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Dr Linda Jean Pittwood joined the School of Art, Design and Architecture University of Huddersfield in 2019 as a Research Assistant in Art and Visual Culture. Linda was awarded a PhD in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies in 2019 from The University of Nottingham with co-supervision from Birmingham City University and funding from Midlands4Cities DTP (her thesis is titled: Inscribing women onto bodies: an encounter with performance, photography and video art from Beijing and Shanghai 1999-2016).

Prior to focusing on contemporary art from China, Linda was Exhibition Officer for Art Galleries at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 2009-2015. She graduated from St Andrews University with a MLitt Museum and Art Gallery Studies in 2010 and holds a BA (hons) in Fine Art from Liverpool School of Art (LJMU). Linda has published widely as an art critic.

Research Expertise and Interests

Dr Linda Jean Pittwood has been focusing since 2014 on researching contemporary Chinese art and is particularly interested in investigating the outputs of female artists and representations of 'women.'

Her thesis re-assessed the work of seven well-known artists based in the PRC to argue for attention to gendered subjectivity, practices of 'speaking the truth' onto bodies, and what is at stake in practices of gendered meaning-making. The theoretical framework combined Michel Foucault's category of 'biopower' with turn of the 20th-century anarcho feminist He-Yin Zhen's 'nannü'. This enabled attention to the flows of power that discipline the body, manage populations and produce the binary categories women/men. To collect data, she used an approach of 'the encounter,' which foregrounds the role of the researcher and the transformational potential of encounters with artists, art, place and the archive.

Pittwood's new research is a collaboration with Dr Rachel Marsden, Lecturer in Practice Research University of the Arts, London (UAL). Pittwood and Marsden in the project 'Gender Scars' are interested in the outputs of female artists of the Chinese diaspora and their work relating to skin, scars, trauma and wellbeing. 

Research interests

  • Contemporary Chinese art
  • 'Women' and gender studies
  • Chinese feminisms
  • Foucault
  • Skin, trauma, scars
  • Somatic research methods

External positions

Visiting lecturer and GTA, University of Nottingham

1 Jan 20171 Apr 2019

Research Expertise and Interests

  • China
  • Visual culture
  • Contemporary art
  • Gender studies
  • Critical theory
  • Foucault
  • Feminism
  • Performance art
  • Museum interpretation
  • Video art
  • Contemporary art practice
  • Practice as research


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