Vikki Bell

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Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London


Educated at the universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh, Vikki Bell is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, where she has taught for over 25 years. A feminist sociologist widely published in peer-reviewed journals across the social sciences and theoretical humanities, her work has long addressed questions of ethics, aesthetics, subjectivity, justice and politics.

More recently, her work has explored social and cultural-aesthetic aspects of transitional justice in Argentina, research funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, and, in 2015-7, by the Economic & Social Research Council, a project which extended her empirical work to include Chile.

With the British Academy project, her current interests also incorporate the study of archives of on-going violence in Colombia. The Newton Prize project (with Oriana Bernasconi), which studies the registration of forced disappearance, is also based in Colombia as well as in Mexico.

Her most recent publications include the monograph The Art of Post-Dictatorship: Ethics & Aesthetics in Transitional Argentina (Routledge, 2014) and articles in Third Text, Social & Legal Studies, Feminist Theory and Theory, Culture & Society.  Vikki was Head of the Department of Sociology 2016-2019.