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Julian Adoff

PhD Student: Modern Art and Design of Central Europe

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Julian Adoff is a PhD Student in Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Julian is the current chair of CAA's Students and Emerging Professionals Committee. The committee serves as a connection between CAA and students and emerging professionals in arts-related fields and provides a variety of professional development content at CAA's annual conference. He received his BA in Studio Art and Visual Culture from Linfield College in May 2016. Julian maintains both research and studio practices, which often intertwine. His research centers around Cultural Theory, Jewish Studies, and the History of Graphic Design, with specific interest in how art functioned within the history of nationalism in Central Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Julian’s studio practice explores the notion that research is a creative act, where he explores the Jewish mysticism inherently found within the history of critical theory and art history and tries to tease these out by searching in and between texts.

Selected Publications

Review of Rampart Nations: Bulwark Myths of East European Multiconfessional Societies in the Age of Nationalism, by Liliya Berezhnaya and Heidi Hein-Kircher. Slavic & East European Journal 64, no. 3 (Fall 2020): 562–63.

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MFA Visual Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art, 2019
MA Critical Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art, 2019
BA Studio Art, Linfield College, 2016