History of Art and Architecture

Kathryn Carney


A native of Richmond, Virginia, Kathryn Carney is returning to the discipline of art history through her doctoral study at HAA after completing her MA at the Centre for the Study of Theory & Criticism in Canada.

Her research is currently oriented towards the unique ways that the visual vocabularies of medicine -- including medical imaging technologies, eugenic "research," and more -- inflect representations and rhetorics of the body in the visual culture of turn-of-the-century and Weimar Germany. More broadly, she is concerned with posthumanist modernisms and the biopolitics thereof, regularly drawing on the insights of critical theory, crip and queer theory, critical disability studies, critical phenomenology, and more in her art historical research.

Kathryn recently completed the manuscript of a chapter on conceptual prosthesis as well as a brief essay in response to art historian Roger Rothman that probes anarchistic ethics-as-politics through Walter Benjamin's conception of barbarism for the forthcoming Bloomsbury Academic volume, Modernism, Theory, and Responsible Reading (2021).

Her additional experiences in arts administration include working as a registrarial assistant for a major corporate collection, community-engaged nonprofit development, grant and copywriting, and more.

She welcomes correspondence in English, German, or Spanish!

Education Details

PhD (in progress), University of Pittsburgh, Department of History of Art and Architecture, 2020-present

MA, Centre for the Study of Theory & Criticism, Western University, 2018-2020
Thesis: "Encountering Others: Degeneration, Distortion, and Disability in Interwar German Visual Culture, 1918-1933"

BA, Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2014-2017

Selected Awards

Governor General’s Gold Medal Nominee, Centre for the Study of Theory & Criticism, Western University, 2020
Director’s Entrance Scholarship, Centre for the Study of Theory & Criticism, Western University, 2018
Departmental Travel Grant, Department of Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2018
Diversity and Inclusion Award, National Conference on Undergraduate Research, 2018

Selected Conferences

“Renewal and Recuperation in the Future City,” 108th Annual College Art Association Conference, 2020
“Lifelike, Like Life? Orientations and Confrontations in Neue Sachlichkeit Portraiture,” Beyond Life Itself: Social and Political Thought Conference, 2019
“Missing Persons: (In)visibility and Difference in the Work of Hito Steyerl and Luce Irigaray,” Imagining Otherwise: Radical Alterity, Social Justice and Philosophies of Difference, 2019