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Category Archives: Community-Based Research

Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry

Call for Submissions: Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry Cultural mapping, which spans many academic disciplines and methodologies, is informed by the observation that cultural phenomena are distributed spatially and that people experience the symbolic resources of their communities in spatial terms. While cultural mapping is firmly grounded in the world of academic disciplines and inquiry, […]

United Way!

Today was tie and pie day: Cut off the tie of your favourite (or least favourite) administrator or take a pie in the face.  I chose the tie, and enjoyed a thousand cuts from my friends in a good cause: raising funds for the United Way.

TRU Faculty and Students Co-Organize International Symposium

From September 26 to September 30, TRU faculty and students participated in a remarkable symposium and series of workshops exploring how artists and artistic interventions contribute to the planning and development of smaller communities. Hosted by the University of Coimbra (established in 1290), TRU’s Small Cities CURA and the University of Utrecht co-organized the event—which […]

Where Good Ideas Come From

A few years ago, in a chapter published in The Small Cities Book, John Bratton and I considered how smaller communities might become incubators of creativity and innovation. We explored the critical mass of cultural activity necessary to attract and sustain a community of knowledge-based investors and professionals; we wanted to know how the creative […]

Arts Faculty Member Receives New SSHRC Grant

Dr. Tina Block, Assistant Professor of History, has received a new research grant to continue her work on the social history of atheism in postwar Canada. “A Social History of Atheism in English Canada, 1945-1975” builds on her doctoral dissertation, which looked more specifically at irreligion in British Columbia. (Dr. Block notes that BC is “the least religious province in […]

TRU Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Student Wins at Sustainability Summit

I was delighted to read the following story posted on our TRU Newsroom page: Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies student “Bonnie Klohn was among the 400 post-secondary students from 35 countries who gathered to discuss global energy issues in Vancouver at the International Student Energy Summit (ISES) June 9th to 11th, hosted by UBC. As a […]

Animation of Public Space through the Arts: Innovation and Sustainability

I’m delighted to announce a new research opportunity for TRU faculty and students. The Small Cities CURA has been working with our research partners at the University of Coimbra–and we have helped organize the following Symposium: Animation of Public Space through the Arts: Innovation and Sustainability SYMPOSIUM 28-30 September 2011 Centre for Social Studies (CES), […]

Revisiting the Museum of Jurassic Technology

What can one say that’s new or more than of passing interest about a place like the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City, California? Once one is in on the joke, you might ask, what more can one add? According to Irit Rogoff, “The history of modernism is … inscribed with collaboration and collectivity, […]

Digital Humanities

Ann McCarthy and I were asked to present at a recent “CURA Start-Up Meeting,” a series of panel and workshop sessions held annually by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Every year new recipients of Community-University Research Alliance grants gather in Ottawa for an orientation; our’s was a mentorship role, sharing information, […]

Research Contributes to Creation of BC’s First Children’s Museum

I want to highlight a recent success story, one suggesting the value of community-based research in the social sciences and humanities. Our Small Cities CURA’s work on the family and quality of life in smaller cities—in particular, our partnership with the Kamloops Museum and Archives–established the groundwork for developing the first children’s museum in BC. […]