Twitter icon

CQ Events

Upcoming Speakers


Playing The Fool: An 'aesthetic of relationality' as a brave and vulnerable approach to performance-research

Date: September 27, 2017
Time: 12-1:30pm 
Room: HS 208, 155 College St. 
Speaker: Dr. Julia Gray (2016-17 CQ Joan Eakin Award winner)
Speaker bio: Dr. Julia Gray is a playwright, theatre director and artist-researcher working at the intersection of health, arts, learning and social change.  She holds a PhD from University of Toronto and is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Bloorview Research Institute, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital where her program of research focuses on the ways children living with disabilities engage in arts practices in rehabilitation settings.  She recently edited ‘ReView: an anthology of plays committed to social justice’ (Sense Publishers), which includes Cracked: new light on dementia.
Social and health researchers are increasingly turning to the arts, including performance, as ways to translate research findings into practice and policy.  The often assumed linear and neutral trajectory between findings and performance, termed “an aesthetic of objectivity,” overlooks the multiple people implicated in the performance process, including the researchers, original research participants, artist-researchers, and audience members. 
In this presentation I offer a critical alternative - an aesthetic of relationality - as an aesthetic space within which the embodied interpretive work of artist-researchers is extended into spatial, relational contexts. Drawing examples from the research-informed play Cracked: new light on dementia (of which I am playwright/director), I consider the ways artist-researchers foolishly, or vulnerably-bravely, implicate their embodiment and imagination in relation to others, to engage in three interrelated modes of practice: playfully extending, foolish disrupting and inventive disrupting. 

“From Hawthorne Effect to Participatory Reactivity in Observational Research”

Date: October 16, 2017
Time: 12-1:30pm
Room: PB 850 (Pharmacy building)
Speaker: Dr. Elise Paradis, PhD, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto
Abstract: coming soon 

"Developing strategies for hire and promotion: a dialogue with Qualitative Health Researchers" 

Date: November 24, 2017
Time: 12-1:30pm
Room: HS 208, 155 College St.
Speaker: Dr. Fiona Webster, PhD, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Abstract: Under the leadership of Dr. Fiona Webster, a group of CQ fellows is developing a manifesto on the challenges faced by critical qualitative scholars in relation to hiring and promotion in academic, hospital and community-based research institutes. Based on a review of the literature and case studies documented over many years, a series of recommendations are proposed. The manifesto will have practical applications for those applying for jobs or being promoted in this field. CQ will disseminate the final version to health research leadership, in multiple settings, across Canada and internationally. The purpose of this seminar is to discuss the current draft of the Manifesto and elicit feedback through a dialogical process.