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  • Spring and Summer learning at the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture

    The Centre for Studies in Arts in Culture (STAC) is excited to welcome students for the Spring and Summer sessions of 2022.

    THE CULTURE OF NOISE: STAC 1P99

    Offered annually as a Spring/Summer course by STAC at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA), STAC 1P99 explores the role of noise in music, art and social spaces. Students explore discursive issues concerning the value of sound studies. This is an online asynchronous course taught this year by Fan Wu, a sound poet who collaborates with Toronto musicians Prince Nifty, Vibrant Matter, and other sound artists.  Fan is based in Toronto and Kingston and is the cofounder of the Toronto Experimental Translation Collective.

    In May 2021 the course was taught by Ryan Bruce, ethnomusicologist, jazz historian and saxophonist. Learn more about the previous offering of the course and listen to some of the students’ projects. In previous years the course has also been taught by Marlie Centawer, a photographer, artist, writer, musician, and archivist now based in the UK.

    SPORTS IN ARTS AND CULTURE: STAC 3V91

    From paintings of the Olympiads in Antiquity, to the photography of today’s sports events, through to the history of popular street games in Canadian art, music, festivals and opening ceremonies at the games, aesthetic gymnastics and athletic performances. Sports has a long, rich cultural tradition.

    Learn about sports, arts and culture during the historic 2022 Canada Summer Games hosted at Brock University in Niagara. An Interdisciplinary approach to the representation of sports and sport events in the arts, the course has an emphasis on Canadian production. This is an online asynchronous course taught by Curtis Tye, a celebrated Niagara educator and creator of the course. The course runs from June through August.

    The courses can be found on the university timetable. For more information, please contact: stac@brocku.ca

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  • An Introduction to the Small Walker Press


    Watch this brief introduction and learn more about small press publishing
    at the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture.

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  • Virtual Launch of ‘Savoirs littéraires et arts narratifs autochtones’: 8 December 2021, 7 pm

    Virtual Launch of ‘Savoirs littéraires et arts narratifs autochtones’ in Voix plurielles (UQAM/10th First Nations Book Fair, Quebec)

    To celebrate the publication of a series of articles on Indigenous narrative arts and literary practices in the 18.2 issue of Brock-based academic journal Voix plurielles, the Editors of ‘Savoirs littéraires et arts narratifs autochtones’ welcome their authors during a virtual Launch on 8 December 2021 at 7 pm. Sponsored by the University of Quebec in Montreal, this free event is part of the ‘Echo’ program at the 10th First Nations Book Fair in Wendake, Quebec. The event is in French.

    Registration is required: https://umontreal.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtf-qvrzIqGNyNLEdpBFCjyO0qDe9c21s4
    Veuillez vous inscrire avant la tenue de l’événement en cliquant sur le lien suivant : https://umontreal.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtf-qvrzIqGNyNLEdpBFCjyO0qDe9c21s4

    Voix plurielles is the journal of l’Association des Professeur-e-s de Français des Universités et Collèges Canadiens. It includes articles, reports, articles of research in the literary arts, linguistics, matters cultural and pedagogical. The authors are, or become, members of l’Association des Professeur-e-s de Français des Universités et Collèges Canadiens. The journal is normally published the 1st of September and the 31st of May. Whenever possible, theamatic issues will alternate with issues of general interest.

    The journal is edited by Professor Catherine Parayre of the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture and the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

    Voix plurielles est la revue de l’Association des Professeur-e-s de Français des Universités et Collèges Canadiens. Elle publie des articles, des comptes-rendus et des notes de recherche de nature littéraire, linguistique, culturelle et pédagogique. Les auteurs publiés sont ou deviennent membres de l’Association des Professeur-e-s de Français des Universités et Collèges Canadiens. La revue est normalement publiée le 1er septembre et le 31 mai. Dans la mesure du possible, les numéros thématiques alternent avec les numéros d’intérêt général.

