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Sara Kowalski

Sara Kowalski is a Ph.D. Candidate in Art History in the Department of Art History & Communication Studies at McGill University, and holds a Master of Arts in the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture from the University of Alberta (2010) as well as a Bachelor of Humanities (Highest Honours) in Humanities and Art History from Carleton University (2007). Building on her Master’s research, which examines representations of the cancerous body in medical discourse, media cultures, and contemporary art, Sara’s doctoral research moves out from the specificity of cancer in representation to focus on the intersection of the medical sciences and artistic practices of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, examining the role of contemporary art practice as an important site for intervention into medical representation and as a crucial means through which to re-imagine the body in post-modern, contemporary culture. In addition to positioning these artistic practices within a wider historical trajectory, she also promotes artistic means for non-specialists to engage in medical science and biotechnology as an embodied practice, stimulating new discourses on the nature of subjectivity, embodiment, and vision in an era of advanced digital technology and genetic transformation. Sara has received a Wolfe Graduate Fellowship (2013-2014), SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2010-2013), and Archie Malloch Fellowship in Public Learning from the Institute for the Public Life of Art and Ideas at McGill University (2010-2011), among others, to pursue her doctoral research.