Office: ECH 1214
Department of Fine Arts
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Tel.: 519.888.4567, ext. 42671
Joan Coutu’s research interests focus on the relationship between art and memory with a particular emphasis on imperialism and the built environment (architecture, sculpture, landscape design and town planning). She has published extensively on eighteenth-century British visual culture, notably Then and Now: Collecting and Classicism in Eighteenth-century England (2015) and Persuasion and Propaganda: Monuments and the Eighteenth-century British Empire (2006), both published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. She is currently editing two volumes: Country Houses and Politics, 1688-1800 and Utopia and Hubris: Classicism in Canada, c. 1900-1950. She has contributed essays to both volumes and she has also recently written two essays on Casa Loma for another volume, currently under review.
Joan teaches Visual Culture and Art History courses in Fine Arts primarily for Studio students and is the co-ordinator of the interdisciplinary program in Visual Culture, based in Fine Arts. She also organizes and teaches several course trips – to Rome, Venice, England, Berlin, etc. - and is actively involved in the MFA program as a co-supervisor.
Originally from Toronto, Joan graduated with a B.A. from the University of Toronto, a M.A. from Queen’s University, Kingston, and a PhD from University College, London (England), all in the History of Art. She joined the Department of Fine Arts in 1996.