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Susannah Thompson

Susannah Thompson is an art historian, writer and critic. She is Professor of Contemporary Art and Criticism at The Glasgow School of Art, where she is also Head of Doctoral Studies.

Susannah’s research interests are in the broad area of contemporary art history and visual culture, with a particular emphasis on art from Scotland and the UK and feminist approaches to the intersections between art, criticism and creative writing. Her research has been widely published in journals including The British Art Journal, Visual Studies, Journal for Writing in Creative Practice, Journal of the Scottish Society for Art History and Visual Culture in Britain. Her PhD examined artists’ writings in Scotland published between 1960-1990, focusing on alternative and experimental modes of writing and post-criticism, writing as a part of visual art practice and the role of samizdat and ephemeral publications within contemporary art in Scotland.

Recent research has focussed on the Scots-Ghanaian artist, curator, writer and activist Maud Sulter and the Scottish artist, critic and curator Cordelia Oliver, and the role of curating and non-academic writing in the production of British art history.

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