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Vikki Bell BA PhD

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PositionProfessor of Sociology, Research Associate, Faculty of Humanities, Universidad de San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Department Sociology
Email v.bell (@gold.ac.uk)
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Vikki Bell BA PhD

Vikki Bell is the author of four monographs, including Culture and Performance (Bloomsbury, 2007). Widely published in peer-reviewed journals, she has addressed questions of ethics, aesthetics, subjectivity and politics across the social sciences and theoretical humanities. Recently her work has explored cultural-aesthetic aspects of transitional justice in Argentina, where her research has been funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and, in 2015-7, by the Economic & Social Research Council. The most recent publication from this project is The Art of Post-Dictatorship: Ethics & Aesthetics in transitional Argentina (Routledge, 2014). This work has recently extended to include Chile.

Teaching

Vikki Bell is Professor of Sociology and current Head of the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She studied Social & Political Sciences at Cambridge and gained her PhD at Edinburgh University in 1992. She has taught across all levels at Goldsmiths since she joined in 1993, and has convened the MA Critical & Creative Analysis.

She has been a Visiting Scholar at Berkeley, University of California, Yale University, University of Buenos Aires and the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (Oñati, Spain).

Research Interests

Vikki's research interests include:

  • Transitional Justice, especially in relation to Cultural Processes and Concepts of Peace, with specific interests in Northern Ireland, Argentina and Chile
  • Contemporary Social and Cultural Theory, with specific interests in the work of Michel Foucault and Hannah Arendt
  • Ethics and Aesthetics
  • Feminist Theory and the Politics of Difference
  • The Concept of Performativity and its Critique

Funded research projects

  • 2015-7 ESRC Research Grant (Open Call) ‘Re-Emerging Pasts: Forums for Truth-telling in Contemporary Argentina and Chile’ £215,000 (Grant: ES/N007433/1)
  • CONICYT, Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnologíca Chilean Grant to establish network between scholars in UK, USA, Chile, Argentina and Mexico working on social aspects of memory ('REIMS')
  • 2011-12 British Academy UK-Latin America Link Programme (£18,000)  Organiser of 2 seminars, one in Buenos Aires (March 2012) and one in London (June 2012)
  • 2011-12 Funded research: A.H.R.C. Fellowship 'Visual Art and Justice in Transitional Argentina (post 1983)' (App No: AH/I004335/1)
  • 2006-07: Funded research: A.H.R.C.  ''Justice Demands' and the Negotiated Process of Art-Work Production in Argentina and Northern Ireland'  Research Grants (Standard) Scheme (£31,901)

Publications

Book

The Art of Post-Dictatorship: Ethics and Aesthetics in Transitional Argentina
Bell, Vikki. 2014. The Art of Post-Dictatorship: Ethics and Aesthetics in Transitional Argentina. London: Routledge/Glasshouse. ISBN 9781138100220

The Skater: Wendy McMurdo
Bell, Vikki; Drake, David and Edgar, Lisa. 2009. The Skater: Wendy McMurdo. Cardiff: Ffotogallery. ISBN 978-1872771731

Culture and Performance: The Challenge of Ethics, Politics and Feminist Theory
Bell, Vikki. 2007. Culture and Performance: The Challenge of Ethics, Politics and Feminist Theory. Berg. ISBN 9781845201050

Feminist Imagination: Genealogies in Feminist Theory
Bell, Vikki. 1999. Feminist Imagination: Genealogies in Feminist Theory. London: Sage Publications. ISBN 978-0803979710

Interrogating Incest: Feminism, Foucault and the Law
Bell, Vikki. 1993. Interrogating Incest: Feminism, Foucault and the Law. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415101042

Article

Declining Performativity: Butler, Whitehead and Ecologies of Concern
Bell, Vikki. 2012. Declining Performativity: Butler, Whitehead and Ecologies of Concern. Theory, Culture & Society, 29(2), pp. 107-123. ISSN 0263-2764

Writing to the General, and Other Aesthetic Strategies of Critique: The Art of León Ferrari as a Practice of Freedom
Bell, Vikki. 2012. Writing to the General, and Other Aesthetic Strategies of Critique: The Art of León Ferrari as a Practice of Freedom. Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, 21(2), pp. 253-285. ISSN 1356-9325

