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Images of Research Competition 2016

University of Alberta graduate students made 114 submissions to the Images of Research Competition 2016. The submissions highlighted that graduate student research at UAlberta takes place in studios and science labs, in the field and on the ice. From steel joints to self-determination; forest fire sensors to fossil record research; from drag kings to disease-resistant peas, UAlberta graduate student research is diverse and global. A multi-disciplinary 5 person adjudication committee reviewed all submissions and selected winners. The University of Alberta community voted for the People's Choice Award and the winning image garnered 122 votes out of 765 votes. The winning and semifinalist images are available in ERA (the University of Alberta’s digital repository) after the Images of Research exhibition.
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  1. King Me! [Download]

    Title: King Me!
    Creator: Meyer, Pony
    Description: We can't overlook the value of DRAG KING performance for lesbian, feminist, and queer communities, particularly when we consider the historical and contemporary regulation of gender and sexual norms and the legal and social persecution of female cross-dressers, lesbians, masculine women, and transgender people. My research builds on this understanding to explore the role of drag king performance in the lives of drag kings. Pictured here, we get a glimpse of a key finding – the overwhelming significance of community support and validation. We see the researcher, Ponyboi, featured as the focal point and supported by beautiful queer femmes and fellow drag kings. From the 1970s hippy-dude to the rocker-boys of the 1990s, to the threatening cop cozied up with the conservative establishment – we witness the strength of community in the wake of violence and oppression. For some kings, drag kinging is more than just fun; its essential to survival as a queer person. As a conscious performance of masculinity, it offers space for critiquing dominant masculinities and celebrating relationships to female masculinities, trans-masculinities, and queer sexualities. Performers can contribute to the construction of masculinity for supportive audiences, an act of agency that many non-biologically male people have consistently been denied. // Program of Study: PhD Interdisciplinary Program // Faculty/Department: Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation and Department of Drama // Place of creation: Edmonton, Alberta // Award: 1st Prize, Images of Research Competition 2016
    Subjects: Queer studies, Lesbian community, Drag kings
    Date Created: 2016