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Erin Courtney Devine

Erin Devine received her Ph.D. in Modern Art, with a focus on art since 1980, from Indiana University. Her dissertation, From Translation to Transgression: The Feminism(s) of Shirin Neshat, offers a more nuanced understanding of Neshat’s work, exploring the history of veiling in Iran, Orientalist imagery, and the misunderstandings and misrepresentations of veiled women in the U.S. Devine’s methodology includes critical writings on gender in Islam and an Islamist society, a socio-political history of Iran in the twentieth century, and postcolonial understandings of transnational feminism and the exilic/diasporic subject, all important to fully articulating new interpretations of Neshat that refute accusations of exoticization. After receiving her Ph.D. in the fall of 2011, Devine relocated to the D.C. area, where she works as an artist and independent critic and scholar. In fall 2012, she was appointed Associate Professor at Northern Virginia Community College, where she teaches Humanities and Art History courses. Devine is currently working on a manuscript based on her dissertation, and continues the If I could say to America project that she began as an Artist in Residence at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris during the summer of 2012.

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