Mary Modeen is an artist/academic whose research links creative practice with interdisciplinary academic studies in the humanities, particularly philosophy, literature, feminist and indigenous studies. Her research has several threads: perception as a cognitive and interpretive process, and place-based research, which tends to connect cultural values, history and embodied experience. As such, this work usually combines creative art practice and writing.
Her PhD supervision is also characterised by these interdisciplinary investigations, linking studio practice with academic enquiry. International research networks, three of which Modeen co-convenes, are central in conducting the critical discourse which address, challenge and strengthen these research insights. She is also the DJCAD Associate Dean (Internationalisation).
This project began as part of a Visiting Fellow residency for the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) within the University of Minnesota, Funded by a Mellon Foundation Grant.
Professor Mary Modeen spoke with Professor Christine Baeumler, Head of the Art department, and Professor Jennifer Gunn, Director of IAS, and they quickly arrived at a series of three PhD/MFA symposia called "Ethics, Art, Advocacy and Decolonizing Place Based Research."
A group of 10 graduate researchers, a combination of PhDs/MFAs, with creative, material, cultural and performative practices from both Duncan of Jordanstone Collage of Art and Design, University of Dundee and University of Minnesota, formed a cohort of participants in these symposia, with Professor Baeumler and Professor Modeen as co-hosts.
In addition to the web-based platform hosted by IAS, a renewed research network, and the numerous informal connections made among participants, this book provides a space to further engage with the themes and conversations begun at the initial symposia.
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Decolonising Place-Based Arts Research, 2021, Ed. Mary Modeen
This book is published by Duncan of Jordanstone Collage of Art and Design, University of Dundee, Dundee Scotland, in association with The Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, and Te Ipukarea Research Institute, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, Aotearoa, NZ.