Author(s): Temple Marucci-Campbell
Editor(s): Nicholas Raffoul
I am thrilled to be compiling my first blog post for our research group, and have it mark the beginning of my Master’s Degree in the department of Art History at Concordia University.
I am very excited to work with the ABLM research group, as the research I conducted during my undergraduate degree was heavily concerned with centering Black diasporic histories within art historical discourse. My undergraduate thesis research, looked to food as carrier of immaterial knowledge to understand my family history despite the lack of material archives. Through this study of food, I was able to resuscitate parts of my family history that would have been forgotten if not for a bowl of pepper pot or glass of sorrel. I’m looking to continue this research on the intersection of art and food at Concordia, and I believe the time I spend working with the ABLM team will further enrich the work I will be doing.
The CSBCD’s principal researcher is Dr. Andrea Fatona, who was my supervisor for my undergraduate thesis. To have the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Fatona again is really exciting. Being able to work with such amazing mentors like Dr. Fatona and Dr. Jim makes academia far less daunting, and so far I am very optimistic of the paths available to me as an emerging scholar.
I am honoured that I get the opportunity to work with the ABLM research group as I begin my time at Concordia, especially coming back after two years of online learning. I am especially looking forward to the communities that will be cultivated through the collaborative environment Dr. Jim has fostered.