Annabelle Boissier, Head of Research of Arts Cabinet, is a socio-anthropologist (Ph.D. from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, EHESS-Paris). Her research focusses on contemporary art worlds, writing processes in social sciences and alternative ways of producing knowledge. Annabelle has published extensively on art, politics and conflict with a focus on North Africa and South East Asia. She is developing Arts Cabinet’s research and dissemination strategies.
Laurie Benson holds a PhD in International Relations from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Her thesis examined artistic practices and the international in the context of French-Algerian relations and the art world as a site of politics. More broadly, her research takes a political sociological approach and is interested in methods of IR research, creativity and conflict, and postcolonial/decolonial thought.
Thanavi Chotpradit is a lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Thai art history at the Department of Art History, Faculty of Archaeology at Silpakorn University in Thailand (Ph.D. of philosophy from Birkbeck College, University of London) and a member of the editorial collectives of SOUTHEAST OF NOW: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art. In 2015-2016, Thanavi participates in the cross-regional research program ‘Ambitious Alignment: New Histories of Southeast Asian Art,’ developed by the Power Institute Foundation for Art & Visual Culture, University of Sydney and funded by the Getty Foundation’s Connective Art Histories Initiative. Her areas of interest include Modern and Thai contemporary art in relation to memory studies, war commemoration, and the Thai politics.
Blanka Konopka is a researcher on cultural policy within Europe. She graduated from the University of Central London in September 2015 with a distinction in MA European Studies, also gaining a distinction for her dissertation, which she wrote on the evolution of the EU’s Cultural Policy. Blanka has expertise and a particular research interest in cultural policy in Poland, a subject for which she holds a Phd offer. Additionally, she is currently a Research Associate for Arts Cabinet, where she has written research and advocacy papers on culture and development.
Her other professional experiences include work for the European Parliament, The Polish Embassy in London and the Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress in Poland. Due to her experience and fluency in the Polish language, her work for Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy will focus on research into the cultural and creative sector and the development of opportunities and projects in Poland and across Eastern Europe.
Erik Vlaeminck is a doctoral candidate in Russian at the University of Edinburgh. Born in Brussels, Erik Vlaeminck has been educated as a Slavist and Russianist in Belgium and the Netherlands. He holds a MA in Slavonic and Eastern European Languages from KU Leuven and a MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies from the University of Leiden. Erik’s research interests include post-Soviet culture and literature, cultural policy and diplomacy and various aspects of strategic communication.
Perin Emel Yavuz is an art historian and theorician based in Paris. She defended her PhD at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (2013), where she specialised in Narrative Art (1970s) and in the contemporary turn of Art. She published many articles and essays about Narrativity and Fiction in Art, Phototextual Practices, Aethestic Experience, Process of Creation, Art and Society Dialogue and Globalization. Since 2013, she is focussing on the contemporary turn of Art in non-Western art, more specifically in Turkey and East-Central Europe, where she researched the Neo-avant-garde in Bratislava during her post-doc at the Centre français de recherches en sciences sociales in Prague (2016).