Professor of Political and Cultural History, Associate Dean of Research and Director of Graduate School
Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon
Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon
Malcolm Quinn is Professor of Cultural and Political History, Associate Dean of Research and Director of Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon (CCW) Graduate School, University of the Arts London.
He leads the CCW Graduate School Team, which supports and develops the research activity of staff and students, the closer integration of research and teaching, UK and worldwide research collaborations and new ways to realise the cultural and social impact of research at CCW.
He has written two single-authored books that trace, firstly, the aesthetic of politics in twentieth-century fascism and secondly, the intellectual history of a politics of the aesthetic in nineteenth-century Britain. Between the publication of these two books, he collaborated with Professor Dany Nobus of Brunel University on a study of psychoanalytic approaches to knowledge and identity. This collaborative research has informed his analysis of ‘the utilitarian conversion’ in ethics and its role in defining a new politics of art and taste in Britain in the 1830s.
Public aesthetics and ethics, politics.
Malcolm Quinn’s current research engages with ideas that were foundational for state-funded art education in England – utility, taste, well-being, cultural prejudice and social equity.
The identification of this set of foundational concepts has developed from historical work on how the state funded art school emerged from a utilitarian critique of the academy in England the 1830s. This research is summarised in his book Utilitarianism and the Art School in Nineteenth-Century Britain, London: Pickering and Chatto 2012.
Most recently, he developed the two-day conference ‘Victorian Futures’ (Chelsea College of Arts, 14/15 May 2015) as a collaboration with Professor Anne Massey, then at Middlesex University and now Associate Dean of Research at LCC, and Professor Bill Sherman of the V&A. This conference used the past to look critically at the future of a national debate on art and public culture in the UK.
This national debate began in the 1830s, was developed in the 1850s with the Great Exhibition and Albertopolis, and is now being echoed once again with plans for the ‘Olympicopolis’ development the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where University of the Arts London, University College London, V&A and Sadler’s Wells will be establishing new centres for the arts, education and research.
Gavin Edmonds, Listening for Echoes. Afterwardsness as a model for artistic practice.
Robert Gadie, Articulating Epistemologies Inherent to Practice-Based Fine Art Doctoral Research.
Alison Goodyear, Privileged, unique and temporary: interpreting aesthetic experiences of the painter-painting relationship through an address to and from practice.
Rebecca Hackemann, Not on the Plaza: Critical Strategies for Permanent Public Art in New York.
Amanda Johansson, Institutional Critique as Practice-as-Research in Arts Education.
Maria Smith, 'Scheherazade Emerging (2000-2012); Reconstructing the Oriental Female Other in Contemporary Western Visual Culture'.
Anne Wainwright, If the ship is a paradigm of a Heterotopia, how can gendered art practices inform discourses in relation to this transgressive space?
Jennifer Wright, Extending the field of drawing the body: fine art anatomical drawing and its relationship to developing medical technologies and procedures.
Maria Georgaki, Pedagogies of 'Good Design' and Handling in Relation to the I.L.E.A./Camberwell Collection.
Vasilis Kantas, Unfolding the Act of Photography.
Christopher Fry, Perceiving Experience: Accounting for the role of the audience in the construction of pervasive and locative artworks.
Georgia Touliatou, Diegetic Stories in a Video Mediation: A Narrative Analysis of Four Videos.
Jackie West, A Study of the Relationship between the Painter’s intention and the Spectator’s interpretation employing methods of social enquiry within the Field of Football Culture.
Amanda Windle, Territorial Violence and Design, 1950-2010: A Human-Computer Study of Personal Space and Chatbot Interaction.
Eva Verhoeven, Digital Conditions and Post Digital Potentials: An Exploration of Time and Matter in Hardware and Software.
Osman Ahmad, Documenting the Kurdish Genocide through Drawing.
Dino Alfier, A Metaethical Study of Simone Weils Notion of Attention Through Critical Practical Analogy.
Quinn, Malcolm (2017) The Plot Against the Future. In: Memories of the Future: On Countervision. Cultural Memories (6). Peter Lang, Bern, pp. 33-48. ISBN 978-3-0343-1935-5
Quinn, Malcolm (2016) Jeremy Bentham on Liberty of Taste. History of European Ideas. ISSN 0191-6599
Quinn, Malcolm (2015) Pop Goes Taste. In: Late Tuesday: Good Taste/Bad Taste, 27 October 2015, RIBA.
Quinn, Malcolm (2015) Auditing Research in the Arts. In: Unconditional Love: the Society for Artistic Research Spring Event, April 30-May 1, 2015, Chelsea College of Art, London, U.K.
Quinn, Malcolm (2013) The Pedagogy of Capital: Art History and Art School Knowledge. In: The Concept of the 'Master' in Art Education in Britain and Ireland, 1770 to the Present. Ashgate, London, UK, pp. 215-233.
Quinn, Malcolm (2012) Utilitarianism and the Art School in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Pickering and Chatto, London, UK. ISBN 9781848932982 [Historical and Philosophical studies > British History
Quinn, Malcolm and James, Elkins and Newman, Michael and Legge, Elizabeth and Tuer, Dot (2011) Chigurh’s haircut: three dialogues on provocation. In: Transmission Annual: Provocation. Transmission . Artwords Press, London
Quinn, Malcolm (2011) Reading Reynolds with Bentham: the idea of the art school in early nineteenth-century. In: Bentham Seminars, 02-23 March 2011, London, UK.
Quinn, Malcolm (2011) The disambiguation of the royal academy of arts. History of European Ideas, 37 (1). pp. 53-62. ISSN 0191-6599.
Quinn, Malcolm (2011) The political economy of the art school 1835-52. The International Journal of Art & Design Education, 30 (1). pp. 62-70. ISSN 1476-8062, 1476-8070