Art History Department

Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Jacobson-Konefall

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Congratulations to Jessica Jacobson-Konefall (PhD 2015, Queen’s University) on completing her SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto (2017-19) with Professor Mark Cheetham. Her new position of Instructor at the University of Manitoba, cross appointed between the School of Art and Department of Native Studies, begins in September 2019.

Jessica’s main research areas include eco art, critical theory, Indigenous and Canadian contemporary art. Jessica is working on a book manuscript, Being Here in a Good Way: The Labour of Care in Archives and Art, and her article “Here: our Alienation and Transformative Agencies,” was published in August 2019 by grunt gallery’s recent book Wordless on the performance art of Anishinaabe artist Rebeca Belmore. She has forthcoming chapters in anthologies with McGill-Queen’s UP on computing arts in Canada and performance and politics in the Americas.

She is a Collaborator on the SSHRC Partnership Grant Archive/Counter-Archive out of York University; her case study looks at birchbark scrolls as archival and living documents of Anishinaabe sovereignty. With Anishinaabe scholar Angelina Mcleod (Shoal Lake 40 First Nation) she is working on a book —blending history, theory, visual culture, art, lived experience, and activism— focused on orienting Anishinaabe/settler relationships “in a good way.”

Please join us in congratulating Jessica on her new position at the University of Manitoba!

Welcome Back! 2019 Fall Term Begins

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

We hope everyone had a relaxing summer and is looking forward to the start of a new academic year!

A reminder that the Faculty of Arts & Science’s 2019 Fall Term begins on Thursday, September 5, 2019. Please make note the following important 2019 Fall term dates:

September 5 Classes begin in F and Y section code courses
September 10
Last day to enrol in F/Y courses via ACORN; Last day to enrol in programs of study for 2019-20 Fall/Winter
October 14 Thanksgiving holiday; University closed
November 4-8 Fall reading week; no Undergraduate Arts & Science classes
December 4 Classes end in F section code courses and in Y section code courses (for Fall session)
December 7-20 Final examinations in F section code courses, and some deferred exams from August 2019; term tests in Y section code courses.
December 23
University closed for Winter Holidays from December 23, 2019 to January 3, 2020 inclusive.
Winter (S&Y) classes resume for students on January 6, 2020.

Please visit the Faculty of Arts & Science website for the entire list of 2019-20 sessional dates.

Congratulations to Dr. Analays Alvarez Hernandez

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Dr. Analays Alvarez Hernandez has been appointed as Assistant Professor in the Département d’histoire de l’art et d’études cinématographiques at the Université de Montréal. Her appointment began on August 1, 2019. 

Her research focuses on contemporary art, with an emphasis on commemorative public art, global art histories, diasporic and ethnocultural communities, Latino Canadian art, and curating. Currently, she is developing a research project on domestic art spaces in (post)-socialist societies. 

Her doctoral dissertation (PhD 2015, Université du Québec à Montréal; Annie Gérin, supervisor) focused on the representation of the Armenian Genocide through public art in France. She demonstrated that the over eighty Armenian Genocide monuments erected on French soil are part of an international effort to compel the Turkish government to recognize the responsibility of the Ottoman Empire’s leaders in the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians during the First World War.

From 2016 to 2018, Dr. Alvarez Hernandez held a FRQSC postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of History of Art at the University of Toronto, under the supervision of Professor Mark Cheetham. She most notably created the website Ethno-Cultural Monuments in Canada, which includes an online registry that features over eighty monuments and memorials associated with particular ethnocultural communities erected in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. It also presents the exhibition Representing Foreign Pasts in Canada that encourages reflection on the multiple challenges of publicly displaying extra-national experiences in Canada. Her article “The Other(’s) Toronto Public Art: The Challenge of Displaying Canadians’ Narratives in a Multicultural/Diasporic City,” published in June 2019 by RACAR (vol. 44, Issue 1, https://doi.org/10.7202/1062151ar) discusses some findings of her postdoctoral research. 

Congratulations Analys on your new position at the Université de Montréal and we wish you all the best!

2019-2020 Work Study Positions

Friday, August 2, 2019

The University of Toronto’s Work Study Program offers on-campus positions that provide students with an opportunity to gain practical work experience. Through the Work Study Program, students develop their knowledge, strengthen their skills and explore how their academic studies translate to career possibilities.

The Student Application Period for the Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Work Study Program  opens on August 7, 2019.
At that time, the Department of Art History will accept applications for the following Work Study Positions:

  • Image Services Cataloguer, Job # 145949 (2 positions)
  • Image Technician, Job # 145948 (2 positions)
  • Office Assistant & Customer Service Support, Job # 145259 (1 position)
  • Research Assistant (Art History), Job # 146227 (1 position)
  • Research Assistant (Early Modern Sculpture), Job # 145042 (1 position)
  • Research Assistant (Image Cultures of Arctic Exploration), Job # 145048 (1 position)
  • Research Assistant (Islamic Archaeology), Job# 146516 (1 position)
  • Research Assistant (Medieval Art Project), Job # 146225 (1 position)

You can find full job descriptions and application information at the CLN website beginning August 7th.

Student Eligibility

  • University of Toronto Student
  • Non-degree students are NOT eligible for Work Study
  • Students are permitted to accept only ONE Work Study position per program period.
  • Students doing a placement (e.g. co-op work term) already are NOT eligible for work study
  • Students registered in the Toronto School of Theology are NOT eligible for Work Study positions.

Fall/Winter Course Load: Domestic undergraduate and graduate degree students enrolled in at least 40% course load continuously from September to April, totalling at least 2.0 credits (e.g. the minimum would be 0.5 credits in one session and 1.5 credits in the other).

International undergraduate and graduate students studying on a full-time basis (part-time NOT eligible), continuously from September to April (check your enrollment status on ACORN), subject to federal government requirements (please see the Government of Canada website for rules and regulations).

Congratulations to our Doctoral Students on their Recent Awards!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Graduate Department of Art History is pleased to announce the following award recipients.

Marina Dumont-Gauthier has been awarded a 2019-20 graduate internship with the Getty Foundation. Marina’s internship will take place in Los Angeles, California in the Photographs Department of the J. Paul Getty Museum. More information on the Getty Graduate Internships and a list of recent winners can be found on The Getty Foundation website.

Incoming PhD student Vittoria Lion has won a 2019-20 SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship in support of her research project titled “We are but everlasting animals”: speculative Darwinism, the paleontology of the self, and the Surrealist adventure. For a list of all award recipients for the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships: 2019-20 Competition, please visit the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships website.

Please join us in congratulating these students for their outstanding work and the impressive recognition that it has received!

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