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Interdisciplinarity Workshop

Research and Graduate Studies

Interdisciplinarity Workshop, May 26 & 27, 2022

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Please join the InterD Committee for its inaugural interdisciplinary research workshop. Titled “Linking Methods,” this hybrid workshop considers the development and practice of methods used in interdisciplinary settings. Everyone is welcome. Download the program HERE.

This workshop is hosted by Grenfell’s InterD committee, with support from the Vice President's Office, the Grenfell Office of Research and Graduate Studies, Future Ocean and Coastal Infrastructures (FOCI) and the Ocean Frontier Institute, through an award from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.

Thursday, May 26








Welcoming remarks - Dr. Ian Sutherland


Keynote: Dr. Pam Hall - see description below



5:30 - 7pm


AS atrium

4 p.m., May 26, Dr. Pam Hall "MAKING METHODS: Protocols and Poetics in and around an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge"

Dr. Pam Hall is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar whose work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally, and is represented in many corporate, private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada. Her artistic practice includes installation, drawing, object-making, photography, film, writing, community-engaged collaboration and performance and has explored the fisheries, the body, female labour, place-making, the nature of knowledge and notions of the "local". Her work is often collaborative and includes communities distant from the pristine spaces of the gallery, the studio, and the museum.

Research has been central to Hall's practice for many years. She was the first Artist-in-Residence in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University, was their Inaugural Public Engagement Postdoctoral Fellow and was the only artist on the three-year SSHRC-funded interdisciplinary study Just Fish: Ethics and the Canadian Marine Fisheries (2001). She has been an Adjunct Professor in Geography, and in Medical Humanities at MUN and also authored a chapter in Performance Studies in Canada (2017), edited by Laura Levin and Marlis Schweitzer. She taught in the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program at Goddard College in Vermont for 16 years.

Dr. Hall is the creator of the multi-year, multi-chapter art-and-knowledge project Towards and Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge (ELK) which has been exhibited extensively, is owned by multiple rural communities and is permanently installed on the walls of the reference room at Memorial University's QEII Library. The third chapter of the ELK was created with Mi'kmaq artist, Jerry Evans, and is currently on display at the Gros Morne Discovery Centre in Woody Point, NL. Entitled Miawpukek: The Middle River, it is due for publication in English and Mi'Kmaq in the Spring of 2022.

Dr. Hall has lived and worked in St. John's since 1973 and graduated with an Interdisciplinary PhD from Memorial University in 2013. For details see www.pamhall.ca and www.encyclopediaoflocalknowledge.com.

Friday, May 27





POSTPONED Interdisciplinary Research Grant with the Research Office DATE TO BE DETERMINED


Graduate student round table with Pam Hall - see information below

AS 2016


Panel discussion about research methods across disciplines - see information below



Bio break


Being conscious of Bias - Alligator River exercises



Concluding remarks


10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., May 27

Graphic Recording for In-person Graduate Student Round Table and Online Panel Discussion

Sara Langer will be providing Graphic Recording for both the in-person Graduate Student Round Table with Pam Hall and the online Panel Discussion- Research Methods Across Disciplines.

View the live graphic recording during the online Panel Discussion here:  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83538480048

Graphic Recording is a visual form of note-taking. This illustrative process can support dialogue by capturing different points of view and mapping out complex systems for a collective reference.

Sara Langer is a Ph.D. student in Transdisciplinary Sustainability at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. Her current research is at the intersection of ecological economics, creative arts, and knowledge mobilization. Her Ph.D. explores rural, coastal, outport communities, and people's connection to place that leads to strong, place-based, sustainable economies. She is also interested in how traditional local knowledge can be so innovative that it inspires action and results without external parties. Through knowledge sharing, translation, and mobilization via the use of creative arts, the transdiscipline of ecological economics that studies human wellbeing, sustainability, and justice has the opportunity to grow by incorporating lived experiences into ideas and models of holistic sustainability.