    Voix plurielles 18.2 (2021) / https://journals.library.brocku.ca/index.php/voixplurielles
    Editorial / Catherine Parayre

    DOSSIERS
    Savoirs littéraires et arts narratifs autochtones (Dir. Isabella Huberman, Joëlle Papillon et Isabelle St-Amand)
    -Savoirs littéraires et arts narratifs autochtones. Introduction / Isabella Huberman, Joëlle Papillon et Isabelle St-Amand
    -« Il ne faut pas penser que les choses changent toutes seules ». L’institutionnalisation de la littérature autochtone selon Louis-Karl Picard-Sioui /Louis-Karl Picard-Sioui et Joëlle Papillon
    -La blanchité sous la loupe des écrivains autochtones / Corrie Scott
    -L’engagement poétique et politique de Samian / Johanne Melançon
    -« I was the low girl on the totem pole » : Restituer Geniesh : An Indian Girlhood de Jane (Willis) Pachano à l’histoire des littératures autochtones au Québec / Marie-Eve Bradette
    -Performer la communauté, une génération après les pensionnats autochtones. Entretien in situ / Véronique Hébert et Isabelle St-Amand
    -Relations, positionnalités partagées et critiques anticoloniales : penser les collaborations dans le champ des littératures autochtones francophones / Élise Couture-Grondin et Isabella Huberman

    Exil et migration. Réflexions autour d’expériences et de vécus littéraires
    -Introduction / Domenico Cambria
    -Mobilité, liberté et mort dans l’œuvre de Jocelyne Saucier / Karine Beaudoin
    -La dimension spirituelle de l’exil dans L’angoisse d’Abraham de Rosie Pinhas-Delpuech / Fatma Zohra Bellal
    -S’exprimer dans la plume de l’Autre : exil identitaire, proclamation réfractaire ou brassage linguistique et culturel ? Le cas de Driss Chraïbi / Omar Benjelloun
    -Le récit à l’image de l’exil dans Travelers de Helon Habila / Ioana Danaila
    -Partir pour se trouver ou la quête identitaire de deux étudiantes chinoises en France dans les années 1920 / Jacqueline Estran
    -L’identité à l’épreuve de l’exclusion sociale dans le roman beur / Afaf Majit
    -Parler ou ne pas parler français, telle est la question. Le choix de la langue française dans le roman Une verrière sous le ciel (2018) de Lenka Horňáková-Civade / Isabelle Malmon
    -Voyage des enfants de la postcolonie vers l’ailleurs-paradis : récits de migration et imagination africaine de l’Occident dans Le ventre de l’Atlantique de Fatou Diome / Dacharly Mapangou
    -La problématique de l’exil dans la littérature caribéenne francophone / Line Menage
    -L’exil, entre terre et mer : le mouvement dans Les litanies de l’Île-aux-Chiens de Françoise Enguehard / Juliette Valcke

    VARIA
    -Axiomes de la pédagogie queer / Hasheem Hakeem

    CREATION
    -Identitat / En route vers le chaos / Roger Harvey

    PRIX DES MEILLEURES COMMUNICATIONS (APFUCC)
    -Entre scientifique et pittoresque : l’intervention du genre dans l’écriture hybride de Marie de Ujfalvy-Bourdon / Sarah Sudres
    -L’aporie de l’impossible communauté : Bataille, Barthes et Foucault / Justine Brisson

    PRIX DU MEILLEUR LIVRE (APFUCC) / COMPTE RENDU
    -Isabelle Boisclair, Pierre Luc Landry et Guillaume Poirier Girard. QuébecQueer. Le queer dans les productions littéraires, artistiques et médiatiques québécoises / Soundouss El Kettani

    COMPTES RENDUS
    -Laguerre, Djennie. Manman la mer, suivi de Rendez-vous lakay / Jean Mérin
    -Voyer-Léger, Catherine, dir. En cas d’incendie, prière de ne pas sauver ce livre / Catherine Parayre
    -Morin, Marie-Thé. Errances / Pauline Brise

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  • PROJECT: Soundscape, on exhibit September 24

    IMAGE CREDIT: REINHARD REITZENSTEIN

    Music, Noise, and Soundscape: Gayle Young and Ryan Bruce in Conversation

    Created in 2021, Music, Noise, and Soundscape: Gayle Young and Ryan Bruce in Conversation is a virtual project of the Research Centre in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Culture homed in the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture (STAC) at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University. It includes an interview, performances and demonstrations, as well as an outreach activity.

    Gayle Young is a composer and musician based in the Niagara region who creates her own instruments and performs music for them, often employing unusual tunings. She has also performed and recorded works by John Cage and Yoko Ono. Gayle composes works for voice and chamber instruments and creates electronic sound for film and visual art installation. Many of her compositions include environmental sounds recorded through tuned resonators that she invented to integrate harmony and soundscape.

    Gayle wrote The Sackbut Blues, the biography of pioneering electronic instrument inventor Hugh Le Caine (1914-1977), who invented several instruments for electronic music, including the Sackbut, an innovative touch-sensitive keyboard instrument first recorded in 1946. As editor of Musicworks Magazine for over two decades, she presented an inclusive gaze on the world of experimental music.

