Past Events

PhD Toolkit – Praxis

DRN Events – Edwin Coomasaru

  • 25 March 2021
  • 2:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Online Event

This is an event for DRN members only. You can find out more about the network here.

This session will ask how political, ideological or theoretical positions could, or should, be incorporated into our work as PhD researchers. This workshop will ask members to reflect on their own positionality and values and consider how that impacts their work. We will then formulate an approach to describing and applying these values as part of their praxis as researchers.

This event is part of the DRNs PhD Toolkit series which will run parallel to the British Art History in Practice series.

About the speaker

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    Dr Edwin Coomasaru is a historian of modern and contemporary British, Irish, and Sri Lankan art; his research considers the politics of gender, sexuality, and race. Coomasaru is an editor of the journal Visual Culture in Britain. He has been awarded Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Edinburgh, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and The Courtauld Institute of Art (where he earned his PhD and co-convened the Gender & Sexuality Research Group). He previously worked as a Research Assistant on the Association of Art History’s anti-racist and decolonial resource portal. Formerly a Contributing Editor at British Art Studies, Coomasaru has also co-edited a book on Imagining the Apocalypse: Art and the End Times (Courtauld Books Online, 2022). He has written articles and book reviews for peer-review journals (Art HistoryThird TextThe Irish ReviewIrish Studies ReviewOxford Art Journal), alongside exhibition essays for museums and galleries (Barbican Centre, Autograph, Jhaveri Contemporary, Saskia Fernando Gallery, Belfast Exposed, Townhall Cavan).