Since its beginning in 2009, the presentations of the Arts and Humanities Colloquium have engendered conversations about ideas among members of the Arts and Humanities Faculty and their communities both at VIU and in the mid-Island region.

Recent Submissions

  • Stories and Raspberry Pi's: an innovational approach to experiential learning 

    VIU@Cowichan Innovation Lab faculty, staff, and students (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 3/18/2016)
    The VIU@Cowichan Innovation Lab is an interdisciplinary space that provides experiential learning and allows for the sharing of resources between VIU and various coastal communities. Join us for a series of multimedia ...
  • Why we "care": thoughts on Canada's Indian residential school history, medical care, consent, and the law 

    Meijer Drees, Laurie (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2/19/2016)
    Despite the efforts of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to acknowledge Indian Residential School (IRS) experiences and consequences, many gaps in our collective understanding of these institutions remain. Based ...
  • MERIDIAN.IS: collaborative performance research 

    Davies, Robin; Mazutinec, Kevin; McGrail, Justin; Van Der Zon, Marian (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 1/22/2016)
    Meridian is art in flux. It is collaborative multimedia research/performance that combines video, ambient soundscapes, acoustic instruments, vocals, and poetry to immerse the audience in themes of technology, humanity, and ...
  • Gypsies, tramps, and thieves: the contrapuntal rantings of a half-breed girl 

    Anderson, Allyson (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 11/20/2015)
    Stereotypes of Indigenous women abound in the colonial imaginations of North Americans, yet representations of the Métisse (women of mixed blood, and/or historic Métis) are rare. This presentation asserts that the few ...
  • A journey in jazz: from inspiration to performance 

    Bush, Gregory (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 10/16/2015)
    Where does the musical idea come from? How is it developed and translated into notes on a page, and then interpreted in performance? This presentation - and performance - will follow the process of musical composition from ...
  • The truth and nothing but the truth? 

    Juby, Susan (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 9/25/2015)
    The line between truth and fiction can be blurry, and it certainly is in Susan Juby's new novel, The Truth Commission. The award-winning author will discuss the creation of this illustrated young adult novel, which examines ...
  • Knowing their place: identity and space in children's literature 

    Doughty, Terri; Thompson, Dawn (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2013)
    Traditionally in the West, children were expected to "know their place", but what does this mean in a contemporary, globalized world? How does children's literature help explain how identity is derived from a sense of ...
  • Song of the grass-mud horse: language and resistance in Chinese social media 

    Stetar, Doug (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2013)
    Several hundred million Chinese now use social media to support, question, or vehemently challenge their government, making for one of the most important political movements on the planet today. Confronted by constant ...
  • Graphic matters: women making comics 

    Stanley, Marni (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2013)
    Also called graphic narrative, in the last thirty years comic art has become a major genre with its own well-developed critical practice. While the field is dominated by men, women have been making comics successfully since ...
  • Media, persuasion and propaganda 

    Soules, Marshall (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2015)
    Persuasion works across a spectrum of influence — from promotion to propaganda — and studying it develops critical thinking and the self-reflection necessary to defend ourselves against manipulation and undue influence. ...
  • Amundsen, then and now: the end of the age of heroic exploration 1912 

    Ruzesky, Jay (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2013)
    One hundred years after Roald Amundsen set foot on the South Pole, his descendent Jay Ruzesky followed his ancestor to Antarctica and returned to write a memoir about his experience. How have the pole and its exploration changed?
  • Waters that no vessel ever sailed: an essay in a story and a work in progress concerning the death of Edward Thomas 

    Page, Kathy (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2014)
    The poet Edward Thomas died in 1917 during the Battle of Arras. While his life was minutely documented, the way he died is open to question. Novelist Kathy Page uses the available evidence to construct several possible ...
  • Living with monsters 

    Page, Kathy (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2013)
    Thoughts on our fascination with real or imaginary monsters inform Kathy Page's novel The find. Inspired by a visit to a Courtenay museum, the novel centres on the fictional discovery of a huge pterosaur from the Late ...
  • On children, technology, spiders and more: the multidimensionality of invisibility 

    Mohabeer, Ravindra N. (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2013)
    Invisibility is complex. Drawing on the invisible world of children, parallel to but separate from the world of adults, examples from the natural world, such as spiders, as well as technology and adversitising, this ...
  • A printing house in Hell: William Blake's illuminated printing 

    Ball, Gregory; Burgoyne, Daniel; MacKay, Ross (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2013)
    William Blake described his unique process of illuniated printing using relief etching in terms of six chambers in a "Printing house in Hell." This colloquium recreates the process of Blake's printmaking through these six ...
  • Fascinating technologies: future directions in the arts and humanities 

    VIU Arts and Humanities Department (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2014)
    Technology is embedded both in the methods and subjects of the cultural analysis at the centre of the arts and humanities. But what counts as technology, and how exactly are VIU faculty using it? Are they more excited about ...
  • Henderson scores for Canada!: memories and meanings of the 1972 Canada - Soviet Union Summit Series 

    Lewis, Timothy (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2013)
    The 1972 Summit Series is widely acknowledged as both the most significant event in Canadian sports history and a landmark cultural moment. Most Canadians alive at the time retain fond memories of Paul Henderson's ...
  • Renaissance art and the ancient philosophers: a study in the representation of ideas 

    Lepage, John (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2013)
    When Rrenaissance artists painted portraits of ancient philosophers, they relished the challenge of creating paintings to depict abstract ideas, such as the fluid nature of individual identity. This presentation will ...
  • Disordered eating: how can feminism help? 

    Ledwell-Hunt, Janis (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2015)
    We are in the midst of an “epidemic of anorexia.” Feminist scholarship on eating disorders has moved us away from the lone sufferers of medical and psychiatric readings and helped us to understand the role of our ...
  • One bird, two notes: bird painting in music 

    Koerbler, Sasha (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2014)
    Through time, composers such as Mozart and Beethoven have used instruments and the human voice to paint images and imitate sounds. But how well can music represent a world outside itself? This presentation will focus on ...

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