School of Communication, School of Interactive Arts & Technology, School for the Contemporary Arts


Research excellence celebrated at second annual FCAT Research Awards

December 06, 2019

A diverse range of research from the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology was recognized at the second annual FCAT Research Awards event on December 3 at the Diamond Alumni Centre. Ellen Balka, Associate Dean of Research, hosted the gathering of faculty members and staff from across the faculty. The evening included a moving tribute to School for the Contemporary Arts professor Ker Wells who received an award at last year's event and passed away in August of this year. 

These six researchers exemplify research excellence and the interdisciplinarity of our faculty.

Making Research Knowledge Public: Karrmen Crey

Karrmen was recognized for her significant contributions to making research knowledge public at SFU, Canada, and globally through her research in Indigenous media in Canada.

  • Karrmen has conceived to bring to the forefront works produced by Aboriginal media artsts and rendering them more accessible for public exposure in the SFU Library initiative, Indigenous Media Arts Group Archive Project (IMAG)
  • She has dedicated work to Indigenize procedures and practices for arranging events, ceremonies and assessing scholarships at SFU
  • She co-organized an Indigenous art exhibition (Transmissions) that entailed raising $50,000 in funds, and ensured all educational public knowledge production components, including a Symposium, a project website, interviews, and curriculum were all up and running

Research Mentorship: Kirsten McAllister

Kirsten was recognized for her tremendous contributions in the mentorship of faculty members and graduate students.

  • She has served for the past three years as the Graduate Program Chair in the School of Communication to improve the program and support graduate students
  • She has provided support for over two cohorts of junior faculty 
  • Virtually all graduate students McAllister has supported have received major funding such as SSHRCs, large international scholarship and scholarships over $10, 000) and all have given papers at major conferences 
  • Kirsten regularly inquires about the research priorities, career decisions, and well-being of new faculty members 
  • She has advocated for the Graduate Committee and university funding committees to seriously consider women, Indigenous students, students with disabilities, Global South students and racialized students for major scholarships
  • In 2011-2015 McAllister served as the Director of Centre for Policy Studies and made it into an active network of scholars and a locale for mentorship of junior and early career faculty

Community and Participatory Research: Kate Hennessy

Kate was recognized for her remarkable contributions to community and participatory research.

  • Kate’s projects foreground collaborative design and the development of strategies to support access to digitized Indigenous cultural property in museums
  • She is the director of the Making Culture lab at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology
  • Some of her outstanding projects include: the Inuvialuit Living History project (collaboration with the Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre and Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History),  the ʔeləw̓k̓ʷ–Belongings tangible table project for the Museum of Anthropology’s Governor General Award-winning Musqueam exhibit cesnaem, and the award winning Sq’éwlets: A Sto:ló-CoastSalish Community in the Fraser River Valley (2017) online exhibit
  • Kate’s 2018-2019 exhibition, Fugitives in the Archive represents close collaboration with conservators at the BC Archives and viewed by thousands of guests during its installation
  • In her teaching, Kate has worked with students to produce short video documentaries for several exhibitions at the Museum of Vancouver, Museum of Anthropology at UBC, and the Bill Reid Gallery

Research Partner: Katherine Reilly

Katherine was recognized for her strong research partnerships with various international and national organizations

  • Kate has formed research partnerships within Central and Latin America, such as Derechos Digitales (Paraguay), Fundacion Karisma (Colombia), R3D (Mexico), HiperDerecho (Peru)
  • Her collaborative work has led Kate to pioneer research on ICT for development, open development, and data-intensive activities of platform economy actors in Latin America

Emerging Researcher: Eldritch Priest

Eldritch was recognized for his outstanding artistry and research on sonic culture, experimental aesthetics, and the philosophy of experience from a pataphysical perspective.

  • Eldritch was successful in his first application to a SSHRC Insight Development Grant as a principle investigator, titled “Wandering Refrains: The Daydream Imaginary in the Contemporary Arts and Culture”
  • He has presented 10 refereed conference papers, co-organized 8 conferences, and was invited give 3 non-refereed lectures
  • In 2018, Eldritch published “Earworms, Daydreams, and Cognitive Capitalism” in the prestigious journal Theory, Culture, & Society
  • He has one solo book publication, a co-authored book, one peer-reviewed article, a book chapter, and has done international and local performances as a composer and improviser
  • Some of Eldritch’s other publishings: “Auditory Hallucination,” and “The Sonic Egregor.” Unsound: Undead, edited by Toby Heys, Steven Goodman, and EleniIkonaidou (Falmouth: Urbanomic, March 2019) – Co-written w/ DavidCecchetto, Marc Couroux, and Ted Hiebert | “Listening to Nothing in Particular in Contemporary Experimental Music.”

Distinguished Researcher: Alissa N. Antle

Alissa was recognized for her outstanding career and body of work as a distinguished artist and researcher in the field of interaction design for children.

  • In 2015 Alissa was one of 48 scholars inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists, acknowledging her as one of Canada’s intellectual leaders
  • She was invited to sit on the ethics panel at The International Neuropsychological Society General Meeting and a keynote speaker on Design for Vulnerable Population at the ACM In
  • Alissa has (co-) authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and led the creation of over 13 computational systems
  • In 2017-2018 she published five papers in the highest impact Human Computer Interaction (HCI) venue (ACM CHI), receiving a top paper nomination (top 5%) and excellence in reviewing award
  • In 2016 Alissa was awarded an NSERC Discovery and Accelerator grant (1/100 across CAN) for her innovative technology and community-based research in brain computer interfaces, self-regulation and traumatized children in Nepal and Canada 
  • She also received a SSHRC Insight grant in 2018 for design in tangible and augmented reality, working with children at risk of dyslexia