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Dr Rina Arya

Research Group: Communication and Pedagogy
Title: Reader, Visual Communication
Email: r.arya@wlv.ac.uk
   

About Dr Rina Arya

Rina Arya is an art theorist who has a background in theology.  She is interested in a number of different subject areas including art, theology and spirituality, Francis Bacon, Georges Bataille, gender studies, aesthetics, critical theory, visual communication.

REF Outputs

Research Output 1 Francis Bacon: Painting in a Godless World
Research Output 2 Contemplations of the Spiritual in Visual Art
Research Output 3 The Role of Objects in Bataille’s Story of the Eye
Research Output 4 Chila Kumari Burman: the power of shakti
   

Publications

     Books

  • Arya, R. Abjection and Representation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

  • Arya, R. Contemplations of the Spiritual in Contemporary Art (Peter Lang, March 2013)

  • Arya, R. Chila Kumari Burman: Shakti, Sexuality and Bindi girls (KT Press, 2012)

  • Arya, R. Francis Bacon: Critical and Theoretical Perspectives (Peter Lang, 2012)

  • Arya, R. Francis Bacon: Painting in a Godless World (Lund Humphries, 2012)

    Guest issue

    Arya, R. and N. Chare. ‘On Abjection’ for Performance Research, issue 19.1, 2014

     Journal articles

  • Arya, R. ‘The role of Objects in Bataille’s Story of the Eye’ in the ‘On Objects’ issue (12.4), Performance Research (Taylor and Francis), 2008, pp. 67-77.
  • Arya, R. ‘A-theology and the recovery of the sacred in Bataille and Bacon’ in La Revue Silène, www.revue-silene.com (2008), pp. 45-58 (English), pp. 59-72 (French).
  • Arya, R. ‘Ecstasy and pain: the ritualistic dimensions of performance practice’ in the ‘Congregation’ issue (13.3), 2008, Performance Research (Taylor and Francis), pp. 31-40.
  • Arya, R. ‘Painting the Pope: An analysis of Francis Bacon’s Study after Velázquez’s Pope Innocent X’ for Literature and Theology (Oxford University Press), 23, no. 1, March 2009, pp. 33-50.
  • Arya, R. ‘The Implicit Religiosity of Compulsive Buying’ for Implicit Religion, (Equinox), vol. 12, no. 2, July 2009, pp. 165-185.
  • Arya, R. ‘Remaking the body: the cultural dimensions of Francis Bacon’ in Journal for Cultural Research, 13.2, 2009, (Taylor and Francis), pp.143-158.
  • Arya, R. Contemplations of the spiritual in visual art’ in Journal for the Study of Spirituality, Vol. 1, 2010, (Equinox Press), pp. 76-93.
  • Arya, R. ‘The Primal Cry of Horror: the a-theology of Francis Bacon’ in Artibus et Historiae, Vol. 63, 2011.
  • Arya, R. ‘Transitional Spaces: The Phenomenology of the Awayday’ in Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry, Vol. 9. 3, 2011.
  • Arya, R. ‘The Neglected Place of Religion in Contemporary Western Art’ in Fieldwork in Religion, Vol. 6.1, 2012.
  • Arya, R. ‘Constructions of homosexuality in Francis Bacon’ in Journal for Cultural Research, 16.4, October 2012.
  • Arya, R. ‘Documents: an analysis of the Playful Museum’ for ‘Folk Art and the Museum’, Tate Papers, forthcoming.
  • Arya, R. ‘Assaying the Pope: Francis Bacon’s interrogation of religion’, Implicit Religion (Equinox), vol. 14, no.3, 2011, pp. 343-349.
  • Arya, R. ‘Ritualised violence and the restoration of community’ in ‘Losing it’ issue, Parallax (Taylor and Francis), vol. 18, issue 2, 2012, pp. 32-44.
  • Arya, R. ‘Black Feminism in the Academy’ in ‘Being a Feminist Academic’, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, vol. 31, issues 6, 2012.
  • Bill Viola and the Sublime’ in ‘The Art of the Sublime’, Tate online resources, 2013. Rina Arya, ‘Bill Viola and the Sublime’, in Nigel Llewellyn and Christine Riding (eds.), The Art of the Sublime, January 2013, http://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/the-sublime/rina-arya-bill-viola-and-the-sublime-r1141441.
  • Religion, Spirituality and Secularity’, The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, Oxford University Press, first published online: doi:10.1093/ywcct/mbu004.
  • An analysis of motion in Bacon through the theories of time in Bergson’, Visual Culture in Britain, Taylor & Francis, (under submission).
  • Taking apart the body: abjection and body art’ in the ‘On Abjection’ issue, Performance Research, Taylor & Francis, vol. 19, no. 1, 2014, pp. 5-14.
  • The many faces of abjection: a review of recent literature’, Journal for Cultural Research, vol. 18, no. 4, 2014  doi:10.1080/14797585.2014.941162.

