Announcing New AUArts Permanent Faculty Appointments

Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) is excited to welcome three new permanent faculty members: Dr Ghada Alatrash, Henrjeta Mece, and Kara Stone.

Taking up a position as Assistant Professor with a specialization in Critical Race Studies, Dr. Ghada Alatrash holds a Ph.D. in Educational Research with a specialty in Languages and Diversity from the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Her dissertation is titled: On the Lived Experience of the Syrian Diaspora in Canada. Dr. Alatrash’s work seeks to make sense of the lived experience of the Syrian Diasporic peoples today, one that speaks to issues of dislocation, displacement, loss, exile, identity, inclusion, a deep desire for belonging, and to themes of resistance and resilience. Dr. Alatrash has published scholarly articles, is very active in community work, and has spoken and written extensively in both the Canadian and international media. She is also the author of Stripped to the Bone: Portraits of Syrian Women (Petra Books, 2016).

The School of Visual Art welcomes Henrjeta Mece to the Painting program. A cross-disciplinary artist, curator, and scholar, she is currently completing a collaborative Ph.D. in Social Justice Education and Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto. Mece’s artistic practice questions the discourses of history and geography as languages in crisis and their play on the production of identity and belonging.

Without using direct biographical material, her creative work explores issues related to the body, time, place, and sense of belonging through interrogations of mobility, travel, borders, and diasporas. Mece’s scholarly research focuses on the relationship between contemporary art, narratives of migration, artistic research, critical studio pedagogies, and decolonization. Her research and creative practice speak to her ‘transnational’ life over the past nine years, during which she has regularly held exhibitions, given talks, presentations, and workshops, and been an artist-in-residence at world-class art and academic institutions, including the ISCP International Studio and Curatorial Programme (New York, USA), the Banff Centre for the Arts (Banff, Canada), University of Lisbon (Lisbon, Portugal), TICA Tirana Institute for Contemporary Art (Tirana, Albania), Akureyri Studios (Akureyri, Iceland), University of Embu (Embu, Kenya), Zweigstelle Berlin Gallery (Berlin, Germany), Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art (MOCCA), University of Toronto and Onsite Gallery (Toronto, Canada). Recently, she was selected amongst 200 artists to represent Eastern Canada in the Great and North exhibition at Palazzo Loredan dell’ Ambasciatore (Venice, Italy)—as part of the world-wide Imago Mundi project.

Kara Stone will be joining SCCS as a specialist in Design History and Theory. She is completing a Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Film + Digital Media department with an emphasis on Feminist Studies. She also has a Master’s degree in Communication and Culture focused on technology and art production, and a BFA in Film Production, both from York University in Toronto. Kara’s Ph.D. work consists of critical research into psychosocial disability and game design, analyzing the opposed views of the effects of videogames as, on the one hand, causing psychosocial disability, and, on the other, having the potential to bring about positive social change. Kara’s work has been exhibited at IndieCade, the Banff Centre, Vector Game Art Festival, and in New York and Chicago.

Please join us in welcoming Ghada, Henrjeta and Kara to the AUArts community.