Storytelling, movement and influence

in the Arts and Humanities

A conversation with SFU's 2021-22 Shadbolt Fellows

The SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) is pleased to announce the scholars selected for the 2021-22 Jack and Doris Shadbolt Fellowship in the Humanities Program: Joanne Arnott, Megan J. Davies, Alana Gerecke and Erin Soros. 

Please join us in welcoming the 2021-22 Shadbolt Fellows to SFU at an evening of conversation moderated by author and SFU English professor Stephen Collis.

At the end of the event, there will be a door prize draw for two $100 gift cards to local Indigenous-owned bookshops.

The 2021-22 Shadbolt Fellows are renowned scholars, writers and artists, all publicly engaged in championing the arts and pushing disciplinary boundaries.

  • Joanne Arnott is a Métis/mixed-blood writer, dedicated artist and editor with a strong point of view and an impressive history of championing the arts—notably the work of Indigenous artists—among the wider community. 

  • Megan J. Davies (PhD, McGill) is a professor at York University and a community-engaged scholar on the history of health in British Columbia, with research interests in old age, women, rurality, social welfare, health policy, everyday health and madness. 

  • Alana Gerecke is a Canadian emerging scholar whose research is on site-based dance. Her project "Public Intimacy in Pandemic: Social Choreographies for the Kinesphere" explores the possibilities and limitations of moving together in the era of COVID-19.

  • Erin Soros has won national and international awards for her work in poetry, nonfiction and fiction, including Best Canadian Poetry Award (2020) for her piece “Weight.” Soros also mentors first-generation post-secondary students and others from working-class backgrounds, a project she began at the Britannia Centre in Vancouver.

Read more about the Shadbolt Fellows and their upcoming work at SFU.

When

Monday, October 25, 2021

6:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Online event

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About the Shadbolt Fellowship Program

The Jack and Doris Shadbolt Fellowship in the Humanities Program aims to increase the visibility of humanities and arts contributions to the university community. It also engages the wider community through publicly involved scholarship and creativity.

The Shadbolt Fellows will engage with Metro Vancouver communities through exhibits, performances, artworks, workshops and events that realize FASS's values of advancing reconciliation; equity, diversity and inclusion; and collaboration.

"We are fortunate to have the Shadbolt Fellows program bringing community-engaged scholarship, art and literature to SFU as well as the wider community throughout the academic year," says Peter Hall, Dean pro tem of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. "This year's Fellows each bring a critical lens to contemporary social life in British Columbia; they will explore Indigenous literature, place-based practices of care, experiences of aging during COVID, and mobilities within and beyond the pandemic. I look forward to the many ways they will engage students, faculty and local communities with their new written works, public talks, performances, exhibits, webinars and participatory actions."

The 2021-22 Shadbolt Fellows

Joanne Arnott is a dedicated artist and editor with a strong point of view and an impressive history of championing the arts—notably the work of Indigenous artists—among the wider community.

She has been Poetry Editor of EVENT magazine since 2015, curating the poetry section as well as organizing EVENT’s annual Indigenous Voices reading, and she is the founding co-editor of the Salt Chuck City Review of the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast (2019) and founding member of the collective (2009). Joanne has published several books including A Night for the Lady (2013), Steepy Mountain: Love Poetry (2004) and My Grass Cradle (1992), as well as anthologies and poetry such as Speak Out, For Example (2002) and Watch Your Head (2020). Joanne has received the Mayor’s Arts Award for Literary Arts (2017) in Vancouver and was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award of the League of Canadian Poets in 2015.

While at SFU, Joanne proposes to extend her ongoing research for the book RETURNED: The Writings of Connie Fife, and to create a long-form essay, to bring forth the works of Connie Fife for a new generation. She intends to meet with students of creative writing, Indigenous literature and Canadian literature and to create an “Indigenous writer's salon,” as well as an event around the publication of the book.

Host: SFU Indigenous Studies

Megan J. Davies (PhD, McGill) is a professor at York University and a community-engaged scholar on the history of health in British Columbia, with research interests in old age, women, rurality, social welfare, health policy, everyday health and madness.  

