Research Rendezvous with EMMA WESTECOTT

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

This talk will explore a SSHRC-funded project “From Within an Active PoV” that makes a feminist intervention in virtual reality game-making. From the fundamentally physical nature of VR to its inclusion of diverse voices the hope is that this research will offer some generative approaches for future makers. This presentation will explore questions such as ‘How does VR create opportunities that facilitate “discursive spaces, new styles, modes of analysis and argument, new genres and forms — that contest the limits and constraints currently at work?”’ (Grosz, 1995, p.23)

Emma Westecott is an Associate Professor in Game Design and Director of the game:play lab at OCAD U. She has worked in the game industry for over 20 years: in development, research and the academy. She achieved international recognition for working closely with Douglas Adams as producer for the best-selling CD-ROM Adventure Game, Starship Titanic (1998, Simon & Schuster). Since then, Emma has built up a worldwide reputation for developing original as well as popular game projects. As core faculty in the Digital Futures program since 2010 Emma has taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels and has built out courses in games studies, design and development across the University.

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond St. W, Room 120
Email: 
research@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
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Critical Theory Colloquium

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 9:15am to Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 5:00pm

Please join us for the Graduate Critical Theory Colloquium, taken place on December 5th and 6th, 2017. Students will present research papers that address their own research interests, viewed through the lens of one or more texts taken up during the course of the semester in their Critical Theory class.

The presentation schedule is as follows:

 

DECEMBER 5th - Room 510 @ 205 Richmond St. W

10:30 – 11:50 Biopower, Sexuality, Michel Foucault

Lingxiang Wu,  Afaq Ahmed Karadia, Dori Vanderheyden

chair: Erica Cristobal

11:50 – 12:30 lunch

12:30 – 1:30 Jacques Derrida’s Différance

Philip Sparks, Keiko Hart

chair: Roxanne Henry

1:30-2:50 Stuart Hall, Cultural Identity and Diaspora

Kristy Boyce, Karo Castro-Wunsch, Liz Ikiriko

chair: Keiko Hart

2:50 – 3:20 – break

3:20 – 5:00  Re-Orienting Sarah Ahmed

Samantha Robbie-Higgins, Coco Guzman, Vanessa Jackson, Panya Clark-Espinal

chair: Katie Mihak

 

DECEMBER 5th - Room 318 @ 205 Richmond St. W

3:00- 4:20  Psychoanalytical (and anti-psychoanalytical) Theories

Katie Mihak, Juan Escobar-Lamanna Tal Sophia Braniss

chair: Dave Foster

4:30 – 5:50 Karen Barad’s Agential Realism

Sarah Carlson, Rana Zandi, Kirstie McCallum

chair: Karo Castro-Wunsch

 

DECEMBER 6th - Room 510 @ 205 Richmond St. W

10:30 – 11:50 Biopower, Sexuality, Michel Foucault

Lingxiang Wu,  Afaq Ahmed Karadia, Dori Vanderheyden

chair: Erica Cristobal

11:50 – 12:30 lunch

12:30 – 1:30 Jacques Derrida’s Différance

Philip Sparks, Keiko Hart

chair: Roxanne Henry

1:30-2:50 Stuart Hall, Cultural Identity and Diaspora

Kristy Boyce, Karo Castro-Wunsch, Liz Ikiriko

chair: Keiko Hart

2:50 – 3:20 – break

3:20 – 5:00  Re-Orienting Sarah Ahmed

Samantha Robbie-Higgins, Coco Guzman, Vanessa Jackson, Panya Clark-Espinal

chair: Katie Mihak

 

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond St. W
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Research Wednesdays: All Hands on Tech: Craft, Pedagogy and the Digital Challenge

image of students looking at artwork mounted on a wall
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

All Hands on Tech: Craft, Pedagogy and the Digital Challenge

What does “handmade” mean in the digital age? OCAD U faculty Lynne Heller and Dorie Millerson (MAAD chair) will consider the place of digital craft at OCAD University from the perspectives of faculty, staff and technicians. Developed organically out of the everyday experiences of practitioners at OCAD U in Material Art & Design (MAAD), a department rooted in craft processes and materiality, the presentation will question how digital craft methods are changing teaching and learning in the studio and speculate how to understand objects that are produced by digital tools instead of through embodied making methods.

Interested in presenting for Research Wednesdays? Contact Daniel Payne dpayne@ocadu.ca

image credit: Photographer unknown. (1953). 'Lily Maley and class, Glendon Hall'.OCAD University Visual Resources & Special Collections, [PH554 / 20_220_022]

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 133 McCaul (main floor)
Email: 
dpayne@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free!

