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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 programmes. As Senior Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture, I am the Director of the George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture, which offers the VISION series, co-ordinator of the MLitt in Film and Visual Culture, and head of research. I am an elected senator for the School of LLMVC, and have previously served as the chair of the Athena SWAN committee in LLMVC.
Staff and students recognised for public engagement with research (awarded the Principal's Prize for Public Engagement with Research)
Invitation to Attend Dr. Amy Bryzgel's Lecture, "Miervaldis Polis, East and West" (article in Latvian news portal TVNet, about my lecture in Riga, 6 May 2016)
Miervaldis Polis: Egocentre Returns on a White Horse (article in Kulturas Diena, culture section of the Latvian main daily, Diena)
American Art Historian's Monograph on Miervaldis Polis (Latvian National Radio Culture segment)
Miervaldis Polis's Egocentre (Latvian National Television Cultural News segment on book launch)
Launch of monograph on Miervaldis Polis (Latvian National Television Panorama segment)
East Art Map is my Phone Book (interview with Liisa Kaljula)
The Ultimate Conceptual Art (Article about Amy Bryzgel in the Latvian daily Diena, in Latvian)
My area of specialization is contemporary art from Eastern Europe and Russia from the second half of the 20th century, in particular, the genre of performance art.
I have written 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. I have created a website about the research and writing of the book: www.performingtheeast.com
My first book, Performing the East: Performance Art in Russia, Latvia and Poland since 1980, was published in 2013 by IB Tauris. My second book was a monograph on the Latvian painter and performance artist Miervaldis Polis, published by Neputns in Latvia in 2015.
My current research projects look at re-enactments of artistic performances in and from Central and Eastern Europe, and the transfer of art practices between generations in the region.
In 2014, together with Dr. Pavlina Morganova, I guest-edited a special volume of Centropa: a Journal of Central European Architecture and Related Arts dedicated to performance art in Central and Eastern Europe, featuring articles on Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Romania and Fluxus performances in Eastern Europe.
- 2016 Principal's Prize for Public Engagement (Senior Category)
- 2015 Scottish Crucible Participant
- 2014 AHRC Early Career Fellowship (AH/M005585/1)
- 2013 Leverhulme Research Fellowship
- 2013 Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Emerging Scholars Research Grant
- 2012 Royal Society of Edinburgh CRF Visiting Research Fellowship
- 2012 Royal Society of Edinburgh Small Research Grant
- 2012 Carnegie Trust Research Grant
- 2012 Royal Society of Edinburgh Bilateral Exchange Grant: Slovak Academy of Sciences
- 2012 Royal Society of Edinburgh Bilateral Exchange Grant: Hungarian Academy of Sciences
- 2011 Latvian State Culture Capital Fund for the writing of a monograph on Miervaldis Polis
- 2011 Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Emerging Scholars Research Grant
- 2011 Royal Society of Edinburgh Bilateral Exchange Grant: Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
- 2010 Carnegie Trust Illustration Grant
- 2010 British Academy Small Research Grant
- 2009 Carnegie Trust Research Grant
- 2009 British Academy Overseas Conference Travel Grant
- 2007-2008 Rutgers University Mary Bartlet Cowdrey Dissertation Fellowship (partial award)
- 2005-2006 Rutgers University Dodge Graduate Assistantship
- 2005 The Kosciuszko Foundation Graduate Study and Research Grant
- 2004-2005 J. William Fulbright Award for independent research in Latvia
- 2004 American Council of Learned Societies Language Training Grant for study in Latvia
- 2004 Rutgers University Mary Bartlet Cowdrey Dissertation Grant
- 2002-2004 Rutgers University Dodge Graduate Assistantship
FS1008 Introduction to Visual Culture
FS30PC/FS40PC Performance Art
FS5017 Introduction to Visual Culture and Theory
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.
Current PhD students:
Jasmina Zaloznik (2014)
Denisa Tomkova (2015)
Mariya Lanko (2015)
Camilla Salvaneschi (2017)
Visiting PhD students
Liis Kibuspuu (Spring 2017)
Barbara Barreiro-Leon (Spring 2017-present)
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Mentor for the Association of Slavic East European and Eurasian Studies
External Examiner for the Open University, American College in Greece (2016-2019)
Director of the Demarco Archive Trust, Ltd.
Director of Postgraduate Studies, School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
Head of Research, Department of Film and Visual Culture
Programme Co-ordinator, MLitt in Film and Visual Culture
Elected member of Senate (2016-2020)
Director of the GWW Centre for Visual Culture
Conference Performance Art East Northeast West
In October 2015, I organized the international conference, "Performance Art East, Northeast, West" at the University of Aberdeen. The conference explored the development of performance art in Eastern Europe, North America, and the Northeast of Scotland, highlighting connections between artists that occurred along the way. It featured a roster of researchers who specialise in the performance art, as well as performances by artists from Eastern Europe.
Speakers and performers included Jana Pisarikova (Czech Republic), Luchezar Boyadjiev (Bulgaria), Catherine Spencer (St. Andrews), Bozidar Jurjevic (Croatia) and Branko Miliskovic (Serbia).
Poster Exhibition Project
As part of the assessment for HA3074: From Gulag to Glasnost: Modern Russian Art, students create a poster advertising the University of Aberdeen utilising the style and approach evident in Soviet avant-garde posters. Then, they create an exhibition of those posters that is put on display at the University. This is an article from the Evening Express featuring the poster exhibition that took place in 2011-2012.
Performance Art in Eastern Europe
With support of funding from the Royal Society of Edinburgh, The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, and a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, in 2013-2014 I conducted field research for my next book, Performance Art in Eastern Europe. I documented the process of conducting that research on my website, which also functions as a database for the artists that I meet and interview across the former communist and socialist countries of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe.
The website is www.performingtheeast.com and I am now in the process of building this web-based archive of contemporary performance art in Central and Eastern Europe.
Performance Art in Eastern Europe since 1960 (Manchester University Press, 2017)
Miervaldis Polis (Neputns, 2015)