Professor Becky Lentz is awarded a 2013 SSHRC Insight Development Grant for her project entitled “Rendering Visible the Infrastructure of Media Policy Advocacy Practice”. You can read more about a networking session held by McGill’s Office of Sponsored Research for its 22 winners of the 2013 SSHRC Insight Development Grant.
Becky Lentz 2013 SSHRC Insight Development Grantfocuses on Rendering Visible the Infrastructure of Media Policy Advocacy Practice
Every form of human interaction allows for a relative degree of anonymity. A speaker can stand in shadows or wear a mask, a pamphleteer can distribute words and arguments separate from their name, a prank phone caller can disguise their voice or even spoof an untraceable telephone number. These strategies, typically, aim to minimize threats to body or reputation resulting from the communicated message, whether it aims to further a political agenda, to intimidate or, simply, to amuse or enlighten the anonymous party.
My research lies at the intersections of visual culture studies and contemporary new media art history, theories of geography and imaginative spaces, and the politics of surveillance and the gaze in the midst of shifting definitions of American identity during the Red Scare in the United States at mid-century.