Thesis defences

PhD Oral Exam - Sheena Bernett, Individualized Program

Composing with the Event—Moving Toward Neurodiverse Perception/Sensation

Tuesday, January 17, 2023
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

This event is free


School of Graduate Studies


Daniela Ferrer


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Room 362



When studying for a doctoral degree (PhD), candidates submit a thesis that provides a critical review of the current state of knowledge of the thesis subject as well as the student’s own contributions to the subject. The distinguishing criterion of doctoral graduate research is a significant and original contribution to knowledge.

Once accepted, the candidate presents the thesis orally. This oral exam is open to the public.


Neurodiversity is the mode of composing. The infinite diversity in diversity, of the field of relation making itself felt in its becoming.

This thesis is this composing.

Relationality is the dance itself of all that is compelled to move in a mode of composing worldings/bodyings. Movement is the force, the ever transitioning/thresholding (of shapes/forms, etc.), the excess, as well as the arena of qualities continuously arriving to their singularity. Simultaneously, both the voicing and the harmony in the atonal dance of relation in emergence.

Composition as ecology.

Relationality, not between located fixed objects, but rather the field of relation at the interstices themselves, of becoming and abecoming (without becoming). The excess makes a difference in the architecting of the spaces and silences by which movement is informed. Forces emerge, and through the singular moving qualities, matter is weathered into shapings and formations that reciprocally shape space and silence—forever a transitioning from the middle. Qualities express at the interstices of the edging of emergence. Singular qualities event, pulsing frivolously throughout the continuum of the multiplicity of potential.

How to read this thesis? This thesis invites you to cut the words into fragments, throw them to the wind and enter the dance of relation in a co-composition.

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