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Current Postdoctoral Fellows

Didier Morelli is a FRQSC Postdoctoral Fellow whose research project “Street Actions: Women Performing in Montreal (1970-1980)” examines how second-wave feminist performances subverted urban functionalism by imagining alternate modes of embodiment in Montreal and its peripheries during the 1970s in the aftermath of the October Crisis. He holds a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois (2021); Master of Fine Arts from the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver (2014); MA from the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto (2012); and a BA in Liberal Arts from Concordia University (2011). Associate editor at Espace art actuel, a contemporary arts magazine in Montreal, his writing has also been published in Art Journal, CTR: Canadian Theatre Review, C Magazine, Esse Arts + Opinions, RACAR, Spirale, and TDR: The Drama Review, amongst others. In addition to being the curatorial research assistant for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) career retrospective of the photographer Evergon (2022), Morelli also curated Traversée/Crossing, a group exhibition on the intersections of contemporary art and watersports at Stewart Hall Art Gallery (2022), as well as a forthcoming online video art project on the environment and performance at the Grantham Foundation for the Arts and the Environment (2023). A practicing visual and performance artist himself, he is scheduled for a solo exhibition at the Centre des arts actuels Skol in the spring of 2023.


Vanessa Nicholas is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Art History at Concordia University. Her research project, “Habitat: The Domestication of Wilderness by Interior Decorations in Victorian Canada (1840-1890),” studies the relationship between fashionable interior decoration in Victorian Canada and public perceptions of the natural world. She holds a PhD in Art History and Visual Culture from York University. Her doctoral dissertation considers how the floral embroideries found on three nineteenth-century Canadian quilts figure within the broader visual culture of settler colonialism. As the 2019 Isabel Bader Fellow in Textile Conservation and Research at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, she explored the intersection between fashion and natural history by using a combination of formal and material analysis to assess the environmental history of several historical Canadian garments. In 2016, she earned an emerging curator award from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries; and between 2010 and 2015, she was Programs Coordinator for the OCAD U Student Gallery. She holds an MA History of Art degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and a BFA degree from Queen's University.




Past Scholars-in-Residence

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