MemberStefanie Samida

Since 2017 I am associate professor of popular cultures at Zurich University and currently research associate at Heidelberg University. Before: different positions at German universities, e.g. one of three principal investigators in the research project „Living history: reenacted prehistory between research and popular performance“ at the Leibniz Centre of Contemporary History Potsdam, junior research group leader at the Heidelberg School of Education and research fellow at the International Research Center for Cultural Studies (IFK) in Vienna. My research interests include heritage studies, material culture studies, public history, popular cultures and history of media and science.

MemberAlicia Mihalic

Alicia Mihalic earned a Master’s degree in Theory and Culture of Fashion from The University of Zagreb, Croatia. She is currently employed as an Assistant Lecturer at the same graduate study programme and is responsible for courses related to history and ethnology of dress and textiles. Her research focuses on the intersection of costume history, fashion theory, and material culture studies, and establishes connections between dress and its socio–cultural representation in painting, photography, and film. She is mainly interested in the phenomenon of nostalgia, trend mechanisms, and the revival of former dress styles throughout the nineteenth century as well as the development of marginal clothing discourses during the second half of the same period. Her work has appeared in various journals across the areas of theory, culture and visual arts and has recently analysed links between the role of clothing and the absence of living bodies within the museum environment.

MemberMegan Beckerich

I am a current MA student at the University of Chicago in the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities. I completed by thesis in 2018, and am continuing my Japanese language education. My thesis discussed censorship and gendered supernatural bodies in early Meiji period Japanese prints, and the influence of globalization and modernization had on the perception of such images. My interests include folklore, censorship in art, print history, Japan studies, and material culture studies. I have served on a student curatorial committee at the University of Chicago, contributing two labels to a small exhibit on the prints of Felix Buhot. Currently I am interning at the Cincinnati Art Museum as a Photography Conservation and Curation Intern. My main projects are working with Meiji period ambrotypes, and cyanotypes from the William Howard Taft diplomatic mission to Asia in 1905.