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Dr Juliet Steyn

Senior Tutor for Research

Centre for Cultural Policy & Management

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Juliet Steyn, PhD. School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Kent at Canterbury, 1993; MA. European Art History (modern period) Courtauld Institute, University of London, 1976 BA Fine Art, Birmingham Polytechnic.

Dr Steyn is Senior Tutor for Research in the Centre for Cultural Policy & Management. In addition to working on the core modules of the Culture Policy & Management Pathways Programme, she teaches the elective modules Currents of Criticism and Post-Colonial & Other Agendas.

Research interests and activities

Dr Steyn has published widely on art and cultural criticism focusing on art, the politics of memory and identity, the language of display in museums and galleries. These issues have been addressed especially in the anthology she originated, Other than Identity: the Subject, Politics and Art, (1997) Manchester: Manchester University Press, and her book The Jew: Assumptions of Identity, (1999) London & New York: Cassell.

She has a long experience of organizing events and responsibility for the subsequent publications of the proceedings, recently including, a Roundtable discussion, 'New Inventions in Museums' with the Department of Informatics (funded by London Centre for Arts and Cultural Enterprise,(LCACE, Feb.2009), 'A Musical Peace' with the Department of Music at City, which considered the perspectives of international relations, philosophy and musicology, the West-Eastern Divan, an orchestra established by Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said (2007) Art Under Construction: The Balkans, at City (2006), funded by LCAC.

Her professional activities include: working with Dr. Jenny Kidd on the Challenging Histories seminars, MLA & Tower of London (2009) and she is currently working on a paper, 'Telling Tales: Challenging Histories and other stories'. She was an invited participant to seminars on 'Britishness' and 'Cultural Diversity' at Tate Britain (October 2008, April 2009) and was Chair of 'The Production of Knowledges in British Art' in the conference, What is British Art? Tate Britain (2008). She was Project Leader of a shortlisted HERA project on Transcultural Identities with Universities of Oslo and Vienna (2009-2010).

She has been on the Editorial Board of Art History (2002-2006); Consultant, Museums and the End of History, Tate Gallery; Trustee, Pier Trust (Arts Trust and exhibition forum); Chair of the Editorial Board and Trustee of Rear Window (Visual Arts Trust and exhibition forum) and Advisor of  Art for All? Their Policies and Our Culture, edited by Dame Mary Warnock and Mark Wallinger (Peer, 2001). She has been a member of the AHRC College and is a Reader for Pluto Press.

She was Advisory Curator for: Delivery & Patience, (2001) Mike Nelson's exhibition at the Venice Biennale; Franceso Lo Savio (2000) - exhibition at Langham Street, London, and accompanying book. She co-curated Pretext: Heteronyms, Clink Street, London (1995), De-Composition: Culture and Industry Towards the 2000, Complesso Monumentale del San Michele a Ripa, Rome, (1997). She contributed essays to both exhibition catalogues.

She is currently supervising three PhD students involved with visual culture, history and identity and is second supervisor for two with digital culture at their epicentre. She has been an External Supervisor in the Painting School, Royal College of Art, (London) where she supervised to successful completion a theory/practice based PhD and an MPhil both concerned with identity politics. She has been an External Examiner for MAs at Universities of Middlesex, Bath and Cambridge and PhDs at the University of Kent at Canterbury (2009) and at Goldsmiths College, University of London (2010).

She was consultant on the validation of an MA in Art and Business, IESA (Paris) and John Moores University, Liverpool (2010). She is an adviser for 'Creative Critics' at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, (2011-2011).

Current research and writing include 'Telling Tales: Challenging Histories and Other Stories'; acting as editor and contributor to an anthology, Cross Cultural Identities: paradoxes of art, migrants and waste and producing a monograph, Remembering and forgetting: the cultural politics of friendship.

Selected publications (since 2005)

'In the Wake of Walter Benjamin' Open Space: Vienna, forthcoming.

'Forced Journeys' Visual Culture in Britain, Vo.11 Issue 2, July, 2010.

'Realism versus Realism in British Art of the 1950s', Third Text, Vol.22, Issue 2, March 2008.

'Art and the Holocaust' in Art and Christian Enquiry, Issue 53, spring 2008.

Co-editor (with Louisa Avgita) The Balkans Special Issue, Third Text, Vol.21, Issue,2, March 2007.

'Introduction' (with Louisa Avgita)

'Reflections on the  Balkans: Vesna' by Suzanne Treister

'The Cultural Politics of Friendship',

Commissioning editor special issue of Futures, 'The Future of Art'. Futures 39, (10) 2007:

Introduction: From Whither art futures?

'Futures of the Past'

The Museums Future', Futures, Vol.38 (5), 2006.

'Jacob Epstein: The Artist who desired to épater', Third Text, vol.19, Issue.6, 2005.

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