PhD Thesis Topics

Indigenous art, Coast Salish blanket weaving, textile art, institutional critique
20th Century East German Performance Art, Soviet Design and Eastern European Feminist ‘Near-Collectives”
Drawings/Prints/Work on Paper/Artistic Practice; Decorative Arts; Multimedia/Intermedia; Politics; Nineteenth Century; Twentieth Century; Northern Europe.
Thesis Title: Enraged and Confused: Art After Student Revolt, circa 1970
Thesis Title: Mutable Moderns: An Art Colony in Blackfoot Territory and the Lives of Its Works
Early Modern artistic encounter between Europe and Asia, with a specific focus on 18th-century Korean art
Thesis Title: Expanding the Limits of Sound (Art): Aesthetics On the Edge of Humanity
Thesis Title: Punching through Documentary
Thesis Title: Total Economy: The Artist Placement Group in 1970s Britain
Early modern European print culture, the relation between the human and the machine, and the replication, dissemination, and circulation of printed images.
Thesis Title: Modernism Laid Bare: Mediation, Measurement, and Mathematics 1870-1970
Thesis Title: Microscope/Macrocosm: Early Modern Technology, Visualization and Representations of Nature
Contemporary art, curatorial practice and museum studies, post-1960s artistic practices, institutional critique, performance, socially engaged art, intersections in art and pedagogy
Indigenous Northwest Coast Art, performance, critique of colonialism
Thesis Title: The Right to Be Seen: Archiving Absence Post-Nakba in Lebanon and Palestine
Thesis Title: The Beckett Effect: The Work of Stan Douglas, Paul Chan and Tania Bruguera
Historic reconstructions, Artisanal knowledge, Textile, Early Modern South Asia
Thesis Title: The ‘Mass Media’ Debates between the Caricaturists Honoré Daumier and Cham: 1866 – 1870
Modernist print culture
Thesis Title: Disappearing Threads: Art, Text, and Textile during Dictatorship in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile
Thesis Title: The Conceptual, The Romantic and the Non-Human: the SÚM Group and the Emergence of Contemporary Art in Iceland 1965-1978

Joan Boychuk

Thesis Title: Multum in Parvo: The Miniatures of Joris Hoefnagel and the Gathered Practices of Central European Court Culture
Advisor: Bronwen Wilson – Reader(s): Carol Knicely, Katherine Hacker

Marcia Crosby

Thesis Title: Urban Aboriginal Cultural Production: A dialogue between representations and the imaginary, and historical facts and experience.
Advisor: Charlotte Townsend-Gault – Reader(s): Maureen Ryan

Yanlong  Guo

Thesis Title: Affordable Luxury: Consumption of Mirrors in Han dynasty Central China
Advisor: Charlotte Townsend-Gault – Reader(s): Yue Hongbin, Alison Bailey, Katherine Hacker, Lillian Lan-ying Tseng

Vytas Narusevicius

Thesis Title: Parallel Processing: Conceptual Art in the Age of Revolt, 1966-1970
Advisor: Serge Guilbaut – Reader(s): Scott Watson, Jaleh Mansoor

Krystel Chehab

Thesis Title: Material Conversations: Naturalism, Discernment and Seventeenth-Century Spanish Still-Life Painting
Advisor: Bronwen Wilson – Reader(s): Carol Knicely, Benjamin Schmidt (U of Washington)

Jean Kyung (Alice) Choi

Michael Coughlin

Thesis Title: Prudence and the Harmonics of Time in the Sixteenth-Century Venetian Architecture
Advisor: Bronwen Wilson – Reader(s): Serge Guilbaut, Erin Campbell (U.Vic)

Mique'l Dangeli

Thesis Title: Dancing Sovereignty: Politics and Protocols of Northwest Coast First Nations Dance
Advisor: Charlotte Townsend-Gualt – Reader(s): Katherine Hacker, Jerry Wasserman, Paige Raibmon

Maja Dujakovic

Thesis Title: On Books and Death: the Danse Macabre Printed Books in the Fifteenth Century
Advisor: Carol Knicely – Reader(s): Bronwen Wilson, Maureen Ryan

Adrienne Fast

Thesis Title: An Indian Impression: Reproduction, Mark-making and Modernity in Early Twentieth Century Bengal
Advisor: Katherine Hacker – Reader(s): Bronwen Wilson, Harjot Oberoi, Anne Murphy

Ivana Horacek

Thesis Title: Alchemy of the gift: Things and Material Transformations at the Court of Emperor Rudolf II
Advisor: Bronwen Wilson – Reader(s): Carol Knicely, Charlotte Townsend-Gault

