Brice Ammar-Khodja is an artist and graphic designer working at the intersection of digital arts, material science, and anthropology. He is affiliated in co-tutelle with Concordia University and EnsadLab (Paris).
His research-creation problematizes the relation between form, matter, and function contextualized in smart and resilient cities. He focuses on creating dialogs between living matter, responsive materials, urban environmental data as well as soft robotic to question the symbolic, spatial, and sensory relations pertaining to materiality and intangible information.
Co-director of the graphic design magazine Pied de Mouche works have been exhibited at Biennale internationale du Design, la Cité internationale des arts, V2_Institute for Unstable Media, Musée historique de la ville de Strasbourg, Modulab and Dalan.
Thesis title: Frictions (Im)Matérielles
Supervisory committee: Alice Jarry, David Howes, Ursula Eicker, Samuel Bianchini
Thesis title: Ending misery: how 1000s of people can put in commons their resources to achieve collective wealth.
Supervisory committee: Philippe Caignon, Marguerite Mendell, Satoshi Ikeda, Warren Linds
Jessica is a doctoral student in the Individualized Program, a recipient of SSHRC and the Quebec Indigenous Mentorship Network Doctoral Scholarship. Her research aims to co-create a culturally-responsive, trauma-informed yoga program led by Kwakwaka’wakw womxn and girls. The focus is empowerment through movement, ceremony, women’s teachings, and language revitalization. She is passionate about teaching yoga to Indigenous womxn and youth and supporting them to feel connected and empowered in their bodies. Jessica is Kwakwaka'wakw from the 'Namgis First Nation, a proud mother of two daughters, wife, Sundancer, Indigenous health advocate, yoga teacher and doula.
Thesis title: (Re)Connecting through women’s teachings, language and movement: Culturally-adapted yoga for First Nations Womxn and Girls.
Supervisory committee: Elizabeth Fast, Jason Lewis, Katsi Cook
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.
Sheena Bernett holds an MA in Musical Theatre Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and a BFA in Music Composition and Classical Voice from Concordia University. Her education also includes training from the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York and The National Ballet School of Canada. As an arts educator, she specializes in coaching private students and conducts workshops in voice, acting, musical theatre, ballet, as well as character analysis and audition preparation.
Thesis title: Composing with the Event—Performance Practices that Move Toward Neurodiverse Perception/Sensation.
Supervisory committee: Erin Manning, Eldad Tsabary, Georges Dimitrov
Ze Cahue's academic background is in multimedia, cinema, electroacoustic music, and biomedical engineering. His past 20 years of non-academic investigations include experiments with Aymara-Quechua youngers listening to live electronic music, outsourcing in China from the Hunan-Shanghainese perspective, Viennese minimalist survival tactics and Azeri gambiologia in Iran. His PhD research focus on the development of antidisciplinary methods for realtime biosignal-driven computational art.
Thesis title: InternConnection - Connecting people through consciousness.
Supervisory committee: Chris Salter, Naj Mahani, Aaron Johnson and Marcelo Wanderley
Bruno is from Brazil and his background combines a Bach degree in Graphic Design, a Specialization in Design Management, and a Master’s Degree in Design and Hypermedia.
He has 8+ years teaching experience in Design related courses, including Infographics, Information Design, Digital Illustration, Image Processing, Script and Storyboard, Publication Design, Digital Marketing and Branding and others.
He is currently a full time faculty under the Graphic and Web Design faculty at Heritage College, in Gatineau, QC.
Thesis title: Playfographics: A Playable Infographic Design Approach.
Supervisory committee: Jonathan Lessard / Rilla Khaled / Christopher Moore
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
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
Skot Deeming is an artist, curator and scholar, whose research focuses on DIY and collector sub-cultures, curatorial practice and material historiography. From arcades and action figures to lectures and gallery shows, he has exhibited, curated and presented work around the world. He currently resides in Montreal where he is a doctoral candidate in the Individualized Program at Concordia University, and a graduate student member of the Milieux Institute, and the T.A.G.Research center.
Thesis title: Recasting Popular Culture: Mediations on Play, Appropriation and bootleg toy cultures.
Supervisory committee: Lynn Hughes, Bart Simon Mia Consalvo
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
Jean Doyon’s research, teaching, and social entrepreneurial work encompass the field of sustainability science and sustainable community development; food and agricultural (pre-)history, sustainable food systems, urban agriculture, permaculture, the transition movement, and; the heterodox, Polanyian, political and social(-ecological), community economy. Rooted in the inter-transdisciplinary, environmental social sciences, his thesis aims to advance a more comprehensive/operational perspective and praxis of regenerative sustainability that strives to cultivate and support the flourishing of social, environmental, and social-ecological systems.
