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Visual Studies
Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2018

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Affourtit, Lorraine, “The Art of Assembly: Visualizing Decolonial Democracy in the Oaxaca Commune” (University of California, Santa Cruz, M. Berger)

Algee, Hannah, “The Comparative Model: Recanonizing the Abject ‘Body’ in/of Contemporary Feminist Art” (Temple University, G. Silk)

Andrews, M. Liz, “An American Icon: Making President Barack Obama” (George Mason University, A. Landsberg)

Arseven, Müge, “Reality and Representation: Depictions of Sacred Space in Greek Antiquity” (Columbia University, I. Mylonopoulos)

Bass, Patricia, “A Traffic in Criminal Images. Iconographies of Crime in French Sciences, Newspapers, and Courts, 1885-1914” Duke University, M. Olson)

Castro, Heather, “Screening the Apocalypse: Zombies, Visual Art and the Grotesque in the Aftermath of Social Trauma” (Temple University, G. Silk)

de Laforcade, Sonia,”Áudio-Visual: the Slide as Medium in Brazilian Art of the 1970s” (Princeton, Irene Small)

Dorofeeva, Maria. “Fantasizing Manhood: Art and Sexual Politics in Spain, 1898-1939” (UIUC, O. Vazquez)

Etz, Karly, “Skin Inscriptions: The Tattoo Medium in Contemporary Art” (Penn State, S. Rich)

Feinberg, Michael, “Caribbean Landscapes, De/coloniality, and the Transatlantic Redistribution of the Enlightenment Sensible” (University of Wisconsin, Madison, J. Casid)

Havet, Isabelle, “Beneath the Surface: Representations of Subterranean Space, 1850-1900” (University of Delaware, N. Athanassoglou-Kallmyer)

Hazard, Alice, “Weird Copies of Carnage:” Marketing Civil War Photographs of the Dead and the Public Experience of Death in the Nineteenth-Century North” (University of Illinois at Chicago, Higgins, H.)

Hughes, Amy, “Refracted Memory: Trauma and Affective Politics in Stanislav Libenský’s and Jaroslava Brychtová’s Glass Sculptures in Communist Czechoslovakia, 1968-1980” (University of Wisconsin-Madison, J. Casid)

Johnson, Lauren A., “'True Americanism': Images of Race and Citizenship in Ansel Adams's Photobooks, 1940–1960” (UIUC, T. Weissman)

Kacsor, Adrienn, “Migrant Aesthetics: Hungarian Artists in the Service of Soviet Internationalism, 1919-1956” (Northwestern University, C. Kiaer)

Shabtay, Talia, “Machine-Eyed Modern: Art, Science, and Visual Experience in Early Cold War America” (Northwestern University, H. Feldman)

Lauesen, Conor, “Photographs in Flame: 1963 Vietnam, Immolation and Trauma” (Stanford University, A. Nemerov)

Lehner, Ace, “Trans Representations: Non-Binary Visual Theory in Contemporary Art Photography” (University of California, Santa Cruz, D. Murray)

Loia, Donato, “Beyond the Light: Visual Studies on the Senses of the Sacred in the Absence of God” (The University of Texas at Austin, R. Shiff)

Ozerkevich, Rachel, “Aestheticizing Sport: Representations of Athletes in France and Switzerland, 1870-1914” (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, D. Sherman)

Reznick, Jordan, “Unsettling The Steerage: Settler Colonialism at the Dawn of Modernist Photography in America” (University of California, Santa Cruz, M. Berger)

Sham, Shirlynn, “Visual Modernity and the Industrial Subterranean, 1826-1941” (Yale University, T. Barringer, J. Raab)

Spratt, Emily, “Byzantium not Forgotten: Constructing the Artistic and Cultural Legacy of an Empire between East and West in the Early Modern Period” (Princeton, P. Brown)

Villarroel, Fernanda “Repurposing debris of Global Capitalism: Contemporary art from Lagos, Nigeria, in the Transnational Affective Economy” (University of Wisconsin-Madison, J.Casid)

Volz, Scott, “Energy, Territory, Waste: Environmental Art in 1980s-Era New York” (University of California, Irvine, J. Nisbet).

Wells, Lindsay, “Plant-Based Art: Indoor Gardening and the British Aesthetic Movement, 1860-1914” (University of Wisconsin-Madison, N. Marshall)