Since 2006, an interdisciplinary group of German scholars have met annually to work on an ambitious goal: producing a historically grounded, analytical commentary for each one of Moby-Dick’s chapters. This comprehensive, speculative-historical commentary inquires after the colossal importance of Moby-Dick as a work of cultural self-description, while also looking into the ambiguous and conflicted symbol of the novel’s white whale. As one of the initiators of the project, Markus Krajewski speaks about the overall scope...
Among the many ways of making sense of modernity, one to say that the present is built on the ruins of the past, and that experience itself is fragmentary; another is to say that the contemporary world is a kind controlled experiment on nature and ourselves, but an experiment that now seems to be tragically out of control. The philosopher and sociologist Georg Simmel (1956-1918) suggests that the current moment might also be pictured as...
In the medieval period, a distinct form of islamic thought and practice developed within the world of the Indian Ocean. 2017 Wall Scholar Sebastian Prange explains how monsoon Islam was shaped by merchants and commercial interests rather than in battle.
North American cities are auto-centric, but research shows that pollution, traffic noise, the amount of greenery, and walkability can all impact our health. For example, research shows that people who live close to a major road are more at risk of dying of heart disease. With this in mind, 2017 Wall Scholar Michael Brauer imagines what healthier cities could look like in the future.
As vehicles and road infrastructure become integrated, many new business models become possible. Buildings, electric cars and parking lots may become active participants in energy management schemes. 2017 Wall Scholar Walter Mérida explores the ethical, economic and social implications of transportation systems in a low-carbon economy.
Is an idle brain a bad thing? What are the best ways to exercise the brain? Research shows that the human brain is surprisingly active during periods of rest. 2017 Wall Scholar Kalina Christoff discusses her research on mind wandering and our misconceptions on what constitutes an active mind.
Join Wall Scholar Xiaonan Lu to learn how Seafood Fraud impacts our health, economies, and trust in governance. He proposes concrete solutions to address this widespread problem
Join Wall Scholar William Cheung to learn how climate change impacting marine fisheries and ecosystems. Cheung also discusses how we can mitigate this growing problem.
In recent years, the open scholarship movement has gained momentum by aiming to fundamentally transform how knowledge is created and shared. Making open access, open data, and open education the default in higher education promises to remove barriers to learning and make knowledge as broadly accessible as possible. In practice, though, the rise of open scholarship has resulted in new challenges for practitioners and stakeholders working within a system in transition. To what extent do...
Spurred by the need to make research and education accessible to all, the open movement has gained ground as the Internet evolved to enable easy sharing of different forms of media and scholarship. Open practices are enabling faculty, staff and students at educational institutions in British Columbia and beyond to reduce barriers to research and education by opening their classrooms, incorporating new resources and perspectives, broadly sharing their data, and contributing to public knowledge. But...
Living for about four years in Japan, one Filipina has grown quite tired of the "random" questioning of the immigration police who inquire about her visa status. One day, she gets off at Shinagawa train station (the stop closest to the city's busiest immigration office) to conduct a small social experiment. This one-time performance/experiment was constrained by the use of a single roll of 8mm film which runs for only three minutes.
Artist Presentation given by Dylan van der Schyff at the 2018 IICSI colloquium "Sounding Promise in the Present Tense: Improvising Through Turbulent Times." van der Schyff discusses improvisation in relation to music education and theories of cognition.
Les Filles de Illighadad, Niger : Fatou Seidi Ghali, Madassani Ahmoudou, Alamnou Akrouni, Mathieu PetolaFatou Seidi Ghali, Madassani Ahmoudou, Alamnou Akrouni & Mathieu Petola
Workshop with Tuareg folk music group Les Filles de Illighadad (Niger) at the 2017 IICSI colloquium, "Lines of Flight: Improvisation, Hope and Refuge." The group answers questions from the audience before demonstrating how to assemble a tende drum and performing a selection of songs.
Artist Keynote with Julia Úlehla and Aram Bajakian of the experimental folk band Dálava at the 2017 IICSI colloquium, Lines of Flight: Improvisation, Hope and Refuge. Úlehla and Bajakian discuss the history and development of Dálava before answering questions from the audience and performing a selection of songs.
Presentation given by Max Wainright at the 2017 IICSI colloquium "Lines of Flight: Improvisation, Hope and Refuge." Wainright discusses his experience recording the Vancouver rock band Be Afraid using do-it-yourself and improvisatory technology.
Russian writer Vladimir Sorokin’s fiction transcends national borders both physically and figuratively. Not only is he widely read abroad, but also the settings of his works have stretched across the whole Eurasian continent, exploring Russia’s place in the global order. Sorokin’s foray into the future of Russian statehood stemmed from his resentment at the popularity of Eurasianism—a conservative neo-imperialist ideology—in post-Soviet Russia. This talk will concentrate on how Eurasianist ideas influenced contemporary literary production, and...
The effect of World War One on Freud is well known, yet its relation to The Uncanny (1919) remains mysterious. Although scholars have mentioned the war’s atmospheric effect, I ask: What if the connection to The Uncanny is more essential, as exemplified by the essay’s implicit references to the war—including a 1917 story about trauma in colonial New Guinea and Napoleonic war shock resonating through Hoffmann’s “The Sandman”? The fact that Freud does not connect...
To develop the "habit" : Nurses and prenatal care for poor women in the United States and Great Britain, c. 1880-1939Barbara Keddy & Janet Greenlees
Barbara Keddy, Professor Emerita, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University presents the History of CAHN/ACHN and Janet Greenlees, Senior Lecturer Social Sciences, Media & Journalism (history); Senior Director Centre for the Social History of Health & Healthcare, Glasgow, Caledonian University delivers the Hannah Lecture sponsored by Associated Medical Services at the 2018 Canadian Association for the History of Nursing Annual Conference. Prenatal care provides an opportunity to improve mothers’ general health during pregnancy and to identify...
In this interview, William Ling discusses topics such as an old farm house and various farms, travelling around the city, Chinese laundries, Eaton's, city markets, and his career.
Audio recording of an interview with Annett Ling. Annett discusses various topics including cities she lived and worked, life after marriage, community events and her family life. Length of interview: 00:46:29.
Audio recording of an interview with George Ling. George Ling talks about various topics including life in army, hardships during war and his recovery and life after the war. Length of interview : 00:25:43.
Bing Wong talks about his life in Canada and his training experience and service in Canadian Armed Forces. Length of interview: 00:09:16.