Concordia University hosted the 2018 GALA conference on the theme of practice-as-research/research creation, the creative and cultural industries, multimedia practice, public engagement, social change, and the liberal arts.
Dean of Arts and Sciences at Concordia University, Professor Andre Roy, introduced the conference with a First Nations territory acknowledgment and fascinating history of Montreal and Concordia University.
York University’s Caitlin Fisher delivered the keynote on her research and creative work investigating the future of narrative through explorations of interactive storytelling and interactive cinema in augmented reality environments.
Co-director of Research of the Centre for the Arts in Human Development at Concordia University, Miranda D’Amico presented pioneering research at the centre that has made significant contributions to the fields of psychology, disability and education, as well as to the Creative Arts Therapies.
GALA members were given a private tour of Musée d’art contemporain and the exhibit by artist Rafael-Lozano-Hemmer.
Panel 1: Teaching creativity/creative teaching
Merel van Goch (Utrecht University) delivered a talk on creative teaching in liberal education before and after study commencement.
June Bianchi (Bath Spa) delivered a presentation on developing Creative and Professional Practice through Flipped Learning.
Rebecca Digby (Bath Spa) and Viki Bennett (Bath Spa) explored sense seeking through entangled perspectives using video reflective dialogues.
Panel 2: The politics of the liberal arts
Kristin Doern explored the teaching of cultural policy and politics in arts and cultural management education in her talk titled ‘Seeing the bigger picture’.
Iftikhar Malik (Bath Spa) delivered a talk on studying Reformation and the Enlightenment: imperatives for new Intellectual Perspectives on ’Non-West’.
Laura Purcell-Gates (Bath Spa) shared the story of her puppet opera, The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak in her talk, Mapping fault lines: arts-based interdisciplinary interventions for social change.
Panel 3: Rethinking the liberal arts curriculum
Stacey Robertson and her team, Beth McCoy, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of English chair of Geneseo’s Curricular Design Working Group (CDWG), Jennifer Rogalsky, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography, and Coordinator of the Urban Studies minor, and Aaron Steinhauer, Associate Professor of Physics, serving on the Curriculum Design Working Group and with a long track record of student involvement in undergraduate research and curriculum design, visited Bath Spa University discuss University ethos, student leadership, and curricular plans, Bob Bonfiglio, vice president for Student and Campus Life at SUNY Geneseo, and Joe Cope, Professor of History and Director of Geneseo’s Center for Inquiry, Discovery, and Development, discussed the liberal arts curriculum at SUNY Geneseo.
Panel 4: society and environment
Concordia University’s Constance Lafontaine presented the Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT) project, multi-methodological research that brings together researchers and institutional and community partners to address the transformation of the experiences of ageing with the proliferation of new forms of mediated communications in networked societies.
Eric Freedman presented the Community Based Approach, Civic Media, at Columbia College, Chicago.
Dana D. Connell (Columbia College, Chicago) shared her work on placements with the fashion industry in her talk, The Best Answer – At a Moment in Time.
Panel 5: Writing, music, art
Kate Pullinger (Bath Spa University) discussed her work on writing the ambient: notes from the Ambient Literature Research Project.
Gary Sangster (Bath Spa) shared his observations on Sensations, Spaces, and Spectacles: Shaping Experience for Audiences, Now and in the Future.
Luca Cossetini (Udine University) shared his work on musical creativity and electronic media – Understanding and teaching an artistic revolution.