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Victoria Nolte

PhD Candidate, Visual Culture

Degrees: M.A. Art History (Concordia University), B.A. History and Theory of Art (University of Ottawa)

Victoria Nolte

Cultural Mediations PhD Candidate (Visual Culture)

I am a historian of modern and contemporary art, focusing on the visual cultures of Asian diasporas in North America. My dissertation examines issues of historical representation and practices of world-making in installation and media works by Asian Canadian artists. My current research contributes to a scholarly field focused on writing histories of Asian and Asian diasporic art through transnational and transcultural frameworks and the study of Global Asias. Broadly, I am interested in how immigration impacts epistemologies and global histories of art. Other research interests include feminist and critical race theory, exhibition histories, East Asian painting and ceramics, and architecture.

My dissertation research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and by an Ontario Graduate Scholarship.

Courses Taught at Carleton:

  • ARTH 2007: Asian Art

Recent Publications:

  • “The Work of Contemporary Art and Commemoration: Reading Ali Kazimi’s Fair Play (2014),” essay for Wissen der Künste issue #8 (2019): On Decolonial Deferrals in Art and Curatorial Practices, published by FG-Graduiertenkolleg “Das Wissen der Künste” at Universität der Künste Berlin. Available online:
  • “Asian Canadian Minor Transnationalism: A Method of Comparison,” Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas1-2 (2018): 65-88.
  • “Artist and Activist Networks: Constituting Asian Canadian Contemporary Art in the 1980s and ‘90s,” research essay for articles blog published by Artexte, Montréal, QC, August 30, 2018. Available online:


Recent Conference Presentations:

  • “Worlding Settler Concepts of Place in Asian Canadian Contemporary Art,” paper-in-progress workshop presentation for Global Asias Summer Institute: Remaking Worlds: The Geographical Imagination of Global Asias through Art and Visual Culture, Penn State University, State College, PA, June 15-19, 2020. (Held remotely due to COVID-19 pandemic)
  • “Re-visioning History in Asian Canadian Contemporary Art: Karen Tam’s Flying Cormorant Studio (For Lee Nam).” Asian Indigenous Connections, Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange (GAX). Concordia University, Montréal, QC, June 10-15, 2019.
  • “Constituting Asian Canadian Art and Publics: An Analysis of Desh Pardesh (1988-2001) and Yellow Peril: Reconsidered (1990-91).” Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC). University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, October 25-27, 2018.
  • “Re-visioning History: The Story of Chinese Artist Lee Nam in Karen Tam’s Flying Cormorant Studio.” In Search of the Global Impact of Asian Aesthetics on American Art and Material Culture. University of Delaware and Winterthur Museum, Wilmington, DE, October 11-12, 2018.
  • “Tracing Diasporic Landscapes in a Global Context.” Co-constituting the Global, Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange (GAX). ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin, Germany, June 22, 2018.
  • Roundtable, “Visualizing Canada at 150: A Special Issue of Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas.” Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS). San Francisco, CA, March 29-31, 2018.
  • Co-chair with Andrew Gayed (York University), “Decolonizing Art Histories: The Intersections of Diaspora and World Studies.” College Art Association (CAA). Los Angeles, CA, February 21-24, 2018.