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TOMORROW’S IDEAS, NOW international interdisciplinary undergraduate conference for the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts

August 16 - 18, 2012 University of Alberta ~ Edmonton, Canada

The University of Alberta Founded a century ago, the University of Alberta is one of the top 100 teaching and research universities in the world serving more than 36,000 students with 11,000 faculty and staff. The U of A has an annual budget in excess of $1 billion and attracts more than $480 million in external research funding. It offers close to 400 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in 18 faculties. Created – in the words of its first president, Henry Marshall Tory – “for the uplifting of the whole people,” the university is committed to inspiring the human spirit through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery and citizenship and building one of the world’s great universities for the public good.

The Kule Institute for Advanced Study Founded July 1, 2010, the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) supports and facilitates transformational interdisciplinary and comparative research at the highest level nationally and internationally. KIAS fosters an intellectual environment for the study of major modern and historical, political, social, economic, and cultural issues and, therein, advances society and global polity. Over the course of its first three-year research cycle, KIAS will focus on three research themes of importance to Albertans, Canadians and indeed people around the world that will advance the mission of the organization, and effect change in the world. Drs Peter and Doris Kule, the founding benefactors of KIAS, are two outstanding Canadian philanthropists, visionaries, and community leaders who have focused their time and generosity in support of post-secondary education, their Ukrainian heritage, and their humanitarian convictions. Their work with the University of Alberta has changed the lives of students, professors, and community members alike and will continue to do so through their generous donation to establish KIAS.


WELCOME FROM KIAS DIRECTOR As Chair of the Conference Program Committee for the 2012 Tomorrow’s Ideas, Now International Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Conference, it is my great pleasure to welcome you all to this year’s meeting. The second annual Tomorrow’s Ideas, Now provides you, the visionaries and leaders of tomorrow, an opportunity to convene on the lush campus of the University of Alberta, one of the preeminent research universities in the world, to discuss major issues of importance to our communities, countries, and indeed the world. This year’s conference draws participants from Canada and the United States, but also from Mexico, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. It will provide a dynamic intellectual venue for discussions on environmental issues, on the human condition, and on the place of the arts and technology in the twenty-first century. Founded in 2010, the Kule Institute for Advanced Study has already in its short history had a major impact on a steadily growing number of researchers and creative artists who are dedicated to socially-engaged, socially-responsive research and for whom advancing humanity, lifting the human spirit is the singular task of committed global citizenship today. Through your participation in this year’s conference, you join this distinguished group of thinkers, and help to further the strategic mission of KIAS to advance high impact research and creative activity. I wish to offer here my sincere gratitude to the many people who have worked so diligently to make this year’s Tomorrow Ideas, Now a success: Professors Ingrid Johnston and Henry Van Egteren, who joined me on the Conference Program Committee; Conference Coordinator and KIAS Executive Manager Gillian Edwards; members of the Collective Body of Arts Students (CBAS); the Conference Panel Chairs; and many others. (Please see the back of the Conference Program for a full listing.) I also wish to thank KIAS’s many distinguished partner universities around the world that have provided assistance to students to attend “Tomorrow’s Ideas, Now,” and therein supported undergraduate research at the highest international level: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, U of Bristol, U of Oslo, U of Bergen, and U of Sydney. In closing, I would also like to acknowledge a number of contributions to this year’s conference from the U of Alberta: the Office of the Provost, the Faculty of Arts, the Office of the Dean of Students, and the Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI). Finally, and most importantly, I wish to record my heartfelt thanks to KIAS’s most distinguished benefactors, Drs. Peter and Doris Kule, whose visionary philanthropy has made this conference, among so many other KIAS initiatives, possible. I know all conference participants join me in extending to them your sincere gratitude. Jerry Varsava, PhD Chair, Conference Committee 3

