Professor Catherine Speck
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Biography/ BackgroundDr Catherine Speck is the coordinator of the innovative Art History Program offered jointly by the University of Adelaide and the Art Gallery of South Australia. The postgraduate program is the only one of its kind in Australia and is co-taught by University staff and Gallery curators and includes 'hands-on' session in the Gallery. Catherine teaches in many of the Graduate Diploma/MA subjects offered in the Art History program including European Art. Australian Art, Modern Art, British Art and Contemporary Art and she coordinates Japanese art, Southeast Asian art and Australian Indigenous art, although those latter three subjects are taught by specialists. She also supervises a range of coursework and research degree theses and coordinates the MA in Art History coursework program. Prior to taking up her current post, she was coordinator of the Art History and Theory Department and Research Degrees Coordinator at the SA School of Art, University of South Australia. In 1999 she was a Robert J. Hawke Research Fellow in the Hawke Institute, and in 1992-3 held a John Treloar Grant (Australian War Memorial). Other research grants include an ARC Spirt Grant, The Samstag Legacy (with Professor Ian North and Assoc. Professor Rhonda Sharp) in 1999-2001; and an ATN Grant, Defining Nations: Women as War Artists in Britain, Canada, the USA, New Zealand and Australia in 2001-3; and an ARC Small Grant, Significant women artists in the SA School of Art, (with Kay Lawrence) in 1996-9. Research areas include modern Australian art; landscape theory and representation; Australian art and Indigeneity; gender and the representation of war; and contemporary art criticism. She publishes in both scholarly and arts industry journals including The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, Art and Australia, Australian Feminist Studies, the Journal of Australian Studies, Object, Art Monthly On-line and Artlink. She is also currently Chair of Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, serves on the SSABSA Visual Arts committee and is a member of the Adelaide Critics Circle. Areas of Research
Australian artists in Paris and London: Belle Epoque, Edwardian and modern eras
Contemporary art criticism
Cosmopolitanism, internationalism and the making of Australian art
DAAO – Designers and Artists on-line (formerly Dictionary of Australian artists on-line)
Expatriatism and the idea of national art histories
Exhibionary complex, and Australian art exhibitions 1968-2009
Jacob Epstein and modern sculpture
Modern art: Australian and international
Representations of war and peace
Surrealism in American art
PublicationsFor a full listing of Catherine Speck's publications, please see attached document at the end of this listing Books
Speck, C. Painting Ghosts: Australian Women Artists in the Two World Wars, Thames and Hudson/Craftsman House, 2004, 239pp.
Speck, C. Heysen to Heysen, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 2011, 351pp.
1. Prideaux, D. and Speck, C. Accelerated Christian Education in South Australia: A Report for the Non-Government Schools Registration Board of South Australia, SA Education Department, South Australian CAE, 1989, 143pp (Speck 50%). Book Chapters / Book entries
Speck, Catherine, ‘Women commemorating Anzac Day: an alternative tradition’, in Rentschler, R. and Hede, AM (ed.) Anzac Day in the New Millennium, Heidelberg Press, 2010 (forthcoming).
Speck, C. ‘Nora Heysen: A German-Australian success story’, in Monthieth, P. (ed.), The German Presence in South Australia, Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 2009.
Speck, C. The Australian War Museum, women artists and the national memory of the First World War’, in Crotty, M. (ed.) When the Soldiers Return, RMIT Informit, 2009, pp. 277-290.
Speck, C. ‘Landscape and the memory of war’, in Anderson, Jaynie (ed), Crossing Cultures: Conflict, Migration and Convergence, Miegunyah Press, Melbourne, 2009, pp. 649-653.
Articles in refereed journals
Speck, C. and Downey, G. ‘Cosmopolitanism and modernism: on writing a new Australian art history’, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, vol. 2009, no. 2, pp. 101-117.
Speck, C. ‘Nora Heysen: a tale of a daughter and her father’, Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 19, no. 43, 2004, pp. 55-73.
Book reviews in refereed journals
Speck, C. Review of ‘Will Dyson: Australia’s Radical Genius by Ross McMullin (Scribe, Melbourne, 2006), Australian Historical Studies, vol. 38, no. 129, 2007.
Speck, Catherine, review of ‘Public and Private Amateurs, by Caroline Jordan (Melbourne University Press, 2005), Hecate: Australian Women’s Book Review, vol. 17, no. 2, 2005, http: emsah.uq.edu.au/awsr/awbr/issues/140/contents.html
Speck, C. Review of ‘Edith Collier: Her life and work’, 1885-1964, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, vol 1, no 2, 2000, pp.229-235.
Visual arts industry articles
Speck, Catherine, ‘Thinking about Talking our way home’, Contemporary Visual Arts and Culture Broadsheet, vol. 34, no. 4, 2005, pp. 216-219.
Speck, Catherine, ‘An Inconvenient Obsession: Ian North, Canberra Suite and Canberra Coda 1980-81’, Photofile, 2005.
Speck, C. ‘Here I am. Here I am’, in Siamak Fallah: az zaban-e modari: lÎ¬baik lábaik (no.1), Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, 2009.
Speck, C. ‘Union Street’ in Greg Geraghty, Greenaway Gallery, Adelaide, 2006.
Refereed conference papers
Speck. C. 'Scars, wounds and memories: women artists portraying the First World Wars remnant landscape', Art Association of Australia and New Zealand National Conference, National Gallery of Australia, December 2003. Speck, C. 'Margaret Preston's monotypes: Looking through the landscape', Art Association of Australia and New Zealand National Conference, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, December 2002. Conference papers
Speck, C. 'Scars, wounds and memories', Trev Fest: Invited Papers in Honour of Trevor Wilson, the University of Adelaide, November 2003 Speck, C. and Santich, B. 'Gastonomy and Art History: Innovative approaches to learning', 1st National Quality Postgraduate Coursework Conference, University of Adelaide, July 2003. Work-in-progress
Speck, C. Transgressive Landscapes: Women in the Wartime Landscape, book under preparation
2009: Speck, C . and Mansfield, L. Creating a Virtual Gallery, University of Adelaide Teaching and Learning Grant, $20,000.
2009, Speck, C. AAH Manchester: Almost French: Expatriate artists University of Adelaide Overseas Conference Travel Grant , $1,000.
2008: Speck, C. and Heruc, M. Jacob Epstein Symposium, Arts SA, $5,000.
2008: Speck, C . Art History on-line, University of Adelaide Teaching and Learning Grant, $14,000.
2007: Speck, C. and Choate, R. and (V. Johnson, J Mendelssohn, R. Benjamin, C. DeLorenzo, A. Marsh, D. Palmer, J. Ewington, et. al), Dictionary of Australian Artists On-line, - University of UNSW, ARC LIEF, $300,000.
2007, Speck, C. Matter, Materiality and Representation: Sybil Craig and Edna Reindel, University of Adelaide Overseas Conference Travel Grant , $2,000.
2007: Speck, C. and Heruc, M. Visual Animals Project Grant, $3,000 Office of Pro-Vice Chancellor Research
2002: Speck, C. Painting Ghosts: Australian women artists in wartime, University of Adelaide Minor University Research Grant, $2,075
2001-2: Defining nations: The Two World Wars through the eyes of women artists in Australia, Britain and New Zealand, ATN Grant, $14,998
2000-2001: (and Ian North and Noel Frankham) Opening Pandora’s Paintbox, University of SA Division of EASS Grant, $55,000
- Full listing of publications - Speck_Research_Areas_and_Publications.pdf [47.7K] (application/pdf)
- Full listing of Research Grants - Speck_Research_Grants.pdf [18.9K] (application/pdf)
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