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Dr Suzannah Biernoff

Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Visual Culture

BA (University of Sydney), PhD (University of Technology, Sydney)


Suzannah joined Birkbeck in 2007, having previously taught on the Visual Culture programme at Middlesex University and at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Since completing her PhD in Sydney, Australia, her publications have spanned medieval and modern history. Her first monograph, Sight and Embodiment in the Middle Ages, was published in Palgrave’s New Middle Ages series in 2002. Recent publications, supported by a Wellcome Trust Research Leave Award from 2007-10, pursue the themes of embodiment and visual anxiety through the modern period. Portraits of Violence: War and the Aesthetics of Disfigurement was published in 2017 by The University of Michigan Press in their series Corporealities: Discourses of Disability. The project is distinctive in its attention to the face – which has tended to be overlooked in histories of the body – and in its use of visual sources as historical documents, from clinical photographs and life drawings to portrait masks and photo albums; sources that complicate and at times contradict the written record of injury and repair.

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Department of History of Art
School of Arts
Birkbeck, University of London
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD

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