Sepia photo of two male snake charmers sitting on marble steps
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

The Office of Research and Innovation and Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies are pleased to present a talk by Assistant Professor Gabrielle Moser, recipient of the 2018/2019 OCAD University Award for Excellence in Early Stage Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity.

Tuesday, March 12th
4:00pm – 5:00pm
100 McCaul St., Room 258
(George Reid Wing Community Room)


This talk meditates on the research methods and archival strategies that developed out of a multiyear project on the Colonial Office Visual Instruction Committee: an unusual scheme sponsored by the British government that used a series of lantern slide lectures combining geography education and photography to teach schoolchildren around the world what it meant to look and to feel like an imperial citizen. Reflecting on the modes of looking
deployed by the viewers of these original lectures and the kinds of looking that are required by a contemporary archival researcher, the talk will introduce some of the themes addressed in Moser’s new book, Projecting Citizenship, which elucidates the impact of this vast collection of photographs that circulated around the British Empire between 1902 and 1945 in classrooms from Canada to Hong Kong, from the West Indies to Australia.

About Gabrielle Moser

Dr. Gabrielle Moser is a writer and independent curator. Her writing has appeared in venues including Artforum, Art in America, ARTnews, Canadian Art, Fillip, Flash Art, Journal of Curatorial Studies, and the Journal of
Visual Culture
. She is the author of Projecting Citizenship: Photography and Belonging in the British Empire (Penn State UP, 2018). She has organized exhibitions for Access Gallery, Gallery TPW, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Oakville Galleries and Vtape. Gabrielle has held fellowships at the Paul Mellon Centre for the Study of British Art, Ryerson Image Centre, the University of British Columbia and was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in
the department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University in 2017. She is a member of the Toronto Photography Seminar, and a founding member of EMILIAAMALIA feminist working group.


This talk coincides with the launch of Dr. Moser’s recent book, Projecting Citizenship: Photography and Belonging in the British Empire, (Penn State University Press, 2018).

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St., Room 258 (George Reid Wing Community Room)
Sepia photo of two male snake charmers sitting on marble steps; Talk description

Research Wednesdays: "Reconstructing Lost Books: Otto Ege’s Medieval Manuscript Leaves"

Research Wednesdays 1-2pm in the Learning Zone November 7: Reconstructing Lost Books: Otto Ege’s Medieval Manuscript Leaves
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

In 1950 Otto Ege, an instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Art, pulled apart fifty medieval European manuscripts and created a series of boxes containing portfolios of individual leaves. These boxes were sold to educational institutions across North America to be used as teaching materials. Archivist Ariella Elema describes the process of cataloguing OCAD University’s portfolio of manuscript leaves and the present cooperative efforts to reconstruct Ege’s scattered library in digital form.


Research Wednesdays is a speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff, or faculty) to present in a supportive environment. Take a break over lunch to learn about new opportunities for Toronto creative researchers!

Interested in presenting at Research Wednesdays? We are currently programming our winter schedule (Jan-April). Send an email to Daniel Payne ( and include:

  •   brief 250 word description of your talk,
  •   indication of which Wednesdays would be available for you,
  •   list of technological needs,
  •   ideal set up of the presentation seating arrangement,
  •   description of any participatory activities that may be used. (NOTE: any focus groups or survey-type activities may need Research Ethics Board approval, so be prepared to include this in your proposal.)
Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Library's Learning Zone, Level 1, 113 McCaul Street Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick St.
416-977-6000 ext. 217