Professor Matthew Rampley is Principal Investigator of CRAACE, and senior researcher at Masaryk University, Brno. He oversees the project as a whole, while also focusing on one of its four themes: Piety, reaction and renewal.
Dr Christian Drobe joined the project in 2019 after earning a PhD in Art History at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, with a thesis titled ‘Verdächtige Ambivalenz. Klassizismus in der Moderne 1920-1960’. His research is focused on European Art between the two World Wars, particularly traditionalist or political conservative forms in continuity/contention to Modernity or New Objectivity. Within CRAACE, he examines the topic A Search for Identity: Sexuality/Gender and the Crisis of Representation.
Dr Marta Filipová is a Research Associate at the Department of Art History, Masaryk University, Brno. Her research focuses on identity construction in the visual arts of modern Central Europe and the relationship between the global and local in art and design. As a member of the CRAACE team, she is responsible for the theme Presenting the state: world fairs and exhibitionary cultures.
Before joining the project in 2018, Dr Julia Secklehner earned a PhD in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art with a thesis titled ‘Belligerent Drawing? The Vienna and Prague Satirical Press in Political Crossfire 1918-1938’. Her research specialises in Central European modernism, particularly Austrian, Czech, and Slovak art in the years between the two World Wars. Secklehner is the acting editor of CEEL, an online magazine dedicated to Central and Eastern European events in London. Within CRAACE, she examines Vernacular modernisms, nostalgia and the avant-garde.
Dr Nóra Veszprémi is a Research Associate at Masaryk University, Brno and a Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. She specialises in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Central European art, particularly the construction of national identity and representations of the historical past in visual culture. As a CRAACE team member, she investigates Contested histories: monuments, memory and representations of the historical past.