Nicholas Mirzoeff is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University.
My work is in the field of visual culture. In recent years it has fallen into four main areas.
First, I have been working on the genealogy of visuality, a key term in the field. Far from being a postmodern theory word, it was created to describe how Napoleonic era generals “visualized” a battlefield that they could not see. Applied to the social as a whole by Thomas Carlyle, visuality was a conservative strategy to oppose all emancipations and liberations in the name of the autocratic hero. My book The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality was published by Duke University Press (2011).
Second, I produce texts and projects that support the general development of visual culture as a field of study and a methodology. The third Visual Culture Reader was published in 2012 by Routledge, The second fully revised edition of An Introduction to Visual Culture was published in 2009 by Routledge, with color illustrations throughout and new sections of Keywords and Key Images.
Third, I work on militant research with the global social movements that have arisen since 2011.
Finally, I am working on a new project on the cultures of climate change in conjunction with the not-for-profit Islands First.
- BA Honours Oxford University 1980
- PhD University of Warwick 1990
Art History and History
Ph.D. dissertation: " Pictorial Form and Social Order in France 1638-1752: L'Académie Royale de Peinture et Sculpture"
- 2009- : Professor, Media, Culture and Communication, affiliate faculty in Performance Studies,New York University
- 2004- 2008 : Professor, Art and Art Professions, affiliate faculty in Performance Studies, New York University
- 2001— 2004 : Professor, Art and Comparative Literature, SUNY Stony Brook
- 1998- 2001: Associate Professor, Art and Comparative Literature, SUNY Stony Brook
- 1997- 1998 : Associate Professor, Art History, University of Wisconsin, Madison
- 1992- 1997 : Assistant Professor, Art History, University of Wisconsin, Madison
- 1991- 1992 : Assistant Professor, Art History, University of Texas, Austin
- Spring 1991: Lecturer, Art History, University of California, Irvine
- Autumn 1984, 1987-8, 1989-90 : Lecturer, Art History, University of Warwick
- 2008 : Co-Pl for Planning Grant, “Networking Visual Culture,” Scholarly Communications Institute, Andrew Mellon Foundation
- 2006 : NYU-Steinhardt Challenge Grant
- 2005 : Visiting Canterbury Fellow, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
- 2002 : Visiting Fellow, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown MA
- 2002 : Leverhulme Visiting Professor, University of Nottingham, UK
- 2001 : Visiting Fellow, Humanities Research Center, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
- 2001 : William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA, Visting Fellow
- 1996 : Postdoctoral Fellow, Humanities Institute, Stony Brook University
- 1994 : Huntington Library, Pasadena, CA, Visiting Fellow
- 1993 : Yale Center for British Art, Visiting Fellow
- 1992 : J. Paul Getty Center, Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Art and the Humanities
- 1991 : NEH Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies
Curatorial and Museum Experience
- Februray- March, 2009 : Guest Expert, for Jeremy Deller, “It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq,” The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
- 2005 : Scholar’s Panel and adviser, “The New Jewish Identity Project,” (commissioned photography show on non-Ashkenazi Jewishness), Jewish Museum, New York City
- 2003 : Primary Adviser, “Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self,” curated by Brian Wallis and Coco Fusco, International Center for Photography, New York City
- November 2001 : Scholar’s Panel and adviser, Emergence of Jewish Artists in Nineteenth Century Europe, curated by Susan Goodman, The Jewish Museum, New York City
- Nov. 9-Dec.16, 2000 : Curator: “Intersecting Identities: Jewishness at the Crossroads,” University Art Gallery, SUNY Stony Brook
- 1999 - : Exhibitions Committee, University Art Gallery, SUNY Stony Brook
- Scholar’s Panel, Chaim Soutine, curated by Norman Kleeblatt and Kenneth Silver, The Jewish Museum, New York City
- 1994- 1996 : Exhibitions Committee, Elvehjem Museum, Madison, Wisconsin
- E58.2400 Topics in Visual Culture and Cultural Studies: Modernity and Climate Change
- E90.2120 Foundations of Visual Culture
- E90.2121 Visual and Critical Analysis: Orientalisms
- E90.2160 Topics in Visual Culture: Watching Catastrophe: 9-11, Iraq, Katrina
- 2009: Cultural Studies, Editorial Board Member
- 2007: Journal of Photography and Culture, Editorial Board Member
- 2001-Present: The Journal of Visual Culture, Editorial Board Member
- 2002-Present: Situation Analysis, Editorial Board Member
- 2004-2007: British Film Institute Television Classics, Editorial Board Member
- Visual Culture
- Cultural History
- Disability Studies
- Contemporary Art and New Media
- Human Rights
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