The Culture & Crisis Collective

WHO WE ARE

The Culture and Crisis Collective is a small group of Carleton scholars committed to exploring and discussing the role of expressive culture as it responds to contemporary social crises. In our research and teaching, as well as our collaborative work, we ask the following questions: What strategies have cultural producers—photographers and designers, writers and curators, musicians and filmmakers—devised in response to war, forced dislocation, racial terror, poverty, climate emergency? How does culture articulate and make visible complex, often overlapping social, cultural, and economic crises which demand change on a vast scale and are often difficult to fully understand? How can educators synthesize and address the unending barrage of crisis narratives that compete for our students’ sustained action and attention? And finally, is the rhetoric of "crisis," routinely employed by scholars of socially engaged art, useful? Or, is it a barrier to sustained structural analysis?

ABOUT THE CURATORS

 

Chichi Ayalogu is a PhD student in Cultural Mediations (Visual Culture) at Carleton University. Her current research looks at western consumption of representations of African suffering to complicate traditionally held ideas of the west and spectatorship. Specifically, her work looks at the African diaspora as a group that is near but far from the violence that categorically defines postcolonial Africa. Through a critical look at the relational politics of diasporic authors of African, specifically Nigerian, immiserated subjects, her research demonstrates that the global African community does not merely ‘spectate’ on the violence and atrocity that transpires in the postcolony but rather bears witness to it.

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Veronika Kratz is a PhD Candidate in English Literature at Carleton University in Ottawa. She researches and teaches in the environmental humanities with a particular focus on stories of environmental crisis. Her dissertation project investigates cultural narratives of desertification in the U.S. from the 1930s Dust Bowl to the contemporary moment through the use of literary works, scientific and political texts, and policy documents. Her work on ecology and soil conservation science in Frank Herbert's Dune has recently appeared in ISLE.

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Franny Nudelman is a teacher and scholar who works at Carleton University in Ottawa. She has published widely on culture and crisis, with a focus on cultural responses to war, and regularly teaches courses on this subject. She is the author of John Brown’s Body: Slavery, Violence, and the Culture of War (2004) and co-editor with Sara Blair and Joseph Entin of Remaking Reality: US Documentary Culture After 1945 (2018). Her most recent book, Fighting Sleep: The War for the Mind and the US Military (2019), considers the role of sleep in waging and resisting war.

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Kelsey Perreault is a queer artist, writer, and researcher. She is a PhD candidate in Cultural Mediations at the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture (Carleton University, Ottawa). Her research interests span critical museology, difficult knowledge, memory studies, contemporary art, art activism, social movements, and feminist theory. Currently, her research and dissertation project focus on feminist protest movements and public mourning practices during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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Meghan Tibbits-Lamirande is a Ph.D. candidate in English Literature at Carleton University. Focusing on the years between 1955 and 1975, her research explores the productive relationship between bodily protest actions and the radical media. Meghan’s current project identifies and examines radical media networks, including training manuals, the underground GI press, graffiti, and radical films, which emerged through U.S. anti-war protesters’ refusal to engage with the state-sanctioned infrastructures of public discourse. Her work has been published in Studies in Canadian Literature.