She has published innovative work in refereed academic journals and edited collections and a book, Into the House of Old: A History of Residential Care in British Columbia (McGill-Queens UP, 2003). Davies is also Principal Investigator on Canada’s first national CIHR-funded project on the history of deinstitutionalization and the shift to community mental health. Her academic work has been oriented toward public-facing scholarship.

Working collaboratively with the mental health community, Davis has been involved in various projects connected to Madness Canada/Folie Canada. This activist site is a unique creation—an exhibit showcase, a research resource and an educational hub. Her collaborative projects connected with the site include producing a documentary, The Inmates Are Running the Asylum (2016), coordinating and coediting the "After the Asylum/Après l’asile" project online exhibit, coordinating the online teaching resources "History in Practice/Histoire en tête" (relaunched 2019), and collaborating on the 2018 MAD CITY exhibit in Vancouver’s Gallery Gachet, a social justice arts space in the Downtown Eastside.

While at SFU, Megan proposes a public exhibit, "COVID in the House of Old," using visual and audio storytelling to consider COVID in long-term care (LTC) facilities in the Lower Mainland, including narratives representing different ethnicities, genders and ages. She plans to work with students to create these representations that honour the lives of elderly people who died of the coronavirus in LTC. The exhibit is designed both as a memorial and as a vehicle to foster dialogue and have participants reflect on ageism and the policy histories of LTC in B.C., with the aim of moving towards better planning for both residents and workers. 

Beyond that, her “Doing Difficult History: Methodologies in Democratizing Storytelling and Display” webinar will be a discussion of how scholars, museums and artists are reordering how we present challenging past-present narratives.

Host: SFU Department of Gerontology

Alana Gerecke is a Canadian emerging scholar and her research on the spatial and social politics of site-based dance performed in public spaces along the west coast of Canada was recognized with a CGS SSHRC award, a SSHRC-allocated Queen’s Fellowship, and a Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship.  

Alana has presented numerous papers at major national and international conferences and she was awarded the 2019 Robert Lawrence Prize, the Canadian Association for Theatre Research’s top emerging scholar award, for her essay “Choreographies of Exclusion.” She is also co-founder and co-director of Behind Open Doors Arts Collective, a company that has staged several notable performance works. During her Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Theatre at York University, Alana examined colloquial expressions of embodied assembly in public—social choreographies enacted by so-called “untrained” movers.

While at SFU, Alana proposes to extend her ongoing research, "Public Intimacy in Pandemic: Social Choreographies for the Kinesphere," to explore the possibilities and limitations of moving together in the era of COVID-19. While her research is acutely specific to this present moment, its relevance also extends beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. She intends to offer a series of movement scores that experiment with models for moving together while maintaining physical distance, that will take shape in a series of public workshops and other public engagement activities. A website that translates these participatory movement scores into digital space, extending the reach of moving together at a distance beyond a shared geography, will also be created; she plans to engage with SFU Urban Studies’ efforts at public outreach in the form of podcasts, public talks and more.

Host: SFU Urban Studies

Erin Soros is an author whose writing on psychosis interweaves theoretical and autobiographical reflection in essays that engage psychoanalytic, social and literary theory along with her own experience.

Erin has won national and international awards for her poetry, nonfiction and fiction, which draw on oral history with loggers, such as the Best Canadian Poetry Award (2020) for her piece “Weight” and the Long Poem Prize (2019), amongst others. She mentors first-generation undergraduate and graduate students and others from working-class backgrounds as well, a project she began at the Britannia Centre in Vancouver, and now continues through social and professional networks.

While at SFU, Erin will return to the Downtown Eastside community where she has deep roots and will bring decades of advocacy, training, writing, research, connection and care to a set of projects that are both therapeutic and creative, historical and transformative. Her work will include a one-woman show on psychosis, a textual/visual exhibit, and a radio documentary, and she will facilitate a writing group and an interdisciplinary panel, in addition to the work Madmade.

Erin received her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of East Anglia and an MFA in Writing (Fiction and Translation) from Columbia University. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Cornell University and the University of Toronto, and received an appointment as the Harper-Wood Fellow of St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge, a position that supported research in oral history in the Northwest Territories, amongst other visiting scholar fellowships.

Host: SFU Department of English

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