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Dr Sarah Smith BA, MA, PhD

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Joint Acting Head of Department, FoCI

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‘Cinépoetry,’ part of the Film Lounge programme at Stills Gallery Edinburgh, Sept-Oct 2010
Programmed by Sarah Smith

‘Cinépoetry,’ part of the Film Lounge programme at Stills Gallery Edinburgh, Sept-Oct 2010

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Dr Sarah Smith

Dr Sarah Smith is Joint Acting Head of the Forum for Critical Inquiry, a research-led academic unit which provides courses in critical, historical and cultural studies at undergraduate and postgraduate levels as well as PhD supervision expertise.

Sarah completed a BA in fine art painting at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 1994 and an MA in film studies at University College Dublin in 1995 before moving to Glasgow where she completed a PhD at University of Glasgow in 2007.

Her research and supervisory interests are in the broad area of visual culture, with a particular interest in artists’ films, experimental film, feminist art and issues of Irish cultural identity. Her research is interdisciplinary, with an ongoing interest in the politics of appropriation practices. She is currently developing a book project on citations of cinema in artists’ films as well as a number of articles on allusions to pornography in recent feminist art.

Alongside her writing, she has a developing curatorial and programming practice. Forthcoming and recent curatorial projects include ‘Norman McLaren: The Student Films,’ a screening event with live orchestral accompaniment, 2nd – 3rd May 2014; ‘Animation Films by Glasgow School of Art Alumni,’ screening event, 3rd May 2014; ‘Cinépoetry,’ part of the Film Lounge programme at Stills Gallery Edinburgh, Sept-Oct 2010; ‘Artists’ Films at the GFT,’ a screening event and seminar for Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, April 2010

She frequently contributes as an invited speaker to various cultural organizations and other Higher Education Institutions and is a member of College Art Association (CAA), Media Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) and the British Association of Irish Studies (BAIS).

Sarah successfully supervised a PhD on Visual Music Films to completion in 2011 and is currently supervising a PhD on the relationship between creative critical writing and visual art practices (2012-present).

Select Recent Publications

• ‘Sculpting Irishness: A Discussion of Dublin’s Commemorative Statues of Oscar Wilde and Phil Lynott,’ Sculpture Journal, Vol. 21, no.1, Spring/Summer 2012

• Commissioned essay: ‘Specters, Absences and Frames’ for Louis Ghost Chair, a solo exhibition by Simon Martin, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, 2012


• Feature article: ‘In Celebration of Grass Roots and Grass Widows: On Women Artists’ Collaborations in Glasgow Map Magazine, Summer 2012 (http://mapmagazine.co.uk)

• ‘Lip and Love: Subversive Repetition in the Pastiche Films of Tracey Moffatt,’ in Screen, Vol 49, no. 2, Summer 2008, pp.209-215


• ‘Ireland in the 1940s and 1950s: The Photographs of Bert Hardy,’ article in Field Day Review, Issue 1, 2005

Select Recent Conference Papers

• ‘Feminist Authorship and Found Footage Film: The Case of Susan Hiller’s Psi Girls,’ part of a pre-constituted panel on Female Authorship and Film for the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) annual conference, University of Ulster, Derry, 9-13 Jan 2013

• ‘Somewhere Between Art, TV and Cinema: Exploring the Generic Incongruity of Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (Douglas Gordon & Philippe Parreno, 2006),’ Framing Film: Cinema and the Visual Arts, University of Winchester, September 2009


• ‘The Rhetoric of Porn in Feminist and Postfeminist Art: From Critique to Complicity,’ Porn Cultures: Regulation, Political Economy and Technology, University of Leeds, June 2009

• ‘Sculpting Liminal Irishness: A Discussion of the Commemorative Statues of Oscar Wilde and Phil Lynott,’ Association of Art Historians Conference, University of Manchester, April 2009


• ‘Lip and Love: Subversive Repetition in the Pastiche Films of Tracey Moffatt,’ Screen Studies Conference, University of Glasgow, June 2007