Laura Gonzalez


19 Jan 2005

Peer Assessment

Rhed got a very clear sense that the anxiety about teaching research degree students without having a research degree, specified in profile 2, were not going to be fully resolved by doing a PGCert in Teaching and Learning.

Although this will help to give me some context of pedagogical theory and, through knowledge and peer experience, will strengthen my actual delivery practice, I won’t be able to be satisfied until I have gone through the whole process myself.

In a way, I was very glad Rhed pointed this out. I was great to hear it from someone else. I am applying to do a PhD next October as a career move. I want to be a researcher but I anso want to improve my professional teaching practice, being able to relate to students from a position of having the experience. The people I have talked to about this all think that I am doing it because of the subject or because I have an inclination to write academically. This is only part of my decision and having someone notice how important a PhD will be and how it will enhance my teaching was indeed very rewarding.

I applied to Central Saint Martins in December and I am currently writing my AHRB Doctoral Award application. This has already changed the way I teach some of the sessions of the training programme (more confidence, first hand examples I can relate to, real problems encountered rather than those I have read about or seen in other students). It ias evident the benefits a PhD will have in my job.

Both Leonora and Rhed pointed out the quality of the writing in the profile statement. This was very encouraging as I will be looking at producing a 60,000-word thesis for my PhD and, English not being my first language, I feel a little intimidated. I did spend a lot of time articulating the text for the profile 2 of the PGCert course. I teach the session on proposal writing and I place a lot of emphasis of quality, trying to avoid obscure theses and papers that will only be read by academics. I really want to produce a good PhD where people from outside the field can relate to the writing and which, perhaps, can be published into a book. I was very pleased with their comments and felt as if all the hard work with the Oxford English Dictionary. and the Thesaurus wasn’t in vain.

[Note to self: read more Barthes, who writes beautifully in an academic way]

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About Me

I am an artist and writer. My recent practice performance, film, dance, photography and text, and my work has been performed, exhibited and published in many venues in Europe and the US. I have spoken at numerous conferences and events, including the Museum for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, College Arts Association and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. When I am not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with my camera or creating performance works as part of my Athenaeum Research Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, I teach postgraduate students at Transart Institute.

I am currently immersed in an interdisciplinary project exploring knowledge and the body of the hysteric. In 2013, together with Child and Adolescent Mental Health practitioner Frances Davies, I co-edited the book ‘Madness, Women and the Power of Art’, to which I contributed a work authored with Eleanor Bowen. My book ‘Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces’ was published by Cambridge Scholars in 2016. In this text, investigates psychoanalytic approaches to making and understanding objects of seduction, including an examination of parallels between artistic and analytic practices, a study of Manolo Blahnik’s shoes as objects of desire, a disturbing encounter with Marcel Duchamp’s last work, and the creation of a psychoanalytically inspired Discourse of the Artefact, a framework enabling the circulation of questions and answers through a relational approach to artworks.