Ongoing Projects and Latest Achievements from Cultural Mediations Students

Lale Eskicioğlu

April 2022: Some warm congratulations to Lale Eskicioğlu, PhD candidate in the Cultural Mediations program, on the successful oral defence of her doctoral dissertation! Titled Beyond Postcolonialism: Urban and Social Realist Turn in Indian and Nigerian Literatures, her dissertation investigates contemporary city literature, with a focus on Mumbai and Lagos in the works of several Indian and Nigerian writers. Her profile can be found here. Much gratitude to her supervisor, Dr. Sarah Casteel.

Fara Abn

March 2022: Some warm congratulations to Curatorial Studies and Cultural Mediations PhD student Fara Abn, 2022 recipient of the Reesa Greenberg Exhibition Studies Award. Fara’s doctoral research focuses on the Venice Biennial, which she approaches through a comparative study situating Iranian artists’ participation from 1956 to present. The Reesa Greenberg Award will support her current curatorial research on location in Italy. For more information on Fara’s work, her graduate profile is accessible here.

Patricia Bérubé

March 2022: 4th-year PhD candidate Patricia Bérubé is featured as one of Five Inspiring Student Leaders Making a Difference in Their Communities in a Carleton Story marking International Women’s Day:

Accessibility of visual art is a focus of PhD candidate Patricia Bérubé’s research. She started by exploring tactile translations of paintings to improve accessibility for visually impaired museum visitors in her master’s program. As part of her PhD in Cultural Mediations, Bérubé is adding an audio component to help these visitors experience art in their own terms and with autonomy.

You can read the full story here and find out about Patricia’s research on her Cultural Mediations profile.

Doctoral Defenses

January 2022:  We are delighted to announce that Amy Bruce (Resistivity in Contemporary Art Biennials: A Synchronic Analysis, Supervisors, Drs. Birgit Hopfener and Ming Tiampo) and Nicola Oddy  (Seeking Awareness of Our Selves and the Environment through Vocal Improvisation in The Singing Field, Supervisor Dr. Jesse Stewart) successfully defended their doctoral dissertations. Congratulations to both, with much gratitude to their supervisors for their support and mentoring.

Christina Williamson

November 2021: Some warm congratulations to Christina Williamson, PhD candidate in the Cultural Mediations program, on the successful oral defence of her doctoral dissertation! Christina’s project, Inuit Women, Labour and the Parka: A History of Sewing in Arviat, Nunavut, is detailed on her graduate profile. Much gratitude to her co-supervisors, Dr. Michel Hogue and Dr. Ruth Phillips.

Gemey Kelly

October 2021: Congratulations to Cultural Mediations PhD candidate Gemey Kelly on the successful defence of her thesis proposal. Gemey’s project is entitled Place and Standing in Canadian Art. The Discourses of Regionalism and the Nationalization of Culture in Canada, 1930–1967. For more information, consult Gemey’s profile.

Nuvisi: Threading Our Beads at Qatiktalik, CUAG Exhibition

September 2021: Congratulations to Cultural Mediations PhD Candidate Krista Ulujuk Zawadski for the exhibition “Nuvisi: Threading Our Beads at Qatiktalik” she is currently curating at the Carleton University Art Gallery (running from September 28 to December 12, 2021).To find out more about this exhibition, see here.

Patricia Bérubé

Summer 2021: Congratulations to Cultural Mediations PhD candidate Patricia Bérubé, who was announced as one of the two inaugural Student Accessibility Champions, helping to shape and inform accessibility across campus. For more information of this announcement and Patricia’s involvement in the READi (Research, education, Accessibility and Innovation) program, read here. Patricia’s full profile can be found on the Cultural Mediations students profile page.

student holding out diploma in front of brick wall

Thesis Proposal Defenses

Summer 2021: Some warm congratulations to all seven Cultural Mediations PhD candidates who successfully defended their thesis proposal over the summer: Patricia Bérubé, Wahsantio Cross, Kevin Pat Fong, Jessica Marino, Kelsey Perreault, Helen Roumeliotis, Krista Zawadski.

