Zöe Sutherland lectures and researches in the humanities, specialising in philosophy, critical theory, aesthetics and politics.
Zöe’s current research focuses on the aesthetics and politics of contemporary ‘global’ art practices. More broadly, her research interests include: materialist feminisms, gender and sexuality, Marx and Marxism, Kantian and Post-Kantian continental philosophy and philosophical aesthetics.
Dr Zöe Sutherland did her BA (Hons), MA and DPhil in Philosophy. Her current research is on the aesthetics and politics of artistic practices of the 1960s-70s, focusing on the ‘global’ character of contemporary art of this period. The Conceptual Art movement is often taken to be the index of art’s ‘globalisation’. Zöe’s work situates the movement within a more generalised and heterogenous tendency towards ‘conceptualism’ inherent to postwar modernist art practice in many parts of the world. In doing so, she traces the varying manifestations, as well as resistances, to the conceptual form, at the global level, analysing the effects of the radical politics and aesthetics of different regions on the development of this more broad-based ‘conceptualism’.
Zöe also researches issues around gender and feminist theory and practice, especially in the areas of social reproduction, reproductive labour and reproductive technologies. Her emerging research project is on the intersection of gender, race, class and old age, analysing the set of complex and varied trajectories—relation to work, reproductive labour, the family, state benefits—that impact upon the socio-economic position of women in the later years of their lives. She is especially interested in how the triple problem of the financial crisis, the housing crisis and the issue of an ageing population will impact economically, psychologically and emotionally on 'women' in the near future, and what kind of radical alternatives to housing for the elderly might be possible.
Zöe is particularly interested in supervising MA and PhD theses on any aspect of feminist theory and gender studies, in addition to work on contemporary art practice. She is also interested in supervising in the following areas: Kantian and Post-Kantian continental philosophy; critical theory; philosophical aesthetics and contemporary political struggles.
Sutherland, Zoe (2017) Dialectics of modernity and countermodernity: Rasheed Araeen's cruciform works In: Aikens, Nick, ed. Rasheed Araeen. JRP Ringier, Zurich, pp. 191-198. ISBN 9783037645154
Sutherland, Zoe (2016) The world as gallery: conceptualism and global neo-avant-garde New Left Review, 98. pp. 81-111. ISSN 0028-6060
‘Dialectics of Modernity and Countermodernity: Rasheed Araeen’s Cruciform Works,’ in Rasheed Araeen, ed. Nick Aiken, (Zurich, JRP Ringier, 2017)
‘Autonomy and Separation in Marxist-Feminism,’ (with Marina Vishmidt), Who’s Afraid of Totality? The Trouble with the Trouble with Diversity, eds. Kevin Floyd and Jen Hedler Phillis, (Fordham University Press). Under contract and to be published in 2018
Manuscripts in Preparation
‘Social Reproduction,’ (with Marina Vishmidt), New Feminist Studies: Twenty-First Century Critical Interventions, ed. Jennifer Cooke, (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press) Under contract and to be published in 2019
One Dimensional Woman by Nina Power, in Studies in Social and Political Thought, Vol. 17, (Spring/Summer 2010), P168-171
‘Dialectics of Modernity and Countermodernity: Rasheed Araeen’s Cruciform Works,’ at Rasheed Araeen in Conversation: Art and Activism in Postwar Britain, The Courtauld Institute of Art, 17th November 2017
‘Some Considerations on Social Reproduction Theory: Integrative or Diffuse?’ at the symposium ‘Anti-Social Reproduction,’ The Common House, Bethnal Green, London, 4th November 2017
‘Phenomenology and Politics in 1960s-70s art Practice’ at Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus, April 2016
‘The Legislative Imperative of Authorship’, (co-authored with Marina Vishmidt) at Marxism in Culture Seminar Series, University College London, March 2014
‘Artistic Labour Contracts’, (co-authored with Marina Vishmidt) at Social and Political Thought Seminar Series, University of Sussex, March 2014
‘Film, Painting, Music: the Unknown Hobsbawm’, at Eric Hobsbawm: a Tribute, University of Brighton, December 2012
‘Aporias of Social Reproduction’ with Marina Vishmidt at Historical Materialism, London, Nov 2016.
‘Difference and the Universal in Legacies of Feminism’ with Marina Vishmidt at International Marxist-Feminism Conference, Vienna, Oct 2016.
‘Social Reproduction Feminism: A Critique’ with Marina Vishmidt at Social and Political Thought Conference, University of Sussex, June 2015.
‘False Totalities Have No Exits’, at the workshop ‘What is to be Done Under Real Subsumption’ at Bulegoa Art and Research Centre, Bilbao, Spain, 29th November 2014
‘A Social History of Austerity and Abjection in the UK’ with Rob Lucas at Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics, 9th Annual, International, Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Brighton, Sept 2014.
‘The Reproduction of Gender’, at The 6th International Conference of Critical Theory, Rome, May 2013.
‘A Theory of Current Protests’, Social and Political Thought Conference, University of Sussex, June 2012.
Duchamp’s ‘Bôite-en-Valise: the Aesthetics of Transportability’, Arts in Society Conference, the Venice Biennale, June 2009.