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Scholarly biography

I am 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. 

I joined the University of Brighton, History of Art and Design Programme as a lecturer in 2017. Since then, I have taught across all levels at the School of Arts and School of Humanities. In addition to teaching on core History of Art and Design and Fine Art Historical and Critical Studies modules, I also run the college option Sexual Politics: Art and Feminism.

Before coming to Brighton, I held a two-year British Academy Newton International Fellowship at the University of Sussex, Department of Art History (2015-17). Prior to that, I was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds (2013-14). I completed my PhD in History of Art at Istanbul Technical University in 2015. I have taught art history, critical studies, art management and visual culture at prestigious universities in Istanbul, including Bilgi and Kadir Has, since 2008. 

My first monograph The Art Historiography in Turkey (1970-2010), which stemmed from my doctoral work, was published in 2016 by Tarih Vakfi Press. I am currently co-editing a book with Dr Mary Kelly (neé Healy) (UCC) on feminist art from the Middle East and North Africa and completing my 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. My latest work appears in the Art Journal (2019), Art in Translation (2018), Art & the Public Sphere (2018), and Third Text online (2018).

Research interests

My 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.

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising PhD projects on the 20th and 21st-century art and visual culture; feminist and queer approaches to contemporary art; politics and practices of writing art histories; narratives of difference, resistance and trauma; migration and (trans)national identity; memory and materiality in textile-based practices.

I also welcome doctoral students interested in researching any aspect of the project of decolonising the history of art and exhibitions, particularly but not exclusively, in the Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and North African geographies.

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

Recontextualizing 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 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Art History
Feminist Art

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

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

Research output: Book/ReportBook - edited

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 journalArticle

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 journalArticle

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 ISBNChapter

Turkish Art
Historical Narrative
Women Artists

Activities 2017 2019

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

Crossing Cultures

Ceren Ozpinar (Presenter)
15 Nov 2019

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited 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