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Shauna Janssen


Shauna is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre at Concordia University where she also holds a Concordia University Research in Performative Urbanism Chair (New Scholar, 2018-2023) .

As an urban curator, her on-going research and creative practice are consonant with urban humanities and engages with critical questions about what role art/ists play in the development of just urban futures. In 2008 she founded Urban Occupations Urbaines (UOU), a research and curatorial platform for engaging artists and researchers, communities and the public, in creative and critical responses with contested, unresolved architectural and spatial conditions of cities.  She has been commissioned to create artistic and curatorial public art projects for the Centre d’Histoire de Montreal (“In the Village 2012”), La Fonderie darling (“darlingARCADE 2011,” “Points de vue 2014”), and has collaborated on community events and cultural exchanges with cultural institutions such as Heritage Montréal, Centaur Theatre, Montréal Arts InterculturelLe Corridor culturel de GriffintownLe Sud-Ouest de Montréal, and Parks Canada.  Her contributions to research and the advancement of knowledge in critical urban practices beyond academic audiences include a number of university-community collaborations, and invitations to give public lectures at cultural institutions in Montreal such as the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Ephemeral City, 2010), the artist-run centre Articule (“Would you be my curator?” 2012),the McCord Museum (City Talks, 2013) and the City of Windsor’s Neighbourhood Spaces symposium (“Curating People, Place, and the Spatial Politics of Urban Change” 2014). 

Internationally, she has given presentations about her research and practice, as well as participated in various interdisciplinary and research-creation activities, events, exhibitions, and artist residencies hosted by institutions such as the Centre for Art and Urbanism, Berlin; the School of Art, Design and Architecture Creative Exchange Institute, University of Tasmania, Australia; the Department of Spatial Design at Massey University, New Zealand; Performance Design at Roskilde University, Denmark; and the XX Architecture and Urbanism Biennial in Valparaiso (2017), Chile.

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