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The University of Aberdeen
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I am Director of Postgraduate Studies for the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture, overseeing all of the postgraduate taught and research programs. From 2016-2019, I was the Director of the George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture, for which I designed and launched the VIEW public engagement series. I am an elected senator for the School of LLMVC, serving as a member of the Senate Business Committee, Estates Committee, and Blended Learning Task and Finish Group. I have previously served as the chair of the Athena SWAN committee in LLMVC.
Grant reviewer for Scottish Universities Insight Institute Knowledge Exchange Programme, 2014-present
I have reviewed articles for Art Journal,The Russian Review,Public Art Dialogue, Journal of Baltic Studies, The Third Text, East Central Europe Review, East European Politics and Society and Aspasia: The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women's and Gender History
I have reviewed book proposals for MIT Press, Chicago University Press, Manchester University Press and Transnational Press London
I have been an external tenure reviewer for Syracuse University and the University of Tel Aviv
My area of specialization is performance art in East-Central Europe.
I wrote the first comprehensive history and analysis of performance art in Central and Eastern Europe, a monograph entitled Performance Art in Eastern Europe since 1960, which was published as part of Manchester University Press's Rethinking Art's Histories series in February 2017. My website, www.performingtheeast.com , documents the research and writing of the book.
My current research expands my comparative approach to performance art to include other peripheral performance histories from across the globe. I am also looking at pedagogical approaches to teaching performance art in East-Central Europe.
From 2016-2019 I was Director of the George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture, for which I developed the VIEW Visual Arts and Culture Public Engagement Programme. VIEW offers a range of events related to art and culture, including talks, interviews, screenings, exhibitions, performances and workshops, all of which are free to the public. The programme was awarded funding from the Aberdeen City Council and the University of Aberdeen Development Trust.
From 2014--2016 I hosted a range of performance events in the Northeast of Scotland, as part of my AHRC-funded research project, Performance Art in Eastern Europe. These included performances by Bozidar Jurjevic, Branko Miliskovic and Richard Demarco at the University of Aberdeen; and Tanja Ostojic and Karolina Kubik in Aberdeen and Perth.
I am part of the Mapping Performance Art Histories research group run by Heike Roms and Dror Harari, which looks at so-called 'peripheral' performance art histories from around the globe.
In 2014, I co-edited a special edition of Centropa: Journal of East European Art History and Architecture with Dr. Pavlina Morganova, with articles by scholars from the region on the development of performance art in Eastern Europe.
I teach courses on performance art, postmodern and contemporary art—all with a focus on Eastern Europe—and a course on 20th century Russian art.
I welcome inquiries from prospective PhD students who would like to pursue a research project on a topic related to contemporary art in Eastern Europe, in particular performance art, participatory art or socially engaged art.
Non-Course Teaching Responsibilities
Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies, School of LLMVC
Elected Representative, Blended Learning Task and Finish Group