Dr Susanne Meurer

Started at UWA: 2012

Internationally trained art historian

Archival documents and artworks can bring the past to life and highlight shared concerns or larger patterns in history. It is a privilege to be able to share this passion for history with students and the broader public.Dr Susanne Meurer

Dr Susanne Meurer is an internationally trained specialist on prints and the history of art history.

Originally from Germany, Dr Meurer studied in London and worked as a print cataloguer at the British Museum. She held postdoctoral fellowships at the Warburg Institute (London) and the Kunsthistorisches Institut (Max-Planck-Institute) in Florence before taking up her position in Perth.

Dr Meurer is currently completing a monograph on the earliest collection of artist biographies written in German, Johann Neudörffer’s Notes on Nuremberg’s Artists and Craftsmen (1547), examining how the idea to record the achievements of local artists is shaped by an emerging sense of history and the intention to commit personal knowledge to communal memory.

Neudörffer’s text contributed to the perception of Nuremberg as a leading artistic centre of the German Renaissance. As elsewhere, the writing of art history as a history of artists and their biographies long determined a canon of prominent artists whose works dominated the discipline.

Understanding how canons of art were formed allows us to understand both them and – in turn – the previously marginal as constructs.


  • BA (Goldsmiths College, London)
  • MA (Warburg Institute, London)
  • PhD (Warburg Institute, London)

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Eleanor M Garvey Fellow

Eleanor M. Garvey Fellow in Printing and Graphic Arts, Houghton Library, Harvard University (2017)

Book Coeditor

Coeditor of Aus aller Herren Länder – Die Künstler der Teutschen Academie, Brepols (2015)

Alumni Fund Grant

Alumni Fund Grant for Animated Art: Enhanced Learning through Gamification with Rene van Meeuwen and Arvi Wattel (2016)



ARC Centre for the History of Emotions

  • Entangled Histories of Emotions in the Mediterranean World with Giovanni Tarantino and Arvi Wattel


Eleanor M. Garvey Fellowship in Printing and Graphic Arts, Houghton Library, Harvard University Cambridge/Mass

  • Project on Johann Neudörffer’s engagement with printmaking


UWA Alumni Fund Grant

  • Animated Art: Enhanced Learning through Gamification with Rene Van Meeuwen and Arvi Wattel

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Supervisor opportunities

Dr Meurer has been supervising postgraduate students for six years, covering topics as diverse as contemporary curatorial practices, German architectural history and urban planning, printmaking and collective memory.

She welcomes expressions of interest for postgraduate study in the history of early modern art (1400-1800), printmaking, book history, curation, or German cultural history.

Contact Dr Meurer via the details below to discuss further.

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Contact Dr Susanne Meurer