Thursday, December 9, 2010

Knowing Bodies: A Visual and Poetic Inquiry into Gender, Dress and the Professoriate


Dr Fiona Blaikie

CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW. NEW DATE: April 19th 6.30-8.30pm Room 5-250 OISE, 252 Bloor St West

This is a visual and poetic inquiry into scholarly clothing as re/presented and lived through the clothed, disciplined/ and/or transgressing bodies of scholars. Through artworks and poetry situated meanings of scholarship and visual identity are revealed and presented. Theoretically, the study resides in the arenas of arts-informed research, social theory on the body, and the social theory of clothing as expressed through gendered clothing choices.

Fiona Blaikie has a Ph.D. from the Department of Visual and Performing Arts in Education at the University of British Columbia. She is a Professor of Curriculum Studies and visual art education. Fiona is an internationally recognized scholar in arts education, with a record of numerous publications and conference presentations, including her recent book Canadian Art/Works: A Resource for Primary, Junior, Intermediate and Senior Teachers. An arts-informed educational researcher, currently her work focuses on social theory of the body and clothing. A practicing artist, her artwork has been exhibited internationally and is held in collections around the world, including the Bronfman Foundation. Fiona Blaikie’s awards and honours include the Canadian Society for Education through Art Affiliate Award for Ontario, and work as Deputy Chief Examiner of Visual Arts for the International Baccaluareate Organization. Currently she is President of the Canadian Society for Education through Art, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian National Arts and Learning Symposium. Fiona Blaikie was an invited member of the Canadian delegation to the May 2010 UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education in June 2010 in Seoul, Korea. She is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Education at Brock University.