Dr. Heather Igloliorte wins EVA Critical Eye Award

Heather Igloliorte

Heather Igloliorte accepts the Critical Eye award at the Excellence in Visual Arts Awards ceremony. (photo credit: © Keith Gosse/The Telegram)

Congratulations to research team member Dr. Heather Igloliorte who, on May 13, 2016, was awarded the Excellence in Visual Arts (EVA) Critical Eye Award at the 11th Annual EVA Awards in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

The award, presented by Visual Artists Newfoundland & Labrador (VANL-CARFAC), recognizes the impact that critical art writing can have on a visual artists’ career. Any writer worldwide who has written about a NL artist in any recognized print or online publication during the past calendar year is eligible for consideration.

For more information on the awards, check out VANL-CARFAC’s website.

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Dr. Erica Lehrer awarded Insight Grant

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (photo credit: W. Kryński)

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (photo credit: W. Kryński)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (photo credit: CMHR - MCDP flickr)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (photo credit: CMHR – MCDP flickr)

Dr. Erica Lehrer has been awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant valued at $133,268 for a 4-year comparative project focusing on Poland and Canada entitled “Difficult Heritage in National Museums.” As Lehrer describes the project:

Major museums worldwide are increasingly billed as sites of human rights and democratic spaces of introspection and critical thinking. But given museums’ origins as organs of the state, questions simultaneously arise regarding how museums can best do the difficult work of opening public discussions around painful, contested histories that may implicate the very nations they represent. The proposed project probes the ability of two major new national museums in Canada and Poland, countries that have both recently begun grappling with their difficult histories in public, to meet their own stated mandates for social justice. It does so by seeking creative ways to operationalize postcolonial discourses of “critical museology” filtering into establishment museums by new cohorts of activist curators.

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Dr. Nadine Blumer & Dr. Erica Lehrer win Connection Grant

Moving Memory Group Shot

L to R: Nadine Blumer, Hourig Attarian, and Anique Vered. (photo credit: CEREV website)

The Thinking through the Museum team would like to congratulate co-applicants Dr. Nadine Blumer, a research collaborator on the Thinking through the Museum project, and Dr. Erica Lehrer for being awarded a SSHRC Connection Grant (2015-2016). It will support the research creation project, “Moving Memory: Difficult Histories in Dialogue,” curated by Dr. Nadine Blumer in collaboration with Dr. Hourig Attarian and artist-researcher Anique Vered.

“Moving Memory” is a collaborative multi-sited research exhibition about the Armenian and Roma genocides that proposes creative solutions to museological and scholarly conflicts around commemoration. The exhibit, a mix of performance and interactive digital media installations, will take place in CaPSL (the Curating and Public Scholarship Lab) as well as opening up into a live conversational happening in the foyer of Concordia’s EV building. By literally moving memory, this project interlinks physical, discursive, and digital spaces of representation, catalyzing the movement of ideas and historical narratives locally and transnationally, and prompting audiences to think through histories of violence in relation to, rather than in opposition to one another. The exhibit launches on June 6th, 2016 as part of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies conference being hosted by Concordia University and UQAM

**reposted, with permission, from the CEREV website**

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