MemberMonique Clendinen Watson

Monique Clendinen Watson   Monique Clendinen Watson is a writer, teacher and public relations specialist who lives in the Washington, DC metro area.  Monique is interested in Caribbean folk history and culture, and particularly, in the history and culture of her native U.S. Virgin Islands. She has researched, published, blogged and conducted workshops for teachers and students on Virgin Islands folk history and culture. She has also participated in folk groups and organized conferences and festivals. As a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands, she has always been interested in the issues of identity and culture, how it is formed, transmitted, and expressed by the individual and the group.  Her interest in folk culture began as a child listening to the storytellers in her family and community. Virgin Islanders are natural storytellers and always have stories about how life “used-to-be” even if “used-to-be” was just five years ago.  She learned from and performed with the late, legendary Virgin Islands cariso singer and cultural tradition bearer, Leona Watson, as part of her folk music group.   During her career, she has worked as a policy and political strategist, a communications and public relations specialist, a newspaper reporter/editor, a speech and interpersonal communications instructor and an English and social studies teacher.    Presented: Clendinen, Monique. “Virgin Words, See How They Grow: The Growth and Development of Virgin Islands Poetry” The Caribbean Writer – 10th Anniversary Literature Conference, University of the Virgin Islands. 25 October 1996. Reader. Clendinen, Monique. “The Media: Obstacle or Boon to Cultural Education.” Summer Institute, University of the Virgin Islands. 1993. Presenter. Clendinen, Monique. “Women Issues in Culture in the Virgin Islands.” Caribbean Youth Organization Conference –St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. University of the Virgin Islands. 1985. Presenter.   Featured: Knowles, Roberta. “Women Making A Difference, The Writers.” Virgin Islands Daily News 31 January1995, Black History Month sec. 13. Print. Thompson, Brenda. “Sticking to Schedules.” Virgin Islands Daily News 30 June 1993, Working Women Sec. 6. Print.          

MemberJason Bruner

I am a scholar of religious history with a particular interest in the intersected histories of Christian missions, European imperialism, and the growth of Christianities in Sub-Saharan Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries. I am intrigued by the religious and cultural exchanges between European missionaries and those who converted, with a focus upon the agency of African peoples. My first book, Living Salvation in the East African Revival in Uganda, which is forthcoming with the University of Rochester Press, is a history of the East African (Balokole) Revival in Uganda from the early 1930s to the early 1960s. While the revival was a conversionary movement that proclaimed a Christian message of salvation, this project examines the ways in which salvation was not simply a personal, eternal aspiration for the Balokole, but rather a comprehensive way of life. This book will illuminate the many ways in which the revival created a new lifestyle for those who converted through its message, which had profound impacts upon revivalists’ understanding of themselves and how they ought to relate to their families, communities, societies, and nations.

MemberMark Cheetham

My research centres on the imbrications of artwriting and art making in the modern and contemporary periods. I have written books and articles on abstract art, the reception of Immanuel Kant’s thinking in the visual arts and the discipline of art history, on art historical methodology, and on recent Canadian and international art. The historiography and methodology of art history and the field of Visual Culture Studies is an ongoing research interest, as is contemporary art in Canada and abroad, from both curatorial and academic perspectives. Much of my current work is on ecoart and GeoAesthetics. I am the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, a Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute Fellowship, a University of Toronto Connaught Research Fellowship and Chancellor Jackman Research Fellowship in the Humanities, several Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada research grants, the Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching (University of Western Ontario, 1998), and the Northrop Frye Award for teaching (University of Toronto, 2006). In 2006, I received the Art Journal Award from the College Art Association of America for “Matting the Monochrome: Malevich, Klein, & Now,” and in 2008, the Curatorial Writing Award from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries, for “The Transformative Abstraction of Robert Houle,” in Robert Houle: Troubling Abstraction. Exh. Cat. McMaster University Art Gallery, Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa), 2007. My co-curated exhibition Jack Chambers: The Light From the Darkness / Silver Paintings and Film Work was awarded “Exhibition of the Year” (a juried prize) by the Ontario Assoc. of Art Galleries, 2011. I was the principal investigator on a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant titled CACHET (Canadian Art Commons for History of Art Education and Training), 2013-17. is our (now archived) website.

MemberRuth-Ellen St. Onge

I was born and raised in rural Northern Ontario and lived in Toronto for several years before relocating to the United States in 2015 to join the curatorial staff at Rare Book School. During my graduate studies, I worked at the rare book library and research centre, Joseph Sablé Centre for 19th Century French Studies, and taught undergraduate FSL and French Cultural Studies courses in the Department of French at the University of Toronto. My interdisciplinary doctoral dissertation focused on publishers of poetry in 19th century France, with particular attention paid to the careers of Auguste Poulet-Malassis, Alphonse Lemerre, and Léon Vanier. My current research has shifted towards the study of contemporary graphic novels and comic book culture.