Thesis title: Social-Ecological Thrivability: A First-Person Theoretical Inquiry toward the Conceptualization of an Inter-Transdisciplinary, Re-Generative Perspective of Sustainability (Science) and the Operationalization of Thriving Nature-Society Relations.
Supervisory committee: Satoshi Ikeda, Anna Krunzynski, Don de Guerre
I completed a MA in Education after working in the field of computer graphics for television and cinema. I'm teaching 3D animation and creativity at UQAT (Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue) in Montreal while developing my art practice and research-creation.
Thesis title: Self-techniques and digital technologies: investigation of the artist's immediate cultural environment through the virtualization and interpretation of the 3D photographic object from a scriptwriting perspective based on autofiction.
Supervisory committee: Jonathan Lessard, Luigi Allemano, Christine Jourdan
A multimedia artist engaged in questions about identity, I have exhibited in Canada, Jamaica, the USA, Brazil, Germany, Norway, Austria, France, Switzerland, and the UK. I completed a Photography MA (London College of Communication, 2010). Building on my own experience as a white Euro-Jamaican, and past research in the portrayal of my hybrid identity within contemporary Jamaican culture, I’m exploring how this can be represented in VR.
Thesis title: My research-creation project is provisionally entitled: "Virtual ISLANDs, postcolonial hybrid identities in Virtual Reality." Building on research in the central role of water in Caribbean cultures, my project is informed by the violent histories of transatlantic slavery and Atlantic modernity, through the framework of Paul Gilroy’s notion of the “Black Atlantic.” This project invites a reading of VR practices towards aesthetic/artistic aims through the exploration of submersion as an alternative notion to describe VR’s immersive experience.
Supervisory committee: MJ Thompson, Lynn Hughes and Alice Ming Wai Jim
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)
Thesis title: Creating and implementing measurable trauma-informed and inclusive practices for at-risk emerging young adults in different educational and professional spaces in Montreal.
Supervisory committee: Vivek Venkatesh, Sandra Chang-Kredl, David Waddington, Ghayda Hassan
Morteza Hazbei’s research considers ornamental patterns as an element that conveys cultural meaning. These patterns in the building envelope not only act as an energetic function but also perform as an expressive role in communicating context and history. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Art University of Isfahan and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Joundi Shapur University of Technology. His master thesis was about designing cultural spaces with an emphasis on Iranian motifs and patterns.
Thesis title: Rethinking Parametric Architecture by Reconciling Ornamental Patterns and Energy Performance.
Supervisory committee: Carmela Cucuzzella, Nawwaf Kharma, Bruno Lee, Richard Foltz
A Public Scholar, with over 20 years of international experience working in the child welfare sector, Zeina has contributed to international initiatives promoting family strengthening and participated in the drafting of UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care for Children. Zeina has co-written a book chapter on the challenges facing indigenous youth coming of age out of care in Canada and created oral history performances. She has published many articles on the reform of the child welfare sector. She is a board member of COHDS for 2019-2020.
Thesis title: The Life stories of individuals’ who experienced transnational/transracial adoption.
Supervisory committee: Elizabeth Fast, Steven High, Ursula Neuerburg
Having a background in Architecture and Urban design, I am integrating the knowledge from the fields of urban ecology, engineering, and design to understand how built and green elements of cities can better promote urban "walkability," with a particular focus on thermal comfort.
My research falls within the Next Generation Cities cluster. I joined Concordia's Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities, IDEAS-BE, and Ziter lab to pursue the same goals: enhance the well-being of communities, protection the environment, and investments in future generations.
Thesis title: Investigating the role of the built environment and street-level greenery to improve walkability through the lens of pedestrian thermal comfort.
Taylor Kann is a doctoral student in the Individualized Program in Humanities. Taylor holds an MA in Digital Innovation in Journalism at Concordia University and a B.Sc. in Journalism from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. Taylor’s PhD research focuses on media portrayals of the clinical applications of synthetic biology and the resulting impact on audience opinions and perceptions of the synthetic biology field.
Thesis title: Patients, Redesigned: An Analysis of News Coverage of Clinical Applications of Synthetic Biology.
Supervisory committee: David Secko, Elyse Amend, Steve Shih
Alexandra Kenefick is an INDI PhD candidate whose work challenges patriarchal paradigms in design by establishing a feminist, more-than-human approach to making-with diverse voices, perspectives, species, and praxes. Making/Meat/Matter uses such an approach to expose inequities found in contemporary animal production/consumption systems by prodding at the tangled and messy relationships humans contend with meat consumption. By recognizing the intimate subtleties, personal narratives, and situated experiences that further one’s decisions to eat or not to eat other animals as salient qualities toward mindful consumption patterns, her work explores how individual consumers can become capable of response, and agents in the collective redesigning of destructive systems and their embedded injustices.
Thesis title: Toward mindful meat consumption through critical fabulation.
