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Kathleen Vaughan


Kathleen Vaughan (MFA, PhD) is an artist, academic and educator with a trans-disciplinary orientation to place. She aims to balance her love for post-industrial sites, urban forests and green spaces with critical engagement, and often uses walking and mapping as method and form. Montrealer by birth, once resident of Toronto, Kathleen has created works of art and scholarship that take up the histories and futures of Canada’s two largest cities. After returning to Montreal in 2008, Kathleen made her home in the post-industrial neighbourhood of Pointe-St.-Charles, where through the Right to the City and other research, creative and teaching initiatives she connects with the people and place that mean so much to her. As incoming co-director (with Cynthia Hammond) of Concordia’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Kathleen draws connections between visual and narrative practices. As Concordia University Research Chair in Socially Engaged Art and Public Pedagogies, she explores the impact that the arts can have in times of crisis, and teaches Studio, Photography, and Community Art and Museum Education courses within the Department of Art Education, where she is Associate Professor. 

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