Ionit Behar named as a Resident Graduate Scholar at UIC’s Institute for the Humanities
PhD Candidate Ionit Behar has been named as a Resident Graduate Scholar at UIC's Institute for the Humanities for the 2020–21 academic year. Resident Graduate Scholars join the vibrant community of scholars at the Institute. Each will present a chapter of ongoing research as part of the Interdisciplinary Dissertation Workshop series. Events will take place via zoom in the fall, and in a format to be determined in the spring. Exact dates will be announced.
Ionit will be working to complete her dissertation, titled "Intimate Space and the Public Sphere: Margarita Paksa in Argentina’s Military Dictatorship," which situates the multi-media artwork of Argentinian artist, Margarita Paksa (1933-2020) in the 1960s and 1970s—a time when censorship, violence, and disappearance were commonplace across Latin America. Paksa effectively claimed the public sphere on behalf of herself and other artists, developing alternative and oppositional ways of encountering art institutions as well as the military regime. Paksa’s radical works speak to the failures of democracy back then as well as in today’s world.