Diversifying Academia at Concordia: EAHR Research Residency
Fourth The Ethnocultural Art Histories Research Group (EAHR) Research Residency in Collaboration with:
Concordia Libraries (John Latour)
The Department of Art History
The EAHR Research Residency Diversifying Academia at Concordia University, in its 2022 iteration, invites the resident to respond to the existing gap in the library on South and Southeast Asia bibliography and authors. The focus on this region will allow the resident to reflect on “what does Global South mean?” while researching for academic sources that will be proposed to become part of Concordia Library’s collection. This residency encourages scholarly critical engagement in relation to the ethnic and cultural representation of South and Southeast Asia within Canada’s visual arts; aligning with EAHR’s commitment to explore issues of cultural representation with a hemispheric approach within Art History research.
This residency is a self-directed program that provides the resident with the opportunity to work independently in the library’s online collection with the guidance of John Latour (Teaching & Research Librarian - Fine Arts) and the constant mentoring of MA level students from the department (EAHR members). The resident will write an article justifying the selections of books and their reflections of the residency’s theme, which will then be shared with the student body through EAHR’s virtual platforms.
For this year’s residency we have invited Naimah Amin, an undergraduate student in the Painting and Drawing program at Concordia.
Naimah Amin is an artist interested in how cultural objects carry different meanings throughout lifetimes as they, with the body, form the focal point of her pieces. Her paintings and drawings explore the fine dialectic of identity and memory, employing photographs as an integral tool to image-making. Naimah is interested in learning about contemporary racialized artists and examining their multifaceted identities under a decolonial lens.
Term of maximum 5 weeks (total of 25 hours). Dates are not predetermined but are nominated by the applicant between March-April.
The invited research resident will be required to:
★ Propose a number of sources to be added to the Concordia Libraries based on their research, within the proposed book fund budget;
★ Create an annotated bibliography of each of the proposed sources;
★ Write an article justifying their research findings in relation to the residency’s theme, and develop a way to visualize and communicate the research and acquisition of new library sources in the Webster library to inform the student body of this intervention.
★ Have an orientation session with John Latour
The proposed research residency would offer:
★ An honorarium of $500;
★ Access to a $500 book fund to purchase sources for the Concordia Libraries;
★ Access to resources and guidance in their research from John Latour, Concordia Art History Librarian;
★ Publication of their annotated bibliography and article on EAHR’s website
The goals of the research residency, with respect to EAHR’s mandate, would be:
★ To exercise how the study of art history can contribute to the diversification of course curriculums and make real, tangible changes in the Concordia Libraries;
★ To provide funded opportunities for undergraduate and graduate art history researchers that promotes the study of ethnic and cultural art histories;
★ To give a voice to the research through creative projects that incite participation and attention from students and faculty at Concordia University;
★ And to restructure power relations with regards to access to knowledge and ethnic minority representation in academia.
TTTM Collaborators (Critical Race Museology Cluster):
· Alice Ming Wai JIM (Professor, Art History, Concordia University)
· Laura VIGO (Curator for the Arts of Asia, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts)
TTTM Research Assistant: Varda NISAR, PhD Art History Student
Containing over 10,000 archaeological objects and works by artists from many different cultures, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ world art (non-European or American) collection is one of the oldest and most prestigious in Canada. In November 2019, the collection’s ten galleries constituting the Stéphan Crétier and Stéphany Maillery Wing were completely refurbished and unveiled to the public. The new permanent displays are devoted to the Arts of One World exhibition, an innovative intercultural and transhistorical presentation of ancient to contemporary art.
The GAHP research project interrogates the so-called “encyclopedic” museum in the 21st century with the aim to develop new methodologies for digitally mediated experiences produced by the museum, including collaborative design of mobile apps in response to selected canonical objects in the exhibition. The project considers how participating in this form of cultural mediation and community engagement as content producers is an integral, key method in global art histories pedagogy to address implicit biases and systemic issues early in the design of art historical research projects as well as increase visitor appreciation of diverse arts and culture. Issues such as feminism, Indigeneity, and queer identities through the lens of critical race museology from global, transnational, and transcultural perspectives will be considered.