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/.

Nicola teaches Research Methods and Visual Cultures on the MA programme in Art History and Visual Culture and Art Education and the Gallery on the MA programme in Visual Arts Management. She also teaches Introduction to Visual Cultures at undergraduate level at Richmond.

Selected publications:

“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, forthcoming Fall 2014).

“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, forthcoming Fall 2014).

“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.: 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).

“Night School,” in Critics Choice: James Rajotte, Circuit Gallery, [http://www.circuitgallery.com], (June 2010).

“Criminalizing the ‘Hood: The Death of Public Housing in the American Visual Imagination,” Cross-Cultural Poetics: Streetnotes, ed. Blagovesta Momchedjikova, [http://www.xcp.bfn.org/mann.html], (Spring 2010).

PUBLICATIONS
“Performing Cultural Authenticity in CBS’s Good Times,” in Genuine Copies: The Question of Authenticity, ed. Dr. Russell Cobb, (Unknown, forthcoming).

“Chicago” and “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, forthcoming).

“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: Getting to the Root of a Public Housing Community,” 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,” in Aesthetica Magazine Blogspot, [http://aestheticamagazine.blogspot.com/], (January 2011).

“MK2Morrow: One Small Step for Milton Keynes,” in Aesthetica Magazine Blogspot, [http://aestheticamagazine.blogspot.com/], (December 2010).

“Night School,” in Critics Choice: James Rajotte, Circuit Gallery, [http://www.circuitgallery.com], (June 2010).

“Criminalizing the ‘Hood: The Death of Public Housing in the American Visual Imagination,” in Cross-Cultural Poetics: Streetnotes, ed. Blagovesta Momchedjikova, [http://www.xcp.bfn.org/mann.html], (Spring 2010).

CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS
“Performing Family Unity in American Television: The Case of Good Times,” 2011
Film and Media 2011: The First Annual London Film and Media Conference,
The Institute of Education, University of London, U.K.

“Making Sense of Visual Culture” conference, Roundtable participant, 2011
Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester, USA.

“Designing Family Love in CBS’s Good Times” 2010
Film and History Conference: Representations of Love in Film and Television,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

“The Death of the Projects in the American Visual Imagination,” 2010
European Social Science History Conference, Ghent, Belgium.

“Portal: A Journey through the Subterranean World of Cabrini Green Forest,” 2009 Greenscapes: Landscapes of Myth and Imagination Conference,
Brock University, St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada.

“Portal: A Journey through the Subterranean World of Cabrini Green Forest,” 2009
Mobility and Creativity Conference, University of Surrey, U.K.

“Criminalizing the ‘Hood: The Death of Public Housing in the American Visual Imagination,” 2008 Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association Annual Conference,
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

“Criminalizing the ‘Hood: The Death of the Projects in the American Visual
Imagination,” 2008 Crime Cultures Conference, University of Portsmouth, U.K.

“Tripping the Light Fantastic: Representing the Teenage Twilight,” 2008
Constructed Light, Constructed Meanings Graduate Conference,
Saint Louis University, Missouri, USA.

“Tripping the Light Fantastic: Representing the Teenage Twilight,” 2008
Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies Conference,
University of Rochester, N.Y., USA.

“Notes from the Underground: A Journey through the Subterranean 2007
World of Daniel Roth’s Cabrini Green Forest,” Contestations, Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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