KIAS Research Themes stewardship of the planet Ethically informed stewardship of the planet can be pursued from a number of points of view and in a variety of contexts, but there is an urgency to examine the issue now, and to propose tenable responses to this challenge. Phenomena like global population growth, climate change, and heightened environmental risk call out for the attention of socially-engaged researchers today.

place, belonging & otherness There is a foundational human concern to understand one’s place in, not only the physical world, but also in the social spaces in which we move, and to which we may feel affinity or distance. The theme of Place, Belonging, and Otherness encourages an examination of a broad range of relationships in order to better understand the human social condition, whether in the early twenty-first century or at antecedent historical points.

culture, media, technology In an age saturated with new technologies and a proliferation of representational media, there is a need to reconsider both traditional forms of cultural expression and new ones enabled by technological advancement. Culture, Media, Technology encourages an engagement of the imaginative, material, and social conditions of arts’ production and reception.


Conference Agenda 2:00pm - 4:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Opening Day

thursday 16 august Registration at Lister Hall, University of Alberta for non-Edmonton attendees Muster point @ Lister Hall lobby for travel to TELUS Atrium

Welcome Reception at TELUS Centre Atrium for all attendees

friday 17 august 7:45 am – 8:15 am

Registration & Breakfast, Humanities Centre Fishbowl

8:15 am - 8:30 am

Welcome Remarks, KIAS Director Geoffrey Rockwell Humanities Centre, L-1

Keynote Address, Professor David Kahane

8:30 am - 10:00 am

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Humanities Centre, L-1 10:00 am - 10:15 am

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm 3:30 pm – 3:45 pm 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm Evening

Panel A Humanities Centre 1-7

COFFEE BREAK Panel B Panel C Humanities Centre Humanities Centre L-3 L-4

Panel D Humanities Centre L-2


LRT TRANSIT DOWNTOWN Panel F Humanities Centre, L-2

Panel G Humanities Centre, L-3

Panel H Humanities Centre, L-2

COFFEE BREAK Panel I Humanities Centre, L-3

Panel J Humanities Centre, L-4

Free night – International Fringe Festival, Whyte Avenue: Volunteer Hosted

saturday 18 august 8:00 am - 9:00 am

BREAKFAST, HUMANITIES CENTRE FISHBOWL Panel K Panel L Panel M Humanities Centre, L-2 Humanities Centre, L-3 Humanities Centre, L-4

9:00 am - 10:30 am 10:30 am - 10:45 am

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Panel N Humanities Centre, L-2

COFFEE BREAK Panel O Humanities Centre, L-3

Panel P Humanities Centre, L-4


Keynote Address, Nell Beecham, University of York, United Kingdom Humanities L-1

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Panel Q Humanities Centre, L-2

COFFEE BREAK Panel R Humanities Centre, L-3

Panel S Humanities Centre, L-4

Closing Barbecue at the University of Alberta’s Alumni House

sunday, 19 august 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast for Lister Hall guests

11:00 am

Checkout time – Lister Hall


Detailed Schedule Legend for Panel Sessions stewardship of the planet focus place, belonging & otherness focus culture, media, technology focus

thursday 16 august 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Registration at Lister Hall for non-U of A students

5:00 pm

Meet in Lister Hall lobby for travel to TELUS Atrium

5:30 pm Opening Reception at TELUS Atrium, University of Alberta Conference participants are welcomed at this reception, giving attendees an opportunity to meet their peers, as well as the Panel Chairs, student volunteers, members of the KIAS community, and KIAS staff. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

