Sophia Phoca is the Head of the School of Fine Art & Photography.
Sophia has a long-standing interest in contemporary art and the moving image. In her role as a critic she has contributed to the discourses generated in this area for nearly 20 years. Since 2009 she has written regularly for Art Monthly, with a piece on Harun Farocki to be published soon in Talking Art, Volume 2, on Harun Farocki (2017). She wrote a defining feature on artists’ moving image for AM ‘Filming the Alternative’ in 2011. She has conducted audience talks at Tate Modern, led conference panel discussions and been interviewed live on the Art Channel Resonance FM.
Sophia has extensive teaching experience (BA, MA and PGR). Her contribution to pedagogic discourse and developments within the University follows on from her discipline specific interests. This interest led her to develop an alternative course guide ‘ manifesto for the art school’ (Setsuko 2017) which introduces fine art pedagogy to the undergraduate in a sophisticated but accessible way and is being greeted with enthusiasm by students and colleagues.
Critical to her commitment to teaching and learning is a focus on inclusivity, equality and diversity. Her motivation in conceptualising Introducing Postfeminism (1999) was to bring postmodern feminist theory to a wider audience. Her book is having significant impact internationally and has been translated into several languages including Turkish, Japanese, Chinese and Indonesian. As an established contributor to feminist debate she has also published an essay in the Routledge Reader on Feminism and Postfeminism (2007) and a foundational interview with Hélène Cixous in the peer-reviewed journal Wasafiri (2000). She is often invited to comment and present her work externally and in 2001 she gave a seminar for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. To this day, her lectures in this area have significant impact, and the texts she has published have been included in national and international curricula. This research is now being brought together under the umbrella of a PhD by publication.
She is currently supporting the launch of the School’s newly established research centre, with several high profile initiatives. One of these will be a curated show by the centre’s director Jean Wainwright in Athens for April 2017, as part of Documenta 14.