Faculty - Meagher

Dr. Michelle MeagherMichelle Meagher

Associate Professor
Associate Chair, Undergraduate, Honours and Graduate Studies 2015-16

Office: 1-02C Assiniboia Hall
Email: michelle.meagher@ualberta.ca 


BA, Women's Studies (University of Alberta)
MA, Interdisciplinary Humanities: The Body and Representation (University of Reading, UK)
PhD, Cultural Studies (George Mason University, USA)


My research focuses on feminist art and feminist art history with particular emphasis on women’s self-representational practices in the late twentieth century North American context. I’m currently working on two projects related to this general interest. The first, “Art, Feminism, and the Periodical Press” considers the ways that feminist art was produced, defined, and circulated by periodical communities of the late 1970s and through the 1980s in the U.S. context. I'm centrally interested in the New York based feminist periodical Heresies, which was published by a feminist collective between 1977 and 1992. This project is supported by a four year (2014-2018) SSHRC Insight grant. In addition to research directed at Heresies, this research program includes organzing Publishing Feminisms, a symposium on feminist periodicals and feminist print culture to be held at the Banff Centre for the Arts in May 2015. 

The second project is concerned with understanding the field of cultural production (i.e., the art world) through an in-depth case study of the Canadian photographer Suzy Lake. I'm particularly interested in (a) the ways that her work has been linked to feminist politics and movements and (b) the effects that such linkages have had on what one critic has recently called a "Suzy Lake renaissance".

I have further research interests in body studies; feminist cultural studies; postfeminist popular culture; feminist materialism and class studies; and feminist generational politics.

Selected Publications

forthcoming 2014. "Art and Aging" in Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology, edited by Julia Twigg and Wendy Martin.

2014. "Against the Invisibility of Old Age: Cindy Sherman, Suzy Lake, Martha Wilson (ART ESSAY)" Feminist Studies 40.1 (read it here)

2014. "Difficult, Messy, Nasty, and Sensational: Feminist Collaboration on Heresies" Feminist Media Studies 14.4 (read it here)

2013. "Cultivating a Critical Classroom for Viewing Gendered Violence in Music Video" Feminist Teacher 23.1 co-authored with Kristin Rodier and Randelle Nixon (read it here)

2012. "Clare Hemmings. Why Stories Matter: The Political Grammar of Feminist Theory (book review)" Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 41.5

2011. “Telling Stories about Feminist Art” Feminist Theory 12.3 (read it here)

2011. “On the Loss of Feminism (review of Angela McRobbie’s Aftermath of Feminism)” Reviews in Cultural Theory. (read it here)

2011. Review of Cherise Smith’s Enacting Others: Politics of Identity in Eleanor Antin, Nikki S Lee, Adrian Piper, and Anna Deveare Smith. Liminalities. (read it here)

2009. “Final Girls: Appropriation, Identification, and Fluidity in  Cindy Sherman’s Office Killer.” In Corinn Columpar and Sophie Mayer (eds.) There She Goes: Feminist Filmmaking and Beyond. Detroit: Wayne State University Press  (find it here)

2008. “Review of Regis Durand's Cindy Sherman and Johanna Burton's Cindy Sherman)” Woman’s Art Journal (read it here)

2008. “Improvisation Within a Scene of Constraint: Cindy Sherman’s Serial Self-Portraiture.” Body and Society 13:4 (read it here

2003. “Jenny Saville and a Feminist Aesthetics of Disgust.” Hypatia: Special Issue, Women, Art, and Aesthetics 18:4 (read it here). Reprinted 2012 in Philosophy and Gender (Critical Concepts in Philosophy), edited by Cressida Heyes

2002. “Would the Real Cindy Sherman Please Stand Up? Encounters Between Cindy Sherman and Feminist Art Theory.” Women: A Cultural Review 13:1