friday 17 august

all sessions take place in Humanities Centre

7:45 - 8:15 am

Registration & Breakfast, Humanities Fishbowl

8:15 - 8:30 am

Welcome Remarks, KIAS Director Geoffrey Rockwell, L-1

8:30 - 10:00 am Can Citizen Participation Improve Climate Change Policy? Dr. David Kahane, University of Alberta, Political Science Climate change is perhaps the most serious and pressing environmental issue of our time, but you wouldn’t know this from the humble and piecemeal policies being enacted at local, regional, national, and international levels. Would things be improved if citizens were supported in participating more directly in policy development? What is the relationship between ‘invited’ spaces of citizen deliberation and the kind of civil society mobilization that pushes for stronger government responses? What kinds of citizen involvement might enable the learning, normative reflection, and development of commitment that would lead to strong citizen recommendations to governments as well as community-based action? This session explores these questions by drawing on deliberative democratic theory and practice as well as the work of Alberta Climate Dialogue (ABCD), a community-university research project exploring how participation by citizens in problem-solving and decisionmaking can influence government policies on climate change in this province.


Detailed Schedule 10:15 - 12:00 pm Panel A: Room 1-7 // Chair: Dr. Henry Van Egteren Wemimo Abbey, University of Minnesota, Crookston Lesson Learned: The Chinese approach to doing business in Africa

Sarai Bautista Mulia, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Intra-ethnic conflicts of the Huave ethnic group related to the partial rent of its territory to external companies

Roberto Ruiz Maya, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Economic and social impact of demographic changes in the planet Panel B: Room L-3 // Chair: Dr. Joan Greer Rabiya Mansoor, University of Calgary Riding the Hallyu Wave: Spreading Korean Popular Culture from Asia to the Rest of the World Ayondela McDole, Columbia College Chicago Fat, Black and Ugly as Ever: The Politics of Black Drag and the New Mammy


C: Room L-4 // Chair: Dr. Andriy Nahachewsky Max Ma, Dalhousie University Marrying Outside Mariya Udud, The National University of Ostroh Academy Preservation and change in marriage ceremonies on Sambirshchyna


D: Room L-2 // Chair to be confirmed

Samantha Christensen, University of Alberta, Augustana “Little Cooks”: Gender, Class, and Food in Nineteenth-Century Reform Writing for Children

Ramita Jhamtani, University of Alberta The Female Identity - Limiting or Liberating?


Detailed Schedule 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Lunch Break & Private Tour of Art Gallery of Alberta Led by the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Guide will discuss the history of the AGA and its new building, as well as bring our students through the current exhibitions on display. Students will have time to eat their brown bag lunches on the AGA terrace, overlooking Churchill Square, downtown Edmonton.

2:00 - 3:30 pm Panel E: Room L-4 // Chair: Dr. Stefano Muneroni Iris Tannetje Lieve Blaak, University of Amsterdam The exposure of the rhetoric by contemporary theatre Espen Dahl Hjort, University of Oslo Brecht’s Body: staging situatedness

Panel F: Room L-2 // Chair: Amir Khadem

Eric Grehan, University of Alberta Redefining Ourselves: Violence and the Other in the Works of Yukio Mishima Jamin Huntley, University of Alberta Opening Up Oblivion: The Minor-Territories of W.G. Sebald

Diana Deyanira López, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Culture and Latin American Reinvention in Junot Diaz’s ‘The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao’ Panel

G: Room L-3 // Chair: Dr. Geoffrey Rockwell Helene Bjørnevåg Helgeland, University of Bergen Information organization and power Estefanía Martínez Alba, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Facebook and Twitter as an attempt of social mediation for the cultural

transformation in Mexico

Mekela Panditharatne, University of Sydney Journalism 2.0: Permutations of Power in the Virtual Newsgame


Detailed Schedule 3:45 - 5:15 pm Panel H: Room L-2 // Chair: Shannon Lucky Karina Alcántara Pérez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Cultural elements embedded in advertising Ashleigh Green, University of Sydney Photography as empowerment: the power of the image to give the disadvantaged a voice in the media

Panel I: Room L-3 // Chair: Dr. Benjamin V. Tucker

Cassidy Foxcroft, University of Alberta Language, Identity, and Everyday Translation: Considering the Case of the Welsh Language Revitalisation

Ryan Podlubny, University of Alberta The roles of pitch, duration and amplitude in the perception of spontaneous speech

Nathalie Melina Portilla Hoffman, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Communication as a way to construct a place, and a belonging. Bilingualism: trap or trampoline?

