Dr Sasha Engelmann

Personal profile

Sasha Engelmann studies the intersections of community-based activism; creative practice; and environmental change. She collaborates with artists in her research on atmospheric politics, elemental aesthetics, and the histories and practices of amateur radio. Her work contributes to the growing discipline of the GeoHumanities, a field animated by practice-based collaborations between geographers and artists.

Between 2013 and 2016 Sasha conducted site-based, ethnographic fieldwork at Studio Tomás Saraceno in Berlin. This fieldwork included joining this major contemporary art studio as a practitioner, and collaborating with Saraceno and his studio team on exhibitions, residencies, writing and especially the Aerocene project. Sasha remains a collaborator of Studio Saraceno and has organized launches of Aerocene sculptures in various parts of the UK, and with her third year undergraduate students at Royal Holloway. 

Sasha has significant experience in public engagement: she has presented public seminars at the Anthropocene Curriculum and the Technosphere Project at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, and has coordinated and curated public events related to the Aerocene project at the 21er Haus, Vienna; the Royal College of Art, London; and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. She is on Twitter @sashacakes

Research interests

-       Creative Geographies

-       Geographies of Air and Atmosphere

-       Creative ethnography and Para-ethnography

-       Art-Science Collaboration and Transdisciplinarity

-       More-than-human, Post-human and Geographical Aesthetics

-       Process Philosophy and Radical Empiricism

-       Nonrepresentational Theories

Teaching

Sasha teaches at undergraduate and masters levels, and is also advising doctoral projects. In particular:

  • GG3161 Atmospheres: Nature, Culture, Politics: a third year module bringing together geographies of air with citizen science, creative practice and atmospheric politics. This course focuses on modes of observing, sensing and engaging in atmospheric space. It is taught with a mixture of lecture-based and practice-based workshops, and is assessed through essay writing and a 'practice portfolio'. 
  • GG2061 Cultural Geographies: a second year course co-taught with Professor Veronica Della Dora and Dr. Innes Keighren. Sasha's lectures focus in particular on 'material geographies' and include a range of contemporary, creative and aesthetic approaches to matter. 
  • GG2003 New York Field Trip: each year Sasha leads a seminar group on visual aesthetics, urban imaginaries, and analog photography; these themes and practices are connected to the politics of activism in New York City. The seminar teaching culminates in a week-long field trip to NYC.
  • MA Cultural Geography: Sasha teaches seminars on 'Aerography'; 'Artful Geographies'; 'Creative Geographies'; 'Creative Praxis' and 'Visual Methods'.

Before joining Royal Holloway's staff team, and together with fantastic colleagues from art, architecture, critical theory and planning, I designed a delivered a new two-year curriculum for Art in the Anthropocene at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. 

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