Message from the VP

The Strategic Value of Research

A message from Dr. Robert Luke, VPRI, for the 8th volume of PULSE.

In the last issue of Pulse we announced the launch of our new communications campaign, This is Research at OCADU. Since then you may have noticed several posters around campus – featuring Suzanne Morrisette, Judth Doyle, David McIntosh, Kate Hartman, Haru Hyunkyung Ji, and Michelle Gay and Barbara Rauch – that showcase the breadth and depth of research and research-creation that our faculty conduct. You can see these posters online here: https://www2.ocadu.ca/news/this-is-research.

I like that these posters all communicate the complex ideas and knowledges that each faculty member is researching. From the visual to the virtual, and the prototypical to the physical, each poster shows how our faculty are engaging with new forms of knowledge, materials and ideas at the forefront of research and creative practice. And, importantly, they demonstrate to our publics, our students and our partners, the value of ideation, exploration, knowledge and artistic creation.

These concepts are embedded within our new Strategic Research Plan (SRP), which received Senate approval last November. The research priorities articulated in our new SRP include

  • Creative action for social change

  • Relational approaches to place, space, and time

  • Critical mediations and cultural inquiries

  • Making knowledge through material, form and practice

  • Design thinking, Indigenous knowledges, inclusive design, strategic foresight and innovation

  • Art, Design, Science and Technology

These themes and priorities build on the history of research excellence at OCADU while opening avenues to expand for the future.

During the development of our new SRP I benefitted from conversations with many faculty on issues pertaining to Indigenous research and OCAD University’s commitment to decolonization. This was a key topic the that Research Committee discussed.

In discussions with Professors Ryan Rice and Jason Baerg they advanced the idea that the new SRP affords a unique opportunity for the University to demonstrate our commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), in keeping with our commitment to decolonization, diversity, equity and inclusion as articulated in the Academic Plan.

Specifically, there are several ways we can demonstrate our commitment to the TRC Calls to Action that will help to ensure that research at the University adhere to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. The SRP has articulated our commitment to “Nothing about us without us,” as outlined in our Academic Plan. This principle stipulates that research involving Indigenous peoples must be led by Indigenous peoples. It is supported by the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2 2014) which outlines our responsibilities in Chapter 9: Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada.

Within this context the University can ensure that Indigenous faculty are supported to advance their own research agendas as we continue to build capacity for Indigenous research to grow. Suggestions for how we can enact our commitment include:

  • Validating and valuing different paths to academic preparation and accumulated knowledges, not always vested in specific degrees;

  • Developing capacity for Indigenous researchers to meet the dedicated funding opportunities offered by funders, an example of which is the recent SSHRC funding awarded to Dr Gerald McMaster, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice;

  • Ensuring that Indigenous faculty and communities lead research involving Indigenous peoples and communities;

  • Providing the space and support for Indigenous research at the University;

  • Asking applicants to internal research funding and to our Research Ethics Board to indicate if their research will help OCAD U address the TRC Calls to Action, as one way to build capacity and awareness.

There will be other suggestions for how we can achieve the goals outlined in the SRP that the we can take into account. Taking steps such as these our SRP Implementation will help to ensure that the TRC Calls to Action do not fade from practice. Enacting suggestions like these as part of the SRP Implementation will send a clear signal about our commitment to decolonization, help us educate the broader research community with whom we interact—faculty, students, communities and partners alike—on the importance of the TRC Calls to Action, and help us track progress over time against these goals.  

The SRP implementation is now proceeding, building on the Academic Plan and over two years of development that went into the new SRP. The Research Office is looking forward to supporting the University community as we embark on this exciting next step in our research journey.

Department: 

Paintings You Can Feel

Dr. Peter Coppin teaches his students how to use inclusive design methodologies to solve real-world design problems. Students test their cross-sensory approaches through prototyping and experimentation. One of Dr. Coppin’s classes collaborated with the Art Gallery of Ontario to examine how design can help visually impaired people enjoy paintings. Students ‘interpreted’ two-dimensional paintings into three-dimensional artefacts using a wide range of materials to convey the shape, texture, and spatial relationships of objects depicted in the paintings. Read more about this unique activity as reported by the Toronto Star here.

Recent Publications by OCAD U Faculty

To have your publications listed in the PULSE, please contact research@ocadu.ca.

Publications:

  • Wiktorowicz, M. & Wyndham-West, C.M. (2019). Chapter 11: Evolution of Health Care Policy: Deconstructing Divergent Approaches. In D. Raphael, T. Bryant and M. Rioux (Eds.), Staying Alive: Critical Perspectives on Health, Illness and Health Care. Canadian Scholar’s Press: Toronto, pp. 281-310

Conference Presentations

  • Wyndham-West, C.M. “Housing Futures: Designing an Equitable Path for Successful Aging in Place”. Co-presented paper at the AMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics and Society) Conference at Tallahassee on January 17, 2020 with James Dunn of McMaster University.
  • Wyndham-West, C.M. “Co-Design with an Equity Lens: From Theory to Practice”.  Presented the Inaugural talk for McMaster University’s Co-Design Hub for Vulnerable Populations, in Hamilton, ON, on January 24, 2020.

 

Department: 

THIS IS RESEARCH

"This is Research" Poster: one and the same
"This is Research" Poster: Depth Clouds
Monday, January 28, 2019 - 2:00pm

The Office of Research & Innovation is excited to announce the launch of a new campaign to raise awareness about research at OCAD University: “THIS IS RESEARCH.”

OCAD University faculty are engaged in inclusive, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research that audaciously and responsibly pursues the questions of our time.

THIS IS RESEARCH features posters and media showcasing the many forms of research at the University. You can see the first set of these on the many screens across campus and our website.

