International Advisory Board

We are pleased to have been able to win experts from various fields of expertise and regional affiliation. The International Advisory Board critically supervises major phases of Art.School.Differences and is decisive for facilitating knowledge exchange and identifying pivotal results and outcomes. The members of our International Advisory Board are:

Nana Adusei-Poku (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences/Zurich University of the Arts) Research Professor in Visual Culture at Willem de Kooning Academie at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and Lecturer in Media Arts at the University of the Arts, Zurich. Nana was a scholarship doctoral student at Humboldt University, Berlin, working on the curatorial concept post-black in relation to contemporary Black artists, following degrees in African studies and gender studies at Humboldt University, and in media and communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Ghana, Legon; the London School of Economics; and Columbia University, New York. She published “The Challenge to Conceptualise the Multiplicity of Multiplicities—Post-Black Art and Its Intricacies” in Post-racial Imaginaries, a special issue of Dark Matter, among other articles. Her research interests are in cultural studies, visual culture, Black diaspora art history, postcolonial and critical race theory. See also WDKA makes a difference.

Marie Buscatto (Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne) Professeure en Sociologie à l’Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Marie Buscatto est chercheure à l’IDHES (Paris 1 – CNRS). Sociologue du travail, du genre et des arts, elle s’intéresse également aux questions de méthode. Fondés sur ses premières recherches sur la place des femmes dans le monde du jazz, ses travaux actuels portent sur les difficultés d’accès, de maintien et de promotion des femmes dans les mondes de l’art, et plus largement dans les professions prestigieuses encore très masculines. Elle s’interroge encore sur les manières dont la création artistique est affectée par des processus genrés. Elle étudie aussi les pratiques, les trajectoires et les professionnalités artistiques. Elle développe enfin une réflexion épistémologique sur les méthodes qualitatives.

Jackie McManus was educated at Newcastle University, and the Institute of Education, University College London. She lives in London where she is an independent education consultant. She previously worked as the Head of Widening Participation Programmes at University of the Arts London, and as a researcher for the social policy unit Youthaid (now part of the Learning and Work Trust). She is the author of “Every Word Starts with ‘dis'” and the co-author of “Art for a Few”. Jackie has worked extensively with London’s world class galleries; is an adviser to the Courtauld Institute of Art on widening participation and equalities, and sits on the board of Tate’s National Youth programme to widen participation in the arts. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

Olivier Moeschler (Université de Lausanne) Sociologist, research associate at the Institute of social sciences (ISS) of the University of Lausanne, is interested in the various aspects raised by the analysis of culture and arts. He teaches at the University of Applied Sciences (HEG) in Geneva. He is also in charge of the domain “culture” at the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) where he works on national cultural statistics. He published in particular on the cultural policies of cities and their “cultural export” abroad (1999), the cultural attendance in a large agglomeration (2000), the professional trajectories of stage artists (2004) and of the graduates of an art school (theatre, 2014, with Valérie Rolle), on the public of cinema (2006) and on the cultural practices in Switzerland (2011, 2016), and on Swiss film funding policies (2011, 2013). He co-directed with Olivier Thévenin “The territories of cultural democratization” (L’Harmattan, 2009), with André Ducret “New Perspectives on Cultural Practices” (L’Harmattan, 2011) and, with Dagmar Danko and Florian Schumacher, “Art in Public” (Springer, 2015). He just published an article on cultural studies’ reception in France (SociologieS, March 2016). He is currently co-organising an international colloquy on “Arts and Markets” in November 2016 at University of St. Gallen and is co-editing a special issue of the Swiss Journal of Sociology on “Art, Work and Deregulation” (Summer 2017). He is the president of the Research Committee Sociology of arts and culture (Foko-KUKUSO) of the Swiss Sociological Association (SSS).

Ruth Sonderegger (Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Wien) Ruth Sonderegger ist Professorin für Philosophie und ästhetische Theorie an der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien. Ihre Arbeitsschwerpunkte sind Ästhetik, Cultural Studies, kritische Theorien und Resistance Studies. Letzte Buchveröffentlichungen: Hg. (gemeinsam mit Karin de Boer), Conceptions of Critique in Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, Houndmills Basingstroke: Palgrave Macmillan 2012; Hg. (gemeinsam mit Eva Birkenstock, Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz und Jens Kastner), Art and the Critique of Ideology After 1989 | Kunst und Ideologiekritik nach 1989, Bregenz und Köln, 2013; Hg. (mit Jens Kastner), Pierre Bourdieu und Jacques Rancière. Emanzipatorische Praxis denken, Wien: Turia+Kant (erscheint im Herbst 2014); Hg. (mit Pascal Gielen, Thijs Lijster und Suzana Milevska), Spaces for Criticism (= Art in Society book series) Amsterdam: Valiz 2015; Foucaults Gegenwart. Sexualität – Sorge – Revolution (gem. mit Gundula Ludwig und Isabell Lorey), Wien: transversal texts 2016. Sie ist Mitinitiantin von Die Akademie geht in die Schule. Gleichere Chancen durch interkulturelle Bildung, ein Partnerprojekt von Art.School.Differences.

Melissa Steyn (Wits Centre for Diversity Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg) Melissa Steyn is the founding director of the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies. She holds the DST-NRF National Chair in Critical Diversity Studies. Her work engages with intersecting hegemonic social formations, but she is best known for her publications on whiteness and white identity in post-apartheid South Africa. Her book, Whiteness just isn’t what it used to be: White identity in a changing South Africa (2001, SUNY Press,) won the 2002 Outstanding Scholarship Award in International and Intercultural Communication from the National Communication Association in the United States. Her co-edited books include The Prize and the Price: Shaping Sexualities in South Africa (Vol 2) (2009, HSRC), Performing Queer: Shaping Sexualities in South Africa (Vol 1) (2005, Kwela), Under construction: Race and identity in South Africa Today (2004, Heinemann) and Cultural Synergy in South Africa: Weaving Strands of Africa and Europe (1996, Knowledge Resources). Melissa was named as one of Routledge’s Sociology Super Authors for 2013.

Ulf Wuggenig (Leuphana Universität, Lüneburg) studied at the University of Vienna and at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (philosophy, sociology, political science and economics), Austria. He got his PhD at Vienna University and delivered his habilitation at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. He is Professor of Sociology of Art at the Institute of Philosophy and Sciences of Art, director of the Kunstraum and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany. Before he taught in Austria and Germany at the universities of Hannover, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Hildesheim and Osnabrück, as well as at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. His recent research refers to the field of contemporary art, the creativity and creative industries discourse and Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of cultural production (cf. Das Kunstfeld, Zurich: JRP-Ringier 2011, ed. with Heike Munder; Art in the Periphery of the Center. Berlin: Sternfeld 2015, ed. with Christoph Behnke, Cornelia Kastelan and Valérie Knoll; Critique of Creativity. London: mayfly 2011, ed. with Gene Ray and Gerald Raunig).

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