Catherine M. Soussloff
Catherine M. Soussloff’s research explores the historiography, theory, and philosophy of art and visual culture in the European tradition from the Early Modern period (ca. 1400) to the present. She has authored and edited books and written over fifty essays and articles in art history and in a wide range of related fields, including performance studies, aesthetics, Jewish studies, the history of photography, and visual studies. She has lectured extensively in Canada, Europe, the UK, the USA, and South America. Professor Soussloff has advised and supervised MA and PhD students in Art History, Visual and Cultural Studies, History of Consciousness, Literature, and History. Known for her comparative and historical approaches to the central theoretical concerns of art history and aesthetics, Soussloff’s most recent publications have focused on contemporary art, performance, Picasso’s late work, and the aesthetic theories of the French philosopher Michel Foucault. Her book on Michel Foucault and painting theory in the twentieth century will be published by University of Minnesota Press in 2017. Her edited volume Foucault on the Arts and Letters: Perspectives for the 21st Century will be published by Rowman and Littlefield Ltd. in late 2016. It includes twelve essays by experts in six disciplines and an introduction and essay on Gilles Deleuze’s views of Foucault’s contribution to philosophy written by Soussloff. Soussloff’s lectures on Foucault given at the Collège de France in Paris may be accessed at www.college-de-france.fr. Her views on Foucault are featured in the Slovenian art mockumentary MY NAME IS JANEZ JANŠA (dir. Janez Jansa).
Before coming to UBC in 2010 as Head of the department, Professor Soussloff taught for twenty-four years at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she held a prestigious University of California Presidential Chair in Visual and Performance Studies and the first Patricia and Rowland Rebele Chair in the History of Art. For twelve years Soussloff was Director of Visual and Performance Studies, an international and multi-disciplinary faculty-graduate research initiative. In that capacity she programmed major conferences and an annual seminar series, funded by competitively awarded grants. She served as Chair of the Editorial Board of the Art Journal (College Art Association of America) and she was a founding book reviews editor of Images: Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture. For two years she was a member of the board of Live Vancouver, the city’s performance art biennale.
Professor Soussloff has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Getty Research Institute, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the College Art Association of America, the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, and the Institute for the Humanities at New York University. In summer 2011 Soussloff was resident at the University of California, Irvine where she held a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar fellowship for the study of Walter Benjamin’s Later Writings. During the academic year 2013-14 Catherine M. Soussloff was a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. In spring of 2017 Professor Soussloff will be an Invited Researcher at the Institut Nationale d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA) in Paris where she will pursue the topic of expressivity and art.