In concert with provincial efforts being coordinated through the Council of Ontario Universities, “THIS IS RESEARCH” will help to raise the profile of research performed across faculties by the creative professionals, scholars, and strategic thinkers that make up our research community.

Please join us in celebrating research at OCADU!

If you would like your research to be profiled through “THIS IS RESEARCH” please contact our office at research@ocadu.ca.

Poster: 
"This is Research" Poster: Quipucamayoc
"This is Research" Poster: Monarch
"This is Research" Poster: INHABITAT
"This is Research" Poster: One Hundred Thousand Lousy Cats

Research Lounge

Research Lounge poster - white text on blue background with the dates as listed on website.
Friday, January 18, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Come enjoy a coffee in a relaxed setting where you can:

  • Build your research network
  • Find out what other faculty are working on
  • Get knowledgeable advice and answers to your questions from Research staff
  • Find out how the Office of Research & Innovation can help you

We look forward to seeing you!

Venue & Address: 
Room 520, 205 Richmond St. West
Website: 
https://ocadu.ca/research
Cost: 
Free

Research Lounge

Research Lounge poster
Friday, December 14, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Come enjoy a coffee in a relaxed setting where you can:

  • Build your research network
  • Find out what other faculty are working on
  • Get knowledgeable advice and answers to your questions from Research staff
  • Find out how the Office of Research & Innovation can help you

We look forward to seeing you!

Venue & Address: 
Room 520, 205 Richmond St. West
Website: 
ocadu.ca/research
Email: 
research@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free

Research Lounge

Research Lounge poster
Friday, November 16, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Come enjoy a coffee in a relaxed setting where you can:

  • Build your research network
  • Find out what other faculty are working on
  • Get knowledgeable advice and answers to your questions from Research staff
  • Find out how the Office of Research & Innovation can help you!

 

Venue & Address: 
Room 520, 205 Richmond St. West
Website: 
ocadu.ca/research
Email: 
research@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free

Research Rendezvous with Johanna Householder

Image from project poster featuring a bird-headed figure standing beside a sign which reads "environment 1"
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Holocene Days: the debate around how to name the present epoch, whether from a scientific or science fictional perspective compels us humans to reconsider critically the necessary repositioning of ourselves as agents in the world: Anthropocene, Plantationocene, or Chthulucene as Donna Haraway would have it. As we collectively rethink our positions in relation to colonization and its discontents, artistic practice has a key role to play in conceiving of alternatives to representationalist regimes that split “semiotic” from “material” reality. This talk will describe some recent research creation projects partly enabled by the Distinguished Researcher Award.

Johanna Householder has been making performances and other artwork in Canada since the late 70s. She was a member of the notorious satirical feminist performance ensemble The Clichettes, who performed across Canada and the US under variable circumstances throughout the 1980s. While The Clichettes practiced their own brand of pop culture detournment, Householder has maintained a unique performance practice, often collaborating with other artists. As one of the founders of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, held biannually in Toronto, she has brought many international artists to the festival. She is keenly interested in the histories of performance, reperformance, and the effect that performance has had in contemporary art and new media.

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond St. West, Room 115
Email: 
research@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
The event poster

Research Wednesdays: "Reconstructing Lost Books: Otto Ege’s Medieval Manuscript Leaves"

Research Wednesdays 1-2pm in the Learning Zone November 7: Reconstructing Lost Books: Otto Ege’s Medieval Manuscript Leaves
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

In 1950 Otto Ege, an instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Art, pulled apart fifty medieval European manuscripts and created a series of boxes containing portfolios of individual leaves. These boxes were sold to educational institutions across North America to be used as teaching materials. Archivist Ariella Elema describes the process of cataloguing OCAD University’s portfolio of manuscript leaves and the present cooperative efforts to reconstruct Ege’s scattered library in digital form.

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Research Wednesdays is a speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff, or faculty) to present in a supportive environment. Take a break over lunch to learn about new opportunities for Toronto creative researchers!

Interested in presenting at Research Wednesdays? We are currently programming our winter schedule (Jan-April). Send an email to Daniel Payne (dpayne@ocadu.ca) and include:

  •   brief 250 word description of your talk,
  •   indication of which Wednesdays would be available for you,
  •   list of technological needs,
  •   ideal set up of the presentation seating arrangement,
  •   description of any participatory activities that may be used. (NOTE: any focus groups or survey-type activities may need Research Ethics Board approval, so be prepared to include this in your proposal.)
Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Library's Learning Zone, Level 1, 113 McCaul Street Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick St.
Email: 
dpayne@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 ext. 217
Cost: 
Free
Keywords: 

Research Wednesdays: "Open Access: A How-to Guide"

Research Wednesdays 1-2pm in the Learning Zone October 24: Open Access: A How-to Guide. In celebration of Open Access Week
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

In recognition of Open Access Week we will feature a practical introduction to Open Access with information on how to make the best use of this vital 21st century publishing model. Join use to learn about practical approaches and resources, regardless of your career stage. 

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Research Wednesdays is a speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff, or faculty) to present in a supportive environment. Take a break over lunch to learn about new opportunities for Toronto creative researchers!

Interested in presenting at Research Wednesdays? We are currently programming our winter schedule (Jan-April). Send an email to Daniel Payne (dpayne@ocadu.ca) and include:

  •   brief 250 word description of your talk,
  •   indication of which Wednesdays would be available for you,
  •   list of technological needs,
  •   ideal set up of the presentation seating arrangement,
  •   description of any participatory activities that may be used. (NOTE: any focus groups or survey-type activities may need Research Ethics Board approval, so be prepared to include this in your proposal.)
Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Library's Learning Zone, Level 1, 113 McCaul Street Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick St.
Email: 
dpayne@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 ext. 217
Cost: 
Free

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