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First Alberta-Saskatchewan Research Collaboration Grant results announced

KIAS and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity (USask) are pleased to announce “Prairie Sexualities: Theories, Archives, Affects, Communities” as the recipient of our first Alberta-Saskatchewan Research Collaboration Grant. The project convenes a multidisciplinary faculty team from the Universities of Alberta and Saskatchewan championed by Drs. Susanne Luhmann and Marie Lovrod to focus on queer and sexuality studies on the prairies, though not exclusively about the prairies.

Central to this project are questions of place and practice: how do our respective complex and specific prairie locations shape our work? How do queer-positive scholarly initiatives fare in prairie contexts and what conditions shape queer lives in Indigenous, urban and rural communities? What is it like to grow up or grow old as LGBTQ+ here? How are public/personal archival records of queer lives impacted where rurality remains a salient feature of socio-political relations?

The goal of this project is to develop sustainable, long-term, and transdisciplinary research collaborations among experts in the field of queer and sexualities studies at our universities and across the prairies to support more regionalized local, national, international, and transnational research in this field.


Register Now for the Rural Alberta Innovation and Learning Commons

The Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities (ACSRC) is proud to announce that registration is open for the Rural Alberta Innovation and Learning Commons 2015! 

The ACSRC and the Battle River Alliance for Economic Development (BRAED) (Killam, AB), are hosting a three-day educational commons focused on rural economic and community development. The RAIL Commons will provide baseline and in-depth information that will create a strong foundation for understanding and knowledge surrounding rural community and economic development strategies, realities, best practices and challenges, and subject matter surrounding the well-being of rural as a whole.

Concentrating on subject matter such as rural policy and governance, social policy and services, tapping into natural resources, investment attraction, business succession strategies, infrastructure, transportation and logistics, youth retention and recruitment, and more, this learning commons will offer a variety of opportunities to increase the knowledge capacity of municipal officials, professionals and students in Alberta.

The Rural Alberta Innovation and Learning Commons (RAIL), co-sponsored by KIAS, will be hosted from October 2 -4, 2015 at University of Alberta, Augustana Campus in Camrose, Alberta. For more information about the RAIL Commons please visit

Commons Objectives:

  • Increase community and economic development knowledge capacity;
  • Improved collaboration amongst rural communities;
  • Providing a forum for networking and sharing between rural communities in Alberta;
  • Provide an avenue for training and professional development that is a minimal time and cost commitment; and,
  • Provide this forum to build a business case for the need for further rural economic and community development education opportunities.

Please share this information with anyone who may be interested in attending the RAIL Commons.

Arts Resource Centre uses state-of-the-art cloud conferencing system to support academic collaboration

The Arts Resource Centre (ARC) has purchased a subscription to LifeSize Cloud, a cloud based video conferencing/communication tool that allows easy connection between multiple parties with audio and video from computer webcams, iOS and Android devices, video conferencing equipment and even telephone support with local calling or toll free numbers in most countries of the world. This solution provides an easy way to facilitate meetings, interviews, exams or even lectures with colleagues who are not able to travel to Edmonton but are available to sit down in front of their computer for a time, click a link to connect to you and then go on their way. The system allows data sharing, so powerpoint or your desktop can be shown while the conference is happening, which adds value to the time you spend. The system interfaces with the various conferencing rooms available on campus and the ARC also has a room dedicated to events where conferencing is a part. Please visit for more details of our communication and multimedia services.

Opportunity for Digital Scholars Offered by CHCI, centerNet, and UWS – Apply by April 20, 2015 (UPDATED)

New Scholars Seminar in Digital Humanities

June 29-30th, 2015 at the University of Western Sydney

CHCI, centerNet and UWS are collaborating to organize a pre-conference seminar for new scholars interested in the digital humanities. They have arranged for support for up to 10 scholars from outside Australia and 5 scholars resident in Australia to help with the costs of transportation and accommodation to the seminar in Sydney. An additional 10 bursaries are available under a separate scheme for research students from the University of Western Sydney.

What is the New Scholars Seminar?

The NSS is a two-day unconference event on Monday and Tuesday, June 29th and 30th connected with public events on Building Communities and Networks in the Humanities. The events are for new scholars to meet and develop research collaborations in the digital humanities. The agenda for the unconference events will be set by the participants. The events are timed to take place before DH 2015 ( at the University of Western Sydney in Sydney, Australia.

Who would participate?
For the purposes of this seminar a “new scholar” is defined as someone who is either a graduate student or someone who has received their PhD within the last 5 years (or longer if a case is made for career interruption). Postdoctoral fellows and people in alternative academic positions are welcome to apply.

Participation will be by reviewed application and accommodation/travel support will be limited to 15 people, including 10 affiliated with CHCI and 5 participants from Australia.

How does one apply?

Applications are due by April 2oth. Applications include i) a Statement of Research that outlines your research interests in digital humanities; ii) a letter of support from a CHCI centre/institute director (not required for Australian / NZ applicants), including a statement specifying the matching funds the centre will offer to supplement the $1,250 combined CHCI and centerNet contributions toward the applicant’s trip; and iii) a short two-page CV. Applications should be sent to the Kule Institute for Advanced Study <> at the University of Alberta.

What sort of support will be provided?

CHCI and centerNet have negotiated a support package for participants, encouraging matching support from the applicant’s home institution.

  • CHCI will provide $750 USD in support for up to 10 participants outside Australia who are sponsored by CHCI institutes. centerNet will provide a further $250 USD in support for these participants.
  • CHCI will provide $250 USD in support for up to 5 participants resident in Australia. Preference will be given to those affiliated with a centre that is a member of the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (ACHRC).
  • Students from UWS should apply to the UWS bursary scheme, which will be internally advertised.
  • The sponsoring CHCI institutes are expected to provide matching support to the applicants if they are accepted.
  • Successful applicants will be provided with catering during the 2-day seminar.
  • Successful applicants will also be provided with a conference registration subsidy of $100 per new scholar (reducing the cost to $295 AUD, which includes full conference catering).

The Kule Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Alberta is organizing this seminar on behalf of CHCI and centerNet. Rachel Hendery (Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities, UWS) and Geoffrey Rockwell (Director, Kule Institute for Advanced Study, University of Alberta, Canada) will convene the New Scholars Seminar.

New Scholars Seminar Programme:

The programme for the seminar will be developed by the participants once accepted and coordinated by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study. The idea is to empower new scholars to develop their own research directions and collaborations. There will therefore be two phases:

  1. Before the on-site portion of the Seminar there will be an online component. Participants will share their Statements and negotiate what will happen during the seminar. We expect there will be clusters of research interests that emerge which can form the intellectual backbone of the Seminar. KIAS will coordinate an online conversation that will encourage leadership to emerge from within the group so that the actual structure of the on-site days will be primarily organized by the participants.
  2. The on-site portion of the Seminar will take place over two days before the DH2015 conference (29 and 30 June). The program will include short presentations by participants addressing issues identified in online discussion and unconference activities. Also included will be a panel of senior researchers from the DH community discussing careers in the digital humanities and an opportunity to talk with these researchers in small groups.

New listserve for SSHRC Researchers at the University of Alberta

The Grant Assist Program, Social Sciences and Humanities, in the Office of the Vice-President (Research) is setting up a new listserve for continuing faculty at all campuses (Augustana, Extension, St-Jean and North). The sshrcUofA listserv is dedicated to providing an arena for discussions on any topic that concerns applications to, and research funded by or of relevance to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The list is unmoderated but is administered by the Senior Coordinator, Dr. Heather Young-Leslie.

The Grant Assist Program hopes to see collegial discussions regarding humanities and social sciences research, proposals, results and publications.

To subscribe:
To post a message to the list / community:
Address emails to: sshrcuofa [at]

For more information please contact Heather Young-Leslie at: Heather.YoungLeslie [at]
Office of the Vice-President (Research)

Eduard Baidaus: Born before and after the Collapse

Please join us for this Kule Dialogue:

Born before and after the Collapse:
Soviet Past and post-Soviet Present as Interpreted by two generations in Russia, Romania and Ukraine

Eduard Baidaus | Wednesday, November 26th | 2 PM | 3-20 Arts
(Light reception following the talk!)

Since Communism collapsed in Europe and the Soviet Union disintegrated, nation builders have focused on re-considering old values, re-writing national histories, and defining new identities. To construct a Communist society, several generations of the Sovietized Russians, Ukrainians, and Romanians were raised on similar ideological pillars – the so-called ‘people’s friendship,’ ‘Socialist brotherhood,’ and ‘Communist internationalism.’ The situation has changed due to the dramatic events of the late 1980s – early 1990s where citizens in the post-Soviet Russia and Ukraine, and post-Socialist Romania are no longer under the pressure of Communist propaganda, ideology, and internationalist education.

The purpose of this case study is to examine how Soviet past and post-Soviet present are perceived by the Soviet-born adults and post-Soviet youth in these three countries. The presentation centers on the interpretation of the Soviet foreign policy, perception of the Great Patriotic War, attitudes towards the Communist traditions and the assessment of political and territorial separatism in the former Yugoslavia and Soviet Union’s republics.

Eduard BaidausEduard Baidaus – a PhD Candidate (ABD) in History at the Department of History and Classics of the University of Alberta. His dissertation, “Nation-Building and Separatism in Eastern Europe: Transnistria Problem in Moldova and in Geopolitics of Russia, Ukraine, Romania, and the European Union (1917-2013),” is concerned with the problems of separatism and nation-building and focuses on the “frozen conflict” and identity crisis in Moldova. The dissertation addresses issues related to the reassertion of Russia’s international influence, Ukraine’s efforts to balance between the “East” and “West,” and Romania’s attempts to return its role in the domestic and foreign affairs of the Republic of Moldova.

The Creation of iGiselle – Classical Ballet Meets Contemporary Video Games

Wondering how to save a ballerina from her tragic fate?

Find out on Friday, October 24, 2014 at the unveiling of the iGiselle project!

“Video games are making it possible to rewrite traditional narratives like never before.” Geoff McMaster (article on iGiselle)

iGiselle is an AI-driven ballet video game built by an interdisciplinary research team led by Nora Stovel (English and Film Studies) and Vadim Bulitko (Computing Science).

To attend sign up here:

The Creation of iGiselle – Classical Ballet Meets Contemporary Video Games
October 24, 2014 – 9:00am – 4:00pm
Faculty Club, Papaschase Room

More on iGiselle: Colloquium poster (1)