School of Arts and Cultures

Staff Profiles

Dr Ed Juler

Lecturer in Art History

Background

I lecture on Art History within the Fine Art Department. My research operates broadly within the critical terrain of the medical humanities and I have a particular interest in the body as an object of artistic and medical discourse most especially within the context of Surrealism and its legacies. Previous research has examined the relationship between life science and sculptural production in interwar Britain, the fruits of which have been recently published by Manchester University Press as Grown but not Made: British Modernist Sculpture and the New Biology (2015). New and future projects involve corporeal grotesquery, exploring 'skin' as a critical metaphor in modern and contemporary practice and physiological aesthetics in Surrealism.

Before coming to Newcastle I held a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to this I was a Henry Moore Postdoctoral Fellow also at the University of Edinburgh. I received my PhD from the University of Manchester in 2009 and my MA and BA from the University of East Anglia.

Research

Research Interests

My research operates broadly within the critical terrain of the medical humanities and I have a particular interest in the body as an object of artistic and medical discourse most especially within the context of Surrealism and its legacies. Previous research has examined the relationship between life science and sculptural production in interwar Britain, the fruits of which have been recently published by Manchester University Press as Grown but not Made: British Modernist Sculpture and the New Biology (2015). This book provides the first major critical history of British Modernist Sculpture's interaction with modern biology. It sheds new light on the work of key Modernist artists and critics (including Herbert Read, Barbara Hepworth, Paul Nash and Henry Moore) through exploring the influence on their work of leading interwar biologists and scientific philosophers such as D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, Julian Huxley and Alfred North Whitehead.

More recently, I have written a chapter on Antonin Artaud and visceral imagery for the forthcoming Edinburgh Critical Companion to the Medical Humanities (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016) and I am developing a monograph on Surrealism and the anatomical imaginary. New and future projects involve corporeal grotesquery, exploring 'skin' as a critical metaphor in modern and contemporary practice and physiological aesthetics in Surrealism.


Awards


Paul Mellon Publication Grant (Author), 2013

University of Edinburgh Moray Endowment Fund, 2013

Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship in the Medical Humanities, 2012-15

Henry Moore Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2009-11

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award, 2005-08


Teaching

I teach and supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Undergraduate

Semester 1, 2015/16

- Art Histories 1 (Stage 1)

- Electric Dreams and Nuclear Visions: Art, Science and Medicine in the 20th Century (Stages 2 & 3)

- Dissertation Support Seminars (Stage 3)

Semester 2, 2015/16

- Art Histories II (Stage 1)

- Fleshful Things: The Body and Visual Art (Stages 2 & 3)

- Dissertation Support Seminars (Stage 3)

Postgraduate

I welcome PhD applications from students interested in Surrealism, European Modernism, art and science, the history of the body and visual culture in the medical humanities.


Publications