Common Ground#618

Looking After: Conversations on Art and Healing

Colonial Trauma and the Art of Healing


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Featuring Dorota Glowacka, Amanda Sciampacone, Shelley Angelie Saggar, Jade Montserrat, Keren Hammerschlag, and Susie Russell. We conclude with a poetry reading by Timothy Liu.

In this talk

Dorota Glowacka

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Currently Professor of Humanities at the University of King’s College (Canada), Dr. Dorota Glowacka holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from State University of New York at Buffalo and an MA in English at the University of Wrocław (Poland). She has taught critical theory, Holocaust and genocide studies and theories of gender and race in since 1995. As the William J. Lowenberg Memorial Fellow on America, the Holocaust, and the Jews. Dr. Glowacka will be conducting research for her project entitled “‘America Is Our Hitler’: The Intersections of Jewish and Indigenous Cultural Memories of Genocide.” She also lectures in the Foundation Year Program and at Dalhousie University.

Amanda Sciampacone

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Art historian Amanda Sciampacone explores the intersections between British art, visual culture, medicine, and the environment in the long nineteenth century. she received her PhD in History of Art from Birkbeck, University of London and held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Warwick. She is currently a Staff Tutor in Art History at The Open University.

Shelley Angelie Saggar

CHASE funded PhD researcher and museum worker Shelley Angelie Saggar is based across the School of English and the Centre for Indigenous and Settler-Colonial Studies at the University of Kent. Her project examines reclamations and contestations of the museum in Native American and Māori film and literature. She also works as a collections researcher at the Science Museum and Wellcome Collection, where her work focuses on developing protocols for managing culturally sensitive items in the historical medical collections.

Jade Montserrat

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Artist Jade Montserrat is based in Whitby, England. She was the recipient of the Stuart Hall Foundation Scholarship supporting her PhD (via MPhil) at IBAR, UCLan, and the development of her work from her black diasporic perspective in the North of England. Jade works through performance, drawing, painting, film, installation, sculpture, print and text.

Keren Hammerschlag

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The research of Keren Hammerschlag focuses on nineteenth-century British art and visual culture, and the intersections and frictions between art and medicine during the Victorian and Edwardian periods. In 2010 she received her PhD in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Her current book project, The Colour of Empire: Representing Race in Victorian Painting, considers the ways Victorian painters both affirmed and challenged racial boundaries through the creative use of pigment. In 2021, Hammerschlag was awarded a four-year ANU Futures Scheme Award to develop the Visual Medical Humanities at the ANU. She is Senior Lecturer in Art History and Curatorship in the Centre for Art History and Curatorship at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Susie Russell

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Alongside working at the National Library of Australia, Susie Russell is a Visual Medical Humanities PhD candidate at the Australian National University, where she is exploring sympathetic pregnancy/couvade. Susie holds a Bachelor of Philosophy from the ANU and a Master of Philosophy in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science, Technology, and Medicine from the University of Cambridge. Susie has pursued her longstanding interests in collective embodiment, bodily boundaries, and gender through her Honours thesis in anthropology - which considered collective pain under the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile - and her MPhil thesis focused on fathers in the UK’s National Childbirth Trust.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Timothy Liu reading.

Timothy Liu

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Poet Timothy Liu is the author of twelve books of poems, most recently LET IT RIDE. He lives in Woodstock, NY.

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