Sideshows are a controversial form of entertainment in the cultural history of America because they showcase “freaks.” Associate Professor of Graphic Design Toni-Lee Sangastiano has been exploring this topic in her dissertation, “The Postmodern Sideshow and the Bakhtinian Dialogic: A reinvention of intersubjectivity within the simulated polyphony of mass media.” She presented at The 16th International Bakhtin Conference: Bakhtin in the Post-Revolutionary Era hosted by Fudan University in Shanghai from Sept. 6-10.
“The trip to Shanghai was a wonderful opportunity to connect with other Bakhtinian scholars from around the world, to further my dissertation research, and to explore the art and culture of a new city,” said Sangastiano.
Prior to teaching at Champlain College, Professor Sangastiano worked as a web and graphic designer in the fashion, music, travel, and publishing industries. She received her Master of Fine Arts from Montclair State University in 2004 and started teaching at Champlain in the Division of Communication and Creative Media in 2005. She did freelance work from 1997 until 2013, when she started her Ph.D. at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts in 2013. To see more of her sideshow work, visit her blog.
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