Besides putting the finishing touches on my dissertation this summer, I have had a wonderful time conducting fresh research during fellowships at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson and the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto. At the former, I examined the collections of Brian Weil, Rosalind Solomon, and Arthur Tress. And at the latter, the Jo Spence Memorial Archive was my focus. Both photography research institutes provided me with ample fascinating archival material that will be indispensable to ongoing writing projects.
At present, I am preparing to teach “Modern and Contemporary Art in the Global South” at RISD. So far, it has been both a pleasure and a stimulating challenge to conceptualize, research, and organize this lecture course, which attempts to historically position and theorize the global South as a category in relation to a rich variety of transnational artistic discourses and practices. I am certain that this experience will advance my thinking on pedagogical approaches to global art histories, while also revealing (some of) my own scholarly blindspots. I look forward to meeting my students in a couple weeks!