Contemporary Art and Transitional Justice in Northern Ireland: The Consolation of Form
Bell, Vikki. 2011. Contemporary Art and Transitional Justice in Northern Ireland: The Consolation of Form. Journal of Visual Culture, 10(3), pp. 324-353. ISSN 1470-4129

On Fernando's Photograph: The Biopolitics of Aparicion in Contemporary Argentina
Bell, Vikki. 2010. On Fernando's Photograph: The Biopolitics of Aparicion in Contemporary Argentina. Theory, Culture & Society, 27(4), pp. 69-89. ISSN 0263-2764

New Scenes of Vulnerability, Agency and Plurality: An Interview with Judith Butler
Bell, Vikki. 2010. New Scenes of Vulnerability, Agency and Plurality: An Interview with Judith Butler. Theory, Culture & Society, 27(1), pp. 130-152. ISSN 0263-2764

Book Review: Who Sings the Nation-State?: Judith Butler and Gayatri Spivak Calcutta, New York, Oxford: Seagull Books, 2007, pp. 121
Bell, Vikki. 2009. Book Review: Who Sings the Nation-State?: Judith Butler and Gayatri Spivak Calcutta, New York, Oxford: Seagull Books, 2007, pp. 121. Theory, Culture & Society, 26(5), p. 151. ISSN 0263-2764

The Haunted Nomos: Activist-Artists and the (Im)possible Politics of Memory in Transitional Argentina
Bell, Vikki and Di Paolantonio, Mario. 2009. The Haunted Nomos: Activist-Artists and the (Im)possible Politics of Memory in Transitional Argentina. Cultural Politics, 5(2), pp. 149-178. ISSN 1743-2197

The Burden of Sensation and the Ethics of Form: Watching "Capturing the Friedmans"
Bell, Vikki. 2008. The Burden of Sensation and the Ethics of Form: Watching "Capturing the Friedmans". Theory, Culture and Society, 25(3), pp. 89-101.

From Performativity to Ecology: On Judith Butler and Matters of Survival
Bell, Vikki. 2008. From Performativity to Ecology: On Judith Butler and Matters of Survival. Subjectivity, 25, pp. 395-412. ISSN 1755-6341

The Politics of Framing: An Interview with Nancy Fraser
Nash, Kate and Bell, Vikki. 2007. The Politics of Framing: An Interview with Nancy Fraser. Theory Culture & Society, 24(4), pp. 73-86. ISSN 14603616

'Rita Duffy: Cuchulain Comforted'
Bell, Vikki. 2007. 'Rita Duffy: Cuchulain Comforted'. Exhibition catalogue essay MCAC: Portadown,

Special Section: Transnational Public Sphere: The Potential of an "Unfolding Constellation": Imagining Fraser's Transnational Public Sphere
Bell, Vikki. 2007. Special Section: Transnational Public Sphere: The Potential of an "Unfolding Constellation": Imagining Fraser's Transnational Public Sphere. Theory, Culture and Society, 24(4), pp. 1-5.

'On Wendy McMurdo's 'Wrecks of Scapa''
Bell, Vikki. 2007. 'On Wendy McMurdo's 'Wrecks of Scapa''. FOAM Photography Magazine, 10,

'Painting and Politics: Between Argentina and Northern Ireland. An Essay on Rita Duffy and Daniel Garcia'
Bell, Vikki. 2007. 'Painting and Politics: Between Argentina and Northern Ireland. An Essay on Rita Duffy and Daniel Garcia'. CIRCA Art Magazine,

La promesa del liberalismo y la performance de la libertad
Bell, Vikki; Gonzalez, Maria Ana and Grinberg, Silvia. 2007. La promesa del liberalismo y la performance de la libertad. Revista Argentina de Sociologia, 5(9), ISSN 16679261

Performative Knowledge
Bell, Vikki. 2006. Performative Knowledge. Theory, Culture and Society, 23(2-3), pp. 214-217. ISSN 0263-2764

The Scenography of Suicide: Terror, Politics and the Humiliated Witness
Bell, Vikki. 2005. The Scenography of Suicide: Terror, Politics and the Humiliated Witness. Economy and Society, 34(2), pp. 241-260. ISSN 0308-5147

