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 SAVAnT: the CHASE doctoral school in American Art

SAVAnT (School of American Visual Arts and Text) is the CHASE doctoral school in American art and visual culture, exploring how Art History intersects with American Studies and other relevant disciplines. SAVAnT seeks to map the lines that lie across and between Art History, Visual Culture, and American Studies in all historical periods, and across the Americas broadly defined. The school aims to support research and dialogue both between these fields and between CHASE institutions. If your PhD includes aspects of American visual material, SAVAnT warmly invites your participation.

All interested students or faculty are invited also to attend our opening event, Chasing America, on December 9th 2017 at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London. See the link for more details:

SAVAnT past and future:

 Founded as a network in 2014 by co-directors Joanna Pawlik (Art History, Sussex) and Doug Haynes (American Studies, Sussex), SAVAnT as a CHASE school is now fortunate indeed to have David Peters Corbett (Courtauld Institute) as co-director as well as a host of other CHASE colleagues as potential supervisors and advisors. Participants in SAVAnT are based in universities across the consortium at all career levels and covering a wealth of specialisms.

SAVAnT has so far organized workshops, conference panels, and symposia, at the British Library, at Senate House, at the Courtauld Institute, and at Northumbria University. As a CHASE school, we now encourage students to approach colleagues on our list of participants as potential supervisors, or as mentors for doctoral work. Inter-institutional co-supervision in the CHASE consortium is especially encouraged and student travel costs will be found for these kinds of study arrangements.

As a CHASE school, SAVAnT will provide a programme of connected training events, including lectures, workshops, and seminars. The school will also be a forum for public and academic events. We are fortunate to have the Eccles Centre at the British Library as a partner, as well as the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America at the University of Essex, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at UEA, the Brunei Gallery at SOAS, and The Keep archive at Sussex. We also have a non-CHASE academic partner in the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford.

Using the SAVAnT network, faculty and students will be able to collaborate in research projects, symposia, conferences, exhibitions, reading groups, and other creative and academic activities.

Currently SAVAnT faculty and research interests:

David Stirrup, 

19th, 20th, 21st century Native North American literature and art; Indigenous image-text; visuality;

Tania Tribe;

Joanna Pawlik, 

Post-war American art and visual culture; avant-gardism, dada and surrealism in particular; transnationalism; art and protest; little magazines; region and regionalism;

Doug Haynes,

Modern and contemporary American Literature and Visual Art; Critical Theory; Economy and Art; Affect Theory; Ideas of Humour;

Laila Haidarali

Modern U.S. History; African America, with focus on Women; The Harlem Renaissance; Race, Gender, and Representation; Visual Culture; Mass-market magazines; Fashion, Beauty, and Style.

David Peters Corbett,

US and British art, 1850-1950. City painting in the US, 1880-1940. Word and image, particularly nineteenth and early-twentieth century;

Rebecca Arnold:

Ready-to-wear fashion, Interwar French couture, Fashion and modernity, Dress and the body, Dress and the senses, Film and fashion, Dress and the everyday, American fashion, Documentary Photography;

Sarah Garland,

20th century word and image; American modernism; American avant-garde; artists books; mid-century multimedia, intermedia and conceptual art. 

Will Norman,

Twentieth-century American literature and culture, especially midcentury modernism in literature and the visual arts; transatlantic exchange; crime fiction;

Michael Collins,

Visual Anthropology - 1860s to 1920. Specifically, in the Boasian tradition.

American Realism into Modernism. The Ashcan School. Thomas Eakins.

Martin Hammer,  

US/UK artistic exchange, especially Hockney in the 1960s.  Recent publications include: ‘David Hockney’s “A bigger splash”: photographic source and artistic affinities’, Burlington Magazine, May 2017. Also, artistic dialogue between Hockney and a/ Johns; b/ Ruscha. Broader interest in how ideas from and about America, as artistic centre and social order, informed cultural practice in Britain. 

Stella Bolaki 

Disability and illness in contemporary American art and visual culture

Matt Lodder

Tamar Jeffers McDonald

Anne-Marie Angelo

Caroline Blinder

Intersections between documentary photography and literature, in particular early to mid-twentieth century studies of the United States, and the ways in which politics and aesthetics intersect in photo-textual practice.  

Non-CHASE SAVAnT participants include:

Mark Rawlinson,

Sara Wood,

James Boaden,

Warren Carter

Zara Dinnen

Lucy Bradnock,

Jody Patterson,

John Fagg,

Stephanie Lewthwaite,

Molly Le Veq,

Catherine Gander,

Fiona Anderson,

Barnaby Haran,

Caleb Bailey,

Kristen Treen,

Jenny Terry,

Cara Rodway,

Celeste-Marie Bernier,

Students wishing to participate in the SAVAnT programme should sign up below.