Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Dr Olga Smith

Olga Smith is an art historian, specialising in contemporary art. Her research interests include photography and new imaging technologies, interchanges between art and intellectual ideas, cultural memory and, most recently, representations of landscape and environmental cultures.

Olga has been a recipient of a WIRL COFUND Marie Curie Fellowship at the University of Warwick, where she led the establishment of Environmental Humanities as a new field of interdisciplinary research. Prior to this, she held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Humboldt University of Berlin and positions at the University of St Andrews and Tate Gallery, London. Her PhD thesis was prepared at the University of Cambridge, where she had also completed her Masters and undergraduate degrees. In conjunction with her doctoral research on contemporary photography in France, Olga has held visiting scholarships at the École normale supérieure (Paris) and National Institute for Art History in Paris. Her first book is based on this research and is under contract with Leuven University Press. She has also published two edited volumes, including a special issue of a journal on photography and landscape, and numerous articles in Art History, Photographies, Fotogeschichte and Nottingham French Studies.