University of Calgary

Anuradha Gobin

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Anuradha Gobin

Anuradha Gobin is an Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of Art. Her research specialization is early modern visual culture of Northern Europe and its colonies in the Atlantic world. Professor Gobin teaches classes at the University of Calgary on Renaissance and Baroque art.

Dr. Gobin's book Picturing Punishment: The Spectacle and Material Afterlife of the Criminal Body in the Dutch Republic (forthcoming from University of Toronto Press) examines representations of criminal bodies as they moved in, out and through publicly accessible spaces in the city during punishment rituals in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic. It focuses on material culture associated with key sites of punishment to explore the complex relationship of criminality to early modern public life, post-Reformation theological discourses about death and the changing nature of knowledge acquisition in Northern Europe. 

Gobin’s current research project explores the use of visual media to demarcate boundaries and represent colonial terrain in the Caribbean during the early modern period. Maps, landscapes and scenes of plantation life are analyzed to elucidate some of the visual strategies employed to control spaces and manage the transplanted bodies that labored on colonized lands in the West Indies.

Professor Gobin received her PhD in Art History at McGill University and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Sainsbury Institute for Art. Her research has been supported by the Renaissance Society of America, the Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art, the Canadian Center for Architecture, the Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

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