 19. yy'da Osmanlı Kimliğinin Yeniden İcadı [Counterpoints: Said, Art History and the Reinvention of Ottoman Identity in Nineteenth-century Istanbul. Oryantalizm: Edward Said Anısına [Orientalism: In Memory of Edward Said]. Istanbul: İstanbul Büyükşehir.
  • Roberts, M. (2007). The Politics of Portraiture Behind the Veil. In Tim Barringer, Geoff Quilley and Douglas Fordham (Eds.), Art and the British Empire, (pp. 223-236). Manchester UK & New York: Manchester University Press.

2006

  • Roberts, M. (2006). Harem portraiture: Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann and the Egyptian Princess Nazli Hanim. In Deborah Cherry, Janice Helland (Eds.), Local/Global: Women Artists in the Nineteenth Century, (pp. 77-98). Aldershot UK: Ashgate.

2005

  • Roberts, M. (2005). Cultural Crossings: Sartorial Adventures, Satiric Narratives, and the Question of Indigenous Agency in Nineteenth Century Europe and the Near East. In Jocelyn Hackforth-Jones; Mary Roberts (Eds.), Edges of Empire: Orientalism and Visual Culture, (pp. 70-94). Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Roberts, M., Hackforth-Jones, J. (2005). Edges of Empire: Orientalism and Visual Culture. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Roberts, M., Hackforth-Jones, J. (2005). Introduction: Visualizing Culture across the edges of empires. In Jocelyn Hackforth-Jones; Mary Roberts (Eds.), Edges of Empire: Orientalism and Visual Culture, (pp. 1-19). Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishers.

2002

  • Roberts, M. (2002). Contested Terrains: Women Orientalists and the Colonial Harem. In Mary Roberts and Jill Beaulieu (Eds.), Orientalism's interlocutors : painting, architecture, photography, (pp. 179-203). Durham, United States: Duke University Press.
  • Roberts, M. (2002). Inhabiting Tradition: Barbara Campbell's 'Inflorescent'. In Barbara Campbell and Laura Ginters (Eds.), Flesh Winnow. Sydney Australia: Power Publications.
  • Roberts, M., Beaulieu, J. (2002). Orientalism's interlocutors. In Mary Roberts and Jill Beaulieu (Eds.), Orientalism's interlocutors : painting, architecture, photography, (pp. 1-18). Durham, United States: Duke University Press.
  • Roberts, M., Beaulieu, J. (2002). Orientalism's interlocutors : painting, architecture, photography. Durham, United States: Duke University Press.
  • Roberts, M. (2002). Pasts Present: Recent Developments in the Study of Nineteenth-century British Art. Art Monthly Australia, , 15-18.

2000

  • Roberts, M., Beaulieu, J., Ross, T. (2000). An Interview with Michael Fried. In Jill Beaulieu, Mary Roberts and Toni Ross (Eds.), Refracting Vision: Essays on the Writings of Michael Fried. Sydney: Power Publications.
  • Roberts, M. (2000). Being Drawn: Barbara Campbell's 'Inflorescent'. Eyeline, Autumn/Winter.
  • Roberts, M. (2000). Difference and Deferral: The Sexual Economy of Courbet's 'Femininity'. In Jill Beaulieu, Mary Roberts and Toni Ross (Eds.), Refracting Vision: Essays on the Writings of Michael Fried. Sydney: Power Publications.
  • Roberts, M., Beaulieu, J., Ross, T. (2000). Refracting Vision: Essays on the Writings of Michael Fried. 1st Edition. Sydney: Power Publications.
  • Roberts, M. (2000). Strategic Inversions: Women's Harem Literature and the Politics of Looking. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, 1(2), 31-41.

1997

  • Roberts, M. (1997). 'Decorum' by Helen Nicholson. Art and Australia, 34(3).
  • Roberts, M., Beaulieu, J. (1997). Courbet's Corporeal Realism: The Phenomenological Body and the Anti-theatrical Tradition. In Anthony Bond (Eds.), Body, (pp. 109-118). Melbourne: Bookman Press.
  • Roberts, M. (1997). Twelve Catalogue Entries on British and French Orientalist Paintings. In Roger Benjamin (Eds.), The Oriental Mirage: Visions of the East From Delacroix to Klee. Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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