On March 19th, 2009, the Center For Race & Gender was pleased to honor and recognize the scholarly contributions of Jaimee Comstock-Skipp and Eva Holt-Rusmore, both recipients of CRG undergraduate grant rewards.
Jaimee Comstock-Skipp, Near Eastern Studies, traveled to Cairo, Egypt, where she analyzed artistic shifts in 19th-century visual representations of the Sultan Hassan Mosque. She argues that the gradual movement from objective depictions by European colonial artists, from static architectual renderings and paintings that the emphasized structural forms, to more personalized, highly subjective representations of individual figures and scenes from daily life, provides important insight into the evolving relationship between colony and colonizer.
Eva Holt-Rusmore, ISF Studies, traveled to Freetown, the urban capital of the African nation of Sierra Leone. Her two months of field-work involved interviews and participant-observation of female, survivor-victims of the 11-year long, civil war which ran from 1991-2002. Holt-Rusmore seeks to better understand the patterns of social marginalization and reintregration that occur amongst female, post-conflict survivors of violence, genocide and rape.
The Center for Race and Gender commends the scholarly efforts of these two promising undergraduate students, and warmly encourages others with research interests related to the topic of race and gender to apply for grants.