2005-2006 Spotlight Archives
Professor Jesse Lerner Awarded Fulbright-Garcia Robles Fellowship
Professor Jesse Lerner
Professor of Media Studies Jesse Lerner has been awarded a Fulbright-Garcia Robles fellowship for the 2006-07 academic year. The Fellowship, made possible with the support of the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and the U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange, will enable him to research and teach at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estetica (Institute for Aesthetic Research, or IIE) at the National University (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, or UNAM), on their Ciudad Universitaria campus in Mexico City.
Lerner will teach a course on the history and theory of documentary film and video and conduct research in a number of public and private archives in Mexico City. His research in Mexico looks at “Mayan modernism,” a strand within twentieth century painting, architecture and media arts that seeks affirmation for its radical aesthetics through references to ancient Mesoamerica. Although individual practitioners from all over the world have participated in this regionally specific form of modernist primitivism, Mexico was always at its center, and Mexico City is the place where the majority of the archival materials are to be found. Lerner will also teach a graduate seminar on documentary video and film at the National University during his stay in Mexico.
Lerner said, “I’m delighted by the offer of this privileged opportunity to conduct archival research in Mexico City, research that will unquestionably enrich the text that I’m writing. The offer to teach at the Instituto de Investigaciones Esteticas is just icing on the cake.”