Research Centre in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Culture

Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture (STAC)
Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts

The Research Centre in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Culture facilitates the implementation of interdisciplinary methodologies in cooperative projects in the creative arts by establishing networks of researchers and creators across faculties at Brock and beyond the University.

In this context, creative arts cover a broad range of expressions, including but not limited to visual arts and culture, dramatic arts, music and the culture of noise, literary and creative writing (in English, French or other languages), creative translation and narrative, book and graphic design, cultural heritage and curating, photography across the disciplines, etc.

Fostering book culture, the Research Centre explores the relationships of text and image, form and content. In examining the concept of the book and its many formats, be they printed or digital, illustrated, bound or loose leaf, participatory, spoken word or animated, the Research Centre in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Culture also aims to disseminate outstanding projects thanks to publications by STAC’s Small Walker Press, members’ symposia, local outreach events (workshops, exhibitions, book launches, talks, creative events, etc.) as well as various multimodal activities (digital, visual, interactive, etc.) which the Centre affiliates may wish to explore.

As part of the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture, the Research Centre in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Culture benefits from the rich tradition of interdisciplinary practice and experience of this teaching centre. The Small Walker Press serves the Research Centre and offers the possibility of publishing the best and most innovative projects with the assistance of experts in book publishing. Interdisciplinary work across disciplines in the humanities and beyond will be fostered through shared ideas that resound most practically in the relationship between text and image.

The Small Walker Press addresses the research and creative interests of faculty members at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts at Brock University, and engages with authors, artists and academics alike to produce small, innovative publications.

List of affiliates (2019-2020)

Marcie Bronson / Rodman Hall Art Centre
Adam Dickinson / English Language and Literature
Natalee Caple / English Language and Literature
Alexander Christie / Centre for Digital Humanities, Interactive Arts and Science
Candace Couse / Visual Arts, Interdisciplinary Humanities
Nicholas Hauck / French Studies, Modern Languages, Literatures and Culture
Derek Knight / Visual Arts
Catherine Parayre / Studies in Arts and Culture, French Studies, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Comparative Literatures and Arts
Matthew Royal / Music
Shawn Serfas / Visual Arts
Donna Szőke / Visual Arts
David Vivian / Dramatic Arts
Kari-Lynn Winters / Educational Studies

Director (2019-2021)

Catherine Parayre

Associate Director (2019-2021)

Derek Knight

Executive committee (2019-2024)

Adam Dickinson
Nicholas Hauck
Derek Knight
Catherine Parayre
Shawn Serfas
David Vivian

Advisory Committee (2019-2020)

Rebecca Cann, STAC
Bernhard Cella, Salon für Kunstbuch, Vienna, Austria
Candace Couse, Graduate Student
Shauna MacLeod, Willow Arts Community, St. Catharines
David Vivian, Director, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts

The Research Centre in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Culture sends a Call for Affiliation in September of each year; the Executive committee will review applications and select new members in the first half of October.

The Executive Committee (voting members) serves as the decision-making body of the Centre and is comprised of all STAC full-time members including current and former directors, the Editors of the Small Walker Press, as well as two non-STAC research affiliates who are elected every five years.

This committee is assisted in its decision-making by a non-voting Advisory Committee comprised of the following invited members: the Director of the MIWSFPA, one STAC part-time instructor, one graduate student and two external members.

The Editors and Managers of the Small Walker Press shall consider all projects submitted by Research Affiliates but enjoy full independence in decisions related to the press.