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Research Webinar Series

The Research Webinar Series builds the collegial research atmosphere of AU and provides faculty and professional staff with the opportunity to disseminate research and present papers.

Visiting presenters are also encouraged to participate in the webinar series. If you know of any visitors whose work or ideas might be of interest, please contact us well in advance of their visit so that we may attempt to schedule a presentation.

Presentations are broadcast and recorded using Microsoft Teams.

Upcoming Webinars: 

Presenter: Dr. Mickey Vallee, Canada Research Chair in Community, Identity and Digital Media and Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Title:
Do we need a posthuman sociology? Theoretical implications of a pandemic era

Abstract:
Do we need a posthuman sociology? While on the surface of things, it seems that the answer would be no, this presentation argues that the posthuman perspective can export a good deal of useful methodological and theoretical insight into the sociological toolbox. A posthuman sociology of the body is not a flattened ontology, in which we find agency in all things living and non-living. It is not an attempt to connect the body’s social meaning to the cosmos or the movements of the earth. A posthuman sociology asks, given the swath of interdisciplinary convergences we have on agency and structure, what we do with the fundamental question of being human. Its mandate is not to decentre human exceptionalism. It assumes that decentering has already been done. It asks what we do after such decentering has taken effect. The presentation builds this argument by beginning with a review of what theoretical schools presuppose this particular posthuman perspective: namely, new materialist philosophies and Anthropocene literature. It then moves on to a case study of the interrelated human and non-human actors that constitute the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. This case study usefully marks this intersection between human and nonhuman bodies as nodes in the interpretive chains in the production of an event—one that acknowledges human body extensions and connections to multispecies and ecological systems as the presuppositions to regenerating questions about the question of being human in a posthuman world.

We are currently seeking webinar presenters for the 2020-2021 season. Please contact Jill Calliou to schedule your presentation.

External Funding Agency Webinars

SSHRC Connections Grants Webinar
June 2020
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Research Grant Writing Workshops

Considering submitting a research grant application in the near future? There are a few things you need to know!

June 2020
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September 2019
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Our presenter, Rhonda Kronyk, is a settler/Dene research, editing and grant consultant who lives in Edmonton. She is stepping into the position of editor for Write, the magazine for The Writers Union of Canada. Rhonda is also a founding member of the Indigenous Editors Association and uses the lessons learned from working with Indigenous stories in editing and writing work. Her grant writing clients include researchers, artists, faculty and non-profit organizations.

Missed a webinar? Check out these recorded sessions:

Presenter: Dr. Ingo Schmidt, Assistant Professor, Labour Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Athabasca University
Title: Neoliberalism: If there is no alternative, how can it be over?
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Presenter: Dr. Mickey Vallee, Canada Research Chair in Community, Identity and Digital Media and Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Title:
Do I need to wear a mask? Making meaning of masks in the COVID-19  pandemic
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Presenter: Dr. Martin Connors, Professor, Space Science & Physics, Faculty of Science & Technology, Athabasca University
Title:
Weird and Wired in Athabasca: Unusual Auroral Events
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Presenter: Dr. Joseph Pivato, Professor Emeritus of Literary Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Title: The Language of Slavery in European Literature and the Pandemics
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Presenter: Helen Shirvan, invited guest of Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Athabasca University
Title: National Native Title Tribunal and Cultural Property Disputes and Museums Research in Australia
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Presenter: Dr. Jon Dron, Professor, School of Computing and Information Systems, Faculty of Science & Technology
Title: Educational Machines and How They Work
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Presenter: Dr. Mickey Vallee, Canada Research Chair in Community, Identity and Digital Media and Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Title: Cultural Tremology and the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Micro-Temporal Oscillations of a Macro-Temporal Event
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Presenter: Dr. Mickey Vallee, Canada Research Chair in Community, Identity and Digital Media and Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Title: Doing Nothing Does Something: Embodiment and Data in the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Presenters: Dr. Cindy Ives and Dr. Pamela Walsh, Distance Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Title: Organizational change experienced by Canadian Universities adopting online learning
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Presenter: Katarina Polonsky, Digital Supercluster
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Presenter: Barton Satchwill, Vice President, Cybera
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Presenter: Dr. Mohamed Ally, Professor and Commonwealth of Learning Chair, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Title: Artificial Intelligence in Education
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Presenter: Dr. Chris Glover, Professor and CAIP Chair for Hydroecology and Environmental Health, Faculty of Science & Technology
Title: The vertebrate that eats with its skin (or why you should never accept a dinner invitation from a hagfish)
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Presenter: Dr. Alexa DeGagne, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Title: Pinkwashing Pride Parades: The Politics of Police in LGBTQ Spaces in Canada
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Presenter: Dr. Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Title: Maya Monumental 'Boom': Rapid Development, Hybrid Architecture, and 'Prententiousness' in the Fabrication of Place at Alabama, East-Central Belize
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Presenter: Dr. Vive Kumar , Faculty of Science & Technology
Title:
Learning Analytics: exploring the knowledge boundary
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Presenter: Dr. Maiga Chang, Faculty of Science & Technology
Title:
Homework Woes? Gaming could be the answer!
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Presenter: Dr. Scott Ketcheson, NSERC Canada Research Chair in Hydrological Sustainability
Title: The Stony Mountain Headwater Catchment Observatory: Determining the function of headwater catchments and their importance for water availability in the Athabasca River Basin
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Updated November 26 2020 by Research

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