Gillian Siddall Gillian Siddall

Lakehead University

President and Vice-Chancellor of Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Dr. Siddall holds an Honours BA and MA in English from the University of Guelph and a PhD in English from the University of Western Ontario. She began her career as a sessional lecturer at the University of Guelph, before accepting a tenure-track appointment at Lakehead University in 1998. There she went on to become the founding Director of the teaching and learning centre, and then Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. Her research area is Canadian literature, and she has published extensively on the subject of musical improvisation, both within and outside a literary context. 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 active member of IICSI, focusing on the AUMI Sings research project.