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dr. A. Wah

Assistant Professor of Arts and Cognition
dr. A. Wah


Education. After graduating in Art History at the Art Department of the Iberoamericana University in Mexico City, and studying Technique Analysis with Marjorie B. Cohn at Harvard University and Fine Arts at the Art Institute of Boston in the USA, I received a Master of Arts from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a Master in Interactive Media and Environments from the Frank Mohr Institute in Groningen, The Netherlands. Thereafter, I earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Arts, Culture and Media Studies in the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG) at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen.

Fellowships. I have been awarded research grants from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the Mexican National Fund for the Culture and the Arts (FONCA), the JUMEX Foundation/Contemporary Art Collection, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), the Ubbo Emmius Fund, the Dr. Hendrik Muller's National Foundation, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Researcher and Lecturer. I am officially certified as university lecturer. I have been awarded the University Teaching Qualification/Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs (UTQ/BKO) certificate. I have given lectures and/or presentations at the Iberoamericana University in Mexico City, the Frank Mohr Institute in The Netherlands, the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland in the context of the Euroculture Erasmus Mundus Intensive Programme, the Aarhus Institute for Advanced Studies in Denmark, and Bangor University in North Wales in the context of the International Conference Cognitive Futures of the Humanities. For three years I was a member of the academic staff of the Art Department at the Iberoamericana University in Mexico City where I taught the Art History Bachelor's degree courses on Contemporary Art and Image Analysis. I have also realized projects with the National Museum of Anthropology of Mexico, the Graphic Art Institute of Oaxaca, the Manuel Alvarez Bravo Photographic Center of Oaxaca, the Harvard Art Museums, the Art Institute of Boston, the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, the Mexican National Center for the Arts, the Spain Cultural Center, the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design of Costa Rica, the International Contemporary Art Fair ARCO Madrid 05, the Boston Symphony Orchestra Archives, the Groningen Archives (GA), and the AudioVisual Archive of Groningen (GAVA).

Research. My research focuses on the cognitive process underlying the artistic experience and its role in behavioral adaptation. This process is also known as artistic cognition, creative imagination, or reflective imagination. At present I lecture on "Arts and Cognition" at the Department of Arts, Culture and Media Studies at the Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen, where I am also a member of the research group Arts, Culture, and Cognition from the Research Centre for Arts in Society, and I conduct empirical research at the Centre of Applied Research and Innovation Art & Society of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, The Netherlands.

Languages. Spanish (First Language), English (TOEFL), Dutch (NT2 II), French (DELF A2), Portuguese (CELF A1)

Last modified:15 December 2018 3.22 p.m.

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Oude Boteringestraat 34
9712 GK Groningen
The Netherlands