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Dr Hazel Donkin

Assistant Professor (Teaching)

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Assistant Professor (Teaching) in the School of Modern Languages and CulturesA52, Elvet Riverside 1 
Member of Steering Group in the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture  


Dr Hazel Donkin completed her postgraduate studies in photography and French Surrealism at Northumbria University in 2010 and joined Durham University as a lecturer. 

Dr Donkin teaches on undergraduate modules on the BA Visual Arts and Film programme. She contributes to the MA in Visual Culture and runs MELA 45230 Critical Curatorship, the work placement module for that programme:

Dr Donkin is a member of CVAC (the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture). She is the Secretary for Art on the University College SCR Executive. She is the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching and Learing Award at Durham University. She a Fellow of University College and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Dr Donkin's research interest is in the field of Surrealism. She is currently writing a book with co-author Ian Walker Ian Walker ( on the photographs of the artist Frederick Sommer, to be published by Routledge in 2024.



Chapter in book

  • Donkin, H. (2016). Screams: Women in Post-war Surrealist journals. In Intersections:Women Artists/Surrealism/Modernism. Allmer, P. Manchester University Press.

Journal Article


  • Donkin, H., Hudson, M. & Arnold, L. (2019). TESTT: Experimenting, Inspiring, Changing.

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