Panel J: Room L-4 // Chair: Dr. Lois Harder Jorge Luis Aguilar, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Ecological Limits of Development in Mexico Vivek Bhatt, University of Sydney Responsible Leadership in the Nuclear Age Alice Peck, University of Bristol

The inadequacy of states: holding individuals responsible for the costs of climate change

7:30 pm

Meet for Fringe Festival Night, “The Village of the Fringed” KIAS volunteers will be leading the way to the International Fringe Festival on Whyte Avenue, in the historic Old Strathcona district. Featuring more than 200 acts on indoor and outdoor stages, this is Canada’s largest and oldest Fringe Festival!


Detailed Schedule saturday 18 august

all sessions take place in Humanities Centre

8:00 - 9:00 am

Breakfast, Humanities Fishbowl

9:00 - 10:30 am Panel K: Room L-2 // Chair: Dr. Makere Stewart-Harawira Carolyn Branecky, Rice University Creating a Space for Energy Humanities Melanie Cripps, University of Auckland The Rise of Hydraulic Fracturing in ‘Clean Green New Zealand’: ‘Strong’ and ‘Weak’ Sustainability Policy Responses

Luke Craven, University of Sydney If a tree falls... Panel

L: Room L-3 // Chair: Victoria Smith Mingjia Feng, University of Alberta, Augustana How can dissents act in a closed place—the political philosophy and actions of

Vaclav Havel.

Antony Kalashnikov, University of Alberta A ‘Cold War’ Story: American and Soviet Newspaper Coverage of the French

Communist Party in the November 1946 Elections

Panel M: Room L-4 // Chair: Sevan Beukian Citlali Cruz, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México To be or not to be? The influence of “Rights” on the creation of the “migrant” identity

Luke de Noronha, University of Bristol Single men failed by the asylum system - settlement without rights

Mara Ruse, University of Bristol

Fearing Eastern migrants: The effects of enlargement on Euroscepticism in Western receiving countries


Detailed Schedule 10:45 - 12:15

Panel N: Room L-2 // Chair: John McCoy

Alberta McKenzie, University of Sydney Ethics and efficacy of philanthropy Ashley Valberg, University of Alberta, Augustana A Reverse Analysis of Canadian Youth’s Political Apathy Panel O: Room L-3 // Chair: Nina Varsava Wendy Elizabeth Byrnes, University of Toronto - Mississauga “I Seen His Face Again”: Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth: Out of the Deep Woods as Posthumanist Ethical Philosophy

Hannah Madsen, University of Alberta The Death of the Author and Birth of the Reader: Hypertext as a Force of Textual Change

Joel Rackel, University of Alberta Wired Reactions: The Internet in Contemporary American Literary Fiction Panel

P: Room L-4 // Chair: Dr. Isabel Altamirano-Jimenez

Horacio Ortiz Rios, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Social repercussions of the citizen perception of public insecurity in San Luis

Potosí, Mexico, during the years 2006-2012

Tania Saavedra Ortega, Universidad Criminal Identities, a human condition

Nacional Autónoma de México

Sarah Wang, University of Sydney

Lessons from the Developing World: solar power + healthcare reform = innovation

12:30 - 1:30 pm

Demystifying the grad school application process, L-1 Led by the CAPS: U of A Career Centre and the Undergraduate Research Initiative. Further your thinking about applying to graduate school. Consider whether or not graduate school is right for you. Learn how to evaluate graduate programs and prepare strong application packages.


