Dr. Staci Gem Scheiwiller

Assistant Professor, Modern and Contemporary Art History

Education

University of California, Santa Barbara
Ph.D., History of Art, 2009

Dissertation: “Mirrors of Memory: Nineteenth-Century Imagery in
Contemporary Iranian Photography”

Committee: Robert Williams, John Foran, Laurie Monahan, and Miriam Wattles

Concentrations: Modern and Contemporary Iran, History of Photography,
Contemporary and Modern Art and Theory, Gender, and Postcolonialism;
Minor in Islamic Art

University of California, Riverside
M.A., History of Art, 2001

Thesis:  “Revisiting American Atrocities in Photography and Film: Other and
Difference in the Vietnam War Legacy of the United States”

Committee: Amelia Jones, Jonathan Green, and Katherine Kinney

Concentrations: the United States, Contemporary Art, Photography, Visual Culture, and Film; Constructions of Race, Gender, and Nation in Art

University of Southern California
B.A., Art History, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1999

Concentrations: Gender in Contemporary and Italian Renaissance Art, Postcolonialism, Islam, and the Middle East​​

 

Performing the Iranian State

Contact Information

Building Location: Art 
See Building #8: Map

Office Location: A10 - See Map

Phone: (209) 667-3497

E-mail: sscheiwiller@csustan.edu

Publications

Books:

Refereed:

Co-Editor (with Markus Ritter), The Indigenous Lens: Early Photography in the Near and Middle East (forthcoming 2016)

Invited:

Mirrors with Memories: Nineteenth-Century and Qajar Imagery in Contemporary Iranian Photography (Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2011)

Book Chapters:

Refereed:

“Photographing the Other Half of the Nation: Gendered Politics of the Royal Photograph Albums of Nineteenth-Century Iran,” in The Photograph and the Album, ed. Jonathan Carson et al. (Edinburgh: MuseumsEtc, 2013), 30-74

“Cartographic Desires: Some Reflections on the Shahr-e Farang (Peepshow) and Modern Iran,” in Performing the Iranian State: Visual Culture and Representations of Iranian Identity, ed. Staci Gem Scheiwiller (London: Anthem Press, 2013), 33-54

“In the House of Fatemeh: Revisiting Shirin Neshat’s Photographic Series Women of Allah,” in Performing the Iranian State: Visual Culture and Representations of Iranian Identity, ed. Staci Gem Scheiwiller (London: Anthem Press, 2013), 201-20

“Reframing the Rise of Modernism in Iran,” in Modernism beyond the West: A History of Art from Emerging Markets, ed. Majella Munro (London: Enzo Arts and Publishing, 2012), 11-32

Invited:

“The Online Avant-Garde: Iranian Video Art and Its Technological Rebellion,” in Social Media in Iran: Politics and Society after 2009, ed. David M. Faris and Babak Rahimi and (Albany: State University of New York, 2015), 271-85

“Is there a PostIslamic Art, Or Are We Post-Islamic Art? Time and the Condition of ‘Contemporary Islamic Art,’” in Global Trends in Modern and Contemporary Islamic Art, ed. Rui Oliveira Lopes et al. (Lisbon: Centro de Investigação e Estudos em Belas-Artes, 2015), 109-39

Journal Articles:

“Khiaban-e dotarafeh: Safar ba tarikh dar aksha-ye Jalali [A two-way street: Traveling with history in Bahman Jalali’s photographs],” Aksnameh 7, no. 30 (1388/2010): 30-3

Exhibition Catalogues and Essays:

“A White Peril: Re-Scripting the White Postcolonial Subject in Aliza Levi’s Artwork,” in Books on a White Background: Aliza Levi (Cape Town: South African Jewish Museum, 2015), unpaginated

“The Limits of Sight, Knowing, and Possession: The Photographs of Mohammad Reza Tahmasbpour,” in Mohammad Reza Tahmasbpour: Composing Poetry with Photographs (Claremont: California State University, 2014), 7-10

Editor, Modern Art, 1800-1870: Undergraduate Papers on Nineteenth-Century Art (Claremont: California State University, 2014), 4-6

