Celebration of Research 2017

Researchers from the Faculty of Arts and the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) discuss how exploring social, cultural, creative and disciplinary intersections reveal and contribute to the public good.

The event will feature fast-paced presentations from some of the most thought-provoking researchers in the Faculty of Arts and KIAS, and the formal announcement of the recipients of this year's Kule Research Cluster grants.

March 6, 2017
Timms Centre for the Arts

Program: 3:30 p.m.

Reception: 4:30 p.m. (cash bar)


Donia Mounsef (Drama):  W.E.T.: Water Ecologies in Theatre
Donia Mounsef is Associate Professor of Drama and études théâtrales with a cross appointment in the Drama Dept. (Faculty of Arts) and Campus Saint Jean. Her research focuses on spectacles of violence and atrocity, intermediality and the body, and the resistance through performance and sousveillance to the rise of surveillance culture. Her more recent research project focuses on water in performance and performance in water by looking at how a hydro-imaginary is produced and experienced materially, aesthetically and ideologically on stage, and how eco-critical concerns generate and resolve cultural anxieties in performance.


Mark Simpson (English & Film Studies):  Energy Impasse and Energy Transition
Mark Simpson works at the intersection of Cultural Studies and the Energy Humanities. His research examines mobility’s modern regimes. He is co-editor of ESC: English Studies in Canada; a core collaborator in the multi-disciplinary research partnerships Petrocultures and After Oil; and one of three Champions of Energy Humanities within the Future Energy Systems research initiative recently launched at the U of A.


Fiona Nicoll(Political Science):  The Public Art of Intersectionality
Associate Professor Dr Fiona Nicoll is a Research Chair of Gambling Policy with the Alberta Gambling Research Institute (AGRI) and is in the final stages of preparing a manuscript titled Gambling in Everyday Life: Governing Spaces, Moments and Products of Enjoyment (to be published with Routledge in 2017/18). She is committed to expanding the current scope of scholarship on gambling within social science and humanities disciplines (including science and technology studies) and relating this work to urgent policy questions. To capture and disseminate the best work by established and emerging scholars of gambling, she is working with prominent scholars in the field to establish an international, interdisciplinary, peer reviewed journal of Critical Gambling Studies.  Dr Nicoll is also an active researcher in critical race and whiteness Studies; questions of reconciliation and Indigenous sovereignty lie at the heart of her research and teaching. In particular, she collaborates with Indigenous artists and academics to recognize, represent and interrupt multiple relations of dispossession and privilege that structure institutional and everyday life in settler-colonial states. In 2015 she co-edited a collection of essays responding to a public installation of Indigenous art at the University of Queensland curated by Adjunct Professor Fiona Foley, Australia Council Artist of the Year for 2013-14. Courting Blakness: Recalibrating Knowledge in the Sandstone University was published by University of Queensland Press in 2015.


Susanne Luhmann (Women’s and Gender Studies):  Domesticating the Nazi Past
Susanne Luhmann is Associate Professor & Chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta. She is currently working on a number of projects, including a monograph that studies the gendered staging of familial narratives of Nazi perpetration in memoirs, film, and museums'  exhibits. She is also coeditor of a volume for WLU Press entitled Learning Elsewhere? Critical Perspectives on Community-based Praxis Learning in Canadian Women’s and Gender Studies. A series of recent articles under the broader topic of “Un-settling Queer Pedagogy” revisits her earlier foundational work in queer pedagogy in light of recent critiques of ongoing settler colonial violence and Indigenous struggles for sovereignty. And in the fall of 2016, funded by the first Alberta-Saskatchewan Research Collaboration Grant, she organized with Marie Lovrod (University of Saskatchewan) “Prairie Sexualities: Theories, Archives, Affects, Communities” – a multi-disciplinary workshop that explored the state of queer and sexuality studies on the prairies. Luhmann is co-author of Troubling Women’s Studies: Pasts, Presents, Possibilities (2004). Her work has appeared in journals such Topia, Yearbook of Women in German, and New German Critique, as well as in many book chapters.


Ingo Brigandt (Philosophy):  Engaging with Values in Science
Ingo Brigandt joined the University of Alberta in 2006, upon receiving a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently an Associate Professor (Full Professor as of July 2017) in the Department of Philosophy and since 2014 has held a Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Biology. He also runs the Philosophy graduate program as his department’s Associate Chair (Graduate Studies).  His research in philosophy of biology concerns the operation of interdisciplinarity and integration across different biological fields, the varieties of scientific explanation, pluralism in science, and conceptual change in the history of biology. His focus is on evolutionary developmental biology, molecular biology, and systems biology (which mathematically models complex systems). A theme running throughout Ingo Brigandt’s research is to understand the role of values that biologists use in their practice, from more intellectual values utilized in assessing rival explanatory frameworks to environmental and other practical values driving research agendas. Ingo Brigandt engages in collaborative interactions with biologists, science educators, and historians of biology. 


Kisha Supernant (Anthropology):  Title: Mapping Identities through Time and Space
Dr. Kisha Supernant is Métis and an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alberta. She specializes in the application of mapping methods to the human experience, as well as how archaeologists and communities can build collaborative research relationships. Her research interests include the relationship between cultural identities, landscapes and the use of space, Métis archaeology, indigenous archaeology, indigenous feminisms, the legal and ethical implications of archaeology, and the role of digital mapping and GIS spatial analysis in archaeological research. She has published in local and international journals on GIS in archaeology, collaborative archaeological practice, and conceptual mapping in digital humanities.


Adam Gaudry (Political Science/Native Studies):  A Métis People’s History
Adam Gaudry, Ph.D. is Métis and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies and Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta.
Adam’s research explores nineteenth-century Métis political thought, the Métis-Canada  “Manitoba Treaty”  of 1870, and the failure of Canada to effectively implement the agreement. This project argues for the maintenance of a respectful and bilateral political relationship between the Métis Nation and the Canadian people as treaty partners. This work is being revised into a book for publication with the University of Manitoba Press.  Adam received his Ph.D. from the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria, and both his MA in Sociology and BAH in Political Studies from Queen’s University. He was a Henry Roe Cloud  Fellow at Yale University and currently a co-investigator in the Métis Treaties Project.  Adam’s work has been published in Native American and Indigenous Studies, The Wicazo Sa Review, aboriginal policy studies, the Canadian Journal of Native Education, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, and The Canadian Encyclopedia. He also has several chapters in edited collections on Métis identity, research ethics, and methodology.


Performance by John Tessier (Music) with piano accompaniment by Shannon Hiebert.

The Juno Award winning Tenor, John Tessier, is an Assistant professor of Voice in the Department of Music. On the international stages of opera, concert and recital, John has garnered attention and praise for the beauty and honesty of his voice, for a refined style and artistic versatility, and for his handsome, youthful presence in the lyric tenor repertoire.  Appearances of the recent past and near future include performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Carnegie Hall, Teatro Colon, Oper Frankfurt, Grand Théâtre de Genève, English National Opera, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, the New York Philharmonic, Wiener Musikverein, National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  His discography includes recordings on the Naxos, Telarc, BIS, Challenge Records and Dorian labels.