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Catherine Ries

Islamic art, material culture, performing arts and gender in Southeast Asia
Selected Publications: 

“Dressing for History in Wayang Golek Cepak: Outward Appearance and Inward Soul.” Co-Author Kathy Foley. Bodies of Enchantment: Puppets from Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Forthcoming November 2021.

“An Interview with Boreth Ly on her New Book, Traces of Trauma.” Co-authors Michelle Yee & Christina Ayson-Plank. Refract: An Open Access Visual Studies Journal. December 2020.


Selected Presentations: 

"From Sanggul to Veil: The Javanese Bride as Embodiment of Indonesian Islamic Ideals." American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) Conference, 2021.

"From Sanggul to Veil: The Javanese Bride as Embodiment of Indonesian Islamic Ideals." Cornell Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) Graduate Conference, 2021.

"Iconoclasm or Localization? Figural Images in Javanese Mosques.” Cornell Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) Graduate Conference, 2020.


Honors and Awards: 

2021 Fulbright U.S. Student Researcher Grant, Fulbright Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and
Administered by Institute of International Education.

2021 Social Sciences Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development (SSRC-DPD), UCSC.

2021 Visual Studies Research Grant, UCSC.

2020 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, UCSC.

2020, Visual Studies Travel & Research Grant, UCSC.

2019, Critical Language Scholarship, Indonesian, U.S. Department of State.

2019, Graduate Student Association Research and Travel Grant, UCSC.

2018, Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship, UCSC

2018, Southeast Asian Summer Studies Institute Scholarship, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

2013, Pro Artibus Award, Concordia University

2012  Olivia R. Mulvey Arts Scholarship, Concordia University

2011, Phi Theta Kappa Merit Scholarship, Concordia University.

2011, Regent’s Scholarship, Concordia University.



Education and Training: 
MA, Visual Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
BA, Studio Art, Concordia University, St. Paul