Research Wednesday: Researching Pop Culture

the cover of the book National Treasure: Nicolas Cage by Lindsay Gibb
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

The Library's Learning Zone and e-Reserves Coordinator, Lindsay Gibb, is also the author of an award-winning book that explores Nicolas Cage's style of acting. In preparation for her book, she spent a year and a half researching the actor's various approaches to his profession and interpreting the intentions behind his choices. During this iteration of Research Wednesday, Lindsay will discuss the process of researching an acting style and explaining a misunderstood artist to a general audience.

For more information on National Treasure: Nicolas Cage visit ECW Press: https://ecwpress.com/products/national-treasure

Venue & Address: 
The Learning Zone, 113 McCaul, main floor
Email: 
dpayne@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free!

Research Wednesdays: Re-Placing the library

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Re-Placing the library; Spatial practices in the 21st century library, with Daniel Payne, Head, Instructional Services, OCAD U Library

 

Libraries evoke a myriad of impressions in popular culture; most would agree, however, that the library is not just a mundane space, but an esteemed “place.” Yet are these impressions detrimental to envisioning the library in the 21st century? Daniel will use Henri Lefebvre’s spatial theories to decode popular perceptions of libraries. 

Image credit: Photographer unknown. (1953). 'Lily Maley and class, Glendon Hall'. OCAD University Visual Resources & Special Collections, [PH554 / 20_220_022]. Toronto, Canada

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1
Email: 
dpayne@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free!
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Research Wednesdays: Ebooks and the Changing Landscape of Reading

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Can we still be alone with our thoughts? Ebooks and the changing landscape of reading, with Lauren Orav, Reference Intern, OCAD U Library

 

Ernest Hemingway once quipped, “There is no friend as loyal as a book,” but what kind of friend is an ebook? Lauren will analyze how digital publishing has impacted research practices and its consequences on reading, understanding, and creating knowledge.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1
Email: 
dpayne@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
a class looking at a wall of artworks

Research Wednesdays: Call for Presenters

Research Wednesdays, a new speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library, is a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff, faculty) to present in a supportive environment. 

Research Wednesdays: "Celebrate Open Access Week at OCAD University"

A woman points to a group of images on a wall in front of a group of people
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

What is Open Access? Scholarly Communications Librarian Chris Landry will provide context by dispelling misconceptions about this international movement, while acknowledging the real challenges ahead. Learn about the OCAD U Open Research Repository (http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/) and find out how you can contribute to this growing portal that promotes OCAD U creative research to the world. 

Research Wednesdays, a new speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library, is a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff, 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? 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: 
Learning Zone 113 McCaul Street, Level 1 Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
Website: 
http://ocad.libguides.com/ResearchWednesdays
Email: 
dpayne@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 ext.217
Cost: 
Free

Research Wednesdays: “Empowering Creative Researchers at the Toronto Public Library"

A woman points to a group of images on a wall in front of a group of people
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join us for the first presentation of the series: “Empowering Creative Researchers at the Toronto Public Library" with Irene Gotz. Irene Gotz is a librarian with over ten years’ experience working in academic and public libraries and is currently in the Arts Dept. at the Toronto Reference Library of the Toronto Public Library.  Irene is also a freelance illustrator and an OCAD U alumna. In this presentation Irene will give an overview of Arts specific resources and services available from the Toronto Public Library. 

Bring your OCAD U ID and get signed up for a Toronto Public Library card!

Research Wednesdays, a new speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library, is a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff, 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? 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: 
Learning Zone 113 McCaul Street, Level 1 Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
Website: 
http://ocad.libguides.com/ResearchWednesdays
Email: 
dpayne@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 ext.217
Cost: 
Free

Gerald McMaster heading to 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

Dr. Gerald McMaster, photo by Sebastian Kriete
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

OCAD U’s Gerald McMaster, together with an Indigenous design team, is representing Canada at 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. The Canada Council for the Arts announced that the Indigenous project UNCEDED has been selected through a national juried competition to represent Canada at the Architecture Biennale. 

Led by internationally-renowned architect Douglas Cardinal, the team includes Anishnaabe Elders and Indigenous co-curators, Dr. Gerald McMaster, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University, and Dr. David Fortin, incoming director of the McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University. Joining them is a decorated group of Indigenous architects from across North America.

“Having represented Canada as curator to the 1995 Venice Biennale of Visual Arts, and to be asked to be lead curator by such a distinguished group of Indigenous architects is both an honour and privilege," says Dr. McMaster. 

UNCEDED will emphasize and celebrate the work of Indigenous architects and designers throughout Turtle Island. It is grounded in the legacy of the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report.

Dr. McMaster has more than 30 years of international work and expertise in contemporary art, critical theory, museology and Indigenous aesthetics. Throughout his career, his championing of the mainstream value of Indigenous art, among other things, has led to his being chosen to represent Canada at a number of prestigious international events.

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