Dr Monica Merlin is currently a research associate of CCVA and Birmingham City University (BCU), where she previously worked as programme leader and lecturer for the MA Contemporary Arts China (2017–18). Before joining BCU she taught for the MA Arts of China at Christie’s Education (London), validated by the University of Glasgow. Monica lived and worked in Beijing for two years after a BA in Chinese Studies specializing in Chinese Art and Archaeology at Ca’ Foscari University (Venice). She returned to Europe to pursue an MA in Asian Art at SOAS (2007) and worked for two years as curator in a contemporary Chinese art gallery in London. In 2009 Monica continued her studies gaining a D.Phil. (2013) at The University of Oxford with a thesis on early modern Chinese art.
She conducted a funded post-doctoral research (2013–14) at the Tate Research Centre: Asia with a project on contemporary Chinese women artists, which led to the publication of her research interviews on Tate website (see http://www.tate.org.uk/research/research-centres/tate-research-centre-asia/womenartists-contemporary-china). Monica’s main research interests lie in Chinese contemporary art and visual culture, women artists, gender and feminism, socially and politically engaged art.