Keynote and Featured Speakers


Kristen McAllister 
Simon Fraser University 

Title:  Photography and Visual Methodology: Questions of Witnessing and Memory

Kirsten Emiko McAllister is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. Her research areas include memory studies, visual studies and political violence. Using fieldwork, archival research, visual methodologies, spatial analysis and interviews she has researched questions of memory and witnessing in relation to Japanese Canadian internment camps and also refugees seeking asylum in countries like Canada and the UK. Her books include Terrain of Memory: A Japanese Canadian Memorial Project (UBC Press 2010) and a collection she co-edited with Annette Kuhn, Locating Memory: Photographic Acts (Berghahn Books 2006). She edited an issue of the journal, West Coast Line, on Asylum, Art and Transnational Publics. Some of her other publications in the field of visual studies include “Extraterritorial Spaces of Exclusion: Art, Asylum Seekers and Spatial Practices in the City of Glasgow”, Visual Studies (2015);  “From Eyewitness to Bearing Witness: Photography, Asylum Seekers and ‘Life After Iraq’” (English translation of title) in Errances photographiques: Mobilités et intermédialité (Les Presse de L’ Université de Montréal 2013); “Between the Photograph and the Poem: A Dialogue on Poetic Practice”, Canadian Journal of Communication (2012); “Asylum in the Home Territories: Crossing the Zones of Desire”, Space and Culture (2011); “Archival Memories” in Remembering Place (UBC Press 2010), “Representations of Genocide in Hotel Rwanda and Sometimes in April: Narratives of Reconciliation or Closure?” in The Popularization of War Memory (McFarland 2008). She is currently finishing a manuscript on a SSHRC-funded project on asylum seekers and community-based art in the UK and is conducting research for another SSHRC-funded project on transpacific memory and Asian Canadian experimental visual artists.

Featured Speakers

Carla Rice 
Guelph University

Title: Project Revision: Disrupting Dominant Stories Through Digital Storytelling

Bio: Carla Rice is Canada Research Chair in Care, Gender and Relationships at the University of Guelph. A leader in the field of body image and embodiment studies in Canada, she is a founding member and former director of innovative Canadian initiatives such as the National Eating Disorder Information Centre and the Body Image Project among others. Her research explores cultural representations and narratives of body and identity and she recently founded Project Re•Vision, a mobile media lab that works with communities to challenge stereotypes. Notable books include Gender and Women’s Studies in Canada: Critical Terrain (2013), and Becoming Women The Embodied Self in Image Culture (2014).

Carrie Sanders 
Sir Wilfrid Laurier University

Title: Examining the Field of Intelligence Production 

Bio: Carrie B. Sanders is an Associate Professor of Criminology at Wilfrid Laurier University.  Dr. Sanders is the acting Program Coordinator for Policing and Graduate Coordinator for the Masters of Arts in Criminology program. She is a qualitative researcher who researches and publishes on team based qualitative methods as well as police-academic research partnerships. Her theoretical areas of interest are symbolic interactionism, social constructionism, social construction of technology and critical criminology.  Her research interests include: Policing and Technology, Police Cultures, Police women, Crime and Intelligence Analysis, ‘Big Data’, and Public Criminology. Her research has been published in high impact journals such as:  Gender & Society; British Journal of Criminology; Qualitative Sociology Review; Sociology; Policing & Society:  An International Journal, Canadian Review of Sociology, Science & Public Policy, Social Science and Medicine. Her research has received funding by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Nancy Cook & David Butz 
Brock University

Title: Visuality, Mobility & Autoethnography – Using Self-Directed Photography to Understand the Implications of Road Construction for Everyday Life in a Pakistani Mountain Village.

Dr. Nancy Cook is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Brock University in St. Catharines. Her research in northern Pakistan dates from the late 1990s, and has focused on transcultural interactions between development workers from the global north and local populations in Pakistan. She is the author of Gender, Identity and Imperialism: Women Development Workers in Pakistan (Palgrave MacMillan, 2007) and editor of Gender Relations in Global Perspective (CSPI, 2007). Dr. Cook is presently collaborating with David Butz to investigate the mobility implications of road construction and disaster in the Gojal sub-district of Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. 

