CICAS Talk Series

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Previous Recordings

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“Two-Eyed Seeing, Wise Practices in Indigenous Health
Research and Applications for Indigenization”
Dr. Cindy Peltier

September 28th, 2016

"The Future of Human(ity)" (July 22-24, 2016)

The Inaugural Conference of The Centre for Interdisciplinary
Collaboration in the Arts and Sciences (CICAS)


Keynote: Friday July 22, 2016

Dr. Adam Nash, (RMIT University, Australia)

“Actual Fantasy, Modulation Chains, and Swarms of Thought-Controlled Babel Drones:
Digital Ontology in the Posthuman Era”


Dr. Catherine Jenkins (Ryerson, Canada)

“Human versus Cyborg Life: Quality versus Quantity”

Dr. Eric Weichel (Nipissing, Canada)

“The Posthuman: Donna Haraway, Cyborgs, and Contemporary Art”

Dr. Andy Belyea (Royal Military College, Canada)

“Self-Defence: Bodies at War in the Posthuman Era”

Keynote: Friday July 22, 2016

Dr. Peter Eckersall (CUNY Graduate Theatre, USA)

“Towards a Dramaturgy of Robots and Object Figures”

Dr. David R. Wirtzing (U of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA)

“Exercises in Secular Heresy: Technological Determinism, Civil Liberties,
and the Taboo of Diminishing Returns”


Keynote: Saturday July 23, 2016

Dr. Fred Spier (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

“Wished futures and expected futures: a reflection on scenarios of the
future of humanity from the point of view of big history”


Dr. Hilary Earl (Nipissing, Canada)

“Reflections on Death Tourism in the Age of Experiential Education”

Dr. Gillian McCann (Nipissing, Canada)

“Secular Pilgramage: Making Meaning in Late Modernity”

Dr. Pavlina Radia (Nipissing, Canada)

“From Gas Chambers to 9/11: The Ecstacy of Postmemory and Contemporary American Culture”

Dr. Eric Weichel (Nipissing, Canada)

“Rehabilitating the "Universal Classic": Dancing Bodies in Motion and Mutation”

Dr. Paul Monaghan (Nipissing, Canada)

“A Stratigraphy of the Imagination: Greek Theatre, the Posthuman, and the Future"

Dr. Christine Bolus-Reichert (University of Toronto-Scarborough, Canada)

“The Shock Doctrine in Apocalyptic Fiction"

Dr. Laurie Kruk (Nipissing, Canada)

“Guy Vandehaeghe and the Future of the Marginalized Canadian Male"

Keynote: Saturday July 23, 2016

Dr. Keith Hipel (University of Waterloo, Canada)

“Technology and Policy Options for a Low-Emission Energy System in Canada”


Dr. Aaron Weiss (York University, Canada)

“Interdisciplinarity as the Future of Academia, the Arts, and Sciences”

Dr. Timothy Sibbald (Nipissing, Canada)

“Developing Secondary Teachers Who Engage in Interdisciplinary Thinking”

Dr. Eli Park Sorensen (Chinese University of Hong Kong, China)

Blade Runner and the Right to Life”

Dr. Manuel Litalien (Nipissing, Canada)

“Gender, Religions and Social Development: A Reflection on the Transnational Role
of the Sakyadhita and the Alliance for Bhikkhunis”


Dr. Maggie Zeng (CCFC, Canada)

“Gender Mainstreaming in Peace and Security”

Dr. Anahit Armenakyan (Nipissing, Canada)

“International Business Relationships”

Issac Owusu Frimpong (Jilin University, China)

“Migration Concerns in the 21st Century”

Keynote: Sunday July 24, 2016

Dr. Chris Vitale (Pratt Institute, NYC, USA)

“Living Within the Neuro-Screen: Post-Humanism, Post-Cartesianism, and the Challenge of
Artificial Neural Networks for an Increasingly Neuralized World”

2015 - 2016 Talk Series

Keynote: Friday April 8, 2016 - 1pm

Dr. Ted Chase, Professor Emeritus, Nipissing University
“From Einstein to LIGO: The Epic Quest for Gravitational Waves”

Keynote: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Dr. Shauneen Pete, (Faculty of Education, University of Regina)
“Unraveling Community in Indigenous Community-University Research Collaborations”

1st Talk, October 28, 2015

Sal Renshaw (GESJ), Renee Valiquette (GESJ), Joe Boivin (Biology), Nathan Colborne (Religions and Cultures),
Candace Ghent (GESJ/Philosophy Student), & Alicia McPhee (Biology Student)
“Dishing the Dirt: An Interdisciplinary Panel on 3 Years and 5 Versions
of the Interdisciplinary Concept Courses at Nipissing”

Keynote: Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Dr. Wendy Wenner (former Dean of the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Grand Valley State University)
“Weaving a Web of Support for Interdisciplinary Studies”

2014 - 2015 Talk Series

6th Talk: April 16, 2015 (held at the WKP Kennedy Gallery, Capitol Centre)

Drs. Colleen Franklin (English, Thorneloe University/Laurentian University; retired),
Elizabeth Ashworth (Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University),
and Laurie Kruk (English, Nipissing University)
“Creating the North”

Keynote: Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Dr. Joan Simalchik, Coordinator of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga;
Founding executive director of the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture;
Founding board member of the Canadian Centre for International Justice.
“The Banality of Torture: Violence in an Age of Fear”

Keynote: Friday, March 6th, 2015

Dr. Elizabeth P. Presa, Head of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Ideas,
Faculty of the VCA & MCM, The University of Melbourne
“Labyrinths: Saying Yes to Experimentation and Possibility”

5th Talk: February 26, 2015

Dr. Nathan Colborne (Religions and Cultures) and Dr. Wendy Peters (GESJ)
“Television, Politics and Pedagogy: Is TV the Opium or LSD of the People?”

4th Talk: January 29, 2015

Drs. Richard Wenghofer (Classical Studies, Nipissing University), Mark Wachowiak (Computer Science, Nipissing University),
Alex McAuley (Classical Studies, McGill University), and Steve Mason (History, University of Aberdeen)
“Digital Approaches to the Ancient World”

3rd Talk: December 2, 2014

Drs. Paul Monaghan (Classics), Pavlina Radia (English Studies), Gyllian Phillips (English Studies),
Robert Hemmings (Liberal Arts Muskoka/English Studies), and Marc Plamondon (Digital Humanities)
“Masks, Megaphones, Cyborgs and Cybernauts: Redefining the Human in the Twentieth Century and Beyond”

2nd Talk: October 29, 2014

Dr. Aroha Page (Nursing) and Dr. Haibin Zhu (Computer Science)
“IT in Health Care Scheduling”

1st Talk: September 29, 2014

Dr. Sarah Winters (English Studies) and Dr. Susan Srigley (Religions and Cultures)
“You Teach, YouTube: Authority and Affect in the Wired Classroom”