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Dr. Rose-Anne Gush

Juliane-und-Franz-Roh-Stipendiatin am Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in München, August bis September 2020 und Februar 2021

Gruppe/n: Ehem. Fellows


  • Since2019 | Lecturer in Art History and Art Theory, University of Applied Arts, Vienna (Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien) Art Theory (Kunsttheorie – Prof. Helmut Draxler); Art History (Kunstgeschichte – Prof. Eva Kernbauer)
  • 2019 | PhD History of Art, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds; Dissertation Figuring Austria’s Repressed Violence: Artistic Labour of the Body in the work of Elfriede Jelinek and VALIE EXPORT; Advisors: Prof. Gail Day, Dr. Diane Morgan; Examiners: Prof. Howard Caygill, Prof. Griselda Pollock; Funded by: University of Leeds 110 Anniversary Scholarship Zantop Travel Award
  • 2013 | MA Contemporary Art Theory, Goldsmiths, University of London. Dissertation False Feelings: A Critique of the Therapeutics of Art and the Therapeutics of Work through Participation (73%); Advisor: Prof. Alexander Garcia Düttmann
  • 2011 | BA (hons) Art Practice, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Awards and Grants

  • 8-10 2020 | Juliane and Franz Roh Post-Doctoral Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art,
    Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich, Germany
  • 2017 | Grants gained for the conference ‘Speak, body: Art, the Reproduction of Capital and the Reproduction of Life’, from:
    - White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities
    - Arts Council England
    - CePRA
    - School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds
  • 2017 | HUMMAP Conference Award, UK
  • 2017 | Leeds for Life Conference Award, UK
  • 2016 | Zantop Travel Award, Coalition of Women in German, USA
  • 2015 | CePRA award for ‘Proper Faultless Enemy I and II’, Leeds, UK
  • 2014-17 | University of Leeds 110 Anniversary Scholarship, Leeds, UK
  • 2013 | Conference Award for, ‘Crisis and Critique of the State’, Goldsmiths Graduate School, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK



  • Artistic Labour of the Body: Deformation in Postwar Art and Literature (in progress)

Edited Volumes

  • Rose-Anne Gush and Tom Hastings eds., Feminist Genealogies of the Body in Art History and
    Theory (in progress)

Articles (Peer Reviewed)

  • 2020 | ‘Negation’, Kunst und Politik. Jahrbuch der Guernica-Gesellschaft, Keywords for Marxist
    Art History Today, Bd. 21 (2020), 97–106
  • 2019 | ‘Contradictions in Time: Fascism’s use of “Woman” and Feminist Resistance in Austria’,
    Third Text, 33.3 (2019), 355–73
  • 2018 | ‘Disfiguration, Obliteration: What Remains of the Body in the Works of Unica Zürn and
    VALIE EXPORT’, Performance Research, 23.8 (2018), 39–48

Book Chapters (Commissioned)

  • 2020 | ‘The Vanishing of the Family in Plumes of Smoke’, in Feminist Takes: Early Works, eds. by
    Antonia Majaca, Rachel O’Reilly and Jelena Vesic, (Berlin: Sternberg Press) (forthcoming)
  • 2020 | ‘The Fantasy of Misogyny as World Structure’, in The White West, eds. by Kader Attia and
    Ana Teixeira Pinto (Berlin: Sternberg Press) (forthcoming)
  • 2020 | ‘Howardena Pindell’, in Feminist Avant-Garde, ed. by., Gabriele Schor, (Prestel) (forthcoming)
  • 2017 | ‘The Fate of Labour in Love’, in Objects of Feminism, Art theoretical writings from the Academy of Fine Arts 10, eds. by., Maija Timonen and Josefine Wiström (Helsinki: The Academy of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Helsinki, 2017), pp. 75-95

Essays and Articles (Commissioned)

  • 2020 | ‘Notes on Care in light of Securitization’, Akademie Schloss Solitude Journal Issue 01 –
    Collective Care and Response-ability (forthcoming)
  • 2019 | ‘A Letter from Vienna’, Tribune Magazine, Summer 2019, pp. 25-27
  • 2017 | ‘Fraternising in Austria’, in Art Monthly 410, October 2017, pp. 41-42
  • 2017 | ‘VALIE EXPORT: Image and Body Space’, in AWARE Archives of Women Artists Research & Exhibitions, November 2017 (available in translation in French)
  • 2016 | Alex Fletcher, Rose-Anne Gush and Sebastian Truskolaski, ‘From Berg to Beyoncé,’ review of Adorno and Politics: 1st Istanbul Critical Theory Conference, Boğaziçi University, Radical Philosophy 199 (September – October 2016), pp. 65-67

