The Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History (CUJAH) is a student-run association that aims to showcase the talents of Concordia University’s undergraduate Art History and Fine Arts students by means of an annual journal publication and conference event.
CUJAH strives to provide students with academic and professional opportunities through workshops, events, and online resources. CUJAH is composed of an executive team, an editorial team, and a design team and is assisted by faculty members in the Department of Art History.
Meghan Leech (she/her) is a Tio’tia:ke/Montreal-based writer at Concordia in Art History. As the Editor-in-chief of the Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History she is interested in exploring how art journals can further decolonize academia and the Art History field. In her own research, she is interested in artists whose works explore the themes of the future through speculative fiction and how they are taking up the project of the future through their art. She is also interested in how museums are approaching the work of decolonizing their space.
Kate Bursey is an undergraduate student in Concordia’s Art History program, the current Conference Coordinator for the Concordia University Art History Journal, and a Research Assistant and coordinator for the Ethnocultural Art Histories Research group (EAHR) at Concordia. Their research interests are centered mainly on their Chinese-Indonesian, mixed-race, diasporic, and queer identities. They explore how these themes have interacted with contemporary art and art histories. Outside of academia, Kate is also an artist whose work touches on similar themes to their research interests. Her projects use installation, photography, and sculpture to create physical manifestations of how her identity has interacted with the world around them.
Anna Tchernikov holds the position of managing editor at CUJAH. She is a second-year student in Performance Creation, branching out into English and Creative Writing. Her creative and research interests include protest art, spoken word, and political theatre. They employ magic realism and memory in their playwriting work, focusing on the world of the unsaid in their art practice.
Their research interest in medieval drama and performance studies intersects with their political passions, with a focus on how the old can speak to the new. They enjoy any collaborative creation process, working to ensure that the urgency of the current moment is not lost in the setting of academic writing.
Alana Batten (she/her) is an art history student in her fourth and final year. She holds the position of communications coordinator at CUJAH, and is also a copy editor for Yiara magazine. Her research interests include the history of photography and photographic technologies, museological and curatorial studies, and contemporary art. Outside of academia, Alana also an artist, working primarily with photography and relief printmaking.
I’m originally from South-Western Ontario and am slowly but surely completing my degree in the Specialization in Art Education. I’m in charge of event planning for the CUJAH and have loved getting to meet new people through the workshops and book sales we’ve hosted so far. In the field of art history, I am especially interested in erotica, the aesthetics of death, and depictions of difference through time and space. In my studio practice, I am strongly inspired by my friends, the art of drag, and rural spaces.
Associate French Editor
Elliot holds the associate French editor position at CUJAH, emblematic of his pursuit as an art history undergraduate at Concordia. Currently studying abroad in France, he finds particular interest in the subversion of academic norms and conventions. To this end, his studies involve art from marginalized perspectives, notably that of queer surrealism. While at CUJAH, he intends to uplift texts that, while entrenched in the academic process, make use of a critical theory that surpasses it.
Journal Graphic Designer
Emma is a French-Canadian Illustrator and Graphic Designer from Quebec City, currently based in Tiohtiá:ke/Mooniyang/Montreal. She is currently completing her BFA in Art History at Concordia University. Her practice researches the credibility given to the arts and crafts movement and the many ways art and design can work together. Balancing the arts of design and illustration together, her work primarily focuses on illustration. She also has a cat named Camembert.
Shelby works as CUJAH’s financial coordinator, handling financial relations within the organization. She moved from Vancouver to Montréal in 2020 and will be graduating with a BFA in Art History and Studio Arts in June 2023. Her studio areas of interest are ceramics and printmaking, while her broad areas of research include North American culture, religion, politics and class relations, the opioid epidemic, kitsch, advertisement, and propaganda.