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Submitted on June 26, 2017 - 12:32pm

The UW Simpson Center for the Humanities recently announced its Spring 2017 Awards to support work during the 2017-2018 academic year. Three people from the School are involved in these projects.

Photomedia Professor Rebecca Cummins received a Full Professor Crossdisciplinary Conversation Award in conjunction with Physiology and Biophysics Professor Linda Wordeman. The Wordeman Lab utilizes quantitative live imaging techniques to explore the role of microtubule dynamics in chromosomal development during cell division. This research is used in developing therapeutic interventions for cancer treatment. Cummins says, “Through dialogue and visualizations, we will investigate the artistic possibilities of contemporary microscopy; 3D imaging and time-lapse sequencing will be explored for their conceptual and aesthetic potential in addition to their direct scientific research application.”

The Black Embodiments Studio — created by Assistant Professor Kemi Adeyemi in the UW Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies in collaboration with The Jacob Lawrence Gallery, led by Director Emily Zimmerman — is a “yearlong writing residency querying how definitions of blackness are produced and expressed through visual, aural, and affective realms…” During this time, graduate student residents develop and workshop short pieces of art criticism in close conversation with visiting artists, curators, scholars, and critics, who will also present public lectures. The year concludes with an Open Studio exhibition of graduate residents’ work. Information on becoming a resident, and on the year’s schedule of events, will soon be available on the project’s and the Simpson Center’s websites.

Art History PhD Candidate Anna Wager is one of five students who have created a new Graduate Research Cluster called the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Interest Group. The other organizers come from the departments of English; Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media; and French & Italian Studies. In addition to quarterly reading meetings and faculty lectures, they plan to host a session of BookTraces and a UW graduate student symposium. Throughout the first week of November, they will host a Jane Austen festival, JaneFest, which will include talks through the English department, Henry Art Gallery, and Special Collections, culminating on November 4 with a day of workshop sessions, trivia, and a Regency ball. They can be followed on Twitter at UW 18/19C Research.