    Ryan Bruce is an ethnomusicologist, jazz historian and saxophonist. His research concentrates on the transition of jazz styles from the 1950s–1960s (bop and the jazz avant-garde) with investigations in jazz historiography, improvisation, musical analysis, and interdisciplinary comparisons to other avant-garde art forms. His work includes special focus on collaborating with performers to create digital resources for teaching jazz history, improvisation, and world music traditions.

    Ryan holds a PhD in Music from York University and has published articles on jazz criticism, musical analysis, and specific musicians for the current Grove Dictionary of American Music. He is also an active teacher and performer of jazz and free improvisation on saxophone. In 2021, Ryan is teaching STAC 2P93 Critical Practice in the Fine and Performing Arts.

    Experience the ‘Soundscape’ exhibition by visiting the Brock University Digital Scholarship Lab

    Please note the virtual exhibition is best viewed on a laptop or desktop computer. Headphones are recommended.

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  • Much work to be done on live theatre’s road to recovery, says Brock prof

    Editor’s note: The following article tells about the challenges, enthusiasm for, and success in relaunching the performing arts in the Niagara Region, now 18 months into the pandemic. Students of the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture may register for the course taught by Professor Fricker, DART 1P91 Introduction to Theatre and Performance, as part of their degree program.


    (above) Brock Dramatic Arts graduate Amanda McDonnell (BA ’15), who is part of the front of house team at the Shaw Festival, welcomed audiences back this summer.

    THURSDAY, AUGUST 26, 2021 | by 

    After 17 months, the live theatrical experience is slowly making its return — but not without challenges ahead, says Brock theatre expert Karen Fricker.

    “Amidst the adversity that live performing arts have been faced with through the pandemic, a wonderful thing has happened this summer: the return of live theatrical performance, because it has been able to be outside,” says the Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Officer in Dramatic Arts (DART), who is an expert in theatre criticism, theatre theory and contemporary theatre.

    The Shaw and Stratford Festivals, two of Ontario’s most celebrated repertory companies, have been staging performances outdoors under canopies (tents with no walls) with mandatory masks for audiences in addition to capacity limits in accordance with provincial guidance. Both festivals are taking audience, artist and staff safety seriously, with COVID-19 protocols in place, says Fricker, who is also a theatre critic for the Toronto Star, writing about performances in the city as well as the Shaw and Stratford Festivals each summer.

    Although these outdoor performances do not come close to hosting the usual number of spectators, Fricker says this is a “big step in the right direction.”

    “Artists are being paid and creativity is happening,” she says, adding that while “innovative digital work has been heroic during the pandemic, experiencing live performances in a shared space is a joyous return.”

    Brock’s Dramatic Arts Department engages with the Shaw Festival in numerous ways, including the annual DART/Shaw internship and course-based experiences with Shaw artists and arts workers. A number of DART students and graduates work at the festival in front of house, producing and administration, and creative capacities.

    Seeing some of those familiar faces at Shaw this summer has been a particular highlight, Fricker says.

    While outdoor performances are a step in the right direction, Fricker says there is still more work to do. There will be limited live, in-person programming in the performing arts sector this fall, mainly due to unclear guidance from the provincial government around reopening, she says.

    In the early summer, the performing arts industry lobbied the government to address live performances in the official stages of reopening. Now that the performing arts have been included, companies have been able to plan. However, “you can’t just lift a theatre production off in a few weeks; you need a runway,” Fricker says.

    Colleen Smith, Executive Director of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) adjacent to Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, says the team at the PAC has experienced these challenges first-hand.

    “Never did any of us whose lives revolve around bringing together artists and audiences believe that we would witness the end of the age-old adage, ‘the show must go on,’” she says. “In fact, the show stopped for months at a time. It’s been an unbelievable period of disruption, heartache and loss of purpose for so many artists and arts workers.”

    Smith says that “buoyed by our partners at the City of St. Catharines and Brock University, as well as the support from our Board of Directors, we have used the first half of 2021 to develop a three-year recovery strategy that will place the PAC firmly within our community as a centre for creative and artistic experiences and learning.”

    The PAC is planning a gradual return, starting with the annual Celebration of Nations gathering, which will be in a hybrid format in September.

    Among the local theatre organizations taking important steps to make innovative work and engage the public in Niagara safely is the young people’s theatre company Carousel Players, which is focusing on new play development in August and September.

