Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Scott Michael Anthony

Assistant Professor, School of Humanities

Asst Prof Scott Michael Anthony

Scott Anthony works on the history of art, design and cultural diplomacy. His scholarly work runs alongside journalism, curatorial projects and a number of public history commissions.

Before joining NTU, Scott Anthony taught at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Manchester and worked as a strategic communications officer for the UK government. His scholarly research centres on the development of advertising, political campaigning and propaganda, the growth of the culture industries, the role of artists and intellectuals in national life, and how the conception of (and experience of) democracy altered over the twentieth century.

In addition to his historical research Dr Anthony has worked on many public history projects including exhibitions, seasons and events for organisations such as the British Film Institute, the Science Museum, British Airways Heritage, The National Museum of Singapore and Channel News Asia. He also contributes to a wide range of media including the BBC, The New Statesman, Times Higher, The Museums Journal and The Straits Times.

In 2017 Scott Anthony set up NTU’s Public History programme, the first of its kind in Singapore.

Future plans

Scott is currently researching 1) a series of articles analysing the ways in which economic knowledge has been portrayed in cartoons, film and caricature since 1945 2) the impact of decolonisation on the evolution of theories and practises of propaganda and 3) artistic, social and religious interactions between Asia and the West
Research Interests
Before joining NTU as an Assistant Professor in Public History I had been developing the Public History programmes at the University of Cambridge and the Institute of Historical Research, London. As a writer and researcher I have worked with organisations such as the Science Museum, the British Film Institute and British Airways to develop a variety of successful events, exhibitions and media campaigns. The ambition has been (and remains) to bring the work of enthusiasts, researchers and practitioners together and apply it in creative, productive and unpredictable ways.

My historical research deals with the inter-relationships between art, politics and technology. My book Public Relations and the Making of Modern Britain (MUP, 2012) examined how the emergence of so-called second industrial revolution technologies (agri-science, aviation and telecommunications) provided the bureaucratic, imaginative and demographic bedrock for the development of an Empire-wide ‘public relations movement’, a movement which pioneered innovative new media practices alongside theories about the social and industrial role of information between the First World War and mid-twentieth century. I am currently working on a book about the ways in which knowledge has been visualised since the turn of the twentieth century.
Current Projects
  • The Industrial Film revolution: knowing, being and seeing in twentieth century Europe
Selected Publications
  • Scott Anthony. (2020). Propaganda Film. BFI.
  • Scott Anthony, Oliver Green and Margaret Timmers. (2020). Shell Art and Advertising. Lund Humphries.
  • Scott Anthony, Vinzenz Hediger, Florian Hoof and Yvonne Zimmermann. (2020). Films That Work Harder. Amsterdam University Press.
  • S. Anthony. (2012). Public Relations and the making of modern Britain. Manchester University Press.
  • S. Anthony and J. Mansell. (2011). The Projection of Britain: a history of the GPO Film Unit. British Film Institute.

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