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A Unique PhD Funding Opportunity for 2021-22

Queen's University Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies graduate program is offering a fully funded PhD in the topics of image, space, and technology for domestic Canadian students under the supervision of Dr. Gabriel Menotti, beginning in September 2021. Dr. Menotti specializes in moving image curation across different platforms. He is currently working on the subject of digital replicas and cultural heritage.

Dr. Menotti is looking for projects that promote new approaches to moving image practices. Possible subjects include but are not limited to: the interaction between cinema, new media and contemporary art; audiovisual installations and live performances; VR and volumetric filmmaking; videogames, machinima, procedural and algorithmic movies; online video cultures; computer vision and machine learning; media ecologies; exhibition and distribution platforms. Initiatives that deploy research-creation and curation are particularly welcomed. The selected candidate will work in connection with the Besides the Screen network

The grant comprises a funding package of CAD 21,000 for four years (it is the responsibility of the student to pay tuition and fees, currently around $7200).

Launched in the Fall of 2019, the Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies program is a collaboration between Queen's Department of Film and Media and Agnes Etherington Art Centre. The program’s three strongly interconnected areas of focus—studies, production, and curation —are designed to stimulate inventive dialogue in ways that ensure their respective influence, and in ways that open exciting points of access to multiple disciplinary formations.  This collaborative tripartite structure is not offered in any other film, media, cinema, art or communication Master’s or PhD program in Ontario.

Interested candidates should first contact Dr. Menotti at gabriel.menotti@queensu.ca by December 2020.

Peggy Fussell - Master's Thesis Synopsis

Wonder Turners & Other Optical Oddities: a history of 19th century inventions and their influence on the perception of time, motion and attention.

Optical toys, also known as philosophical toys, presaged the use of media and technology in education. Fueled by popular interest in spiritualism, perception and illusions, these toys, such as the thaumatrope and zoetrope, demonstrated natural causes for optical phenomena and had a direct influence on our understanding of visual perception and the concepts of time, movement and attention. They range from small hand held delights, like the kaleidoscope, to parlour entertainments for families, up to large mechanisms designed to inspire audiences in theatres and at scientific conventions. In addition to optics, much can be learned from these toys. By placing them in their historical context, optical toys provide a window into the roots of children's media culture and its relationship to education. The way that many inventors collaborated, or didn’t, beautifully illustrates the concepts of scaffolded learning or building on previous knowledge, learning through making mistakes, revision and persistence. As with all media, opportunities to examine propaganda and biases abound. Included are reproductions of  inventors’ original drawings and photography, as well as illustrations of a variety of optical toys. 

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Peggy completed her Master's in SCCS in October 2020 and has now begun her PhD in SCCS.