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Evelyn Armstrong, IDSVA





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My goal is to investigate the role of culture in the formation of knowledge and its relation to politics of history. I depart from the specific historical accounts of nation building in Canada, striving to demonstrate some of the ways in which different lines of inquiry are skewed from entering the bulk of the epitome that guides political praxis and its function in culture and society. I also critically underline how governmental policies justify spending on arts’ grants, while dismissing specific cultural information and everyday practices that affect the underwriting of policies and the distribution of economic funds. For my research, I seek examples in the production of culture that sustain ideas if freedom, equality, and social justice, giving voice to minorities throughout history. I draw attention to the culture of Canada’s Aboriginal communities that interconnect current and universal relations of time and space through folklore and societal function, exemplified by art practices, documentary filmmaking, and story telling. This urges us to rethink the way we record, validate, and define knowledge, and how knowledge is transformed into political policies that sustain injustice in a government that claims itself just.

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Canadian History | Indigenous Studies | Regional Economics


Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts


Portland, Maine

In/Art: An Inquiry into Cultural Framing for the Twenty-first Century



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