Professor Doreen Balabanoff will be presenting papers at three upcoming conferences

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 12:30pm

1) The first is next week, April 12-14 at York University is entitled: Maternal Wellbeing and Health: Emotional, Physical, Psychological, Social, Spiritual, Cultural, and Environmental

 

Doreen's  paper is entitled: “Embodied Experience and Birth Environment Design”

 

She is one of over 100 presenters from 11 countries..."providing a broad and deep perspective on maternal health theories and issues across global configurations".

 

http://motherhoodinitiative.org

 

From the conference organizer:  Bringing together scholars and practitioners who research maternal health and wellbeing...the conference locates maternal health in a cross-disciplinary and cross-geographical context...examining the ethical, political, sociocultural, economic, historical, racial, spiritual, physical, psychological, and environmental dimensions of maternal health...including...the ways in which culturally dominant ideologies about motherhood and health are taught or challenged; ways in which various paradigms of maternal thinking, being, and acting are constructed, negotiated, embedded, enacted, or resisted in specific health and social situations; ways the medical system can empower or disempower mothers...maternal ways of engaging in activism and advocacy work on maternal health from cross-cultural perspectives and on behalf of marginalized and oppressed mothers, childless women, and children.

 

APRIL 12-14, 2019, York University, McLaughlin College, Toronto

hosted by the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI)

led by Dr. Andrea O'Reilly, Professor School of Women's Studies,
Founder-Director: (MIRCI); Journal of the Motherhood Initiative; Demeter Press;
Editor, Encyclopedia of Motherhood, Sage Press, 2010.

 

2) The second conference is the ACSF 11th annual Symposium on Spirituality and Architecture. It will be held at Taliesin West, May 16-19, 2019, organized by the Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Forum.

 

Doreen's paper is entitled "Towards a New Architecture for Birth: light and embodied experience in the reimagined birth environment"

Established in 2007, the Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum <www.acsforum.org> provides an international forum for scholarship, education, practice, and advocacy regarding the cultural and spiritual significance of the built environment. ACSF believes that the design and experience of the built environment can assist the spiritual development of humanity in service of addressing the world’s most pressing issues.

ACSF 11 is structured around the main topic  "Continuity in/of Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality". Three keynote speakers will be renowned architect Will Bruder, Frank Lloyd Wright scholar Michael Desmond, and internationally recognized Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa, the recipient of the 2019 ACSF Award for Outstanding Achievement.

3) The third will be the 14th International Normal Labour and Birth Research Conference <https://www.uclan.ac.uk/venue-hire/normal-labour-and-birth.php>  June 17th -19th, U of Central Lancashire, at Grange-Over Sands, UK.

Doreen is co-organizer mini-symposium on the topic of birth environment design, with colleagues from the US and Italy, including four papers and a discussion period. This is part of the Global Birth Environment Design Network that I co-founded last year.

Her paper is entitled: "Considering Venustas as a Key to Birth Environment Design"

From the organizers: The conference includes "academics, researchers, policy makers, clinical staff, service users, parents, and birth activists from around the world...Previous events have attracted a wide range of international delegates, from architects to economists, neuroscientists to sociologists, and from those working in maternity care (midwives, doctors, doulas, paediatricians) to those who have experienced it".