    “We are experimenting with a range of forms, including clown, puppetry and mask,” says Artistic Director and Brock graduate Monica Dufault (MA ’11). “We want to offer new pieces that are dynamic and theatrically alive when we meet our audiences again.”

    The company will present an outdoor performance, The Giant Puppet Party, for Culture Days in October, a new digital play for ages 12 to 17 called Meet Chloe starting in November, and a school touring production of The Velveteen Rabbit for ages four to seven in March 2022.

    Suitcase in Point, another St. Catharines-based theatre company, recently announced the launch of a reimagined In the Soil Arts Festival running Friday, Aug. 27 to Saturday, Sept. 25. The festival includes opportunities to see live, original theatre, new music, comedy acts, installations and participatory workshops. All-inclusive festival passes are available for purchase online.

    DART graduate Deanna Jones (BA ’02), the Artistic Director of Suitcase in Point and In the Soil, says the limits of the last 17 months have been a “unique test on our arts organization and the arts community at large.”

    “We knew this 13th edition of our annual In the Soil Arts Festival would be different, and we were determined to find inspired ways to get off of our screens and offer artists and audiences safe ways to connect — in person.”

    During In the Soil, artists from Essential Collective Theatre will be set up on James and St. Paul Street interviewing community members about their pandemic experiences. Working on this initiative are DART graduates Jordine de Guzman (BA ’20), Kristina Ojaperv (BA ’19) and Ren Reid (BA ’20). The project will culminate in the Pandemic Stories Project, a new play to be read at St. Catharines’ Culture Days in early October.

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  • Celebrated Canadian artist Michael Snow’s contribution to Brock revisited in new documentary

    A still image from the new documentary short Timed Images premiering Friday, Aug. 20 at the Mighty Niagara Film Fest. The film was produced and researched by Lesley Bell with video work and direction by Tracy Van Oosten.

    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2021 | The Brock News | by 

    The legacy and impact of artwork created for Brock University in 1972 by internationally regarded Canadian artist Michael Snow has been captured on film and is being premiered Friday, Aug. 20 at a local film festival.

    Part of the Mighty Niagara Film Fest presented by Niagara Artists Centre (NAC), Timed Images is a new documentary that intimately explores two works of public art created by Snow when he was engaged by Brock University and architect Raymond Moriyama during the construction of Brock’s Mackenzie Chown Complex in 1972. Snow holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Brock University received in 1974.

    The short documentary is produced and researched by Lesley Bell, artist and retired support staff for the Department of Visual Arts (VISA) at Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA), and directed by Brock graduate Tracy Van Oosten (BA ’10), artist, filmmaker and current VISA Instructor at the MIWSFPA.

    Bell, who managed Brock’s Fine Art Collection for 18 years, was drawn to Snow’s work and wanted to uncover the story behind his pieces and appreciate how they found their home in St. Catharines.

    Bell and Van Oosten, a filmmaker and artist who works with text, video and installations and explores moving images within immersive contexts, collaborated to create an artistic documentary that retraces Snow’s innovative art that delighted the University population in 1972.

    “In order to tell the story about these two artworks by Snow, I envisioned a video document. I had no understanding of the process,” Bell said. “With patience and skill, Tracy Van Oosten crafted the information that I found into an intelligent and visually stimulating artistic video work. This has been a satisfying collaboration.”

    Timed Images screens Friday, Aug. 20 at the RiverBrink Art Museum in Queenston, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Doors open at 8 p.m., with the screening scheduled to start at sunset. The documentary is part of an art-inspired program at NAC’s film fest called ‘An Ode to Escarpment School Films.

    For more information about Timed Images and to purchase tickets, visit the Mighty Niagara Film Fest website.

    This project is supported by David Vivian, the Director of the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture, and Dean Carol Merriam of the Faculty of Humanities, through the Dean’s Discretionary Fund (2020). An installation for the public to view Timed Images at the MIWSFPA and online is currently in development.


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  • New Certificate in Arts Management at the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture

    Beginning in 2021 is the new Certificate in Arts Management at the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture. This is an ideal choice for non-degree students who wish to acquire an interdisciplinary background in arts and culture, and who are interested in applying such knowledge to their initial field of study or in their career.

    It’s also a great way to try out university-level studies as a part-time student and complete a program in less than two years.  An applicant may request to complete the program as a full-time student.  The successfully completed courses may be counted towards completion of a degree program.

