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Deanna Del Vecchio one of five Graduate Fellows joining the Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI) in 2018-19 

May 7, 2018
photo of Deanna Del Vecchio
Deanna Del Vecchio, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Social Justice Education working under the supervision of Professor Eve Tuck. (Photo: Eve Tuck)
Congratulations to Deanna Del Vecchio, one of five doctoral students selected to join the Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI) at the University of Toronto as a 2018-19 Graduate Fellow. Ms. Del Vecchio will participate in this year's theme, Reading Faces--Reading Minds through her research project Borders and Shadows: Participatory Photography at the U.S.-Mexico Border.
"It's a huge honour to be chosen for this fellowship," Ms. Del Vecchio comments.
"I'm really looking forward to working with the other fellows and the JHI research community to explore visual representation from the perspectives of different disciplines," she continues.  "This year's theme, Reading Faces-Reading Minds is so relevant to my research project."
Ms. Del Vecchio's research addresses the possibilities and dilemmas of using photography to document border struggles, with a focus on youth participatory photography in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Through interviews and focus groups with photographers and project facilitators, she investigates the use of images to explore young people's relationships to place, drawing on Indigenous theorizations of refusal and resistance to consider what it means to position images as a "gesture towards" in participatory photography.