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UNT Art Historian Jennifer Way Scholar Report

In relation to her current book project, Jennifer Way (UNT) is presenting “Politics of American Diplomacy/Politics of Craft” at the 34th International Congress of Art History, Beijing. Recent publications related to her project include serving as guest editor for “Contemporary Asian Craft Worlds,” a special issue of Journal of Modern Craft, with Rebecca M. Brown, and publishing “Rooted to and Routed from the Nation: Craft, Modernity and South Vietnam, 1956-61,” American Studies Eurasian Perspective 1 no 2 (2016): 73-86; “The Liminal Collection: Vietnamese Handicraft at the Smithsonian,” Verge: Studies in Global Asias, Collecting Asias, Special Issue edited by Charlotte Eubanks and Jonathan Abe 1 no. 2 (2015): 115-135, and “Cold War Cultural Imperialism,” Early Cold War section, 1946–54, Volume 4, in Imperialism and Expansionism in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection edited by Chris J. Magoc and C. David Bernstein (ABC-Clio Press, 2015): 1082-1084. Way’s fall seminar looks at how we narrate objects, with emphasis on craft and decorative arts, across histories of modernisms in their geographic and historical pluralities. This fall also sees the ninth year of her Collections Cultures and Collaborations series, which charges art history methods students with researching the collections of regional art institutions, either for subsequent exhibition or public presentations. Additionally, the coming semester is the second time her students will teach art history to far away communities online through the Virtual Senior Center based in New York.