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Professor Louis Patrick Leroux is a Professor in both departments of English and French Studies and Associate Dean of Research (on research leave) at Concordia University, Montreal. A playwright and director, he founded and directed a theatre company in Ottawa during the 1990s. His research spans from theatre to contemporary circus as well as research-creation and cultural discourse. He has been a visiting professor/scholar at Duke University (2012), Charles University in Prague (2014), the Centre national des arts du cirque in France (2017) and Universidad de Chile (2018). In 2022, he will be visiting professor at the Université de Toulouse, École normale supérieure de Lyon and the University of Milan-Bicocca. He is a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada. Recent academic books include: Contemporary Circus with Katie Lavers and Jon Burtt (Routledge, 2020 and 2021 for the Chinese translation), Cirque Global: Québec’s Expanding Circus Boundaries, co-edited with Charles Batson (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016) and Le jeu des positions. Discours du théâtre québécois with Hervé Guay (Nota Bene, 2014). In print: Estie toastée des deux bords : Les formes populaires de l’oralité chez Victor-Lévy Beaulieu, with Sophie Dubois (PU Montréal, Summer 2022).

Professor Silvy Panet-Raymond is Chair of the Department of Contemporary Dance, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University, where she teaches choreography and the creative process. Over the years, she has developed an expertise in pedagogical and artistic approaches to interdisciplinary creation and transmission processes. She has toured her own dance works nationally and internationally and is an award-winning choreographer for music and performance productions. Prof. Panet-Raymond has collaborated with a number of artists both for the stage and site-specific residencies, such as the Zone of Silence in the northern Mexican desert and the Québec boreal forest. She has received funding for research on dance and sociocultural transmission undertaken in Myanmar, Indonesia, Russia, Eastern Europe and Mexico. She was a teaching member of CoLaBor, an international summer school in university pedagogy organized by, and held at Université de Bordeaux, Université Laval and Concordia University. As an International Chair in Humanities and Social Sciences, Université Rennes 2, she is involved in developing Graduate Studies and artistic projects for CAPS—Creative Approaches to Public Space. Current artistic activities include her ongoing transmission project Ensemble Ouvert with contributions from over 200 artists from all continents and disciplines.

Alexandra Regan Toland. Alexandra Toland is a Berlin-based artist and researcher. She has a PhD in landscape planning from the Technical University of Berlin and since 2018 is assistant professor of arts and research at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. She is currently Dean of Studies of the Faculty of Art and Design and Academic Director of the practice-based PhD Programme in Art and Design. Alex has published on topics of soil and air pollution and art in the Anthropocene in peer-reviewed journals and books and collaborates frequently with earth scientists, humanities scholars, and other artists and designers in research and teaching projects. Alex is co-initiator of the DAAD "International Virtual Academic Collaboration" the "Public Arts Garage" together with Martin Leibinger.

Dr. Eva Urban-Devereux is a Senior Research Fellow at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen's University Belfast and at the School of Arts, English, and Languages, QUB, a Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and (since 2021) a contributing editor on the editorial board of New Theatre Quarterly, Cambridge University Press. She has held several postdoctoral fellowships and teaching posts, including a three-year British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, and a Region of Brittany Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Rennes 2, and over the course of many years, she has lectured, tutored, and supervised students in Drama, Theatre Studies, and English Literature at QUB, the University of Cambridge, the University of Rennes 2, and University College Dublin. Eva is the author of Community Politics and the Peace Process in Contemporary Northern Irish Drama (Peter Lang, 2011), and La Philosophie des Lumières dans le Théâtre Breton: Tradition et Influences (TIR Université Rennes 2: 2019) as well as numerous journal articles and chapters on political and intercultural theatre, and she has performed in and directed theatre productions.

Martin Leibinger is doctoral student at Bauhaus-University Weimar and co-initiator of the Public Arts Garage. His research is focused on exhibition making as co-production across different social worlds and the reception of artistic projects that intervene in real life settings. In 2010, Martin Leibinger received the Master of Fine Arts degree in the program Public Art and New Artistic Strategies at Bauhaus-University Weimar. Since then, he worked across diverse fields as artist, designer, curator and consultant.

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