Heather Davis

How to Make a Face Appear: The Case of Mengele’s Skull

Heather Davis (b. 1979, Canada) is a researcher, writer, and editor from Montréal. Her current book project traces the ethology of plastic and its links to petrocapitalism. She explores and participates in expanded art practices that bring together researchers, activists, and community members to enact social change. She has written about the intersection of art, politics, ecology, and community engagement for numerous art and academic publications. She is the editor of Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies, 2015, and Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada, 2017.

From 2014-2017, Davis held a Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at the Pennsylvania State University. Previously, she held a FRQSC postdoctoral fellowship in Women’s Studies at Duke University under the supervision of Elizabeth Grosz from 2012 to 2014. She completed her Ph.D. in Communication Studies at Concordia University in 2011 on the political potential of community-based art. She has been a visiting scholar at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, McGill University, summer 2015; the Experimental Critical Theory Program, UCLA, 2014; the Aesthetics and Politics Program, California Institute of the Arts, 2014; the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, NYU, 2010; and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University, 2010.