Fabio Balli leads the Breathing Games, an open science initiative which mobilizes individuals around the co-creation of respiratory health technologies that can be reproduced and adapted by anyone. This commons is funded by Canadian and European research funds.
Fabio has led social transformation processes in local and international organizations. He holds graduate degrees in Human Systems Engineering, Crisis Communications, Adult Education, and Game Design, and was awarded Concordia Engaged Scholar Award in 2017.
Thesis title: Towards a theory of open access health education: modelling the participatory creation of a commons.
Supervisory committee: Philippe Caignon, Marguerite Mendell, Satoshi Ikeda, Warren Linds
Supported by SSHRC, Tina Carlisi’s doctoral artistic research explores the interaction between communal living, learning and artistic expression. Her inquiry involves case studies of communities founded on squatted land in Copenhagen, London and Barcelona. She investigates how such milieus can cultivate conditions that inspire modes of living, learning and making that integrate materiality and social formations in transformative ways. Through art practice, she explores, imagines and expresses these ideas through poetic consideration of the social and material intimacies involved in utopic visions.
Thesis title: Social and Material Intimacies: Exploring Utopias Through Art Practice.
Supervisory committee: Kathleen Vaughan, Cynthia Imogen Hammond, Matt Soar
Piyusha Chatterjee hails from India and has a background in literature, journalism and oral history. Her research interests are in the fields of oral history, political economy of the city, sensory studies, media publics and media in the Global South. Her thesis topic investigates the figure of the busker as precarious labour in the creative city economy through an oral history project.
Thesis title: Busking as Precarious Labour: A study in the context of post-industrial transformations effecting Montreal.
Supervisory committee: Steven High, Norma Rantisi, Joshua Neves
Karine Chrétien Guillemette
After a career in research and teaching, Karine Chrétien Guillemette made the leap into the world of chocolate with her company, Miss Choco. Through it, she created a series of chocolate tasting workshops, imported / distributed chocolate brands in Canada and owned a retail store specialized in bean-to-bar chocolate. She is now back to research in order to dig deeper in the complex world of consumer education in the craft food sector.
Thesis title: Importance and challenges of consumer education in the craft food sector: a supplier-side investigation within the craft bean-to- bar chocolate segment.
Supervisory committee: Jordan Le Bel, Marguerite Mendell, Rosemary Reilly, Carla Martin
Monica Dantas is researching food sustainability through community development. Her research focuses on a family farmer’s organization from the Northeast of Brazil that emerged from the Brazilian Landless. The research surveys the current circumstances of the solidarity economy in that region. In Montreal, she is part of community initiatives such as Incredible Edibles and Transition NDG. She is also founder of Season Jars a community-based, education initiative that uses food as a platform for community building, food security, inter-generational and intercultural learning.
Thesis title: Pursuing Sustainability in Food Systems through Community Development. A look into the Brazilian Northeast.
Supervisory committee: Satoshi Ikeda, Alan Nash, Marguerite Mendel
Gabriel Dharmoo is a composer, vocalist, improviser and researcher. His works have been performed in Canada, the U.S.A, Europe, Australia, Singapore and South Africa. He was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Jules Léger Prize (2017) and Robert Fleming Prize (2011), the MusCan Student Composer Competition (2017), the Prix d'Europe composition prize (2011), as well as awards from the SOCAN.
Thesis title: Strategies for vocalists from the cultural diversity who seek to decolonize their artistic practice.
Supervisory committee: Sandeep Bhagwati, Noah Drew, David Howes
Molly-Claire Gillett is a student in the interdisciplinary INDI PhD Program, working under the supervision of faculty members in the School of Irish Studies and the Department of Art History. Her doctoral work focuses on Irish craft, and investigates the complex colonial relationship materially evidenced by the production of lace in Ireland and its consumption in England during the long 19th century. She has worked in community arts programming in Canada and Northern Ireland.
Thesis title: Complicating meaning with materials: Irish lace in images of Queen Victoria (1837-1901).
Supervisory committee: Elaine Cheasley Paterson, Rhona Richman Kenneally, Susan Cahill
Drawing from his multi-disciplinary academic and work experiences, Sherif Goubran’s interdisciplinary PhD research is focused on sustainability assessment in the built environment. His research aims to align sustainable building practice with holistic sustainable development goals. Sherif is published in different academic fields, and is heavily involved in academic, student and community project. He also received numerous awards for his research and academic excellence. Sherif plans to pursue an academic career in Canada and abroad while continuing to practice architecture.
Thesis title: Our buildings have credentials...Now what? “Green” Buildings and Sustainable Development Goals in Canada.
Supervisory committee: Carmela Cucuzzella, Thomas Walker, Bruno Lee, Jean-Pierre Chupin, Gilbert Emond
Megan Hyslop feels grateful to find herself living well with others in beautiful rural Nova Scotia/Mi’kmak’i. She had a great upbringing on the prairies and west coast of Canada and is of mixed European ancestry. She is an artist, naturalist, and PhD candidate with Concordia’s INDI program.
