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Mary Modeen

Mary Modeen

Mary Modeen

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CountryUnited Kingdom
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  • Nethergate
    Dundee
    Scotland, UK
    DD1 4HN
Phone: +44 1382 384036

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Biography

Mary Modeen is an artist/academic whose research links creative practice with interdisciplinary academic studies in the humanities, particularly philosophy, literature, feminist and indigenous studies. Her research has several threads: perception as a cognitive and interpretive process, and place-based research, which tends to connect cultural values, history and embodied experience. As such, this work usually combines creative art practice and writing. Modeen has been central to the development of interdisciplinary studies in Art and Media, meeting a key University initiative. She was appointed at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in ’89, was the Course Director for Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practices for over seven years (‘03-‘10), founded the Master of Fine Arts in Art & Humanities (for which she is Course Director, from ‘12-present). Her PhD supervision is also characterised by these interdisciplinary studies, linking studio practice with academic investigation. International research networks, three of which Modeen co-convenes, are central in conducting the critical discourse which address, challenge and strengthen these research insights. She has been the leading figure in interdisciplinary collaboration between DJCAD and Humanities at all levels. She is also the DJCAD Associate Dean (Internationalisation).

Research

Research Summary:

Modeen’s research links creative practice with interdisciplinary academic studies in the humanities, particularly philosophy, literature, feminist and indigenous studies. Her research has several threads: perception as a cognitive and interpretive process, and place-based research, which tends to connect cultural values, history and embodied experience. As such, this work usually combines creative art practice and writing.

 

Future research aims to continue this trajectory with artwork and publications that examine the ‘invisible’ but important elements in perceptions of site-specific places, and especially to support this work with attention to indigenous knowledge, multiple histories, memory and reprised pasts, partially through a process of ‘deep-mapping.’

 

Key Research Initiatives:

International research networks, three of which Modeen co-convenes, are central in conducting the critical discourse which address, challenge and strengthen these research insights. She led an international five-day conference in Dundee in Aug.2013, and has participated in many international events. Often now, she is a keynote speaker at international conferences and symposia (five between Oct ’12 and Feb’15). A new collaborative research project underway is in initial collaboration with the members of the Humanities faculty, in preparation for an application for a major RCUK research grant. She has been the leading figure in interdisciplinary collaboration between DJCAD and Humanities at all levels.

Teaching

Professor Modeen is the founder and Course Director of the MFA in Art and Humanities, an interdisciplinary postgraduate course that combines creative practice with academic study in any area of the Humanities. Beginning in Sept. 2012, the course is currently (as of 2016-17) comprised of 24 students, 50% international and 50% UK.

Key Teaching Initiatives

Modeen has been central to the development of interdisciplinary studies in Art and Media, meeting a key University initiative. She was the Course Director for Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practices for over seven years (2003-2010), developing this new and unique undergraduate course, liaising with the Humanities faculty, recruiting, teaching, advising and assessing, for the first early years through its first five years of graduates. She handed this course to the next course director with over 70 students and in a strong position. Following this, she designed, coordinated and developed the new interdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts in Art & Humanities (for which she is Course Director, from 2012-). This has led to significant interdisciplinary transformations in the School of Humanities 'cultural' core module, as well as new options on creativity and imagination in Philosophy. Papers and exhibitions by the MFAs are also a key feature of the annual Interdisciplinary School PG conference. Her PhD supervision is also characterised by these interdisciplinary studies, linking studio practice with academic investigation.  Modeen’s supervisory input and interdisciplinary collaborations with Humanities staff were also vital to several of their outstanding successes in obtaining PhD studentships in the new Scottish AHRC Consortium. She is the DJCAD Joint Coordinator of PhD Studies, for 42 doctoral students currently. To date, Modeen has 4 completed PhD students, and 8 current doctoral applicants, and served as External Examiner to 5 PhD studnets across the UK. Additionally, she is currently organising an international postgraduate summer programme to begin in June 2016. 

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