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Dr. M.I.D. (Miriam) van Rijsingen

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Capaciteitsgroep Kunstgeschiedenis
Fotograaf: onbekend

  • Turfdraagsterpad 15
  • Kamernummer: 3.12
  • Postbus 94551
    1090 GN Amsterdam
  • Miriam van Rijsingen

    Background and fields of interest

    Miriam van Rijsingen studied Art History, Philosophy and Film and Theater Studies at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, and graduated with a thesis on Eva Hesse and French Philosophy in 1984. She was appointed at the University of Amsterdam in 1985 as a specialist in Feminist Art History in the inter-department for Feminist Studies in the Humanities (untill 1992) as well as the Department of Art History. She received her PhD in 1999 with her dissertation Melancholische spiegels - Voorstellingen van gebrek en verlangen, vrouwelijkheid en kunstenaarschap in het werk van Anselm Feuerbach.  Since then she developed several specialities, notabaly in the field of Contemporary Art, Art&Science, New Materialism and Practice-based knowledge.

    Miriam is a specialist in Feminist Art History, Historiography and Art Theory, Art&Science, Representation(al) Theory, New Materialism, Contemporary Artistic Strategies and New Media.

    Faculty functions

    • Chairperson of the BA Exam Committee of the Department of Art History (2005-2011).                                                                           
    • Delegate for the Art History Department of the Graduate School Exam Committee. 
    • Coordinator of the Art and Performance Research Master rMa (2011-2021)                                               



    Boards and memberships



    • Member of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA)
    • Member of Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM)
    • Co-director of The Arts & Genomics Center (TA&GC) (2004-2009)
    • Boardmember Genootschap voor Esthetica (2002-2005)
    • Advisory Board Niet Normaal/Difference on Display Foundation (2008-2010)
  • research projects

    NWO Research Program

    Miriam van Rijsingen was co-applicant and co-coordinator of the NWO research program New Representattional Spaces: Investigations into the interactions between and intersections of arts and genomics. The program ran from 2004 untill 2009 and consisted of two PhD projects, one senior project and a dissiminaton project which developed into The Arts & Genomics Center. It was a joint program of the University of Amsterdam and Leiden University.  

    As the senior researcher she developed the synthesizing project Signification and Experiment in Art and Genomics (now reworked into Art and Bioscience). Currently the results of this research are reworked into a book with the working title: What is the Matter in ArtScience?

    For further info see website TAGC, pdf of the program and the tabs Publications as well as Lectures and Conferences 



    webadres TAGC


    Together with Laura van Grinsven (ArtEZ) Miriam van Rijsingen developed a research project on Gift-Giving. This project investigates the possibilities of theory-practice collaborations in the arts, aims at building new non-economic spaces for exchange within the arts, and considers a critique on art institutions and the art market. it departs from a philosophy of care. The project is funded by the Mondriaan Stichting from june 2022 untill june 2023. It will see to the buiding of an online environment for gift-giving, an archive on gift-giving in art theory and art practices, and collaborative events.

    The project description will be available soon. 


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  • Publicaties


    • van Rijsingen, M. (2012). Data/Chair: médiation du corps comme matière et information. In E. Daubner, & L. Poissant (Eds.), Bioart: transformations du vivant (pp. 333-346). (Collection Esthétique). Québec: Presses de l'Université du Québec. [details]


    • van Rijsingen, M. (2009). Prolific encounters: towards a philosophy of mutability. In P. Sedlak (Ed.), Mutamorphosis: Challenging Arts and Sciences: conference proceedings Praha: CIANT. [details]


    • Gevers, I., Bleeker, M., Blume, S., M'Charek, A., van Rijsingen, M., & Schoonheim, J. (2009). Difference on display: diversity in art, science and society. Rotterdam: NAi Publishers. [details]
    • Gevers, I., Bleeker, M., Blume, S., M'Charek, A., van Rijsingen, M., & Schoonheim, J. (2009). Niet normaal: diversiteit in kunst, wetenschap & samenleving. Rotterdam: NAi Uitgevers. [details]
    • van Rijsingen, M. (2009). Framing interiority: portraits in the age of genomics. In R. van de Vall, & R. Zwijnenberg (Eds.), The body within: art, medicine and visualization (pp. 187-205). (Brill's studies in intellectual history; No. 176). Leiden [etc.]: Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/ej.9789004176218.i-228.71 [details]


    • van Rijsingen, M. (2011). Vitaliteit en recalcitrantie: over diepte en gewaarwording. In M. Gnyp, & M. Schavemaker (Eds.), Étant donné: Frank Reijnders en zijn meesterzetten: een liber amicorum (pp. 36-44). Amsterdam: G&S. [details]


    • van Rijsingen, M. (2008). Seize the Space! The surveillance camera players. Simulacrum, 16(3/4), 44-47. [details]


    • van Rijsingen, M. I. D. (2007). Science and art. Simulacrum, 15(3/4), 3-7. [details]


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