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Research-Creation and Global Crisis: Interdisciplinarity, Creativity, and Collaboration
A panel investigating the role of research-creation in tackling pressing social and global problems.

Panelists: Ted Hewitt, Charu Kaushic, Caitlin Fisher, Patrick Mahon, and Kim TallBear.

Moderator: Natalie Loveless

Nov 25, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Natalie Loveless
Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory @University of Alberta
Natalie Loveless is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory (History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture division), in the Department of Art & Design at the University of Alberta, located in ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ /Amiskwacîwâskahikan/Treaty Six territory, where she also directs the Research-Creation and Social Justice CoLABoratory, and co-leads the Faculty of Arts’ Signature Area in Research-Creation (SPAR²C). Loveless is author of How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation (Duke UP 2019), editor of Knowings and Knots: Methodologies and Ecologies in Research-Creation (University of Alberta Press 2019), and co-editor of Responding to Site: The Performance Work of Marilyn Arsem (Intellect Press 2020). In 2020 was elected to the Royal Society of Canada (College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists) for her scholarship at the intersection of research-creation and social and ecological justice.
Ted Hewitt
President @Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Ted Hewitt was appointed president of SSHRC in March 2015. He served as the inaugural chair of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee from 2017 to 2019. Ted was vice-president, research and international relations, at Western University in London, Ontario, from 2004 to 2011, where he had been a professor of sociology since 1989. He was also a public policy scholar at the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. A leading authority on Brazil, Ted has published in monographs, edited works and a range of academic journals. In 2018, Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Relations named him Grand Officer of the Order of Rio Branco—one of the highest levels of merit—for the many years he has fostered bilateral business and research partnerships between Brazil and Canada. Ted holds a PhD in sociology from McMaster University.
Charu Kaushic
Scientific Director of the CIHR-Institute of Infection and Immunity, and Professor in the Department of Medicine @McMaster University
Charu Kaushic, PhD, is the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-Institute of Infection and Immunity, serving in this role since July 1, 2018. Dr. Kaushic is also a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Medicine in McMaster University. In her role as Scientific Director, Dr. Kaushic is responsible for making decisions for CIHR strategic investments in the area of infection and immunity. She also represents CIHR and Government of Canada at various national and international forums related to infectious diseases. In this capacity she serves as a Chair of GloPID-R, a global consortium of funders in pandemic preparedness and emergency response research and represents Canada on the JPIAMR Steering Committee. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been closely involved in shaping CIHR’s research response and serves on Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force. Dr. Kaushic has a PhD in Immunology and did her post-doctoral training in mucosal immunology.
Caitlin Fisher
Professor, Cinema and Media Arts and Director, Immersive Storytelling Lab @York University
Caitlin Fisher directs both the Immersive Storytelling Lab at Cinespace Studios and the Augmented Reality Lab at York University in Toronto where she held the Canada Research Chair in Digital Culture for a decade. A co-founder of York’s Future Cinema Lab and a 2013 Fulbright Research Chair, Fisher is the recipient of many international awards for digital storytelling. She serves on the international Executive Board of the Humanities Arts Science Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) and as Vice-President of the Electronic Literature Organization. She is currently a collaborator on the interdisciplinary Speculative Energy Futures project, the principal investigator on a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) grant entitled “Artificial Intelligence Storytelling” and Co-PI on “Immersive digital environments and indigenous knowledges: co-creation in virtual reality environments to advance artmaking, digital poetics and reconciliation,” a SSHRC New Frontiers project.
Patrick Mahon
Distinguished University Professor, Visual Arts @Western University
Patrick Mahon is an artist-scholar, a Distinguished University Professor at Western, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His SSHRC-funded project, Art and Cold Cash, involving Mahon and artists from Southern Canada and Nunavut, was exhibited between 2004 and 2010 in the South and the North. A related book was published 2010. Patrick’s collaborative project, Immersion Emergencies and Possible Worlds, yielded a ten-artist exhibition, The Source: Rethinking Water through Contemporary Art, presented at Rodman Hall, Brock, in 2014. A second iteration, The Living River Project, was shown at the Art Gallery of Windsor in 2018-19. Among his current collaborative initiatives, the SSHRC-funded project, GardenShip and State, co-curated with Jeff Thomas and involving twenty artists and scholars, premiered at Museum London in October 2021, and will lead to a publication and several community projects. Mahon’s artwork has been exhibited and collected widely in Canada and internationally.
​Kim TallBear
Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience, and Society @University of Alberta, Faculty of Native Studies
Kim TallBear (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) (she/her) is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience and Society, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta. She is the author of Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science. She is the co-founder of the Summer internship for Indigenous peoples in Genomics (SING) Canada. In addition to studying the politics of the biological sciences and their implications for Indigenous peoples, Dr. TallBear studies colonial disruptions to Indigenous sexualities. With colleagues at the University of Alberta, she co-produces the sexy storytelling and cabaret show, Tipi Confessions. TallBear is a regular commentator in US, Canadian, and UK media outlets on issues related to Indigenous peoples, science, technology, sexualities. She is a regular panelist on the weekly podcast, Media Indigena. You can follow her research group at https://indigenoussts.com/. She tweets @KimTallBear.