Jane M Blocker

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Dr. Jane Blocker is the Melvin and Gertrude Waldfogel Scholar of the College of Liberal Arts and a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.  She is a specialist in contemporary art and critical theory offering historical survey courses such as "Art Since 1945" and "Contemporary Art," thematic courses such as "Art on Trial" and "Art and the Environment," as well as advanced courses and seminars on gender and sexuality in art and 20th century theory and criticism.

Broadly speaking, her research seeks to understand the nature of history, particularly as it is practiced relative to the contemporary. Her work has examined performance art as a curious object of art historical study, one that troubles traditional understandings of memory, the archive, witnessing, and the body. Using feminist, queer theory, and critical race approaches, it also takes up questions of history's biases and exclusions, its assumptions and blind spots, as well as the ethics of historiographic practice and the historian or witness as a privileged subject position. Her most recent work examines the problem of the contemporary for history.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of North Carolina

Award Date: Oct 22 1994

Research Interest Keywords

  • Contemporary Art History
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Performance Art
  • Historiography and Historical Methodologies


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