Faces of all the 2020-2021 Thinking Spaces presenters. Text reads:Thinking Spaces: The Improvisation Reading Group & Speaker Series Thinking Spaces

Recordings of 2020-21 Thinking Spaces lectures are now available in our research library!

In the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 semesters, IICSI presented an online iteration of Thinking Spaces, the improvisation reading group and speaker series. Moving the series online created an opportunity to connect with a diverse range of guest speakers and audience members from across the country and around the world, opening up the experience of Thinking Spaces to a wider circle than ever before.

You can learn more about this iteration of Thinking Spaces on the Thinking Spaces 2020-21 Research Projects page, and watch videos of individual sessions in our research library.

The 2020-21 Thinking Spaces lineup featured:

  • George Lipsitz: Research Professor Emeritus of Black Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Joel Bakan: Author, filmmaker, and Professor of Law at UBC
  • Joni NehRita: Jazz musician, performer, and music educator
  • Dong-Won Kim: Korean percussionist, pedagogue, and vocalist
  • University of Guelph Professor James Harley alongside students from the Critical Studies in Improvisation (IMPR) graduate program
  • Raven Chacon (composer, performer, and installation artist) Candice Hopkins (curator)
  • Taiwo Afolabi: University of Regina Assistant Professor and applied theatre practitioner
  • Jessica Bissett Perea: interdisciplinary scholar in Native American & Indigenous Studies (NAIS) and Music & Sound Studies and Associate Professor at University of California, Davis
  • Dhruv Jani: Founder of the Game and Art studio Oleomingus based in Chala, India
  • Roger Dean: Composer/improviser and Research Professor at the MARCS Institute, Sydney
  • Harald Kisiedu: Historical Musicologist and lecturer at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences‘ Institute of Music.

Thank you to our wonderful speakers for taking part in this series, and thank you to our 2020-21 session sponsors: the Art Gallery of Guelph, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and, from the University of Guelph, the Sociable Cities Speaker Series; the Canada India Research Centre for Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE); the College of Arts; the School of Fine Art and Music (SOFAM); the School of English and the Theatre Studies (SETS); the Department of Sociology and Anthropology; the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics, and the Music Students’ Association.

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