Dr Alexandra Trott

Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Theory
Subject Coordinator - BA Fine Art


Alexandra Trott is an art historian. She is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Theory at Oxford Brookes University, and Undergraduate Subject Co-ordinator for Fine Art. Her research interests include the history of the avant-garde from the nineteenth century to the present day. Her doctorate focused on the foundations of the French avant-garde, presenting the first critical monograph of the Fumiste collective, Les Hydropathes.

Alexandra completed her PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London (2015). There she studied with Christopher Townsend, with whom she also completed her BA (2007), focusing on the twentieth-century avant-garde. Alexandra was awarded her Masters by the Courtauld Institute of Art (2009), during which she specialised in nineteenth-century European Art.

Responding to her interest in contemporary art practice, Alexandra has worked with contemporary artist Eloise Hawser to help produce exhibitions for Tate Britain (Weight of Data, May-October 2015), the New Museum, New York (2015 Triennial: Surround Audience), and the ICA, London (Lives on Wire, June-September 2015).

She has previously taught the history of avant-garde film at Royal Holloway, University of London, and French art history (1870-1960) at Queen Mary, University of London.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Fine Art Theory I: Modernism and Avant-Gardes (Year 1)
  • Fine Art Theory IV: Extended Critical Essay (Year 3)
  • Professional Writing for Artists (Year 3)

Selected Publications

  • Across the Great Divide: Modernism’s Intermedialities from Futurism to Fluxus, co-edited with C. Townsend, R. Davies, (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015)

Articles and Book Chapters

  • ‘Hydropathe Caricature: Satirical Portraits in France’s Early Third Republic’. In S. de Leeuw & M. Meijer Drees (eds.), The Power of Satire, (John Benjamins Publishing, 2015)
  • ‘Dynamism and Design in the Ballets Suédois’s L’Homme et son désir’. In A. Trott, C. Townsend & R. Davies (eds.), Across the Great Divide: Modernism’s Intermedialities from Futurism to Fluxus, (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015)


  • ‘Waves of Painted Stone: Abstraction and Materiality in Art of Duncan Grant’. In preparation for Tate Research, In Focus, forthcoming 2016.
  • ‘Beer in Bohemia: An Unexpected History of Montmartre’s Art Clubs’.

Selected Conference Papers

‘The Cercle des Hydropathes: A Liberal Utopia?’, European Network of Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies (EAM), University of Helsinki, 2014.

‘Your Body as My Canvas: Collective Identity and the Hydropathe Body in the Early Third Republic’, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III, Modernist Communities, 2014.

‘Humour, Satire and the Denial of Political Cause in Parisian Bohemian Art’, University of Utrecht, Faculty of Humanities, Satire Across Borders, 2013.

‘Rediscovering l’Hydropathe: An Early Modernist Journal’, Royal Holloway, University of London, Department of Media Arts, Postgraduate Research Conference, 2013.

‘Battle in Bohemia: The Hydropathe Club as Social Protest in the Early Third Republic’, University of Kent, Centre for the Study of Social and Political Movements, Theory, Action and Impact of Social Protest, 2012

‘A Political Aesthetic? Fumiste Caricature in the Early Third Republic’, Queen Mary University of London, Department of French, Réseau F, 2012.

‘Dada & Film: Manhatta and Retour à la Raison’, University of Birmingham, Department of French, Postgraduate Research Symposium, 2011.

Selected Event Organising

‘Modernism & Ritual’, Research Panel at the European Network of Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies (EAM), hosted by the University of Helsinki, Finland. Organised and chaired with Dr Essi Viitanen (UCL), August 2014.

Conference Panel organiser: ‘Modernism’s Intermedialities from Futurism To Fluxus’, Research Panel at the Association of Art Historians (AAH) conference hosted by the Open University, Kent. Co-organised and chaired with Professor Christopher Townsend and Rhys Davies (RHUL), March 2012.

Convenor of ‘Future of Arts Research’, One-day postgraduate conference, funded by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, RHUL, held at the British Library, November 2011.

Alexandra Trott


School of Arts

Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, OX3 0BP