Dr. Gillian Siddall (Ph.D. English, University of Western Ontario) is the Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario. She is the author of several publications on bodies and improvisation: “A Musical Interface for People with Severe Physical Disabilities (co-authored with Pauline Oliveros, Leaf Miller, Jaclyn Heyen, and Sergio Hazard). Music and Medicine (2011); “‘I want to live in that music’: Blues, Bessie Smith and Improvised Identities in Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Fall on Your Knees. ” Critical Studies in Improvisation (2005); and “Nice Work if You Can Get It: Women in Jazz” (co-authored with Ajay Heble), Landing on the Wrong Note: Jazz, Dissonance and Critical Practice (2000). Siddall is a jazz vocalist, a co-founder of the legendary Guelph Jazz Festival, and a member of the SSHRC-MCRI Improvisation Community and Social Practice project.