Felicia F. Leu is currently enrolled as a PhD student in the Department of Art History at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She studied Psychology (B.Sc., LMU München), Art History and Languages, Literatures, Cultures in Munich, Vienna and Paris (B.A. & M.A., LMU München). Linking psychology and art history, her primary research interest lies in the potential transformative effects of art on its audience. Presently, Felicia’s research concentrates on the multidirectional reception mechanisms of contemporary, socially engaged performances and their local and global performative strategies as a means of communication. She is part of the research project KEEPING IT LIVE: Performance Art Between Archive and Exhibition, directed by Prof. Barbara Clausen. Felicia‘s work is also nourished by exhibition practice; she interned internationally in curatorial teams at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2019), the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2018) and the Haus der Kunst in Munich (2016). In 2020, she curated her first exhibition in collaboration with the Franz Marc Museum (Kochel am See) at the Center for Advanced Studies (CAS LMU) in Munich, Germany.
keywords that highlight my research interests
Performance and Participation, Reception Mechanisms in Contemporary Art, Transnationalism, Curating, Social Psychology and Art
Blurb of University
UQAM is a dynamic, open, creative university with an international outreach. It is recognized for the originality and quality of its programs, its cutting-edge research, solidly grounded in social concerns, and its innovation in the arts.The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) is a French-language university. UQAM offers more than 300 study programs in seven main areas: arts, communications, education, management, political science and law, science, and social sciences. Many of these programs are unique in Quebec, Canada and North America. Each year, UQAM welcomes more than 3,500 foreign students from 90 countries. It also maintains several centers for international research, including the Montreal Institute of International Studies. Over the years, UQAM has established agreements with over 380 institutions in 63 countries, in addition to the numerous links created through its membership in international university networks. UQAM is ranked 1st in Quebec and 6th in Canada in terms of research funding for comprehensive universities (Research Infosource, 2018). The University’s researchers, working in more than a hundred research and creative units, are awarded numerous prizes and distinctions each year.
Innovation has been central to the mission of UQAM, a pioneer in the development of many fields of study not traditionally found in an academic setting. It has unique areas of expertise that have contributed to its institutional identity, notably in public relations, actuarial science, sexology, social law, design and visual arts, feminist studies, and social economy, not to mention its advances in health and in Earth and atmospheric sciences.
UQAM’s central campus and its Pierre-Dansereau Science Complex are located in the heart of two of central Montreal’s liveliest districts: the Quartier Latin and the Quartier des spectacles.