The history of collections is an increasingly important branch of cultural studies that spans the disciplines of art history, political history, architectural history, archaeology, history of science, museums studies and the social sciences. It is taught at a growing number of universities in the UK, in Europe and in North America up to PhD level, even though this is still a fairly new branch of (mainly) art historical investigation.
The international research group Collecting & Display was founded in London in 2004 and has been in operation since 2005, organising regular seminars and international conferences. The success of the events and publications – four volumes of conference proceedings to date – is proof of the necessity of a dedicated series focused on cutting-edge research in the field of collecting history.
Therefore, the new series wishes to take the debate beyond the original forum and includes volumes that result from Collecting & Display events as well as publications that highlight the research and discussions conducted within other groups and institutions. All publications will be peer reviewed by specialists.
Andrea M. Gáldy gained her PhD from the University of Manchester (School of Archaeology and Art History) in 2002. A recipient of fellowships from the Henry Moore Foundation (2003-05) and from the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti (2005-06), she is one of the original founding members of Collecting & Display. Having taught at North American and British university programmes in Florence, she moved to Germany in early 2012 and is currently engaged in completing a post-doctoral project. A sixth volume of Collecting Histories – Collecting Prints and Drawings – is in preparation, while three additional international conferences are already scheduled for the period 2016 to 2018. For more information on the international forum Collecting & Display, please visit www.collectinganddisplay.com.