Scientific and Organizing Committee
Ève Lamoureux is a professor in the Department of Art History at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Her research focuses on art and politics, particularly on engaged art, community arts and cultural mediation. She is a member of the Centre de recherche Cultures – Arts – Sociétés (CELAT), the Observatoire des médiations culturelles (OMEC) and the ArtEspaceSocial research group. She has recently co-edited the following books: with Francine Saillant, Noémie Maignien and Fanny H.-Lévy, Médiation culturelle, musées, publics diversifiés. Guide pour une expérience inclusive (Écomusée du fier monde, 2021); with Julie Paquette and Emmanuelle Sirois, Arts. Entre libertés et scandales. Études de cas (Nota Bene, 2020), with Francine Saillant, InterReconnaissance. La mémoire des droits dans le milieu communautaire au Québec (Presses de l’Université Laval, 2018); with Magali Uhl, Le vivre-ensemble à l’épreuve des pratiques culturelles et artistiques contemporaines (Presses de l’Université Laval, 2018), and with Nathalie Casemajor, Marcelle Dubé, Jean-Marie Lafortune, Expériences critiques de la médiation culturelle (Presses de l’Université Laval, 2017).
Mona Trudel is a professor at UQAM’s School of Visual and Media Arts since 1999 and holds the UQAM Research Chair for the Development of Innovative Practices in Art, Culture, and Well-being. She simultaneously pursues two fields of research: artistic and pedagogical practices with a social purpose in the community with vulnerable and marginalized people and the integration of the intercultural and inclusive dimension in the visual arts classroom. Her interest in the transformative aspects of art echoes her university teaching practice at all levels. She is currently co-authoring a follow-up book to the research La contribution de l’art au rétablissement et à l’inclusion sociale de personnes marginalisées (SSHRC-2016-2019) involving women researchers in the arts, urban psychiatry and addiction medicine. She is a member of the research group ArtEspaceSocial.
Adriana de Oliveira is a professor at the School of Visual and Media Arts at UQAM since 2017. Her field of interest revolves around two axes of development in the field of art education: art appreciation and artistic and educational intervention in community and care environments. She is particularly interested in the contribution of current art appreciation to the development of learners’ critical thinking and social practices of art. Her recent work focuses on the roles of professional artists working with people in marginalized and vulnerable situations. She is a member of the Chaire de recherche pour le développement de pratiques innovantes en art de l’Université du Québec à Montréal and of the ArtEspaceSocial research group.
Marilyn Lajeunesse has worked at the Education and Wellness Department of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts since 1992. She is currently Educational Program Officer for Adults and Community Groups. Among her numerous responsibilities is the development and coordination of the award winning program Sharing the Museum where she works developing programs with diverse groups who are frequently underserved by cultural institutions. Co-creation of these activities is a key factor. Her experience includes the designing of these program in close conjunction with the Museum’s collections and exhibitions as well as facilitating them. Since her early days at the Museum, she has written numerous interpretive documents for exhibitions and the MMFA collection and has developed an expertise in audioguide scripts. She has taught at the primary, secondary, college and university levels. Her educational background includes a Bachelor in Visual Arts from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor in Art Education from McGill University and a Masters in Educational Psychology from McGill University as well.
Tristan Sasseville-Langelier is a Master’s candidate in art history at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). They are a member of the Centre de recherche – Cultures-Arts-Sociétés (CELAT) as well as of the Observatoire des médiations culturelles (OMEC). In their study supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), they are interested in the work of performance artists from Quebec, who open up in their artistic practices spaces for critical thinking on issues related to emotional suffering, pathologization or psychiatricization. Drawing on Mad Studies and queer studies, their research proposes to analyze how these performative practices produce alternative knowledge on pathologized or psychiatrized experiences, gestures or actions. Their work explores the ways in which performance art can be a mode of resistance to the normative knowledge regimes and practices of Western psychiatry.
Independent curator and M.A. candidate in art history, Alexandra Tourigny Fleury focuses her research on the socio-political issues surrounding the question of spectator agency in artistic contexts, on citizen participation through art, and on critical curatorial practices. Her master’s dissertation, supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), focuses on the political agency of children in the context of youth contemporary art exhibitions. Alexandra is also the coordinator for the Observatoire des Médiations Culturelles (OMEC) and a research assistant for the same organization. She is interested in the issues of mediation and cultural accessibility. As a resident of the small municipality of Saint-Norbert-d’Arthabaska in Québec, Alexandra is committed to the recognition and promotion of cultural activities outside of large urban centers. Her writings have been published in several arts magazines, notably Vie des Arts, Inter and Ex situ.
Sylvie Trudelle is a research professional at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Coordinator of the UQAM Research Chair for the Development of Innovative Practices in Art, Culture, and Well-being from 2015 to 2020, she has also collaborated on several research projects in the arts. She holds a DESS in Somatic Education (2004), a Master’s degree in Dance (2006) and a Ph.D. in Arts Studies and Practices (2017), where she examined the interrelation of the personal and professional spheres in the career of a contemporary dance performer.