Researchers

Position

Michelle Stewart

Michelle Stewart is an award-winning, and internationally funded social sciences and health researcher, who is a known advocate and activist for social justice. She has a specialization in health and community research, and a commitment to integrating improvisation into social science research methodologies. Dr Stewart has been working with the IICSI Regina site since 2015,…

Kathryn Ricketts

Kathryn Ricketts is Assistant Professor of Arts Education at University of Regina. Ricketts is a dance educator and performer, with a practice of improvised movement and somatic study. She is an active member of the dance community in Regina, SK, including work with professional company, New Dance Horizons, and is an active participant in the…

Carla Rice

Carla Rice is a Canada Research Chair in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph. She founded and directs Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice and REDLAB, a cutting-edge research creation centre and a state-of-the-art media-lab, which explore how misrepresented and aggrieved communities use arts-informed research to…

Shawn Van Sluys

Shawn is the Executive Director of Musagetes, a philanthropic foundation that experiments in small Canadian and European cities with ways to connect communities more deeply with the arts and creativity. The foundation’s mandate is to make the arts more central and meaningful in people’s lives, in their communities and societies. He joined Musagetes as its…

Paul Watkins

Paul Watkins is Assistant Professor of English at Vancouver Island University. Paul’s areas of interest are in Canadian literature (with a focus on African Canadian literature), Indigenous literatures, jazz and improvisation, African American literature, graphic novels, Digital Humanities, music and poetry, DJing, and film. His doctoral dissertation, “Soundin’ Canaan: Music, Resistance, and Citizenship in African…

Ben Bolden

Dr. Benjamin Bolden, music educator and composer, is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University, Canada. His research interests include arts education assessment, creativity, arts-based research methodologies, the learning and teaching of composing, community music, Web 2.0 technologies in education, teacher knowledge, and teachers’ professional learning. As a teacher, Ben has worked with…

Helen Pridmore

Helen Pridmore enjoys a career focused on contemporary scored music, experimental music and improvisation. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in December 2012, performing the music of John Cage with the American Symphony Orchestra. As a frequent guest of Aventa Ensemble in Victoria, Helen has performed major works by Philippe Leroux and Michael Finnissy, with…

Keiko Shikako-Thomas

Bio forthcoming.

Mark V. Campbell

Dr. Mark V. Campbell leads the FCAD Forum for Cultural Strategies at Ryerson University and is Adjunct Professor at the RTA School of Media. Mark is a former Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, active D.J. and advocate for the Arts. His research interests include digital archiving, Afrodiasporic theory and culture, Canadian hip hop cultures, DJ culture and…

Ingrid Monson

Dr. Monson is Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music at Harvard University. She won the Sonneck Society’s 1998 Irving Lowens Prize for the best book in American music for Saying Something: Jazz Improvisation and Interaction (1996). She was the editor of The African Diaspora: A Musical Prospective (2000) and the author of Freedom Sounds: Jazz,…