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Reader in Cultural Theory, University of Huddersfield

Dr Alison Rowley is Reader in Cultural Theory. She studied Fine Art at Middlesex Polytechnic and gained an MA and PhD from the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds.

Alison’s longstanding research concerns histories and theories of sexual difference, gender and social class inscribed in practices of modern and contemporary art, resulting in publications on the work of a number of artists including Chantal Akerman, Willie Doherty, Eva Hesse, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Martha Rosler, Dorothea Tanning, Jenny Saville and Trinh T. Minh-ha.

Currently she is at work on a second single authored book titled Common gestures, class acts: studies in ‘young British art’, an analysis of the return in the 1990s of neglected histories of British social and political life since 1945 in work by artists grouped under the yBa heading.


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    Reader in Cultural Theory, University of Huddersfield