Hello, my name is Gabriele Neher (@gabrieleneher) , Renaissance art historian with particular interests in gender, Elizabethan and Venetian 16th century art, a soft spot for climbing early modern roofs, a fascination with China, and a need for haribo. I have piublished on Renaissance Brescia (the topic for my PhD) and early modern gender, and have held positions as Reviews Editor for Gender & History and Honoroary Secretary for the Society for Renaissance Studies. I have long been active in the Association of Art Historians, from acting as Student Chair 1995-1998, to serving as member of the Universities panel. I work at the University of Nottingham and amongst other things, am heavily invested in teaching and student support. In 2015, I was made a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow. So, all in all, I would describe myself as an academic heavily invested in teaching and continually trying to keep my research and teaching relevant and evolving for my students.
I am originally from Germany, but came to the UK ‘for a couple of months’ in 1989. I then studied English and History of Art at the University of Aberdeen and received my PhD in History of Art from the University of Warwick (2000). I have been at the University of Nottingham since 1997, teaching on all matters Renaissance, really. As an art historian, images are key to what I am working with, and images of course lend themselves very well to a whole range of social media platforms, so I have adopted Twitter, Facebook and a couple of blogs as part of my teaching practice. My main blog is renaissanceissues.wordpress.comwhich started as an attempt to talk just about my research, but has since diversified into embracing pretty much every aspect of my working life and in a way, has come to exemplify the diversity of what a scholar encounters in their ‘normal’ working life.
When I am not in the office or in the classroom, I love reading and might as well fess up straight away that I have a very considerable soft spot for historical novels, but what I really love is being outside. I love exploring things with a camera in hand, be these architectural spaces that I might explore with my students or the wonderful landscape of the Peak District which is right at my door step here in Nottingham. Photography is my most cherished creative hobby- for me thinking about images as the person making them, allows me to be a better art historian and allows me to engage more effectively with the images other people have made.
During my curation I would like to have conversations about the issues I encounter in my working life: gender studies, creativity, centre and periphery; the relation between historical disciplines and where art historians sit; ideas about project-based teaching and teaching on-site; photography and a whole lot of other things. I want to have a chat with other humanities scholars about what we all do, really.