Dr Basia Sliwinska is an art historian and art theorist and researches 20th and 21st century art with a focus on feminist practice of contemporary women artists. She joined Middlesex University in 2015 and works as part of the Fashion Visual Culture team. She is also a Visiting Lecturer at Sotheby's Institute of Art in London. She previously worked at Loughborough University, where she taught Critical and Historical Studies across Textile Design and Innovation, Fine Art and Graphic Communication and Illustration programmes.
During this time she was a Loughborough University Research Associate and developed an AHRC funded project entitled Migratory Homes (2013), a 'living' research project focused on domesticity, travelling and the concept of 'home', related to migrations across Europe. Before joining Loughborough, she worked as a Research Fellow in Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton and an Associate Editor at the academic journal, Third Text. Between 2012 and 2014 she was the Chair of the Association of Art Historians (AAH) Freelance and Independents' Group and the Trustee of the AAH.
Teaching interests at both UG and PG levels are focused around critical theory, feminist aesthetics, psychoanalysis, women's art and design practice, contemporary art practice in historical, critical and philosophical contexts, critical approaches to visual culture, fashion theory.
Dr Basia Sliwinska's research is situated within feminist art history and critical theory and focuses particularly on concepts of the body, aesthetics, gender, identity, citizenship and globalization within contemporary women's art practice. Through different visual tropes of femininity, psychoanalytical concept of the mirror and metaphors derived from Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice found there', she investigates gender identity and the politics of vision in contemporary women's art. She is also interested in spatial dimensions of women's practice, and through the relationship between feminism and psychoanalysis she explores how gender issues are found across national and cultural boundaries.
Applications for humanities or practice-led PhD research are welcome in areas including but notlimited to: the interfaces of contemporary art practice and critical theory; art practice and theory informed by feminism and psychoanalysis; contemporaryart in cultural and social contexts.
Sliwinska, B., (2016) The Female Body in the Looking-Glass: Contemporary Art, Aesthetics and Genderland. London: IB Tauris
Sliwinska, B. and Davis, A.J. (eds.) (2016) 'Trans-figurations: Transnational Perspectives on Domestic Spaces’, Third Text, Vol. 29, Issue 4-5
Sliwinska, B. (2016) 'Transnational Embodied Belonging Within ‘Edge Habitats’', Third Text, Vol. 29, Issue4-5
Sliwinska, B. (2016) ‘'The aesthetics of pedestrianism’ and the politics of belonging in contemporary women’s art’ in Brito Alves, M., Costa, P., Lamoni, G., Saldanha, J.L., Soares, A.I., and Tavares, M. (eds.) Flaneur. New Urban Narratives
Sliwinska, B., (2013) 'A peephole into 'anything else you want to be'', Third Text, Vol. 27, Issue 6, pp. 808-810
Sliwinska, B., (2013) 'And Europe Will be Stunned: Yael Bartana and JRMiP', n.paradoxa, no. 32, pp. 13-22
Sliwinska, Basia (2016) The female body in the looking glass: contemporary art, aesthetics and genderland. International Library of Cultural Studies . I.B. Tauris, London. ISBN 9781780766447
Davis, August Jordan and Sliwinska, Basia (2016) Trans-figurations, transnational perspectives on domestic space. Third Text, 29 (4-5). pp. 247-255. ISSN 0952-8822
Sliwinska, Basia (2016) Transnational embodied belonging within ‘edge habitats’. Third Text, 29 (4-5). pp. 287-309. ISSN 0952-8822
Sliwinska, Basia (2015) The ‘aesthetics of pedestrianism’ and the politics of belonging in contemporary women’s art. In: Flâneur – New urban narratives, Lisbon, Portugal.
Sliwinska, Basia (2014) Mapping the other. In: College Art Association 102th Annual Conference, panel Toward Transnational Feminisms in the Arts, Chicago, USA.
Peer-review of monographs for Manchester University Press and Routledge.
Article peer-review for journals Revista do Instituto de História da Arte published by the Institute of Art History of the Nova University of Lisbon, and Sociology Compass, published by Wiley-Blackwell.