Job title: Teaching Fellow, History of Art


Office address: L.01, North East Studio Building

Contact time: Mondays, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Ian Rothwell is a Teaching Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2017.

His thesis, ‘Images under Control: Pessimism, Humour and Stupidity in the Digital Age', was fully supported by an AHRC scholarship. It analysed contemporary art and visual culture that has been shaped in some way by the internet, addressing the question of criticality in the post-internet world.

Ian’s teaching, including dissertation supervision, reflects his wide-ranging research interests, including painting in the post-Internet era, the aesthetics of digital culture, and the impact of digitality on the art world.

His current Honours options include Bad Painting (third year), Sexuality, Space, and Cinema (third year), and Images under Control: Aesthetics of Digital Culture (fourth year). He is course organiser of the Analysing Art History: Texts, Objects, Institutions project. Ian also lectures on 'Art after the Internet' and the so-called 'End of Painting' for History of Art 2, and on the 'Post-Internet Art World'  for the postgraduate course The Cultures and Politics of Display.

Ian was nominated in the category Supervisor of the Year and in the category Outstanding Commitment to Liberation in the Curriculum in the Edinburgh University Students' Association Teaching Awards (2019-20).

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Ian Rothwell, “A ‘Critical’ Social Game on Facebook: Cow Clicker and pleasure in disappointment,” London Journal of Critical Thought, Vol. 2, Iss. 1 (June 2018), pp. 11-20.

[Forthcoming] Ian Rothwell, 'Suicidal Experiments: Earth Represented in Red Bull’s Stratos’, in Benek Cincik, Tiago Torres-Campos (eds.), Postcards from the Anthropocene.
Unsettling the Geopolitics of Representation