Monday, February 25, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tonight February 20 on the night of the lunar eclipse as the moon passes through the shadow of the earth I would like to share with you a moving and illuminating slide show "From Autism to Artism" created by Australian artist, author, singer, songwriter Donna Williams.
"From Autism to Artism"
Front row seats at Youtube:
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Medicine and Classics Sponsored by Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario
Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, May 31 to June 8
Fourth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, May 14 - 17
Robert Neimeyer Death Loss and the Quest for Meaning, February 28
Hand Held Digital Technology and New Media, March 20
If you haven't already registered for Congress 08 in Vancouver I highly recommend you plan on attending. This is the largest conference of its kind in the country. It's a unique multi-disciplinary event that brings together over eighty national societies and associations and an estimated 8,000 participants from across Canada and internationally. I've always enjoyed my experiences at the congress as well as opportunities to sit in on presentations related to my own interests in arts informed research, narrative, drama and life history research. A great networking opportunity to connect with others with like interests.
At The Fourth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry this year at The University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign there will be a very interesting line up of presentations, among them, Autoethnography and Performance Studies, Justice as Healing, Participatory Action Research, Visual Sociology, Visual Ethnography and...a special presentation by Dr. Norman K. Denzin on Performance Ethnography.
And new websites, check out Manifestation: Journal of Community Engaged Research and Learning Partnerships. It's an open-access, electronic, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to conversations about how to most beneficially support and engage in community-based research, community-campus partnerships, service-learning, action research, and other inclusive methods and practices that build and empower our communities. Peter Levesque of Knowledge Mobilization Works is founder and editor of this progressive new open access journal as well as the Publisher of Mental Health Poetry
And, finally, if you didn't catch it on air, you can access podcasts from the the CBC radio show "White Coat Black Art" with host Dr. Brian Goldman who takes listeners through the swinging doors of Canadian hospitals and doctors' offices for direct, issue oriented and honest talk about healthcare. Tune in to the podcast with Dr. Cunningham . In this interview he tells his story speaking with openness and conviction about physicians , "the God complex", alcoholism and his own personal spirituality. "White Coat, Black Art" airs Monday's at 1130 am and Friday's at 8 pm on Radio One and is also broadcast at 4:30 p.m. Monday's on Sirius Satellite 137, and podcast every week.
All the best for February, the journey continues,
Monday, February 18, 2008
A message below from Ariadna Fernandez, MA Research Manager, NEXUS, University of British Columbia, School of Nursing: Creative methodologies - such as participant photography (photovoice) and participatory theatre (forum theatre) - allow researchers to be more inclusive of participant "voices" to explore and translate knowledge about certain health behaviours. Hear what researchers and participants have to say about these methodologies. View the images created by participants about their smoking experiences and participate in a mini-forum theatre production.
Tobacco use is a particularly sensitive and personal topic which requires creative approaches to foster deeper understandings. This panel discussion, photo exhibit & forum theatre production will explore the challenges and benefits of using photovoice and forum theatre in three research projects: "Smoke, In My Eyes," "Families Controlling & Eliminating Tobacco" (FACET 2), and "Cultivating Awareness of the Context of Tobacco Use" (CACTUS).
Date: Wednesday, March 12th
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Location: UBC Robson Square
800 Robson Street Vancouver, B.C.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Reel Lives The Cancer Chronicles Film Festival Call for entries. Deadline: May 1, 2008.
Who can take part? The competition is open to cancer non-profit associations; patient groups and advocacy organizations; cancer, research and medical centres; amateur and professional filmmakers; and film school students.
The competition is open to cancer non-profit associations; patient groups and advocacy organizations; cancer, research and medical centres; amateur and professional filmmakers; and film school students.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Spread the word! We welcome submissions from anyone who has been touched by mental health issues, mental illness and addictions. This includes those of us who have experienced or continue to have these experiences, as well as family, friends and professionals. We know that we have all been touched by this in so many different ways and this is an opportunity to highlight this experience during Mental Health Week.
Team Leader, Public Education
The Mental Health Public Education and Bereavement Program for Survivors of Suicide is funded by the United Way of London and Middlesex.
See "Emerging Into Light" a place to share original stories, art, fiction or poetry, life stories or stories from someone who has touched your life in a significant way.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Announcement from filmmaker Patricia Kearns On Behalf Of BC Centre of Excellence (WHC)
Searching for images
of breast cancer activism
I am currently researching a film about the history of the breast
cancer movement for the NFB (National Film Board) and am looking for images.
