Canada’s Arctic: Defining and Defying Boundaries Across Disciplines

(Sponsored by the ICE Lab) This panel will explore the implications of shallow and deep hydrologic processes on sustainable resource development and mine waste management in the Arctic. Combining our three research areas (civil engineering, geology and hydrology) within the context of the Arctic, we will discuss the current state of knowledge in Arctic hydrology and hydrogeology, and address how cold region processes might influence the design of mine waste storage facilities. Matthew, who is pursuing a PhD in civil engineering with a focus on geoenvironmental engineering, is currently researching the long-term performance of landfill liners called “geomembranes” which are increasingly being used to store mining wastes in the Arctic. Maia and Tabatha are MSc candidates working in the Environmental Variability and Extremes laboratory in the department of Geography, but come from different backgrounds. Maia has focused her studies and work experience in geology and is currently researching how differing geologic and permafrost settings affect deep groundwater under High Arctic lakes. Tabatha, on the other hand, has spent two summers doing remote field work in northern regions and is now studying hillslope hydrology in High Arctic mineral soils. Together, we will highlight the importance of bridging knowledge from engineering, hydrogeology Continue Reading

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The Boundaries of Scholarly Communication: Engaging Audiences Inside and Outside the Academy

(Sponsored by Hyacinth Podcast) This panel will work towards challenging and going beyond the traditional boundary of research and knowledge translation. These three very different projects utilized different methodologies, and in doing so, the researchers attempt to blur the line between what has traditionally been seen as research and create something that is accessible for the general public. Madison Danford’s project focused on newcomer youth, as co-researchers, who were interested in furthering their understanding of the role sport and physical activity has on the mental health and wellbeing of Newcomer Youth in Toronto. The project created a seven-episode podcast series featuring the newcomer youths’ insight on the topic. This paper will share critical insights regarding the involvement in creating podcasts as a form of knowledge translation, the implications for utilizing podcasts as YPAR methodologies will be discussed and suggestions for future practices will be provided. Zahraa Majed will explain Arts-based methodologies by providing newcomers with an art-making space through collaborative community development in order to understand their experiences of inclusion and belonging. Arts-based methodology can help in social, economic, and educational development and can increase their sense of identity and inclusion. Anthony Lomax is interested in how humans communicate with Continue Reading

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Education and Reconciliation: Past, Present, and Future of Decolonizing Educational Research in Canada

(Sponsored by the Faculty of Education) This panel will explore the historical and ongoing relationship between education, settlers, and Indigenous peoples in Canada. By utilizing diverse methods from history, geography and health studies new insights and avenues will be explored within the context of reconciliation in the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Reports (2015). Three researchers will demonstrate how the past, present, and future of Indigenous education has been shaped by colonialism and what we must focus on in order for reconciliation to occur. The research presented provides new methods, practices, and conclusions regarding Indigenous education in Canada based within a decolonizing framework. The panel also explores the role of teachers in creating how culturally competent knowledge about Indigenous peoples and topics among settlers, and whether or not teacher candidates have the training they need to do this effectively. Moderator: Penny Zhang Indigenous content: Are graduating teachers willing/able to teach? (Kim Buitenhuis, Geography and Planning) Exploring the effects of Indigenous culturally-based Lacrosse programming in a school setting (Brittany McBeath, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies) Beyond Binaries: Revisioning and Reframing the Historical Episodes of Indigenous Education in Ontario (Jackson Pind, Education) Bed Music [Short Orchestral] by toam on Freesound: Continue Reading

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International Dimensions of Engagement

(Sponsored by QUIC) Our boundaries sometimes keep us from action due to the element of risk and the need to sacrifice resources. However, stepping outside our comfort zone can facilitate growth and learning. This panel seeks to explore how we can work across cultural and international borders in order to promote a better understanding of how to communicate with ‘the other’. In particular, we will explore three major themes:  How can we learn to Interact in ways that are more meaningful & significant?; How can work that has been done to achieve reconciliation and restorative justice in Canada be applied  to an international peacebuilding framework?  How can Chemistry researchers based in industrialized (Western) countries partner with their counterparts based in low-income countries (focusing specifically on Africa) to support robust and innovative research?  What has development aid in Africa got to do with religion? Moderator: Claudia Hirtenfelder How can we learn to Interact in ways that are more meaningful & significant? Canadian and International Perspectives on Social Conflict & Peacebuilding. (Martina Jakubchik-Paloheimo, Geography and Planning) Partnerships to develop Chemistry research capacity in low-income African countries (Ross Jansen-van Vuuren, Chemistry) Africa beyond Aid: Discussions from Ghana (James Kwateng-Yeboah, Cultural Studies) Bed Music Continue Reading