She would like to know: How do I come to know Natural Clowning (or, methods of feeling-based theatrical clowning and dynamic, relational, animate nature as a world view)? What do these experiences teach about her own development, especially her inner child? How could these practices be useful for other Euro-Canadians in the current Indigenous/Canadian context of decolonization and reconciliation? Megan is a member of Theatre Nova Scotia and has studied clowning and movement at the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance, Nose to Nose, Caserne 18-30, and Leviathan Studio.
Thesis title: Natural Clowning as Inquiry: A Research-Creation Study.
Supervisory committee: Louis Patrick Leroux, Warren Linds, Karl Hele
Zeina Ismail-Allouche’s activism journey begun as a volunteer with civil organizations. Her profession started with UNICEF in Lebanon, and then as a communications officer in Yemen. She also managed an organization offering alternative care services with 140 staff and more than 3000 beneficiaries. She is an advocate for the right to origin and contributed performances based on testimonies of survivors of forced separation. She holds a BA in Social Work and master’s in Public Health.
Thesis title: A research creation to explore the forced separation as perceived by transracial/transnational adoptees in view of the legacy of the Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
Supervisory committee: Elizabeth Fast, Steven High, Noah Drew
With a complex background spanning formal educations in communication design, journalism, and food culture studies, to experiences such as eating carnivorously for a year, building critical artworks of animal bones for galleries, publishing ‘zines, and hunting with falcons, Alexandra Kenefick focuses on synthesizing praxis-based research with creation, and bridging diverse disciplines in order to disseminate our complex relationships with meat, and seeks methods of restoring dignity and sustainability in our approaches to eating and killing animals.
Thesis title: GATHER, AND HUNT
Investigating how non-industrial methods of producing and consuming meat in Canada can strengthen community, manual and cognitive skills, human awareness of the natural environment, support public health, and intergenerational learning.
Supervisory committee: Rhona Richman Kenneally, Jordan Le Bel, Mark Watson
Kite aka Suzanne Kite is an Oglala Lakota performance artist, visual artist, and composer raised in Southern California, with a BFA from CalArts in music composition, an MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School, and is a PhD student at Concordia University. Her research is concerned with contemporary Lakota mythologies and epistemologies and investigates the multiplicity of mythologies existing constantly in the contemporary storytelling of the Lakota through research-creation, computational media, and performance practice. Recently, Kite has been developing a body interface for movement performances, carbon fiber sculptures, immersive video & sound installations, as well as co-running the experimental electronic imprint, Unheard Records.
Supervisory committee: Jason Lewis, Heather Igloliorte, Joanna Berzowska
Enric Llagostera studies alternative game controllers and how they can foster reflection and make political critique. He develops experimental games and has been involved with organizing alternative games events in São Paulo, Brazil. Enric has worked as a lecturer teaching game development. In 2012 he completed his MSc. in Games at the IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He has a background in programming and social communication and a keen interest in experimental arcades and public play.
Thesis title: Critical controllers: how alternative game controllers foster reflective game design.
Originally, from Nova Scotia, Matthew Miller is a PhD student in the INDI program. He is a Certified Athletic Therapist, interested in promoting physical literacy and injury prevention in children. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Acadia University (Wolfville, NS), and another undergraduate degree in Athletic Therapy from Sheridan College (Brampton, ON). His master’s degree in kinesiology is from Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John’s, NL).
Thesis title: Assessment of physical literacy and injury prevention in children, and the application of an exercise intervention.
Supervisory committee: Richard DeMont, Geoff Dover, Andreas Bergdahl, Loriann Hynes
Erin O’Loughlin received her master’s degree in Exercise and Health Psychology. She is also a research coordinator at the Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CRCHUM). Her PhD research project (titled: The contribution of exergaming behaviour to physical activity: towards better understanding the role of motivation) seeks to answer the question of whether exergaming (active video games) is a viable way to help youth increase physical activity and decrease sedentary behaviour.
Thesis title: The contribution of exergaming behaviour to physical activity: towards better understanding the role of motivation.
Supervisory committee: Lisa Kakinami, Tracie Barnett, Jennifer McGrath, Mia Consalvo
Keroles Riad develops new materials for stereolithography 3D printing addressing the stability of 3D-printed parts in sunlight, as well as their mechanical properties. His research develops new catalysts that are sensitive exclusively to light outside the solar sepctrum. Additionally, he is exploring the ability of graphene oxide to self-assemble using light. His research is supported by NSERC.
Keroles also leads the "Waste Not, Want Not" compost collaboration, which has increased Concordia's organic collection by well over 60%.
Supervisory committee: Paula Wood-Adams, Suong Hoa, Jerome Claverie
Anne-Marie Rivard holds a master’s degree from Concordia University in Translation Studies. Her doctoral research focusses on the translation of various discourses related to abortion in Canada, namely parliamentary debates and Supreme Court decisions, in order to determine if the issue of abortion has been presented differently in English and in French. Current research interests are the agency of the translator, feminist translation theories, political translation, discourse studies and abortion rights.
Thesis title: Analyse discursive multitextuelle du droit à l’avortement au Canada depuis 1988.
