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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.

Kule News – Fall 2014

Kule News bannerSeptember 8, 2014

Here are some examples of the great research that KIAS is supporting, and also some upcoming events to watch for!

Sample imageiGiselle Ballet-based Video Game
The KIAS funded interdisciplinary project iGiselle is nearing completion. This ballet-based video game offers players a chance to re-imagine the classical romantic ballet Giselle and features a photographic interface, voiced audio and original music all controlled by Microsoft Kinect. A public demonstration of the game and presentations by participants on the research and design team is planned for October 2014. www.iGiselle.ca

UAlberta panel from Around the World 2014Around the World 2014
Around the World is a worldwide collaborative conference which took place May 21st this year with over 350 viewers tuning in to 12 hours of presentations from 39 presenters at 14 different institutions. This year’s theme was privacy and surveillance in the digital age and the event is archived online at: http://aroundtheworld.ualberta.ca/

Group at the Replaying Japan conference

Replaying Japan 2014
Replaying Japan 2014 is the third collaboratively organized conference focusing broadly on Japanese game culture, education and industry. The University of Alberta hosted this year’s conference in August with over 100 attendees from six countries including people from academy, community, government & industry, seven video game companies and twenty academic institutes. https://sites.google.com/a/ualberta.ca/replayingjapan2014/

round table discussion at research-creation symposiumResearch Creation
Dr. Natalie Loveless held a symposium and think-tank in the Spring of 2014 which brought together researchers and artists interested in research-creation. The KIAS supported events invited discussion and debate about research-creation and the Fine Arts PhD among other topics that emerged. Over 300 people attended the keynote presentation by Dr. Donna Haraway on March 24th which has now been viewed over 3000 times online at: http://new.livestream.com/aict/DonnaHaraway

EuromaidanContemporary Ukraine Research Forum
On June 26th, the Contemporary Ukraine Research Forum hosted an online video conference featuring papers from three research clusters related the EuroMaidan in Ukraine including: Folklore, Culture and Religion, Media and Communication, and Politics and Social Structure. The proceedings have been viewed over 950 times online at: http://new.livestream.com/ualberta/UkraineResearchForum

Entangled Careers Lit LibThe Entangled Careers of Liberalism and Literary History Symposium
The Entangled Careers of Literary History and Liberalism is a research collaboration organized by professors and graduate students in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta designed to explore the question: What is the relationship between the history of literary history and the history of liberalism? The research project centers on a symposium at the University of Alberta that took place in April 2014 and a book collection (with University of Toronto Press) in 2015. The symposium was well attended and the organisers received great feedback from participants. The event was livestreamed and is archived online at: http://new.livestream.com/uAlberta/entangledcareers

Modern Magazines Project Canada
Modern Magazines Project Canada is a collaborative initiative that brings together scholars, magazine professionals, and digitization specialists with the goal of bCanadian Magazinesuilding an international and interdisciplinary network for the study and promotion of periodicals. A workshop on magazines and/as media was held August 15-16, and a public symposium entitled “Canadian Magazines: Past, Present, Future,” was held Aug 16. The project hopes to build toward long-term partnerships and collaborations focused on magazines and the digital turn. More details can be found on their website. http://modmag.ca/

SSHRC/Algonquian/Cree mini-summit
The SSRHC/Algonquian/Cree Mini-summitmini-summit was held at the University of Alberta June 18 – 19, 2014. This SSHRC funded project is working to develop software tools and applications for revitalizing indigenous languages in Canada. Altogether 19 participants, including three from the Giellatekno research group from the University of Tromsø, Norway, participated in the event. The “mini-summit” was followed on June 20-21 by practical workshops on the computational modelling of Cree and Haida together with the Norwegian collaborators.

CHANGE engagement consortiumEngagement Scholarship Consortium
The 15th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium at the University of Alberta on October 7-8 will bring together academics and community members to explore why and how both universities and communities are changing.The conference will feature international leaders in engagement scholarship who will invite participants to think deeply about the theories of change that underlie our efforts and how we are engaging with the change we are experiencing ourselves. http://engagementscholarship.org/conference/esc-2014-meeting

Community Service-Learning Pre-conference workshop
The Kule Institute for Advanced Study will be supporting the University of Alberta’s Community Service-Learning program’s October 6th workshop on “Community Service-Learning and Change” at the Chateau Lacombe in conjunction with the Engagement Scholarship Consortium conference. The full day workshop will explore social and personal impacts of CSL in relation to broader changes in the university and community landscapes in the partnered practice of creating democratic-thinking and caring learners, while considering the impact of CSL on developing students’ abilities to respond to complex, real life social issues. LINK

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Translating and Performing the Mexican – American Border

A staged reading of Boundless Border by Carlos Morton 
(translation by Sandra Gaviria-Buck)
February 28, 7:30 pm, Arts’ Based Research Studio (Education Building, 4th floor)
A tale of survival and death set at the border between El  Paso

 and Ciudad Juarez. The play addresses the politics of the Mexican-American border, the femicide of hundreds of women in that region of the world, and the issue of immigration. This is the play’s first production in English and is made possible by a generous KIAS Cluster Grant and the collaboration of the Department of Drama and the department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. The playwright will be attending the reading.

The evening will include the reading of border poems translated by MLCS professors Odile Cisneros and Ann de Leon and their MA students in Translation.– 


There will also be an interview conducted by Stefano Muneroni (Drama) with Carlos Morton on February 27, 1:00-2:30, in the Timms Centre for the Arts’ Lobby.

Carlos Morton (Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin) is Professor of Theatre at the University of California (Santa Barbara). He has over one hundred theatrical productions, both in the U.S. and abroad. His professional credits include the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center Theatre, La Compa“Ãa Nacional de Mexico, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, and the Arizona Theatre Company. He is the author of The Many Deaths of Danny Rosales and Other Plays (1983), Johnny Tenorio and Other Plays (1992), The Fickle Finger of Lady Death (1996), Rancho Hollywood y otras obras del teatro chicano (1999), and Dreaming on a Sunday in the Alameda (2004). A former Mina Shaughnessy Scholar, Fulbright Lecturer to Mexico (1989-90), and Distinguished Fulbright Lecturer to Poland (2006-07), Morton also holds an M.F.A. in Drama from the University of California, San Diego. Since 1981 Morton has lived on the border between Mexico and the United States teaching at universities in Texas, California and Mexico.


2013 Tomorrow’s Ideas Now conference is loaded with talent!

We have such a great group of people coming together for the 2013 Tomorrow’s Ideas Now (TIN) conference August 16-18!

First of all, we are excited to be bringing together participants from Mexico, Great Britain, Ukraine, Brazil, United States… and Canada!

The keynote speakers will be Ayondela McDole from Columbia College – Chicago; and Lianne Lefsrud KIAS Doctoral Scholar at the University of Alberta.

Ayondela photo

Ayondela McDole graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2012 from Columbia College Chicago majoring in Cultural Studies with a high concentration in Black World Studies. Ayondela attended the “Tomorrow’s Ideas, Now” conference in August 2012, where she presented an essay deconstructing the popularity of the Black American movies Big Momma’s House, Madea’s Family Reunion and Norbit. In honoring the spirit of the  conference, Ayondela will discuss the necessity of change in the world and the detrimental implications when there is none! She will also illustrate in her talk the importance of using our gifts and talents to better serve our local communities and influence society at large.  It is her belief that sharing ideas and collaborating with fellow students is a wonderful catalyst for change and can be best used for interacting with the world today and tomorrow. Ayondela is an engaging and inspirational speaker and we are so glad to have her with us again this year!

LianneLefsrud photoLianne Lefsrud is a KIAS Doctoral Scholar in Organizational Analysis in the Alberta School of Business. Her research is looking at the oil/tar sands at the intersection of institutional theory, social movements, and professions. Specifically, she is interested in the role of language and rhetoric to define, value, and shape our conceptions of the environment and regulatory institutions related to the oil/tar sands. Prior to starting her PhD, she worked in Regulatory Affairs with APEGGA (Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta), Canadian National Railways, and in environmental consulting, water resource engineering, construction, and oil and gas. Lianne joins us fresh from presenting at TEDx Ft. McMurray!

New SSHRC application assistance available

There is a new service available to help UAlberta researchers with SSHRC grant applications.

The University of Alberta Grant Assist Program is an initiative by the Office of the Vice-President (Research). The Grant Assist Program emerged from a pilot project, The CIHR Special Project, which provided supports for researchers applying for CIHR grants, and is now an established support for University of Alberta researchers.

In March 2013 the Grant Assist Program was extended to pilot supports for social sciences and humanities researchers applying for SSHRC grants. The SSHRC pilot of the Grant Assist Program is designed to enhance the quality and competitiveness of applications being submitted to SSHRC. The Grant Assist Program (SSHRC) offers key supports through peer review of proposals, professional editing, and casual support by doctoral research assistants. There are also opportunities for learning and mentorship through workshops, website and other resources, writing clubs and retreats, and micro-mentorship (one-on-one discussions about proposal development). The Grant Assist Program currently has a bridge funding opportunity available through the Partnership LOI GAP Fund (deadline July 5, 2013).

KIAS is looking forwatd to working with Bonnie, and the Grant Assistance Program, to create ever stronger research capacity here at UAlberta!

For more information please contact:
Bonnie Stelmach at bonnies [at ] ualberta.ca

Around the World Symposium still rolling, Japan & Australia soon!


Around the World Symposium on Technology & Culture – 3

Click on the poster for a snap shot of some of the different organizations that joined in the Twitter conversation, as of 17:45 MDT!