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Dean of Fine Arts

Rebecca Taylor Duclos

Annie Gérin joined Concordia as dean on August 1, 2020.

“Concluding an extensive search across Canada and the United States, the committee was highly impressed with Annie’s vision for the faculty’s future. She is a well-known and highly respected member of Canada’s art history community,” says Anne Whitelaw, provost and vice-president, Academic.

“Annie’s exceptional track record in senior academic leadership roles and in university governance, as well as her commitment to respect-based dialogue and decolonization, will be of great value to Concordia and serve her well as a key member of our senior leadership team.”

Whitelaw highlights Gérin’s demonstrated knowledge of the Quebec and Canadian cultural scenes as well as her skill at relationship-building — internally, with university stakeholders and with different levels of government.

“These will be of great significance in further expanding the faculty’s and university’s networks, opportunities for cross-cutting collaborations and reputation,” she notes.

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Annie Gérin holds a PhD in the History of Art and Cultural Studies from the University of Leeds, a Master of Art History from York University and a BA in art history from the Université de Montréal.

An accomplished administrator, Gérin has held many roles at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM): she served as the interim dean of the Faculté des arts (2019-2020); was the Faculty’s associate dean, research and research-creation from 2018 to 2019 and was chair of the Département d’histoire de l’art from 2013 to 2016. She was also a faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Regina (2000-2004), and in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa from 2004 to 2006.

Fluent in English, French and Russian, Gérin has published extensively and is well known for her research in Canadian and Soviet art in the 20th and 21st centuries, with a special interest in visual satire, cultural policy, public art and community based practices.

Gérin’s work has received continued funding for individual and collaborative research projects from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Société et Culture.

Recent publications include Devastation and Laughter: Satire, Power and Culture in the Early Soviet State, 1920s–1930s (2018), Françoise Sullivan: sa vie et son oeuvre (2018) and the collection of essays Sketches from an Unquiet Country: Canadian Graphic Satire 1840-1940 (2018, co-edited with Dominic Hardy and Lora Senechal Carney).

Her scholarly and popular publications include three monographs, six co-edited books and catalogues, two special issues of journals, 18 book chapters and 15 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Gérin was a member of the editorial team at RACAR (Revue d’art canadienne / Canadian Art Review), the scholarly journal of the Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC) from 2012 to 2014, and assumed the role of editor-in-chief from 2014 to 2019.

She was awarded the 2019 Recognition Award from the UAAC in honour of her exceptional contributions and dedicated service to the association, and unwavering commitment to its professional ideals.

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