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Scholarly biography

Dr Ceren Özpınar is an art historian whose research comprises contemporary art, art historiography and feminist art & art histories with a special focus on Turkey and the Middle East since 1960. She has taught art history, critical studies, art management and visual culture at undergraduate and graduate levels in Turkey and the UK since 2008. 

Ceren joined the University of Brighton, History of Art and Design Programme as a lecturer in 2017. Since then, she has taught across different levels at the Schools of Arts and School of Humanities. In addition to teaching on core History of Art and Design and Fine Art Critical Studies modules, Ceren also runs the college option Sexual Politics: Art and Feminism.

Before coming to Brighton, Ceren had a two-year British Academy Newton International Fellowship at the University of Sussex, Department of Art History (2015-17). Prior to that, in 2015 she completed her PhD in History of Art at Istanbul Technical University. She was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds (2013-14). 

Ceren's first monograph The Art Historiography in Turkey (1970-2010) was published in 2016 by Tarih Vakfi Press. She is currently co-editing a book with Dr Mary Kelly (neé Healy) (UCC) on feminist art from the Middle East and North Africa and completing her next monograph, which investigates the relationship between art history and women artists in Turkey. Both of these outputs are under contract with the British Academy Publications at Oxford University Press. Ceren's latest work appears in the Art Journal (2019), Art in Translation (2018), Art & the Public Sphere (2018), and Third Text online (2018).

Research interests

Ceren's research interests focus on three specific areas: The first one addresses the significance of art historiography in understanding artistic practices today. It discusses the ways in which the voice and agency of the artists who have been positioned as the others of the state, have been shaped through particular forms of art history writing in post-1970s Turkey, and transforms the stories we tell about modern and contemporary art.

The second area concerns with transnational feminist alliances within the wider Middle Eastern geography since WWII. It addresses the impact of inter-subjective links in the creative milieu of artists on art and visual culture with an emphasis on the effects of the changing political landscape in post-conflict societies.

The third one addresses the curatorial strategies of displaying current art by examining the relationship between contemporary art biennials and the built environment. With a special focus on the Istanbul Biennial, it engages with the discussions on the extent to which the sites repurposed for biennials contribute to the meaning production of artworks. It opens up the discussion on the impact of local and international art worlds on the reproduction of the post-urban public space in the Global South.

External positions

British Academy Newton International Fellow, University of Sussex


Visiting Research Fellow, University of Leeds



  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • Women's art
  • Feminist theory
  • Art historiography
  • D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
  • Contemporary Art
  • Turkey
  • Middle East
  • Post-Colonialism
  • AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
  • Gallery studies
  • Biennials and fairs
  • Curating

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Research Output 2011 2020

Re-contextualizing Gülsün Karamustafa's Shield: The Politics of Writing Feminist Art Histories in Turkey

Ozpinar, C., 13 Sep 2019, In : Art Journal. 78, 3, p. 60-74 74 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Art History
Feminist Art

Under the Skin: Feminist Art from the Middle East and North Africa Today

Ozpinar, C. (ed.) & Healy, M. (ed.), 16 Nov 2018, (Accepted/In press) The British Academy / Oxford University Press. (Proceedings of The British Academy)

Research output: Book/ReportBook - editedResearchpeer-review

Periods in the Art History of Turkey

Ozpinar, C., 18 Dec 2018, In : Art in Translation. 10, 3, p. 249-276

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Art History
Turkish Art

Istanbul Biennials and the Reproduction of Social Space

Ozpinar, C., 1 Jul 2018, In : Art and the Public Sphere. 7, 1, p. 7-23

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Social Space
Public Space

Playing Out the “Differences” in “Turkish” Art Historical Narratives

Ozpinar, C., 2017, Narratives Unfolding: National Art Histories in an Unfinished World. Langford, M. (ed.). Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, p. 42-61

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review

Turkish Art
Historical Narrative
Women Artists

Activities 2017 2019

  • 3 Conference
  • 2 Publication Peer-review
  • 2 External funding peer-review
  • 1 Invited talk

European Commission H2020

Ceren Ozpinar (EU expert evaluator)
2019 → …

Activity: External funding peer-review

Third Text (Journal)

Ceren Ozpinar (Reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

Association for Art History

Ceren Ozpinar (Member of programme committee)
4 Apr 20196 Apr 2019

Activity: EventsConference

Association for Art History: 2017 Annual Conference

Ceren Ozpinar (Chair)
6 Apr 20178 Apr 2017

Activity: EventsConference