“The Semiotics of Defiance: The Performances of Amitis Motevalli,” in Amitis Motevalli: Porru (Claremont: California State University, 2013), 6-11

Miyan-e Mahdoudiat-ha ya Marz-ha? Contested Agency in Contemporary Iranian Art,” in We are Standing outside of Time: An Ongoing Artistic Collaboration between: Shahram Entekhabi, Behrang Samadzadegan, ed. Shahram Entekhabi (Linz: Atelierhaus Salzamat, 2012), 8-11

“A Photographic Transformation of American Photographer Carolyn Gledhill: The Rise of the ‘New Woman’ in the Gledhill Portraits,” in Portraits in Paradise: The Photography of Carolyn and Edwin Gledhill, 1906-1944 (Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara Historical Museum, 2010): 5-16

Book Reviews:

Book Review, “Muslim Women Reformers: Inspiring Voices against Oppression,” Women: A Cultural Review 22, no. 4 (2011): 441-5

Book Review, “On Iranian Women,” Women: A Cultural Review 20, no. 2 (2009): 231-3

Book Review, “Iran in the 1930s: Exploring Iran: The Photography of Erich F. Schmidt, 1930-1940,” History of Photography 33, no. 1 (February 2009): 103-5

Conference Papers

Refereed:

Panel Chair, “Gendered Counternarratives of Representation in Qajar Society,” International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS) 11th Biennial Conference, Vienna, Austria, August 2016.

“The Inevitable Witness: Women, Visibility, and Photography in Qajar Iran,” International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS) 11th Biennial Conference, Vienna, Austria, August 2016.

Panel Co-Chair with Nancy Micklewright, “Constructing Islamicate Visualities in Nineteenth-Century Photography: Tracing Photographic Developments in Qajar Iran and the Ottoman Empire,” Photography’s Shifting Terrain: Emerging Histories & New Practices, NYU Abu Dhabi, March 2015.

“Was There an Islamicate Aesthetic of Photography? Constructing Modern Photographic Identities of the Empires,” Photography’s Shifting Terrain: Emerging Histories & New Practices, NYU Abu Dhabi, March 2015.

Panel Chair, “Iranian Photography of the Long Century: Expressing a World in Flux,” International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS) 10th Biennial Conference, Montreal, Canada, August 2014.

“Deconstructing Antoin Sevruguin: Reconsidering the Liminality of Sevruguin and His Photographs of Iran,” International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS) 10th Biennial Conference, Montreal, Canada, August 2014.

“Ottoman and Qajar Modernisms: A Comparison that Provincializes Europe,” Likeness and Difference: Modern Art of the Middle East and the Confines of Modernism, Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Turkey, and Iran, Third Annual Conference, New York City, October 2013. Refereed

“The Iranian Indigenous Lens of the Nineteenth Century: Possibility or Moot Point?” Society for Photographic Education Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, March 2013. Refereed

“In Subversive Spaces: Photographic Portrayals of Nineteenth-Century Iranian Women in the Images of Photographer Yassaman Ameri,” Home/Land: Women, Citizenship, Photographies, Loughborough University, UK, July 2012. Refereed

“Performing the Past: Historical Performativity and Corporeality in the Photographs of Shadafarin Ghadirian, Afshan Ketabchi, and Arman Stepanian,” Iranian Contemporary Art - Searching for Identity? Bonn University, Germany, May 2012. Refereed

“Reframing the Rise of Modernism in Iran,” Association of Art Historians (AHH) Annual Conference, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, March 2012. Refereed

Panel Co-Chair with Pamela Karimi, “The Body as a Site of Political Intervention in Contemporary Middle Eastern Art,” College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, February 2012. Refereed

“Gender, Beauty, and Desire: The Camera and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century Iranian Photography,” Art Historians of Southern California Annual Conference, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, November 2011

“An Entangled Legacy: Shadi Ghadirian’s ‘Qajar’ Series and the Anxiety of Patriarchal History in Iran,” 7th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, Honolulu, HI, January 2009.