Stephan Stephanov is a finance professional with high profile international experience. Known for eagerly accepting the most complex of problems, I catalyze business growth and improve financial processes by rapidly creating and executing viable and innovative, yet practical solutions. I have continued to develop a deep expertise in global affairs and nurture my passion for international business and management. Academic research interests include international business, international management, institutional theory, sociology of risk management, European Union politics, Scandinavia, welfare capitalism.
Thesis title: Cultural Underpinnings of Institutional Construction and Risk: Profiling the financial institution alongside Europe's North-South divide.
Supervisory committee: Mehdi Farashahi, Jisun Yu, Martin French
Pamela Tudge is part food nerd, part academic, and part environmentalist who really loves design and art that makes her think deeper about our world. As a PhD candidate in the Individualized Program, she is exploring research-creation in critical design as a methodology to investigate domestic practices around food and waste. Further, she is researching how changes to design and culture during the 1950-70’s influenced kitchen practices. Pamela holds an MA from UBC and a BA in Geography and Environmental Studies from the UVic.
Thesis title: Kitchen Encounters
Supervisory committee: Rhona Richman-Kenneally, Elizabeth Miller, Anya Zilberstein
Red River Métis/Irish mother, writer, artist and activist, Melanie Lefebvre is a published freelance writer, contributing to discussions on Indigenous existence, resistance and decolonization. Melanie volunteers at the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, and creates content for the Cree School Board and the Cree Department of Justice and Corrections Services of Eeyou Istchee. She holds a BA in English Literature. Research areas include Indigenous women’s experience, resistance, art, matriarchy, identity, self-determination and decolonization.
Thesis title: Indigenous Women of Turtle Island: Resistance, Revitalization & Self-determination in the 21st Century.
Supervisory committee: Karl Hele, Heather Igloliorte, Cynthia Hammond
Engaged in the struggles for social justice since high school, Mathieu Roy completed his bachelor’s degree at the École de Travail Social de l’Université du Québec à Montréal in 2015. With experience as a community worker and in the field of social economy, he has strong interests in imagining how work can be transformed for social justice and answer our needs for self-fulfilment, sustainable lifestyles, liberty and enjoyable lives.
Thesis title: In transition towards a post-capitalist economy in Quebec: How non-hierarchical work practices impact livelihoods?
Supervisory committee: Anna Kruzynski, Norma Rantisi, Satoshi Ikeda
Ülfet Sevdi is a writer, theatre director, dramaturge and Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner. She graduated from the Department of Fine Arts and Theatre at Mersin University, Turkey, in 2001. Her work deals with oral history, social narrative and is theoretically grounded in feminist theory and the social sciences. She was the co-founder and director of nü.kolektif (Istanbul, 2009-2014) and is the co-founder and co-director of Thought Experiment Productions (Montreal, 2015-).
Thesis title: Collective Storytelling
Supervisory committee: Louis Patrick Leroux, Luis C. Sotelo Castro, Valérie de Courville Nicol
Maxence Valade completed his major in Sociology at UQAM and a minor in Philosophy at UdeM. He was a researcher at the Collectif d’analyse en financiarisation du capitalisme avancé (CAFCA-UQAM). With friends, he organizes Stasis – groupe d’enquête sur le contemporain and takes part in activities at the Senselab. With a particular focus on Lacan’s, Deleuze’s, Guattari’s and Oury’s thoughts, his master’s research focusses on practices of care elaborated at and peripherally to the Clinique de La Borde.
Thesis title: Théories de la subjectivation et pratiques institutionnelles du soin à la Clinique de La Borde.
Supervisory committee: Erin Manning, Dalie Giroux, Brian Massumi, Kristina Huneault
Esthel Vogrig Nardini
Esthel Vogrig Nardini is an artist that works in between diverse fields of knowledge and artistic practices. She usually thinks from a choreographic/performative perspective, looking at the movement and organization of bodies/words/objects/sounds and intrigued by the relations that arose from each kind of constellation. During several years she has been working collectively on research creation projects with Colectivo AM, La Liga Tensa and Los Vecinos del Ritmo. Currently she is exploring the relationship between the living body and the mediated visual image focusing on the implicit performativity of the act of filming and developing a practice based on non-fiction cinema, sonic sensibilities, de-coloniality and ludic gestures.
Thesis title: Performing the Image: A Performative Approach to Video Making.
Supervisory committee: Erin Manning, Lynn Hughes, and Jean Claude Bustros
Shiann Wahéhshon Whitebean (B.A. First Peoples Studies) is Wolf Clan of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation at Kahnawà:ke. Her knowledge and experience is rooted in her extensive background within the Longhouse and community efforts for language and culture revitalization.
Shiann has received several scholarships and academic awards including Sustainability Champion and Arts and Science Valedictorian 2017.
She is a member of the Indigenous Directions Leadership Group, Founder of the First Peoples Studies Member Association, Founder of the Indigenous Student Council and Founder of the Solidarity Food Movement, Concordia University.
Thesis title: Child-Targeted Assimilation: Indian Day School Education in Kahnawà:ke.
Supervisory committee: Louellyn White, Karl Hele,. Elizabeth Fast