Detailed Schedule 1:30 - 2:30 pm Keynote Address 2: Reflecting on the Riots Ms. Nell Beecham, University of York, Sociology This address will adopt a sociological approach in exploring how three key themes- class and consumerism; the role of social media; and the psychological influence of group behaviour- contribute toward explaining some of the root causes of the spate of riots in Britain during the summer of 2011. The work will conclude how the riots can be seen as a manifestation of more wider youth unrest, particularly in deprived areas of the UK. Whilst the research accepts that the riots cannot be reduced to political class action, it also maintains that the debate surrounding the causes of the riots cannot be explained without reference to current issues of class and contemporary politics in the UK. The work draws upon Zygmunt Bauman’s (2005) notion of a ‘consumer society’ and how a society with increasing emphasis on aesthetic representations of wealth, may have provided a platform which fuelled the degree of looting that was witnessed in the summer of 2011 (Bauman, 2011). Furthermore, the work will look at the role of social media as a communication device during the riots and exploring the concept of social responsibility and accountability online. 2:45 - 4:15 pm Panel Q: Room L-2 // Chair: Dr. Makere Stewart-Harawira Anastasia Musson, University of Sydney Place, Belonging and Otherness: The effect and power of ‘place’ in the

construction of identity and healing

Rebekka Olsen, University of Bergen Equality in modern families Areli Ordoñez Rojas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Job and gender identities of domestic workers in Mexico City Panel R: Room L-3 // Chair: Dr. Isabel Altamirano-Jimenez Bryanna Kumpula, University of Alberta University of Alberta Students’ Union: Towards Sustainable Food Procurement Luis Artagnan

Martinez Fernandez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México City Farmer: The Urban Being of the Future Now Danielle Siemens, University of Alberta The ‘Big Foot’ Aesthetic: Exploring Kongjian Yu’s Aesthetic as a Viable Framework for Sustainable Urban Design

Panel S: Room L-4 // Chair: Margaret Rockwell Lizzie Packham, University of Bristol ‘Bin Shopping’ in the UK: Non-Capitalist Values and Alternative Economic Practice

Brenda Garcia, University of Lethbridge Establishing Solidarity through Violence, Myths and Rumours. 12

Detailed Schedule 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Closing Barbecue at Alumni House, University of Alberta The conference will close with an intimate barbecue for all participants. There will be an opportunity to meet the founding benefactors of the Kule Institute for Advanced Study, as well as a number of people who were integral in the development of the conference. Musical entertainment provided by Edmonton Festival City in a Box presented by TransAlta!


Keynote Speakers Dr. David Kahane

Dr. David Kahane (PhD Cambridge University) is an Associate Professor in the department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. He is also the lead investigator on a major Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) project, “Alberta Climate Dialogue (ABCD),” exploring how participation by citizens in problem-solving and decisionmaking can influence government policies on climate change in Alberta. He is also the principal investigator on a KIAS Research Cluster, related to the ABCD project. Dr. Kahane’s primary research interests are democratic theory and practice, especially as these relate to the design of public dialogues and consultations, and what moral and political theory can (and can’t) teach us about how we relate to the suffering of distant strangers. For full descriptions of the ABCD project and its important work, visit:

Ms. Nell Beecham Nell Beecham is a recent first class honours graduate from the University of York in the United Kingdom, where she majored in Sociology, specialising in political sociology, gender studies, and the role of the media. Ms. Beecham attended the inaugural “Tomorrow’s Ideas, Now” conference in August 2011, where she presented an essay focusing on online communities and their enhancement of our sense of belonging in a physical community. Nell/ Ms. Beecham originates from North London, an area badly affected by the 2011 British riots, this is reflected in her contribution this year exploring the underlying causes of youth unrest in Britain. She maintains a blog with current research, opinions, and other interesting information, which you can find at: http://


