Michael Feinberg

Ph.D. Candidate



Michael broadly works on the theories and histories of visual culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Taking the enlightenment idea of a spectator as a myth, his transdisciplinary dissertation project focuses on Caribbean landscapes from the enlightenment era to remap the relationship between pictures, perceivers, and spaces by contesting the primacy of opticality. In addition to being a contributor to EdgeEffects, Michael has presented his work at a variety at interdisciplinary conferences for eighteenth and nineteenth century studies. This summer, he will hold a pre-doctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Michael will also be co-chairing the HECAA sponsored panel, “Race Beyond the Human Body in the Long Eighteenth Century” at the College Art Association conference in 2020. He received his B.A from Sarah Lawrence College in 2015 with a concentration in art history.

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