Curriculum Vitae

Current Employment

Sep 2021-ongoing. Postdoctoral Fellow.
Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Art History, University of Toronto.
Junior Fellow of Massey College.

Project: (In)Visible Landscapes: Gender, Indigeneity, and Environment in the North American Arctic, 1850-present.
Supervisor: Prof. Mark A. Cheetham.

Professional Experience

March 2022. Visiting Scholar, Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Centre, Augustana College, Illinois, U.S.

Sep 2020-Aug 2021. Research Affiliate, Department of Drawing, University of Seville. Member of: The Inhabited Doñana Research Group and HUM 554 Morphology of Nature Research Group. (H2020-MSCA Seal of Excellence & Juan de la Cierva-Formación reserva).

Jan 2020-Feb 2021. Research Affiliate, Department of History of Art, University of York.

Current & Forthcoming Publications


I. Gapp. A Circumpolar Landscape: Art and Environment in Scandinavia and North America, 1890-1930. Lund Humphries. Northern Lights Series. (In Press, forthcoming 2023).

Edited Works

M. A. Cheetham and I. Gapp. Eds. “Visual Cultures of the Circumpolar North,” NiCHE (Network in Canadian History & Environment).

Book Chapters

I. Gapp. “All Aboard the Nascopie: Image-Making, Sovereignty, and Coastal Memory in the Canadian Arctic.” (In Preparation)

I. Gapp. “Map-Making, Materiality, and Identity in Disko Bay.” In The Material Legacies of Nordic Empire, edited by Bart Pushaw and Thor J. Mednick. (Under Review)

I. Gapp. “Coastal Narratives and Baltic Ecotones: Painting at the Water’s Edge.” In Art and Mobility Across the Baltic Sea, 1772-1918, edited by Michelle Facos, Thor Mednick and Bart Pushaw. (Under Review)

I. Gapp. 2021. “An Arctic Impressionism? Anna Boberg and the Lofoten Islands.” In Mapping Impressionist Painting in Transnational Contexts, edited by Emily C. Burns and Alice Price. New York/London: Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9781003044239

I. Gapp. 2019. “A Swedish Landscape? Nature and Identity in the Painting of Gustaf Fjæstad and Helmer Osslund.” In The North as Home: Proceedings from the Nordic Research Network 2017, edited by Stefan Drechsler, Beñat Elortza Larrea, Deniz Cem-Gülen and Heidi Synnove Djuve, 94-107. London: Norvik Press.

Journal Articles

I. Gapp and B. Pushaw. “Mobility, Materiality, and Memory: Silas Sandgreen and Constructing Kalaaleq Cartography, ca. 1925.” Konsthistorisktidskrift Special Issue. (Under Review).

I. Gapp. “Ice in Motion: Panoramic Perspectives and Moving Pictures.” (Under Review).

I. Gapp. 2021. “Water in the Wilderness: The Group of Seven and the Coastal Identity of Lake Superior.” Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d’études canadiennes 55, no.3. DOI: 10.3138/jcs-2020-0049

I. Gapp. 2021. “A Woman in the Far North: Anna Boberg and the Norwegian Glacial Landscape.” Kunst og Kultur 104, no.2: 82-96. DOI: 10.18261/issn.1504-3029-2021-02-02

Book Reviews

I. Gapp. 2022. “British Art and the Environment: Changes, Challenges, and Responses since the Industrial Revolution, eds. Charlotte Gould and Sophie Mespléde,” CERCLES Reviews.

I. Gapp. 2021. “Antarctica, Art and Archive by Penny Gould.” DOI: 10.3202/

M. Boden and I. Gapp. 2018. “’Whether you can affect the signs of the sky or not, you can the signs of the times’: Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud.” Journal of Victorian Culture, vcz031. DOI: 10.1093/jvcult/vcz031

Public Humanities

M. A. Cheetham and I. Gapp. 2022. “Introduction to Visual Cultures of the Circumpolar North,” NiCHE (Network in Canadian History & Environment).

I. Gapp. 2022. “Franklin Carmichael. Grace Lake. 1931.” CanadARThistories (Open Educational Resource) through Open Art Histories and Smarthistory.

I. Gapp. 2022. Anna Boberg and the Lofoten Fishing Industry, dedicated to International Women’s Day,” Arctic Economic Council News, March 8th, 2022.

I. Gapp. 2022. “Galvanizing Glaciology: Thoughts on an Ecocritical Art History.” Environmental History Now Blog.

I. Gapp. 2022. “Water in the Wilderness? Rethinking the Canadian Group of Seven.” NiCHE (Network in Canadian History & Environment).

