Dr. Christina Heflin

Paris x Rome Fellow

Main Focus

  • Surrealism
  • Italy
  • France
  • Collections
  • Exhibitions

Research Project

Le Radici Francesi: The Parisian Origins of Arturo Schwarz’s Surrealist Collection in Rome

Curriculum Vitae

Christina Heflin is a Paris-based art historian who is currently a Paris x Rome Fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome and the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris to examine Arturo Schwarz’s ambassadorial role in bringing French interwar Surrealism to post-World War II Italy. She was recently a postdoctoral teaching and research fellow at Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne where she also completed her master’s degree in photographic conservation research and collections management before going on to complete her doctoral work at Royal Holloway University of London on Surrealism, materialist science and marine life. She a member of the editorial collective of the International Journal of Surrealism as well as co-coordinator of the virtual events series for the International Society for the Study of Surrealism. Her recent publications include the chapter ‘Surrealism in England’ in The Routledge Companion to Surrealism as well as an upcoming chapter in the Vernon Press volume Surrealism and Ecology titled “Aquatic Sensing in Jean Painlevé’s Early Filmic Environments”. A monographic adaptation of her thesis, Submerged Surrealism: Marine Fauna in the Service of Subversion, is currently underway.

Memberships/Honorary positions

  • Association for Art History
  • British Association for Modernist Studies
  • College Art Association
  • International Society for the Study of Surrealism [Communications committee and virtual events co-coordinator]
  • Modernist Studies Association
  • Société des études modernistes

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