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.