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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

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Shelley Hornstein

Media and Culture

University   York University
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Phone Number   416-736-2100; ext 77423
Office Location   CFA 233
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M.A.(Strasbourg); Ph.D. (Strasbourg)


Professor Hornstein is Professor of Architectural History & Visual Culture in the Department of Visual Art, Faculty of Fine Art, and is widely published on the examination of concepts of place and spatial politics in architectural and urban sites. Her edited books include: Capital Culture: A Reader on Modernist Legacies, State Institutions, and the Value(s) of Art (McGill-University Press, 2000); Image and Remembrance: Representation and The Holocaust (Indiana University Press, 2002), and Impossible Images: Contemporary Art after the Holocaust (NYU Press, 2003). Her current projects are book manuscripts entitled Losing Site: Architecture and Place, Lost and Found and Romancing the Stone: Architectural Tourisms and our Fascination with Buildings and Places. She is Executive Director and Co-Founder of, the first online contemporary cultural space devoted to Jewish culture.

Professor Hornstein taught in York University's Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies from 1985 to 2002, when she joined the Faculty of Fine Arts. She is a member of York's graduate programs in Art History, Visual Arts, Culture and Communications, Women's Studies, and Social and Political Thought, and has served as associate dean, co-director of the Centre for Feminist Research, and Chair and coordinator of the program in Visual Arts at Atkinson.

Research Interests

Questions of Architecture, Place, Urban Culture, 19th & 20th centuries, and contemporary visual culture.

Selected Publications

2006 “Captive Dispersal or Imagining the Holy Land in Picture Postcards,” Postcolonial Studies: Changing Perceptions, edited by Oriana Palusci (in progress), 21 pp. ms.

2006 “Greetings from Here: Architectural Voyages in Postcards,” edited by O. Palusci and S. Francesconi, Translating Tourism; Linguistic/cultural Representations, (Trento Editrice Università degli Studi di Trento,), pp. 95-106.

2005 “Curating Place: Maps, Starchitecture and Museums-Without-Borders”, in Time Refigured: Myths, Foundation Texts and Imagined Communities, edited by Martin Procházka & Onřej Pilný (Prague, Literraria Pragensia), pp. 190-206.
2005 “Ornament, Boundaries and Mourning, after Auschwitz: Charlotte Salomon and Chantal Akerman say Kaddish”, in Charlotte Salomon, edited by Monica Bohm-Duchen & Michael Steinberg (Ithaca: Cornell University Press), pp. 126-139..
2004 “Matters Immaterial: On the Meaning of Houses and the Things Inside Them” `invited chapter in Rachel Whiteread, edited by Christopher Townsend (Thames and Hudson), pp. 51-67.
2004 “Invisible “Topographies of Paris: Looking for the Mémorial de la Déportation” Abstraction/Figuration; Strategies for Public Sculpture in Europe 1945-1968, ed. by Charlotte Benton (Ashgate Press and the Henry Moore Institute), pp. 169-192.
2003 Hornstein, Shelley, Laura Levitt and Larry Silberstein, eds.
Impossible Images; Contemporary Art after the Holocaust,
(NYU Press).
2003 “Introduction: Framing the Holocaust: Contemporary Visions;” and “Archiving an Architecture of the Heart”, Impossible Images; Contemporary Art after the Holocaust,), edited by Shelley Hornstein, Laura Levitt and Larry Silberstein, (NYU Press), pp. 1-12; 13-30.
2002 Hornstein, Shelley with Florence Jacobowitz, eds. Image and
Remembrance; Representation and the Holocaust
University Press) .
2002 “Introduction;” and “Invisible Topographies: Looking for the
Mémorial de la deportation in Paris”, Image and Remembrance; Representation and the Holocaust, Edited by Shelley Hornstein and Florence Jacobowitz (Indiana University Press), pp. 1-6; 305-324.
2002 Catalogue essay for an exhibition on Peter Eisenman and the Monument to the Martyred Jews of Europe, Berlin at Temple Gallery, Temple University, Philadelphia, catalogue essay
2000 Hornstein, Shelley with Jody Berland, eds., Capital Culture; A
Reader on Modernist Legacies, State Institutions and the Value(s) of Art. (Montreal: McGill Queens University Press).
2000 Résistance, Nation, Identité architecture Art Nouveau-Jugendstil à Strasbourg,” Strasbourg 1900, naissance d’une capitale, edited by Klaus Nohlen, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporaine, (Editions Sogomy) Strasbourg, 2000, pp. 225-231.
2000 “Introduction;” “The Shape of Time and the Value of Art”, in Capital Culture; A Reader on Modernist Legacies, State Institutions and the Value(s) of Art, Edited by Jody Berland and Shelley Hornstein (Montreal: McGill Queens University Press), pp. 1-13; 218-232.
2000 “Ortsverlust – Architektur, Geographie und Erinnerung in Chantal Akermans ‘Bordering on Fiction’ “ Idenkmale und kulturelles Gedächtnis nach dem Ende der Ost-West-Konfrontation (Berlin: Akademie der Künste – Jovis), pp. 279-292.
1999 Nothing to See: Private Mourning in Public Art, in Memory and Oblivion (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers), 1103-1110.




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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan