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Research Collaborator

University of Waterloo

Dr. Siemerling is currently working on a SSHRC-funded project on transculturalism, double consciousness, and African and Asian-Canadian writing, and on an edited collection entitled Canada and Its Americas: Transnational Navigations (forthcoming). In addition to Université de Sherbrooke, he is also affiliated with the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He has published about thirty-five articles and book chapters on cultural difference, multiculturalism, and transculturalism, on the innovative capacities of artistic production to create uncharted possibilities and new hopes, and on the nexus between social and aesthetic practices and structures. Related interests include the Frankfurt School and the materiality of cultural mediation. He is currently also collaborating with the Atlantic Metropolis Centre on policy tools for integrating the arts into immigration policies. His previous books include The New North American Studies: Culture, Writing, and the Politics of Re/Cognition (2005); Bibliography of Comparative Studies in Canadian, Québec, and Foreign Literatures (2001); Cultural Difference and the Literary Text: Pluralism and the Limits of Authenticity in North American Literatures (1996); Writing Ethnicity: Cross-Cultural Consciousness in Canadian and Québécois Literature (1996); and Discoveries of the Other: Alterity in the Work of Leonard Cohen, Hubert Aquin, Michael Ondaatje, and Nicole Brossard (1994). Dr. Siemerling holds a PhD and master’s in comparative literature (University of Toronto) and a master’s in English and Romance languages (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg).

If people talked the way they drummed in improvisation, then I think the world would be a lot nicer…

– Youth participant, ICASP improvisation workshop