V.M. Bateman

Vanessa Bateman is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the NWO-Vici project "Moving Animals: A History of Science, Media, and Policy in the 20th Century,” led by Prof. Raf de Bont. Her work analyzes the representation of animals in art and visual culture from the nineteenth century until today, and connects technological developments in visual media to animal histories and ecological changes. 


Working on Subproject #3, “Seasonal Migrations,” Vanessa will address the history of migratory animals and human-animal interactions from a cultural history perspective, looking at both the role of visual media in understanding the movement of animals, as well as the visual archive and its very movement/circulation.


Vanessa holds a PhD in Art History, Theory, and Criticism with a Specialization in Anthropogeny from the University of California San Diego (2022) and an MA in Contemporary Art History from OCAD University (Toronto).