Region: Africa, Atlantic World, Britain, Europe, Latin America, Low Countries
Time: 16th Century, 17th Century
Theme: Animal Studies, Colonialism, Cultural History, Environmental Humanities, History of Art and Architecture, History of Science, Renaissance
Sarah is a PhD candidate in art history and architecture at Harvard University. Her work focuses on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish art and environmental history, with a particular interest the relationship between bodies, landscapes, and colonialism. She has a special interest in Early Modern European conceptions of nature, environment, and territory, especially the ways in which visual encounters inform these ideas. Her dissertation combines her interests by examining visual and material histories and legacies of wetland ecologies in the Netherlands and the Americas. Sarah recently co- organized the international conference ‘Art Museums and the Legacies of the Dutch Slave Trade: Curating Histories, Envisioning Futures,’ and contributed an essay on depictions of the Dutch in colonial Mauritius to the edited volume ‘Dutch Golden Age(s): The Shaping of a Cultural Community’ (Brepols, 2021).