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
Antoine Bellemare is a doctoral student of the Individualized Program. He completed his master's thesis in psychology, more specifically in music cognition at Université de Montréal under the supervision of Dr. Isabelle Peretz. His work focuses on perceptual components of the creative process, as well as on interactive artworks using biotic signals.
Thesis title: The creation of harmonic structures derived from biological signals and their use in a brain-machine interface for the reinforcement of pareidolia.
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 an INDI PhD Candidate, working with faculty members in the Departments of Art History, Design and Computation Arts, and Art Education, and in association with the School of Irish Studies. Her SSHRCC-funded doctoral work investigates the complex colonial relationship materially evidenced by the production of lace in Ireland and its consumption in England during the nineteenth century, and is guided and shaped by a research creation practice in lacemaking and engagement with contemporary Irish lacemaking groups. She has worked in community arts programming in Canada and Northern Ireland.
Thesis title: Meaning in Materials: the changing contexts of Irish lace production, 19th century and now.
Julia Ginsburg's research focuses on developing and testing the effectiveness of environmental and sustainability education curricula. Before coming to Concordia, she worked as a graduate research assistant at the Respecting Children and Teachers Research Group at Smith College in Massachusetts, where she conducted intensive qualitative interviews with early childhood environmental educators. Julia has been invited to present her research the Jean Piaget Society, the Society for Research in Child Development, and the American Psychological Association.
Thesis title: Developing Best Practices for Pro-Environmental Sustainability Education.
Supervisory committee: Natasha Blanchet-Cohen, Holly Recchia, Damon Matthews, Mindy Carter
Drawing from his multi-disciplinary background, Sherif Goubran’s interdisciplinary PhD research is focused on sustainability and its assessment in the built environment. His research aims to align sustainable building practice with holistic sustainable development goals. Sherif is a Vanier Scholar and a Concordia Public Scholar (2019-2020). He published in different academic fields and is heavily involved in academic, student and community project. He 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 (in collaboration with Jean-Pierre Chupin and Gilbert Emond)
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.
We love to speak our minds out! But how do we? And why only us? Sayantan Mandal has a background in theoretical linguistics, psycholinguistics and computational science. His research involves understanding the computational properties of Natural Language, the constrains placed on them by general laws of nature, and their neural implementations. He works broadly within the framework established by Chomsky, Marr and Fodor, and specifically on Substance-Free Phonology developed by Hale and Reiss in Concordia.
Thesis title: Phonological Theory: Computationalism in Biolinguistics
Supervisory committee: Charles Reiss, Mark Hale, Roberto de Almeida, Alan Bale
Jess Rowan Marcotte
Jess Rowan Marcotte (they/them) is a queer game designer, writer, maker, teacher, and PhD candidate currently based out of the TAG lab. Their research focuses on physical-digital hybrid games from an intersectional feminist perspective. Their most recent work is "TRACES", a hybrid game about trans experiences and time travel. Their current, untitled work, explores the affordances of carry-on suitcases, puzzles, and written messages as tools for creating intimacy between strangers who may never meet face to face.
Thesis title: Preserving Physically and Digitally Entangled Traces in Hybrid Game Design.
Supervisory committee: Rilla Khaled, Lynn Hughes, Jason Camlot
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 from McGill University where she implemented a physical activity intervention among breast cancer survivors. Erin is a certified personal trainer and a pre-post natal and Barre fitness instructor. She is also a research coordinator at the Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CRCHUM) where she is working on, AdoQuest a project whose main objective is to determine the extent of co-occurrence of modifiable lifestyle behaviours among youth along the life course. Her research project 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: Contribution of exergaming behaviour to physical activity: toward better understanding the role of motivation.
Supervisory committee: Lisa Kakinami, Tracie Barnett
Keroles B. 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 doubled Concordia's organic collection and reduced over all waste by 146 MT since inception.
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, supported by the FQRSC, focusses on the translation of various discourses related to abortion in Canada in order to determine if the issue of abortion has been presented differently in English and in French and, concurrently, to assess whether these different representations have impacted access to abortion. Research interests are the agency of the translator, political translation, discourse studies, and post-Morgentaler abortion rights in Canada.
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
Julia Zamboni is a multimedia artist and researcher fascinated in the potential of media, including machines and other objects, to convey the appearance of life to inanimate matter. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the INDI program. Her research is an investigation of the expressive elements that communicate the notion of life in machines. Julia works in the lab HYCONS, and is a member of the group Machine Agencies, TAG, and Hexagram, at Concordia University.
Thesis title: ROBOT-LUDENS: Creating the Semblance of Life in Machines.
Supervisory committee: Bill Vorn, Luis Rodrigues, Mia Consalvo
Tatiana Zanon has been working for almost a decade with Science Communication, and her main goal is to bring scientific information in a format intelligible to the general public, so that science becomes accessible to all. Your doctoral research is situated in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)/Physics Education and in Science and Technology Studies. It addresses the lack of diversity and the underrepresentation of women and minorities in STEM.
Thesis title: Diversity and Othering in Physics- A Comparative Study of Brazilian and Canadian Textbooks and Popular Science Texts.
Kelann Currie-Williams is photographer, writer, and visual artist. With interests in the fields of oral history, visual culture, archival studies, and photography theory, her master’s research focuses on Black Canada’s history of vernacular image-making and image preservation by way of a study of photographic archives and conducting photo-elicitation led oral history interviews. At Concordia, she is a member of Senselab (a research-creation lab under Milieux Institute’s Performing Art Research Cluster (LePARC) and an affiliate of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS).
Thesis title: Prolonging the Afterimage: Looking At and Talking About Photographs of Black Montreal.
Supervisory committee: Erin Manning, Steven High, Monika Gagnon
Melanie Lefebvre is a Métis-Plains Cree-Nakota-Saulteaux-French-Irish mother, writer, artist, community worker, and 2019 SSHRC scholarship recipient. Mel sits on the board of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal and co-develops initiatives for Indigenous safety, representation, education, and employment. A published writer with over 20 years of experience, Mel’s work on Indigenous realities has been published nationally and her artwork has been exhibited in various galleries and institutions on Tiohtià:ke (Montreal), Kanien’kéha territory.
Thesis title: Indigenous Women and Two-Spirited People's Practice of Decolonization, and Collective- and Self-care in the 21st Century and beyond.
Supervisory committee: Elizabeth Fast, Heather Igloliorte, Cynthia Hammond
Antonia Leney-Granger is a puppeteer, director and educator specializing in object theatre. She founded Théâtre du Renard, a company committed to using visual theatre and humour to make complex ideas accessible to all. In 2018, she began an master’s degree (INDI) around two artforms that particularly inspire her : puppetry and comics. She holds a B.A. from the Liberal Arts College (Concordia University) and is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.
Thesis title: Puppetry and Comics - Visual narration, audience participation and the art of the encounter.
Supervisory committee: Mark Sussman, Ariela Freedman, Eric Simon
Veronica Mockler is a Canadian artist working in social and relational nonfiction. Mockler’s work has been presented in South America, Europe, U.S.A. and Canada. She is the co-founder of VISIBLE, a montreal-based collective specializing in documentary citizen performance art. Mockler has been the recipient of grants and awards for her social practice which is rooted in documentary, conceptual art and oral history frameworks. Her performances highlight the agency of the people they feature.
Thesis title: Creating applied performance art for citizen self-representation.
Supervisory committee: Luis C. Sotelo Castro, Kathleen Vaughan, Steven High
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