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Graduating from the University of Leeds with a PhD in Sculpture and Philosophy (The Philosophy of Sculpture/The Sculpture of Philosophy: Casting Bodies of Thought), Rowan Bailey joined the University of Huddersfield in 2009. She is currently the Director of Graduate Education in the School of Art Design and Architecture and is responsible for coordinating research-led/PGR research training within the School. 

Research Expertise and Interests

Dr Bailey's research background stems from sculpture studies. Her doctorate investigated the intersections between sculpture and philosophy. This research has since led to several publications on the use of sculptural tropes in the writings of Plato, Kant, Herder and Hegel. She is author of 'Herder's Sculptural Thinking' (2011), 'Concrete Thinking for Sculpture' (2015), 'Crafting Stories in the Domestic Archive' (2015) and 'Thinking Sculpturally' (2017). In 2015-2016, she curated an exhibition for the Arts Council funded programme ROTOR at Huddersfield Art Gallery. Enttiled Thought Positions in Sculpture the exhibition brought contemporary artists together to explore various sculpture archives and existing collections.

She also manages Market Gallery; an exhibition space in Queensgate Market which features staff and postgraduate student research projects. Market Gallery is part of the Temporary Contemporary initiative, a partnership project with Kirklees Council and the School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield. The research focus of the initiative is to transform vacant spaces in Queensgate Market into a hub for a vibrant events programme (featuring local, national and international exchanges). Temporary Contemporary is a networked partnership initiative for a growing arts and visual culture ecology in Huddersfield. For further details of the project see: https://research.hud.ac.uk/art-design/temporarycontemporary/ 

Bailey regularly designs and chairs conference panels and symposia, and has guest edited issues for the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, Craft Research and parallax. More recently, she has been working with 'sculptural plasticity' as a concept that intra-acts with the languages and practices of art and neuroscience. This has led to several conference papers and forthcoming publications on the phenomenon of the brainbody in art, philosophy, literature, science and curation. This avenue of research enquiry is particularly focused on materiallly-discursive practices of writing. 

For specific details of her publications, please see the 'Publications and Other Research Outputs' section of this research profile.

Current areas of investigation and enquiry:

  • Creative methodologies in art and design practice
  • Sculptural thinking as a mode of philosophical enquiry
  • New materialism and artistic thinking
  • Brainbody phenomena across the disciplines
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS) and practices of writing

Research Degree Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhDs on topics and themes related to:

New materialisms in the thinking practices of art and philosophy

Transdisciplinary exchanges between art, science and the humanities

Sculptural thinking across the disciplines

Science and Technology Studies (STS) and materially-discursive practices

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