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Meeting the End: A Panel on Death (MH215)

Death is a universal experience that unifies all. Meeting the End: A Panel on Death will bring together emerging scholars who study the experience of dying and grief through medical, art historical and artistic perspectives. Hannah’s research focuses on the community experience of death and mourning in Victorian Britain and how the introduction of modern medicine disrupted these rituals. Sidra’s work looks at how grief profoundly affects women who have to terminate abnormal pregnancies and advocates for a special categorization of post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) due to the resulting trauma and grief. In Unmapping Heteronormativity: Queering Death Through Art Practice, Devin’s artist talk performance centres on a social death of queer kinship and the forms of invisible grief which remain. Through this panel, we seek to engage in an open a conversation about death as well as forms of grief and mourning that bind our work together. Moderator and Team Member: Claudia Hirtenfelder This modern death: the medicalization of death in Victorian visual and material culture (Hannah Darvin, Art History) Synopsis of the multidisciplinary impact of birth defects such as neural tube defects (Sidra Shafique, Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences) Unmapping heteronormativity: Queering death through art practice (Devin West, Continue Reading

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Opportunities and boundaries between research and policy: Experience, Evidence and Emerging Paradigms with Policy on Drugs (QUIC)

(Sponsored by the School of Policy Studies) This panel explores the boundaries between research and drug policy in Canada. The current regime of prohibition is increasingly at odds with the sciences of various disciplines. Psychedelic sciences offer a new paradigm on our relationship with psycho-active studies, Cannabis legalization has been a real-world, live-time laboratory in regime change, and the opioid overdose crisis manufactures harm on a pandemic level. Like climate change presents a the need for a radical rethink of much of our industrial policy, so does the mass prevalence of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress require of us new thinking in our approach to psychology, psychiatry and the boundaries between health care, public policy and spirituality. It is an opportunity to base new drug policy on valid, contemporary research, and requires that scientists speak to the required policy changes and address the intersection of science and spirit. The boundaries between science, spirit and policy-making will be explored for tensions and possibilities. Psychedelic sciences present a worldview of global ecological networking on molecular, psychological, and cultural levels — a worldview which goes beyond boundaries into dynamic interdependence and into a new definition of the intersubjective self.  Moderator: Warren Mabee Psychedelic Continue Reading

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Research in the era of interdisciplinarity

(Sponsored by the SGS) This panel will focus on the use of multiform methodologies within academic research. It will demonstrate how creative works may be recognized as theory, and that theory can and should be read as a creative undertaking. Crossing the boundaries of arts and science helps us develop richer understandings of the subjects at hand and push our conversations beyond their insular discursive realms.  Moderator: Colette Steer Revisiting mosaic: Transformative articulations within an ethics-ography (Markus Harwood Jones, Gender Studies) A Genealogy of impacts – Art & Science collaborations through aesthetic transformations (Elvira Hufschmid, Cultural Studies) Interdisciplinary Solutions to Chemistry’s Accessibility Problem (Carolyn Kimball, Chemistry) Bed Music [Short Orchestral] by toam on Freesound: http://www.freesound.org/people/toam/

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Rethinking Human-Animal Boundaries: Disappearing Boundaries/ Disappearing Animals

(Sponsored by Philosophy’s A.P.P.L.E)  Our panel goes beyond boundaries not only in that we come from different disciplinary backgrounds but because we tackle the idea and concept of disappearance from vastly different lenses. Josh (philosophical lens) unpacks the discourses of disappearance and what the consequences are for ecology when a species vanishes due to extinction. Siobhan (conservation lens) delves into what human responses are to disappearance and extinction through ecological conservation efforts by looking at monkeys in Costa Rica. Claudia (urban lens) moves away from considering the absolute disappearance of animals and instead focuses on how animals can disappear from places in which they were once common – focusing on the relationship between cows and cities. Together we challenge the boundaries of disciplinary thought and the implications for relationships between animals and humans.  Moderator: Will Kymlicka  Discourses of disappearance: Rethinking boundaries through ecology (Joshua Jones, Environmental Studies) Monkeys on the edge: the (un)bounding of neotropical primates in Costa Rica (Siobhan Speiran, Environmental Studies) Considering the disappearance of cows from cities (Claudia Hirtenfelder, Geography & Planning) Bed Music [Short Orchestral] by toam on Freesound: http://www.freesound.org/people/toam/

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