Feeling the Traces of the Colonial Past seeks to understand how dance can function as an affective methodology for evoking and communicating affects and emotions evoked by the Dutch colonial and slavery past.
This project offers a new perspective on early modern material culture by asking: How did Renaissance paintings with moveable parts invite the beholder to move and touch, and how did this physical and mental interaction influence the construction, transfer, and reception of meaning?
In the summer of 2020, the American streaming service HBO Max removed the classic film Gone with the Wind. Shortly thereafter, the film returned, now accompanied by an additional introduction by the African-American professor of Film and Media Studies Jacqueline Stewart, who places the film “in its multiple historical contexts”. This research project examines how people in different places and in different times encountered the film (and/or the book) and how their opinion on the film and/or book changed over time.
This book project focuses on the ruins of the World Trade Center following their removal from Ground Zero. Rather than anchoring the discussion of the ruins onto the cataclysmic event of 9/11, this project centers on the musealization of relics, the fetishization of WTC steel as sacred material, and the selling of the wreckage as scrap metal. These uses of the ruins are justified by various political, economic, social, and cultural norms and practices that this project explores.
Contemporary Mexican cultural production is strongly influenced by the extreme violence that has engulfed the country in recent years. A literary phenomenon that emerged within this context is the production of political poetry written by women that combines commemoration with mobilization. This project studies how the work of three female poets generates and transmits affect in order to mediate memories of violence and engage an audience, and how these poems have been adapted by other artists and/or activist.