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!