Dr. David Butz is Professor of Geography at Brock University in St. Catharines, Canada, co-editor of ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies and managing editor of Studies in Social Justice. He has been conducting ethnographic research in northern Pakistan since 1985, on topics including melt water irrigation, portering labour relations, political ecology, social organization in the context of international development, and currently, the mobility implications of road construction and disaster.

Jacqueline Kennelly
Carleton University

Title: Envisioning Democracy: Participatory Filmmaking with Homeless Youth

Dr. Jacqueline Kennelly is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Her forthcoming book, which explores the impact of the Olympics on homeless and marginally housed youth in Vancouver and London, is called Olympic Exclusions: Youth, Poverty and Social Legacies (Routledge, 2016). She is also the author of Citizen Youth: Culture, Activism, and Agency in a Neoliberal Era (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011) and the co-author (with J. Dillabough) of Lost Youth in the Global City: Class, Culture, and the Urban Imaginary (Routledge, 2010). She recently co-edited (with S. Poyntz) Phenomenology of Youth Cultures and Globalization: Lifeworlds and Surplus Meaning in Changing Times (Routledge, 2015). Her work has appeared in multiple international academic journals, including Sociology, British Journal of Criminology, Feminist Theory, Ethnography, Visual Studies, Gender and Education and British Journal of Sociology of Education. Her talk draws on her current Spencer-funded research project entitled Encountering Democracy: Low-Income Canadian Youths’ Perspectives on Citizenship and Democratic Processes.

Special Panel: Publishing In the Digital Age 

Dolana Mogadime, Brock University

Dolana Mogadime, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University in St. Catharines Ontario, Canada. Over the past 16 years she has served as Member at Large, President-Elect, President and Past-President for the Canadian Association for the Study of Women in Education (CASWE) a member organization of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE). Her research interests are in critical sociology of education, social justice, equity studies and feminist theories. She has published her research in international journals such as The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations; Urban Education; Journal of Black Studies; Canadian Women's Studies; Canadian feminist anthologies as well as Canadian anthologies on Black feminisms. Dolana was born in South Africa (in Pretoria) and is Honorary Professor, University of the Free State. She led the North West University/ Brock University Institutional Partnership as Coordinator of Projects then became appointed as an Extra-Ordinary Associate Professor of North West University, South Africa. Currently, she is Editor of Brock Education: A Journal of Educational Research:

David Butz, Brock University 

Dr. David Butz is a professor in the Department of Geography at Brock University, and Editor-in-Chief of the open-access on-line journal Studies in Social Justice. From 2005-2015 he was a co-editor of ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, and he currently serves on the editorial boards of three journals. His research deals mainly with modernisation, social transformation, and political ecology in mountainous northern Pakistan, with a recent emphasis on road building and mobility justice. He has also investigated the restructuring of Southern Ontario’s automobile industry, spatiality in Jamaican reggae music, epistemological and methodological aspects of autoethnography, autobiography and autophotography, and the limitations of liberal understandings of research ethics. 

Laurie Morrison, Brock University  

Laurie Morrison is Interim Associate University Librarian at Brock University. She first joined Brock in 2006 as a Humanities Librarian, and in 2009 she became the Head of Liaison Services, a department with 12 librarians who liaise with all academic departments at Brock. From these different perspectives within an academic library setting she has witnessed the vast changes in academic publishing brought on by a digital and networked world, and recognizes that these changes bring both challenges and opportunities for all parties involved in the publishing landscape

Abigail Hackett, The University of Sheffield 


Abi Hackett completed her doctorate in 2014, which looked at the embodied meaning making of young children visiting museums. Her research falls into three broad areas; young children in museums, children’s spatialities and collaborative research in communities. She has published in international journals including Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Children and Society and Qualitative Research Journal. Her first book, Children’s Spatialities. Embodiment, Emotion, Agency, co-edited with colleagues Lisa Procter and Julie Seymour, has also recently been released. Abi is interested in the impact and practical application of her research, particularly in the cultural and arts sector in which she worked for a number of years. Therefore, as well as academic books and papers, Abi writes practitioner toolkits and resources, research briefings and reports drawing on her research. 

