scholar | researcher | writer
photographic media artist
Visual and Cultural Studies
University of Rochester
"Study Nature, Not Books:
A Genealogy of Photography
from Psychiatric Portraiture to Brain Imaging"
Created and taught an introductory topics course (GSWS 100):
“Robot Love: Decoding Gender in Technology” questions assumptions underlying how technology is built and operates regarding gender, race, and sexual orientation. It examines the relationship of technology to society and our everyday, embodied lives while also considering cultural imagination about technology and its oppressive or emancipatory possibilities.
Assisted grant-funded audit of the film collection. Self-checked over 6,000 cans of nitrate film: inspected film and can conditions, identified and noted levels of decomposition, removed foreign objects from cans and identified which of these items to archive, cross-referenced and corrected accession and location number discrepancies, updated nitrate film master list, identified film preservation priorities.
Study Nature, Not Books: A Genealogy of Photography
from Psychiatric Portraiture to Brain Imaging
Research interests: Photography history and theory,
media archaeology, science and technology studies, medical humanities, modern and contemporary art
alicia.chester [at] rochester.edu
alicia.d.chester [at] gmail.com