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Dr Catherine Grant

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PositionLecturer, Critical Studies, Department of Fine Art
Department Art
Email c.grant (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 79197285
Dr Catherine Grant

Catherine Grant is currently researching the re-enactment of histories of feminism in contemporary art. Drawing on thinking about temporalities and history-making from queer and feminist theorists, as well as the construction of ‘the contemporary’ and ‘contemporary art’ in philosophy and art history, she is interested in artworks that see re-enactment as an experimental, pedagogical space.

Connecting these areas of research are Catherine's interests in the intersection between feminist and queer theory, the depiction of the subject within postmodernism, the development of ‘contemporary art history’, psychoanalytic theories of identity and sexuality and issues of performativity and performance. She writes on a number of women photographers, particularly those depicting girlhood. Her research has been published in the Oxford Art Journal and Girls! Girls! Girls! in contemporary art, a collection of essays she co-edited in 2011, among others.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD 2007, Courtauld, University of London
  • MA 1999, Courtauld, University of London
  • BA 1997, University of Reading

Teaching

At Goldsmiths, Catherine teaches the MA Special Subject course 'From Appropriation to Re-enactment' and the second-year seminar 'Feel Your Desire'.

Professional projects

Catherine has served on the editorial board of the Association of Art Historians for the publication Art History since 2014.

As a member of Ph: The Photography Research Network, she worked on an online project exploring photography within contemporary culture for the National Media Museum in 2012-2013 alongside Ben Burbridge.

She has been invited to speak at the Tate Modern, Tate Britain, National Portrait Gallery, Photographers' Gallery, Royal College of Art, ICA, and White Building in London, as well as across the UK including the Focal Point Gallery in Essex, Manchester Art Gallery, and Tate Liverpool. She has also been featured on talk shows for Paperwight Radio and Resonance FM.

She helped organise a number of conferences at the Courtauld Institute of Art, including 'Writing Art History' (2007-2009), 'Colour Photography: From Autochrome to Cibachrome' (2007) and 'Theory as an Object' (2003).

Publications

Book Section

Learning and Playing: re-enacting feminist histories
Grant, Catherine. 1 April 2017. Learning and Playing: re-enacting feminist histories. In: Victoria Horne and Lara Perry, eds. Feminist Art Histories: Renewing Radical Critiques of Theory and Practice. London: I. B. Tauris. ISBN 9781784533250

The Effort of Perfection: Performing Adolescence
Grant, Catherine. June 2013. The Effort of Perfection: Performing Adolescence. In: Jo Longhurst, ed. On Perfection: An Artists’ Symposium. Intellect. ISBN 9781841507101

Baby Butches and Reluctant Lolitas: Collier Schorr and Hellen van Meene
Grant, Catherine. February 2011. Baby Butches and Reluctant Lolitas: Collier Schorr and Hellen van Meene. In: Catherine Grant and Lori Waxman, eds. Girls! Girls! Girls! in Contemporary Art. Bristol: Intellect Press, pp. 161-186. ISBN 9781841503486

Lisa Castagner
Grant, Catherine. 2008. Lisa Castagner. In: Filippo Maggia, ed. New Photography in Britain. Skira. ISBN 978-8861305434

The Uncertain Spectator: theories of female spectatorship and the work of Anna Gaskell
Grant, Catherine. 2008. The Uncertain Spectator: theories of female spectatorship and the work of Anna Gaskell. In: Alexandra M. Kokoli, ed. Feminism Reframed: Reflections on Art and Difference. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 159-176. ISBN 9781847184054

Article

Babak Ghazi
Grant, Catherine. 20 December 2016. Babak Ghazi. How to Sleep Faster, 7, ISSN 2052-3769

A Time of One's Own
Grant, Catherine. 13 December 2016. A Time of One's Own. Oxford Art Journal, 39(3), pp. 357-376. ISSN 0142-6540

Feminism Lives! (Again)
Grant, Catherine. November 2015. Feminism Lives! (Again). Photoworks Annual(22), pp. 196-206.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Lisa Castagner’s Hidden Self-Portraits
Grant, Catherine. 2014. Hidden in Plain Sight: Lisa Castagner’s Hidden Self-Portraits. Source,

Photography and Exhibitionism: An Introduction
Grant, Catherine and Burbridge, Ben. 2012. Photography and Exhibitionism: An Introduction. EitherAnd,

Fans of Feminism: Re-writing Histories of Second-wave Feminism in Contemporary Art
Grant, Catherine. 2011. Fans of Feminism: Re-writing Histories of Second-wave Feminism in Contemporary Art. Oxford Art Journal, 34(2), pp. 265-286. ISSN 0142-6540

‘A narrative of what wishes what it wishes it to be’: An Introduction to ‘Creative Writing and Art History’
Grant, Catherine. 2011. ‘A narrative of what wishes what it wishes it to be’: An Introduction to ‘Creative Writing and Art History’. Art History, 34(2), pp. 230-243. ISSN 01416790

Spiritual America
Grant, Catherine. 3 June 2010. Spiritual America. Words Without Pictures, pp. 193-197. ISSN 978-1-59711-142-3

The Performance Space of the Photograph: From the Anti-Photographers to the Directorial Mode
Grant, Catherine. 2010. The Performance Space of the Photograph: From the Anti-Photographers to the Directorial Mode. rebus, 5, pp. 1-29.

Bellmer’s Legs: adolescent pornography and uncanny eroticism in the photographs of Hans Bellmer and Anna Gaskell
Grant, Catherine. 2010. Bellmer’s Legs: adolescent pornography and uncanny eroticism in the photographs of Hans Bellmer and Anna Gaskell. Papers of Surrealism, 8, pp. 1-20.

Interview with Hal Foster
Grant, Catherine. 2008. Interview with Hal Foster. Immediations, 2(1),

Private Performances: Editing Performance Photography
Grant, Catherine. March 2002. Private Performances: Editing Performance Photography. Performance Research, 7(1), pp. 34-44. ISSN 1352-8165

Performativity: Collier Schorr, Anna Gaskell, Sarah Jones
Grant, Catherine. 2000. Performativity: Collier Schorr, Anna Gaskell, Sarah Jones. n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal, 6, pp. 88-92.

Exhibition Catalogue

Des femmes et leurs education
Grant, Catherine. 2014. Des femmes et leurs education.

Reaching for the Moon: replaying feminist art and activism
Grant, Catherine. 2009. Reaching for the Moon: replaying feminist art and activism.

Digital

Network Society and the Spectacle: Photography and Exhibitionism
Grant, Catherine and Burbridge, Ben. 2012-2013. Network Society and the Spectacle: Photography and Exhibitionism.

Edited Book

Creative Writing and Art History
Grant, Catherine and Rubin, Patricia, eds. March 2012. Creative Writing and Art History. Wiley. ISBN 978-1-4443-5039-5

Girls! Girls! Girls! in Contemporary Art
Grant, Catherine and Waxman, Lori, eds. 2011. Girls! Girls! Girls! in Contemporary Art. Bristol: Intellect. ISBN 1841503487

Edited Journal

Special Issue: Creative Writing and Art History
Grant, Catherine and Rubin, Patricia, eds. April 2011. Special Issue: Creative Writing and Art History, Art History, 34(2). 0141-6790