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Dr Maya Rae Oppenheimer, MA(RCA), PhD

Assistant Professor, Art History

Office: S-EV 3766 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4704
Email: mayarae.oppenheimer@concordia.ca
Availability: Office hours change each term; email to make an appointment.

Brief biography

I am a writer, researcher, and educator with a PhD in humanities and cultural studies from the London Consortium (Birkbeck, University of London). I became Assistant Professor in Art History at Concordia University in September 2017, which expanded my teaching, performing, and publishing activities from histories of design and science to include histories of art, identity politics, and critical pedagogy. I am particularly interested in exploring active and creative teaching methods across a range of art and design fields to further critical discussions in culture outside institutions.

Previous to returning to Canada in 2017, I lived in London (UK) for 11 years. I taught at the Royal College of Art, Imperial College London, and the Cass School of Art and Design. In addition to my teaching work, I am one-third of Operating Manual, a research collective that investigates cultures of risk and precarity and am the Head of Research and Development of Dramaco, an ongoing art performance and archival project that explores transmissions of laboratory procedures and products into consumer markets.

Before embarking on a PhD that pursued modern histories of social psychology via cultural and performance theory, I worked in art and design museums in both England and Canada. With past posts as Research Assistant and Graduate Researcher in the Victoria & Albert Museum (London) and Curatorial Assistant at the Costume Museum of Canada (Winnipeg), I continue an interest in the politics and processes of cultural institutions.
I publish across journals, edited volumes and forums in cultural history, art history and the history of design.


Teaching activities

Courses teaching at Concordia 2018-2019

ARTH200: Perspectives of Art History (winter term only)
ARTH356: Materials and Processes of Art: Of KnowingARTH450: Advanced Seminar: Making and Remaking Archives in Contemporary North American Art and Design
ARTH390: Art and the Museum: the Museum Experience
ARTH450: Advanced Seminar: Making and Remaking Archives in Contemporary North American Art and Design
ARTH650: Graduate Seminar: Critical and Creative Writing and Contemporary Art

Courses taught at Concordia 2017-2018

ARTH200: Perspectives of Art History (winter term only)
ARTH348: Special Topics in Art and Film: Re-enactment.
ARTH356: Materials and Processes of Art: Of Knowing
ARTH390: Art and the Museum: the Museum Experience
ARTH391: Art and its Changing Contexts: Manifesto

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