Book Reviews

  • 2020 | Review essay on the republication of Klaus Theweleit’s Männerphantasien (Matthes & Seitz) Radical Philosophy (in preparation)
  • 2020 | Review essay of Leigh Clare La Berge, Wages Against Artwork: Decommodified Labor and
    the Claims of Socially Engaged Art (Duke University Press) and Nicholas Brown, Autonomy: The Social Ontology of Art Under Capitalism (Duke University Press), Selva (in preparation)
  • 2020 | Review of Rachel Middleman, Radical Eroticism, Women, Art and Sex in the 1960s (University of California Press), Sculpture Journal (accepted; forthcoming)
  • 2016 | Review of On Photography, Walter Benjamin, ed. and trans. by Esther Leslie (Reaktion
    Books) in Philosophy of Photography Vol. 7, Issue 1 – 2 (2016), pp. 171-183

Exhibition Reviews

  • 2018 | Review of ‘Antarctica, an exhibition on Alienation’, at Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, in Art Monthly, AM422, December 2018, pp. 23-24
  • 2018 | Review of ‘Donna Huanca: Piedra Quemada’ at Lower Belvedere, Vienna, in art-agenda, December 2018
  • 2018 | Review of ‘Barbara Kapusta, The Giant’ at Gianni Manhatten, Vienna, in Flash Art, November 2018
  • 2016 | ‘War by any Means’, review of Sidsel Meineche Hansen’s Second Sex War, at Gasworks, in Mute Magazine, May 2016

Teaching and Research Fields

Modern and Contemporary Art; Critical Theory and Aesthetics; Critical Theories of Race; Gender and Feminism; Performance and Inter-media Art; Art and the Literary; Historiography and Methodologies of Art History


  • Since 2019 Associate Lecturer University of Applied Arts, Vienna (Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien)
    Art History: Feminist Art History: Methods and Practices (BA Seminar; Optional UG/PG, Summer  2021)
    Art Theory: The Politics of Tragedy (Optional UG/PG, Winter 2020/21)
    Art History: The Body and Reproduction in Art (BA Seminar; Optional UG/PG, Summer 2020)
    Art Theory: Representing, Reproducing and Repudiating Violence (Optional UG/PG, Winter 2019/20)
    2019 Invited Guest Lecturer and workshop leader: ‘Restaging or Unworking: Notes on strategies against historical and current fascist tendencies’, Critical Studies Lecture Series, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2019 | Teaching Fellow in History and Theory of Art, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, London, UK
    Re-examining Aesthetics and Politics Today (UG, Spring 2019)
    Violence, Appropriation and Contemporary Art (five-week, cross level workshop series, Spring 2019)
  • 2015-2016 | Seminar Tutor, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds, 2016 UK
    Elements of Visual Culture I (UG, Autumn 2015)
    Elements of Visual Culture II (UG, Spring 2016)
  • 2015 | Visiting Tutor, MA Critical Studies, Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam, Netherlands


  • 2014 | Editorial Assistant, Pluto Press, London, UK

Papers and Presentations

Invited Lectures and Panels

  • 2021 | Invited lecture: 'Perspectives on Contemporary Art' Ringvorlesung, Universität Wien, Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien.
  • 2020 | Invited lecture: ‘Forumsvorträge’, Department of Art History, University of Basel (Zoom)
  • 2020 | Launch of Kunst und Politik- Keywords for Marxist Art History Today, Marxism in Culture Seminar, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of London, London, UK
  • 2020 | Invited speaker, ‘The Fantasy of Misogyny as World Structure’ at THE WHITE WEST III, Automating
    Apartheid, Kunsthalle Wien and Burgtheater, organised by Ana Teixeira Pinto and Kader Attia
  • 2019 | Invited participant, ‘Writing Acts’, a workshop organized by artist Claire Potter at The Bluecoat, Liverpool
  • 2018 | Invited guest lecture, Centre Prospéro, Langage, image et connaissance at Saint Louis University, Brussels, Belgium
    2018 | Invited guest lecture, ‘Disfiguration, Deformation: Der Körper im Werk von VALIE EXPORT’, University of Art and Design and VALIE EXPORT Center for Performance and Media Art, Linz, Austria
  • 2018 | Invited speaker, ‘Fascism as a Cultural Force in Austria Today’, at THE WHITE WEST: The Resurgence of Fascism as Cultural Force, La Colonie, Paris, France. Organised by Kader Attia, Giovana Zapperi and Ana Teixeira Pinto
  • 2018 | Invited guest lecture, School of Fine Art, University of Reading, Reading, UK
  • 2018 | Invited speaker in A Farewell to Progress, by Dorine van Meel, South London Gallery, London, UK
  • 2017 | Invited speaker at Justin Fitzpatrick’s Underworld at Kevin Space, Vienna, Austria
  • 2017 | Book launch of Objects of Feminism, diffrakt, Berlin, Germany; South London Gallery, London, UK
  • 2016 | Invited speaker at the screening of VALIE EXPORT’s Unsichtbare Gegner (1976), Deptford Cinema London, UK, organised by Ami Clark and Banner Repeater
  • 2016 | Invited speaker, ‘“From one Body to Another Body”: Sexuality and Psyche in Direct Art and Feminist Actionism’, Reality Check: Art, Psycho-Politics and the Limits of Community, History of Art Department, University College London, London, UK
  • 2015 | Invited speaker, ‘Body / World / Tools’, in the context of the exhibition, Does Not Equal, at W139 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Conferences and Symposia

