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UNT Art Historian Jennifer Way: Scholar Report

Jennifer Way (UNT) is presentingPhotography and Vietnamese Resettlement: Narrating Refugees for Americans” in the session called A Rightful Home? State-Sponsored Migrations and US Empire (sponsored by the Immigration and Ethnic History Society) at the American Studies Association annual conference, Denver. She served as guest editor for “Collections and Questions of Belonging,” a special issue of Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals (12 no. 3 summer 2016) with Elizabeth Weinfield. The issue considers how archives and museums understand belonging, possession and dispossession in terms of acquisition, relationships with local communities, and collecting practices, and how these institutions participate in discourses of national identity.

Scheduled across the fall and spring, Way’s and UNT colleague Lauren Cross’s Conversations: Art, Politics and North Texas series consists of five discussions featuring DFW artists and scholars who will speak about their socially engaged work as it relates to urban contexts, civic institutions, culture and history within various cities in North Texas. During the fall, the series brought Christopher Blay and Lauren Woods to UNT.

Way’s spring seminar, Politics of Exhibitions, explores the exercise and distribution of power in relation to curation, installation formats, narratives, circulations and uses of exhibitions. Her undergraduate and graduate course, Questions of Race and American Art Since 1945, explores relationships between contemporary art world activity and changing ideas about and lived realities of race in America.