Ellen Waterman at Carleton
The School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University is pleased to announce the January 2019 appointment of Ellen Waterman as the first Helmut Kallmann Chair for Music in Canada. A pivotal figure in the Canadian music scene, Dr. Waterman brings to the Chair a distinguished record of research and performance practice, touching on diverse areas such as contemporary composition, creative improvisation, acoustic ecology, and music and disability. “The common thread in my research program,” she says, “is the collaborative exploration of difference and inclusion in music. The context for all my research projects is the complex social and cultural matrix that is Canada.” Building from this emphasis on inclusion and locality, a major initiative of the Kallmann Chair will be the creation of a research centre for music in Canada that will facilitate multiple forms of scholarship, performance, and community engagement. Carleton University has long been an active site of research on critical improvisation studies, and Ellen looks forward to working with IICSI researcher Jesse Stewart to develop new improvisation and community projects.