Natalie S. Loveless
University of Alberta, Edmonton, 2018
Natalie S. Loveless is an associate professor at the University of Alberta, where she teaches in the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture and directs the Research-Creation and Social Justice CoLABoratory (researchcreation.ca). Her forthcoming book with Duke University Press, How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation, examines debates surrounding research-creation and its institutionalization, paying particular attention to what it means – and why it matters – to make and teach art research-creationally in the North American university today. Loveless received her Ph.D. in 2010 in the History of Consciousness department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, under the supervision of Dr. Donna Haraway. She has taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Western University, Wilfred Laurier University, and the San Francisco Art Institute and has held residencies and research fellowships at Utrecht University (Center for the Humanities), the University of California, Irvine (SECT), the Western Front (curatorial), and the Banff Center for the Arts (The Future of Idea Art). At the University of Alberta, she supervises both theoretical and research-creation theses and teaches courses on feminist and performance art; activist art and art as social practice; art, ecology, and the Anthropocene. She recently completed New Maternalisms (newmaternalisms.ca), a project bringing together feminist art practice, theory, and curation, and an interdisciplinary collaborative project on global vaccination called Immune Nations (immunenations.com) that culminated in a high-profile exhibition at the United Nations in Geneva during the 2017 World Health Assembly. Loveless currently co-leads Speculative Energy Futures, a multi-year project that is part of the Just Powers initiative funded by the Future Energy Systems CFREF and a SSHRC Insight grant (justpowers.ca), and, during the 2018-19 academic year, is in residence as a visiting scholar in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC), where she is developing a new project, Sensing the Anthropocene: Aesthetic Attunement in an age of Urgency.