Dr Gregory Minissale

PhD (SOAS, London), MA (SOAS, London), MSc (City University), BA (Sussex)

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Head of Disciplinary Area


  • Senior Lecturer in Art History

Gregory was born in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, and studied art history and Italian at the University of Sussex. He completed his Masters and PhD in art history at the School of African and Oriental Art, University of London on the subject of cross-cultural encounters in art. He has taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design, GA USA and London Metropolitan University.

Research | Current

  • Art theory
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Cognitive and psychological approaches to art

Greg is currently conducting research into matter and contemporary art, using art theory, philosophy, phenomenology and cognitive psychological approaches.

Teaching | Current

ARTHIST 115 Global Art Histories

ARTHIST 204 Contemporary Art and Theory

ARTHIST 231 Framing the Viewer: 20th Century Art

ARTHIST 331 Framing the Viewer: 20th Century Art

ARTHIST 334 Contemporary Art and Theory

ARTHIST 725 Concepts in Contemporary Art

Postgraduate supervision


  • Foucault and Velázquez
  • Time in Contemporary Art

  • Choreography and Intersubjectivity

  • The Crisis of the Object

  • The City as Medium


Misogynist Responses to Tracey Emin's Art; Menstruation in Art; Fiona Connor; Entomology in Art; Cosmography in Art; Sonic art; Historiography and Art.


2013 Early Career Teaching Excellence Award.

Areas of expertise

Contemporary art and theory, psychological and phenomenological approaches to art and materiality

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Art History's Representative on the Humanities Research Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Minissale, G. (2015). Transcultural Framing in Early Modern India. Paper presented at Transcultural Framing(s): Materials and Metaphors, University of Heidelberg - Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies. 31 October - 2 November 2014. Related URL.
  • Minissale, G. (2015). Problem Spaces in the Walters Prize. Reading Room: A Journal of Art and Culture (7), 126-146. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27388
  • Minissale, G. (2015). Becoming-Cyborg. In L. Grabbe, P. Rupert-Kruse, N. Schmitz (Eds.) Cyborgian Images: The Moving Image between Apparatus and Body (pp. 164-185). Darmstadt: Buchner-Verlag. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27387
  • Minissale, G. (2015). The Invisible Within: Dispersing Masculinity in Art. Angelaki : Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 20 (1), 71-83. 10.1080/0969725X.2015.1017378
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26164
  • Minissale, G. (2015). Performing the Curator, Curating the Performer: Abramović’s Seven Easy Pieces. In C. Jeffery (Ed.) The Artist as Curator (pp. 131-149). Bristol, UK ; Chicago, IL: Intellect.
  • Minissale, G. (2014). Revealing Freedom: Contemporary New Zealand Art at Auckland Art Gallery. Art New Zealand (149), 50-54. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27389
  • Minissale, G. (2014). Becoming-objects. O-zone - A Journal of Object-oriented Studies, Inaugural volume Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26165
  • Minissale, G. (2013). The Psychology of Contemporary Art. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press. Pages: 407.


Contact details

Primary location

ARTS 2 - Bldg 207
Level 5, Room 517
New Zealand

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