My current work focuses on the conditions for participatory practice in cultural institutions. I am based at the British Museum for my PhD project, using action research to explore how aspects like organisational culture, identity and processes in museums impact on public engagement.
The writing of Harold Rosenberg; materialism, praxis, and "action"; American Marxist thought; historiographical methodologies of Abstract Expressionism
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I am currently undertaking practice-based research in fine art within the school, having completed an MFA at the University in 2013.
I study British Art from 1910-1960, with a particular emphasis on Christopher Wood and his adherents Keith Vaughan and John Minton. I am currently undertaking a PhD in Scandinavian art (1878-1889). Additionally, I study the art and history of 15th-century Ferrara: Cosmé Tura, Borso d'Este, Teofilo Calcagnini.
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My PhD is concerned with the relation between experimental women's writing in Southern Africa and ethical reading practices. I read contemporary experimental writing alongside works by Hélène Cixous and the theorisations of feminist psychoanalyst, Bracha Ettinger to consider the ethico-political potentialities engendered by alternative approaches to sexual difference.
My current research concerns the study of subjectivities within Filipino American cultural texts, with emphasis on personal/social histories, migration and transnational narratives, postcolonial and critical race theory, and psychoanalysis. I received my MA in Psychosocial Studies at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex, UK. My work was focused on proposed psychosocial understandings of hybridity and race. My undergraduate work was focused on autobiographical performance arts and creative process. I also co-convene, alongside Dr. Ben Tyrer and Dr. Agnieszka Piotrowska, the Special Interest Group on Psychoanalyis and Film for the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) and actively support the Psychoanalysis in Our Time interdisciplinary study circle.
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Jade French is an artist-facilitator, writer and researcher based in Liverpool, UK. Jade predominantly works alongside people with the label of learning disability to explore the intersections of art, disability and social change, often examining constructs of access, agency, status and inclusion through collaboratively producing, curating and commissioning visual art.
I am researching the Anglo-Scandinavian stone sculpture produced in Yorkshire from the ninth to eleventh centuries, with particular emphasis on the landscape setting of these monuments.
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Shir holds and MA in The History of Business of Art and Collecting, from the Institute D’Etudes Superieures des Arts, Paris and the University of Warwick, UK (2008) and a second MA in Law Studies from the Bar Ilan University (Israel, 2012). In the past few years she has worked as a provenance researcher at the Company for Location and Restitution of Holocaust Victims’ Assets in Israel (2010-2014). Recent volunteer work includes; curatorial department research assistant at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco (2015) and at the Magnes Collections of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley, California (2015-2016). Recent lectures and conferences: Israel Studies Colloquium of the Spring 2017 semester (University of Berkeley, California, 2017) Jewish Museologies and the Politics of Display (University of Leeds, UK, 2016). Provenance Research Training Program (Germany, 2012, Zagreb, 2013 and Vilnius, 2013).
BA in History (2008) and MA in Social History (2014), Universidade de São Paulo, USP, Brazil.
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Johanna M Empson
PhD Candidate and History of Art Tutor
A PhD candidate, White Rose Scholar and Tutor in the History of Art Department at the University of Leeds. My doctoral research examines the concept of 'Sèvres-mania' and the history of collecting Sèvres porcelain in Britain between 1802-1882. My research interests focus on European decorative arts 1650-1900, the history of collecting and display, and the interdependent relationship between dealers and the art market.
My doctoral project examines the figure of 'the girl' in the moving image and feminist philosophy. It focuses on audio-visual work by Chantal Akerman and Eija-Liisa Ahtila and the philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir and Luce Irigaray.
My thesis analyses Walter Benjamin's writings on film. I pay special attention to the role of technology in Benjamin's philosophical and political project. My main argument is that Benjamin's writings on film are part of the tradition he coined as 'anthropological materialism.' His theses on the role of cinema in modernity are thus related to the effects of technology on the human body.
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My research centres on the feminist intervention into visual art, and in particular photography, during the 1980s.
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My research is concerned with audience engagement and development practices in art galleries; in particular an exploration of the juncture between the theoretical and the practical, influenced by my work in gallery education. Other areas of interest include: cultural value, policy (and its relationship to practice), the politics and power of the institution, identity/identification, and, ways of knowing.
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I am in receipt of an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership studentship between the University of Leeds and The Bowes Museum, County Durham, working on a project entitled 'Creating the Bowes Museum: Private collecting, public philanthropy and the art market in the public art museum in Britain and France, 1830-1900'.
Focusing on Relational Aesthetics, my PhD analyses the social, political and economic contexts of these artists’ work in relation to exchange and temporality.
Lenka Vráblíková studied Fine Arts at University of Ostrava (BA) and Brno University of Technology (MA), Czech Republic, where she developed a collaborative project with activists, artist, educators and theoreticians entitled ‘Feminist Action Research – How to study to become a woman artist?’. She then completed MA in Cultural Studies at University of Leeds.
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Joanne's research is interested in the philosophical and methodological challenges of knowing and knowledge production in relation to visitor engagement with contemporary arts and heritage. Concurrent research concerns relate to the the epistemological and ontological groundings of current arts evaluation practices, as well as the notion of the aesthetic in relation to site-specific art.
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Joanna is a doctoral candidate specialising in Cambodian art and culture. Her research interests include Buddhist theory and practice, portraiture, contemporary Southeast Asian art, ritual practices of vision and material expressions of power.
John is a research-led curator. John's practice is centred on the interconnections between artistic, curatorial and academic fields.
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