In addition to the 2018 IAST symposium, partner institutions have agreed to host one meeting of regional participants either preceding or following 2018 IAST; regional participants are scholar-artists within the same province or from adjacent provinces. Agreements are in place for the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and the Centre for Culture and Technology at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus and for the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta to host these meetings. In addition, The University of Lethbridge will host both 2018 IAST and one meeting of regional participants. All regional meetings will occur over one day with the exception of the University of British Columbia Okanagan meeting, which will take two days (see Schedule, below).
Regional meetings will include local scholars and students, as well as scholars and graduate students who will travel to the hosting institution from within the region. In addition a scholar from outside of the region will attend in order to address 2018 IAST activities specifically. The framework of activities for each meeting includes paper presentation sessions, cluster meetings to discuss IAST organization and activities, and student presentations (with the inclusion of student workshops at UBC-Okanagan). In this way, the regional meeting framework reflects the 2018 IAST program framework.
These regional meetings are, thus, a means of kick-starting the 2018 IAST networking and outreach project and further launching our plan for building a unique Western Canadian network. Among other potential outcomes and talking points, we anticipate achieving the following.
- Providing catalyst outreach activities to stimulate or reaffirm symposium partnerships. In this way, we anticipate that the regional meetings will facilitate the emergence and forming of subgroups that focus on specific research topics, nurture inter-institutional sharing, and lead to collaborative trans-disciplinary research.
- Sharing ideas, theories and concepts, as well as discussing any possible organisational and institutional sharing of facilities, labs, equipment and even collaborative research funding opportunities.
- Developing a strategy for increasing the number of possibilities for high quality public presentations and the dissemination of research-creation outcomes (e.g., interactive/responsive musical and dance performances; indigenous media art exhibitions; augmented and virtual reality installations; etc.).
- Discussing the movement of regional projects to the institutions of other regions/provinces, as well as talking about the movement of individual scholar-artists and graduate students through academic exchanges between universities.
|17 September, 2018||Regional meeting and performances at the Desautels Faculty of Music, University of Manitoba|
|27 to 28 September, 2018||Regional meeting (27 Sept.) and Sound Studies Initiative (28 Sept.) at the Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta|
|February, 2019||Regional meeting at the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and the Centre for Culture and Technology, the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus|
Regional meeting and performances at the Desautels Faculty of Music, University of Manitoba
|Time||Sunday, 16 September|
|1:30 to 6PM||Setup, sound check, dress rehearsal for noon hour performances on 17 September (Large Ensemble Room in Tache Hall, room T2-145)|
|Time||Monday, 17 September|
|9:00AM||Cluster Meeting no. 1 (Tache Hall T2-175)|
|11:00AM||Lunch and final sound checks|
|12:30PM||Noon hour performances (Large Ensemble Room in Tache Hall, room T2-145)|
|1:30PM||Tache gallery – time to check out the art installations|
|2:00PM||Presentations and talks by regional scholar-artists (Tache Hall T2-175)|
|5:00PM||Cluster meeting no. 2 (Tache Hall T2-175)|
Regional meeting (27 Sept.) and Sound Studies Initiative (28 Sept.) at the Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta
|Time||Thursday, 27 September|
|10:00AM||Sound Walk and Welcome Coffee (Old Arts, SSI Space, Room 3-37)|
|11:00AM||Cluster Meeting no. 1 (Old Arts, SSI Space, Room 3-37)|
|2:00PM||Presentations and talks by regional scholar-artists (Old Arts, SSI Space, Room 3-37)|
|4:00PM||Cluster Meeting no. 2 (Old Arts, SSI Space, Room 3-37)|
|6:00PM||Reception and Light Dinner (Old Arts, SSI Space, Room 3-37)|
|7:00PM||Presentations and talks by regional scholar-artists and students (Convocation Hall)|
|Friday, 28 September|
|Sound Studies Initiative|