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Research interests

Dr Tim Satterthwaite is active in two research areas, both of which are represented in his first book, Modernist Magazines and the Social Ideal (Bloomsbury, 2020). The first strand concerns the history of photo-illustrated magazines in the early twentieth century: Modernist Magazines is built around case studies of UHU and VU, two of the leading popular titles in interwar Germany and France. Current projects include a special issue of the Journal of European Periodical Studies for which he is guest editor; a proposed edited volume, Magazines and Modern Identities, is currently under peer review.
  A second research strand explores the Gestalt tradition in visual studies and the theoretical implications of the current science of perceptual organisation. This will be the subject of Tim Satterthwaite's second authored book, Pattern Theory, for completion in 2023-4.

Scholarly biography

After completing a BA in English at University of Oxford, Tim Satterthwaite had a first career as theatre practitioner and editor. In 2009, he enrolled on an MA History of Art at University of Sussex, graduating with distinction. He took his doctorate, on an AHRC scholarship, at The Courtauld Institute of Art, completing in 2016. Since then he has taught on History of Art and Design programmes at the University of Brighton, as associate lecturer at Middlesex University, and as summer school tutor for Courtauld Public Programmes. He was the organiser and co-director of Future States (University of Brighton, March-April 2020), a pioneering nearly carbon-neutral conference (NCNC) on the history of magazines. Modernist Magazines and the Social Ideal, based on his doctoral study of interwar periodicals, is his first book.

Supervisory Interests

Tim has recently joined the permanent teaching staff at University of Brighton, so is now eligible to supervise doctoral students. He is particularly interested to supervise projects relating to the history of magazines, history of photography, or topics within the broader field of twentieth-century art and design.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Courtauld Institute of Art

Award Date: 29 Feb 2016

Master, History of Art

1 Oct 20091 Jul 2010

Award Date: 1 Jul 2009

External positions

Associate lecturer, Middlesex University

7 Oct 2019 → …


  • NE Print media
  • modernist periodicals
  • TR Photography
  • History of Photography


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