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Vivek Venkatesh, PhD

UNESCO co-Chair in Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism
Director, Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance
Professor, Inclusive Practices in Visual Arts , Art Education
Creator, Grimposium
Director, Project SOMEONE (Social Media Education Every Day)
Co-Founder, Landscape of Hate
Co-Founder, Landscape of Hope

Vivek Venkatesh, PhD
Landscape of Hope live at St Jax Church: Montreal Oct 31 2019
Éva Roy
Office: S-EV 2.619 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4645
Website(s): UNESCO-PREV Chair
Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance
Landscape of Hate
Landscape of Hope

Vivek Venkatesh is a filmmaker, musician, multimedia artist, curator, and applied learning scientist working at the intersection of public pedagogy and critical digital literacy. He is the UNESCO co-Chair in Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism, Director of the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance, and Full Professor of Inclusive Practices in Visual Arts in the Department of Art Education in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University, Montréal, Canada. He is also the co-founder of the Grimposium festival and conference series, co-founder of Project SOMEONE (Social Media Education Every Day), and musical performer (guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals, samples) with the bands Landscape of Hate, Landscape of Hope and Halka.

Formerly at Concordia University, Vivek served as Associate Dean - Recruitment and Awards at the School of Graduate Studies (2017-2018), Associate Dean - Academic Programs & Development at the School of Graduate Studies (2012-2015), inaugural Director of the Graduate Certificate in University Teaching (2013-2018) and he was a tenured faculty member in the Department of Education in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (2008-2018).

Vivek avails of a vast network of local, national and international collaborators, and works on a series of novel - yet focused - research and research-creation activities including: evaluating innovative techno-pedagogical practices which foster critical dialogues rooted in citizen education and digital literacy within secondary and post-secondary classroom contexts; developing digital media applications to sensitize and prevent online hate speech amongst the general public; and curating live artistic performances which promote resilience to online hate using sounds, texts and visuals collected via mobile and social media.

Vivek's research program - funded to the tune of more than $6.8 million (Canadian) - looks at the unique intersection between the areas of learning sciences, public pedagogy and digital media, especially in building interdisciplinary collaborations for projects related to building community resilience against the deleterious effects of discrimination

Vivek's films, which have been co-produced, co-directed and co-written alongside independent filmmaker David Hall, include extreme metal documentaries Blekkmetal (2016) and Enslaved 25 (in post-production), and the underground cultural documentary Where in the hell is the Lavender House? The Story of Longmont Potion Castle (2019). Vivek and David have also co-produced and co-directed music videos for two songs from genre-bending musical collective Ulver's 2017 EP Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, namely Echo Chamber (Room of Tears) and Bring Out Your Dead.


Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Technology, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 2008 July

Master of Arts in Educational Technology Concordia University, Montreal, Canada 2002 December

Postgraduate Diploma in Education (P. G. D. E.), with Credit Specialization in Secondary Schools National Institute of Education: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 1998 May

Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.), with Merit Computer Science and Information Systems National University of Singapore, Singapore 1997 June

Public Pedagogical Initiatives

The Grimposium Festival and Conference Series

Project SOMEONE (Social Media Education Every Day)

Blekkmetal Documentary and Concert Film

Courses taught

Graduet Doctoral Seminar in Art Education ARTE884
Undergraduate Art Education Specialization Internship Supervision ARTE425
Graduate Art Education Studio Inquiry ARTE606
Undergraduate Art Education Intermedia ARTE498
Graduate Seminar in University Teaching UNIT601
Graduate Fundamental Methods of Inquiry ETEC548/648 CHST 607
Graduate Intermediate Quantitative Methodologies EDUC802
Graduate Advanced Quantitative Methodologies EDUC803
Graduate Computer-Assisted Instruction ETEC 564/664
Graduate Introduction to Educational Computing ETEC 560/660
Graduate Topics in Methods of Inquiry ETEC 649
Graduate Topics Course on Online Communities of Practice ETEC693
Undergraduate Technology for Educational Change Part 2 EDUC 306
Undergraduate Integrating Social Media in Learning and Training Environments EDUC307

The Blekkmetal Film poster
Photo credit: David Hall, Anders Rokkum, Jannicke Wiese-Hansen
Landscape of Hate @ Festspillene i Bergen 2018
Photo credit: David Hall, Vivek Venkatesh, Alex Pelchat-White
Landscape of Hope @ Arctic Pride 2018
Photo credit: David Hall, Vivek Venkatesh

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