Overby in Residence at CCA as a Research Fellow

News
September 16, 2014

Whitten Overby, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Architecture's History of Architecture and Urban Development program, was awarded a research fellowship at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montréal. Overby was in residence at the CCA in June and July 2014 while he worked with the center's archival and library collections and participated in the Toolkit seminar led by architectural historian and theorist Jacques Lucan and the CCA’s Senior Mellon Fellow and associate director of research Maristella Casciato.

As part of his residency, Overby delivered two public lectures. The first was a methodological critique of the seminar that proposed incorporating philosopher Baruch Spinoza’s concepts with those presented by Lucan, while the second outlined his dissertation project.

The fellowship was awarded in support of Overby’s dissertation project, tentatively titled "Dollyscapes: The Affective Architectures of Music and American Christian Feminism." His research concerns spaces owned, inhabited, and frequented by country music icon Dolly Parton. The dissertation argues that "Dollyscapes" are affectively charged with joy, solace, and other primal affects, or bodily intensities. These affects construct, along with Parton's American Christian feminist values and her body image, kinship relations, or a sense of belonging between herself and her fans.

CCA fellowships are offered on a competitive basis to Ph.D. students from participating programs, including Cornell.