On the Critique of Secular Ethics: An Essay with Flannery O'Connor and Hannah Arendt
Bell, Vikki. 2005. On the Critique of Secular Ethics: An Essay with Flannery O'Connor and Hannah Arendt. Theory, Culture and Society, 22(2), pp. 1-27. ISSN 0263-2764

Out of Conflict: Peace, Change and Justice
Campbell, Kirsten and Bell, Vikki. 2004. Out of Conflict: Peace, Change and Justice. Social and Legal Studies, 13(3), pp. 299-304. ISSN 0964-6639

Spectres of Peace: Civic Participation in Northern Ireland
Bell, Vikki. 2004. Spectres of Peace: Civic Participation in Northern Ireland. Social and legal studies, 13(3), pp. 403-428. ISSN 0964-6639

'Feminist Thought and the Totalitarian Interloper: On Rhetoric and the Fear of 'Dangerous Thinking''
Bell, Vikki. 2002. 'Feminist Thought and the Totalitarian Interloper: On Rhetoric and the Fear of 'Dangerous Thinking''. Economy & Society, 31(4), pp. 573-587. ISSN 0308-5147

The Vigilant(e) Parent and the Paedophile: The News of the World Campaign 2000 and the Contemporary Governmentality of Child Sexual Abuse
Bell, Vikki. 2002. The Vigilant(e) Parent and the Paedophile: The News of the World Campaign 2000 and the Contemporary Governmentality of Child Sexual Abuse. Feminist Theory, 3(1), ISSN 1464-7001

The Violence and the Appeal of Raciologies: Colonialism, Camps and Cosmopolitan Utopias
Bell, Vikki. 2002. The Violence and the Appeal of Raciologies: Colonialism, Camps and Cosmopolitan Utopias. Theory, Culture and Society, 19(4), pp. 245-254. ISSN 0263-2764

'Reading Macey, Reflecting on Fanon' Essay and round table discussant of David Macey's Frantz Fanon: A Life (Granta, 2000)
Bell, Vikki. 2002. 'Reading Macey, Reflecting on Fanon' Essay and round table discussant of David Macey's Frantz Fanon: A Life (Granta, 2000). New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics, ISSN 0950-2378

'On Genealogy and Generation: On Levinas, Chaining and the Child'
Bell, Vikki. 2002. 'On Genealogy and Generation: On Levinas, Chaining and the Child'. Parallax, 8(3), pp. 19-33. ISSN 1353-4645

The Phone, the Father and Other Becomings: On Households (and Theories) that no longer Hold
Bell, Vikki. 2001. The Phone, the Father and Other Becomings: On Households (and Theories) that no longer Hold. Cultural Values, 5(3), pp. 383-402. ISSN 13

'Negotiating and Narrating Emplacement: Belonging and Conflict in Northern Ireland'
Bell, Vikki. 2001. 'Negotiating and Narrating Emplacement: Belonging and Conflict in Northern Ireland'. New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics, 41, pp. 61-86. ISSN 0950-2378

On ethics and feminism Reflecting on Levinas’ ethics of non-(in)difference
Bell, Vikki. 2001. On ethics and feminism Reflecting on Levinas’ ethics of non-(in)difference. Feminist Theory, 2(2), pp. 159-171. ISSN 1464-7001

Mimesis as Cultural Survival: Judith Butler and Anti-Semitism
Bell, Vikki. 1999. Mimesis as Cultural Survival: Judith Butler and Anti-Semitism. Theory, Culture and Society, 16(2), pp. 133-161. ISSN 0263-2764

'Alternative Political Imaginations' Introduction
Bell, Vikki; Rose, Nikolas and Barry, Andrew. 1995. 'Alternative Political Imaginations' Introduction. Economy & Society, 24(4), ISSN 0308-5147

Book Section

Photo-Image
Bell, Vikki. 2013. Photo-Image. In: Celia Lury and Nina Wakeford, eds. Inventive Methods: The Happening of the Social (Culture, Economy, and the Social). Routledge, pp. 147-162. ISBN 978-0415721103

After Performativity: On Concern and Critique
Bell, Vikki. 2012. After Performativity: On Concern and Critique. In: Roland Faber; Michael Halewood and Deena Lin, eds. Butler on Whitehead: On the Occasion. New York: Lexington Books. ISBN 978-0739172766