Supervisory committee: Rhona Richman Kenneally, Mark Watson, Jordan Lebel
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
Recipient of the SSHRC and of a Nelson Mandela award, Geneviève Grégoire-Labrecque is a PhD candidate with a Master in anthropology interested in children’s rights, participation, everyday life and wellbeing. She is working on the way youth participation unfolds in a school context in Montreal through participatory ethnographic methods. She has worked on diversity in education, health care and social services; in knowledge mobilization and as an intercultural trainer in health care and education settings.
Thesis title: The transformational potential of everyday participation for young people in high schools in Montreal.
Supervisory committee: Natasha Blanchet-Cohen, Warren Linds, Miranda D’Amico, Monica Ruiz-Casares
Mel is a métis, nehiyaw, nakota, saulteaux, french, and irish mother, community worker, researcher, writer, visual artist, traditional tattoo practitioner and phd student at concordia university focused on healing, decolonization, and (re)connection for Indigenous 2SLGBTQIA+ and Indigenous women. working closely with the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, mel is vice president of the board, advocating for the safety of Indigenous people as well as Indigenous representation, education, and employment.
Thesis title: Traditional tattooing: Research creation as radical care and (re)connection for urban Indigenous 2SLGBTQIA+ and Indigenous women.
Supervisory committee: Elizabeth Fast, Jason Edward Lewis, Mary Wilson
Donna Legault is an artist and researcher currently based in Montreal. Her research investigates opportunities afforded by technology to explore human-non-human relations through gesture and resonance. This research is disseminated through modalities of motion and sound via electronic installation, sculpture, drawing and performance. She holds degrees in Art History from Carleton University, in Visual Arts from the University of Ottawa, an MFA in Intermedia from Concordia University and is currently pursuing an INDI PhD in Fine Arts.
Thesis title: Learning from Organisms: The sympoiesis of bio-artistic technology.
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.
Emanuel Lowi is a Montreal-born writer and photographer. He earned a BA in English and Political Science at Brandeis University, a degree in Education from McGill and a Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University in New York. His work as a journalist focusses on Indigenous peoples -- especially the Inuit -- as well as the Middle East, where he's lived with the Sinai Bedouin. Emanuel has worked for National Geographic magazine, for CBC Radio and for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. He teaches currently in Concordia's First Peoples Studies program.
Thesis title: Aupaluk Joins the Global Village
Supervisory committee: Heather Igloliorte, Mark Watson, Sandra Gabriele
Holding a BSc Mathematics, Stuart MacDonald’s discovery of Fanon’s Les Damnés de la Terre during his Philosophy MA inspired an interest in colonialism and brought him to South Africa. Further globetrotting motivated studying Civil Engineering to pair creating tangible change with geopolitical nous. After subsequently completing an M.Sc. Geography (Data Science), his goal in the INDI PhD program is to establish a progressive theory of development engineering that encourages the change he wants to see.
Thesis title: What is Teaching Development Engineering?
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 works are "UNLOCK. UNPACK.", which explores explores the affordances of puzzles and written messages as tools for creating intimacy between its players and people who may never meet face to face, and "Strangers on the 'Net", a game about online intimacy, fandom, and growing up online in the nineties and afterwards created in response to the pandemic.
Thesis title: Preserving Physically and Digitally Entangled Traces in Hybrid Game Design.
Supervisory committee: Rilla Khaled, Lynn Hughes, Jason Camlot
As a textile designer for fashion for over twenty years, Vanessa Mardirossian is concerned about the polluting impact of her industry. Her research, combining art and science, focusses on developing a design ecoliteracy, namely a better understanding of the impact of our productions on ecosystems. She studies sustainable ways of designing materiality. Her research-creation leads her to develop natural and non-toxic dyes from bacteria that feed on food waste.
Thesis title: The hidden side of materiality: an ecoliteracy of clothing through a biomimetic approach to color leading to a sustainable textile design practice.
Supervisory committee: Alice Jarry, Martin Racine, Yves Gélinas
Fatemeh Mehrzad, she has background in Architecture and Restoration. Her research interests are Reorganization and rehabilitation with sustainable approach, Sustainable Cities & Urban Regeneration. She investigate a method that is tested and validated for assessing sustainability in urban regeneration with a focus on environment, economic, social, and physical factors in specific cities which can be used by developers and users.
Thesis title: Urban regeneration in valuable neighbourhoods to protect the capabilities of urban spaces, case study: Paris, Montreal and Tehran.
Supervisory committee: Carmela cucuzzella, Thomas J.Walker, Kregg Hetherington
I am an organizational consultant and PhD candidate in Montreal. While working with a not-for-profit organization before and after they moved into a new space, I had the opportunity investigate the evolving spatial relationships and the affective nature space has on and within the organization. My research aims to enhance our understanding and precipitate new experience based discourse around space as an active participant in co-creating our day-to-day experience.
Thesis title: The Embodied Office: a relational look at office space during transition and change.
Supervisory committee: Warren Linds, Don de Guerre, David Howes
Christiane Meyer is a pharmacist with working experience in hospital pharmacy. She joined the Concordia University in 2018. As a PhD student, she is currently exploring the effects of misaligned circadian rhythms (shift work). In an interdisciplinary approach combining methods from the fields of chemistry, molecular biology, and psychology, her research focuses on the female organism as an entity to better understand the complex rhythm-dependent interaction of endocrine and metabolic pathways and how disturbances of these fine-tuned systems affect the incidence of mood-related disorders.
Thesis title: How does internal desynchrony affect hormone homeostasis, metabolism, and mood in females?
Supervisory committee: Shimon Amir, Wayne Brake, Dajana Vuckovic
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
Persian born concert pianist, interdisciplinary composer, artist-researcher, educator, Anoush Moazzeni enjoys a performing career that has, frequently, taken her around the world. The development of her creative music practice ( focused on interdisciplinary performance designs for piano and new technologies) incorporates interaction between artistic interpretation and scholarly reflection. Particular areas of her interest in research-creation include Philosophy on stage and artistic research. Ms. Moazzeni has received multiple awards and nominations and has been constantly collaborating as jury member, performer-composer and scholar with various organizations and communities around the globe.
Thesis title: Artistic Research: Epistemic Self-reflexivity to the Human Machine Relationship within an Unconventional Piano Performance Practice.
Supervisory committee: Ricardo Dal Farra, Mark Corwin, Eldad Tsabary, Tasos Zembylas
Damoon Nasseri is a PhD student who has background in urban planning. He is interested in the fields of segregation, urban inequalities, gentrification and community development. He has searched on the physical and spatial separation in urban neighborhoods and the impacts of physical renovation actions on residents' sense of place. He is trying to learn more about economic, social and political contexts of the cities so as to play a role in building more resilient local communities.
Thesis title: Gentrification and its impact on network inequality.
Supervisory committee: Carmela Cucuzzella, Norma M. Rantisi, Amy R. Poteete
Firdous Nizar is an INDI PhD student and her research aims to explore and valorize the potential of online architecture blogs as pedagogical tools in architecture and design education, with a focus on open access publishing and digital scholarship. She completed her Master of Design degree in 2020 from Concordia University and her research was titled, “Retracing Spatial Design Processes: Developing a Pedagogical Tool for Architecture". She is an architecture alumni from National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India (2013-2018) and has experience working in the AEC industry, particularly in the conception and design of residential and recreational spaces.
Thesis title: Reflecting on Architecture through Creative Journalism: Blogging as a Design Thinking Model.
Nathalie Pelletier earned a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons.) in French translation at Queen’s University and a legally oriented Master’s Degree in Terminology and Translation at Université Laval. For many years, she worked as a legal translator in the securities field. In 2017, she opted to somewhat change her career path and enrolled in the Individualized Program as a doctoral student. Her research focuses on the democratization of knowledge in the securities field giving small investors greater financial and discretionary power.
Thesis title: Pairing of plain language with Quebec securities law in the context of English to French translations of the information documents of listed companies.
Supervisory committee: Philippe Caignon, Judith Woodsworth, Pier Pascale Boulanger
Véronique Picard is Huron-Wendat from Wendake that grew up in Gatineau, Québec. She obtained her BA in 2014 and her MA in 2016 in Criminology at the University of Montréal. Her practice is oriented in community-care and her professional experiences in different Indigenous organizations helped in guiding her on this new academic path at Concordia University, in the Individualized PhD program. Her values are deeply rooted in her Indigenous and Wendat identity and she’s a strong believer in bringing them into her work and research processes. Her research interests are Indigenous youth empowerment and leadership, and she’s interested in exploring ideas of decolonial structures that allows for youth voices to be heard in meaningful, creative, inclusive and culturally-safe ways.
Thesis title: Youth Reclamation of Power and Space in Quebec Indigenous Communities and Organizations.
Supervisory committee: Elizabeth Fast, Catherine Richardson and Natasha Blanchet-Cohen
Tracy Qiu is an ornamental horticulturist and public garden professional, researching how botanical gardens reckon with coloniality while tackling issues of diversity and inclusion. Her Masters of Science at the University of Delaware explored racial diversity in public garden leadership from the perspective of critical race theory and critical museology. A recipient of the Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, she aims to create critical and collaborative research with practical applications for the field of botanical gardens.
Thesis title: Rooted in Coloniality: Decolonizing and De-centering Botanical Gardens.