I. Gapp. 2021. “Anna Boberg: Artist, Wife, Polar Explorer.” Guest post for the Art Herstory Blog.

I. Gapp. 2021. “The Boundaries of Arctic Map-Making: Exploration, Environment and Marginalia.” Borders and Boundaries series, guest edited by Heather Green and Jonathan Luedee. NiCHE (Network in Canadian History & Environment).

I. Gapp. 2017. “Imagining Ice – Glaciers and Icebergs in Mid-19th Century Norwegian Landscape and Hull Maritime Painting.” In Turner and the Whale, edited by Jason Edwards. History of Art Research Portal, University of York.

Selected Grants & Awards

2022 Kungliga Patriotiska Sällskapet Publication Grant, Sweden. For A Circumpolar Landscape book manuscript.

2022 Association for Art History (AAH) Scholarly Research Grant. For A Circumpolar Landscape book manuscript.

2022 Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto. For the Visual Cultures in the Circumpolar North Working Group.

2022 Fridtjof Nansen’s Fond, Norway. Co-recipient alongside Tonje H. Sørensen and MaryClaire Pappas.

2022 Fritt Ord Foundation, Norway. Co-recipient alongside Tonje H. Sørensen and MaryClaire Pappas.

2022 L. Meltzers Høyskolefond, University of Bergen. Co-recipient alongside Tonje H. Sørensen and MaryClaire Pappas.

2021 Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto. For the Visual Cultures in the Circumpolar North Working Group.

2021 Juan de la Cierva-Formación, Convocatoria 2020. FJC2020-044613-I. Reserve List.

2021 Association for Art History (AAH) Scholarly Research Grant.

2021 Seal of Excellence. Certificate delivered by the European Commission for the project proposal COSTERA, submitted under the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions call H2020-MSCA-IF-2020. (Score: 91.4%, Certificate available upon request).

2020 The Dagmar and Nils William Olsson Visiting Scholar Award, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, U.S.

2020 Scheuerle-Zatlin International Travel Award, Nineteenth Century Studies Association, U.S.

Collaborations & Networks

2021-ongoing. Visual Cultures of the Circumpolar North, Jackman Humanities Institute Working Group, University of Toronto.

Leads : Isabelle Gapp, Mark A. Cheetham, and Ivana Dizdar

Internal Group Members: Rowan Red Sky, Yasmin Nurming-Por, Matthew Farish, Melissa Gniadeck, Alexandra Rahr, Alison Smith, Rebecca Woods, Charles Stankievech

External Group Members: Amanda Boetzkes, Allison Morehead, Carmen Victor, Margaryta Golovchenko, Judith Ellen Brunton, Adam Bateman, Grace King, Hana Nikčević, Haylee Glasel

2021-ongoing. Member of International Doctoral Cluster in the Environmental Humanities, University of Toronto, University of Oxford, University of Pennsylvania

Leads: Sherry Lee and Alexandra Rahr

Teaching Experience

Winter Term 2023. Course Instructor, Department of Art History, University of Toronto. 4th year undergrad. seminar course (FAH4461) – Arctic Anthropocene? Image Cultures of Arctic Voyaging.

Autumn Term 2021. Guest Lecturer, Department of Art History, University of Toronto. Graduate seminar – GeoAesthetics: Arctic Voyaging (FAH1921H) course, led by Prof. Mark A. Cheetham.

Spring Term 2021 Guest Lecturer, Department of Art History, University of Toronto (Virtual). 4th year undergrad. seminar (Feb 10th) for the Arctic Anthropocene, Arctic Voyaging course, led by Prof. Mark A. Cheetham.

Autumn Term 2020 Guest Lecturer, Department of Art History, McGill University, Montreal (Virtual). 3rd year undergrad. virtual lecture (Oct 19th) on Arctic Impressionism for Global Impressionisms course, led by Dr. Elizabeth Doe Stone.

Autumn Term 2018 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of History of Art, University of York. 1st year module, Materials of Art and Architecture.

Event Organisation

February 2023. “Landscape and Ecology in Nordic Art, 1850-1930.” Conference session, CAA 2023 Annual Conference, New York City, 15-18th February. Proposed and chaired alongside Tonje H. Sørensen (Univ. of Bergen).

October 2022. “Visual Cultures of the Circumpolar North.” Conference session, UAAC-AAUC Annual Conference, University of Toronto, 27-29th October. Proposed and chaired alongside Mark A. Cheetham (Univ. of Toronto).

June 2022. “Nordic Nature: Art, Ecology, Landscape,” Three-day conference (16-18 June), University of Bergen. Organised in collaboration with MaryClaire Pappas (Indiana Univ.) and Tonje Haugland-Sorensen (Univ. of Bergen), and in partnership with KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes, the University Museum of Bergen, and The Greenhouse at Univ. of Stavanger.