Afterword: The Politics of Memory in the Long Present of the Southern Cone
Bell, Vikki. 2011. Afterword: The Politics of Memory in the Long Present of the Southern Cone. In: Francesca Lessa and Vincent Druliolle, eds. The Memory of State Terrorism in the Southern Cone: Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 209-222. ISBN 978-0230110144

Of Footsteps and Shadows: On Graciela Sacco
Bell, Vikki. 2009. Of Footsteps and Shadows: On Graciela Sacco. In: Graciela Sacco, ed. M2. UNSPECIFIED. ISBN 978-9872336363

Performativity Challenged? Creativity and the Return of Interiority
Bell, Vikki. 2007. Performativity Challenged? Creativity and the Return of Interiority. In: , ed. Culture and Performance. Oxford: Berg, pp. 97-120. ISBN 9781845201050

'The Vigilant(e) Parent and the Paedophile: The News of the World Campaign 2000 and the Contemporary Governmentality of Child Sexual Abuse'
Bell, Vikki. 2002. 'The Vigilant(e) Parent and the Paedophile: The News of the World Campaign 2000 and the Contemporary Governmentality of Child Sexual Abuse'. In: Paula Reavey and Sam Warner, eds. ) New Feminist Stories of Child Sexual Abuse: Sexual Scripts and Dangerous Dialogues. Routledge, pp. 108-127. ISBN 978-0415259446

"Appearance: Thinking Difference in the Political Realm with Hannah Arendt"
Bell, Vikki. 1999. "Appearance: Thinking Difference in the Political Realm with Hannah Arendt". In: , ed. Feminist Imagination: Genealogies in Feminist Theory. London: Sage, pp. 62-84. ISBN 0803979711

Passing Through Hybridity
Ahmed, Sara. 1999. Passing Through Hybridity. In: Vikki Bell, ed. Performativity & Belonging. SAGE Publications, pp. 87-106. ISBN 978-0761965237

The Promise of Liberalism and the Practice of Freedom: On Foucault and Arendt
Bell, Vikki. 1996. The Promise of Liberalism and the Practice of Freedom: On Foucault and Arendt. In: Andrew Barry; Thomas Osborne and Nicolas Rose, eds. Foucault and Political Reason. London: UCL Press/Taylor and Francis, pp. 81-97. ISBN 1857284321

Edited Journal

Theory, Culture & Society 2010 Annual Review (double issue)
Bell, Vikki, ed. 2010. Theory, Culture & Society 2010 Annual Review (double issue).

Out of Conflict: Peace, Change and Justice
Campbell, Kirsten and Bell, Vikki, eds. 2004. Out of Conflict: Peace, Change and Justice.

Performativity and Belonging An Introduction
Bell, Vikki, ed. 1999. Performativity and Belonging An Introduction.

Conference or Workshop Item

'Foucault, Iran and our Contemporary 'Arab Spring''
Bell, Vikki. 2011. ''Foucault, Iran and our Contemporary 'Arab Spring'''. In: . OECUMENE Project. Invited Seminar on 'Foucault, Iran and our Contemporary 'Arab Spring''. Open University, United Kingdom May 2011.

‘Writing to Dictators, Joking with Injustice: Aesthetics of Critique in the Art of León Ferrari'
Bell, Vikki. 2011. '‘Writing to Dictators, Joking with Injustice: Aesthetics of Critique in the Art of León Ferrari''. In: seminar series Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CIVALS). Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CIVALS), Birkbeck College, University of London, United Kingdom March 2011.

Appearance
Bell, Vikki. 2011. 'Appearance'. In: Photo-Lexic Research Group, Day Conference hosted by Goldsmiths Architectural. Research. Goldsmiths Architectural. Research, London, United Kingdom March 2011.

Judith Butler’s Subject
Bell, Vikki. 2011. 'Judith Butler’s Subject'. In: An Encounter with Judith Butler. University of Westminster Centre for the Study of Democracy, United Kingdom February 2011.

'Genealogy and Critique’. Parallel session Paper title: ‘The Bio-Politics of Aparición in Argentina’
Bell, Vikki. 2010. ''Genealogy and Critique’. Parallel session Paper title: ‘The Bio-Politics of Aparición in Argentina’'. In: University of Utrecht, Netherlands Critical Legal Conference 2010 Invited Contribution to Roundtable Plenary on Critical Work in the Academy Paper. University of Utrecht, Netherlands September 2010.

