School of Arts and Cultures

Staff Profiles

Dr Paul Fox

Principal Research Associate

Background

I am a historian of visual culture specialising in the representation of armed conflict. My current research interests centre on issues relating to the global protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict. I am a member of the UK Committee of the Blue Shield and deliver external education and training in this field to global audiences.

I received my doctorate at University College London where I worked on the visual representation of battlefield behaviour in German illustrated histories, 1871-1933. I have recently researched British imperial cultures of looting and trophy taking at the University of York, funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area project, British Military Encounters with Egypt, 1798—1918. I have taught at University College London on topics including the the representation of violence and destruction; the construction of national and gendered identities at war; and the militarisation of social and geographical landscapes.

Research

My ongoing research is concerned with the implementation by nation states of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its Two Protocols. Specifically, it addresses the challenges posed by implementation in three contexts: the relationship between the heritage/academic sectors and ministries of defence and their armed forces; the ever-changing nature of armed conflict; and the strategic communications challenge posed by the online representation of cultural heritage protection/destruction in pursuit of wider political agendas.

Publications