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New Volume by Theresa Deichert



17 May 2022
What are the politics of picturing the end times?  Theresa Deichert, doctoral candidate of the GPTS, has recently published the volume
Imagining the Apocalypse: Art and the End Times
with Courtauld Books Online. Co-edited with Edwin Coomasaru (University of Edinburgh), the online, open-access essay collection explores how art and visual culture has imagined Armageddon across the globe from the eighteenth century to the present. The book also considers the ways in which apocalypticism has been contested by social conservatives and progressives, drawn on to perpetuate or challenge structures of power. Contributors discuss homophobia and queer utopias, climate change and nuclear anxieties, folk monsters and fears of revolt, imperial violence and anti-colonial imagination, the staging of conflict and disaster, popular culture and fascism, faith and denial in church congregations. Each reveal how a series of contradictions underpin the end times: beginnings and endings, annihilation and revelation. An accompanying book launch was held on the 27th April in London and featured a roundtable discussion which was livestreamed. 
Theresa Deichert is a doctoral candidate in history of art and transcultural studies under the supervision of Prof. Monica Juneja. Her research examines strategies and practices in Japanese contemporary art that deal with the altered ecologies of the nuclear catastrophe of the Fukushima Daiichi of March 2011 and its surrounding exclusion zone. 
She holds a B.A. in Cultural Studies from Jacobs University Bremen and a Postgraduate Diploma in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. In 2014 she graduated with an M.A. with TJ Demos and Briony Fer in History of Art from University College London, where she specialized in contemporary art and globalization, as well as the writing of art theory. Theresa has also worked at a number of museums in the UK and Germany.