Jennifer Watson

PhD candidate in the Department of the History of Art

About the Fellow

Jennifer Watson is a PhD candidate in the Department of the History of Art at Johns Hopkins University, where she specializes in modern art. Her research is focused on post-World War II France, and her dissertation examines the early work of the French artist Arman, a self-proclaimed “realist” working in Nice and Paris in the 1950s and 60s. Jennifer’s work contextualizes Arman’s personal realist project within a complex set of renegotiations occurring in his particular artistic milieu, each relating to the perceived relationships between the real, realism, and representation. During her fellowship year, Jennifer will focus on the ways in which Arman’s oeuvre addressed the contested notions of reality/realities in postwar France, as new theorizations of mediation, spectacle, mythologization, and reification emerged.

Chitra Venkataramani

Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology

About the Fellow

Chitra Venkataramani is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University with a background in architecture and graphic design. Her dissertation, “Drawn into Life: Mapping and Ecological Vision in Urban India” examines the ways in which the proliferation of mapping technology and cartographic imagery shapes urban planning and ecological vision while reconfiguring our attachment to place and environment. It is based on fieldwork conducted in fishing villages in Mumbai at a time when many different groups such as the state, private planning organizations, NGOs, and the fishing community are drawing new maps and plans in order to make specific claims on the urban environment. During her fellowship year, she plans to explore ways of presenting ethnographic material through visual media. She will work on two chapters, the first of which examines the circulation of satellite images, conceptual plans, and alternate visions for the development of particular neighborhoods in the city of Mumbai. In the second, she will examine the development of built form in fishing villages through a visual narrative.

Danny Schwartz

Graduate Student in the Humanities Center

About the Fellow

Daniel Schwartz is a third-year graduate student in the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on the interaction between literature, cinema, and philosophy with regard to questions of authenticity and repetition. His CAMS project re-examines Benjamin’s conception of the work of art from the perspective Russian avant-garde cinema and poetry. Aside from his graduate work, Daniel is also an associate director of the Baltimore poetry and chorus troupe Parallel Octave. His work with Parallel Octave strives to be a practical reflection of his research on the relationship between cinema and poetry. Towards this end, he has co-taught a film production class that applies the poetic methods of Russian futurists and constructivists to the production of student cine-poems. These films were shown at Parallel Octaves annual film screening – Anthology.