Conference Participants Wemimo Abbey, Business Management University of Minnesota, Crookston Crookston, USA Jorge Luis Aguilar, Architecture Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Mexico City, Mexico Karina Alcántara Pérez, Communication Sciences Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Mexico City, Mexico Sarai Bautista Mulia, Sociology Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Mexico City, Mexico Vivek Bhatt, Government & International Relations, American Studies University of Sydney Sydney, Australia Iris Blaak, Theatre Studies & Philosophy University of Amsterdam Amsterdam, Netherlands Carolyn Branecky, Philosophy & Earth Science Rice University Houston, USA Wendy Elizabeth Byrnes, English (Honours) University of Toronto-Mississauga Toronto, Canada Samantha Marie Christensen, English University of Alberta, Augustana Camrose, Canada Luke Craven, Government & International Relations/Law University of Sydney Sydney, Australia


Conference Participants Melanie Cripps, Planning University of Auckland Auckland, New Zealand Citlali Cruz, Law Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Mexico City, Mexico Luke de Noronha, Sociology University of Bristol Bristol, England Mingjia Feng, Political Science University of Alberta, Augustana Camrose, Canada Cassidy Foxcroft, Linguistics (Honours) University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada Brenda Garcia, Anthropology University of Lethbridge Lethbridge, Canada Ashleigh Green, Media & Communications University of Sydney Sydney, Australia Eric Grehan, Science University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada Helene Bjørnevåg Helgeland, Digital Culture University of Bergen Bergen, Norway Espen Dahl Hjort, Aesthetical Studies University of Oslo Oslo, Norway


Conference Participants Jamin Huntley, English University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada Ramita Jhamtani, Education University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada Antony Kalashnikov, History & Political Science (Honours) University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada Bryanna Kumpula, Environmental & Conservation Sciences University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada Diana Deyanira López, Hispanic Language & Literatures Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Mexico City, Mexico Max Ma, Early Modern Studies & Classics (Honours) Dalhousie University Halifax, Canada Hannah Madsen, Comparative Literature & English University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada Rabiya Mansoor, International Relations & East Asian Language Studies University of Calgary Calgary, Canada Estefanía Martínez Alba, Communications Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Mexico City, Mexico Luis Artagnan Martinez Fernandez, International Relations Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Mexico City, Mexico


Conference Participants Ayondela McDole, Cultural Studies Columbia College Chicago Chicago, USA Alberta McKenzie, Government & International Relations University of Sydney Sydney, Australia Anastasia Musson, Arts University of Sydney Sydney, Australia Rebekka Olsen, Cultural Studies University of Bergen Bergen, Norway Areli Ordoñez Rojas, Sociology Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Mexico City, Mexico Horacio Ortiz Ríos, Sociology Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Mexico City, Mexico Lizzie Packham, Sociology University of Bristol Bristol, England Mekela Panditharatne, Global Studies (Honours) & Law University of Sydney Sydney, Australia Alice Peck, Politics University of Bristol Bristol, England Ryan Podlubny, Linguistics University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada


Conference Participants Nathalie Melina Portilla Hoffman, Education Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Mexico City, Mexico Joel Rackel, English (Honours) University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada Roberto Ruiz Maya, Actuarial Science Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Mexico City, Mexico Mara Ruse, Politics & Sociology University of Bristol Bristol, England Tania Rosalía Saavedra Ortega, Intercultural Mediation Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Mexico City, Mexico Danielle Siemens, Art History (Honours) University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada Mariya Udud, Cultural Studies & Philosophy The National University of Ostroh Academy Ostroh, Ukraine Ashley Valberg, Political Studies University of Alberta, Augustana Camrose, Alberta Sarah Wang, Chinese Studies (Honours) University of Sydney Sydney, Australia


