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Victoria Horne is an art historian specialising in the cultural and intellectual history of Anglo-American feminism. Prior to joining Northumbria’s visual and material culture group in 2016, she was Teaching Fellow at University of Edinburgh and Paul Mellon Centre Postdoctoral Fellow.

Victoria’s research engages with the intellectual traditions and social practices of the art-historical discipline, paying particular attention to how institutions organise and express ideas about art. She has published articles about the photography collective the Hackney Flashers, the historiographic turn in contemporary women’s art, and feminist-influenced scholarship within the Association of Art Historians. In 2017 she co-edited with Lara Perry the book, Feminism and Art History Now. She regularly writes book and exhibition reviews for publications including Map. Victoria’s research has received funding from the Terra Foundation for American Art, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Association for Art History.

She is currently working on a project concerning the relationship of late twentieth-century periodical culture to the emergence of feminist-influenced perspectives on art, history and aesthetics. Related to this, in 2019 she edited a special issue of Women: A Cultural Review on the theme: ‘Danger! Women Reading: Feminist Encounters with Art, History and Theory’ (vol. 30 no.3, Oct 2019). This collection included her article on FAN: Feminist Arts News and women’s extra-institutional study groups. The project has been awarded a Paul Mellon Mid-Career Fellowship to support an extended period of research in 2020-21.

At Northumbria, Victoria teaches historical and critical studies to Graphic Design, Fine Art and Film students, as well as convening masters-level modules and supervising doctoral students. Since 2017 she has co-ordinated the Visual and Material Culture Group’s research seminars. She would be delighted to hear from prospective PhD students, especially those interested in in studying feminist visual culture and theory, art historiography, periodical culture or institutional critique.

PhD, University of Edinburgh, 2014.
MA, University of Manchester, 2009.
BA, Queen's University Belfast, 2008.

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Current PhD supervision:

2021-23: Sonny Ruggiero (University of Edinburgh), "A history of Spare Rib and feminist politics in Britain". Co-supervisor (external).

2017-2021: James Bell, "Queering archives and archiving queers". Submitted April 2021.


External roles:

2020-24: External Examiner, MA History of Art, University of Glasgow. 

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