As part of its National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration, OCAD University is launching the Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge. OCAD University positions decolonization as the first of six key principles of its Academic Plan on a path toward transformative education. In light of its commitment to expanding Indigenous knowledge, OCAD University is thrilled to further facilitate the collaborative work of researchers and artists by providing a dynamic platform for creativity.
Courtesy, Red Embers
Red Embers, a public art installation honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women is on display at Toronto’s Alan Gardens. Commissioned featured artists include OCAD U alumni: Catherine Tammaro, Hannah Claus, Hillary Brighthill, Lido Pimienta and Lindsey Lickers.
Image of Pat Murray
The IDRC says goodbye to Pat Murray a valued member of the team.
OCAD U SFI students
OCAD University is hosting an event to celebrate the outcomes of UNESCO’s Futures Literacy Lab, June 27 to 29, 2019 at its waterfront campus (130 Queens Quay East). The event will feature the work of students, faculty and community members, looking to uncover our biases towards the future. 
Juliette Vermeersch
Program Chair, Paul Dallas is pleased to announce 7 illustrations from OCADU's Illustration Program
As OCAD U celebrates its newest graduates at today’s convocation ceremonies, the university is proud to announce new supports for graduates' career development.
The cover of the special "Entangled Gaze" edition of the ab-Original journal.
OCAD University is pleased to announce the new peer-reviewed journal ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations and First Peoples' Cultures is now available. This special issue entitled “The Entangled Gaze: Indigenous and European Views of Each Other”1 co-edited by Dr. McMaster and Dr. Julia Lum (University of Toronto), contains ten essays. The Entangled Gaze shares its title and theme with the 2017 conference that was co-hosted by OCAD University and the Art Gallery of Ontario. The conference convened an international group of scholars and museum professionals from the fields of art history, anthropology, cultural studies and curatorial practice to explore the topic of how Indigenous and European artists have represented each other in historical art and visual culture.
Raquel Da Silva Wall Work
A new living wall wallwork by DRPT student Raquel De Silva has been installed in OCAD University’s Rosalie Sharp Pavilion. This project was commissioned by the Faculty of Art and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD), and generously supported by Mercedes Benz Financial Services (MBFS) sponsorships.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 12:30pm

1) The first is next week, April 12-14 at York University is entitled: Maternal Wellbeing and Health: Emotional, Physical, Psychological, Social, Spiritual, Cultural, and Environmental

 

Doreen's  paper is entitled: “Embodied Experience and Birth Environment Design”

 

She is one of over 100 presenters from 11 countries..."providing a broad and deep perspective on maternal health theories and issues across global configurations".

 

http://motherhoodinitiative.org

 

From the conference organizer:  Bringing together scholars and practitioners who research maternal health and wellbeing...the conference locates maternal health in a cross-disciplinary and cross-geographical context...examining the ethical, political, sociocultural, economic, historical, racial, spiritual, physical, psychological, and environmental dimensions of maternal health...including...the ways in which culturally dominant ideologies about motherhood and health are taught or challenged; ways in which various paradigms of maternal thinking, being, and acting are constructed, negotiated, embedded, enacted, or resisted in specific health and social situations; ways the medical system can empower or disempower mothers...maternal ways of engaging in activism and advocacy work on maternal health from cross-cultural perspectives and on behalf of marginalized and oppressed mothers, childless women, and children.

 

APRIL 12-14, 2019, York University, McLaughlin College, Toronto

hosted by the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI)

led by Dr. Andrea O'Reilly, Professor School of Women's Studies,
Founder-Director: (MIRCI); Journal of the Motherhood Initiative; Demeter Press;
Editor, Encyclopedia of Motherhood, Sage Press, 2010.

 

2) The second conference is the ACSF 11th annual Symposium on Spirituality and Architecture. It will be held at Taliesin West, May 16-19, 2019, organized by the Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Forum.

 

Doreen's paper is entitled "Towards a New Architecture for Birth: light and embodied experience in the reimagined birth environment"

Established in 2007, the Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum <www.acsforum.org> provides an international forum for scholarship, education, practice, and advocacy regarding the cultural and spiritual significance of the built environment. ACSF believes that the design and experience of the built environment can assist the spiritual development of humanity in service of addressing the world’s most pressing issues.

ACSF 11 is structured around the main topic  "Continuity in/of Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality". Three keynote speakers will be renowned architect Will Bruder, Frank Lloyd Wright scholar Michael Desmond, and internationally recognized Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa, the recipient of the 2019 ACSF Award for Outstanding Achievement.

3) The third will be the 14th International Normal Labour and Birth Research Conference <https://www.uclan.ac.uk/venue-hire/normal-labour-and-birth.php>  June 17th -19th, U of Central Lancashire, at Grange-Over Sands, UK.

Doreen is co-organizer mini-symposium on the topic of birth environment design, with colleagues from the US and Italy, including four papers and a discussion period. This is part of the Global Birth Environment Design Network that I co-founded last year.

Her paper is entitled: "Considering Venustas as a Key to Birth Environment Design"

From the organizers: The conference includes "academics, researchers, policy makers, clinical staff, service users, parents, and birth activists from around the world...Previous events have attracted a wide range of international delegates, from architects to economists, neuroscientists to sociologists, and from those working in maternity care (midwives, doctors, doulas, paediatricians) to those who have experienced it".