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Susannah  Thompson
Susannah  Thompson

Susannah Thompson

Dr. Susannah Thompson is an art historian, writer and critic


Dr. Susannah Thompson is an art historian, writer and critic. Susannah holds a PhD in History of Art from the University of Glasgow, an MPhil in Art and Design in Organisational Contexts from The Glasgow School of Art and an MA (Hons) in History of Art from the University of Glasgow. 

Before taking up her position at The Glasgow School of Art in 2017, Susannah worked at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), University of Edinburgh, as Director for Postgraduate Research (2014-17), Co-Director of Visual Culture (2011-14) and Lecturer in Visual Culture (2006-2017) in the School of Art. She was co-convenor of ECA’s Athena SWAN project in 2016-17, for which ECA was awarded a Bronze Award. She has also worked as a Lecturer in Historical and Critical Studies at The Glasgow School of Art (2003-2007) and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde (Architectural History and Theory) and the University of Glasgow (History of Art). 

Susannah’s research has been widely published in journals including Visual StudiesJournal for Writing in Creative PracticeJournal of the Scottish Society for Art History and Visual Culture in Britain. Her doctoral research examined artists’ writings in Scotland published between 1960-1990, focusing on alternative and experimental modes of writing and post-criticism, writing as a part of visual art practice and the role of samizdat and ephemeral publications within contemporary art in Scotland. Her course, Art Writing, was a core component of the MA Contemporary Art Theory programme and ran between 2010-2017 and was the first of its kind in Scotland. As well as her role as Head of Doctoral Studies she is a primary and co-supervisor for a number of PhD students and has supervised nine PhD students, with three completions to date. 

Alongside academic research, Susannah has also worked as a freelance critic, art writer and curator since 2000. She has extensive curatorial and programming experience and as a writer and critic she has contributed to magazines and journals including Art ReviewFlash ArtEvenContemporaryModern PaintersCircaVariantA-N and MAP. She has written numerous catalogue essays and gallery texts for artists and organisations including Tramway, CCA, Transmission, Sorcha Dallas, Washington Garcia, Mary Mary, Street Level Photoworks, The Glasgow School of Art, Leeds College of Art, Linn Lühn (Cologne), Collective (Edinburgh) and YYZ (Toronto). She is a member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics). 

Her research interests are in the broad area of visual culture, with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary and feminist approaches to: Art Writing; Criticism/Post-Criticism; Art Historical writing; Fiction / Literature and/in/as Art; Contemporary Art Theory; Contemporary Art; Feminism; Identity Politics. Susannah is keen to supervise in the areas associated with her research.