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Dr Eliza Garnsey

Biography:

Eliza Garnsey is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in International Relations at the University of Cambridge and a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College Cambridge. Her research focuses on art and visual culture in international relations and world politics, particularly in relation to human rights, transitional justice and conflict. Eliza’s current project focuses on visual jurisprudence; developing a new theory of art and justice.

Eliza’s book, entitled The Justice of Visual Art: Creative State-Building in Times of Political Transition, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. The book demonstrates that there are aesthetic and creative ways to pursue transitional justice — ways which have the capacity to address identity divisions and exclusions in nations emerging from conflict.

Eliza completed her PhD in International Relations at the University of Cambridge, where she was awarded the 2017 Lisa Smirl PhD Prize for best doctoral thesis in Politics and International Studies. She holds a Masters of International Affairs from the Australian National University, a Master of Studies in Art History and Visual Culture from the University of Oxford, and a Bachelor of Art Theory (Honours) from the University of New South Wales.

Twitter handle: @Eliza_Garnsey

Research Interests

  • Visual politics
  • International relations and aesthetics
  • Human rights, transitional justice and art
  • Gender and conflict

Key Publications

Books

  • The Justice of Visual Art: Creative State-Building in Times of Political Transition, Law in Context series, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020.

Book Chapters

  • ‘The Site and Sights of Transitional Justice: Art at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg’, New Critical Spaces in Transitional Justice: Gender, Art, and Memory, ed. Arnaud Kurze and Christopher Lamont, Indiana University Press (2019) 44-62.

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