1:30 p.m. Online Panel Discussion - Research Methods Across Disciplines

The Online Panel Discussion will feature:

Panelist #1: "Doing research sustainably: Low carbon methods"

Dr. Rachel Webb Jekanowski is an interdisciplinary scholar working between film and media studies and environmental/energy humanities. Her current book project, Cinemas of Extraction: Land, Resources, Settler Imaginaries, examines environmental and colonial entanglements of 20th-century nontheatrical and documentary filmmaking in Canada and the United States. Recent publications include a chapter on future imaginaries in Newfoundland oil films in Cold Water Oil: Offshore Petroleum Cultures (Routledge, 2022) and Solarities: Seeking Energy Justice (University of Minnesota Press, 2022), collaboratively written by the After Oil Collective. Rachel works as an Assistant Professor of English at Memorial University - Grenfell.

Panelist #2: Researching sustainability through scenarios

Dr. Camille Ouellet Dallaire received her PhD in Geography from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Her pursuit of Geography developed critical and cross-scalar thinking that still supports her research today. While at McGill, she founded the Sustainability Research Symposium and studied global hydrology, ecosystem services and watershed management. Following her PhD, she worked as a policy analyst on the future of geoscience at the Geological Survey of Canada and as a senior impact assessment analyst for Natural Resources Canada. Her research explores the cumulative and intersectional impacts of natural resource exploitation on ecosystem services, interdisciplinary research integration, and large-scale modelling and analyses of sustainable watershed management.

Panelist #3: Researching with limited resources. Is it possible?

Shasanka Chalise is a PhD candidate at Memorial University, Faculty of Business Administration - St. John's. His overarching research concentrates on the intersection of diversity management and leadership. He has presented his work at reputed conferences at the Academy of Management (AOM), the European Academy of Management (EURAM), and the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC). His research mainly explores the leadership and organizational barriers of women, racio-ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities. He firmly believes in evidence-based management practices informed by robust findings.


Dr. Amanda Hancock received her PhD in Management from at Memorial University, Faculty of Business Administration - St. John's. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour in the Business Program, Grenfell campus. Prior to her doctoral studies, she spent 10 years working in a range of human resources positions in both the private and public sector. With a focus on leadership and well-being, the thread that weaves her research interests together is her interest in leveling the playing field for social groups that have been historically disadvantaged in organizations. Her work has been published in the Journal of Management, Journal of Managerial Psychology, and Journal of Vocational Behaviour. Amanda is currently working on publishing her dissertation research on employee evaluations following leader disclosures of concealable stigmatized identities at work.

Thursday and Friday

1. Paperfolding and Mining Temporalities: An Invitation to Respond and Make

Leanna Butters will be facilitating a cumulative paper folding project which responds to the spatial, temporal and visual aspects of her research around mining and fences. Drop-in Thursday May 26 5:30-7:00 p.m. and Friday May 27 12:30-4:30 p.m. in the Arts and Science Atrium. You can also participate in this activity remotely by visiting the following link:  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89283568421

Mining activities take place in physical spaces, modifying environments to extract materials that are seen as useful within the global economy. Mining has been presented as a linear progression of activities whose impacts end with mine closure – the mining imaginary; however, an awareness of the complexity of mining impacts is growing. For example, the concept of mining temporalities argues that mining activities include overlapping temporal processes like market cycles, production cycles, and employment rotations that can synchronize and de-synchronize in response to market demands and social contexts.

This work explores the junction of spatial and temporal aspects of mining. Images of mining spaces have been collected through virtual searches of library and archive materials and grouped around themes such as the (in)visibility of mining processes, the accessibility of mining spaces, and comparisons of home and work spaces. These two-dimensional images are remade into three-dimensional 'gems' using origami – a repetitive task that establishes rhythms through processes of testing, creation, and production. Viewers are invited to create their own gems and connect them with others in an effort to de-synchronize established understandings of mining and allow for non-linear, pluralistic interpretations to emerge. Assembly of these cumulative works follows an experimental hybrid process, happening both in-person and online. The resulting works consider, and perhaps question, the mining imaginary while exploring the potential for technology to facilitate hybrid creative collaboration.