Filmmaking, Digital Story Telling, and Social Justice Panel 

Katie Hemsworth, Queen's University

Dr. Katie Hemsworth is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geography & Planning at Queen’s University, where she recently competed her doctorate investigating the sonic spatialities of Canadian prisons. Primarily situated within critical-cultural and feminist geographies, her research ties together sound studies, carceral geography, emotion and embodiment, and feminist and arts-based methodologies. She is a graduate of the MA Geography Program at Brock University.

Cathy van Ingen, Brock University

Dr. Cathy van Ingen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Brock University.  Her research investigates the relationship between bodies, sport and discourses about violence, gender, sexuality, and race. She is one of the founders of Shape Your Life, a free, recreational boxing program for female and transgender survivors of violence in Toronto. Shape Your Life has been operating in Toronto since 2007 with over 1400 participants. Her research is featured in the documentary film “Outside the Ring” and numerous other popular and scholarly outlets. Dr. van Ingen is also a co-investigator on a SSHRC funded project “Young People and Sport in the Stigmatized Neighbourhood” working with young people who live in racially segregated, economically disadvantaged and socially marginalized urban neighbourhoods.

Lauren Corman, Brock University

Dr. Lauren Corman is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Brock University. She teaches classes in the areas of Critical Animal Studies and contemporary social theory.  Her intersectional research draws on feminist, anti-racist, posthumanist, anti-colonial, and environmental approaches to the "question of the animal." Currently, her current scholarship investigates ideas related to agency, resistance, and (interspieces) subjectivity. As such, her interdisciplinary work bridges the social and natural sciences through cognitive ethology, which explores nonhuman animal cultures and societies. Broadly, Dr. Corman is interested in coalition-building across social, environmental, and animal movements, and links her work to larger anti-capitalist struggles. She hosted and produced the animal advocacy radio show, Animal Voices, for about a decade. She is collaborating with filmmaker Karol Orzechowski (Maximum Tolerated Dose) on a documentary about nonhuman animals and intersectionality.

Paul J. A. Chaput 

Paul is a Métis actor, singer, composer, filmmaker, poet, and academic. In November 2015 he completed a PhD in Geography at Queen’s University. His dissertation uses film as a research methodology to bring findings back to Indigenous communities and to engage the public on the subject of Native Studies.Paul has co-produced, hosted and narrated 26 episodes of Finding Our Talk: A Journey Through Aboriginal Languages, which aired on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.  He wrote and directed 5 APTN episodes and two docudramas on Restorative Justice for Nishnawbe Aski Legal Services to help frontline workers introduce Restorative Justice principles in northern Indigenous communities. Two of his three CDs of his original compositions were nominated at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for Best Male Vocalist and Best Folk Album. He was a founder and the Artistic Director for the first three years the Métis Arts Festival in Toronto. In 1995 he was awarded the Star of Courage by Governor General Romeo Leblanc. 

Joanne Green 

Joanne is a filmmaker whose work focuses on the stories people have told about their lives, their struggles, their hopes and dreams. Joanne has a long history in the not-for-profit sector both as a community worker and advocate for those whose voices and stories are not given importance or power. Joanne is the Executive Director of Opportunity For Advancement, an organization working with women who face with exclusion from their communities. A musician, artist, Joanne currently lives in Toronto. Outside the Ring is her third documentary

Karol Orzechowski

Karol Orzechowski is a filmmaker and photographer currently based in Peterborough, Ontario. In addition to art films, music videos, and short documentaries about culture and community, he has produced and directed numerous short films about animal rights issues. His first feature-length documentary, Maximum Tolerated Dose, looked at the experiences of former laboratory workers and laboratory animals, and toured around the world, screening in dozens of countries for a range of audiences. His current film project with Dr. Lauren Corman explores and examines the intersections of animal rights with other social justice movements.