... photos or videotapes of meetings, demonstrations, conferences...I am especially looking for anything from the first World Breast Cancer
Conference held in Kingston in 1997 and the subsequent ones
in Victoria, Ottawa and Halifax. The search for this material has proven to
be quite difficult but it is an important story to tell. I am in touch with both
the Second Wave Archival Project and the Canadian Women's Movement Archives.
(An independent filmmaker living in Montreal, Patricia Kearns brings a strong sense of community and a wide range of interests to her work. Through her own company Pack Productions, she has directed such acclaimed experimental documentaries as "If the Family Fits", a thoughtful deconstruction of the family-values agenda, and "Choir Girls", a celebratory portrait of a women's choir. "XS STRESS: Teens Take Control" is the second film she has directed for the National Film Board, following "Democracy à la Maude", a profile of Canadian social activist Maude Barlow. She also was producer of the NFB's acclaimed website, Citizenshift that hosts media for social change. )
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Digital Storytelling and New Media, Event Explores Power of Digital Technology in Hands of Young Mothers in Need
We heard today from CCAHTE subscriber, Catherine Moravac, Clinical Research Co-ordinator at Women's Health Care Centre, St. Michael's Hospital Toronto. Catherine contacted us to share news about the Hand-Held conference in Toronto and film and new media projects making a difference for young mothers experiencing homelessness. CM
You are invited to a unique one day event...HAND-HELD is an [un]conference that explores how digital storytelling and new media can be harnessed to improve health care when the tools of creation are placed in the hands of citizens. For one day, HAND-HELD brings together health-care professionals, academics, media-makers, politicians, advocates, decision-makers,and young parents who have experienced homelessness.
HAND-HELD will showcase the remarkable results of I WAS HERE, a photoblogging project that puts digital cameras into the hands of young mothers who have experienced homelessness to document their lives through their own eyes. Their work will be the starting point for discussions throughout the day:
- How can we improve the health of young pregnant or parenting youth who are homeless?
- How can the I WAS HERE media workshop model inspire innovation elsewhere in health-care?
More conference info at the website: http://www.nfb.ca/webextension/handheld/
See video clips:
King's Centre for Creativity
art poetry music
Artists: G. Alvernaz Mulcahy, P. Kemp, D. Sneppova,
With keynote speaker: Dr. M. Lennon, Art Historian, University of Western Ontario
February 8, 2008
Bessie Labatt Hall, King's University College
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
I recently had an opportunity to connect with Dr. Tim Fedak a medical illustrator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Tim Fedak has a Ph.D. (Biology) from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor Fine Art from NSCAD. His academic publication work also includes vertebrate palaeontology research. Tim produces custom medical illustrations and animations for academic and patient education publications. Here is a profession that crosses borders between the fine arts and sciences where the artist creates with scientific accuracy highly detailed yet engaging illustrations visually explaining complex medical concepts.
This image created by Tim Fedak represents a unique oblique view of the pharynx showing the anaesthetic nerve block in the piriform sinus.
Truly art in action and practice such work communicates well beyond words effectively representing medical treatments and procedures.
Tim sees his work as a medical illustrator as rewarding and challenging, an ongoing learning process.
"I do enjoy the challenges of my work as a medical artist - it combines my academic knowledge of biology and medicine with my skills and experience as an artist. My international clients are experts in their respective fields and it's a pleasure to serve them and learn from their experience.... the work is incredibly interesting"
You can see Dr. Tim Fedak's work and visit the site at http://www.medical-illustrations.ca/ and blog -"Medical Illustration Studio Blog".
In a recent post Tim explores issues in the medical illustrations field and Open Access publishing.
"I’ve previously discussed the impact of open access publications on the activity and role of a medical illustrator. Another aspect of the open access publishing trend will be the need to consider implications of the wider audience base for the development of suitable visuals to accompany medical publications and educational programs. The issue of cultural diversity, audience, and visual communication is also relevant to the consideration of medical illustrations in open access medical journals. The idea that one of the benefits provided by open access is its unrestricted distribution and ability to reach a more diverse audience base brings the issue of audience and visual conventions to the forefront. "
This quote from the Medical Illustration Studio Blog