March 2021: Doctoral student Krista Ulujuk Zawadski and Cultural Mediations graduate Professor Heather Igloliorte are both guest curators of INUA, the inaugural exhibition of the the new Inuit Art Centre, Qaumajuqat, which recently opened at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Audio guide and virtual tour: Read more…  Photo Supplied by Winnipeg Art Gallery (from left: Kablusiak, Krista Ulujuk Zawadski, Asinnajaq, and head curator Dr. Heather Igloliorte.)

March 2021: In collaboration with the CTCA, Cultural Mediations doctoral students Marie-Catherine Allard, Jessica Marino, and Anna Paluch along with alumna Dr. Trina Cooper-Bolam organized a roundtable at the University of Ottawa EGSS conference on the theme of  “Memory Entanglements: Dialogues on Memory, Community, and Remembrance in Local/Transnational Contexts (moderated by doctoral student Emily Putnam and Dr. Rebecca Dolgoy, a former ICSLAC postdoctoral fellow).

Nicola Oddy

February 2021: Cultural Mediations PhD candidate Nicola Oddy premiered the Singing Field, a film documenting some of her doctoral fieldwork. Nicola undertook this project ​as a part of her dissertation (under the supervision of ICSLAC Professor Jesse Stewart) on vocal improvisation.  Read more…

student holding out diploma in front of brick wall

Winter 2021: Some sincere congratulations to Cultural Mediations winter graduates Dr. Hicham Gourgem and Dr. Emma Lind, who successfully defended their doctoral dissertations. Some warm thanks to their supervisors for their support and mentorship.

Emily Putnam

January 2021: Cultural Mediations PhD candidate Emily Putnam is curating the exhibition Sites of Memory: Legacies of the Japanese Canadian Internment, programmed by the Carleton the Carleton University Art Gallery until January 26. Drawing on documentary records, artists Norman Takeuchi, Emma Nishimura and Cindy Mochizuki negotiate the complexity of reflecting on this traumatic history while articulating a delicate balance between remembering and forgetting. Read more…

EJ (EuiJung) McGillis

December 2020: Cultural Mediations PhD candidate EuiJung McGillis is curating an exciting exhibition on Korean traditional attire at the Korean Cultural Centre in Ottawa. EJ and Ilyoung June (exhibition designer) came together to produce Hanbok, Poetics of Line and the Passage of Life, which showcases an array of Hanbok ranging from a baby’s first birthday dress to ceremonial robes for weddings to the royal wardrobes of pre-modern Korea to everyday clothes.

Patricia Bérubé

November 2020:  Cultural Mediations PhD candidate Patricia Bérubé receives media coverage from Accessible Media Inc for her doctoral research on interpreting colour in art works for the blind and visually impaired community:

Cara Tierney

Cara Tierney

October 2020: Cultural Mediations PhD candidate Cara Tierney is cocurating, with Anna Shah Hoque,  To Be Continued: Troubling the Queer Archive at the Carleton University Art Gallery. The exhibition is running from September 24 – December 12, 2020. To find out more about this exhibition, see here.You can also listen to weekly podcasts of this project here: 

student holding out diploma in front of brick wall

Summer 2020 Graduates

Summer 2020: Our warmest congratulations to 2020 Cultural Mediations graduates Dr. Trina Cooper-Bolam, Dr. Konstantinos (Dino) Koutras and Dr. Matthew Purvis, who were recognized for the excellence of their doctoral dissertations. All three were nominated for a university medal, with a Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement awarded to Dr. Cooper-Bolam and Dr. Purvis. ICSLAC takes tremendous pride in their achievements and extends congratulations to their supervisors for their support and mentorship.

Krista Zawadski

Krista Ulujuk Zawadski

December 2019: Cultural Mediations PhD candidate Krista Ulujuk Zawadski and Danielle Printup are curating  Breaking Ground Art Exhibition, hosted by the National Arts Centre, NAC Indigenous Theatre and Carleton University Art Gallery. This exhibition features drawings and prints selected from Carleton University Art Gallery’s permanent collection.

For more details on some of our Cultural Mediations students and their doctoral projects: