2016-2017 Visiting Scholars
Keerthi Potluri is an SCA Visiting Scholar at NYU and the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow at the Central Park Conservancy. Her research focuses on the construction of cities, memorials, and public space, mostly in North America. Her current book project explores the parallel design of the state alongside urban public spaces through such discourses as public good, ethics, and memory. It is based on archival research and fieldwork conducted in New York City. She also writes on parks, public authorities, and urban environmentalism. Potluri holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley, where she taught courses in geography, art history, and social and political theory.
Lilian Radovac is a SSHRC postdoctoral research fellow in American Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. Her research focuses on the role of sound technologies in the formation of the urban public sphere, and she is completing a manuscript that chronicles how New York City’s noise ordinances were used to restrict radical political speech from 1930 to 1989. She is currently exploring non-hierarchical methods of documenting urban histories and cultures and has received a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for her digital humanities project “Alternative Toronto,” which will create a participatory cartographic archive of Toronto’s antiauthoritarian communities of the 1980s and early 1990s.
Radovac received her doctorate in communication studies from McGill University, and excerpts from her dissertation have been published in American Quarterly, Radical History Review and Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies. Her work as a student activist and labor organizer continues to inform her public scholarship, which has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Times Higher Education, TOPIA and Sounding Out. She is a past executive board member of the Canadian chapter of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music and a past president of the Association of Graduate Students Employed at McGill. She was also a longtime member of the anarcha-feminist noise collective Mourning Sickness and an archival contributor to the Riot Grrrl exhibition Alien She.