Amy Bryzgel is a Lecturer and Head of Discipline in Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen, where she teaches courses on performance art, postmodern art, and Russian art. She is the coordinator of the Mlitt Programme in Film and Visual Culture, and Director of the George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen. Her research is focused on performance art in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. She is the author of Performing the East: Performance Art in Russia, Latvia and Poland since 1980 (IB Tauris, 2013), Miervaldis Polis (Latvia: Neputns, 2015), and she has recently completed a book entitled Performance Art in Eastern Europe since 1960, which is forthcoming (2017) with Manchester University Press. This will be the first comprehensive academic study of the development of performance art in the former communist countries of Europe, and includes 21 countries and six decades of artistic practice.
She is very active on social media and online, and you can follow her research on her blog www.performingtheeast.com, and on Twitter @PerformtheEast. She is also a board member and web news editor for the Society for Historians of East European, Eurasian and Russian Art.
Amy is committed to championing the role of women in general and in higher education in particular. After completing the LFHE’s Aurora programme for Women in Higher Education, she took up the role as co-lead for the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team for the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen, responsible for submitting the Bronze Application to the Equalities Charter Unit.