Negar Rahimi is an architect, interior designer and visual artist. Holding an architecture Master degree with specialization in architectural technology, she is now carrying her PhD research through Individualized program at Concordia University. Having researched on smart buildings, parametric design, bionic architecture, and responsible facades, she came up with an interdisciplinary approach to propose a new design method for openings in smart façades, which helps the architects not only find the best daylighting provision solution, but also achieve the energy efficiency for any kinds of buildings.
Thesis title: Study on Parametric Optimization of Daylighting and Energy Efficiency by Utilizing Double-Skin Façade.
Supervisory committee: Carmela Cucuzzella, Ursula Eicker, Hua Ge
Mohsen Rasoulivalajoozi is a PhD student in the Individualized program at the Department of Fine Arts. He did his graduate course in Master of industrial design at University of Tehran (UT) and Bachelor of Visual Communication. Also, Mohsen got professional research experience (as a guest Researcher) at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).
His research interests include Medical Design, Medical Anthropology, Research Methodology in Product Design, Visual Communication and Visual Analysis in design.
Thesis title: Designing a Medical Service/ System for some societies with Medical Misbehaviour.
Nisa Remigio Nisa Remigio is an oral history performer and first-year PhD student. Her research explores themes of identity and sense of belonging, memory and place, walking as art, and performing in non-traditional performance spaces. She is presently working on Decolonizing my walk: revisiting my Québécois Appalachian Trail hike in search of Indigenous stories, an arts-based research/creation sensorial and digital map set addressing the absence of references to Mi’kmaq presence on the Appalachian Trail official guide.
Thesis title: Santana Airfield, the cows pl(ai/ne)s: linking place, identity and memories through performance.
Supervisory committee: Warren Linds, Luis Carlos Sotelo-Castro, Sébastien Caquard
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, halved contamination in compost bins, and reduced overall waste per Concordian by 16%.
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.
Deborah Seabrook PhD(C) MMT MTA is a music therapy clinician, researcher, and educator, and an improvising pianist. Deborah has taught music therapy at McGill, Concordia, and Wilfrid Laurier Universities and her work is published in scholarly journals. Her current SSHRC supported doctoral research investigates music improvisation for the promotion of mental health and well-being. Deborah’s also examines music therapy, anti-oppression, and the climate crisis. Her clinical work supports musicians with creativity scars/wounds, anxiety, and/or trauma.
Thesis title: A Multidisciplinary Understanding of Music Improvisation to Promote Mental Health and Well-being.
Supervisory committee: Laurel Young, Virginia Penhune, Christine Beckett
christian scott is an artist, designer, researcher, and urbanist based in Montreal/Tio'tia:ke.
They study cities and people, and focus on urban play, gentrification, and place-making practices—through the use of research-creation methods and multiple media.
As a PhD student at Concordia University they collaborate at the Performative Urbanism Lab (PULSE), LeParc (Milieux's Performing Arts Research Cluster), and the Dramaturgical Ecologies research group.
Thesis title: Play-Driven Urbanism: critical approaches to placemaking through play as a tool to conceive of more resilient, just, and diverse cities.
Supervisory committee: Shauna Janssen, Rilla Khaled, Silvano De la Llata
Aristofanis Soulikias is a film animation artist and architect with a BArch from McGill University, an MA in Building Conservation Studies from the University of York, UK, a BFA (Honours) from Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, and professional experience in architecture in Greece and the UK. He works primarily with stop-motion, handmade silhouette animation, and researches the possibilities of his medium in representing the built environment, its materiality, atmosphere, and histories.
Thesis title: Sensing the city through handmade film animation.
Supervisory committee: Carmela Cucuzzella, Luigi Allemano, Cynthia Hammond
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
Roozbeh Tabandeh is an Iranian composer, architect and artistic director of interdisciplinary stage works. Having a Master's degree in architecture and a Specialisation in music composition, he is now conducting his PhD research in the framework of the individualized doctoral program at Concordia University. His works have been consistently supported by Academic and professional organizations including Concordia University, Conseil des arts et des Lettres du Québec, Société Québécoise de Recherche en Musique, Canadian New Music Network, Anáhuac University of Mexico, etc.
Thesis title: Poetics of Space in Iranian Music and Architecture.
Joe Thibodeau is an artist-researcher and PhD student in Concordia’s Individualized program. His work investigates the relationship between sensorial interactions and the sense of self. He probes the supposed boundaries of sensation and embodiment using artificial agents that concretize philosophical and scientific notions of selfhood, evoking different ways of sensory understanding through technological alterations of our sensory experience. Joe implements his work with a combination of interface design, audio production, live performance, machine learning and hardware hacking.
Thesis title: Sensoria Symbiotique
Supervisory committee: David Howes, Alice Jarry, Michael Montanaro, Virginia Penhune
Ida Toft is a PhD candidate at Concordia University. They work on the intersections of digital games and media art and has been involved with experimental game communities across Europe since 2007. Ida’s current research investigates machine touch and vibration patterns in games; what might multiplayer games look like if they stage vibration patterns as the primary mode of computational expression? And what might this design challenge teach us about games as a media for art practices?
