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Dr Carol Ann Dixon joins the Centre for Heritage

1 November 2022

Cultural geographer Dr Carol Ann Dixon recently joined the Centre for Heritage as a visiting researcher and education consultant. Although some colleagues are already familiar with Carol's research portfolio, as a result of online presentations shared last year via the School of Arts and Cultures, others are welcome to review her public profiles at https://museumgeographies.com and https://www.linkedin.com/in/carol-ann-dixon-phd-geography/ to find out about her long-standing interdisciplinary interests in museum geographies, geography-art alignments, decolonising the arts and cultural fields, African and Caribbean diaspora art histories, social justice activism and the politics of heritage.

Carol gained a BA (Hons) in Geography and Philosophical Aesthetics from Lancaster University, followed by a PGCE (Geography), University of Sheffield, an MA (with Distinction) in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a PhD, also completed at Sheffield, examining ‘The ‘othering’ of Africa and its diasporas in Western museum practices’ (2016).

As a post-doc, Carol has contributed to AHRC, ESRC and Leverhulme Trust funded collaborative research projects at Edinburgh, Sheffield and Birmingham, each addressing aspects of Caribbean social history and heritage. She was recently also a visiting academic at the University of Tampere, Finland, working with sociologist Dr Anna Rastas (Principal Investigator) on the Academy of Finland project ‘Rethinking Diasporas, Redefining Nations’ (2015-2020), delivered in partnership with the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas. Over the past year her freelance portfolio has included commissioned public talks, webinars and education workshops delivered on behalf of English Heritage, the Finnish Institute (UK & Ireland), V&A Academy and Exeter's Race, Ethnicity and Education Network (REEN). Additionally, she blogs and co-facilitates online events as a member of the Decolonial Dialogues collective (https://decolonialdialogue.wordpress.com/).

Carol’s current research focuses on anti-racist and decolonial pedagogies and practices within museums, with an emphasis on praxis, axiology and poetics sourced beyond Western systems of knowledge. Her work has been published in periodicals such as Race & Class, Museums Journal, Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies,  Soundings (Journal of Politics and Culture) and the African & Black Diaspora International Journal.

 

Contact email: Carol.Dixon@newcastle.ac.uk.