Julia Lum

Assistant Professor of Art History
Interim Chair, Art Conservation

Department: Art History
Office Address: Baxter 104
Office Phone: (909) 607-0078
Julia Lum

Academic History

Ph.D., Art History, Yale University
M.A., Art History, Carleton University
B.A., Art History, English Literature, University of British Columbia

Areas of Expertise

British art; landscape; photography; visual and material histories of empire; Pacific art

Personal Interests

Art and visual culture of the eighteenth century to present in Britain and the (former) British empire, with an emphasis on cross-cultural exchange and entanglement in Oceania and North America. Current research centers on landscapes at the intersection of Indigenous and colonial cultural practices.

Selected Research and Publications

  • “Our Transporting Antipodes’: Panoramic Views of Australia and the Works of Augustus Earle,” in On the Viewing Platform: the Panorama Between Canvas and Screen, ed. Tim Barringer, Richard Maxwell and Katie Trumpener. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020. 120-140.
  • Co-authored with Gabrielle Moser, "The Invisible and Inalienable Wind," in "The Arts, Environmental Justice, and the Ecological Crisis", British Art Studies, Issue 18.
  • Co-authored with Kailani Polzak, “The Time of Captain Cook: A Conversation,” Journal18 (April 2020).
  • Co-authored with Kaitlin McCormick and Gerald McMaster, “The Entangled Gaze: Indigenous and European Views of Each Other.” Editors' Introduction to ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations and First Peoples’ Cultures 2:3 ​(2018),​ 125-140 (Special Issue on The Entangled Gaze, co-edited with Gerald McMaster).
  • Fire-stick Picturesque: Landscape Art in Early Colonial Tasmania,” British Art Studies 10 (2018)
  • “Familial Looking: Chinese Canadian Vernacular Photography of the Exclusion Period (1923–1967),” Visual Studies 32:2 (2017)​, 111-123.
  • Iqaipaa / I Remember: Spatial and Temporal Constructions of Identity in the Museum,” SHIFT / Journal of Visual and Material Culture 1 (2008)

Awards and Honors

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto, 2018-19
  • Theron Rockwell Field Prize, Yale University, 2018
  • Frances Blanshard Prize for an outstanding doctoral dissertation submitted to the Department of the History of Art, Yale University, 2018
  • Junior Fellowship, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, 2017
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (Annual Scholar Theme: “Art and Anthropology”), 2016–17
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship, 2011-2015

Courses Taught

  • Art & the British Empire
  • Art of the Pacific Voyage
  • History of Photography
  • Core III: Photography and the Archive

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