Menno Hubregtse

Thesis Title: Aero-kinaesthetics: Airport Aesthetics and the Regulation of Mobilities in the Terminal
Advisor: Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe – Reader(s): Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Sherry McKay

Catherine (Kate) Steinmann

Thesis Title: Visceral Exposure: Melanie Gilligan, Hito Steyerl and the Biopolitics of Visibility
Advisor: John O'Brian

Su-Chen Chang

Thesis Title: Improvising a Great Age: the Creating of Qingming Shengshi (A Great Age under a Benign Regime)
Advisor: Dr. Hsingyuan Tsao – Reader(s): Dr. Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe, Dr. Timothy Brook

Asato Ikeda

Thesis Title: Mobilizing Every Body: Japanese Art, Fascism, and War (1931-1945)
Advisor: John O'Brian, Joshua Mostow – Reader(s): Sharalyn Orbaugh, Katherine Hacker

April Liu

Thesis Title: Living in Auspiciousness: the revival of Mianzhu's New Year Picture (nianhua) industry
Advisor: Tsao Hsinghuan – Reader(s): Katherine Hacker, Leo Shin, Catherine Swatek

Geoffrey Carr

Thesis Title: Building Assimilation: Architecture, Memory, and British Columbia's Indian Residential School System
Advisor: Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe – Reader(s): Maureen Ryan, Charlotte Townsend Gault

Kazuko Madar (Kameda)

Thesis Title: Pictures of Social Networks: Transforming Visual Representations of the Orchid Pavilion Gathering in the Tokugawa Period (1615-1868)
Advisor: Joshua Mostow – Reader(s): Marv Cohodas, Tsao Hsinghuan

Darlene Calyniuk

Thesis Title: Pistils and Stamens: Botanophilia, Sex and Nationhood in Eighteenth-Century Georgian Britain
Advisor: Maureen Ryan – Reader(s): John O'Brian, Sherry MacKay

Michael Windover

Thesis Title: Aestheticizing Mobilities: Art Deco and the Fashioning of Interwar Public Cultures
Advisor: Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe – Reader(s): Katherine Hacker, Sherry McKay

Barry Magrill

Thesis Title: A "Commerce of Taste" In Pattern Books of Anglican Church Architecture in Canada 1867-1914
Advisor: Maureen Ryan – Reader(s): Carol Knicely, Malcoom Thurlby, Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe

Martha Lydia Sesin

Thesis Title: Playing Their Game: France, Latin America, and the Transformation of Geometric Abstraction in Postwar Paris
Advisor: Serge Guilbaut – Reader(s): Maureen Ryan, Bill Wood

Dorothy Barenscott

Thesis Title: Troubling Modernity: Spatial Politics, Technologies of Seeing, and the Crisis of the City and the World's Exhibition in Fin de Siècle Budapest
Advisor: Maureen Ryan – Reader(s): John O'Brian, Sherry McKay

Colin Brent Epp

Thesis Title: Art Economy and Criticism
Advisor: Serge Guilbault – Reader(s): Sherry McKay, John O'Brian

Kimberly Jean Phillips

Thesis Title: "Looking for Berlin: Imaginary Cities Behind the Unified Capital"
Advisor: Serge Guilbaut – Reader(s): Maureen Ryan, Sherry McKay, Steven Taubeneck

Megan Smetzer

Thesis Title: Assimilation or Resistance? The Production and Consumption of Tlingit Beadwork
Advisor: Charlotte Townsend-Gault – Reader(s): Marvin Cohodas, Ruth Phillips

Lara Halina Tomaszewska

Thesis Title: Borderlines of Poetry and Art: Vancouver, American Modernism, and the Formation of the West Coast Avant-Garde, 1961-69
Advisor: John O'Brian – Reader(s): Maureen Ryan, Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Serge Guilbaut

Kathleen Lynne Wyma

Thesis Title: Discourse & Practice of Radicalism in Contemp. Indian Art 1960-90
Advisor: Katherine Hacker – Reader(s): Harjot Oberoi, John O'Brian

Aleksandra Idzior

Thesis Title: Urbanotopia and The Frontier
Advisor: Serge Guilbaut – Reader(s): Carol Knicely, Sherry McKay

Charity Mewburn

Thesis Title: Representing the Irish Body in England and France
Advisor: Maureen Ryan – Reader(s): Joy Dixon, Sherry McKay

Patricia Kelly

Thesis Title: From SDS to LDS: Politics, Viewers, and Minimal Art in Late 1960s America
Advisor: Serge Guilbaut – Reader(s): Maureen Ryan, Rose Marie San Juan

Lynn Marie Ruscheinsky

Thesis Title: The Production of Gender in Maya Figurines
Advisor: Marvin Cohodas – Reader(s): Maureen Ryan, Bill French