Western Research Scholars Academy Events

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Upcoming Events

This web page will be updated throughout the year as information becomes available.

POSTPONED: Dismediation 2024: A Work in Progress Dr. Jonathan Sterne

In 2017, Mara Mills and I published an essay entitled “Dismediation” as an afterward to Liz Ellcessor and Bill Kirkpatrick’s edited collection Disability Media Studies. This talk (and the new essay on which it is based) reimagines and updates our arguments for the present. Seven years after the publication of our original essay, media studies is still structured by a sanctioned ignorance regarding disability. What would it mean to incorporate disability more fully into the field? Dismediation treats media as constituting dimensions of disability; and disabilities as constituting dimensions of media. Work on dismediation therefore presumes communicative and medial difference; it privileges the human variety. This talk will explain our concept of dismediation and then move through some of the widespread epistemological and methodological implications of our approach: from integrating ambivalence more fully into our theories of technology and instrumentality; to challenging the field’s preferences around error, glitch, noise, jamming, and brokenness as resistance; to rethinking central concepts like agency, access, representation, and affordances.

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Awards and Informal Service Calls

Julaine Hall, Alyson Watson, Dr. Daniel Ansari, and Dr. Valerie Oosterveld Julaine Hall, Manager of Research Awards & Distinctions, and Alyson Watson, Program Coordinator (Awards & Distinctions), will share insights into upcoming relevant award opportunities, effective positioning strategies, and the support services offered by Western Research. Dr. Daniel Ansari and Dr. Valerie Oosterveld will speak on their personal experiences seeking awards and balancing this with their research and teaching obligations. March 18, 2024 Support Services Building (SSB), Room 4210
To Be Announced Dr. Mark Daley

In this talk, we'll dive into the dynamic world of generative AI and its growing impact on every element of society. We begin with a definition of generative AI: a straightforward look at what it is and its capabilities and limitations.

We then transition to practical insights, examining how AI tools are currently being used in a wide variety of settings. This will include some instruction on how you might adapt generative AI to your own needs and use cases.

The final part of the talk looks forward, discussing the near-future implications of AI in research.

March 25, 2024 Community Room (Room 128), Weldon Library

Navigating toxicity in Social Media and Research Dissemination

Dr. Archana Sridhar

This session will provide guidance for how scholars contributing online – particularly women and racialized authors – can best deal with trolls and toxic feedback

April 2024 To Be Announced
To Be Announced Dr. Nadine Wathen and Dr. Kaitlynn Mendes To Be Announced April 11, 2024 To Be Announced
Think Tank Symposium Dr. Penny Pexman This session will provide an opportunity for participants to come together and forge solutions for common challenges, through collaborative brainstorming, sharing new perspectives, and fostering community. May 13, 2024 To Be Announced
To Be Announced Dr. Donna Kotsopoulos and Dr. Lauren Cipriano To Be Announced May 22, 2024 To Be Announced
Closing Event To Be Announced To Be Announced To Be Announced

Past Events

Navigating the Research Ecosystem: Getting to the Heart of your Research Success Dr. Yolanda Hedberg, Dr. Godwin Arku, and Dr. Bipasha Baruah Q&A Panel: Scholars will speak to their personal journeys navigating the research ecosystem and reflect on some challenges encountered along the way. Through a series of questions and facilitated discussion we hope scholars will share professional and personal perspectives, especially as it relates to unique challenges faced by equity-deserving scholars navigating academia August 2023 Community Room, Weldon Library
Developing and Leading Multi-Institutional Grants: Partnership Dr. David Muir and Kate Huner-Johnson Connecting research with partnerships for research success, including fostering relationships and working with industry, government and community partners October 13, 2023 Western Interdisciplinary Research Building (WIRB), Room 7107
Gathering Kindling: Toward the Emerging Indigenous Scholars Circle Dr. Shauneen Pete The research focus was on Indigenous faculty experiences and mentorship.  The study was conducted in 2022. The findings formed the foundation for the faculty development plan for the Emerging Indigenous Scholars Circle at Royal Roads University. Please RSVP here. January 19, 2024 Community Room, Weldon Library