Thesis title: Variations of Machine Touch
Supervisory committee: Lynn Hughes, Chris Salter, Bart Simon
Pamela Tudge is a PhD candidate exploring critical design and public pedagogy as a methodology to investigate food-based waste. Her writing and teaching for over 15 years has spanned food studies, environmental science, new media and social movements. Pamela has worked in the fields of cartography, climate science, education and the arts. She holds a MA in Geography and a BA in Geography and Environmental Studies from UVic.
Thesis title: Encounters: Making food-based waste visible through a critical design public pedagogy
Supervisory committee: Rhona Richman-Kenneally, Elizabeth Miller, Anya Zilberstein
Stephen Venkatarangam, MA, MTA is an INDI PhD student, music therapist, educator, and musician. His research interests include how listeners perceive, contextualize, and process music through artistic, and neurophenomenological media. As multi-instrumentalist, he has toured nationally and internationally with Tala and Polaris nominees Elephant Stone. He is currently playing modular/digital synths/guitar in arc, while pursuing his training in Hindustani classical sitar. He is a recipient of Concordia’s PERFORM Graduate Scholarship in Preventive Health Research (2020/21).
Thesis title: Participants’ Experiences of Raga Music Therapy Listening Experiences in Mindful States of Awareness: A Neurophenomenological and Arts-Based Research Initiative.
Following his MA in Theological Studies, Joseph’s research has focused on the relationship between Christian thought and literature. His INDI PhD applies an interdisciplinary approach exploring the influence of medieval theology and literature on the popular works of fiction by C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, with special attention given to the role of love
Thesis title: Mere Love: Christian Images in the Fiction of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.
Supervisory committee: Jean-Michel Roessli, Paul Allen, Tobias Gittes
Garnet Willis is a Canadian interdisciplinary artist, audio engineer, composer and instrument builder. He combines his disparate skills as, designer, wood and metal-worker, sound engineer and electronics geek to produce multivariate artworks that tend to revolve around sound. Garnet’s interests bring him to Concordia, where his PhD research investigates the crossroads between sensation, form over time, and material agency in order to develop sculptures that utilize internal stresses to change their form in unpredictable ways.
Thesis title: Objets Trancorporels
Supervisory committee: Chris Salter, David Morris, Sandeep Bhagwati
Mohammad Abdalreza Zadeh
Mohammad Abdalreza Zadeh is an INDI PhD student at Concordia University. He investigates the potentials of design education for developing the community-university-industry partnership. He completed his MArch at the University of Tehran and his B.S.Arch at Iran University of Science and Technology. His curiosity about the social responsibility of design grew in volunteer working with local and International NGOs in Iran. He believes that community-based design is an inevitable aspect of a democratic society.
Thesis title: Toward a Democratic Design Education
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 PhD 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 works for over a decade with science dissemination and has an interdisciplinary academic background covering the areas of Communication, Education, and Science. Her current research is situated in the fields of STEM Education and Science and Technology Studies. It addresses othering and marginalization of women, People of Colour and other visible minorities in STEM, investigating how the current culture of STEM and its narratives reinforces social inequalities.
Thesis title: Diversity and Othering in Physics- A Comparative Study of Brazilian and Canadian Textbooks.
Brenda Cleary is currently on leave from the INDI program finishing her Masters of Nursing degree. She plans to return to Concordia University to continue her passion for blending art and health with further work in an evocative medical humanities piece examining the intersectionality of settler colonialism, the "helping" professions and public health policy. As a community arts and health professional prior to coming to nursing she has worked with numerous groups throughout her career: Indigenous youth, children of migrant farmworkers, high school dropouts, domestic violence shelter residents, day laborers, undocumented students, war widows and children of the Guatemalan Mayan genocide. Most recently Brenda Cleary blended her passion for creative arts, non-profit management and health promotion by designing and directing arts-based well-being initiatives in conjunction with Boulder County Public Health Department in her native Colorado.
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
Lily Ieroniawá:kon Deer
Lily Ieroniawá:kon Deer (she/her) is a Kanien’kehá:ka artist from Kahnawà:ke, Quebec. Through a participatory action research project and visual arts-based methods, Lily aims collaborate with other Indigenous young adults (18-35) who experienced the child welfare system in Canada during their childhoods. Lily hopes to uplift the self-determined needs for wellbeing of Indigenous young adults who lived through foster care. Areas of research interests include Haudenosaunee conceptions of wellbeing, critical pedagogy, decolonial methodologies, and disability justice.
Thesis title: Empowering the Self-Determined needs for Well-Being of Indigenous Young Adults Who Experienced the Child Welfare System.
Supervisory committee: Elizabeth Fast, Varda Mann-Feder, Catherine Richardson
Zeina El Omari
Zeina El Omari has a background in Women Studies and in Sustainability, her research interests are in Human Geography, Sociology, Critical Refugee Studies, Food Studies, Women’s Studies, and community-based practices. Her research project explores the relationship between Syrian refugee resettlement to Canada and sustainable food systems. Building off of her relationship to the environment, she will be looking at how her culture and her politics have shaped her place and space through community economies, inter alia, through the creation of an edible forest garden in her backyard in the suburbs of Montreal. Concomitantly, she will explore the experiences of government assisted Syrian refugee women with an agrarian background in Canada and whether they have attempted to transform their environment in order to re-created a sense of home through the production of food. Zeina is also an active member at Bâtiment 7, she is involved in the development of an alternative food system, that includes, inter alia, vegetable gardens, an animal farm, a food forest, and a food transformation hub.
Thesis title: Feeling at Home: How Syrian Refugee Women from an Agrarian Background Transform their Environment Thanks to their Embodied Knowledge and their Relationship to Food Production in Quebec.
Supervisory committee: Gada Mahrouse, Natalie Kouri-Towe Satoshi Ikeda, Alan Nash
Peter Farbridgeis a Montreal-based actor, writer and theatre producer working between Montreal and Toronto. As a founding member of one of Canada’s foremost intercultural theatre companies, the Modern Times Stage Company (Toronto), Peter has appeared in the majority of the productions, including the title roles in “Macbeth” and “Hamlet”. He has earned several Toronto Dora nominations and awards for his work with Modern Times. Peter has worked as an actor in film, TV and theatre in Montreal both in English and in French. Peter also writes for theatre and for video, and has directed several social documentary films.
Thesis title: Theatre as a Generator of Culturally-Safe Spaces: an Examination of the Intercultural Approach of the Modern Times Stage Company.
Sadie Gilker is a Master’s student in the Individualized Program at Concordia University. Their thesis looks at how performance and theatre can explore, and process, violence in post-conflict cities. Using Belfast, Northern Ireland as a case study, this thesis blends performance studies, urban studies and history to complete this analysis.
Thesis title: A Study of Violence: Performance in Belfast’s Urban Spheres.
Kelly Keenan is a Montreal-based dance artist, teacher and researcher fascinated by the perceptive capacity of the body. She teaches for pre-professional and professional dance institutions and dances for several independent choreographers including Adam Kinner, k.g. Guttman and Katie Ward. Kelly’s research explores somatic choreographies as a means to dissolve the contradiction that dance, as a kinaesthetic practice, is generally performed for the spectator and accessed through the visual sense, by creating dances to be “felt” rather than “seen”.
Thesis title: Somatic Choreographies: dissolving distances in dance performance and practice.
Supervisory committee: Angelique Wilkie, MJ Thomspson, David Howes
Dancer, choreographer & teacher, Caroline Laurin-Beaucage works include diptych Ground and Rebo(u)nd, toured in Canada, France, Spain, Hungary, Germany and South Korea. Habiter sa mémoire (2016), seen in 20+ cities worldwide, generated in 2019 an on-stage work (Intérieurs) and a visual exhibition (Marquer le temps). Caroline teaches at Montreal’s Concordia University since 2005 and is currently guest teacher at UQAM University in the department of dance for 2020-21. She is the founder of Lorganisme and is still a current member. She has served as the company’s general director until 2019.
Thesis title: Making and performing contemporary dance in Montreal’s public spaces: A dramaturgy of public space through choreography and contemporary dance practice.
Emily Leavitt received a Bachelor of Arts in Langue française/French Language from Concordia University and is an English writing and French conversation specialist at Concordia’s Student Success Centre. She is an MA student in the INDI program focusing her research on the sociolinguistic particularities of French language presented in the lyrics of Quebec rap artists. She is also exploring the notions of identity expression and construction relating to these rappers and their audiences.
Thesis title: Variation linguistique et construction identitaire dans le rap québécois.
Supervisory committee: Davy Bigot, Julie Auger, Paul Bandia
Juliet Mackie is a Métis visual artist and 2020 SSHRC Graduate scholarship recipient. Juliet moved from Vancouver Island to Tiohtià:ke/Montréal in 2015 to study painting. She is a recent graduate of Concordia’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Juliet’s practice-based research combines culturally-situated knowledge and portrait painting in an exploration of Indigenous women’s identities.
Thesis title: An Exploration of Indigenous Women’s Identities through Reflective Storytelling and Portraiture.
