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The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and its members have included Lakehead University’s Dr. Pauline Sameshima among the incoming class of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
Dr. Sameshima, Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies and Professor in the Faculty of Education, is one of 50 new Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, which includes top mid-career leaders in Canada.
The College provides the RSC with a multi-generational capacity to help Canada and the world address major challenges and seize new opportunities including those identified in emerging fields.
Dr. Sameshima is the second Lakehead professor to be included in the incoming class of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. The RSC inducted Dr. Chris Mushquash, from Psychology, into the class in 2017. Recognition by the RSC is the highest honour an individual can achieve in the Arts, Social Sciences and Sciences.
The RSC selected Dr. Sameshima based on her innovative work in curriculum theory, poetic inquiry, teaching, research dissemination, and civic engagement development.
“I am humbled that President McPherson nominated me,” she said, “and I’m honoured that the work on community engagement, collaboration, researching, teaching, and learning through the arts is being recognized.
“The arts nurture imagination, decision-making, and flexibility of thought – critical skills needed to re-invent new curricula for our lives as we navigate the pressing breakdowns in our earth, health, and social systems.”
Dr. Sameshima joined Lakehead University in 2012. She is a curriculum theorist who works on interdisciplinary teams across science and humanities fields to mobilize research to broad audiences and provide innovation to collaborations.
She is the Director of the Arts Integrated Research (AIR) Lab, Curator of the Lakehead Research Education Galleries, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies.
“Congratulations to Pauline and thank you to the RSC for recognizing her important work,” said Dr. Moira McPherson, Lakehead’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “She is a highly innovative researcher and artist who brings her unique vision to every project she partakes in.”
Founded in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada advises the government and the larger society, recognizes excellence, and promotes a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada and with other national academies around the world.
“The Royal Society of Canada is delighted to recognise this year’s exceptional cohort of inductees, as the contributions of these outstanding artists, scholars and scientists have significantly impacted their respective disciplines at both national and international levels,” said RSC President Jeremy McNeil.
The 2020 roster of truly remarkable individuals will be invited to accept membership to the RSC on Friday, Nov. 27 in Toronto.
This induction builds on the achievements of Dr. Roger Mitchell, Professor Emeritus of Geology at Lakehead University, who was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1994, one of the highest honours bestowed upon a scientist in Canada.
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Dr. Pauline Sameshima’s award recognizes her work over the past years in transforming the University space—quite literally—through the establishment of six art gallery spaces on campus, as well as one virtual gallery. Known as GALLERIES@LAKEHEADU, the Galleries promote University wellness by enhancing the physical environment through aesthetic and intellectual enrichment.
Showcasing creative works of Lakehead researchers, students, and community artists, the galleries promote interdisciplinary research and social responsibility. Past exhibits have included projects relating to climate change, food sustainability, Indigenous knowledge, methamphetamine addiction, and dementia. The exhibitions are juried, engaging both community artists and academics and including international jurors and researchers.
“Current research attests to how innovating working spaces improve happiness, productivity and wellbeing,” Pauline explains. “The galleries are intentional means to mobilize research, develop partnerships across disciplines, share research across campus, invite mingling across communities, create university community engagement, and promote and celebrate Lakehead research.”
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Robin Faye, a visual artist and Master of Education student with a focus on Environmental and Sustainability Education, has created an art piece (see below) currently on display at the “Breaking Ground” exhibition at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay.
The artwork is an interactive piece about pedagogical learning spaces. Robin created it as part of an arts-integrated research project conducted by Dr. Pauline Sameshima, her thesis supervisor. The artwork invites viewers to gently move inside it and sit on a meditation cushion to contemplate.
Robin explains that Dr. Sameshima worked with yoga teachers in her research, inviting the participants to write about their training process and respond to art she had created. Robin then read what the participants had written, and responded with the creation of her own piece, which deliberately remains untitled.
“My artwork is my impression of the yoga teachers’ experiences,” she explains. “Viewers will have their own interpretations of it, but some themes include contemplation, personal growth, and internal experiences. It references a snake skin, as one of the participants described her experience of growing as a yoga teacher to be like shedding her skin, like a snake.”
Robin adds that arts-integrated research is a dialogic process between artist and participant, with a goal of authentic expression. It’s a fluid process that can change according to context – much like one’s impressions of art.
Robin’s artwork was selected as the cover art for the show, which is a spring exhibition of multidisciplinary works by 20 artists. It is on view until June 29th at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay.
Her work is also exhibited online at Lakehead University's Arts Integrated Studies Virtual Gallery, which is curated by a jury coordinated by Dr. Sameshima.
By Jan Oakley, Lakehead Education News.
Dr. Pauline Sameshima (Professor and Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies), has won a SSHRC “Aid to Scholarly Journals” grant, for the open-access Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (JCACS). Dr. Sameshima is Editor-in-Chief of JCACS. Lakehead Doctoral student, Holly Tsun Haggarty, is the Associate and Managing Editor of JCACS.
The three-year award, valued over $100,000, will support this Canadian journal in continuing to publish the most innovative and provocative curriculum work in Canada — experimenting in various modes of knowledge mobilization, and increasing dissemination, discoverability and readership of original research results.
JCACS publishes articles semi-annually in both French and English that address curriculum issues of interest to Canada and Canadians and an international readership such as curriculum pedagogies in elementary and secondary schools, undergraduate and graduate courses, and informal or community-based settings. The journal aims to reflect the diverse scholarship of the members of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, which includes the special interest groups: Science Education Research Group, Language and Literacy Researchers of Canada, Regroupement pour l’étude de l’éducation francophone en milieu minoritaire, Canadian Critical Pedagogy Association, and the Arts Researchers and Teachers Society.
"The funding is critical to developing a sustainable, accessible, and inclusive journal. We will be able to operationalize our goals of including bilingual abstracts, publish more French articles, support social media dissemination, develop mentorship/community dialogues, and update and secure our current platform, Dr. Sameshima says. "We are so grateful for the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council."
By Jan Oakley, Lakehead Education News:
Congratulations to Dr. Pauline Sameshima (Professor and Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies), who has won a 2018 Contribution to Research Award for her relevant research activities over the past three years.
The award recognizes Dr. Sameshima’s productivity in quantity and quality, her interdisciplinary range, and her scholarly outputs such as peer-reviewed journals and books while she creates, disseminates, and curates research through the arts. It also recognizes her mentorship of graduate students, her attainment of funding, and her research collaboration with scholars across disciplines.
“The arts offer loving ways to engage communities in collaborative research, and through the arts, we can share research with different communities. I am honoured to have received this award and am grateful to co-researchers, community partners, graduate students, and Lakehead for making my work possible,” she says.
One of Dr. Sameshima's endeavors includes the addition of two new research art galleries that opened at Lakehead this year. She curates the Galleries@LakeheadU spaces, which are made up of five different locations for displaying research done at the University.
Below: Pauline Sameshima with Anne Klymenko (Director of the Office of Research Services) in front of artworks created by Pauline Sameshima and Patricia Morchel (PhD student at Columbia University, NY).
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