The Interdisciplinary Storytelling Initiative
Storytelling is integral to the history of human beings in a bewildering variety of oral and visual formats. We tell stories about who we are, where we are going, what we hope for and what we fear. By telling and retelling stories we make sense of our lives, the things we do, how we relate to other people and what our place is in the world. The jobs, practices and professions we take up tell their own stories, using their own languages and understanding themselves and communicating to others through the stories they hone and refine. Stories and storytelling are also a fundamental tool in recording personal, familial, communal, national and international histories and the shaping of individual and collective identities.
We are presently establishing The Interdisciplinary Storytelling Initiative (TISI). The aims of the initiative is to
~ explore Storytelling as an interdisciplinary medium and tool capable of building bridges and forming pathways between disciplines, professions and practices
~ create a repository of materials, information, knowledge and experience
~ generate a focus for the sharing of good practice
~ begin a series for exemplary publishing showcasing interdisciplinary storytelling
If you would like to be a part of the initiative, please drop us a line letting us know about your areas of research, profession or practice and a short list of your storytelling interests.
Associate Professor at Brock University where she teaches in the Dept. of Communications, Popular Culture and Film. Her work focuses on sexuality and gender studies from an intersectional feminist perspective. Her interests are in exploring the construct of “monstrous women” from an interdisciplinary and multi-cultural approach as seen in literature, film, television, popular culture and mythology.
She also investigates the construct of political and social deviance and trauma in life narratives as the construction of a personal and communal sense of identity that challenges official history and patriarchy. Her teaching and research is informed by feminist theory, post-colonial discourse, theory of alterity and gender and sexuality studies. Most recently, she is the author of Unbecoming Female Monsters: Witches, Vampires, and Virgins (2016) editor of various volumes, amongst which is Virgin Envy: The Cultural (In)significance of the Hymen (2016).
Spent most of his life educating. His multi faceted background has put him in advisory roles for engineering firms, museums, libraries and other educational resources. He has taught in classrooms, on job sites, through newspapers as a photographer and even on race tracks. He believes teaching is more valuable from a hands on perspective rather than solely being book taught.
He received his MFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, an interdisciplinary program that utilizes Tufts’ academic Programs and the Museum school’s cross disciplined studio practice.
His book Stop Me If You’ve Heard This Before is a self reflective analysis of travel and relationships. His current project Once I was a Jigsaw Puzzle Made of Ivory consists of Photographs and stories surrounding victims and survivors, care givers and scientists immersed in the world of cancer.