Community-Engaged Research in Times of Crisis: A Continuing Conversation

May 25, 2021

This event is a special session part of a national two-day online workshop led by the University of Regina’s Community Engagement and Research Centre and Community Campus Engage Canada (CCEC). The workshop, called “Seizing the Moment: Exploring just and sustainable pandemic recovery through community-campus partnerships,” explores avenues for community-campus research, learning and creative partnerships to help mobilize just and sustainable ways forward.


This panel will share experiences and report on a series of media-centred community engaged research projects that were part of the Field Stories: CER in Times of Crisis Symposium. Drawing together community-based research teams and mobilizing action across collaborative networks is challenging at the best of times and especially difficult during the current health pandemic.

This panel will highlight the range of projects assembled for the Field Stories project and will reflect on how community-centred research work can offer powerful forms of gathering and potential action in response to a range of social, educational and community needs.



Stuart Poyntz

Stuart R. Poyntz is the co-director of the SFU Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CERi). He is also an Associate Professor in SFU's School of Communication and currently serves as Co-Director of the Young, Creative, Connected research network. His research addresses children’s media cultures, theories of public life and urban youth media production. He has published four books and is currently Principal Investigator of the SSHRC-funded research project, Youthsites: Charting the non-formal arts learning sector in creative lives, and Lead Investigator of the Social Media and News Section of the SSHRC-funded research project, IMPACTS: Collaborations to Address Sexual Violence on Campus.


Sharon Karsten

Sharon Karsten, PhD, Project Coordinator, is a community-engaged researcher, cultural manager and change advocate. Sharon feels honoured to have sat with people over the past year and a half whose experience, wisdom and life stories have been generously gifted with intent to make change.  

Cissie Fu

Cissie Fu (AB Harvard; MSt, MSc, DPhil Oxford) is a political theorist and Dean of the Faculty of Culture + Community at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She is co-founder of the Political Arts Initiative, which invites 21st-century political imag-e-nations through digital media and the creative and performing arts, and serves on the editorial board of Krisis, an international journal for contemporary philosophy based in Europe. Cissie’s research in participatory aesthetics and decolonial action complements her experiments in collective unknowing to reframe institution-building as a critical, cultural, and communal practice.

Will Garrett-Petts

Will Garrett-Petts is Professor of English, Rhetoric, & Canadian Studies and Associate Vice-President of Research and Graduate Studies at Thompson Rivers University. His recent books and catalogues include Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry (2015; paperback edition, 2020); Whose Culture is it, Anyway? Community Engagement in Small Cities (2014); Writing about Literature (2nd ed. 2013); Imaging Place (2009); Artists’ Statements and the Nature of Artistic Inquiry (2007); The Small Cities Book: On the Cultural Future of Small Cities (2005); and PhotoGraphic Encounters: The Edges and Edginess of Reading Prose Pictures and Visual Fictions (2000). He is Series Editor (with Nancy Duxbury Carreiro) for Small Cities: Sustainability in Community and Cultural Engagement (University of Calgary Press); and, supported by Social Sciences and Humanities in Canada (SSHRC Insight program) funding and Vancouver Foundation (Participatory Action Research) funding, he is engaged in exploring questions of visual and verbal culture, cultural and vernacular mapping, and the artistic animation of small cities. He also has a special interest in the theory and practice of including students in undergraduate research. Garrett-Petts co-edited a newly released book, Artistic Approaches to Cultural Mapping (Routledge, 2019; paperback edition, 2020).


Access notes

  • A Zoom link and login details will be shared with all registered attendees in the days leading up to the event. Those details will include options for calling in to the session using a phone or digital device.
  • This event takes place in a Zoom meeting space that is slightly different from Zoom webinars. This means that audience members will be able to enable their cameras and microphones during the event.
  • Live transcripts will be enabled during this session.
  • This session will be recorded by the University of Regina’s technical team and by SFU’s Community Engaged Research Initiative.
  • Participants can engage with each other and the discussion using Padlet, a browser-enabled digital whiteboard, and through the Zoom chat.