Job title: Deputy Director of Research

Role: Senior Lecturer and Chancellor's Fellow

Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 5454

Email: Patricia.Allmer@ed.ac.uk

Office address: Room 0.47 Hunter Building

Research: See Dr Patricia Allmer on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Current PhD students

Karolina Koczynska

Naomi Stewart

PhD Supervision Topics

Accepting applications.

Patricia welcomes enquiries from PhD applicants interested in her specialist areas which include - Surrealism and its legacies, and modernism and photography.

Patricia Allmer is a leading scholar of surrealism.

Her current exhibition and publication project is titled 4 Saints in 3 Acts: A Snapshot of the American Avant-garde in the 1930s (Manchester University Press, http://edin.ac/2oRLSxU). Opening in October 2017 at The Photographers' Gallery in London, it focusses on photography's little-known contribution to the key modernist event of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson's 1934 opera Four Saints in Three Acts. It explores representations of the all-African American cast by photographers, including Lee Miller, Carl Van Vechten, and George Platt Lynes.

Her most recent monograph Lee Miller: Photography, Surrealism, and Beyond (http://tinyurl.com/hh8eezt) is published by Manchester University Press (2016).

Her edited collection Intersections: Women Artists/Surrealism/Modernism (MUP) came out in October 2016. Her illustrated This Is Magritte for Laurence King has been translated into German, Dutch, and Latvian, and was published in August 2016.

Her other major publications include René Magritte: Beyond Painting (MUP: 2009), and the co-edited collections Wonderful Things – Surrealism and Egypt’(Dada/Surrealism, 20.1: 2013),European Nightmares: European Horror Cinema Since 1945 (Wallflower/Columbia University Press: 2012), Re/reading RE/Search (European Journal of American Culture, 30.2: 2011), Collective Inventions: Surrealism in Belgium (Leuven: 2007), and The Forgotten Surrealists: Belgian Surrealism Since 1924 (Image [&] Narrative 13: 2005). 

Patricia curated and edited the catalogue for the award-winning major exhibition Angels of Anarchy: Women Artist and Surrealism (Manchester: 2009) (http://tinyurl.com/mdlypd), and co-curated, and co-edited the catalogue for Taking Shots: The Photography of William S. Burroughs (London: 2014). She has directed and co-directed a range of public programmes accompanying these exhibitions and constituting now open-access online resources (see http://tinyurl.com/k35pk5c). She has contributed widely to exhibition catalogues and other publications. In 2010 she won a Philip Leverhulme Prize in recognition of her major contribution to scholarship on surrealism.

Patricia gained her PhD from Loughborough University in 2005. Prior to arriving in Edinburgh she held a senior research post at Manchester Metropolitan University. She initiated and convened the 2009 Association of Art Historians’ Conference in Manchester, and organized and chaired Judy Chicago’s Manchester lecture and masterclass in 2011. She has given several media appearances, most recently in ITV’s Perspectives documentary on Magritte (2014).

 

Grants and Awards

2016   US Embassy/British Association of American Studies Small Grant

2016   The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art, Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee Fund

2015   Terra Foundation Research Travel Grant

2014   The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art, Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee Fund

2014   The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Arts & Humanities Small Research Grant

2014   The Moray Endowment Fund

2012   Association of Art Historians Museums Bursary

2011   British Academy, Small Research Grant

2010   Philip Leverhulme Prize

2009   British Academy, Small Research Grant

2008   British Academy, Small Research Grant    

2007   British Academy, Overseas Conference Grant

Patricia’s current specialist course is Breaking Frames: Women in Dada and Surrealism.

She welcomes PhD applications from students interested in working in the area of surrealism and its related fields. 

Patricia is organising and teaching on a new course entitled Art in Theory, which will begin in Semester 2 of the 2017/18 academic year.

Patricia’s research focuses on twentieth-century art and photography, with a special interest in surrealism. She has a continuing art historical and theoretical interest in critically neglected dimensions of artists’ work, and in under-represented international contexts of surrealism. 

