Professor Amy Bryzgel

Professor Amy Bryzgel

Personal Chair

Professor Amy Bryzgel
Professor Amy Bryzgel

Contact Details

work +44 (0)1224 272852
The University of Aberdeen Office: OBF 17 (Old Brewery)
Office Hours, Autumn 2019: Thursday 12-1
During term time, you can book an appointment with me here: 
Film and Visual Culture
School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
King's College
Aberdeen AB24 3UB
Web Links

Research Website: Performing the East

Pedagogic Practice Website: Teaching Performance 

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My articles for The Conversation UK:

Why today's art world owes a great debt to a certain networking genius (August 2016)

Walking on water: the power and politics of installation art (June 2016)

First foreign band to play North Korea famed for its 'fascism' (August 2015)

Chopped earlobes and the long history of political shock art in Russia (December 2014)


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. From 2016-2019, I was the Director of the George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture, where I developed the VISION series of events. 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)

Neputns publishes Amy Bryzgel's book on Miervaldis Polis (in Latvian)

Art historian's research uncovers cultural links between East and West

Record Number of Aberdeen researchers selected for prestigious Scottish Crucible programme

Performance artist and filmmaker to discuss her unique style at Aberdeen event

Final PechaKucha of the year to look at Visual Culture

East Art Map is my Phone Book (interview with Liisa Kaljula)

History of Art students present an exhibition based on Soviet poster art and the student experience

Soviet style inspires student poster exhibition

Student Response to Soviet Propaganda

Students take inspiration from Soviet artwork in showcasing Aberdeen

The Ultimate Conceptual Art (Article about Amy Bryzgel in the Latvian daily Diena, in Latvian)


Research Interests

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: