Category Archives: interdisciplinary

Chad Gaffield public lecture: The Surprising Ascendance of Digital Humanities: Why now? What’s next?

The Surprising Ascendance of Digital Humanities: Why now? What’s next?
Dr. Chad Gaffield
March 31, 2015
9 – 10:30 AM
Education North 2-115
Recently, there has been widespread discussion about whether humans have modified the environment enough to have pushed us into a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. We suggest that the rise of the digital has pushed humanity into a new cultural epoch: the Digicine. Digital technologies and environments are transforming cultures, identities, art, education and even ourselves.
Humanists, social scientists, and artists are well situated to provide spatial, temporal, and social context for the Digicine, because we cannot understand its impacts without exploring the origins, emergence, and futures of humanity in a digital world.
Dr. Chad Gaffield is Professor of History and University Research Chair in Digital Scholarship, University of Ottawa, and past President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
This presentation is made possible by a collaboration between the Kule Institute for Advanced Study, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Education, and the Canadian Institute for Research Computing in the Arts (CIRCA).
Chad Gaffield Poster Final-page-001

Alberta-Saskatchewan Research Collaboration Grants – Apply by April 15th, 2015!

Research Collaboration Opportunity

The Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity (ICCC) announce a joint research team building grant opportunity for teams at both the University of Alberta and the University of Saskatchewan. This opportunity is designed to encourage the formation of research teams spanning both universities.

Deadline April 15th, 2015
Value $10,000 ($5,000 at UofA and $5,000 at UofS) for a period of up to 18months.

Applications should include:

* Title and discussion of the research focus (150 word maximum)

* The names of the UofA PI and the UofS PI

* Names of team members at the two universities and a brief discussion of how their expertise advances the work of the team

* Discussion of research objectives, activities that will be undertaken, and outcomes (2 page maximum)

* Brief budget that is directly connected to research plans

Applications to be successful should:

* Include a team of full-time faculty at both the UofA and the UofS. The purpose of this opportunity is to encourage collaboration between researchers at our two universities.

* Include at least one face-to-face meeting at the UofA and/or the UofS

* Be for research of national or international significance. Be in an area of research in the Social Sciences, Humanities, or Fine Arts

Applications will be adjudicated by a Joint Research Committee and only one team will be supported per year. Applicants will be informed by the beginning of May.

Send applications to either:

Kule Institute for Advanced Study
Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity

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)

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)

SSHRC Stories and Successes – Nov 5!

Interested in learning more about the great social sciences, humanities and arts research happening at the University of Alberta?

The Office of the Vice-President (Research) and the Kule Institute for Advanced Study invite you to a public event celebrating our SSHRC stories and successes!

SSHRC Stories
The first half of the event will be 3 presentations on the theme of Emerging Technologies: Competing Needs and Challenges:

Technologies of Nature: Surveillance at the Limits of the Human
Kevin Haggerty (Arts)
Stewarding Technology for Inclusive Innovation
Gordon Gow (Extension)
The Third Dimension: Immersive Virtual Environments in Educational Research and Practice
Patricia Boechler (Education)

Special guest:
SSHRC’s new Associate Vice-President – Future Challenges, Ursula Gobel

SSHRC Successes
The second half of this event will celebrate UAlberta’s 2014 SSHRC grant recipients through poster displays and the following invited 3 minute presentations:

Sadok Ghoul – Campus Saint-Jean
Andrew Leach – Alberta School of Business
Julie Rak – English and Film Studies
Sean Robertson – Faculty of Native Studies
Ali Shiri – School of Library and Information Studies
Evelyne Gagnon – Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
Tsugumi (Mimi) Okabe – Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

Reception and University of Alberta Press book display to follow!

RSVP Requested to help with catering requirements:

Event Details

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
4:30-6:30 PM
Room 1- 430 CCISSSHRC Stories Successes poster