Dr Nicola Mann
Assistant Professor of Communications and Visual Cultures
Nicola Mann received a PhD and MA in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester, New York. She also holds an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London. Nicola has experience of working in contemporary art galleries including Hauser and Wirth, London, as well as teaching in both the UK and US further and higher education systems. Her PhD dissertation explores the destructive nature of popular visual representations of Chicago’s public housing in light of the city’s recent urban renewal initiative. She recasts negative stereotypes through a consideration of community-driven strategies including blogs, newspapers and public art. Nicola has contributed her work to a number of publications including Afterimage, Aesthetica, Invisible Culture, and the recently released anthology, “The Paradox of Authenticity in a Globalized World” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). In line with her interest in digital strategies of community engagement and cultural sustainability, she currently helps to facilitate the promotion of Reading Museum’s Historypin project––an online archival platform enabling local residents to upload historical photographs, videos and audio recordings to Google maps. Nicola also works for the Art Council of England-funded organization, The Happy Museum Project: http://www.happymuseumproject.org/.
“From SuperOther to SuperMother: The Journey towards Liberty” in Engaging the Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture, ed. Elyce Rae Helford, (Cambridge Scholars Press, Spring 2015).
“Popular Culture” in World Democracy: From Ancient Times to the People’s Revolution of the 21st Century, ed. Dr. James Ciment, (M.E. Sharpe: Armonk, NY, USA, Winter 2014).
“Review: Tom Finkelpearl, What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation” in “Blueprints” Invisible Culture, (Issue 23, October 2014) [http://ivc.lib.rochester.edu/]
“Performing Cultural Authenticity in CBS’s Good Times,” in The Paradox of Authenticity in a Globalized World, ed. Dr. Russell Cobb, (Palgrave Macmillan, U.K.: Spring 2014).
“Chicago” & “Poverty, Charity and Welfare” in Oxford Encyclopaedia of American Culture and Intellectual History, ed. Dr. Joan Rubin and Dr. Scott Casper, (Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 2013: 1:188-190 & 2:192-194).
“All the Fun of the Fair,” Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, (40.6, May/June 2013: 2-4).
“Don’t Believe the Hype: The Death and Resurrection of Chicago’s ‘Hood in the American Visual Imagination,” in Habitus of the ‘Hood, ed. Dr. Hans Skott-Myhre and Chris Richardson, (Bristol, U.K.: Intellect Press, 2012: 271-298).
“Criminalizing the ‘Hood,” Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, (38.6, May/June 2011: 19-26).
“From Pathways to Portals: Getting to the Root of a Public Housing Community,” in Communicative Lands, Community Landscapes, Brock Review, Vol. 11, No. 2, [http://www.brocku.ca/brockreview/index.php/brockreview/issue/view/43] (May 2011).
“From Pathways to Portals,” in Community Building and Social Networks, Proteus: A Journal of Ideas, [http://www.ship.edu/proteus] (April 2011).
“Introduction: The Cultural Visualization of Hurricane Katrina,” in Invisible Culture, ed. Nicola Mann and Victoria Pass, Issue 15, [http://www.rochester.edu/in_visible_culture/current_CFP.html], (March 2011).
“Case Study: Loch Ness (Some possibilities and problems), 2001-2011,” Milton Keynes Gallery, Aesthetica online edition, (January 2011).
“MK2Morrow: One Small Step for Milton Keynes,” Milton Keynes Gallery, Aesthetica online edition, (December 2010).
Some of the courses I teach:
AVC 7100 – Research Methods
AVC 7105 – Visual Cultures
VAM 7100 – Research Methods
COM 4200 – Introduction to Visual Culture
The International Visual Arts Cultures
Research Interest & Expertise:
Visual Culture, Urban Regeneration, Environmental and Social Sustainability, The Social Value of the Arts, Museum Education, Volunteering