This past year was truly energizing for our MLC students, faculty, and staff, bringing new ideas and new findings to our community. I continue to be proud to lead the MLC Research Centre, now in its 14th year! With a new decade before us, I am pleased to present the Top 10 accomplishments of the MLC Research Centre of 2019. I hope you enjoy.
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With 577 registered delegates, our Modernist Studies Association conference was a success both intellectually and organizationally. Thematic focal points included “Indigeneity” and “Making Modernism in/out of Canada.” We are grateful for Ryerson’s support. Click here for more statistics and conference video.
Our Team’s Successes
I am extremely grateful to the MLC’s outstanding executive team: MLC academic lead Dr. Cintia Cristia, assistant professor in the RTA School of Media; MLC research coordinator, Cameron MacDonald; and doctoral students Jaclyn Marcus and Jason Wang. I welcome Ingrid Mida as a postdoctoral research fellow and all new members of the team. Thank you especially to our volunteers!
Disseminating our Findings Internationally
Collectively, during the 2018-2019 academic year, the MLC team published or had accepted for publication 17 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, 8 non-peer-reviewed publications, and presented findings at 19 national and international conferences. 95 images were archived in the MLC databank. We had 34 trainees at the MLC. Source: Cameron MacDonald’s MLC Annual Report.
Two Doctoral Dissertations Defended
I am proud that two of my doctoral students defended their dissertations and graduated in 2019: Dr. Emma Dunn, Ryerson Communication and Culture, on the topic of “Starving for Justice: Teen Action Heroines and the Logic of Anorexia”; and Dr. Ingrid Mida, York Art History and Visual Culture, on the topic of “Refashioning Duchamp: Intersections of Art and Fashion.” Congratulations on this milestone!
Marking book number 1 in Book*hug’s new Salon series, Florine Stettheimer: New Directions in Multimodal Modernism is the new volume of essays I edited in collaboration with Suzanne Zelazo. Providing a case study for theorizing multimodal art, this beautifully designed book includes the work of leading scholars as well as emerging student scholars from Ryerson and York University.
Our exhibitions considered the limits of visibility and materiality in Absent Presence featuring artwork by Sarah Casey with support from the British Arts Council, and the gendered dynamic of Domestic Music-Making, with sheet music from the MLC’s archive and Marla Hlady’s drawings and sound sculptures.
Thank you to our Donors, Partners, and Sponsors!
I am grateful to SSHRC, CFI, CRC, Ryerson University, and the Faculty of Arts. Thank you to our local, national and international partners and donors.
There is still time to submit your abstract to Modernisms, Inside & Out, the 4th conference of the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative (Toronto, 20-22 August 2020), which the MLC is organizing in collaboration with Concordia University, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
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