Public Parking is very delighted to announce our new editorial residency program. For this program, we aim to work with thinkers who are adjacent or outside the realm of the arts as part of Public Parking’s ongoing efforts to broaden the scope of ideas we feature and the communities we reach. This pilot project invites guest editors to be residents at Public Parking over an extended six-month period. They will work with our team to publish a series of either self-written or programmed texts throughout this time.
We are delighted to welcome editorial residents Chigbo Arthur Anyaduba and Emily Doucet for the inaugural run of this program.
Chigbo Arthur Anyaduba is an assistant professor in the English Department at the University of Winnipeg. His teaching and research interests focus broadly on African literatures. His current research explores the cultural representations of genocides and mass atrocities in Africa. He received his PhD in Literature from the University of Manitoba (Canada), as well as a master’s degree in English from Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria). He is currently working on two book projects: a monograph titled “Writing Postcolonial African Genocides,” and a collaborative project titled “The African Novel and the Reconstruction of Usable Pasts.” To get to know Chigbo and some of his recent creative projects, you can take a look at this piece about his experience at the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdowns in 2020, or listen to a recent interview he conducted with writer Zalika Reid-Benta.
In Chigbo’s own words:
“I am trying to be a writer but am currently overwhelmed and drowning in several untold stories, some partially formulated in uncompleted manuscripts. I find myself attracted to—well, actually arrested and held hostage by—morbid subjects; been speculating about one in particular: that thing in all of us that craves the quiet of solitude. I call it the figure of silence. Now, you probably know why I haven’t been able to write the thing. Thank you. Please, keep it to yourself.”
Emily Doucet is a writer and historian of photography and visual culture. She is currently an International Research Fellow at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen in Germany and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Her work has been supported by grants and awards from the British Library (UK), Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (Germany), Manitoba Arts Council, Northrop Frye Center (Toronto), Ryerson Image Centre (Toronto), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, among other institutions. Her writing on contemporary and historical visual culture has been featured in publications such as Border Crossings, C Magazine, Canadian Art, Communication + 1, Grey Room, Lady Science, Oxford Art Journal, and Public Parking. She is particularly interested in visual cultures of technology, media histories, and artistic communication networks and is currently working on a book about photography and mail.
We will be sharing their contributions to Public Parking on our webpage and via our newsletter over the coming months. Subscribe to our new newsletter here.
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