Flow Tuscaloosa Awarded National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Our Town Grant

  • August 30th, 2021
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Congratulations to Jamey Grimes, CARI Fellow and Assistant Professor of Art, and Dr. Julia Brock, CARI Fellow and Assistant Professor of History on being awarded a National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant for their project, Flow Tuscaloosa.

Flow Tuscaloosa recognizes the successful restoration of Hurricane Creek, a Tuscaloosa natural resource, as inspiration to ignite action to protect the resources of the Black Warrior River watershed and bring attention to environmental justice efforts in West Alabama. Drawing from expressive and visual art as a stimulus for dialogue, engagement, and play, the project nurtures local commitment to environmental stewardship through arts-based workshops that culminate with a community lantern parade and a curated exhibition.

Dr. Andrew Raffo Dewar Awarded a Fulbright Specialist Award and Named the Fulbright Canada Research Chair

  • August 5th, 2021
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Congratulations to CARI Faculty Fellow Dr. Andrew Raffo Dewar on being awarded a Fulbright Specialist Award and being named the Fulbright Canada Research Chair at York University in Toronto.

Through the Fulbright Specialist Program, Dr. Dewar received support to visit the Antonio Nariño University in Bogotá, Colombia in June. He gave two public seminars on experimental music and intermedia arts, discussing both the history of those art forms and his own creative research in those fields.

“To receive this kind of support at this moment in my career simultaneously feels like an acknowledgement of the decades of work I have already completed, and an invitation to stretch my research into new directions with my future work,” said Dr. Dewar.

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Requiem for the Innocent – Film Festival Finalist

  • May 21st, 2021
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Congratulations to Robin Behn, CARI Faculty Fellow and UA Professor of English, for advancing as a finalist in the Berlin Shorts Film Festival, the Vancouver Independent Film Festival, and the Paris International Short Film Festival.

Her submission, Requiem for the Innocent: El Paso and Beyond, is a research project that addresses the tragedy of the mass shooting at the Walmart in El Paso on August 3, 2019 in which twenty-three people were killed.

Rebecca Salzer Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

  • March 31st, 2021
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CARI Director And UA Professor, Rebecca Salzer, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in February of 2021. Her funded project aims to create an online resource to increase accessibility to recordings of works by Black choreographers. This is Salzer’s second NEH grant for her project. Read more about this award and Salzer’s research here.

Dr. Catherine Roach Receives UA’s SEC Achievement Award and Research Fellowships

  • March 30th, 2021
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Congratulations to CARI Fellow, Dr. Catherine Roach, for being UA’s SEC Achievement Award Winner. The program recognizes one individual from each SEC university for their teaching accomplishments, scholarly contributions and discoveries. Dr. Roach is recognized for her excellence in pursuing new research frontiers, experimenting with different writing mediums and finding new audiences. To read more about Dr. Roach’s research and career as a professor of Gender and Cultural Studies at UA, click here.

In addition to her award, Catherine has also received the Muriel Gold Senior Visiting Professorship at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at McGill University and the Visiting Research Fellowship of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. To read more about this honor, click here. 

CARI announces 2021-2022 Faculty Fellows

  • December 3rd, 2020
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The University of Alabama’s Collaborative Arts Research Initiative has announced its newest cohort of faculty fellows. The 2021–2022 faculty fellows, chosen from a large and competitive applicant pool, are:

  • Sarah Bryant, Library & Information Studies
  • Andrew Raffo Dewar, New College and Music
  • Amanda Koh, Chemical & Biological Engineering
  • Jeremy Levine, Journalism & Creative Media
  • Claudia Romanelli, Modern Languages & Classics
  • Erin Stoneking, Gender & Race Studies
  • Elizabeth Tavares, English

These fellows will participate in a collaborative arts research community for the next two years. The CARI Faculty Fellowship aims to help fellows diversify the impact of their work and to develop new interdisciplinary research. The creative lab and collaborative meeting space in Maxwell Hall serves as a place for these faculty to workshop ideas, hold meetings, and informally interact with other faculty.

JPAR Awardees 2020

  • September 21st, 2020
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Congratulations to the first funded Joint Pilot for Arts Research projects, co-sponsored by CARI, the Alabama Life Research Institute, and the Office of Research and Economic Development!
The funded projects include:
  • “Instruments of Culture and Agents of Change: Performing Arts Training as a Vehicle for Empowerment and Wellbeing among Alabama Youth,” which includes Dr. Courtney Helfrecht, assistant professor of anthropology; Dr. Stephanie McClure, assistant professor of anthropology; Dr. Alexis Davis-Hazell, assistant professor of music; and Alvon Reed, assistant professor of theatre and dance.
  • “Dangerous Landscapes: Legacies of Nineteenth-Century Progress in the age of Climate Change,” which includes Dr. Teresa Cribelli, associate professor of history; Allison Grant, assistant professor of art and art history; and Dr. Joan Barth, senior research social scientist at the Institute for Social Science Research.

