The research supported by Arts and Science Class of 1966 in the faculty of Arts Fellowship. examines a series of three photographs held by the McCord Museum that were captured by amateur photographer and residential school teacher, Alice Constance Dunn, who was born in Quebec. Among the many photographs she took at St Michael’s Indian Residential School in Alert Bay, British Columbia, there is a set of three images that showcase a strange and disturbing tableau of children “playing Indian”. It is these photographs, dated 1924, that my research focuses on.
The Department of Art History and Communication Studies and Mellon Indigenous Studies and Community Engagement Initiative (ISCEI) welcome artist Caroline Monnet as the first Indigenous Artist in Residence at McGill.
Congratulations to Professor Charmaine Nelson, who was named the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Transatlantic Black Diasporic Art and Community Engagement at NSCAD in Halifax, Nova Scotia. AHCS is grateful for Professor Nelson's significant contributions to McGill, our department and our students. We have all benefited from Professor Nelson's vital scholarship, friendship and commitment to addressing systemic racism through institutional change.
Susana Vargas Cervantes writes, researches and teaches. Her research mines the connections between gender, sexuality, class and skin tonalities to reconceptualize pigmentocracy. She is the author of the book The Little Old Lady Killer: The Sensationalized Crimes of Mexico's First Female Serial Killer (NYU Press, 2019) and Mujercitos (Editorial RM, 2015).
Sarah Carter, Art History PhD candidate, is the recipient of the Mark Madoff Prize for her essay entitled "'Our Modern Priapus': Thauma and the Isernian Simulacra", which she presented at the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference last October.
More information about the prize is available here: http://csecs.ca/awards/.
The essay will be published in the 2020 issue of Lumen with the theme of Wonder in the Eighteenth Century / L'Émerveillement au dix-huitième siècle.
Congratulations to Art History PhD Robin Lynch, who was recently awarded the 2019-2020 Terra Foundation Pre-Doctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, for her dissertation project "Packaging Environments: The Art and Design of the Container Corporation of America".