Fall 2019

UC Santa Cruz Visual Studies Ph.D.

Welcome to the UC Santa Cruz Visual Studies Ph.D. Fall newsletter. Housed in the History of Art and Visual Culture Department, our mission is to contribute to the evolving field of visual studies through the groundbreaking work of students and faculty who explore the social and cultural production of human vision and the distinctive roles played by visual creations and modes of expression and communication around the world. 
Applications for Fall 2020 are due by December 10, 2019! 
For questions about applying, please contact Director of Graduate Studies Dr. Boreth Ly ( and Graduate Coordinator Ruby Lipsenthal ( 
We welcome a new and diverse cohort to our program this Fall; Matthew Harrison Tedford, Susanna Collinson, Jazmin Benton, and  Aaron Mulenga. Susanna joins us from New Zealand, and Aaron from Zambia.
Our students' success is the best indication
of our program's excellence
Our students have an impressive record in the dissemination of their work through research presentations, publications, curatorial work, and other creative projects. 
Here are few highlights of our students’ paper presentations at national and international conferences. Maggie Wander organized The Pacific Arts Association panel at CAA in New York City in February. In addition, Maggie and Marion Cadora co-chaired a panel at the Annual Conference For European Society of Oceanists in Cambridge, UK. 
Zoe Weldon-Yochim presented "'A Living Knowledge': Picturing Relationships and Respect in Qavavau Manumie's Birds Holding World, Moon," for the panel "Arctic Art and Climate Change" at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE).
Ace Lehner presented two papers, one on “The Right to Represent” at The International Center for Photography in New York and another on the works of trans-non binary performance artist, Travis Alabanza at CAA. LuLing Osofsky gave a paper, “Classical Landscapes, Contemporary Ruins: Political Reclamation in Zhang Kechun’s Drinking Tea by the River” at the Getty Graduate Symposium in January, accompanied by faculty mentor, Professor Maria Evangelatou.

Curatorial Work
Tatiane Santa Rosa was invited to curate the 2019 edition of the Mexic-Arte Museum's Young Latinx Artists exhibition in Austin, TX. It featured eleven emerging Latina/x/o and Latin American artists, and tackled issues such as climate change, the legacies of colonization, immigration, and racism.
Our students have been publishing their research and writings in peer-reviewed journals and books. Some of their recent publications include Kate Korroch's article, "The Isolated Queer Body: Harisu’s Dodo Cosmetics Advertisement" in Queer Asia: Decolonising and Reimagining Sexuality and Gender, ed. J. Daniel Luther and Jennifer Ung Loh, Zed Books, 2019.
Ellen Takata published “Between Gardens: Criticality and Consolation in a Furuya Seiichi Contact Sheet,” in Innovative Research in Japanese Studies Journal, Vol. 3 (Summer 2019). Lorraine Affourtit's article, "Televising the Revolution: Oaxacan Women on CORTV," about the women's media takeover in Oaxaca, Mexico during the 2006 popular uprising is forthcoming in the journal, Third Text, Special Issue: Amateurism.
Ace Lehner published a book review of Alpesh K. Patel’s book, Productive Failure: Writing Queer Transnational South Asian Art Histories in the Winter 2019 issue of Art Journal, “Cruising for Antiessentialist Methods: A Queer Reworking of Art History.” 
Refract publishes its second issue this Fall 
VS graduate student-run Refract: An Open Access Visual Studies Journal will publish its second issue this November. “Translation” offers contributions that interrogate the mechanisms of translation, its various outcomes, and its role in visual culture or other forms of creative, social, or political production and representation. This rich topic inspired a variety of thinkers and makers to experiment with different forms of inquiry. In keeping with Refract’s first issue, they have published a menagerie of explorations side by side, treating artistic production as no different from other forms of scholarship. Follow the journal on Instagram and Facebook.
Congratulations to our recent recipients
of fellowships and grants!
Gabrielle Greenlee won a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship to conduct research into the visual culture of colonial Peru, specifically in relation to the production, use, and circulation of Indigenous textiles as documented in various archives, museums, and textile collections in Cusco and Lima. Chessa Adsit-Morris received the “Beyond the End of the World” Andrew Mellon Fellowship for dissertation research and writing. We are delighted for Sintia Issa who received a year-long Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Fellowship.
In addition, Axelle B. Toussaint, Leslie Lodwick and Alexandra Macheski received fellowships from the Social Science Research Council’s Dissertation Proposal Development Program. Axelle also received the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship to conduct research in association with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff, and to utilize the resources of SI.
Lastly, Catherine Ries and Christina Ayson received fellowships to study foreign language over the summer. Catherine was awarded the prestigious Critical Language Scholarship to study Indonesian in Malang, Indonesia and Christina received a FLAS scholarship to study Filipino in the SEASSI program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 
Professional Development and Resources
On a campus of unparalleled natural beauty, and as members of a vibrant intellectual community, our students have access to great professional development opportunities and resources, including teaching experience or curatorial work, workshops via Graduate Horizons and the Leadership Certificate Program, Graduate Pedagogy training, and Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentoring.
We not only mentor our students’ research and teaching, but also foster a professional and supportive community. We offer workshops on different topics based on our graduate students’ requests. Professor Shelley Stamp (Film and Digital Media) led a workshop on the challenges that students face in starting a family while in graduate school. The next workshop, "What is a Dissertation?” will be lead by Professor Jennifer González (HAVC).
We offer a grant writing seminar and professional development course taught by a member of the HAVC faculty, and we recently implemented a pedagogy section that all second year students take to learn how to teach about objects and images. 
Faculty News
We welcome a new faculty member to our department, Dr. Yve Chavez, Assistant Professor of visual culture of the Indigenous Americas and Latin America. She received her Ph.D. at UCLA in Art History with a focus on colonial Latin American art and indigenous arts of the Americas, her M.A. in Art History from the University of Washington, and her B.A. in Art History from Stanford University. Her doctoral work included art and architecture of the indigenous and Spanish colonial Southwest, Florida, California, the Andes and central Mexico. 
Congratulations to Professors Maria Evangelatou and Jennifer González on the publications of their new books. Professor Evangelatou’s bookA Contextual Reading of Ethiopian Crosses Through Form and Ritual: Kaleidoscopes of Meaning (Piscatway, New Jersey: Gorgias Press, 2018) explores the ways in which Ethiopian crosses reflect and shape a broad range of ideas, from religious beliefs to interrelated socio-political values, and from individual notions of identity and protection to cultural constructs of local and universal dimensions.
Professor González served as chief editor for the co-edited volume Chicana and Chicano Art: A Critical Anthology, with Ondine Chavoya, Chon Noriega and Tere Romo from Duke University Press (2019). This anthology provides an overview of the history and theory of Chicano/a art from the 1960s to the present, emphasizing the debates and vocabularies that have played key roles in its conceptualization. 
Alumni News  
Amber Hickey accepted a position as Faculty Fellow of U.S. Visual Culture in Colby College’s American Studies Program in September.
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     Fall 2017, Summer 2018
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