Winter 2022 IHC Award Winners

Winter 2022 IHC Award Winners

February 9, 2022

The IHC is pleased to announce the results of its Winter 2022 awards competition. Congratulations to the winners of IHC Graduate Collaborative and Visual, Performing, and Media Arts Awards!


Awards of up $1,500 to support graduate student collaboration beyond the confines of particular departments and disciplines, both within the arts and humanities and between the arts and humanities, social sciences, and sciences

Alt-Right Media Literacy Series
Adam Burston, Sociology
Chelsea Kai Roesch, Film and Media Studies
Kyna McClenaghan, Film and Media Studies

The objective of the Alt-Right Media Literacy Series is to unite scholars and activists who are interested in a multi-modal, interdisciplinary approach to curbing the spread of disinformation in the contemporary mediascape. This event will be the first installation of a larger annual Political Media Literacy series. The series consists of six Zoom discussion sessions starting in Fall 2022-Spring 2023. The structure of events is: 1) a six-part speaker series with scholars invited to speak on the movement by utilizing the academic lenses of history, cultural studies, art, new media, religious studies, and feminism, and 2) a final in-person workshop.

Healing Communities
Giulia Giamboni, History
Michael J. Ioannides, Anthropology
Mariah Miller, Global Studies

COVID-19 has revealed interconnections between the environment, disease, and social inequalities that necessitate a broader conception of trauma and healing. The “Healing Communities” conference will explore community responses to these interconnected challenges across time and space. The conference will focus on the processes and communities of healing that address trauma resulting from three distinct, yet intimately interlinked, social problems: capitalism, colonialism, and environmental degradation. The conference will feature four panels: one engaging with each of these three global topics and one exploring local processes and communities of healing in Santa Barbara.

Ninth Annual American Indian and Indigenous Collective (AIIC) Virtual Symposium: “Imagining Indigenous Futurities”
Alesha Claveria, Theater and Dance
Sage Gerson, English
Andrea Guerra, Global Studies
Kendall Lovely, History
Maite Urcaregui, English

The annual American Indian and Indigenous Collective (AIIC) Symposium, now in its ninth year, is part of a vibrant interdisciplinary community that centers Native and Indigenous students, scholars, narratives, and perspectives at UCSB. The AIIC symposium brings together scholars from across disciplines—including the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, and sciences—and from community members and practitioners beyond academic borders, including local Chumash Elders and community members. The symposium theme this year, “Imagining Indigenous Futurities,” brings together Native feminisms and Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge to explore how we might enact lush futures for more just worlds in our communities.


Awards of up $1,000 to support creative work that uses its artistic medium in innovative ways to explore topics of humanistic concern

Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin
Alexandra Birch, Music and History

In the light of accessibility issues with COVID-19 and the racial reckoning of BLM, how do we perform Ludwig van Beethoven, a canonical composer, without furthering the very elitism in classical music and academia that modern performers should actively avoid? As a performer and academic, Birch presents Beethoven’s complete ten sonatas for violin and piano in a series of lecture recitals, free public concerts, live streaming to seniors, and two international virtual masterclasses. In doing so, Beethoven is recontextualized for audiences as a humanist, musical continuation of Mozart, and champion for the ideals of the French Revolution and individual rights.

Echolocating the Caribbean Diaspora
Cathy Thomas, English

In this curated exhibit/pop-up installation, Thomas will display re-designs of footwear that will be featured in her current book project, “PoCo Mas,” which makes connections across visual art, theory, creative writing, performance, and science. She will share the visual and digital artifact, Footfall Echolation. By designing footwear from salvaged materials she asks, “where do you wear in the diaspora?” Using silent disco sound technology, she will place the FE in various spots in one location. The headphones have proximity receivers helping visitors imagine moving backward and forward in time, space, memory, and futurity.

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