     Chapters in books

  • Arya, R. ‘The Religious Significance on Violence in Football’ in, Holy Terror: Understanding Religion and Violence in Popular Culture edited by, Eric Christianson and Christopher Partridge (London: Equinox, Nov. 2010), pp.122-134.
  • Arya, R. ‘Consecrating the body: the sacred and the profane in performance art’ in, Sacred Space: Interdisciplinary Perspectives within Contemporary Contexts edited by, David Torevell and Jenny Daggers (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010), pp. 114-126.
  • Arya, R. ‘The epistemological claim for pictures’ in, The Stone Theory Seminars: What do Artists Know? edited by, James Elkins with Frances Whitehead, vol 3. (University Park, PA: Penn State Press), forthcoming.
  • Arya, R. ‘Art in Sacred Places’ in, Site, Material, Object by, Lin Holland and Jane Poulton (ISBN 978-1-898749-08-0) 2010, pp. 6-9.
  • Arya, R. ‘The graphic power of Käthe Kollwitz’ in, Essays on the Influence of the Female Artist in the Early Twentieth Century edited by, Paul Fryer (Jefferson, NC: McFarland), forthcoming, 2012.
  • Arya, R. ‘Embodiment as Sacrament: Francis Bacon’s Postwar Horror’ in, Towards a Sacramental Methodology of Art History: An Examination of the History of Christianity and the Visual Arts edited by, James Romaine and Linda Stratford (Oregon: Cascade Books, 2013).
  • The Sacred A-theology of Georges Bataille’, in Religion and European Philosophy: Key Thinkers from Kant to the Present edited by Philip Goodchild and Hollis Phelps (Acumen: Durham, 2014).

     Encyclopedia articles

  • ‘Ilya Bolotowsky’: the Grove Encyclopedia of American Art (2011).
  • ‘John Currin’: the Grove Encyclopedia of American Art (2011).
  • ‘Bill Viola’: the Grove Encyclopedia of American Art (2011).
  • ‘The Middle Ages’: the Sage Encyclopedia of Social Networks (2011).
  • ‘The cycle of rebirth’: the Sage Encyclopedia of Global Religion (forthcoming 2011).
  • ‘Rites of Passage’: the Sage Encyclopedia of Global Religion (forthcoming 2011).
  • ‘bell hooks’: the Sage Encyclopedia of Gender in Media (forthcoming 2012).
  • ‘Male Gaze’: the Sage Encyclopedia of Gender in Media (forthcoming 2012).
  • ‘Last Judgement’: Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (De Gruyter), (forthcoming).
  • ‘Caspar David Friedrich’: Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, edited by Eric Ziolkowski et al., De Gruyter, 2012.
  • ‘Georges Bataille’: Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology, edited by Jon R. McGee and Richard L. Warms, Sage, 2012.
  • ‘Mary Kelly’: The Multimedia Encyclopedia in Today’s World, edited by Mary Zeiss Stange and Carol K. Oyster, Sage, 2012.
  • Rites of Passage’: Encyclopedia of Global Religion, edited by Mark Juergensmeyer and Wade Clark Roof, Sage, 2012, pp. 3000-3005.
  • ‘Cycle of rebirth’: Encyclopedia of Global Religion, edited by Mark Juergensmeyer and Wade Clark Roof, Sage, 2012, pp. 1091-1093.
  • Male Gaze’: Encyclopedia of Gender in Media, edited by Mary Kosut, Sage, 2012, pp. 195-196.
  • Feminist Theory: Women of Color Perspective/Multiracial Feminism’: Encyclopedia of Gender in Media, edited by Mary Kosut, Sage, 2012, pp. 187-188.
  • bell hooks’: Encyclopedia of Gender in Media, edited by Mary Kosut, Sage, 2012, pp. 168-169.
  • Last Judgment’: Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception vol. 6, edited by Eric Ziolkowski et al., De Gruyter, 2013.
  • Georges Bataille’: Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology, edited by Jon R. McGee and Richard L. Warms, Sage, 2013, pp. 56-57.
  • Caspar David Friedrich’: Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception vol. 8, edited by Eric Ziolkowski et al., De Gruyter, 2014.
  • Arundhati Roy’: Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism, edited by Saër Maty Bâty and Immanuel Ness., Palgrave, 2014.
  • Isaac Julien’: Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, edited by Henry Schwartz., Blackwell Wiley, 2014.
  • Lucian Freud’: Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, edited by Danielle Child, 2015.