The Contemporary Politics of Aparicion in Argentina
Bell, Vikki. 2010. 'The Contemporary Politics of Aparicion in Argentina'. In: Series: Fraternity and Fratricide (Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series).. University of London, Senate House, United Kingdom June 2010.

'Art & Critique: The Work of Three Argentine Artists’
Bell, Vikki. 2010. ''Art & Critique: The Work of Three Argentine Artists’'. In: Law & Society Conference. Chicago, United States May 2010.

'Governmentality and Methodology’
Bell, Vikki. 2010. ''Governmentality and Methodology’'. In: UNSPECIFIED. University of Gothenberg, Sweden May 2010.

‘Introduction: Feminism, Affect, Relationality’
Bell, Vikki. 2010. '‘Introduction: Feminism, Affect, Relationality’'. In: UNSPECIFIED. Newcastle University, Department of Sociology, United Kingdom March 2010.

‘On Concern and Cutting: Thinking through the Critique of Performativity’
Bell, Vikki. 2009. '‘On Concern and Cutting: Thinking through the Critique of Performativity’'. In: ‘Topologies’ Conference ATACD International Conference. University of Barcelona, Spain December 2009.

Philosophies and Politics: On Performativity
Bell, Vikki. 2009. 'Philosophies and Politics: On Performativity'. In: El III Seminario Internacional de Estudios Culturales. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. El III Seminario Internacional de Estudios Culturales, Faculty of Philosophy And Letters, Spain October 2009.

‘On Fernando’s Photograph: The Bio-politics of Aparicion in Contemporary Argentina’
Bell, Vikki. 2009. '‘On Fernando’s Photograph: The Bio-politics of Aparicion in Contemporary Argentina’'. In: ‘Bio-Politics and Modernity’ Conference. Stockhölm University, Sweden September 2009.

‘On Matters of Survival: After Performativity’
Bell, Vikki. 2009. '‘On Matters of Survival: After Performativity’'. In: 10th Anniversary SKOK Feminist Theory Conference ‘Theory Now'. University of Bergen, Norway May 2009.

'In the Name of Foucault'
Bell, Vikki. 2009. ''In the Name of Foucault''. In: Intensive doctoral seminar series on bio-politics. University of Buenos Aires, Faculty of Filosofia y Letres, Argentina April 2009.

'Aesthetics, Law and the Nomos: Artworks in Transitional Argentina'
Bell, Vikki and Di Paolantonio, Mario. 2007. ''Aesthetics, Law and the Nomos: Artworks in Transitional Argentina''. In: International Conference and Joint Annual Meetings of the Law and Society Association and the Research Committee on Sociology of Law 'Law and Society in the 21st Century' Humboldt University. Berlin, Germany July 2007.

'Aesthetics, Politics and Potentiality: Contemporary Art in Northern Ireland and Argentina'
Bell, Vikki. 2007. ''Aesthetics, Politics and Potentiality: Contemporary Art in Northern Ireland and Argentina''. In: Humanities Symposium Columbia University. New York, United States February 2007.

'Aesthetics and the Temporalities of Politics'
Bell, Vikki. 2006. ''Aesthetics and the Temporalities of Politics''. In: 4th International Language, Culture and Communication Conference. University of Lusofona, Lisbon, Portugal November 2006.

The Shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes: On Agamben
Bell, Vikki. 2006. 'The Shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes: On Agamben'. In: MESEA conference. Pamplona, Spain July 2006.

'Reading the Laming Report (on the Death of Victoria Climbie): Thinking Ethics in the Global Assemblage'
Bell, Vikki. 2006. ''Reading the Laming Report (on the Death of Victoria Climbie): Thinking Ethics in the Global Assemblage''. In: International Sociological Association Congress. Durban, South Africa July 2006.

'The Production of Bare Life: On The Shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes 2005'
Bell, Vikki. 2006. ''The Production of Bare Life: On The Shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes 2005''. In: University of Cambridge MESEA Conference. Pamplona, Spain May 2006.

Edited Book

Performativity & Belonging
Bell, Vikki, ed. 1999. Performativity & Belonging. London: Sage. ISBN 978-0761965237

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