Dr. Cole Collins 


Cole Collins is originally from Glasgow, Scotland, and now lives in Munch. He holds a MA (Hons)
in English Literature and a MLitt in Modernities: Literature, Theory and Culture both from the
University of Glasgow. He completed his PhD in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh in
2018. His thesis examined the representations of women in Kurt Schwitters’ collages; arguing for
a reading of these works within the context of the Women’s Liberation Movements in Hannover.
He is a regular contributor to the Kurt Schwitters Society’s journal and newsletters, as well as
serving as an Assistant Editor to the Society. Cole is the co-convenor and co-founder of the
Collage Research Network. He is currently editing a collection of essays examining the use of
collage in a German context, which is forthcoming from Peter Lang in 2021-22. Cole has taught
courses on Dada, queer and feminist art, architecture and space, Bauhaus and installation art at
Leuphana University Lüneburg, the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Münich, Universität Passau
and the Technische Universität München.
Cole’s next project will look at how the image of the Madonna has changed between 1860 and
the present. It takes account of both art historical representations of the Virgin Mary and how she
has been appropriated by pop culture. The project examines the iconography of the Madonna
from interdisciplinary perspectives; chiefly among them: religious studies, iconography, feminist
theory and queer theory.
His research interests include 20th and 21st Century German Visual Cultures; queer and feminist
theories, practices and activism; race studies; spatiality studies; museum studies; literary and
critical theory.