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Elizabeth Maynard

Liz Maynard earned a PhD in Art History from McGill University, Montreal, and an MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago. In addition to teaching at RISD, she has been teaching Art History and Humanities courses at Rhode Island College since 2007. She has published several articles on the social, political and medical constructions of gender and sexuality. Her art historical research on the representation of trauma and the body led her to pursue training in somatic education, and she also works as a yoga teacher, meditation leader and craniosacral therapist. Her current interests include discerning the rich possibilities in being attentive to how intellectual and creative pursuits intersect with somatic awareness.

Academic research/areas of interest

Affect Theory
Feminist Thought and Intervention
History Painting, Monuments, Memorials and Social Traumas
Postwar American
Political Thought and Gender

Masculinity Studies
Queer Theory
Somatic Experience and Creativity
Somatics and Trauma

Trauma Theory
Twentieth-Century Art and Methods

Fall 2019 Courses

  • THAD-H185-01 Art and Trauma
  • THAD-H101-18 Thad I: Global Modernisms
  • THAD-H101-19 Thad I: Global Modernisms
  • THAD-H101-24 Thad I: Global Modernisms

Wintersession 2020 Courses

  • THAD-W150-01 Body In (As) Art: Object, Subject, Medium, Lens
  • THAD-W288-01 Epistemologies Of (Self)care: Theories and Practices Of Caring