Curriculum Vitae

Current Employment

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

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

Professional Experience

Spring 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 Research


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

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. “From Woodstock to the Great Plains: The American Landscape in the Painting of Birger Sandzén and John F. Carlson.” Funded by The Dagmar and Nils William Olsson Visiting Scholar Award. (In Preparation)

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. Advance Access Copy.

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. 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

Conference Proceedings & Other Writing

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

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. For paper “Water in the Wilderness: The Group of Seven and Coastal Identity of Lake Superior” forthcoming from the Journal of Canadian Studies.

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. Award to visit Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Centre.

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

2019 Humanities Research Centre Collaborative Project Grant, University of York

2019 Confederation of Scandinavian Studies (CoScan) Travel Grant

2019 York Graduate Research School Conference Fund   

2018 Centre for Modern Studies Small Project Grant, University of York

2017 Department of History of Art Travel Award, University of York

2017 Canada-UK Foundation Award for Travel to Canada: Academic Staff and Doctoral Students

2014 The Donal Byrne Prize in Art History, University of Aberdeen


2021-2022. Visual Cultures of the Circumpolar North, Jackman Humanities Institute Working Group, University of Toronto.

Leads : Isabelle Gapp and Mark Cheetham.

Internal Group Members: Ivana Dizdar, Judith Ellen Brunton, Jonathan Luedee, Matthew Farish, Melissa Gniadeck, Alexandra Rahr, Alison Smith, Rebecca Woods, Adrien Zakar, Hana Nikčević

External Group Members: Amanda Boetzkes, Gerald McMaster, Allison Morehead, Carmen Victor, Margaryta Golovchenko

Teaching Experience

Spring Term 2021 Guest Lecturer, Department of Art History, University of Toronto (Virtual). 4th year undergraduate virtual lecture (Feb 10th) for the Arctic Anthropocene, Arctic Voyaging course, led by Professor Mark Cheetham.

Autumn Term 2020 Guest Lecturer, Department of Art History, McGill University, Montreal (Virtual). 3rd year undergraduate 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

16-18 June 2022. “Nordic Nature: Art, Ecology, Landscape,” Three-day conference, 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

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.

Selected Conference Presentations

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.

Jan 2021 “Mobility, Materiality, and Mutilation: Constructing Kalaaleq Cartography, ca. 1925,” co-presented with Dr. Bart Pushaw (Univ. of Copenhagen), Mediated Arctic Geographies Conference, Tampere University, Finland. Hybrid event.

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.

July 2019 “Art History, Climate Change and the Frozen Landscape,” York Postgraduate Summer Forum, University of York, UK.

April 2019 “Vanishing Ice: The Role of Art History in Contemporary Discussions on Climate Change,” A Hostile Climate? Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Climate Change Conference, University of Leeds, UK.

Committees & Affiliations

2021-ongoing Member of the Editorial Board 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).