May 23, 2018
PhD graduate Anar Rajabali is the 2018 recipient of the ARTS (Arts Researchers and Teachers) PhD Graduate Award at CSSE.
Here’s what the award committee wrote about her thesis:
PhD award: Anar Rajabali. (Re)turning to the Poetic I/Eye: Towards a Literacy of Light
Dr. Rajabali’s dissertation is a beautifully written meditation on poetry, spirituality, and the quest for knowledge. It enacts its project through a seamless merger of poetry (textual and spoken word), song, philosophy, autobiography, and curriculum theorizing, extending our understandings of each of these genres and modes in the process. As an accomplished poet researching poetry through poetry, Rajabali demonstrates the possibilities of a/r/tography as a mode of scholarship that extends the bounds of the dissertation and academic knowledge production.