Art and Visual Culture


The Visual Culture group includes LARCA members whose research projects focus on the arts and visual cultures of the English-speaking worlds. The research conducted in this context combines historical as well as aesthetic approaches, and includes still as well as time-based media: painting, photography, film, television, sculpture, video, VR…

Alongside visual forms and creative practices, questions of circulation and reception are addressed in relation to the institutional context (museums, galleries, festivals, foundations, digital platforms…). Visual Culture interfaces with the other LARCA research clusters. Its dynamic is set through collaborations and collective discussions taking place within specific seminars such as “Imaginaires Contemporains”.

Heads of the Visual Group : 

Martine Beugnet and Ariane Hudelet.

Research seminar : 

Contemporary cultural imaginaries

Members :

Catherine Bernard is specialist of contemporary English fiction, modern and contemporary art, as well as the history of modern aesthetics. She is currently working on the edition of a volume of essays – New Objects of Visibility – deriving from the collective work of the “Imaginaires contemporains” LARCA seminar. She has just published Matière à réflexion. Du corps politique dans les arts visuels et la littérature britannique contemporains (2018).


Martine Beugnet is a specialist of cinema and video art, with a particular interest in the forms, aesthetics and practices of the image in the era of the digital (miniaturization, gestures, immersion, virtual reality, surveillance). She recently published a book on blur in cinema (L’attrait du flou) and co-edited the collective volume Indefinite Visions : Cinema and the attractions of uncertainty. She co-directs, with Kriss Ravetto, the collection “Film and Intermediality” and with Baptiste Bohet, the collection “Usages Des Patrimoines Numérisés”. She is a member of the editorial committee of the journal NECSUS. She is also a member of the management committee of the UDPN network where she organised, together with Emmanuelle André, the program Technological Uncanny.


Carole Cambray is a specialist of British literature in the 19th century, illustrated books and the links between image and text.


Géraldine Chouard is a specialist of American literature (20th-21st centuries), art and visual culture in the United States, photography and quilt studies. She recently published an article entitled “Le patchwork, cadastre textile des Etats-Unis: l’Amérique au fil de ses map quilts”, Etudes caribéennes, and she supervised an exhibition entitled: “L’Amérique comme patchwork. Les Etats-Unis au fil de leurs quilts” which took place in the Mairie du Vème arrondissement.


Emmanuelle Delanoë-Brun is a specialist of visual studies (cinema, TV series), gender representations, popular culture and American literature. She just published an article entitled « De Cagney and Lacey à Rizzoli & Isles : variations féministes du duo féminin dans la fiction sérielle policière » in the Revue française d’études américaines. She also takes part in the collective volume Frontières du littéraire, working especially on a chapter with Clémence Folléa entitled « Les confins du littéraire : de la scène ouverte aux jeux vidéo, essai de carthographie médiatique ».


Paul Edwards is a specialist of visual studies, history of photography and English and French literature, more particularly of Alfred Jarry and his period. He is currently working on two monographs, as well as on a collective work on photobooks and a special edition of a journal on science fiction. He is co-publisher of Disorder : Histoire sociales des mouvements punk/post-punk, which will be released in 2019.



Véronique Elefteriou-Perrin is a specialist of the history of American cinema, the use of the image in war contexts, as well as the representations of Jewish communities in the American visual culture. She is currently working on the “filmdom” in the context of the Great War and the inter-war years in the United States.


Clémence Folléa is a specialist of Victorian literature and society, narrative experience and immersion in videogames, as well as internet culture. Her article entitled “Videogames’ Specific Forms of Immersion into the Past, Present, and Future: Experiencing Progress in American McGee’s Alice (2000) and Alice: Madness Returns (2011)” has been accepted for the collective volume Contemporary Victoriana, which will be released next year. She also takes part in the collective volume Frontières du littéraire, working especially on a chapter with Emmanuelle Delanoë-Brun entitled “Les confins du littéraire: de la scène ouverte aux jeux vidéo, essai de carthographie médiatique”.