International Scope



United States

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New Zealand


United Kingdom

3 continents 9 countries

Mexico Ukraine

Panel Chairs Isabel Altamirano-Jimenez Isabel Altamirano-Jimenez is a joint appointed professor with Political Science and the Faculty of Native Studies. Her research interests include comparative Indigenous politics in Canada and Mexico, Indigenous land mapping, woman and globalization; and, Indigenous nationalism, women and feminism. She has her PhD from the University of Alberta. Sevan Beukian Sevan Beukian is a contract academic instructor with the Political Science department in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. Her research interests include politics of postSoviet countries, nationalism, nation-building, diasporas, transnationalism, migration, and selfdetermination in a globalizing world. Joan Greer Joan Greer is an Associate Professor in History of Art, Design and Visual Culture and is a member of of the Religious Studies and Science and the Science and Technology in Society interdisciplinary programs. Her research includes late 19th-/early 20th-century European art and design with a special focus on Holland and Belgium. She is a recipient of a KIAS Interdisciplinary Course Seminar Award for Van Gogh Up Close: Religion and Science in Late Nineteenth-Century Images of Nature, partnered with the National Gallery of Canada. Lois Harder Lois Harder is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts. Her research focuses on gender and politics, Canadian political economy, and Canada-U.S. comparative social policy Amir Khadem Amir Khadem is a doctoral student of Comparative Literature at University of Alberta. He hold a Masters degree in English from University of Tehran, Iran, and a Bachelor’s in Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran. His main research interests are contemporary political literature, postcolonial studies, and critical theory. Shannon Lucky Originally from Saskatoon, Shannon holds a BA in history from the University of Saskatchewan (2006) and a BFA in photography from Concordia University in Montreal (2009). Shannon is a photographic and installation artist who has exhibited in Montreal and Saskatoon. Her work focuses on domestic and public spaces and the interactions that take place within them.


Panel Chairs John McCoy John McCoy is a PhD candidate and instructor in the department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. Although primarily working in the area of International Relations, John has long been engaged with a multi-disciplinary research approach and has worked closely with academics in fields such as anthropology, sociology, philosophy and education. His primary research interests lie in multiculturalism, identity, racism and accommodation of religious minorities. Stefano Muneroni Stefano Muneroni is an Assistant Professor in the department of Drama. His research is grounded in post-colonial theory and includes the study of both intercultural and border theatre. Dr. Muneroni looks specifically at how socio-economic factors affect cultural and artistic conditions, and how such conditions are negotiated in new plays. Andriy Nahachewsky Andriy Nahachewsky occupies the Huculak Chair of Ukrainian Culture and Ethnography (since 1990) and serves as the Director of the Ukrainian Folklore Centre. He has been very active as a performer, teacher, critic and choreographer of Ukrainian dance. Dr. Nahachewsky’s research focuses on Ukrainian material culture, Ukrainian dance, and Canadian-Ukrainian ethnic identity. Geoffrey Rockwell Dr. Geoffrey Martin Rockwell is a Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta. He is also the Director of the Kule Institute for Advanced Study. He is the project leader for the CFI (Canada Foundation for Innovation) funded project TAPoR, a Text Analysis Portal for Research, which has developed a text tool portal for researchers who work with electronic texts and he organized a SSHRC-funded conference, The Face of Text in 2004. Margaret Rockwell Margaret Rockwell is a PhD candidate in history at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. She is interested in the aesthetic behind the urban renewal projects of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Her thesis examines the urban renewal projects of Buffalo and Hamilton. Victoria Smith Victoria Smith is a graduate student in Humanities Computing. She came to the program with a double major in History and Anthropology from the University of Alberta. Her current research focus relates to the effects and consequences of digital technology in the activist sphere.


