Professor Steer’s research focuses primarily on twentieth-century art and visual culture. In earlier projects, she examined the use and manipulation of photography by twentieth-century avant-gardes, including the Surrealists and the Beat Generation. Her monograph, Appropriated Photographs in French Surrealist Periodicals, 1924-1939, is forthcoming from Routledge Press (2016). Steer’s current research looks at the complicated connections between empathy and photography from the 1970s to the present.
Co-editor with Thy Phu, special issue: Affecting Photographies, Photography and Culture 2, no. 3 (Fall 2009).
“Surreal Encounters: Science, Surrealism and the Re-Circulation of a Crime-Scene Photograph,” History of Photography 32, no. 2 (Summer 2008): 110-122.
“Photographic Appropriation, Ethnography and the Surrealist Other,” The Comparatist 32 (May 2008): 63-81.
“From Document to Memento: Atget, Surrealism and the Manipulation of Memory,” Constructions of Death, Mourning and Memory. ed. Lilian H. Zirpolo (Woodcliff Lake, NJ: WAPACC, 2006): 48-51.
Exhibition essay, “Worlds of Birds and Snow,” Sharon Switzer, Falling from Grace: Scenes 1 Through 6, McMaster University Museum of Art, November 2006-January 2007.
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