Dr Carolyn Shapiro


E: carolyn.shapiro@falmouth.ac.uk
T: +44 (0) 1326 211 077

Dr Carolyn Shapiro received her MA and PhD in Performance Studies from New York University (2004), and received a BA in Comparative Literature and History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. She taught in the English department at Baruch College, City University of New York, from 1996-1999, before moving to the UK in 1999.  She has been lecturing in critical theory and history and cultural studies at Falmouth since 2002, across disciplines, including: BA(Hons) History of Modern Art and Design; MA 20th Century Art and Design; BA(Hons) Advertising; MA Creative Advertising; BA(Hons) Illustration, MA Authorial Practice; MA Communication Design; MA Graphic Design; BA(Hons) English and Creative Writing; and BA(Hons) Film Studies.

She currently holds the position of course coordinator for Critical Studies for BA(Hons) Illustration and as primary tutor for the theories and discourses module for MA Authorial Practice, and has been the primary tutor on the Visual Culture and Communication module for the MA Creative Advertising for 15 years.  She is lead supervisor for Phd candidates Matthew Lunt, Louise Bell, and Jeanie Sinclair at Falmouth University. In October 2013, Carolyn received a substantial research and innovation grant from the Academy of Innovation and Research at Falmouth University to put on the international four day conference, Performing Objects, which took place across multiple venues between Falmouth and Penryn campuses, and included papers, performances, and workshops for both students and the general public.  Coordinated with Performing Objects was the art exhibit “Felicitous Objects” at The Poly gallery, which Carolyn co-curated with Maria Christoforidou.


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Current research students:

Matthew Lunt, PhD, Harry Penhaul and the Answer of the Real; Louise Bell, PhD, Hidden Fractures: Plymouth Illustrated Within its Repairs; Jeanie Sinclair, PhD, ‘We came for the parties’: art community, sound and place in postwar St Ives.

Previous student supervision:

Gemma Anderson, PhD confirmation committee; numerous MA degrees (MA 20th Century Art and Design; MA Creative Advertising)

Research degrees examined:

Internal examiner for the PhD confirmation of Gemma Anderson, Falmouth University; Internal examiner at the viva of Ann Robertson, Falmouth University; numerous MA degrees examined (at least 150); Internal Examiner, Jason Cleverley, 2017; Francesca Williams, forthcoming, 2018.

My completed research degree supervision lies with the MA courses at Falmouth University, where I have supervised and examined approximately 20 MA theses in the MA 20th Century Art and Design program, and well over 100 MA Creative Advertising degrees.

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Areas of teaching:

  • Critical Theory (Structuralism)
  • Post-Structuralism
  • Psychoanalysis)
  • Expository Writing
  • Semiotics
  • Advertising and the consumer subject
  • Performance Studies
  • History of Modern Art and Design
  • Critical theory of graphic design
  • Gender Studies
  • Modernism/Postmodernism
  • Social Networking and Subjectivity
  • Cultural Studies
  • Dissertation Supervision
  • Film Studies

Courses taught at Falmouth University:

  • BA(Hons) Illustration
  • MA Creative Advertising
  • BA English (with Creative Writing)
  • MA Authorial Practice


Social, community and cultural engagement:

Conference coordinator, “Performing Objects,” October 17-20 2013, Falmouth University, in collaboration with The Performance Centre, The Poly, Falmouth Gallery, Kneehigh Theatre

Engagement with professional associations and societies:

  • The Bentham Project, University College London

Professional/scholarly development:

  • Course: Delegate, Performance Philosophy symposium, The Sorbonne, 2014
  • Course: Invited Panelist, Performance Studies International, Stanford University, 2013
  • Course: Presenter, International Communications Association, London, 2013
  • Course: Illustr4tio (https://illustrationetwork.wordpress.com/), 2017


‘Sunset Strip’, Falmouth, Cornwall



BA(Hons) Illustration
Become adept at problem solving and creating your visual language on an illustration course renowned for its professional practice and industry connections. From day one you’ll have your own desk space, and be encouraged to embrace the studio culture of creative communities.

MA Authorial Illustration
Develop your unique authorial voice on this studio-based MA Illustration course. You’ll learn to see your work as an evolving practice, as you challenge and re-evaluate your personal visual language with the help of experienced practitioners.

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