I am the Head of Cluster of Ethnology & Folklore, Film & Visual Culture and Music.
I am an elected senator for the School of LLMVC, and serve on the Senate Business Committee.
From 2016-2021 I was Director of Postgraduate Studies for the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture. 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 have previously served as the chair of the Athena SWAN committee in LLMVC.
- PhD Art History2008 - Rutgers University
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
Current Admin Responsibilities
Head of Cluster of Ethnology & Folklore, Film & Visual Culture and Music (2021-present)
Elected member of Senate (2016-2024)
Elected member of Senate Business Committee (2019-present)
Member of the Dignity at Work and Study Committee (2020-present)
Past Admin Responsibilities
Director of Postgraduate Studies, School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture (2016-21)
Director of the GWW Centre for Visual Culture (2016-2019)
Co-Director of the School of LLMVC Athena SWAN Committee (2016-2017)
- External Memberships
Current external responsibilities
Corpus Mundi editorial board, 2020-present
EEPS (East European Politics and Societies) Advisory Committee, 2020-present
Counselor for the European Postwar & Contemporary Art Forum, 2017-present
Grant reviewer for the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS), 2017-present
Member of AHRC Peer Review College, 2016-present
External Examiner for the Open University, American College in Greece, 2016-2019
Mentor for the Association of Slavic East European and Eurasian Studies, 2015-present
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
Past external responsibilities
Director of the Demarco Archive Trust, Ltd., 2016-2018
Elected Board Member and News Editor, SHERA (Society of Historians of East European and Russian Art), 2016.
Prizes and Awards
Principal's Prize for Public Engagement, 2015
Latvian State Cultural Capital Funds award for the writing of the book Miervaldis Polis, 2013
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.
I am currently accepting PhDs in Film and Visual Culture.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
Film and Visual CultureSupervising
- Fine Art
- Performing Arts
- Russian and East European Studies
- Russian and East European Society and Culture
- Creative Arts and Design
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.
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.
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.
Completed PhD students:
Keava McMillan (2017)
Denisa Tomkova (2019)
Jasmina Zaloznik (2020)
Camilla Salvaneschi (2021)
Current PhD students:
Peter Tuka (2020-), University of Glasgow School of Culture & Creative Arts (co-supervisor) - SGSAH-funded
Dorothé Orczyk (2021-)
SiaÌ‚n Mitchell MacGregor (2021-) AHRC/SGSAH CDA in collaboration with Imaginate: "Valuing Young Audiences"
Joanna Mardal (2021-), University of Utrecht (second supervisor)
Visiting PhD students
Liis Kibuspuu (Spring 2017)
Barbara Barreiro-Leon (2017-2020)
Víctor Ramírez (Spring 2018)
Funding and Grants
Total research grant income since 2009: £194,999
- 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
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
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Life in Post-Totalitarian East-Central Europe and the Problems of ParticipationInterventions-Contemporary Theatre ReviewContributions to Journals: Articles
Left Performance Historiescaa.reviewsContributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
Against ephemerality: performing for the camera in Central and Eastern EuropeJournal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 7-27Contributions to Journals: Articles
Freedom to Engage: Participatory Art in Central and Eastern EuropeContemporary Theatre Review, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 180-196Contributions to Journals: Articles
The $120,000 banana: how to have your art and eat itThe Conversation UKBooks and Reports: Books
Performance Art in BulgariaOpen Art FilesContributions to Journals: Articles
Performance Art in the Global Flow of Cultural Goods: Some Eastern European PositionsGlobalizing East European Art Histories. Hock, B., Allas, A. (eds.). Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 15 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
Gender, feminism, and the second public sphere in East European performance artPerformance Art in the Second Public Sphere. Cseh-Varga, K., Czirak, A. (eds.). Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 17 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
ARTISTIC REENACTMENTS IN EAST EUROPEAN PERFORMANCE ART, 1960–PRESENTArtMargins onlineContributions to Journals: Articles
Performativity and Empathy: The Processes of Life in the Work of Franciszek OrłowskiWork for Small Change. Radomska, M. (ed.). Centrum Sztuki WspółczesnejChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters