11 May 2012

Montreal, Concordia University

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This scholars' workshop intends to explore the ways in which the members of the Trudeau community experience, understand, and navigate alternative forms of expression in their own research engagements. These alternative forms of expression are varied and diverse, including, to name a few: photography, video and film, creative writing, poetry, sound, dance and other performance-based art/research forms. 

Often these alternative forms of expression emerge from a need to inform differently: to represent communities, ideas and/or forms of knowledge that are underrepresented or othered in mainstream academic work; to evoke feelings, understandings, engagements, and/or actions that might not emerge from typical academic or policy writing; and to communicate with communities and individuals who may not resonate with or be able to fully access typical academic and policy writing. These alternative forms of expression often bear great relevance for research and public policy making. Not only is research or policy expressed differently, we argue, but it may also be approached and understood differently through engagement with alternative research methods, processes, and representational strategies.

Specifically we ask:

  1. How are Trudeau scholars, mentors, and fellows integrating alternative forms of expression into their research and their public and policy engagements?
  2. How and why are we informing differently?
  3. What processes have Trudeau members encountered while engaging in these alternative expression forms?

Friday May 11th, 2012Experiencing: an arts and research jam (installation)- CEREV space, Concordia, (LB671.7 in library building Concordia University, 1400 de Maisonneuve W.), 6.30-9.30pm

The evening of Friday May 11 will consist of an exhibit that will feature different Trudeau members' alternative forms of expressions including videos, photos, performances, readings, sound, and music. This will take place at the CEREV space (http://cerev.concordia.ca/resources/facilities) at Concordia University.

Saturday May 12th, 2012 - Sharing multiple ways of knowing (workshop)- (LB540, in library building Concordia University, 1400 de Maisonneuve W.), 9am to 5pm

On Saturday May 12, a workshop will be divided in two parts. First, we will discuss some of the methodological, theoretical, ethical, creative, and/or practical issues and implications of practicing and engaging in different methods of communication. During the second part of the day, we will employ various creative processes (creative movement, photography, creative writing, etc.) to directly engage with the issues discussed in the previous two sessions.

We will also host an exhibit of some of the works during the reception on the first night of the 2012 Trudeau Summer Institute at Montebello.

For more information, please contact Trudeau scholars Karina Benessaiah or Leila Qashu.

Karina Benessaiah

Karina is studying how people living in the coastal communities of Central America adapt to environmental and climate change.

2010 Scholars

Leila Qashu

Leila is studying how Ethiopian women, while devoid of political power, successfully use musical rituals for conflict resolution.

2010 Scholars