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Dr Clare Johnson
Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture

Clare Johnson is the Director of the Visual Culture Research Group and a member of the Gender and Culture Research Group at UWE. She teaches on both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Visual Culture and supervises doctoral students.
Clare's primary research interests are feminist approaches to art history and visual culture, inter-generationality and contemporary art. In addition to a number of articles published in international journals Clare is author of Femininity, Time and Feminist Art (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Her current work argues for an understanding of femininity as an embodied relationship to time in artworks made by women in the 1970s and 1990s/2000s. She has published on the work of Tracey Emin, Vanessa Beecroft, Eleanor Antin and Carolee Schneemann and is currently writing an article on the performance photographs of Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece (1964).

Clare is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Gender Studies and is on the Academic Advisory Group at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. She has experience of organising research events including a symposium called ‘When Is Now? The Historical Present in Creative Practice’ (with
Katie Davies, June 2013), which was the inaugural event in the VCRG’s Visualising Histories strand, an international conference on ‘Gendered Violence’ (with Alex Franklin, November 2011) and a symposium called ‘Mediated Pleasures in (post)Feminist Contexts’ (with Sue Tate, 2005).

Johnson, C. Femininity, Time and Feminist Art explores feminist art of the 1970s through the lens of contemporary art made by women.
192 pages
Palgrave Macmillan (6 Sep 2013)
ISBN-10: 0230298486
ISBN-13: 978-0230298484

Selected Research Outputs:
Johnson, C. (July-September 2010), ‘Emin is Screaming: Empathy as Affirmative Engagement in Tracey Emin’s Homage to Edvard Munch and All My Dead Children (1998)’, Parallax, issue 56

Johnson, C. (September 2010), 'Preposterous Histories: maternal desire, loss and control in Carolee Schneemann's Interior Scroll (1975) and Tracey Emin's I've Got It All (2000)', Feminist Media Studies, vol 10, no. 3

Johnson, C. (December 2006), 'Traces of Feminist Art: Temporal Complexity in the Work of Eleanor Antin, Vanessa Beecroft and Elizabeth Manchester', Feminist Theory, 7:3, pp.309-332, ISSN 1464-7001

Johnson, C. (April 2002), ‘The Position of the Fine Art Student in the Context of Public Accountability of Higher Education, with Specific Reference to the Quality Assurance Agency Experience’, Teaching in Higher Education, 7:2, pp.215-224, ISSN 1356-2517.

Johnson, C. (2009), Review of ‘Masculinity and Popular Television’ by Rebecca Feasey (Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2008) for Journal of Gender Studies, 18:2

Conference papers / invited talks
Clare has presented conference papers both in the UK and further afield.

September 2010,
What do Radical Feminist Art Films Look Like? Desire and Duration in Sam Taylor-Wood’s David (2004)
Radical British Screens : one-day symposium, Bush House, University of the West of England, Bristol

May 2008, '
The Embodied Intellectual: 'Impression' and 'Contact' as Political Currency', paper delivered at Intellectuals: Knowledge, Power, Ideas, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Budapest.

March 2005,
‘Temporal Productions of Hyper-Femininity’, paper delivered at Mediated Pleasures in (post)Feminist Contexts symposium co-convened by Clare Johnson and Sue Tate as part of UWE’s ‘Predicaments in Visual Culture’ symposium series.

May 2004,
‘The Performance of Femininity in Contemporary Women’s Video Art’, paper delivered at Console-ing Passions: International conference on Feminism, Television, Video, New Media, and Audio, Tulane University, New Orleans.

March 2002,
‘Taking Risks: Subtlety and Intervention in the work of Vanessa Beecroft’, paper delivered at Women on the Edge, Central Michigan University.

March 2002,
‘The Aestheticisation of the Corporeal in the Work of Vanessa Beecroft’, paper delivered at MA Visual Culture Day School, Bath Spa University College.

September 2001,
‘Power, Pleasure and Self-Mastery in the Work of Cathy de Monchaux’, paper delivered at Human Frailty, UWE’s Centre for Critical Theory and Cambridge University.

July 2001,
‘The Radical Pose in Recent Performance Art: Vanessa Beecroft’s Spectacular Mannequins’, paper delivered at Gender and Culture: Consumption and Women’s Everyday Lives, Women’s Studies Network Association conference, Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education.

July 2001,
‘Strike a Pose: Transcending the Invisible Body’, paper delivered at Cultural Studies: Between Politics and Ethics, Bath Spa University College.

February 2001,
‘Notions of Radicalism in Contemporary Fine Art Practice’, paper delivered at MA Visual Culture Day School, Bath Spa University College.

December 1999,
‘Strategies of Resistance: the Re-empowering of Woman as Image’, paper delivered at Critical Interventions: Obscene Powers, Southampton University.

November 1999,
'Asking For It: the Re-empowering of Woman as Image’, paper delivered at MA Visual Culture Day School, Bath Spa University College.



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Research Outputs
Conferences and Talks

Femininity, Time and Feminist Art

Journal of Gender Studies