Leanna is a PhD candidate at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University in the Transdisciplinary Sustainability program. Her PhD research will investigate fences as mechanisms of socio-spatial production in Canadian mining communities using a combination of methods from geography and the visual arts. Leanna has an MA in Environmental Policy (Grenfell Campus, Memorial University) and a BA in Architectural Studies (Design) and History (University of Toronto). Leanna's PhD work is supervised by Cameron Forbes and Dr. Kelly Vodden.


2. Exhibition - MACROMAREAL, Grenfell Arts and Science Atrium

MACROMAREAL (a rising tide lifts all boats) is a collaborative body of work developed by visual artist Sydney Lancaster and sound artist/composer Scott Smallwood. This project approached the tidal range of the Bay of Fundy and its documentation in tide tables and real data through a series of interrelated works that explored ways of understanding natural processes, and our relationship to those processes as perceived from different vantage points and through different scales of time. The history of human interaction with the Bay, including tide-related industries and oceanographic research in the area of Parrsboro NS offered unique opportunities to create a body of work that explored the relationships between human actions, the coastal landscape, and tidal patterns and processes. Parrsboro's proximity to the Fundy Geological Museum, the FORCE tidal power research station, the Ottawa House Museum, and Maritime Museum of the Atlantic presented further opportunities to investigate & incorporate both historical documents and current scientific research into our creative process.  

Initially, MACROMAREAL developed over the course of two residencies (2016 & 2017) at Main & Station in Parrsboro, NS. The project evolved from there, through additional research and subsequent presentations at the IAST (Interactive Art, Science, and Technology) Crossing Boundaries Symposium at University of Lethbridge (2018) and at Emily Carr University of Art & Design (2019), and SNAP Gallery in 2020. The video presented at Grenfell Campus – TIDAL/TIME - combines footage shot at First Beach, Partridge Island, West Bay, and East Bay with archival photos of the area and its shipbuilding history, and presents those images alongside timelapse footage of the tidal cycles in the Bay. These time lapse segments were part of a dataset created by Fundy Force that documented tidal, environmental, and meteorological data in the Minas Basin at Black Rock – the site of a series of experiments in tidal power generation. Through the lens of the Fundy tides and their impact on a specific place (Parrsboro, NS), TIDAL/TIME offers an opportunity to consider the different scales of time and memory we each experience (geological, tidal/celestial, transgenerational, diurnal, the brevity of a human lifespan), and the processes of change, loss, and transformation inherent in each of them.

By extension, MACROMAREAL as a whole draws attention to the intersection of human activities, time and the tidal environment, particularly the cyclic, durational aspects of living systems, human life, and work on or near tidal waters. Humans have sought to understand and harness the power of the world's tides historically, and in the present; now more than ever, it is vital to understand our relationship to (and impact on) this immensely powerful natural phenomenon.

Syd Lancaster is a queer prairie-born settler artist and writer, Lancaster's lineage is bound to migration and the legacy of the Dominion Land Survey. She considers place, and notions of history and identity through installation, print, and video. They have exhibited work across Canada and held residencies in NS, NL and AB, and are currently a 2nd year MFA Student in Grenfell's Visual Arts Program.



During the Fall and Winter semesters, our group hosts the "FLIRT" program. FLIRT (Friday Light Informal Research Talk) is a weekly opportunity for researchers and collaborators to share their work with others and explore the notion of interdisciplinary research.

Join us on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. for FLIRT online! Presentations will be conducted via Webex for the Memorial community, and streamed live to the Grenfell Research Facebook page.

FLIRT is supported by the Grenfell Office of Research and Graduate Studies and the Grenfell Office of Engagement.

Should you have any questions or would like to do a presentation, contact the FLIRT Committee:

Camille Ouellet-Dallaire
Cam Forbes
Amanda Hancock
Dawn Pittman
Christina Smeaton
Pamela Gill

FLIRT Schedule

​Ian Sutherland
​Arts based leadership development and practice: the experiential side of power
​March 4
​Ivan Savic
​Did Covid-19 Save Brexit?
​March 11
​Shegufta Shetranjiwalla
​The Many Shades of Green
​March 18 (1pm)
​Laura Roberts
​Simulation in Nursing Education: A Unique Opportunity for Research Collaboration within the University Setting
​March 25
​Rajib Biswal
​Action for sustainability through community-based environmental assessment
​April 1
Chad Cuss
​Complex Systems: An Opportunity for Interdisciplinarity
​April 8

​Geoff Rayner-Canham 
​Incorporating Inuit LIfe & Culture into a Chemistry in Everyday Life Course
​April 14

Previous FLIRT presentations








Presentation summary: This presentation provides information about the best practices for engaged research and guidance when connecting with communities and organizations as collaborators and partners.


Presentation Summary: This talk will explore the multifaceted interconnections between research, sustainability planning and governance in the Inuit territory of NunatuKavut. Best practices in Inuit research governance guided a Community Governance and Sustainability Initiative (CGSI) in three pilot communities in NunatuKavut. The CGSI illustrates the importance of Inuit led planning and expertise in visioning a self-determined and sustainable future. The study identified governance priorities and practices that reflect the values, perspectives and interests of NunatuKavut Inuit. The active role of participants  illustrates resilience and continued adaptation to an ever-changing world, with continued resolve to reclaim and rebuild pathways to sustainable self-determination grounded in Inuit knowledge and tradition.

Presenter Bio

Amy Hudson recently completed her PhD in the Interdisciplinary Program at Memorial University. She has a BA from Memorial and a MA from the University of Victoria. She is originally from Black Tickle, a remote island community off the southeast coast of Labrador in NunatuKavut, the traditional homeland of Inuit from this region. Amy's doctoral research was in the area of Inuit governance and sustainability planning. In her research, she works collaboratively with NunatuKavut Inuit, using both a strength and rights-based approach to examining the multi-faceted intersections between Inuit and research governance and sustainability planning in Inuit communities in NunatuKavut. She also works full-time with NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) in Happy Valley-Goose Bay as a negotiator and Governance and Strategic Planning Lead. She is also actively engaged in research and has led the development of sovereign research governance practices. Amy is involved in other  areas of research including Inuit education, renewable energy, water security and Indigenous research methods. Amy's approach to research highly regards Indigenous knowledge and storytelling as integral to the revitalization and survival of Indigenous culture and communities. 


Presentation summary: The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak has disrupted the lives of people around the world, including those involved in fisheries. Given that the majority of the world's fisheries are small-scale, and considering their contribution to local and global food security, this desk study is carried out to examine the effects of COVID-19 on small-scale fisheries, focusing particularly on their access to markets. Based on more than 200 news stories, collected from web-based sources about fisheries in all regions, both negative and positive impacts are found. The key negative impacts include the disruption of the market channel, fish price drop, decreased selling, absence of buyers in the markets, additional informal workload on fisherwomen, gaps in social communication, and reduced income for fishers, traders, and processors. The positive impacts are related to an increase in local fish sale, retail market sale, better connection between consumers and local fishers, increase demand for local fish, changes in policies to support small-scale fishers (e.g., flexibility in direct sales), and new initiatives by local fishers' organization (e.g., alternative market setup). The analysis also reveals differences in the vulnerabilities and challenges that small-scale fisheries face around the world, suggesting that there is no one response that will fit all. A good response will require an understanding of the context where small-scale fisheries operate, and in the case of access to markets, how the markets are structured and governed.


Presentation summary: This talk will examine the likely outcome of the upcoming US presidential election. In order to do so, it will look at the causes of Trump's unexpected 2016 win and how circumstances have or have not changed in four years. The talk will also look at the potential impact that COVID-19, electoral legal challenges, and political violence could have on the election. It will further argue that, regardless of the outcome, neither a Trump nor Biden presidency are likely to see a return to normalcy in Washington.


Presentation summary: Pamela Gill will provide tips and best practices for researchers on how to make their research comunications more accessible, and reach a larger audience about their research.


Presentation summary: Despite being denied grade-school education by her parents, Polly Porter authored an academic book by the age of 21.  After travels to the U.S. and Germany, she was awarded a B.Sc. and later a D.Sc. from Oxford University based on her research, completing her career as an Honorary Research Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford.  This presentation will highlight some of her adventures.


Presenter Bios


Jackie-Ray Bauman is a current graduate student at the Environmental Policy Institute of Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a BA in Environmental Governance where she developed her interest in resource-dependent communities, sustainable livelihoods, and biodiversity conservation. Her research interests at Grenfell have centered around coastal communities in Newfoundland that have taken an active role in governing marine resources and conserving the health of marine ecosystems. She loves being by the ocean and is passionate about stewardship for the Gulf of St Lawrence. Her favourite part about being in Gros Morne is watching the waves and being able to spot so many different birds, whales, and other marine life. What makes the area the most special is recognizing how connected communities are to the ocean and appreciating how resilient the way of life is here.

captain.jpgRebecca Brushett | Executive Director of Atlantic Healthy Oceans Initiative (AHOI)

Shortly after high school in her hometown of Marystown, NL, Rebecca set her eyes on Halifax, NS to complete her B.Sc in marine biology at Dalhousie University. Now almost 15 years later, she has been awarded a B.Ed in Secondary Education from MUN, and a Master of Arts in Environmental Policy from MUN Grenfell Campus for her work on marine spatial planning for the Gros Morne Region. Throughout this time she also gained years of experience studying Gray Whales, zooplankton and red fish off Vancouver Island, worked at the Ocean Sciences Centre in St. John's to better understand the productive waters of Bonne Bay in Gros Morne, NL, taught as a high school science teacher as far north as St. Anthony and throughout every community of Gros Morne, held a seat at the Oceans Summit during the G7 in Halifax to discuss ways to reduce plastic impacts to our marine environment globally and now, working again in western NL to make the Gros Morne Region plastic waste free. Although her home base is in Norris Point, NL, she also works remotely for the Ecology Action Centre as their Sustainable Fisheries Coordinator to help promote healthy commercial fisheries within the Gulf of St. Lawrence and, as their marine planner for Gros Morne who will be working with the communities to create a sustainable marine plan for the region that looks after the people and the long-term health of our oceans together. In March of 2019, Rebecca created AHOI because she felt there was a gap that not only promotes and builds prosperous coastal communities but also, respects and looks after the health of our coastal and marine ecosystems surrounding the Gros Morne region.


Presenters Bios

Angie Payne is the Public Outreach Education Officer for the Parks Canada sites in Western Newfoundland and in Labrador.  She has been with the Parks Canada Agency for twenty years and still loves it as much as the first day she showed up at Gros Morne.  Working on the Dark Sky Preserve was an educational and exciting challenge and as Gros Morne National Park moves towards dark sky compliance, she looks forward to the day when the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada announces that the park is the newest Dark Sky Preserve in Canada.

Dr. Svetlana Barkanova is a Professor of Physics at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Grenfell Campus, which now hosts a new program in Subatomic Physics and Astrophysics supported by one of the largest campus-based telescopes in Canada. An internationally-knowns researcher, she is on a quest to discover and understand the basic laws that govern the universe, such as the nature of Dark Matter, internal structure on the protons and neutrons and fundamental symmetries. Dr. Barkanova is also an award-winning teacher and enthusiastic science promoter leading a novel science outreach program for underrepresented youth in Western Newfoundland, especially girls and Indigenous students.

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