University of Hertfordshire

Dr Pat Simpson BA (Hons) Essex, PhD Essex, PGCE UH, FHEA

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Pat Simpson

Dr Pat Simpson BA (Hons) Essex, PhD Essex, PGCE UH, FHEA

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University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom

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Pat‘s long term research project, entitled ‘Sex and Socialist Realism’, explores constructs of the ideal national body of the so-called New Person in the Stalinist era, focusing particularly on the impact of shifting concepts of eugenics and Darwinism on visual representations of the ideal Soviet body.  This project, which received funding from AHRB Small Grants in the Creative and Performing Arts 2002-3 and 2004-5, has generated a number of international conference papers and articles in scholarly journals including Art History, Oxford Art Journal, Sculpture Journal, Russian Review, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, and the International Journal of the History of Sport .  She has also published chapters in a number of books including: Work and the Image (2000), Gendering Landscape Art (2000), Hybrid Thought (2003), Art, Ritual, Religion (2003), Art, Sex and Eugenics: Corpus Delecti (2008), The Art of Evolution: Darwin, Darwinisms and Visual Culture (2009) and The Visual in Sport (2011).   Art, Sex and Eugenics won a ‘book of the year’ award from the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand in 2009. Pat recieved a British Academy Small Grant 2011-12, for a spin-off project entitled: 'Art and Evolutionary Biopolitics: The Moscow Darwin Museum in the 1920s-1930s.'

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