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Personal profile

Personal profile

Dr Sam Bowker is a Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture. Prior to joining CSU, he worked for the National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of Australia, and lectured in Art Theory for the Australian National University's School of Art.

Sam's PhD thesis, "Their War and Mine", examined the implications of the use of self-portraiture by war artists, focusing on the collection of the Australian War Memorial. His previous thesis studied the biographic myths promoted by travelling artists in the nineteenth century.

His current major research project is an art historical survey of Khayamiyya, or Egyptian Tentmaker Applique, from the late Ottoman Empire to the present. This has resulted in exhibitions around Australia and for the Islamic Art Museum Malaysia, which hosts an annual scholars-in-residence program for CSU students.

Teaching

Sam Bowker currently teaches subjects ranging from European Art between 1850-1930, Australian Art (Colonial to Contemporary), the Body in Art, Aspects of Design, Italian Renaissance Art and Perspectives in Photography. Sam also supervises PhD, Masters, and Honors students across a range of fields.

Sam is the Subject Coordinator for ART240: Introduction to Islamic Art.

Sam also has extensive experience in the design and delivery of learning programs for a wide range of museum and gallery collections.

Research Interests

  • Portraiture and self-portraiture
  • War Art
  • Khayamiya (Egyptian Tentmaker Applique)
  • Textiles
  • Australian Art
  • Travelling Artists
  • The History of Design
  • Orientalist Art
  • Anonymity in Art History
  • Tourist Art
  • Ancient Art
  • Nineteenth-century European Art
  • Islamic Art and Architecture
  • Research Methods in Art History and Curatorship

Education/Academic qualification

Art History and Curatorship, PhD

Award Date: 19 Nov 2017

Art History and Curatorship, BA (1st Hons), Australian National University

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Research Output

Images for Dead Men: Australian artists after the Vietnam War

Bowker, S., 11 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) War and Art: The Portrayal of Destruction and Mass Violence. Jacob, F. & Presiado, M. (eds.). Brill, Vol. 8. (War (Hi)stories).

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Not Melaka but Marege: Islamic Art in Australia (or, "What have the Umayyads ever done for us?")

    Bowker, S., 2020, Collecting Islamic Art Worldwide: From Malacca to Manchester. Springer

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • The Street and the Screen: Egyptian Tentmakers and Craft Online

    Bowker, S. & Rashidi, S. E., 02 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Modern Craft. 13, 1, p. 51-66 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Curating 'ILM': Chapter or Bridge?

    Bowker, S., 2019, 'Ilm: Science, religion and art in Islam. Akkach, S. (ed.). Adelaide, Australia: University of Adelaide Press, p. 181-192 12 p.

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Activities

    • 17 Public lecture/debate/seminar/presentation
    • 1 Public event
    • 1 Editorial responsibility
    • 1 Peer review responsibility, including review panel or committee

    HR Gallop Gallery, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia (Publisher)

    Sam Bowker (Reviewer)

    Apr 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial responsibility

    Australian Art: Home and Away

    Sam Bowker (Speaker)

    18 Apr 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationCommunity

    Australian Art: Great Southern Land

    Sam Bowker (Speaker)

    04 Apr 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationCommunity

    eXtended Reality Centre (XRC) Industry Day

    Eleanor Stuart (Organiser), Sarah Redshaw (Organiser), Elizabeth Wulff (Organiser), Andrew Hagan (Speaker), Zeynep Tacgin (Speaker), Rafael de Lima (Speaker), Eleanor Stuart (Speaker), Kumar Raghav (Speaker), Bruce Pennay (Speaker), Paul Grover (Speaker), Jonathan Medway (Speaker), Sam Bowker (Speaker), Ashad Kabir (Speaker), Bernard Higgins (Speaker), Ilena Young (Participant), Erica Yates (Speaker) & Michael Friend (Speaker)

    24 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationAcademic

    Australian Art

    Sam Bowker (Speaker)

    22 Aug 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationCommunity

    Press / Media

    The view from Elsewhere

    Sam Bowker

    28/02/20

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Condemn Trump’s threat to Iran’s cultural heritage

    Sam Bowker

    07/01/20

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Wagga book launch for Tentmakers of Cairo

    Sam Bowker

    09/11/19

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Get Fresh at the art gallery: wine, films and lectures

    Sam Bowker

    29/03/19

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Impacts

    History of the Tentmakers of Cairo

    Sam Bowker (Creator)

    Impact: Cultural Impact, Social Impact