“El Yerro Barroco / The Baroque Error”

Baroque is defined as an irregular pearl, and it is described as an oddity. This oddity or kink, as defined in the dictionary, hints at how the baroque that Spain created transcended an artistic style. In Spain during the XVI century, including the conquest in 1521 in Mexico all the way to the beginning of the XVIII century, the “Spanishness” (hispanidad) merged the baroque worldview with culture, politics, society, and religion. Colonization provoked a clash of civilization between the new and the old, the modern and the savage (the calibán).

Political Scandal and the evolution of political culture

Precisely what a nation finds scandalous says a great deal about the shared values of the population, and should indicate something about the nature of political culture within that community. The Profumo Affair in Britain, and the sex scandals of a variety of American politicians – from Jefferson’s slave mistress through Anthony Weiner’s most recent “sexting” scandal – suggest a certain fascination with the private lives of politicians and a predilection to moralize about them.

Narrative Form and Visual Sequence: The New Photography in 1970s American Practice and 1980s French Discourse

My dissertation investigates the narrative photography emerged in the US around the 1970s and its influence on the formation of photographic discourse in France throughout the 1980s. By narrative photography, I refer to the photographic experiments that appropriate certain qualities of narrative forms, ranging from books to theater. With the financial support of Mitacs Globalink Research Award, my stay in Paris will allow me to examine the original photobooks and critical writings produced in France during the 1980s.

Dreamcatcher Informatics: a Web-based and Mobile Information System to Support Land Management, Consultation, and the Preservation of History, Culture and Traditional Ecological Knowledge

The role of this internship is to assist in reaching the SSHRC goal for theDreamcatcher system of capturing cultural data, traditional ecological knowledge, and traditional land use in order to create as full of a historical, cultural, and economic record as is possible as well as strong land use management/consultation, water management, asset management, and public health systems. This information will inform cultural research, treaty negotiations, and community development.

An Oral History of the Hamilton Waterworks

This project aims to understand the relationship between the history of Hamilton’s waterworks and the greater Hamilton community. It will be based on oral interviews with past employees and will be presented to the community using digital technologies to enhance its accessibility. By focusing on themes of water safety, water pollution and water conservation the project will link the past to the present and provide an excellent opportunity for the Hamilton Museum of Steam Technology to become both more visible and active in their community.

Oil Springs Social History Project

In preparation for the 2011 UNESCO World Heritage Site Designation bid, Lambton County’s Oil Museum of Canada is undertaking a new project. The Oil Springs Social History Project will explain what the community of Oil Springs looked like when its population exploded as a result of the discovery of ‘Black Gold’. Described as a site of great national and international significance, the oil fields continue to flow today using much of the technology which made this sleepy town a bustling community in the 1850s and 60s.

Exploring 100 Years of BC’s History through the Times Colonist

This project will consist of searching the Times Colonist card catalogue and index to select appropriate dates in BC history, researching the historical context of these topics and writing research reports to assist the Times Colonist newspaper with commemorating its 150th anniversary in 2008.