In 2011, UA art history professor Stacie G. Widdifield earned a Confluencenter Faculty Collaboration and Innovation Grant to initiate a collaborative project that would ultimately result in significant fellowships.
Widdifield and her collaborator, Jeffrey M. Banister, were awarded the prestigious American Council of Learned Societies Collaborative Research Fellowship for their project on The Visual Culture of Water in Early 20th Century Mexico.
Widdifield and Banister, an assistant research social scientist and assistant editor at the Southwest Center, are investigating the visual and spatial history of Mexico City’s first modern water supply and drainage system. This system, with its ornate and monumental structures above ground and its state of the art engineering below, knit Mexico City to its water-rich hinterland and was an expression of emerging modern conceptions of water itself.
Widdifield and Banister, also an assistant professor in the School of Geography and Development, developed the project in a focus group that was funded by the original Confluencenter grant.