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MFA Candidate Alena Mehic a 2021 Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellow

May 11, 2021

Congratulations to MFA Candidate Alena Mehic, who has been chosen as a 2021 Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellow! Each fall, department chairpersons from MFA programs in painting and sculpture across the country are invited to submit candidate nominations. A committee of distinguished artists, curators and critics determines the fellowship. An average of 2-4 MFA fellowships each year are awarded.  Alena will receive funding of $15,000. You can read more about her work on the Dedalus Foundation website here: https://www.dedalusfoundation.org/2021-alena-mehi%C4%87#/

PhD Candidate Andrea Snow book review published in Religion and the Arts

March 29, 2021

PhD Candidate Andrea C. Snow has published a review of Caroline Walker Bynum’s latest book, Dissimilar Similitudes: Devotional Objects in Late Medieval Europe (Brooklyn: Zone, 2020) in Religion and the Arts. Check it out here: https://brill.com/view/journals/rart/25/1-2/article-p199_11.xml?language=en

The editors have invited Andrea to be a repeat reviewer. She looks forward to working with them in the near future.

MFA candidate Vonnie Quest’s project Edible Heirlooms supported by the Southern Foodways Alliance

January 29, 2021
Congratulations to MFA candidate Vonnie Quest, who recently received a commission through the Southern Foodways Alliance to work on his project Edible Heirlooms. You will find more details regarding the SFA 2021 Spring Symposium here- https://www.southernfoodways.org/event/2021-spring-symposium-environments-and-transformation/
 
For this project, Vonnie plans to use an experimental documentary approach, using found archival material, family photographs, and recordings of conversations with families to create a short video that explores how recipes are archived and shared within the Black community. He will be investigating intergenerational dialogue as a means for preserving recipes, family histories, and identities. Vonnie will trace the roots of contemporary American food to West African cooking styles and recipes by exploring the continued practice of Black cultural customs and traditions long after arriving at the shores of the New World. He will be filming his aunt Faye in Mobile, AL as she prepares a pot of Gumbo and discusses the history of the recipe and her plans to develop a recipe list for future generations.

MFA Candidate Krysta Sa receives 2020 CES research award

December 14, 2020

Congratulations to MFA candidate Krysta Sa, who has received The Center for European Studies 2021 Jean Monnet Center of Excellence EU Research Award for her project “Ancestral Soak: Sea Bathing in the European Union.”

MFA student Hugo Ljungbaeck participating in 2 upcoming online events

October 5, 2020

Check out what our new MFA student Hugo Ljungbäck is doing with his semester. Hugo will have presentations as part of the two following upcoming events:


Carolina Queer MiniCon, October 9-13, 2020

Carolina’s first Queer MiniCon to showcase LGBTQIA+ research, art, and lived experience as part of National Coming Out Day 2020.

Keynote address on Queering Intimacy in Hip-Hop Culture to be delivered by Assistant Professor Antonia Randolph, Ph.D.

The UNC-Chapel Hill LGBTQ Center has partnered with Sexuality Studies and Honors Carolina Pride to host Queer MiniCon. QMC will be two days of online presentations, scheduled for October 9th and 13th, during Carolina’s ten-day observance of National Coming Out Day from October 6th to 16th. Dr. Antonia Randolph, Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies, will present the keynote address. Presentations will be open to the public via go.unc.edu/QMC2020.

In its first iteration, Queer MiniCon will feature seventeen presentations chosen by representatives from sponsoring UNC-Chapel Hill departments on LGBTQIA+ affirming research, lived experiences, passion projects, and creative expression. UNC System students, faculty, staff, and postdocs will queer,(that is to say, deconstruct or question assumptions around) everything from social network mapping technologies, in Katelyn Campbell’s “Lesbian Connections: Critical Social Network Mapping and Queer Archival Methods;” to self-perception and dream environments in Sergio Jiminez’s “blue-light-being;” and conventional ideas about masculinity within both dominant and Black culture in Antonia Randolph’s keynote “Wayne Loves Baby: Queering Intimacy in Hip-Hop Culture.”