Supervisory committee: Elizabeth Fast, Heather Igloliorte and Eliza Griffiths
Victoria May is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher with a career spanning nearly 30 years, and has danced with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Goteborg’s Danse Kompagni, Danish Dance Theatre, and independently for Danse-Cité, Louise Bédard, Dominique Porte, Barbara Diabo among other artists. She is a citizen of the Manitoba Metis Federation with family and community ties in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Her most recent choreographic work ‘Kiwaapamitinaawaaw’ (2020) was presented at the Biennale d’Art Contemporain Autochtone (BACA) at CCOV.
Thesis title: Embodying Michif-
Ekwaanikik ka-kiiniimichik (those are the ones who danced)
Veronica Mockler is a professional artist working in socially engaged art in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal). With different individuals, coalitions and groups, Veronica has developed action and media-based work that has been featured in community spaces, exhibitions, festivals and conferences in Canada, the U.S., South America, the U.K. and Europe. As an emerging scholar, she now continues her practice via research-creation in performance art, oral history and social pedagogy.
Thesis title: Real Face Time: Unscripted Listening and Speaking.
Supervisory committee: Luis C. Sotelo Castro, Kathleen Vaughan, Steven High
Jonathan is honoured to join Concordia's INDI program. Originally from Newfoundland, Jonathan has been a professional actor and musician for over 25 years. Career highlights include roles on Broadway, being featured as a classical pianist at Carnegie Hall, and composing/co-writing the musical The Hockey Sweater, which enjoyed a sold out run at Canada's National Arts Centre. He was the 2020 recipient of the Alfred Pinsky Medal for highest achievement in the Fine Arts.
Thesis title: Does Canada Need a Degree Program for Musical Theatre Creators?
Emilie O'Brien is a professional art conservator, artist and burgeoning herbalist. Her research-creation MA is focused on Interconnection and Healing. Through this she is studying healing modalities and strategies where the body's intelligence is emphasized, and where the concept of interconnection (within the body and self; with other living beings; with land; ancestors; Creator/Divine etc) is brought to the fore and actualized through the healing strategies.
Thesis title: What The Body Knows
Supervisory committee: Kathleen Vaughan, David Howes, Genevieve Rail
Anne-Audrey is a dramaturg and creator, mostly using interdisciplinary performance to explore and archive processes of self-discovery, community, everydayness, and healing. She is currently pursuing an INDI MA where she explores the potential for community building & healing with women and non-binary folks of color on the spectrum of race, gender, and sexuality through the dramaturgical process behind the making of autoethnographic performances with the IWOC UP LIKE DIS plarform
Thesis title: The relationship between dramaturgical processes, and the use of lived experience as source material with queer communities of color.
Supervisory committee: Shauna Janssen, Edward Ou Jin Lee, Beenash Jafri
Mélanie-Beby Robert is a first year INDI master candidate (Concordia University, Montreal) and a program coordinator at a circus school. She started her schooling in Professional Theater and decided to broaden her skills by getting a bachelor’s degree in child studies. Her current professional carrier involves incorporating circus skills to develop tools for children with mental disabilities, such as social anxiety, autism, etc. She has a special interest in integrating physical activities and artistic performances to promote children’s welfare.
Her thesis is about the benefits of circus arts for children with mental disabilities. Her board of committee includes her thesis director, Patrick Leroux, and two committees’ members; Warren Linds and Miranda D’amico.
Thesis title: TBC
Supervisory committee: TBC
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
As Concordia University’s Environmental Specialist, Faisal has led campus waste reduction and greening initiatives for over 10 years. With prior education in Environmental Engineering (Concordia University) and Mechanical Engineering (Carnegie Mellon University), he’s returning to the academic world to explore how machine learning and big data can keep materials out of the landfill by automating waste sorting, educating communities, and connecting waste with want.
Thesis title: Machine learning and big data as accelerators of circular economy opportunities.
Jamie Woollard is a musician and researcher. Her work with soundscape and performance is guided by a focus on place. Jamie grew up on the prairies in Treaty 1 territory and is now based in Tio’tia:ke / Montreal. She is pursuing an inter-disciplinary Masters in sound, theatre and urban geography. Her work considers how sound and space can be used in theatre performance to emphasize intimacy, complexity, and humour, in order to expand understandings of urban community.
Thesis title: Thin Walls/Voisines : creating urban community through sound and theatre performance.
Supervisory committee: Shauna Janssen, Mark Corwin, Norma Rantisi
Jorge Zavagno is an INDI Masters candidate whose research focuses on the use of 3D and 360 video to encapsulate and narrate the decision-making processes of documentary filmmakers. With over ten years of experience as a post-production supervisor for documentary films, Jorge is part of the Elastic Spaces research group at Concordia as the technical director.
Thesis title: Can I do the right thing? Creating personal manifestos to tackle ethical dilemmas in documentary filmmaking.
Supervisory committee: Leila Sujir, Timothy Schwab, Daniel Cross