In conversation with Guggenheim fellows 


July 23, 2024


1:00 PM ET


Are you a mid-career professional in Canada with a significant record of publication, exhibition or performance of your work? The Guggenheim Fellowships are open to self-nominations for writers, scholars, scientists, artists, playwrights, filmmakers, photographers, composers, and more! Unsure whether you should apply? Don’t count yourselves out!

Join us for a multidisciplinary panel session with Prof. Laura Marks, Prof. Elena Bennett and Prof. Kamari Clarke, as they share their experience applying for and receiving Guggenheim Fellowships.

In this one-hour panel session, we’ll discuss self-nominations, the application process, reference letters and receive some insider tips and tricks. There will also be a Q&A period to ask all your questions!

Learn more about the Guggenheim fellowships.

Event Speakers:

Laura Marks portrait

Laura Marks, Professor of Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University

I research media ecology, non-Western media histories, experimental cinema, Islamic philosophy, Arab cinema, aesthetics, and embodiment. My books are The Fold: From Your Body to the Cosmos (Duke, 2024), Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image (MIT, 2015), Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art (MIT, 2010), Touch: Sensuous Theory and Multisensory Media (Minnesota, 2002), and The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses (Duke, 2000). I lead research on the carbon footprint of streaming media and 2020 I founded the Small File Media Festival, which celebrates movies that stream at extremely low bitrate. With Azadeh Emadi I co-founded the Substantial Motion Research Network of artists and scholars working on non-Western approaches to media. I program experimental media art for venues around the world. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, I teach in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

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Kamari Clarke, Distinguished Professor at the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies and the Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto

Kamari Maxine Clarke is the Distinguished Professor of Transnational Justice and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. Over the past twenty-five years, Professor Clarke has conducted research on issues related to legal institutions, international legal domains, religious nationalism, and the politics of globalization and race. She has spent her career exploring theoretical questions of culture and power and, in the field of law and anthropology, detailing the relationship between new transnational formations and contemporary problems. She is the author of nine books and over fifty-five peer reviewed articles and book chapters, including her 2009 publication of Fictions of Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Challenge of Legal Pluralism in Sub-Saharan Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and Affective Justice (with Duke University Press, 2019), which won the finalist prize for the American Anthropological Association’s 2020 Elliot P. Skinner Book Award for the Association for Africanist Anthropology and was the recipient of the 2019 Royal Anthropological Institute’s Amaury Talbot Book Prize. During her academic career she has held numerous fellowships, grants and awards, including multiple grant awards from the National Science Foundation and from The Social Sciences and the Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC), the Rockefeller Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and, very recently, the 2021 Guggenheim Prize for career excellence in Anthropology. She is currently working on a project examining the Problem of Absence-Presence in the Black Atlantic World and is interested in knowledge, method and transmission as ways to foreground an Otherwise approach to Black social life.

Read more about Dr. Clarke’s Guggenheim Fellowship.


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Elena Bennett, Professor in Sustainability Science at McGill University

Dr. Elena Bennett is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Science at McGill University. Her work focuses on the interactions among ecosystem services and how we can manage these interactions for multifunctional working landscapes, using a landscape ecology and systems ecology perspective. She was the leader of the Montérégie Connection project that worked with stakeholders to understand the role of landscape connectivity in the provision of a dozen ecosystem services and how those might change across a range of future scenarios. She is now leading ResNet, a 100+ person NSERC Strategic Network that builds on the Montérégie Connection to compare ecosystem service provision in six exemplar working landscapes across Canada. Her most recent work focuses on using radical transformative experiments in society as ‘seeds’ to improve storytelling and sense-making about how we might achieve a “good Anthropocene”. Dr. Bennett was a Leopold Leadership Fellow (2012). She won the Macdonald Campus Award for (Undergraduate) Teaching Excellence in 2012 the Carrie M. Derick Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision in 2013, and the David Thomson Award for Graduate Supervision in 2022. She won a Guggenheim Fellowship to pursue interdisciplinary work on multifunctional agricultural landscapes of Canada in 2022. She is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada Scholars (2023) and a member of the US National Academy of Sciences (elected 2022).

Read more about Dr. Bennett’s Guggenheim Fellowship.

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