    The certificate includes courses from the Centre, the Departments of Dramatic Arts, Music and Visual Arts, the Faculty of Social Science, and the Goodman School of Business.

    University admission standards apply. For more information see the academic calendar.

    Interested students should contact the academic advisor, Mike Gicante at mgicante@brocku.ca

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  • STAC’s journal ti< listed on Mir@bel

    STAC’s online, free-access journal ti< A JOURNAL OF TEXT-AND-IMAGE CRITICISM/CREATION – UN JOURNAL DE CRITIQUE/CREATION TEXTE-ET-IMAGE publishes creative work by students, their instructors, as well as by artists and writers whose work combines literature and the visual arts.

    All languages are welcome, including endangered languages. No translation is needed.

    ti< has recently been included in the Mir@bel database, an initiative by top higher-education institutions in France and Europe, such as Sciences Po and ENA.

    To submit work, please consult the website of the journal: https://journals.library.brocku.ca/index.php/ti/index

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  • Join Studies in Arts and Culture for virtual open office hours!

    Catherine Parayre, Director of the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture will be hosting virtual open office hours on:

    Tuesday 15 September, 2020 (3-4:00 pm, EST)

    She will be available for:

    • advising and support;
    • course and program opportunities;
    • outreach, experiential activities, and professionalization;
    • or just to say hello and have a chat.

    Join the meeting on Lifesize: https://call.lifesizecloud.com/5312972

    Join the Lifesize meeting using Skype for Business: https://skype.lifesizecloud.com/5312972

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  • Welcome to the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture: Orientation for 2020!

    (a screen shot from the welcome by STAC Major student, Maya Meyerman. Watch the video below.)


    Brock University is launching the first-ever Virtual Welcome Week.
    During this year of the pandemic the Orientation activities are all online.
    Watch the welcome below and visit the official Orientation page for all the details!


    The Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture (STAC)

    STAC Major student, Maya Meyerman has prepared this welcome message for you:

    Dr. Catherine Parayre, Director of the Centre, will be holding office hours on September 8th from 2-3 pm on Lifesize.
    Drop-in and say hi! (click here)

    Additional Office hours will be:

    • Tuesday 15 September, 3-4 pm
    • Wednesday 7 October, 2-3 pm
    • Tuesday 17 November, 3-4 pm
    • Wednesday 2 December, 1-2 pm

    Interiors, a curated virtual platform has been launched!  Interiors is the home of various creative projects by Affiliates of STAC’s Research Centre in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Culture, also with student exhibitions. Check out our Outreach Activities: participate and be published on the site!

    ti< is an online journal (ISSN 1929-4336) that publishes creative work combining text and image. It is primarily interested in creative work by students, their instructors, as well as by artists and writers whose work combines literature and the visual arts. All languages are welcome, including endangered languages. No translation is needed. Next issue: March 2021. Submissions accepted until 15 February 2020. Please send to cparayre@brocku.ca https://journals.library.brocku.ca/index.php/ti

    Check out the Advising Letter for more news about exciting opportunities at the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture!

    STAC Majors: more info and regular updates are available on Sakai on the tab titled… ‘STAC Majors’.  Add this tab to your Sakai courses.


    The Department of Dramatic Arts, Music, Visual Arts, and the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture are all part of the Faculty of Humanities.

    The Associate Dean, Dr. Neta Gordon, Professor of English, welcomes you to Brock University! She’s prepared an 11 minute video to introduce to you to the Faculty of Humanities:


    Michael Gicante is your Academic Advisor for studies at the MIWSFPA.
    He prepared this video for the April open House:


    Koreen McCullough is the Experiential Education Coordinator for the Faculty of Humanities.
    Watch her 3 minute presentation about Experiential Education opportunities at Brock University:


    The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts

    Located at 15 Artists’ Common in downtown St. Catharines, the MIWSFPA is home to four academic programs. We are right next door to the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre on the main street of St. Catharines, St. Paul.

    Each program at the MIWSFPA is offering a special welcome to their students.  For example, if you are a beginning your studies as a major in Dramatic Arts, check out what that Department has scheduled for you and plan to join in the fun.  You are also welcome to join the activities of each program at the School even if you are only taking one course or beginning a minor program.  The activities and welcome messages from each program are listed below.

    Professor David Vivian, of the Department of Dramatic Arts (he teaches design and production for theatre), is the Director of the School:

    David will be hosting office hours on September 8, 2020, from 12-3:00 pm,on Teams.
    Drop in and say hi! (click here)


    We all wish you a very successful year at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.

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