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Vitalis Im

Vitalis Im

PhD Student. Social Work/Anthropology Candidate

Vitalis Im is a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Work and Department of Anthropology. Funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, his dissertation research examines the politics of artmaking practices — including music, visual arts, theater and creative writing — in prisons. His scholarship focuses on the tensions inherent to artmaking as technologies of care in prisons, as tools of “resistance,” “healing” and “community building” on the one hand, as well as a means by which exploitation, violence and trauma are legitimated and propagated.

Dissertation Title

The Politics and Possibilities of the Arts in Prison Friday, July 12, 2024, 1:00 PM Oral Defense Location or Teleconference URL: School of Social Work (Room B631)


Year Degree   School
2016 BA Bard College
2019 MSW University of Michigan

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