Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Elisa Schaar is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Ruskin School 2012-2015 and a member of the SCR at Christ Church. She has a BA in philosophy from Harvard University and a DPhil in art history from Oxford University. Recently, she held a Terra Foundation for American Art postdoctoral fellowship at The Courtauld Institute of Art.
Elisa’s research interests are in the history, theory and historiography of modern and contemporary art, with an emphasis on the American context and on issues of mass culture, the mass media and its technologies. She has specialized knowledge of American Pop art and its legacies in the 1980s. A related interest concerns appropriations, repetitions, copies and the philosophical issues that arise. Her article ‘Spinoza in Vegas, Sturtevant Everywhere: A Case of Critical (Re-)Discoveries and Artistic Self-Reinventions’ appeared in the peer-reviewed journal Art History in December 2010. On the occasion of the ‘Warhol: Headlines’ exhibition, she recently co-organized with Jason E. Hill a two-day international conference on ‘American Art and the Mass Media’ that took place at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA) in Paris in 2012. A guest-edited special commentary section devoted to the conference theme with an introduction entitled ‘Training a Sensibility: Notes on American Art and Mass Media’, with Jason E. Hill is forthcoming in the peer-reviewed journal American Art in the summer of 2013.
Elisa has taught courses at Oxford University, Warwick University and at The Courtauld on such topics as the philosophy of art and aesthetics; modernism and after; art since the 1960s; Pop and the contested status of mass culture; and globalisation and issues in art since the 1990s.