2016 Thesis Abstracts

Fulla Abdul-Jabbar
Who Loves the Sun?

David Andres Ayala Alfonso
In Defense of the Voice: Times and Spaces of Dissent in Heterogenous Urban Territories

Guy Eytan
From a Boy Named Alexander to an Untitled Gate

Claire Henry
Why We Buy

Ozge Karagoz
Excavating the contemporary: A History of the Concept of "Contemporary Art" in Turkey

Kevin Lee
City of Future Delights: Dispatches from the Chinese Dream

Michael Moore
Outta Pocket, Loose in the Backyard: A Story of the Africanized Honeybee

Perla Judith Pedroza-Pérez
Fiction as Emancipation

Alessia Petrolito
Black but Italian

Janelle Rebel
Bibliographic Performances and Surrogate Readings

Meg Santisi
Episodes from the Gradient House

Emel Thomson
Parler Blanc(he) Speak White: The value of a slippery word and the politics of a metaphor

2015 Thesis Abstracts

Zoya Brumberg-Kraus
"The World is Bound with Secret Knots"

Kelly Lloyd
People Paying Themselves: My Fecis

Patrick Reynolds
The Crystal Coffin and Other Notes on Photography

Bradshaw Stanley
But We, To Whom the World Is

Yuri Stone
Furniture Language, Ambient Text

Tina Tahir
The poetics of destruction—a compendium of ruins and trümmerfloren (ruin flowers)

2014 Thesis Abstracts

Arièle Dionne-Krosnick
Simultaneously Random and Orderly, or how I became Anne Tyng

Felicia Mings
Black Maple: Exploring the Diasporic Aesthetic of New Toronto Artists Yannick Anton, Taiwo Bah, and Nabil Shash

2013 Thesis Abstracts

Lise Haller Baggesen

Joshua Michael Demaree
Watching Sontag : an exploration of cinephilia

Darja Filippova
Smuggler of loss

Danny Floyd
Essays on weather for a post-Katrina society

M. Christine Fotopulos
Radio : voice : archive

Sarah Hamilton
Meme in America : the role of viral videos and image macros in the 2012 presidential election

Peter Anthony Kusek
Cinematic anomalies

Ruslana Lichtzier
6 x 9

Elçin Marasli
Irreverent impressions : visual evaluation as a intermediary tool in social practice

Joshua Rios
From Snapshot to Screenshot: Thoughts on Making Pictures of the Screen

Anthony D. Stepter
Extinct entities

Devdutt Trivedi
Chhand, cinema and the theories of Gilles Deleuze

Michelle K. Weidman
An important call : language, affect and ideology in subject formation

2012 Thesis Abstracts

Jessica Bardsley
Nostalgic historiography : an evocation before the archive

Christine Campe
Why not think about illustration : contemporary illustration from a visual studies perspective

Kelly Christian
"Rather a grave subject..." the critical role of the nineteenth century postmortem photograph

Alana Dao
From away : viewing shades of whiteness through the lens of tourism

Kate Korroch
Concocting corporeality : the body in contemporary visual art by artists from South Korea

Elizabeth Medoff
Contemporary Pastness: Affect, Gender and National Memory in New York City's 9/11 Memorial Complex

Elizabeth Nelson
Picturing Our Wedding: Family Photography, Playfulness, and New Stories

Gabrielle Scott
The comfort of strangeness : a conversation on molecular gastronomy, taste and memory

Annan Shehadi
Objects of Palestine : narratives of Chicago’s diaspora

2011 Thesis Abstracts

Sara Ann Clugage
All the kings horses : neuropsychology and the fractured brain

Christine Elliott
Situating Student Portraits: An Analysis of High School Yearbook Photography in Bloomington, Illinois

Thomas Brandon Evans
Sympathetic resonances : relationality and affect in the sonic field

R. E. H. Gordon
The observants (a sculpture and performance) & extremely precise objects of ambiguous use

Meredith Shea Kooi
The misfit mime mimes self : new metaphors for autoimmunity

Lucy Catherine Parker
Paint.exe : a history of computer paint tools

Lauren A. Ross
Ritual, repetition, transformation : performance art works and the politics of mourning

Jeremy Stephen Shedd
Images that aren't ours : how representation structures identity in the digital age

Andrea Slavik
Collegiate Gothic : the specters of progress at the University of Chicago

Samantha Topol
Airplane mode on : the skymall effect

Dustin Yager
No accounting for taste : consumption, identity, and the development of lifestyle culture

2010 Thesis Abstracts

Amanda Brinkman
Twilight Fan Tourism: Women, Fantasy and Pilgrimages

Maureen Alison Burns
The conflicting desires of mobility : metaphors of the exile, the tourist, the nomad, and other figures of travel

Alicia Chester
Beholding bodies and embodied beholders in Annette Messagers Mes vux

Szu-Han Ho
Envisioning the Economic Imaginary

Joel Lansing Kuennen
I in space : contemporary subjectivity in place and time

Kristi McGuire
Revising the pharmacist and its imaginary twin : a strange cartography & an intentional agent in the process of being distinguished again

Divya Menon
Memory and history in Modern literature

Susan Nadine Morelock
The illusionist : looking at post-production photography in the twenty-first century

Jorge Mujica
Palimpest: The Process of Making Art Informed by Donald Judd and Jessica Stockholder

Zephyr Pfotenhauer
Subject to change : trickster modalities in the art of Zephyr Pfotenhauer.

Brian Wallace
The woods

2009 Thesis Abstracts

Ellen Hartwell Alderman
Phenomenal translucency in Toyo Itos T House

Michael Gibisser
Between the symptom and the synapse : the intensity of dementia

Katherine Lennard
Touching Absence: A Reconstruction of Lewis Powell

Sarah Mallin
Advantage of Goggles: Attention and Spatial Textology

Kelly Mullendore

2008 Thesis Abstract

Sarah Alford
Bound and Determind: Ellen Gates Starr and the Arts and Crafts Movement

Jefferson Dakota Brown
Re-reading Emigre, 1994-2005 : design criticism and critical practice

Charles Andrew Lochhead
Home Economics: Chicago's Apartment Gallery Scene in Focus

Benjamin Madeska
Food Poetics: Essays on the Use and Meaning of Food

Heidi Neubauer-Winterburn
Liminal Documents: Between Guantanamo & Abu Ghraib

Ronald (Joey) Orr
Desire Palace

Karen Ware
No Place Like Home: Love Struck

2007 Thesis Abstracts

Ismiaji Cahyono
Balancing the act : pursuing a socially responsible graphic design in Indonesia

Maria Carles Ferrer
Being Made: A Personal and Communal Collaged Database

Julia Marsh
Looking at Lincoln : pictures and persuasions

A. Pandjiris
Always still to come : redemption, anticipation and melancholia

Garland M. Taylor
An installation, remember your death...