The Possible's Slow Fuse

The Possible’s Slow Fuseis a scholarly dialogue series organized by the Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture & Education (CIRCE) and the Research Hub of the Faculty of Education. The 2019 series offers six stimulating discussions about the nature and role of imagination in research and education, facilitated by scholars from diverse fields in education–arts, indigeneity, technology, teacher education, mathematics, and aesthetics. We invite you to bring your ideas and questions, and share and celebrate learning and discovery together.

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m
Place: EDB 8515, Research Hub, Burnaby Campus
 Dr. Nathalie Sinclair (SFU) & Dr. Petra Mikulan (UBC)

Imagine a Posthuman Education

Posthuman perspectives invite us to de-centre the human and thus re-think our understanding of identity, intentionality and causation. Within such a perspective, we can ask: how to imagine what it might mean to think, to be, to feel and to learn in less human-centric ways? What forms of agency are we prepared to give up? How can different disciplines, such as mathematics, help students appreciate and live in a more-than-human world? Given the environmental conditions of the Anthropocene, we might also ask, what might the world look like without humans? And as educators, we can further ask, what role does education plan in preparing students for such a world?

Date: Wednesday, September 25 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Place: Room 3040, Surrey Campus
 Dr. Michael Ling

Imagine That...: A Modestly Immodest Proposal for Teacher Education

Can a teacher be self-taught? If you were to send a prospective teacher-to-be out into the world to think about and explore learning and teaching, what three questions would you pose for them to help guide that odyssey?

Date: Friday, May 31 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place: Policy Room 1425, Harbour Centre, Vancouver Campus
 Dr. David Jardine

"Only Beauty Can Save the Planet"

Date: Tuesday, April 2 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
: EDB 7608, Faculty of Education, Burnaby Campus
 Dr. Kevin O'Neill, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

Teaching and Theater

How is teaching similar to theatre acting, how is it different, and what implications might this have for how we teach face to face, online, and in blended modalities?

Date: Thursday, February 28 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Place: SUR 5080, Faculty of Education, Surrey Campus 

Speaker: Dr. Celeste Snowber, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

The Visceral Imagination

What is the relationship between the body and cultivating a relationship to the imagination?  In other words what would the visceral imagination mean for you?

What would it mean to bring your bodies to teaching, research and practice?  What would it mean to have your imagination infused with all your senses and connected to your teaching and research?

Event | Surrey Scholarship Series: From the Ground Up

Spring 2019

  • May 9, 2019
    Speaker: Dr. Paula MacDowell, Faculty of Education
  • March 14, 2019
    Speaker: Dr. Alanaise Goodwill, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education
  • February 20, 2019
    Speaker: Dr. Michelle Pidgeon, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education
  • January 16, 2019
    Speaker: Dr. Sharalyn Jordan, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education

Grant Workshop for FoE Graduate Students (Part 2)

Date & Time:
Monday, May 6th, 1:00 to 3:00 PM (Part 1)
Thursday, June 6th, 1:00 to 3:00 PM (Part 2)

Location: Research Hub
Facilitators: Dr. Ching-Chiu Lin, Dr. Cindy Xin & guest speakers

This two-part workshop series is designed to help doctoral students in the Faculty of Education create a strong SSHRC Doctoral Award Application. Part I will focus on program overview, tips and resources; part II will focus on peer review of each other’s summary pages. Participants will be asked to prepare a summary page prior to part II.

Grant Workshop for Faculty (Part 1)

Date & Time:
Monday, April 29th, 1:30 to 3:30 PM (Part 1)
Monday, May 27th, 1:30 to 3:30 PM (Part 2)

Location: Research Hub
Dr. Ching-Chiu Lin & Dr. Cindy Xin

This two-part workshop series is designed to help faculty members in the Faculty of Education create a persuasive SSHRC application. Part I will focus on grant–writing strategies and tips, budget development, and knowledge mobilization planning; part II will focus on peer review of each other’s summary pages. Participants will be asked to prepare a summary page prior to part II.

A longitudinal Narrative Inquiry of the Identity of a Hong Kong Study Abroad Student: A focus on Research Method

Date: September 11, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Organized by
: Dr. Angel Lin, Canada Research Chair

In this presentation Dr. Gary Barkhuizen will tell the story of his engagement with a student from Hong Kong who went to Auckland, New Zealand to study as an undergraduate student. Dr. Barkhuizen will focus particularly on the multiple narrative research methods he has used to analyze the storied data.

Speaker: Dr. Gary Barkhuizen, professor in the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics, at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of language teacher education, teacher and learner identity, study abroad, and narrative inquiry.