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Our Fall Newsletter is now online, catch up on recent and upcoming projects!

KIAS’ Fall 2015 Newsletter is now available online! Browse and read about our exciting recent and upcoming projects at http://eepurl.com/bxL2if


Please join us for the 2015 Arts Celebration of Research on April 21, 3:30pm @ TIMMS

Improvisation, Speculation 
 Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Timms Centre for the Arts
3:30 p.m. Program
   4:30 p.m. Reception

To RSVP, please click here

This year’s event will feature fast-paced, three minute presentations from some of the most exciting researchers in the Faculty of Arts. We’ve asked them to consider how research in the social sciences, humanities and fine arts responds to a changing world, and how our best minds look to the future to reveal both opportunity and risk.

The presentations will be followed by an improvisational performance of “Cap It!” by Professor of Music Scott Smallwood.

Come discover with us, through chance and design, what makes our work invaluable to the present day, and to the next moment.


Mark Nuttall
“Anticipation in a world of becoming”

Mark Nuttall is Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of Anthropology. Among his current projects, he is co-PI of the EU-funded ICE-ARC (Ice, Climate and Economics–the Arctic Region in Change). His latest book is The Scramble for the Poles, co-authored with Klaus Dodds and to be published by Polity later this year.

Temitope Oriola
“#Bringbackourgirls: Boko Haram’s fatua on Nigeria”

Temitope Oriola is Assistant Professor (criminology and socio-legal studies) in the Department of Sociology. A recipient of the Governor General of Canada Academic Gold Medal, Oriola’s works appear in leading journals such as Sociology, the British Journal of CriminologyCritical Studies on Terrorism, and African Security, among others. He is author of Criminal Resistance? The Politics of Kidnapping Oil Workers.

Yasmeen Abu-Laban
“Encounters with the Duck-Rabbit and the Role of Improvisation and Speculation”

Yasmeen Abu-Laban is Professor in the Department of Political Science. She has published widely on issues relating to the Canadian and comparative dimensions of gender and racialization processes, border and migration policies and surveillance, as well as citizenship theory. Her current research includes a SSHRC-funded project dealing with the United Nations and World Conferences Against Racism, a book project on human rights in Canada supported by a McCalla professorship, as well as a book project addressing Canadian immigration policy trends since 2000.

Chloë Taylor
“Furry Food: Ethico-ontological speculations on what we eat”

Chloë Taylor is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Philosophy. She has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Toronto and was a Tomlinson postdoctoral fellow in Philosophy at McGill University. Her research interests include 20th century French philosophy, philosophy of sexuality, feminist philosophy and animal ethics.

Juhani Järvikivi
“Who wants to hear a fairytale in the evening?”

Juhani Järvikivi is an Associate Professor of Linguistics, Director of the Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics and the founding Director of STEP Spring Training in Experimental Psycholinguistics. His research examines the influence of linguistic and non-linguistic context on real-time language processing, especially how these influence the development of children’s language comprehension.

Maureen Engel

“Visualizing Homelessness”

Maureen Engel is Assistant Professor of Humanities Computing, Director of the Canadian Institute for Research Computing in Arts (CIRCA) and co-investigator on the Edmonton Pipelines | Narrating Digital Urbanisms project — a collaborative research cell that aims to technologically intervene in our notions of what urban space is, and how we constitute and are constituted by it. Her background is in cultural studies, queer theory and feminist theory.

Jan Selman 
“Improvisation, Speculation: Democratizing the Room with Participatory Theatre”

Jan Selman’s creation and research focus is using theatre to animate community issues. Projects include Old Stories in New Ways, which adapts traditional resonant stories for contemporary times; Story House by Tanzanian-Canadian writer/performer Tololwa Mollel; and Are We There Yet? — a Community-University Research Alliance which adapted and assessed the impact of a participatory play and sex ed program in urban, rural and Aboriginal communities.

Scott Smallwood
“Sonic Discovery through Listening, Phonography, and Improvisation”

Scott Smallwood is a composer, improviser and sound artist whose work deals with discovered textures and forms through a practice of field recording and deep listening. He works extensively with technology, designing software and hardware instruments and devices, as well as traditional acoustic instruments. He teaches music composition and technology at the U of A, where he also serves as the Director of Humanities Computing.

Cosmopolitanism Past, Cosmopolitan Futures: A Roundtable Discussion

Why does cosmopolitanism appear both an inevitable conclusion of humanism and also an aporetic socio-cultural endpoint at which we will never arrive? From climate change, debt crises, energy security, environmental disasters, terrorism, transnational social movements, the events that lead our nightly newscasts and drive policy demand a global perspective, and yet it is difficult to imagine a historical moment without its own ‘global perspective,’ just as it is hard to envision a future that does not foster planetary, or species, or global thinking. How, then, have cosmopolitanism’s boundaries shifted in step with social, cultural, economic, and scientific developments? The twentieth century sought solutions to global imbalances through formal institutions of international governance, like the UN, the International Criminal Court, or the World Bank. Today, faith in the efficacy of such institutions has faded and our collective response to global instability is more provisional, improvisational, and contingent. So, are contemporary responses more or less cosmopolitan than those that preceded them? Has the cyclical nature of institutionalization and popular movements shifted how we conceive of cosmopolitanism’s pasts and potential futures? Situated between inevitability and impossibility, this one-day workshop will discuss these questions as well as our collective thoughts, questions, analyses, and hopes about cosmopolitanism past and cosmopolitan futures.

We are soliciting both presenters and a participant audience for our roundtable discussion of “Cosmopolitanism Past, Cosmopolitan Futures” scheduled for April 4th, 2014.  Those interested in presenting can submit a (250-300 word) proposal and a brief bio to camille.vandermarel@ualberta.ca by March 15thGraduate students and junior scholars are especially encouraged to participate. These proposals will take up ongoing and new research: interdisciplinary work is welcomed, as are extensions of seminar projects. Presentations will be short (10 minutes) in order to facilitate the roundtable discussion with panelists and the audience. This roundtable aims to connect researchers working on the problems posed by cosmopolitan futures—for instance, international migration, sovereign debt, neo-imperialism, and corporate social responsibility, etc.,—with those studying related issues of the cosmopolitan past—such as slavery, industrial capitalism, colonialism, corporate imperialism, and other related themes—in one day of roundtable conversations. Coffee and lunch will be provided.
For the purposes of catering, please RSVP by March 15 if you wish to attend the workshop.

Interactives – interdisciplinary interfaces for the arts and humanities

Scott Smallwood and his students in the Interactives interdisciplinary course will present ideas around the theme “Creating Interactive Interfaces for the Fine Arts and the Humanities.”

Students from a diverse range of programs including Art and Design, Music, Drama, and Humanities Computing will be pitching ideas for projects that involve interactive technologies. These projects will be presented in an exhibition at the end of the semester.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 2-7
University of Alberta

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KIAS Director: Call for Applications

The Kule Institute for Advanced Study, founded by a generous gift from Drs Peter and Doris Kule, is the University of Alberta’s most important centre for research in the humanities, fine arts and social sciences. With a total endowment equivalent to $12 million and over $400,000 per year to disburse on research activities, KIAS offers an unparalleled opportunity to foster and build research excellence. The Institute seeks a Director with passion and serious intellectual credibility in any area of the humanities and social sciences to chart a scholarly course for the next five years. Budgeting, donor stewardship and administrative experience are preferred but not essential, since the Institute is well supported. The single most important criterion is vision: what should our flagship research centre do, and how will we get there?

The five-year term begins 1 July 2013. It carries teaching release of 2HCE per year and offers a modest research stipend. The search is open to tenured professors in any of the SSHRC disciplines at the University of Alberta.

Please submit a letter of application, a current CV and the names of 3 referees to artsdean@ualberta.ca by Friday 1 March 2013. Short-listed applicants will be interviewed and asked to make a public presentation of their vision for KIAS during the week of 18 March 2013. Questions about the position should be directed to Heather Zwicker, Vice-Dean of Arts, who will chair the Selection Committee.