Concordia University

Martha Robinson


PhD - Art History

Thesis Title

Birds on the Wing: representing Avian Bodies in the Anthropocene


Dr. Johanne Sloan 

Research Interests
  • Contemporary art and the animal
  • Posthumanism
  • The art of natural history
  • Thing theory

Martha Robinson is a candidate in the Interuniversity Doctoral programme in Art History at Concordia University. Her dissertation research is centred on questions about the representation of animals, posthumanism, extinction and the Anthropocene. Martha received her MA in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories (CADN) from OCAD University, where she was the recipient of a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship for her research project “Sheepish: Ovine tropes and their impact on a posthumanist reading of Contemporary Art Practices.” Martha holds a BDes (Bachelor of Design) in Illustration from OCAD University, and her background includes a practice in illustration and textile design, and solo exhibitions in public and private galleries and juried shows. Martha has taught Art and the Animal: Posthumanism, Visual Culture and Art History (2016) in the undergraduate programme at Concordia, and in 2018 will teach The Art of Natural History and the Politics of the Collection. In addition to the subject of her dissertation, her research interests include contemporary and historic paradigms of natural history, the history and development of watercolour, mid-century modernism and landscape painting.

Teaching – Undergraduate Courses



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