Dr Katrina Grant

PhD, BA Hons
Lecturer - Digital Humanities
College of Arts and Social Sciences

Research interests

  • Digital art history
  • Digital mapping
  • Digitisation and cultural collections
  • Theatre and Festival Culture in Early Modern Europe
  • Set Design and Visual Culture of Theatre
  • History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes
  • History of Maps and Cartography
  • Baroque Art
  • Italian Art and Architectural History (16th-18th centuries)
  • Art Writing
  • Grand Tour and artistic relations between Britain and Italy
  • Court culture
  • Studies in place and space
  • Arcadias and Utopias


Katrina Grant is an art historian with a background in the study of Early Modern Italy. Her research focuses on gardens and the history of landscapes, as well as the visual culture of theatre and festivals, and the connections between these two areas. Her research focuses on the visual culture of landscape, the way it is shaped, represented and epxeirneced in the pre-Enlightenment era. Her current research focuses on GIS and visualisation technologies and their potential for extending art historical research into new areas. Her main project is Digital Cartographies of the Roman Campagna, which is operating in collaboration with the British School at Rome. This project brings together historical maps with modern mapping technologies to recreate the lost landscape of the Roman Campagna, and draw together data and research from a variety of disciplines, including art and architectural history, social history, cultural geography and the history of climate and ecological change. She has published on the gardens of Lucca, history of emotions and set design, and artistic relationships between Britain and Italy in the eighteenth century. She has run the popular Melbourne Art Network website as editor and webmaster since 2010 and she is a founding editor of the online open-access art history journal emaj (emajartjournal.com). She is currently in charge of Marketing and Communications for the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ). She also has a background in educational research, including the use of new technologies for learning and assessment and worked as a Research Fellow at the Australian Council for Educational Research for several years.

Researcher's projects

Digital Cartographies of the Roman Campagna: art, climate change, ecology and the landscape in crisis 1600-1900.

With Mitchell Whitelaw and Lisa Beaven

This project examines the relationship between artistic depictions and imagery of the Roman Campagna (the flat plains of the countryside around Rome more or less coinciding with the modern region of Lazio today) and the place itself, in the context of ecology, climate change, disease and social history from 1600 to 1900. Two historic maps will be amalgamated to form the basis of this digital platform: Giacomo Filippo Ameti’s Il Lazio con le sue conspicue strade antiche (made in 1693) and Battista Cingolani della Pergola’s Topografia Geometria dell’Agro Romano (made in 1704), specifically the editions in the British School at Rome library. The digital map will allow a juxtaposition of the long artistic tradition of painting the Campagna, with the lived experience of that environment. This platform will show how artists represented and responded to the rich historical past of the Campagna on the one hand, and its shifting reality on the other.


With Sofia Samper Carro, Catherine Frieman and Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller

Skullbook is a collaborative project between the School of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Centre for Digital Humanities Research. at ANU. We will produce digital and 3D-printed ‘bone libraries’ to support students’ research. This project blends traditional analyses with new technologies. Skullbook will produce the first digital bone library in Australia. This project will improve access to teaching resources for key skills-based teaching in archaeology, and offer important hands-on training in digital humanities. The digital bone library will become a resource for students, educators, museums, and researchers in both Australia, and worldwide.

Current student projects

Renee Dixson (PhD - Interdisciplinary Cross Cultural Research Program)

Developing a crowdsourced digital LGBTIQ archive: a new methodology to challenge knowledge hegemonies and hierarchies of normative archive practices.

Gavin Findlay (PhD - Interdisciplinary Cross Cultural Research Program)

A theoretical framework for using online archives of theatre and performance to research intangible cultural heritage

Yu Lee An (PhD - Interdisciplinary Cross Cultural Research Program)

The database of British Music Trade from the beginning to the end of the nineteenth-century re-envisioned as a Knowledge Base

Sean Minney (Masters Advanced in Digital Humanities and Public Culture)

The impact of the IT systems used by cultural institutions on their capacity to provide digital access to their collections. 

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