Richard Baxstrom

Richard Baxstrom /

Richard Baxstrom is Professor of Anthropology and the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author or co-author of Violence’s Fabled Experiment (August Verlag Berlin, 2018), Realizing the Witch: Science, Cinema, and the Mastery of the Invisible (Fordham University Press, 2016), and Houses in Motion: The Experience of Place and the Problem of Belief in Urban Malaysia (Stanford University Press, 2008). He is also co-editor of anthropologies (Creative Capitalism, 2008), which was produced via the Baltimore-based art/music/publishing collective Creative Capitalism of which he was a member. Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh in 2007, he taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Gettysburg College, and Johns Hopkins University, where he also received his PhD in 2006. He has served as an Editor-in-Chief for the journal Visual Culture in Britain and Co-Director of Atelier: Creative Arts and the Social Sciences. Prior to launching a (mostly) academic career, he worked under publisher Barney Rosset via the Blue Moon Books, Foxrock, and North Star Line imprints. He has been involved with a variety of collaborative projects and presentations, including ones involving the National Museum and National Galleries, Scotland (both Edinburgh), Centre for Contemporary Art (Glasgow), Talbot Rice Gallery (Edinburgh), GeoAIR (Tbilisi), Vierte Welt (Berlin), Bauhaus – Universität (Weimar), Collective – Centre for Contemporary Art (Edinburgh), Atlas Arts (Isle of Skye), The Annexe Gallery (Kuala Lumpur), Current Space (Baltimore), and Gyldenpris Kunsthall (Bergen), to name a few.