Art & Design

Natalie Loveless

Assistant Professor, History of Art, Design and Visual Culture (HADVC)

Office: 3-85 Fine Arts Building

Areas of Teaching and Research

Visual and Performance Studies; Psychoanalysis; Literary, Feminist and Queer Theory; Gender and Sexuality; Radical and Critical Pedagogy; Feminist Art; New Genres; Intervention; Performance and Action Art; Art as Social Practice; Practice-Led Research and Research-Creation

Natalie Loveless with Donna Haraway, keynote speaker for the 2014 'Think Tank', "Knowings and Knots: Methodologies + Ecologies in Research Creation."


PhD (History of Consciousness/History of Art and Visual Culture), University of California, Santa Cruz, 2010; MFA (Interdisciplinary Studio/Performance Art), School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2004; MA (Contemporary Art History and Theory), Tufts University, 2004

Natalie specializes in feminist and performance art history, art as social practice and artistic research methodologies (research-creation). She has lectured and written extensively on research-creation as a critical intervention in the contemporary North American academy and has worked to strengthen research-creation cultures at the University of Alberta as director of the Research-Creation and Social Justice CoLABoratory (, a unit that brings together faculty from Arts, Education, Native Studies, and Physical Education and Recreation, funded by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS). She recently completed a book, How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation (forthcoming with Duke University Press) and her new project, Sensing the Anthropocene: Attunement in an Age of Urgency, asks how different performance-based modalities, such as deep listening, soundwalking, or durational performance, might attune us differently within what is contestedly called the Anthropocene today.

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