A Most Favorable Soil

 CARI Fellow Julia Brock is a member of the Selvage Collective, a curatorial collective that blends contemporary art and public history. The group’s exhibition titled “A Most Favourable Soil” opens in Kilkenny, Ireland in November 2019. CARI hosted Selvage member, Kirstie Tepper, to finalize research and present on the exhibit at UA.

CARI Announces Inaugural Fellows

  • September 5th, 2019
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The University of Alabama’s Collaborative Arts Research Initiative has announced its 10 inaugural faculty fellows and several new initiatives to engage faculty across campus.

The 2019-21 faculty fellows, chosen from a large and competitive applicant pool, are:

  • Robin Behn, English, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Julia Brock, history, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Julia Cartwright, geological sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Hilary Green, gender and race studies, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jamey Grimes, art and art history, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Luvada Harrison, theatre and dance, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Conor Henderson, physics and astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Holland Hopson, New College, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Aibek Musaev, computer science, College of Engineering
  • Catherine Roach, New College, College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty from all colleges and departments can also get involved with CARI through two new initiatives: CARI Community and CoffeeLabs. To join the CARI Community, faculty can fill out this form.

CARI’s CoffeeLabs will serve as open-house style events for UA faculty and staff interested in interdisciplinary collaborative arts research. At these events, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to learn more about the CARI initiative, meet and network with CARI faculty fellows, and discuss research ideas with faculty in other disciplines.

All faculty are welcome and encouraged to take part in CoffeeLabs in Maxwell Hall from 9 to 10 a.m. on Sept. 20, Oct. 18 and Nov. 15.

Apply to Be a Collaborative Arts Research Initiative Fellow

  • January 25th, 2019
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The University of Alabama’s Collaborative Arts Research Initiative, or CARI—which is a new research incubator dedicated to interdisciplinary, arts-focused inquiry—is announcing applications for its inaugural faculty fellowships.

Applications will be open Feb. 4 through March 6, and information sessions for the fellowships will be held in January and February.

“The faculty fellowships are a critical mechanism by which CARI and The University of Alabama are supporting high impact, interdisciplinary research and creative projects led by faculty with the interest and talent to engage across campus and across disciplines,” said Dr. Russell J. Mumper, UA’s vice president for Research and Economic Development. “Moreover, the fellowships are an integral piece of UA’s strategic goal to increase creative activities that impact economic and societal development.”

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, CARI Fellowships are open to faculty from all colleges and departments interested in exploring how collaborative research across disciplines can enrich the scope and impact of their work. Four information sessions for interested faculty will be offered in January and February, each of which will include a short presentation by a prominent arts researcher, the opportunity to network with other UA faculty and detailed information about the application and selection process.

Ben Knapp
R. Benjamin Knapp

R. Benjamin Knapp, the director of the Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology, or ICAT, at Virginia Tech will be a guest speaker during information sessions for UA faculty held at 4 p.m. on Jan. 28 and noon on Jan. 29.

CARI also will host guest speaker Norah Zuniga-Shaw, the director of dance and technology at Ohio State University Department of Dance and Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design, or ACCAD, during sessions at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Feb. 13. All sessions will be held in Maxwell Hall.

Knapp is the founding executive director for ICAT and a professor of computer science at Virginia Tech. ICAT seeks to promote research and education at the nexus of art, design, engineering and science. For more than 25 years, Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design and various forms of creativity. His research on human-computer interaction has focused on the development and design of user-interfaces and software that allow both composers and performers to augment the physical control of a musical instrument with direct physiological interaction.

Shaw is an artist and creative director best known for her award-winning digital projects that center choreographic ideas as catalysts for interdisciplinary and intercultural discovery. Her newest project, Livable Futures brings together faculty and students from across the arts and humanities for creative resistance and collective resilience in response to planetary conditions of crisis. Since 2004, Shaw has been director for dance and technology at The Ohio State University Department of Dance and ACCAD where she is a professor and teaches interdisciplinary research, improvisation and intermedia.

Applications for inaugural CARI Faculty Fellowships can be found at www.cari.ua.edu beginning Feb. 4.

CARI is led by department of theatre and dance faculty member Rebecca Salzer, with assistant director Michelle Bordner.

“We are excited to see this collaborative research community taking shape with the selection of our first faculty fellows” Salzer said.  “We hope the campus community as a whole will quickly feel the benefits and energy generated by this Initiative.”