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Dr Paula Serafini

Paula

Inclusive Education Project Lead; Lecturer in Creative and Cultural Industries

Email: p.serafini@qmul.ac.uk

Profile

Roles:

Biography:

Dr Paula Serafini holds a BA in Art History and Arts Management (Universidad del Salvador, Argentina), an MA in Anthropology and Cultural Politics (Goldsmiths) and a PhD in Social and Cultural Analysis (King’s College London). Prior to joining Queen Mary, she was a Research Associate at CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies at the University of Leicester, and she has held teaching roles at King’s College London, Middlesex University and University of Westminster. In addition to her academic work, she has over 15 years of experience working in and collaborating with the cultural sector as an arts educator, producer, curator, knowledge exchange officer and creative practitioner.

Teaching

Undergraduate

BUS233: Creative Industries

 

Postgraduate

BUSM161: Funding and Finance in the Creative and Cultural Industries

 

Paula is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Research

Research Interests:

Dr Serafini situates her research in the field of cultural politics. Her main interests include the politics of art and cultural production, art activism, cultural labour, cultural policy, environmental and social justice movements, alternatives to development, care, the political ecology of cultural production and the cultural politics of extraction. In her research, she employs interdisciplinary approaches, drawing from cultural and media studies, political ecology, political ontology, sociology, anthropology and art theory.

Centre and Group Membership:

 

Publications


Monographs

  • Serafini, Paula. Creating Worlds Otherwise: Art, Collective Action and (Post)Extractivism. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press [forthcoming, 2022]
  • Serafini, Paula (2018) Performance Action: The Politics of Art Activism. London: Routledge.

 

Edited books

  • Merlinsky, Gabriela & Serafini, Paula (eds) (2020) Arte y Ecología Política. Buenos Aires: CLACSO-IIGG.
  • Serafini, Paula; Holtaway, Jessica & Cossu, Alberto (eds) (2017) artWORK: Art, Labour and Activism. London: Rowman & Littlefield International.

 

Journal articles

  • Serafini, Paula (2021) Extractivist violence and the Covid-19 conjuncture. Journal of the British Academy 9(s5): 95–116
  • Serafini, Paula (2021) A decolonial, ecofeminist ethic of care. Social Anthropology 0: 1-3. https://doi.org/10.1111/1469-8676.12998
  • Serafini, Paula & Novosel, Noelia (2020) Culture as care: Argentina’s cultural policy response to Covid-19. Cultural Trends. 1080/09548963.2020.1823821
  • Serafini, Paula (2020) ‘A rapist in your path’: Transnational feminist protest and why (and how) performance matters. European Journal of Cultural Studies 23(2): 290–295.
  • Serafini, Paula & Banks, Mark (2020) Living Precarious Lives? Time and Temporality in Visual Arts Careers. Culture Unbound.
  • Serafini, Paula (2019) Community Radio as a Space of Care: An Ecofeminist Perspective on Media Production in Environmental Conflicts. International Journal of Communication 13: 1-18
  • Newsinger, Jack & Serafini, Paula (2019) Performative Resilience: How the Arts and Culture Support Austerity in Post-Crisis Capitalism. European Journal of Cultural Studies. https://doi.org/10.1177/1367549419886038
  • Merlinsky, Gabriela & Serafini, Paula (2019) Arte y resistencias al extractivismo en Argentina. Lenguajes para defender y reinventar lo común. Ecología Política 57: 81-85.
  • Serafini, Paula & Smith Maguire, Jennifer (2019) Questioning the Super-Rich: Representations, Structures, Experiences. Cultural Politics 15(1): 1-14.
  • Serafini, Paula (2018) Mediating Identities: Community Arts, Media, and Collective Identity in the Frontline Resistance to Fracking. Journal of Cultural Analysis and Social Change 3(2): 11.
  • Serafini, Paula (2015) Prefiguring Performance: Participation and Transgression in Environmentalist Activism. Third Text 29(3): 195-206.
  • Serafini, Paula (2015) Beyond the Institution: Community-Centred Art Activism against the Commodification of Culture. Anarchist Studies 23(2): 68-88.

 

Journal guest-editorships

  • Smith Maguire, Jennifer & Serafini, Paula (2019) “Questioning the Super-Rich”. Cultural Politics 15(1).

 

Book chapters

  • Banks, Mark & Serafini, Paula (2020) Towards Post-Growth Creative Economies? Building Sustainable Cultural Production in Argentina. In The Industrialization of Creativity and its Limits. Iliya Kiriya, Yiannis Mylonas & Panos Kompatsiaris (eds). Cham: Springer. Pp 17-28.
  • Serafini, Paula (2020) Cultural Production beyond Extraction? A First Approach to Extractivism and the Cultural and Creative Industries in Argentina. In Cultural Industries and the Environmental Crisis: New Approaches for Policy. Kate Oakley & Mark Banks (eds). Cham: Springer. Pp 51-63.
  • Serafini, Paula & Garrard, Chris (2019) Fossil Fuel Sponsorship and the Contested Museum: Agency, Accountability and Arts Activism. In Museum Activism. Robert R. Janes and Richard Sandell (eds) London: Routledge. Pp 69-79.
  • Serafini, Paula (2017) Changing the Narrative: Highlighting Workers’ Rights in Environmental Art Activism. In artWORK: Art, Labour and Activism. Paula Serafini, Jessica Holtaway & Alberto Cossu (eds) London: Rowman & Littlefield International. Pp 105-126.
  • Serafini, Paula (2014) Subversion through Performance: Performance Activism in London. In The Political Aesthetics of Global Protest: The Arab Spring and Beyond. Pnina Werbner, Kathryn Spellman-Poots & Martin Webb (eds) Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Pp 320-340.

 

Policy publications

  • CAMEo (2018) Response to the UK Commons Select Committee’s Inquiry into the Social Impact of Participation in Culture and Sport, with Doris Eikhof.

 

Art books

  • Racedo, Jacinta & Serafini, Paula (eds) (2019) Aquí y allá/Here and there. La calle- lo público/The streets- the ‘public’. Leicester: University of Leicester.

Supervision

Dr Serafini welcomes expressions of interest from prospective PhD students in the following areas:

  • Critical perspectives on the creative and cultural industries
  • Decolonial approaches to art and cultural production
  • Cultural and creative industries and cultural policy in Latin America
  • Art activism
  • Grassroots and alternative forms of cultural production and organising
  • Cultural production and the environment.

Public Engagement

Dr Serafini regularly acts as an advisor to arts, environmental, and educational organisations, and contributes to art projects as a curator and/or collaborator. She is also co-founder of the collective PLANK (Politically Led Art & Networked Knowledge).

 

Membership:

  • Member of the Society for Latin American Studies.
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