Lily Hibberd is an artist, writer and researcher, with an interdisciplinary practice across digital media art, immersive media and many other forms. Her collaborative art practice involves a profound engagement with marginalized communities, as well as historians, scientists and astronomers, with a focus on the remaking of marginalized memory. Since 2012, she has worked with a group of women formerly held in Parramatta Girls Home, a state-run reform institution for adolescent girls in Sydney. In 2017, they created a 3D/360-degree film entitled ‘Parragirls Past, Present’, which enabled the self-representation of their omitted, traumatic history. At LARCA her research investigates new forms of immersive digital media and contemporary art forms and their impact on embodied and social experience and their representation.


Ariane Hudelet is a specialist of cinema, TV series, visual arts, intermediality and audiovisual aesthetics. She is currently working on the aesthetic evolutions of American TV series, more particularly one-hour dramas, since 1999. She considers what has often been called “television’s third golden age”, or “complex television” (J. Mittell) to explore aesthetic choices of TV series which she connects with the recent mutations in modes of production and reception, as well as with technological evolutions.



Catherine Marcangeli specialises in British and American art since the 1950s: quotation and appropriation in painting, happenings and performance art, the notion of total art (art/poetry/music). An exhibition curator, she recently curated First Happenings (ICA) and City Music & City Poems (Whitechapel, London, 2019), and edited the catalogues. She works on poetry since the 1960s, has edited Adrian Henri, Selected and Unpublished (LUP) and curated an archive exhibition on The Mersey Sound at The National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, London. As a translator: she has just published an English translation of Luc Ferrari’s, Complete Works; her French adaptation of Willy Russell’s Educating Rita will be staged in Brussels in 2019.


  • Mark Meigs, PR

Mark Meigs specialises on American history and culture. His particular interests are the changes in the society and cultural institutions of the United States between the Civil War and World War II. He has written a historical geography of the museums of Philadelphia in which those institutions reflect the changing social and political realities of the city. He is also co-editor of the online publication Arts of War and Peace.


Frédéric Ogée is a specialist of British literature and art history. In 2006 he curated an exhibition on English painter William Hogarth for the Louvre, and has written numerous books, including Les paysages absolus (Hazan, 2010) on J.M.W.Turner. He is currently writing a monograph on portrait painter Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), editing an anthology of artists’ writings entitled Truth and British Art, 1700-1945.




Doctoral and post-doctoral students

Within the frame of a doctoral contract (ED 131), Yonit Aronowicz is currently working with Catherine Bernard (after having worked with François Brunet) on the place and aesthetics of archives in the aesthetics of contemporary photography. In 2019, she was granted a scholarship from the Terra Foundation for American Art to promote research on American art.



Anna Audo is currently working on her dissertation entitled: “Fashion and collective becomings in British and American fashion curation”, under the supervision of Catherine Bernard.




Marie-Pierre Burquier is currently working on her thesis entitled: “Thérapeutique de l’image classique hollywoodienne : le corps démonté du found footage contemporain”, under the supervision of Martine Beugnet.



Jeanne Ferrier is currently working on her thesis entitled: “Une esthétique de l’angoisse individuelle et collective : Représentations de la banlieue résidentielle américaine dans le cinéma d’horreur”, under the supervision of Martine Beugnet.


Elise Harris is currently working on her thesis entitled: “Filming Space : Rethinking Mise-en-Scène and Spatiality in Digital Outer Space Cinema”, under the supervision of Martine Beugnet and Emmanuelle André (CERILAC).



Eliane de Larminat is currently working on her thesis entitled: ‘’The Buildings and the Families’. La part des representations photographiques dans l’histoire du logement social à Chicago(1937-2000)”, under the supervision of Jean Kempf.



In 2019, Laura Ouillon will begin a thesis entitled: “Imaginaires de l’arbre dans l’art contemporain britannique (1980 à nos jours) : figures esthétiques et expériences mémorielles”, under the supervision of Catherine Bernard.



Chiara Salari is currently working on her thesis entitled: “Le paysage explosé. Atlas contemporain de ses circulations photographiques et médiatiques. Perspectives américaines, italiennes et françaises”, under the supervision of Martine Beugnet.



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