‘To the landless’: Walking as counter-cartographies and affective time WalkingLab

Start date: February 6, 2018

End date: February 9, 2018

Stephanie Springgay and Sarah E. Truman of WalkingLab will give a Keynote introduction at the European Congress for Qualitative Research for Ali Madanipour. Their lecture will examine walking methodologies as counter-cartographies and as affective time. Like Madanipour, WalkingLab is interested in methodologies that disrupt linear and progressive conceptualizations of time. Our brief introductory talk will examine three WalkingLab projects that re-map – as a form of counter-cartography – erased and neglected histories. Taking up the ways that maps produce and reinforce geopolitical borders, and the geographies of race, we consider the ways that re-mapping offers possibilities for conceptualizing spacetimes that are regional and relational, as opposed to state sanctioned and static. As counter-cartographies the walking projects disrupt dominant narratives of place and futurity, re-mapping Land, ‘returning it to the landless.’ Walking methodologies enact what Madanipour refers to as ‘experimental temporalities,’ a kind of affective time that enables researchers to think about futurity not as something elsewhere or separate from the present, but a time that is immediate and intensive. Focusing on the issue of temporality within qualitative research methodologies Springgay and Truman take up WalkingLab research via affect theory, Afrofuturism, and the anarchive.

Stone Walks Residency at Listhus in Olafsfjordur, Iceland

Start date: August 1, 2017

End date: August 31, 2017

Location: Lithus Artist Centre Iceland

August 2017: Stone Walks, Iceland. WalkingLab (Stephanie Springgay and Sarah E. Truman) will have a one artist month residency at Listhus Artist Centre in Olafsfjordur, Iceland to continue with their research on rocks as queer archives.

Thirteenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry in Champaign-Urbana, IL

Start date: May 17, 2017

End date: May 20, 2017

Location: Champaign-Urbana

Stephanie will deliver papers on two panels at the conference:

Transmaterial Walking Methodologies and A Sound Art Project, with Sarah E. Truman

Land and Consent: Disrupting Settler Futurities and Walking Research, with Sarah E. Truman

Stephanie is also contributing to the Plenary entitled Trump, Brexit and the global rise the right: how do we respond.

American Educational Research Association

Start date: April 27, 2017

End date: April 30, 2017

Location: San Antonio

Stephanie will give a paper entitled Re-imagining climate change through Speculative Art, on the panel, Reconfiguring the imagined and real futures of educational research: The importance of being speculative.

Stephanie Springgay and Sarah E. Truman will deliver a paper about WalkingLab in the session Quantitative and Qualitative Methods are not Enough! The Ethics of Research Beyond Methodocentrism.

Stone Walks on the Bruce Trail

Date: April 1, 2017

Time: 11:00-3:00

Location: Bruce Trail

Stephanie’s SSHRC funded research-creation project WalkingLab is hosting a one day event on the Bruce Trail. With presentations by:

• Dr. Katherine Wallace, University of Toronto (Geology)

• Dr. Kaitlin Debicki, McMaster University (Tree communication, Indigenous Knowledge)

• Randy Kay, McMaster University (Squatting and occupation of parklands)

• Dr. Bonnie Freeman, McMaster University (Indigenous Journey Methodology on Foot)

• TH&B Art Collective, Hamilton (Artistic Intervention)

• ALSO: Earn hiking badges and pennants by artist Mary Tremonte

Visiting Professor

Start date: October 10, 2016

End date: November 1, 2016

Location: University College Dublin

Dr. Springgay will be a Visiting Professor at University College, Dublin in October, 2016. Watch this space for lecture announcements.

Extending Our Reach: Creating New Pathways Through Art, Research and Education

Date: October 15, 2016

Location: University College Dublin

Stephanie Springgay and Sarah E. Truman will giving a workshop at University College Dublin’s College of Social Sciences and Law, in association with UCD Parity Studios and the School of Sociology.

The workshop is called Extending Our Reach: Creating New Pathways Through Art, Research and Education and will focus on WalkingLab and research-creation.

Conversations on Research-Creation as ‘thinking-in-movement’

Date: October 12, 2016

Time: 11:00

Location: Limerick City Art Gallery

Stephanie Springgay and Michael McLoughlin will conduct a walk-and-talk at the Limerick City Gallery of Art on Wednesday October 12th at 11am. The walk-and-talk will take place within McLoughlin’s exhibition Cumann: An Audio Map of Limerick and focus on social practice and the ethics of participation.

The primacy of movement in artist-residency projects in schools or How to make a classroom operate like a work of art?

Date: October 11, 2016

Time: 17:00

Location: Harry Clarke Theatre

Stephanie will give a public lecture entitled The primacy of movement in artist-residency projects in schools or How to make a classroom operate like a work of art?

5pm – Tue 11th Oct
Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre, NCAD
Dublin, Ireland

Here is the abstract for the talk:

This presentation will contribute to the growing field of scholarship on movement in artist-residency projects. Particularly the paper considers how movement fundamentally disturbs boundaries, complicates and disrupts established relations, multiplies and creates immanent connections, produces the virtual, and extends the potential of the body in space. The presentation/paper expands on arguments about movement-sensation through social choreography in order to explore the relationship between movement and community. I consider how recent discussions of zootechnologies or swarms, while resisting methods of analytical investigation, can offer new ways of thinking about collectivity and political subjectivity that is ontogenetic, indeterminate, and of an ‘ecology’ in co-composition. Movement is germane to emerging posthumanist explorations within educational research, and a crucial component for re-imagining research-creation methodologies. Through affective thinking about movement and political-tendings, this paper highlights the productive connections and mattering available in artist-residency projects in schools.

Walking in Practice, Panel at the Elemental Festival, hosted by 4e Studio on Manitoulin Island

Date: October 1, 2016

2:15 Saturday Oct 1st.
4e studio
91 Main Street in Kagawong

WalkingLab’s Stephanie Springgay will be part of a panel on walking in practice this October on Manitoulin Island, Ontario.

Here is the blurb for the talk:

Join a discussion with a diverse panel of local and visiting artists, researchers, and community members, who have been working with walking as their focus. What is the significance of walking as a mode of inquiry or research? What role does walking play in a vibrant creative practice? How can walking overturn our habitual ideas about relation to place and community?


Madhur Anand (Univeristy of Guelph)
Marlene Creates (artist, Nfld)
Joni Palmer (U Boulder)
Stephanie Springgay (University of Toronto, WalkingLab)
Chris Turnbull (writer/artist, Kemptville, ON)