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February 2019

Learning to Practice: Intersectional Feminist Design Research in the qcollaborative

February 20, 2019

This panel introduces the qcollaborative, an intersectional feminist design research lab focused on performance and technology in public practice. Based in the Department of Communication Arts, we are a multi-institutional collaborative of faculty and graduate students whose work aims to benefit women-identified, non-binary, and other under-represented members of academic and non-academic communities. Our panel invites feedback on the Draft Statement of Commitments that we are currently developing as guidelines for practicing our mandate. In the first half of the session, we will work through the key concepts of our mandate statement, explaining how they give rise to the working practices of current projects in three of our themed research “threads”. In the second half of the session, we will facilitate a critical discussion of our Draft Statement of Commitments.

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April 2019

The collaborative: a critical feminist design research approach to exploring performance and technology in public practice

April 25, 2019 - April 27, 2019
University of Ottawa Ottawa, Canada

Presentation at the Mediating Performance Experiences Conference, to be held at the University of Ottawa, April 25-27, 2019. From the conference call: "This interdisciplinary and bilingual conference brings together a diverse group of scholars, performance artists, and media developers to discuss the challenges and advantages of interpersonal, political, cultural and performative dialogues produced under the irreversible changes in communication technology. After witnessing Donald Trump’s life-changing political decisions continuously performed on social media and Saudi Arabia’s extreme diplomatic reaction to a…

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May 2019

“I can do that”: The Multi-modal, Durational Vibrancy of Theatrical Matter

May 27, 2019 - May 28, 2019
Université de Montréal Quebec Canada

This paper complicates two theoretical threads in recent discussions of the ontology and communicative potential of matter by exploring the aesthetic context of theatrical performance. Presented by Shana MacDonald and Jennifer Roberts-Smith (U Waterloo).

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qConvenor receives Canada’s Design Educator of the Year

May 27, 2019
Vancouver Playhouse Vancouver, Canada

Registered Graphic Designers of Canada, representing Canada’s graphic designers, will honour one of our qConvenors, Mount Royal University information design professor Milena Radzikowska, its inaugural teaching award at the DesignThinkers Conference in Vancouver in 2019.

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June 2019

Materializing the Digital: Feminist Spaces for Young Audiences’ Agency in Digitally Mediated Environments

June 2, 2019 - June 4, 2019
University of British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

This panel introduces a central research thread of the newly-founded qcollaborative, an intersectional feminist design research lab with nodes at the Universities of Waterloo, Mount Royal, and Illinois (qcollaborative.com).

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