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Dr. Kathleen Vaughan and Dr. Cynthia Hammond are the new incoming Co-Directors of COHDS


COHDS is proud to announce that Concordia University has named Dr. Kathleen Vaughan, Associate Professor in the Department of Art Education and core member of our research unit, and Dr. Cynthia Hammond, Chair of the Department of Art History and core affiliate, as Co-Directors of COHDS. Starting June 1st, 2017, they will be leading COHDS over the next three years. This is an important moment in the history of COHDS, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. We are excited by what Kathleen and Cynthia have to offer COHDS!

Kathleen Vaughan is an artist and educator with a particular love for stories, as her BA in English literature attests. She went on to an MFA (Studio Arts) at Concordia and a PhD in Education at York University, where her research-creation dissertation was the institution’s first such doctoral work. Using art and auto-ethnography (storytelling!), Kathleen’s multi-modal project explored the theme of ‘home’ in her Toronto locale. This place-based approach animates her practices in Montreal, where she has a particular devotion to the people, creatures and histories of her home neighbourhood of Pointe-St-Charles. Currently, her best known artwork is a series of walking maps of urban woods, which explore political ecology and personal experience — and are based in many, many walks with her poodle, Baloo. As associate professor in the Department of Art Education, Kathleen teaches courses oriented to socially engaged studio practices and community art education, always with a desire to hear and include others’ stories.

Kathleen Vaughan's Website

Cynthia Hammond graduated from Concordia University’s interdisciplinary doctoral program in 2002. From 2004-06, she held the first, federally-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the School of Architecture at McGill. Hammond teaches interdisciplinary practice and method, architectural history, and studios and seminars on spatial theory in the Departments of Art History and Studio Art. Her publications explore gender, public history, and questions of heritage in relation to the built environment. Cynthia also has an ongoing exhibition record as a painter, and as a socially-engaged public artist. In her pedagogy, research, and creative work, Cynthia foregrounds the city and its constituents as her collaborators in mobilizing multiple publics around the politics of urban change.

Cynthia Hammond's Website


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