Ian Alden Russell

Ian Alden Russell is an international curator and researcher working between Europe and the United States. Currently the curator of the David Winton Bell Gallery and a Fellow at the John Nicholas Brown Center at Brown University, he researches and teaches in the areas of contemporary and collaborative arts, cultural heritage, modern and contemporary design, material culture studies, media studies, digital humanities and archaeological theory. His recent projects include a new public sculpture commission by Dennis McNulty for Brown University, a new performance commission by Nigel Rolfe for the European Union Transformations project and a year-long colloquium series on the archive and the ephemeral at Brown University.

He is also an Associate Fellow of both the Humanities Institute of Ireland at University College Dublin and the newly established Center for Heritage and Society at UMass Amherst. He previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at the John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies, and he has also held the NEH Keough Fellowship of the Keough-Naughton Institute at the University of Notre Dame. In 2006-2007, he was a post-doctoral research associate in the School of Histories and Humanities at Trinity College Dublin.

He recently published Unquiet Pasts (2010: Ashgate) and, previous to that, Images, Representations and Heritage (2006: Springer, New York), both edited volumes.

He completed his Ph.D. in anthropology, applied psychoanalysis and intellectual history with the Department of History at Trinity College Dublin under Professor Terry Barry. His doctoral research focused on the role of things (artefacts, buidlings, spaces, landscapes) in the expression of personal and group identity. Specifically, he examined the intellectual history and impact of the scientific development of archaeology on social and cultural discourses in modern Ireland.

He maintains long-term collaborations with Dr Andrew Cochrane on the Visualizing Archaeologies project and with the Metamedia Lab at Stanford University on the study of new media, archaeological research and artistic expression.

More information: http://ianaldenrussell.com