Intersections. 2016. Intersections. Manchester University Press.
Allmer, Patricia. 2016. “Lee Miller's Signscapes”. In Intersections. Manchester University Press.
Allmer, Patricia. 2016. “Lee Miller’S Dialogues With The Avant-Garde”. In Preservation, Radicalism, And The Avant-Garde Canon. Palgrave Macmillan.
Allmer, Patricia. 2016. Lee Miller. Lee Miller. Manchester University Press.
Allmer, Patricia. 2016. “Alexis Hunter”. In Feministische Avantgarde. Prestel.
Allmer, Patricia. 2016. “Feminist Interventions”. In A Companion To Dada And Surrealism. Wiley-Blackwell.
“Taking Shots”. 2014. The Photography Of William S. Burroughs. The Photographers' Gallery.
Allmer, Patricia. 2014. “Unfolding Burroughs”. In Taking Shots. Prestel.
Taking Shots. 2014. Taking Shots. Prestel.
ed.), Patricia, and Donna ed.). 2013. “'wonderful Things'”. Dada/surrealism 19 (1). http://ir.uiowa.edu/dadasur/vol19/iss1/.
Allmer, Patricia. 2013. “Apertures Onto Egypt”. Dada/surrealism 19 (1).
Allmer, Patricia. 2013. “Eileen Agar, Coral, Seahorse (1935)”. In Coral. Liverpool University Press.
Allmer, Patricia. 2013. “Lee Miller – Ombres D’Elle-Même”. Mélusine: Cahiers Du Centre De Recherches Sur Le Surréalisme (Paris Iii) 33.
European Nightmares. 2012. European Nightmares. Wallflower Press / Columbia University Press.
Allmer, Patricia. 2012. “Lee Miller’S Revenge On Fascist Culture”. History Of Photography 36 (4).
Allmer, Patricia. 2012. “René Magritte”. In The Desire For Freedom. Deutsches Historisches Museum.
Allmer, Patricia. 2011. “Interview With Judy Chicago, Part 1”. Cassone: The International Online Magazine Of Art And Art Books July.
Allmer, Patricia. 2011. “Interview With Judy Chicago, Part 2”. Cassone: The International Online Magazine Of Art And Art Books August.
Allmer, Patricia. 2011. “Re/searching Angry Women”. European Journal Of American Culture 30 (2).
Allmer, Patricia, and John Sears. 2011. “Re/reading Re/search”. European Journal Of American Culture 30 (2).
Allmer, Patricia. 2011. “Relating The Story Of Things”. Image [&] Narrative 12 (3).
Allmer, Patricia. 2011. “René Magritte Entries”. In Magritte A-Z. Tate.
Allmer, Patricia. 2011. “Taxidermia”. In European Nightmares. Wallflower Press / Columbia University Press.
Allmer, Patricia. 2010. “Pinching A Shadow”. Brass Art : The Non-Existence Of The Unnamed. Brass Art/International 3.
Allmer, Patricia. 2009. René Magritte. René Magritte. Manchester University Press.
Allmer, Patricia. 2009. Angels Of Anarchy. Angels Of Anarchy. Prestel.
“Angels Of Anarchy: Women Artists And Surrealism”. 2009. Prestel.
Allmer, Patricia. 2009. “Of Fallen Angels And Angels Of Anarchy”. In Angels Of Anarchy. Prestel.
Allmer, Patricia. 2008. “"you've Got A Ticket To Hell?”. In Space, Haunting Discourse. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Allmer, Patricia. 2008. “'la Reproduction Interdite'”. Sexymachinery Issue A: Super Replica.
Allmer, Patricia, Jonathan Carson, and Rosie Miller. 2008. “Your Turn: Experiments In Narrative And Play”. The Blue Notebook 3 (1).
Allmer, Patricia, and Hilde van Gelder. 2007. Collective Inventions. Collective Inventions. Leuven University Press.
Allmer, Patricia. 2007. “Dial 'm' For Magritte”. In Johan Grimonprez. Film and Video Umbrella.
Allmer, Patricia. 2007. “Failing To Create”. In From Self To Shelf. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Allmer, Patricia. 2007. “La Reproduction Interdite”. Papers Of Surrealism.
Allmer, Patricia. 2007. “On Being Touched”. Righton Press/MMU Special Collections.
Allmer, Patricia. 2007. “René Magritte And The Postcard”. In Collective Inventions. Leuven University Press.
Allmer, Patricia, and John Sears. 2007. “Reproducing Art”. Interculture 4 (2).
Allmer, Patricia. 2006. “Framing The Real”. In Framing Borders In Literature And Other Media. Rodopi.
Allmer, Patricia, and Hilde van Gelder. 2005. “The Forgotten Surrealists”. Image [&] Narrative.
Allmer, Patricia. 2004. “"window Shopping?”. Scope.
Allmer, Patricia. 2001. “"theorising The Aura"”. Postscript: A Journal Of Graduate Criticism And Theory Fall (1).