  • 2019 | ‘Figuring the Repressed: VALIE EXPORT, Birgit Jürgenssen, and Renate Bertlemann’ at Untimely Media / Domestic Techniques, University of Vienna, Austria
  • 2018 | ‘Artistic Labour on Violence’, contribution to the workshop: Elfriede Jelinek: Alterity, Xenophobia
    and Cultural Translation at Vrije Universiteit, Brussels in collaboration with the Elfriede Jelinek Research Centre, University of Vienna
  • 2018 | ‘Sexuality and Obscenity in Postwar Antifascist Art’, Historical Materialism Annual Conference, SOAS, London, UK
  • 2017 | | ‘Misogyny: Fantasy Operations in its Repudiation and Reproduction Today’, Historical Materialism Conference, Beirut, Lebanon
  • 2017 | ‘VALIE EXPORT: Violent Vicissitudes’, On the Dialectics of Procedural Violence in Post–WWII European Art, 1949–65 panel organised by Dr Jaleh Mansoor and Dr Vanessa Parent, College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, USA
  • 2016 | ‘“Nothing should be moist; art becomes hygienic”: The meaning of action in art after Aesthetic Theory’, Istanbul Critical Theory Conference: Adorno and Politics, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2016 | ‘She Said’, a collaboration between Christina Chalmers, Rose-Anne Gush, Amy Tobin, Hannah Proctor, Feminist Readings 2: Theory, Practice and Politics of Reading Today, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  • 2015 | ‘Fate in Elfriede Jelinek’s Die Liebhaberinnen, or, Against Fate’, Against Fate: Feminist Figures, Feminist Practices, Feminist Aesthetics at Historical Materialism Annual Conference, SOAS, University of London, London, UK
  • 2014 | ‘Feminism and Negativity in VALIE EXPORT and Theodor Adorno’, Historical Materialism Annual Conference, SOAS, University of London, London, UK
  • 2014 | ‘Feminist Actionism: Anti-Art and the Philosophy of Contemporary Art’, Society for European Philosophy Conference, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 2012 | ‘Contemporary Service Work in Tino Sehgal’s These Associations’, Performance and Labour Symposium, History of Art Department at UCL and CRMEP, London, UK

Research and Events

  • 2020 | Co-organiser, ‘Full Surrogacy Now’ screening at mumok kino, Vienna, and workshop and lecture by author Sophie Lewis, Full Surrogacy Now (Verso, 2019) at Depot, Vienna (postponed)
  • 2017 | Co-organiser, ‘Subject and Matter in Moderation’, screening and workshop with filmmaker Anja Kirschner on her film Moderation (2015). School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  • 2017 | Co-organiser, ‘Speak, body: Art, the Reproduction of Capital and the Reproduction of Life’, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK; Keynotes: Martha Rosler and Marina Vishmidt; Introduction: Griselda Pollock
  • 2015 | Co-organiser with Gill Park of ‘Proper Faultless Enemy I and II’, a screening programme at the University of Leeds with films by Tina Keane, VALIE EXPORT, Melanie Gilligan and Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz Funded by CePRA
  • 2013 | Co-organizer, ‘Goldsmiths Graduate Conference: Crisis and Critique of the State’, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK; Keynotes: Sara Farris, Bob Jessop, Massimiliano Tomba
  • 2012 | Curator of ‘Militant Cinema: Films on Operaismo’ at LimaZulu Project Space, London, UK

Academic Service

  • 2019-20 | Peer Reviewer for Historical Materialism Book Series, Brill
  • 2017 | Peer Reviewer for parallax Journal


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