March 2021. “Art + Anthropocene: Culture, Climate and our Changing Planet,” Virtual Seminar Series, University of York. A four-day event across the month, organised in conjunction with the Glaciology Research Group, Department of Environment and Geography, University of York. (Originally 26-27th March 2020).

May 2019. “Nordic Art // Global Contexts,” Conference Stream, Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS) 2019, Madison, WI. Organised alongside Elizabeth Doe Stone (Univ. of Virginia) and MaryClaire Pappas (Indiana Univ.).

October 2018. “The Circumpolar World, 1850-1940: From Scandinavia to North America,” University of York. Interdisciplinary workshop encompassing speakers and research from Universities of York, Leeds and Warwick.

Invited Presentations & Talks

Sep 2021 “Icy Peregrinations and Polar Panoramas in the Arctic,” Ice (St)Ages Symposium – Play with Senses: Aesthetic Communication and the Performativity of Ice, Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg, Greifswald/Australian National University, Canberra. Online event.

May 2021 “The Myth of Wilderness and Ecology of Lake Superior’s North Shore,” Magnetic North. Imagining Canada in Painting 1910-1940 Exhibition. SCHIRN Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany. Online lecture series.

May 2021 “The Cartographic Arctic: Exploration, Empire and Environmental History,” Global British Art Studies: New Directions & Early Career Perspectives Workshop, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. Online event.

Jan 2020 “Latitudinal Landscapes: Art and Environment in the Circumpolar North,” TORCH Environmental Humanities Lunchtime Seminar Series, University of Oxford.

Public Talks & Press (featured)

2022 “Isabelle Gapp on Ecocritical Art History,” Environmental History Now (EHN), July 29, 2022.

2022 “Visual Cultures of the Circumpolar North Working Group,” Jackman Humanities Institute Newsletter, April 13, 2022.

2022 “Grappling with Colonial Arctic Art History with Isabelle Gapp,” The Arctic Institute Bookshelf Podcast, S02E01.

2022 “NiCHE Conversations 2.13: Isabelle Gapp,” Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast – NiCHE Conversations, S02E13.

2022 “Sunlight and Showers, article courtesy of the AGO Insider,” London Art Week Digital, March 10th, 2022.

2022 “Sunlight and Showers,” AGO Insider, March 9th, 2022.

Selected Conference Presentations

June 2022 “Looking South: Memories, Monuments, and the Terra Nova Expedition,” The Worlds of British Sculpture: Sculpture and Empire at St Paul’s Cathedral, c.1796-1916. Virtual event.

June 2022 “Mobility, Materiality, and Memory: Constructing Kalaaleq Cartography, ca. 1925,” co-presented with Dr. Bart Pushaw (Univ. of Copenhagen), Mediated Arctic Geographies Conference, Tampere University, Finland. Hybrid event.

March/April 2022 “Icy Peregrinations and the Performative Arctic Panorama,” in Polar Humanities: Ice, Time, Media, Indigeneity at the C19: Reconstructions biennial conference, Coral Gables, U.S.A.

March 2022* “Landscape and Labour: Anna Boberg and the Lofoten Fishing Community,” Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) Annual Conference, Rochester, New York. *Cancelled due to Covid-19, originally March 2020.

Oct 2021 “Ice in Motion: Panoramic Perspectives and Moving Pictures,” University Art Association of Canada (UAAC/AAUC) Annual Conference. Online event.

Aug 2021 “A Wilderness Experience: Art and Identity on Lake Superior’s North Shore,” STREAMS: Transformative Environmental Humanities, KTH Stockholm, Sweden. Online event, originally August 2020.

June 2021 “Anna Boberg and Arctic Landscapes,” Breaking the Ice Ceiling Webinar Series, The Arctic Institute: Centre for Circumpolar Security Studies, U.S. Online Event.

April 2021 “An Arctic Impressionism: Anna Boberg and the Lofoten Landscape,” in Provincialising Impressionism panel at the Association for Art History (AAH) Annual Conference, UK. Online event.

March 2021 “Mapping and Materiality: Inuit Cartography in Greenland,” in ID:75 – Arctic Voices in Art and Literature panel at Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW), Portugal. Online event.

March 2021 “Chicago 1896: Swedish Art in the Midwest,” in Scandinavia on the World Stage: International Exhibitions and Reception in the 19thCentury panel at Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) Annual Conference. Online event.

Committees & Affiliations

2021-ongoing Member of the Editorial Committee for the Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE)

2020-ongoing Member of Web and Publicity Committee, Nineteenth Century Studies Association

2019-2020 Committee Secretary for the York-Anglo Scandinavian Society

Other Qualifications

2021 Indigenous Canada, University of Alberta (MOOC) – Passed (90% course average). Certificate available upon request.


English (native), Swedish (native or bilingual proficiency), German, Norwegian and Danish (reading).