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Tom McDonough

Associate Professor and Chair
Associated Faculty, Comparative Literature

Office: Fine Arts 220A
Phone: (607) 777-2847
E-mail: tmcdonou@binghamton.edu
Specialization: European avant-gardes, modern art and architecture, public space, radicalism, 20th century French cultural politics and intellectual life.

Tom McDonough is a writer and critic based in upstate New York and Toronto whose work addresses the intersections of art and political struggle in the postwar era, with a special emphasis on France. He is widely known for his books on the Situationist International, which include "The Beautiful Language of My Century": Reinventing the Language of Contestation in Postwar France, 1945-1968 (2007); Guy Debord and the Situationist International: Texts and Documents (2002); and The Situationists and the City (2009). McDonough's essays on contemporary art and photography have appeared in journals such as Afterall, Artforum, and OSMOS, where he is a contributing editor. 

Selected Publications

The Situationists and the City: A Reader. London and New York: Verso, 2009.

“Metastructure: Experimental Utopia and Traumatic Memory in Constant’s New Babylon.” Grey Room no. 33 (Fall 2008): 84-95.

"The Beautiful Language of My Century": Reinventing the Language of Contestation in Postwar France, 1945-1968. Cambridge, Mass. and London: The MIT Press, Coll. “OCTOBER Books,” 2007, 2011.

With Aruna D’Souza. The Invisible Flâneuse? Gender, Public Space and Visual Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris. Manchester: Manchester University Press, Coll. “Critical Perspectives in Art History,” 2006, 2010.

"No Ghost." October no. 110 (Fall 2004): 107-130.

Guy Debord and the Situationist International: Texts and Documents. Cambridge, Mass. and London: The MIT Press, Coll. “OCTOBER Books,” 2002, 2004.

“The Crimes of the Flaneur.” October no. 102 (Fall 2002): 101-122.

“Rereading Debord, Rereading the Situationists.” October no. 79 (“Guy Debord and the Internationale situationniste: A Special Issue,” guest edited by Tom McDonough) (Winter 1997): 3-14.

"Fluid Spaces: Constant and the Situationist Critique of Architecture." In The Activist Drawing: Retracing Situationist Architectures from Constant's New Babylon to Beyond, edited by Catherine de Zegher and Mark Wigley, 93-104. Cambridge, MA and London: The MIT Press, 2001.

“Situationist Space.” October no. 67 (Winter 1994): 58-77.

Recent lectures and conference papers

2016 “Critical Studies Symposium,” Whitney Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Respondent

“Of Queer Neutrality: Apartness, Erasure, Intimacy,” Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Participant in roundtable discussion

College Art Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC
Panel chair: “Making a Killing: Art, Capital, and Value in the 21st Century”

2015 Lecture, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
Title of paper: “The Ethics of Not-Knowing: Wolfgang Tillmans’s truth study centre”
Also delivered at Haus der Kulturen de Welt, Berlin, Germany

Dissertations supervised

Recently completed PhDs

Recent courses taught

Lectures

Introduction to Art History II
Modern Art
European Avant-Garde

Seminars

French Cultural Politics

Last Updated: 10/7/16