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2008-2009: Research Assistant, Archiving Graphic Scores

McGill University

Hélène Laurin is studying at the PhD level at McGill in Communication Studies, after having completed her M.Sc. at the Université de Montréal, also in Communication Studies. She is a research assistant for the Improvisation, Community and Social Practice project, specifically working on archiving graphic scores. Her research interests include cultural studies, media discourses and the dynamics constitutive of popular music. Her doctoral research concerns the legitimation processes of heavy metal taking place through, and by, rock criticism.

Listening itself, an improvisative act engaged in by everyone, announces a practice of active engagement with the world, where we sift, interpret, store and forget, in parallel with action and fundamentally articulated with it ("Mobilitas Animi" 113).

– George E. Lewis