Job title: Senior Lecturer, History of Art

Role: Programme Director, MSc History of Art, Theory and Display

Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 3120


Office address: Room 0.62, Higgitt Gallery, Hunter Building

Contact time: Monday, 1pm - 2pm; Thursday 1pm - 2pm

Research outputs: Dr Tamara Trodd on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Tamara is on research leave until September 2017 and her courses are not running, although she continues to accept and supervise research students.


Tamara Trodd lectures in twentieth-century and contemporary art, with a special focus on photography and artists' film.

Tamara gained her PhD in 2005 from University College London, where she was supervised by Professor Briony Fer and Professor Frederic J. Schwartz. Before joining the University of Edinburgh in 2010, she worked at the universities of St Andrews, Glasgow and Cambridge, where she was a Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College (2009-2010). She has held the Philip Leverhulme Prize since 2013.


Tamara is on research leave until September 2017 and her courses are not running, although she continues to accept and supervise research students.

Research interests

Photography; Artists' film; Surrealism and its legacies; German art; Early twentieth-century avant-gardes; Bauhaus; American art post-1945; Contemporary art; Modernism; Histories and philosophies of technology; Feminist media histories; Abstraction.

Research outputs

Tamara’s first monograph, The Art of Mechanical Reproduction: Technology and Aesthetics from Duchamp to the Digital, was published by the University of Chicago Press (Autumn, 2015).

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Her edited book, Screen/Space:  The Projected Image in Contemporary Art was published by the University of Manchester Press in March, 2011.

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Her articles on a range of artists, including Paul Klee, Tacita Dean and Thomas Demand, have been published in journals including the Oxford Art Journal and Art History.

Tamara regularly lectures at institutions across the UK and abroad; recent talks have included a lecture on the work of Elizabeth Price at the Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art in Lille in 2014 and participation in the 'Photographs/Pictures' symposium at Tate Modern in June, 2013. Upcoming talks in 2015 include a lecture on the work of Thomas Demand at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow on 5 December, 6pm.

In addition, Tamara has won grants for and organized a number of conferences, including the following:

Networking the Bloc - UK Connections: Artistic links between the UK and Eastern Europe since the 1960s at the Royal Scottish Academy, Saturday, 4th December, 2010; in collaboration with Dr Klara Kemp-Welch (Courtauld Institute of Art).

Agnes Martin: Between the Lines at the University of Cambridge, 14 June 2010; in association with Kettle's Yard. 

Gerhard Richter: New Approaches, at the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, 22 November 2008. This conference was supported by grants from the Goethe Institut, Glasgow, the National Galleries of Scotland and the universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews.

Screen/Space: The Projected Image in Contemporary Art at the University of Edinburgh, 20-21 April 2007.  Supported by a British Academy Conference Grant. 

PhD Supervision Topics

Tamara currently supervises two fully-funded PhD students, working on 'Walking in Artistic Practice Within and Beyond Modernism' and 'Screen Cultures and Distraction in Contemporary Art'. She welcomes applications from students wishing to pursue research in any area of twentieth-century and contemporary art.