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Current Research & Projects within the CWSE


Performance as Pedagogy (2006-present)

Pam Patterson

This research, taking Judith Butler, Petra Kuppers and Charles Garoian as starting points, explores the performative – and the act of performance itself- as a site/strategy for feminist learning, research and curricking.

Related presentations: Performing Interpretations, Interpretive Languages (panel) with Boyd White and Phil Rostek, OSEA/CSEA conference, Toronto (2010); The High End of the Experiential: Grounding Performance Pedagogy. Performance Pedagogy Symposium, OCAD University (2010); Pause and play: is this the “um” in curriculum? Centre for Arts- Informed Research, OISE University of Toronto & University of Victoria (2006); Dioramas in the "flesh": Performing (as) feminist pedagogy for women and health, Pauline Jewett Institute for Women’s Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa (2006).

Publications: (En)gendering Difference: A For(u)m for Possibilities, In Inquiry: Perspectives, Processes and Possibilities for Learning Landscapes, McGill University, Spring  4, 2 , pp 233-257. http://learninglandscapes.ca/ (2011); Performing Pedagogy: Communitas in Context (monograph), Toronto: WIAprojects (2011),
A Flash of the Real:  Situating a Performative Practice for Action Creative Arts in Research for Community and Cultural Change (Eds) Cheryl McLean & Robert Kelly. Calgary: Detselig/Temeron Press (2011).


Trans/gressive Pedagogy (2007-presen)

Pam Patterson

Using the transabled as a site for developing theory (as one does the transgendered in relation to gender fluidity), I look to imagining the desire for a body with disabilities. How might this enable one to think of the possibilities for an inclusive and aesthetic  paradigm for education?

Related presentations: Rethinking a Trans-abled aesthetic paradigm? , OCAD University, (2010) & CSEA (2011); Performance: The Body grotesque as trans/gressive site/sight, Memorial University (2008); gender/TROUBLING for Ontario College of Art and Design (XPACE) (2008); Performing Trans/gressive Pedagogy for Lesley University (2007) & UAAC conference (2007).


The Rhetoric of the Body (2001-present)

Pam Patterson

Feminist research is applied here directly to performance as a presentation form. This inquiry addresses the body-as-performance as site for research, as pedagogy, and for a reinterpretation which attends to disability, chronic illness, and women and cancer.

Related performances/presentations: Swallowtail Light(Sparkbox Studio), Glenora Crossing (Propeller Ctr.), LATE (Cinecycle)(2010); To the Lighthouse ( Series) Aceartinc, (Winnipeg), DeLeon White, Gibralter Point (Toronto) (2009); Cellu(h)er Resistance: The Body with/out Organs ? FADO, XPACE Gallery (2008); Bodysight: A Reclamation Project, Goddard (2004); Chaired panel, UAAC - Women and Performance: Praxis and Pedagogy (2003); Body as Insight/site for Goddard College, Vermont (2003) & Body as Site (Sight), 7A*11D International Performance Festival, Toronto; (2004).
Publications: (Dis)Regarding Pain? Resituating a Feminist “Cyborg” Praxis, Canadian Women’s Studies, York University (Volume 28, #2, 3, pp 99-104) (2010); Travelling: A Flash of the Real: Re-situating Pain in a Cyber-Practice, Educational Insights,  Spring (2009).


Aboriginal Sexual Violence Community Response Initiative: Tracking Institutional Processes (ongoing)

Susan Turner

In 2012 and at present, Dr. Turner has been a consultant to the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC) on the Aboriginal Sexual Violence Community Response Initiative (ASVCRI). The multi-year project, funded by the Ontario Women’s Directorate, follows up the Strategic Framework to End Violence against Aboriginal Women, produced by the OFIFC and the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA), and the Aboriginal Sexual Violence Action Plan, produced by the OFIFC in partnership with the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and ONWA.  The current partners to the Initiative are the OFIFC, MNO, ONWA, Independent First Nations, and Chiefs Of Ontario. 

The Initiative aims to increase community capacity to address sexual violence against Aboriginal women by developing locally-driven intervention strategies in four communities in Ontario. The initial phase explores the barriers to protection and equitable (cultural) supports for Aboriginal women who’ve experienced sexual violence. It begins in the experiences of survivors and work of front line social service workers – in children’s aid services, the justice system, policing, and the rape crisis and shelter systems etc. across Ontario. The Tracking Institutional Processes (TIP) methods being used in the project will produce ethnographic data and maps of institutional practices that will locate where systemic barriers occur and identify sites and opportunities for change. Dr. Turner has designed and provided training in ‘TIP’, and, in conjunction with Dr. Dorothy Smith, has led collective workshops for the community research teams.  



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