“Some Reflections on the Shahr-e Farang and the Modernization of Iran,” Art History Graduate Student Association Symposium, University of California, Santa Barbara, April 2004.

Hejab and the Media,” Historians of Islamic Art (HIA), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, February 2002.

Invited:

“To Veil or Not to Veil? The Fine Line between the Local and the Global and between Lived Experience and Neo-Orientalism in Images of the Veil in Contemporary Middle Eastern Art,” The Religious Life of Fashion, University of Salzburg, Austria, May 2015.

“Iranian Performance Art and Video Art in Global, Local, and Transnational Contexts,” Between Literature and Theater: Performing Iran, University of California, San Diego, February 2014. 

Invited Lectures:

“Teleologies of New Media: Digimodernism, Post-Postmodernism, and the Postcontemporary.” 6 June 2015. Aaran Gallery, Tehran

“Modern Iranian Art: 1900-1960.” 31 March 2015. University of California, Berkeley

“Queens, Scholars, and Revolutionaries: Women, Power, and Representation in Nineteenth-Century Iran.” 25 November 2014. University of Vienna

“On Contemporary Iranian Photography.” 19 November 2014. Hinterland Gallery, Vienna

“A Tenuous Masculinity: Gender and Classicism in Picasso’s Ceramics.” 8 October 2013. Tuesday Reading Club, Turlock, California

“Gender, Beauty, and Desire: The Camera and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century Iranian Photography.” 14 May 2013. GEND 3000 -- Gender Studies Research Methods, California State University, Stanislaus

“Reframing the Rise of Modernism in Iran.” 29 April 2013. California State University, Sacramento

“Architectural Hybridities: Pagan, Christian, Islamic or All the Above?” 18 September 2012. Modesto Architecture Festival

Workshop: “Postmodernism and Contemporary Iranian Photography.” 16 December 2011. University of Zurich

“Entangled Legacies: Nineteenth-Century Imagery in Contemporary Iranian Photography.” 15 December 2011. University of Zurich

“The History of Iranian Photography.” 1 August 2007, 8 December 2008. ARTHI 6G – Art Survey: History of Photography, University of California, Santa Barbara

“Contemporary Iranian Photography.” 10 May 2007. ARTHI 138B—Contemporary Photography, University of California, Santa Barbara

“Social Documentary Photography in Iran.” 5 March 2007. ARTHI 138C –Social Documentary Photography, University of California, Santa Barbara

Awards and Honors

Extramural Awards:

Die Käthe Leichter-Gastprofessur für Gender Studies, Winter 2014-15

  • Guest Professor of Gender Studies at the Art History Institute of the University of Vienna

Certificate of Excellence in Student Support, Mount San Antonio College, 2011

Critical Language Scholarship (State Department), Summer 2008

  • Study Persian and Tajiki in Tajikistan

Mina Houtan Scholarship, Houtan Scholarship Foundation, Fall 2007

  • $2,500 award from a private organization for graduate students conducting research on any topic on Iran

Persian Language Fellowship in Tehran, American Institute of Iranian Studies, Fall 2004

FLAS Language Fellowship, Ohio State University, Summer 2004

Elks’ Most Valuable Student, Elks National Foundation, 1995-99

  • $1,000 scholarship every semester for four years

At CSUSTAN

Center for Excellence in Graduate Education (CEGE) Graduate Assistantship (GA), Fall 2014

  • Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Student Benjamin Jameson-Ellsmore is GA for Spring 2015

Dean’s Travel Initiative, Fall 2014

  • $700 to participate in the College Art Association’s Diversity Practices Committee in NY, NY

Dean’s Travel Initiative, Fall 2014

  • $1000 to chair a panel and to present at the International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS) 10th Biennial Conference, Montreal, Canada

Center for Excellence in Graduate Education (CEGE) Graduate Assistantship (GA), Fall 2013

  • Psychology Graduate Student Veronica Higareda is GA for Spring 2014

Graduation Rate/Student Success Initiative Grant, Fall 2013

  • $10,000 to support an Artist-in-Residence with Amitis Motevalli that will improve art major success rates

Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Grant, Fall 2013

  • $5000 grant to conduct research in repositories in Europe and Los Angeles

Dean’s Travel Initiative, Fall 2013

  • $700 to participate in the College Art Association’s Diversity Practices Committee in Chicago, IL

Dean’s Travel Initiative, Spring 2013

  • $700 to participate in the College Art Association’s Diversity Practices Committee in New York City

Certificate of Excellence as an Associated Student Incorporated Board of Director, Spring 2013

Center for Excellence in Graduate Education (CEGE) Graduate Assistantship (GA), Fall 2012

  • History Graduate Student Douglas Johnson was GA for Spring 2013

Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Grant, Fall 2011

  • $4400 grant to conduct research in repositories in Europe and Los Angeles

At UCSB:

Brython Davis Graduate Fellowship, Fall 2007

  • $5,000 fellowship and fees paid for one quarter

Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant, Summer 2007

  • $1,579 grant to travel to Canada for an interview with Photographer Yassaman Ameri

Departmental ABD Grant, 2006-07

  • $10,000 for field research in Iran

Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, 2003-04

  • $14,500 fellowship and fees paid for one academic year

Art History Club Mentorship Award, 2003

Best Graduate Student in Persian, 2003

VIDDA Fellowship, Spring 2002

  • $4000 stipend and fees paid for one quarter

At UCR:

Graduate Dean’s Fellowship, 1999-2000

  • $8,100 fellowship and fees paid for one academic year

At USC:

Louise Kerckoff Prize (Gender Studies Essay Award), 1998

  • Award for essay on female genital mutilation

Teaching Experience:

Assistant Professor, California State University, Stanislaus, Turlock, CA (2011-Present)

  • ART 2515—Art Hist Survey-Ancient. Total enrollment of 51
  • ART 2520—Art Hist Survey-Modern. Total enrollment of 51
  • ART 2522—Art Hist Survey-Contemporary. Total enrollment of 51
  • ART 2525—Art Hist Survey-Nonwestern. Total enrollment of 51
  • ART 2526—Art Hist Survey-Islamic. Total enrollment of 51
  • ART 2530—Art Appreciation. Total enrollment of 74
  • ART 4400—New Media Theory. Total enrollment 40
  • ART 4540—Modern Art, 1800-1870. Total enrollment of 48
  • ART 4545—Modern Art, 1870-1970. Total enrollment of 51
  • ART 4548—Global Modernisms. Total enrollment of 40
  • ART 4550—Art of the Postmodern Era. Total enrollment of 51
  • ART 4555—American Art. Total enrollment of 70
  • ART 4562—Islamic Art. Total enrollment of 40
  • ART 4920—Art in Action. Total enrollment of 20

Die Käthe Leichter-Gastprofessur für Gender Studies, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Universität Wien

 (2014-15)

  • Vorlesung—Women and Gender in Islamic Art
  • Fallstudie II/III —Gender and Other Identities in the History of Iranian Photography
  • Seminar— Sex, Gender, and Desire in Nineteenth-Century Iranian and Ottoman Photography

Instructor, Art History, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA (2010-11)

  • AHIS 1—Understanding the Visual Arts. Total enrollment of 35
  • AHIS 3—Women and Gender in Art History. Total enrollment of 35
  • AHIS 6—History of Modern Art. Total enrollment of 35

Instructor, Art History, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA (2010)

  • ART 390—History of 19th- and 20th-Century Nonwestern Art. Total enrollment of 10

Instructor, Art, Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA (2009-11)

  • ART G105/HUM G100—Art History and Appreciation I—Prehistoric to Renaissance. Total enrollment of 88
  • ART G106/HUM G110—Art History and Appreciation II—Renaissance to Present. Total enrollment of 78

Instructor, History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara (2007)

  • ARTHI 1—Introduction to Art. Total enrollment of 40

Instructor, Art, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA (2001)

  • ART 101—Art History: Prehistoric through Medieval Art. Total enrollment of 20