Sara Callahan

Sara Callahan


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Works at Department of Culture and Aesthetics
Telephone 08-16 33 50
Visiting address Frescativägen 22B-26
Room C313
Postal address Institutionen för kultur och estetik 106 91 Stockholm

About me

From the fall 2019 semester Sara Callahan begins work on a postdoctoral project that investigates how Eadweard Muybridge's Locomotion Studies circulate in different present-day contexts. The resarch is financed by Anna Ahlström och Ellen Terserus Stiftelse and the Swedish Research Concil's International Postdoc grant. During the project period, she will be partly based in London at King's College and Kingston University.

During the fall 2019-semester Sara Callahan works part time as Associate professor at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics, within the International MA Programme in Curating Art.


Contributed a text on artist Lina Selander's work in Kontextualisering, Teoretiska tillämpningar i konstvetenskap 2. Ed. Hans Hayden (2019)

Contributed a text to the 2018 anthology The Power of the In-Between: Intermediality as a Tool for Aesthetic Analysis and Critical Reflection (2018)

Together with Anna-Maria Hällgren and Charlotta Krispinsson, she organized the session "A Farewell to Critique? Reconsidering Critique as Art Historical Method" at the Nordik Conference for Art Historians, Copenhagen, October 25-27, 2018.

Sara  Callahan enrolled in the PhD program at Stockholm University in 2013. Prior to this she completed a Master (Magister) degree in Art History, Södertörn University (Stockholm). MA theses: Tracing shadows: the "analogue" and the indexical sign-status of the photographic object. (2013). She also has a BA in Religious Studies from King’s College (London), and a BFA with Art Theory and Art History, NSCAD University (Halifax, Canada).

Sara Callahan defended her dissertation  The Archive Art Phenomenon: History and Critique at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century on March 23 2018.

The dissertation investigated the relationship between art and archive at the turn of the twenty-first century. The object of study was the phenomenon of archive art, understood as a combination of theories of the archive, artworks, and different kinds of texts (catalogues, scholarly articles, critical essays, etc.) delineating the art here called archive art. The study was conducted by cross-reading the different elements that make up the phenomenon of archive art with various discourses and developments both within and outside the artworld. It investigated how the archive became a ubiquitous reference in art discourse and the functions and implications the notion has within an art context.

Supervisors: Professor Anna Dahlgren and Professor Dan Karlholm





Curating Art

Kandidatkurs Konstvetenskap

Visuella Studier

Konstvetenskap I

Samtidens kritik


Last updated: April 20, 2020

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