On Possibility: Social Change and the Arts + Humanities
Wendy S. Hesford, Puja Batra-Wells, Dionne Custer Edwards, and Kelly Kivland, Series Editors
The Ohio State University Press is pleased to announce a collaborative new book series with the OSU Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme and Wexner Center for the Arts. Each volume in this cross-disciplinary series will align with the annual theme of the Global Arts + Humanities Society of Fellows. The first volume, forthcoming in 2023, will be Human Rights Pasts and Futures.
On Possibility will broaden intellectual horizons, demonstrate new methods and orientations, and open up pathways for cultural and artistic innovation. In so doing, this series will amplify the vital role of arts and humanities modes of inquiry and discovery to cultivate understandings across differences and envision socially-just possibilities.
About the Series Editors
Wendy S. Hesford is Professor of English at The Ohio State University and Ohio Eminent Scholar with affiliate appointments in Comparative Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is also presently the faculty director of the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme. Her research and teaching interests focus on contemporary rhetorical theory, human rights law and cultural representations, transnational feminisms, and visual culture studies. She has authored three monographs: Framing Identities: Autobiography and the Politics of Pedagogy (Minnesota, 1999), for which she received the W. R. Winterowd book award; Spectacular Rhetorics: Human Rights Visions, Recognitions, Feminisms (Duke, 2011), for which she received the RSA book award; and, most recently, Violent Exceptions: Children’s Human Rights and Humanitarian Rhetorics (Ohio State, 2021). She is also co-editor, with Adela Licona and Christa Teston, of Precarious Rhetorics (Ohio State, 2018) and, with Wendy Kozol, of Just Advocacy: Women’s Human Rights, Transnational Feminisms, and the Politics of Representation (Rutgers, 2005) and Haunting Violations: Feminist Criticism and the Crisis of the “Real” (Illinois, 2001).
Puja Batra-Wells is Program Manager for the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme. She is a scholar of American material cultures and folklore who studies informal economies and modes of cultural display and presentation. She holds a doctoral degree in Comparative Studies and her dissertation, “Art/Work: Place-Making, Precarity, and the Performance of Artistic Occupational Identities,” relies on interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks and methodologies. Her scholarly formation is shaped by a master’s degree in Popular Culture with a graduate certificate in Public History and Museum Studies. She is co-editor of a volume on the intersections between folklore and economics, The Folklorist in the Marketplace (Utah State Press, 2019) and serves as a peer-reviewer for Museum Anthropology Review (Indiana University).
Kelly Kivland is the chief curator and director of exhibitions at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Center for the Arts. Kivland was a curator at Dia Art Foundation (2011–21), where she organized solo exhibitions and projects focused on Laylah Ali, Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Carl Craig, Maren Hassinger, Thomas Hirschhorn, Nancy Holt, Joan Jonas, Isabel Lewis, Nick Mauss/Ken Okiishi, Steve Paxton, and Joëlle Tuerlinckx, among others. Alongside scholarly and art writing, she has co-edited several publications and media projects for Dia Art Foundation, including Carl Craig, Joan Jonas, Artists on On Kawara, Artists on Robert Smithson, Artists on Bruce Nauman, Artists on Andy Warhol, Artists on Walter De Maria, Artists on Hanne Darboven, Franz Erhard Walther: First Work Set, Thomas Hirschhorn: Gramsci Monument, and Jean-Luc Moulène. She holds a master’s degree in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
Dionne Custer Edwards is a writer and educator, working in and around arts and cultural institutions and museums. She created the award-winning program Pages, a cross-disciplinary writing project where she organizes and facilitates arts experiences for high school students, works with artists and educators on arts integration, and edits an anthology of student writing and art. As the Director of Learning & Public Practice at the Wexner Center for the Arts, her portfolio includes education and curatorial programming that engages a wide public, including local and global communities, K-12 schools, and college/university audiences. She is also an affiliate faculty member and teaches in the Department of Arts Administration, Education, and Policy at The Ohio State University. While Dionne is an arts educator, practitioner, and programmer, she is also an artist. She has published critical and literary writing, internationally and nationally in Sanat Dünyamiz (“Our Art World”), Turkey, Journal GEARTE, Brazil, and in The University of Arizona’s Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education. Her poetry, essays, and creative nonfiction have appeared in 3Elements Review, Barren Magazine, Entropy Magazine, Flock, Gordon Square Review, Grist, Porter House Review, Storm Cellar, The Seventh Wave, Tahoma Literary Review, and in the anthologies Undeniable: Writers Respond to Climate Change (Alternating Current Press, 2020), Eclipsing the Dark (OPA Press, 2020), and A Love Letter to This Bridge Called My Back (University of Arizona Press). Dionne has a master’s degree in Arts Education and Creative Writing from Antioch University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from The Ohio State University.