Keynote Speakers


Dolleen Manning We are pleased to announce that Dr Dolleen R. Tisawii’ashii Manning of McGill University will be one of the keynote speakers at CATR2018.

Dolleen R. Tisawii’ashii Manning (Ojibwe/Potawatomi) is a member of Kettle and Stoney Point First Nation, an artist, scholar, and the youngest of twelve. Her Indigenous life-teachings, scholarly and creative work are integrally interwoven.

Currently, she resides in Montreal and holds a postdoctoral fellowship with the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI), conducted at the IICSI-associated Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI) at McGill University. Recently, she received her PhD from the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism at the University of Western Ontario, and holds graduate degrees in contemporary art (MFA, Simon Fraser, 1997) and critical theory (MA, Western, 2005). Manning works at the intersection of Anishinaabe ontology and epistemology, critical theory, phenomenology, and art.

Her dissertation Mnidoo-Worlding: Merleau-Ponty and Anishinaabe Philosophical Translations, turns to Ojibwe concepts such as mnidoo or manitou (other-than-human person/spirit) to propose an interrelational theory of consciousness that involves a possession by these living potencies. This possession transmits to Anishinaabe visional modes and the experience of time and imaging itself. Her publications include “The Becoming-Human of Buffalo Bill” in Intensities and Lines of Flight (Calcagno, et al, eds., 2014), and “The Murmuration of Birds: An Ojibwe Ontology of Mnidoo-Worlding” in Feminist Phenomenology Futures (Fielding and Olkowksi, eds., fall 2017).

Manning’s current research project—Anishinaabe Imaging Practices: Intuiting Across Other-Than-Human Spheres—asks how Anishinaabe philosophy, dream-visioning and imaging-practices enact complex integrative knowledges and interrelational ethics. This work builds on her theoretical research by undertaking consciousness as harmonic imaging to be explored primarily through embodied, place-based and practiced-based creative approaches. Dream informed environment-contact improvisations are workshopped and developed as participants engage place through subtle vocal experimentation, movement, touch, and land-based skills such as hunting ideogram interpretations, as participants choose. This tactile relationship to place is reciprocally navigated with kinship establishing celebrations through dream, vision, song, dance, rhythm, and sacrifice that both form the method and are the foci of this research.

Keynote Talk: Reverberating Frequencies—Embodied Ciphers.

For CATR2018, Manning draws connections between her research on Anishinaabe ontology with its emphasis on the living agency inherent to all of existence, including not only humans, but also plants and animals—swimmers, flyers, crawlers, two leggeds and four leggeds—as well as inanimate ‘objects’ such as rocks along with invisible and intangible energies such as thunder, to conceptualize consciousness attenuated through these mnidoo interchanges. Dialoguing with human and other-than-human relations through flexible being-in-world-in-community, Anishinaabeg interact collaboratively with manidoog (most often translated as spirits but perhaps more accurately might be understood as potency, potential, process or energy) as animate potentialities. She asks how we might tap into these frequencies that are hidden within us—the Anishinaabe—preserved in our bodies, echoed in the cadence, rhythm, and intonation of our speech, in our everyday practices, gestures, and bodily comportment to more fully appreciate this relation of being caught up together as a dynamic vibrational confluence.

Tuesday May 29, 2018 09:30 – 10:45
Concert Hall, Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

Helena GrehanWe are pleased to announce that Dr Helena Grehan of Murdoch University will be one of the keynote speakers at CATR2018. Dr Grehan is Professor in the School of Arts at Murdoch University, Australia. She is the author of Mapping Cultural Identity in Contemporary Australian Performance (PeterLang, 2001) and Performance, Ethics and Spectatorship in a Global Age (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), ‘We’re People Who Do Shows’, Back to Back Theatre: Performance, Politics, Visibility (co-edited with Peter Eckersall, Performance Research Books, 2013) and William Yang: Stories of Love and Death (co-authored with Edward Scheer, New South Books, 2016). She writes essays on performance and technology, art and politics and spectatorship and ethics.

performance ethics and spectatorship book

She is currently working with Professor Peter Eckersall, Dr Caroline Wake, Dr Edward Patterson, E/Prof Janelle Reinelt and Professor Ed Scheer on an ARC Discovery project on theatre and politics. Her most recent book co-authored with Peter Eckersall and Edward Scheer is New Media Dramaturgy: Performance, Media and New-Materialism (2017, Palgrave Macmillan.) She is Chief Editor of Performance Paradigm.

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Friday June 1, 2018 10:15 – 11:45
Concert Hall, Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts