Knowledge and the Arts: remarks for the emerging scholars conversation-May 20, 2014

Budd L Hall, Co-Chair, UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education The arts have been drawn upon for thousands of years as ways of knowing. Beyond the word, but including the word. Beyond the image, but including the image, Beyond the song, but including the song. The arts are pathways to […]

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The Arts of Engagement Pre-Conference Workshop will take place at the University of Victoria on May 20th 2014, in conjunction with the CUVIC 2014 conference, Beyond Engagement: Integration Innovation and Impact. This interdisciplinary workshop, sponsored by Community-Based Research Canada, will bring together emerging scholars and experienced practitioners in community-university engagement to present, discuss and share the promises and challenges of this approach to scholarship. The workshop will draw from experts versed in arts-based, visual and participatory research methods to provide a reflective and interactive space for emerging and established scholars.

Emerging scholars will also have the opportunity to work with the workshop convenors on a project integrating social media, photography and film throughout the conference. On the last day of the conference, this will culminate in a visual presentation (a short film or slide show) for all conference participants on the theme of: “What does community engagement mean?” Participants will have access to the Community-Based Research Laboratory throughout the conference to work on the project and will have opportunity to conduct interviews with conference participants.

Applicants for the Pre-Conference Workshop should be senior undergraduate students, graduate students or faculty members interested in and experienced with community-engaged scholarship. Applications should indicate existing involvement or interest in research that seeks to make a positive impact in communities locally, nationally and globally.

As participation is limited, applications should be submitted by March 31st  2014 to You will be notified of your acceptance no later than April 15th 2014.

We look forward to your participation in May!

Arts of Engagement Workshop Conveners:
Dr. Sarah Marie Wiebe (Post-Doc, UVic, &
Dr. Crystal Tremblay (Post-Doc, UBC,

Preliminary Agenda for 2014 Arts of Engagement Workshop

CUVic 2014 Pre-Conference Workshop:
Tuesday May 20th, 2014

8:30-9:00: Registration – Cadboro Commons, University of Victoria
9:00: Welcome and Keynote Speaker Budd Hall on “Knowledge Democracy”
9:30: Roundtable Introductions
10:00: Panel 1:  Visual Methods as an Intervention
Mentors: Robin Hood, Jennifer Mullett, Jonathan Taggart
11:00: Break
11:15 Panel 2: Decolonizing Knowledge
Mentors: Robina Thomas, Charlotte Reading
12:15: Lunch
1:15: Panel 3: International Social Justice and Transformation
Mentors: Lauren Jerke, Bruno de Oliviera, Catherine Etmanski
2:30-4:30: CBR Skills-Building (a hands on workshop in using visual arts-based, PAR methods for community engagement i.e. video, theatre, painting)
4:30-5:00: Evaluating The Arts of Engagement, Questions, Discussion and Wrap-up:

Integration!  How can community engagement be integrated across teaching and research?
Innovation! What stories of innovations in community university engagement need to be told?
Impact! What impact is community-university engagement having and how do we know?


5:00-7:00 Social At the Grad lounge
7:00: Bob Rae Keynote at UVic

Wednesday May 21st, 2014
12:00: Lunch – Arts of Engagement – Working Lunch & De-brief
4:30-6:00: Arts of Engagement Social/Final Preparations (Swans – TBC)
6:30-10:00: Gala Celebration at the Royal BC Museum

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Closing Art Intervention/Showcase (Location/Time – TBD)
Afternoon De-Brief: Legacy of Knowledge Exchange, Online Communications and Next Steps

Please provide a brief biography about your work with arts-based methods, and include a picture and links to projects, or videos.  Your bio will be featured on our website.

Download the application here.

Workshop Convenors:


Dr. Sarah Marie Wiebe teaches Political Science and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria and holds a Post-Doctoral Fellowship with the Institute for Studies and Innovation in Community-University Engagement (ISICUE). Her dissertation Anatomy of Place: Ecological Citizenship in Canada’s Chemical Valley examined struggles for environmental and reproductive justice and the impact of pollution on the Aamjiwnaang First Nation. She has several forthcoming publications on the politics of reproductive justice and ecologies of Indigenous citizenship. At the nexus of citizenship, biopolitics and environmental politics, her research interests focus on the role of the body in citizen protest, mobilization and struggles for knowledge. As a collaborative researcher, she assisted Indigenous youth with the production of a documentary film, “Indian Givers”, which is publicly available online:


Dr. Crystal Tremblay is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at the University of British Columbia. She researches community development, resource management and participatory governance drawing largely from social economy, political ecology and feminist theories. Her work is multi-disciplinary and covers such areas as waste and resource management, poverty reduction and social inclusion, informal economy and livelihood enhancement. Her doctoral work unraveled the complex socio-economic, political and environmental facets of the informal waste sector in Brazil, pointing towards inclusive and integrative waste management strategies using action-oriented methodologies, such as video, photo and mapping. From a methodological perspective, she is particularly interested in the critical theory and practice of Participatory Action Research, and other approaches to research that value and strengthen community knowledge and interrogate traditional structures of power in decision-making. See:

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