Assistant Professor of Photography and artist Christine Rogers was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for her upcoming work in India. As a flex grant, Rogers will be funded for two trips over the next year including a trip during winter break this year and the summer of 2019. During her time abroad, Rogers will be in residence at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences in Calcutta, an interdisciplinary think tank focused on East Indian research. Rogers’s project will focus on history, international trade, climate change, collective memory and, of course, photography.
Passionate about interdisciplinary research, Rogers’s trip will allow her to study and take photographs to create a body of artwork on her topic–centered around memory and contemporary life in the anthropocene, examining the global ice trade of the 1800s and the phenomenon of modern day snow theme parks. “In looking at this almost evaporated history, I hope to find connections between photography and memory in a rapidly warming and image-saturated world,” she said.
This trip isn’t Rogers first experience in India or as a Fulbright Scholar. In 2012-2013, she traveled to India as a scholar, looking at the middle class domestic tourist industry and projections of landscape. She visited every landscape advertised as “The Switzerland of India” and began thinking about snow, ice and, as she calls it, “the beauty of the cold.” Since then, she was hooked.
“I haven’t stopped thinking about it since,” Rogers said. “I have wanted to do this project for a couple of years, and after the encouragement of my friends and colleagues, I decided to pursue grant funding to turn this dream into a reality.”