History of Art and Architecture

Kathryn Carney


Kathryn works on topics related to body culture and popular medicine between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Germany. With a particular eye towards the role of disability and the legacy of degeneracy theory, Kathryn’s research interrogates normate representations of health and hygiene as well as their biopolitical implications and spatial contexts. Kathryn’s current projects include an extended investigation into the visual and material cultures of German hygiene exhibitions between 1911 and 1945. 

Kathryn’s additional experiences in arts administration include working as a registrarial assistant for the Capital One art collection, community-engaged nonprofit development, grant and copywriting, and more.

Kathryn welcomes correspondence in English, German, or Spanish!

Education Details

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

MA, History of Art & Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, 2022 

MA, Centre for the Study of Theory & Criticism, Western University, 2020

BA, Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2017

Selected Awards

German Studies Research Grant, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 2023

James W. Knox Memorial Award, Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs, University of Pittsburgh, 2023 

Foreign Language Areas Studies Fellow, European Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh, 2021

Art & Sciences Graduate Fellow, History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, 2021

Governor General’s Gold Medal Nominee, Centre for the Study of Theory & Criticism, Western University, 2020


Selected Conferences

“Weimar Hygiene on Film: Selections from Gesolei,” 112th Annual College Art Association Conference, 2024 (upcoming) 

“Body Politics: Modernizing the Body at German Hygiene Exhibitions, 1911-1930,” Middle Atlantic Symposium, National Gallery of Art, 2023 

“Normate Bodies in Service of Ethno-Nationalism in Wege zu Kraft und Schönheit (1925),” 45th Annual German Studies Association Conference, 2021

“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