Visual & Critical Studies Forum
Wednesday, February 10 , 10 am – 12 pm
Boardroom, San Francisco campus
Andrea Dooley received her BSS in Interdisciplinary Studies at San Francisco State University in 2003, where she wrote a senior thesis focused on 1990s New Urbanism architectural strategies and spatial segregation. She completed an MA in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts in 2006, where her thesis was entitled “It Seemed the Earth Could Not Hold Them: Public Genocide Memorials in Rwanda”. This work focused on the politics of representation, personal narrative and the dialog between place and trauma and was built upon her field research from Rwanda in 2005, which included interviews with genocide survivors, non-governmental organizations and memorial site visits. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Cultural studies at the University of California Davis where she was awarded the Presidents Pre-doctoral Multi-year Fellowship by the Davis Humanities Institute.
By: Robert Gomez
Violence is a social practice, and its remembrance as a political and social construction determines how it presses into the future. Andrea Dooley’s work, focused on the politics of representation, personal narrative, and the dialogue between place and trauma in Rwanda since the 1994 genocide, serves as a bridge between national reconstructions of the post-genocidal citizen and international understanding of Rwanda’s management of the unimaginable through genocide memorials. A California College of the Arts Visual and Critical Studies alumna, Andrea’s February 10, 2011 forum presentation highlighted the dynamism and relevance of the school’s program in an interdisciplinary field. Her work has active implications not only for the social domain of visual studies, but also for the role of academia’s influence upon contemporary political strategies of memory. In sharing personal stories and anecdotes from field research in a place where the total landscape of the country and overwhelming percentage of the population is implicated in an estimated 800,000 deaths, Andrea’s work reminded her audience that international critical writing on trauma stems from a vested interest in individuals. Continuing her work through a PhD in Cultural Studies at the University of California Davis, Andrea’s hand remains active in the reflexive creation of memory in the present.