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Ms Kitty Brandon-James
School of Slavonic and East European Studies
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  • Postgraduate Teaching Assistant
  • Dept of History of Art
  • Faculty of S&HS
Between 2013 – 2018 I lived and worked in Moscow, where I lectured art history at a university. I participated in public life via curating and contributing to exhibitions, writing and editing texts, running reading groups, and exhibition trips. Returning to the UK in 2018, I continued to focus on Russia, researching for commercial organisations, galleries, and charities, using a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods. At the same time, I completed carpentry training, and went to Cambridge University to learn more about designing multi-sensory teaching and learning experiences. I am interested in multi-sensory and experimental pedagogies, and founded The Bad Art Society at Goodenough College, where we make lo-fi interventions, and artistic thought experiments. I welcome collaboration on projects foregrounding contemporary geopolitical complexity, feminisms, informality, and affect theory. I started my PhD at UCL School of Slavonic Studies in 2021 and hope to finish by 2024.
Research Summary
School of Slavonic and East European Studies, PhD, expected 2024. 

PhD research investigates the development of Moscow-based contemporary art between 2012 – 2021. At the intersection of post-modern political theatre and artistic critique, it focuses on the self-organised artistic initiatives and art institutions that mushroomed in Moscow in the 2010s. 

  •  Supervised by Dr Michal Murawski (SSEES, UCL), and Professor Sarah Wilson (The Courtauld Institute of Art). 
  •  Fully funded by the SSEES Foundation Scholarship. 

 Conference Presentations:

Open System, Closed Outcome? Kitchen Debates and the Limits of the Fake in Moscow Artistic Circles, 2012 - 2020. British Association for Slavic and East European Studies (BASEES), Glasgow 2023. 

Sense – Perception: Sculpture, Drawing and the Influence of Classicism, Henry Moore Institute, 2019.

Teaching Summary
University College London, PGTA, 2023. 

Lead seminars, assist in lectures. 

    • BA 'Core Course' HART0001: History of Art & Its Objects. 
    • BA 'Survey Course' HART0005: c. 1600 to the Contemporary. 
    • Designed short summer course, Manifesto to Manifesta, delivered to 16 - 18 year olds. Funded by UCL’s Access and Widening Participation scheme. 

 University of Cambridge, Post Graduate Certificate of Education, 2020. 

  • 120 days teaching Design and Technology in two Cambridgeshire Village Schools. 
  • Principle Investigator of an action research project evidencing the value of playful pedagogies, and multisensory learning in a school classroom. 
  • Curated an exhibition and mini symposium at Darwin College. Funded by Darwin College, Cambridge. 

 Universal University, Moscow, Lecturer, 2014 – 2018. 

  • Oversaw the design and delivery of a two-term art history survey course attended by 100 students, and two specific art theory courses, delivered to 20 students. 
  • Organised the guest lecture series, connecting students to Moscow based practitioners. 
  • Ran large scale trips to museums, a reading group, and group exhibitions. 

    • Contextual Studies Foundation Core Course: From Cave Painting to the Present Day
    • BA Second Year, Fine Art: Art in Theory and Practice 
    • BA Second Year, Photography: Photography in Theory and Practice

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