Panel Chairs Makere Stewart-Harawira Makere Stewart-Harawira is an Associate Professor in the department of Educational Policy Studies in the Faculty of Education. Her research and scholarship are driven by her conviction of the necessity for 1) active critical engagement in the local and global crises of governance and sustainability that confront us in the 21st century; 2) the necessity for a re-visioning of how we live together on this planet; and 3) the vital contribution of traditional Indigenous knowledge systems and languages. Benjamin V. Tucker Benjamin Tucker is a phonetician in the Department of Linguistics. His main area of research focuses on the production and perception of spontaneous speech (for example “Wazat?” for “What is that?”). He is Editor of Wiley-Blackwell’s Linguistics Abstracts and has developed a new undergraduate research course allowing undergraduates to gain hands-on experience. He also does phonetic language documentation. He has worked with many communities on language documentation and revitalization: Chemehuevi and Mohave (Arizona), Koasati Tribe (Louisiana) and Tsuu T’ina Community (Alberta). He also teaches regularly for the Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute. Henry Van Egteren Henry Van Egteren is an Associate Professor in the department of Economics at the University of Alberta. His research interests include environmental economics, regulation, and law and economics. Nina Varsava Nina Varsava holds degrees in English from the University of Alberta (BA) and the University of British Columbia (MA). Her research interests include critical animal studies and environmental ethics. She will enter the doctoral program in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University in September.


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Special Thanks KIAS welcomed Special Observers to the 2012 Tomorrow’s Ideas, Now from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Inquiry@Queen’s undergraduate research conference from Queen’s University, to share and showcase the work that KIAS is doing with undergraduate research and dissemination. KIAS is grateful to all those involved in the preparation, organization, and implementation of Tomorrow’s Ideas, Now. Without the help of the following people, the conference would not have happened.

KIAS Conference Committee Dr. Ingrid Johnston Dr. Henry Van Egteren

Edmonton Economic Development Kate Tonowski Michael Lam

Dean of Students, Dr. Frank Robinson

Edmonton Festival City Chris Foster

Undergraduate Research Initiative Dr. Connie Varnhagen Alexis Lockwood Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Gordana Krcevinac CAPS: Your U of A Career Centre Sharon Sherman Blessie Mathew Jodie Worobec TIN Panel Chairs Isabel Altamirano-Jimenez Sevan Beukian Joan Greer Lois Harder Amir Khadem Shannon Lucky John McCoy Stefano Muneroni Andriy Nahachewsky Geoffrey Rockwell Margaret Rockwell Victoria Smith Makere Stewart-Harawira Benjamin V. Tucker Henry Van Egteren Nina Varsava


Art Gallery of Alberta Emily McCormick TIN Volunteers Magda Czerski Rael Gonzalez Jamie Happy Rebecca Isbister Huong Nguyen Kathryn Orydzuk Diane Santos Wendy Trieu Loana Valdez Tomasz Zark Kate Zechel Collective Body for Arts Students (CBAS) U of A Students’ Union University of Alberta Staff Laura Boisvert Wendy Gammon Cathy Hurst Sheri Penner Scott Williamson Cindy Welsh

Our Founding Benefactors Drs. Peter and Doris Kule are two outstanding Canadian philanthropists, visionaries, and community leaders who have given most generously in support of post-secondary education and research. Through their donations, they have touched the lives of many professors and students at the University of Alberta and elsewhere. In 2005, the University of Alberta awarded honourary doctorates to Peter and Doris Kule in recognition of their many contributions to the community and to the University of Alberta. Drs. Peter and Doris Kule have provided the founding endowment for the Kule Institute for Advanced Study, which was established on July 1, 2010. The Kules’ beliefs and principles are reflected in the mission and vision of the Kule Institute for Advanced Study, which seeks to enhance the understanding of complex and pressing issues through interdisciplinary research in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts. KIAS and the researcher community it serves are greatly indebted to the Kules, and will strive to advance society and global polity in a manner consistent with their high humanitarian ideals.

Drs. Peter and Doris Kule, with Vice-Provost Colleen Skidmore, at the 2011 Tomorrow’s Ideas, Now Closing BBQ


Kule Institute for Advanced Study 3-22 Arts & Convocation Hall University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada T6G 2E6 |

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Tomorrow's Ideas, Now 2012 Program  

The detailed program for the second annual "Tomorrow's Ideas, Now" international interdisciplinary undergraduate conference, hosted by the K...

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