Shelly Rosenblum

Curator of Academic Programs
PhD, Brown University
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Primary Recipient Awards

International Research Roundtables, Shelly Rosenblum, 2013

Shelly Rosenblum

Speculative Cities
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Shelly Rosenblum, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC; Professor Keith Wallace, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC; Professor Scott Watson, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC.

Speculative Cities is designed to foster an international dialogue on the contemporary city, focusing on port cities and cities that have reinvented themselves in the past forty years. Bringing together architects, urban planners, artists, curators, and scholars from Dubai and Panama City with those from Vancouver, this roundtable will provide a valuable forum for an in-depth exchange of research on the intersections of urban studies, contemporary art, and public engagement that is relevant to all gateway cities. Speculative Cities seeks to focus discussion around the complex strata of publics who inhabit such cities. In helping to understand the conditions that have produced various affinities across these urban sites, this roundtable will provide timely new knowledge on global urbanization and mobilities, as well as on the after-effects of late 20th century nationalisms. The objective of Speculative Cities is to present a platform in which Vancouver can both lead and learn from these examples, and its distinct identity within an international context can be more clearly articulated.

Co-principal Investigator Awards

International Research Roundtables, Scott Watson, 2018

Scott Watson
Shelly Rosenblum

Curating Critical Pedagogies

Our Roundtable will examine the pedagogical role of the academic art gallery. Situated within the university, the campus gallery is understood as an ideal space for experiments in curating that foster critical practice. However, since the 1990s, curators and artists have increasingly employed pedagogical models in an effort to operate self-critically and to connect with larger socio-political concerns. This "educational turn" in curating often includes the use of open educational models as exhibition platforms that invite public engagement. As educational practice is increasingly mobilized in contemporary art exhibitions, one is left wondering: What are the best practices in curating and how should the academic gallery situate itself within this context?

We will gather international artists, curators, critics and educators to critically examine the use of experimental educational formats in the practice of art and curating. By challenging the standard framing and mediation of artworks, these programs are an attempt to critique the politics of artistic production and circulation that is increasingly determined by the market.

Roundtable questions include, “What is the relationship between critique and the institution? Can the gallery serve as a site of critical and discursive practice? What does it mean to operate self-reflexively? Can one contest the institution, such as the university or museum, by occupying it differently? How are publics perceived and produced through artistic models of engagement?” These questions will be explored by practitioners working in a range of institutions whose practices engage alternative models of pedagogical engagement.

French Scholars Lecture Series, Catherine Malabou, 2017

Catherine Malabou

International Research Roundtables, Adam Frank, 2013

Adam Frank
Shelly Rosenblum

A Biocultural Hinge: Theorizing Affect and Emotion Across Disciplines
Principal Investigator(s): Dr. Adam Frank, Department of English, UBC; Dr. Shelly Rosenblum, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC.

The enormous recent interest in the emotions has been evident across a wide variety of disciplines: philosophy, literary criticism, sociology, geography, history, anthropology, academic and clinical psychology, the neurosciences, and the visual and performing arts. Taking advantage of UBC faculty’s specific expertise and wide-ranging connections in this area, this Institute Roundtable invites an international cross-disciplinary group of researchers and practitioners to explore theories of emotion both from the perspectives of their own disciplines and from one another’s.

Our task will be to address a series of difficult questions. How do various disciplines define emotion, whether in terms of subjective feeling, observable psycho-physiological state, neurobiological process or event, discursive entity, or aesthetic means or end? How might these definitions intersect or fail to intersect with one another? Can any existing theory of emotion accommodate these definitions? "A Biocultural Hinge” addresses these questions by bringing together researchers and practitioners whose expertise and research styles will benefit from an open, challenging, and cross-disciplinary dialogue on emotion with the goal of sparking new approaches to this fundamental quality of human (and other animal) experience.

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