2018 Recipients

Charlotte Tegan

Charlotte Tegan

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Charlotte Tegan is a photomedia artist and PhD Candidate with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia. Her current research is an investigation into ambivalent entanglement, and the ways in which creativity is affected by perpetual connection with digital devices. Charlotte’s previous research has focused on the museum sector, and the role of mobile applications in education and visitor experiences. Charlotte has previously worked in children’s education within museums, and now teaches in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology. Her photomedia work has been featured in a number of recent exhibitions around Australia.

Nadja Köffler

Nadja Köffler

University of Innsbruck, Austria

Nadja M. Köffler (Mag., M.A., Ph.D) studied media sciences, educational sciences, and cultural sociology at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck (Austria) and has conducted research on media ethics and intercultural education at the Concordia University (Canada), the Hebrew University (Israel), and the KU University (South Korea). Since 2015, she has been working as a post-doctoral researcher at the School of Education at Innsbruck (University of Innsbruck) with a special research focus on visuacy (visual literacy), visual culture, and image epistemology. Since 2016, Nadja M. Köffler has been leading the film project Spondeo – Lost Oaths in Academia, which deals with the visualization of taboos in academic contexts. In 2017, she realized the artistic research project nightmode with a special focus given on the photographic visualization of the late-night culture of Austrian universities. Recently, she is researching the iconographic construction of gender in artistic contexts by focusing on Vivian Maier's photographic oeuvre.

Arpit Gaind

Arpit Gaind

Ambedkar University Delhi, India

Arpit Gaind is an MPhil Scholar in Development Practice from Center for Development Practice at Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD), India. For the past eight years Arpit have been extensively involved in both scholarly as well field based practices and actions research work (both in Urban as well as Rural-Adivasi spaces) where he has worked with a diverse group of communities including migrants, women, kids, school headmasters and teachers, tribals, and young adults. He has a graduation in History and Theater and went on to do his Masters in Development Studies from Delhi, India. Since 2015, Arpit has been working in Jharkhand (Eastern State of India, predominantly tribal) with women and young adults around the question of community art (film) practices and livelihood questions of migration, loss, culture.

Cole Robertson

Cole Robertson

Royal College of Art, UK

Cole Robertson is an American artist, educator, and occasional writer/curator. He taught for years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the departments of Photography and Art History, Theory, & Criticism. His research deals with photography as it intersects with embodied language and metaphor. Taking myriad forms (including 3D printing, installation, digital systems, and fine printing), his work has been exhibited throughout the US and abroad. He was recently a visiting artist lecturer at Liverpool Hope University and has an upcoming exhibition at Kingston University. Cole is currently pursuing a PhD at the Royal College of Art, living and working in London.

​Paridhi Gupta

Jawaharla Nehru University, India

Paridhi Gupta is a PhD candidate from the Centre of Women Studies at Jawaharla Nehru University, India. Currently working on the contemporary women’s movement in India, as part of her thesis, she is looking at new modalities of protest in India. She is deeply interested in questions of visual representation and their engagement with feminism in the country, which is an emerging field in the country.

In Their Words

My favorite part of the conference experience was meeting my fellow Graduate Scholars. We're at approximately the same stage in our academic careers and everyone is doing fascinating work."

Jason Derouin, 2014 Awardee

Presenting my paper to an interdiciplinary audience and recieving their feedback has provided me with valuable input into the ways of approaching my future research."

Pat Naldi, 2014 Awardee

I really loved being an active participant in the operational side of the conference. It made this conference stand out for me in comparison with other conferences at which I have attended and presented papers."

Ulrike Sturm, 2014 Awardee