QMC Presentations At a Glance

  • What is it with Queer People and Cryptids? – Oliver Cope, Undergraduate student in Biology and Anthropology
  • Creating a Welcoming Space for LGBTQ Persons and Families at End of Life – JoAn Stanek, Assistant Professor at School of Nursing
  • Mindful Self-Compassion for Transgender or Gender Expansive Teens – Melissa Clepper-Faith, Pediatrician and MPH student at Gillings
  • Transnational Approaches to Transgender Studies – Rachel Warner, Ph.D. candidate and Teaching Fellow in English and Comparative Literature
  • Wayne Loves Baby: Queering Intimacy in Hip-Hop Culture – Antonia Randolph, Assistant Professor in American Studies
  • Lesbian Connections: Critical Social Network Mapping and Queer Archival Methods – Katelyn Campbell, Ph.D. student in American Studies
  • Dear Mom: A Quick Look into Cryptids, Growing Up, and Gender – Kaidyn Radford, activist, artist, and Undergraduate student in Communication Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies
  • blue-light-being – Sergio Jiminez, Undergraduate student in Studio Art and Anthropology
  • Just Mates? The Reality of Pirate Relations in the ‘Golden Age’ – Nikalus Ward, Undergraduate student at Carolina
  • Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer, People of Color in Mental Health Services and Substances Abuse Services: A Systematic Review – Hayden Dawes, LCSW, LCAS, Ph.D. student at School of Social Work
  • Flipping the Script: Situating the Pink Triangle in Gay History – Dani Puccio, Undergraduate student in Communication Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies
  • Best Friends Forever: Young Girls’ Media and a Sapphic Sensibility – A Cook, Undergraduate student in Communication Studies
  • Bad Feelings – Hugo Ljungbäck, MFA candidate in Studio Art
  • Queering Punk: Queercore 101 – Ashton Thorne, Undergraduate student in Psychology and Philosophy
  • Disentangling the Differential Impacts of Stress on Risk-taking Behavior in Sexual and Gender Minority Youth – Curtis Smith, Undergraduate student and researcher in Psychology
  • The Heterosexual Matrix – Elliot Kimball, Assistant Director of Intercultural Engagement, LGBTQ+ Outreach and Advocacy at UNC Greensboro
  • Space Husbands: What I’ve Learned from Kirk/Spock Fanfic – April Callis, Assistant Director of LGBTQ Center at UNC-Chapel Hill

“Postcolonial Film and the Archive: History, Theory, Practice,” a free, online symposium next Friday, October 16 (10 am Pacific / 1 pm Eastern / 7 pm Central European)

Bringing together scholars to examine media from across the globe, this event will explore the historical, cultural, and political value and use of colonial and ethnographic films in connection to cultural heritage, preservation, and appropriation. From reexamining the ways in which archives and their materials are mobilized to tell certain narratives and not others, and the complexity of preserving and researching these materials in varying contexts, to interrogating the ontological and indexical status of film as memory artifacts, this symposium will raise questions about cultural heritage, ownership, historiography, and gaps and exclusions in classical film history approaches to the study of “postcolonial” film.

Register here to receive the Zoom link: https://forms.gle/rfexHCAjb526pm3x6

More information: https://uwm.edu/c21/event/postcolonial-film-archives-symposium/

Participants: Jennifer Blaylock (Oberlin), Nadine Chan (Claremont), Alison Griffiths (Baruch), Brian Hochman (Georgetown), Grazia Ingravalle (Brunel), Hugo Ljungbäck (Chapel Hill), Rochona Majumdar (Chicago), Nadi Tofighian (Stockholm), Anna Westerståhl Stenport (Georgia Tech)

PhD Candidate Jennifer Wu co-authors Sixteenth Century Journal essay

July 23, 2020

Ph.D. candidate Jennifer Wu has co-authored a peer-reviewed essay with another UNC at Chapel Hill Ph.D. candidate, Allison Gose (Department of History), “The Constructed Body in a Disembodied Platform: Interdisciplinarity and Team Teaching in the Age of COVID-19” which is now posted online in the Sixteenth Century Journal, Early Modern Classroom supplement. The blog postings will be converted into an official supplement to the journal at the end of the year and will be published online and in print as Sixteenth Century Journal 51, no. S1 (2020).

PhD Candidate Andrea Snow forthcoming publication in Comitatus

July 2, 2020
Congratulations to PhD candidate Andrea Snow on her forthcoming article in Comitatus, published by UCLA’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies:

Snow, Andrea C., “Dialogues with Ginnungagap: Norse Runestones within a Culture of Magic,” in Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 51 (2020).

Abstract: Commemorative stone monuments called runestones stippled the landscapes of medieval Scandinavia. Their upright forms distinguished them from surrounding objects and, occasionally meeting or towering over viewers, could be read as anthropometric encounters. Perplexing inscriptions that remembered the dead or fixed enchantments to a state of permanence were carved into their surfaces, enlivened further by images of strange, mythic beasts and curious masks that gazed back at viewers. Despite nearly four centuries of scholarly inquiry, these characteristics remain obscure and beguiling. What modes of thinking produced such objects? What did their bodily qualities and ethereal carvings mean to viewers? This article aims to place runestones back within the magical culture that produced them by considering their supernatural dimensions: innate corporality, potential cosmic agency, and connections to the practice of sorcery.



Image: Runestone U 887. Uppsala, Sweden. ca. 9th–12th century. Photograph by Bengt A. Lundberg, Wikimedia Commons.