     Conference Papers

  • Paper: Representation and Tokenism in the New Art History, Conference – ‘After the New Art History’, University of Birmingham, March 26-27 2012.
  • Paper: The a-theology of Francis Bacon, ASCHA, MOBiA, New York, February 8 2011
  • Paper: Axiological issues in Schwitters, Conference on Schwitters and appropriation, Chester University, June 10-11 2009.
  • Paper: The Religious Hangover of Bacon, Denton Conference on Implicit Religion at Denton Hall, Ilkey, May 8-10 2009.
  • Paper: Consecrating the body: the sacred and the profane in performance art, Conference on Sacred Space, Liverpool Hope University, September 16th 2009.
  • Paper: The Implicit Religiosity of Compulsive Buying, Denton Conference on Implicit Religion at Denton Hall, Ilkey, May 9-11 2008.
  • Paper: Levels of Reality in Surrealism, Conference on Altered States at St. Deniol’s College, Harwarden, February 1-3 2008.
  • Paper: A comparison of Ballard’s Crash and the dolls of Hans Bellmer, Conference on J. G. Ballard, University of East Anglia, May 5-7 2007.
  • Paper: Time, Motion and Disintegration in Bacon, Conference, ‘Repeat, Repeat’, Chester University, April 19-20 2007.
  • Paper: Atheology in Bacon and Bataille, Conference on Georges Bataille, Newham College, Cambridge, April 2006.
  • Paper: The Importance of Transgression in Culture, Conference on Ethics, University of York, October 2002.
  • Paper: Transformation in the art of Francis Bacon, Conference on Magic, University of Glasgow, June 2002.
  • Paper: The Annihilation of vision and Identity in Bataille, Conference on Desire, University of Essex, June 2002.
  • Paper: Violence and death in the Sacred, Conference on Theology, University of Edinburgh, May 2002.
  • Paper: Death and Desire in Religion, Conference on Dangerous Sex, University of Glasgow, April 2002.
  • Paper: Fragmentation in Bellmer and The Bacchae, Conference on Religious Studies, University of St Andrews, June 2001.
  • Paper: The Papal Image in painting, Conference on Postmodernism and Spirituality, University of Central Lancashire, March 2001.

Invited Talks

  • 16. March 6, 2014.  Manchester City Art Gallery. Paper: Francis Bacon’s mode of figuration.

  • 15. January 17, 2014. Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. Paper: Bacon and Moore – flesh entwined.

  • 14. December 13, 2013. Wycliffe College, University of Oxford.  Paper: Francis Bacon on religious symbols.

  • October 13, 2012. John Hansard Gallery, Southampton. Paper: The Oceanic Sublime.

  • October 27th 2012. The 30th anniversary of the BLK group. Paper: TBC.

  • May 10th 2012. University of Glasgow, Centre of Literature, Theology and Arts. Paper: Contemplations of the spiritual in Western Art.
  • January 19th 2011.  University of Leeds, Department of Theology. Paper: Violence and the Sacred.
  • October 13th 2010.  Leicester University, School of Management. Paper: The Phenomenology of the Awayday.
  • March 17th 2010. Liverpool Hope University, Department of Theology, Religious Studies and Philosophy.  Paper: Fieldwork in Religion.
  • February 20th, 2010.  Tate Britain.  Symposium on The Contemporary Sublime.  Paper: Bill Viola, new media and the contemporary sublime.
  • January 27th, 2010.  Essex University.  Paper: The Mind-Body Problem.
  • May 20th, 2009. Leicester University, Department of the History of Art and Film.  Paper: Anti-narrative gestures in Bacon.
  • March 19th , 2009. The Arnolfini, Bristol.  Paper: Remaking the Body in Bacon.
  • January 21st, 2009. Reading University, Department of the History of Art.  Paper: An analysis of Bacon’s theories of motion through Bergson’s theories of time.
  • October 14th, 2008. The Grosvenor Museum, Chester.  Paper: Francis Bacon’s art of distortion.

Dr Rina Arya is Director of Studies for the following PhD students:

  • Carol Meachem
  • Clive Moore
  • Sara Saeidlou
  • Daniel Somerville
  • Tess Radcliiffe
  • Maryam Aldossary