Rechartering + New Director

July 31, 2018

Rechartering + New Director

We received notification from Senate that our application for rechartering the ORU for another five years has been approved. This successfully marks the end of a year long process which started last summer. Many thanks to the Sensorium Executive, the Graduate Student Caucus and all the members who participated. We proposed an exciting program of research and activities centred around four new research clusters with three objectives:

  1. building on, strengthening, and expanding our research mandate;
  2. developing a community-engaged focus for the centre; and
  3. facilitating Sensorium as an incubator for innovative research-creation methodologies.

You can read more about our new mandate below, and the research clusters on our website.

We are also happy to announce that Laura Levin has been appointed the new Director of Sensorium. Laura played an integral role in helping to rethink new directions for Sensorium and we look forward to working with her under the new mandate for the Institute.

New Sensorium Director

Laura Levin is Associate Professor of Theatre & Performance Studies at York University. She is a member of the editorial team of Canadian Theatre Review (former editor in chief); editor of Theatre and Performance in Toronto and Conversations Across Borders (with performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña); and co-editor (with Prof. Marlis Schweitzer) of Performance Studies in Canada, winner of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research’s 2018 Patrick O’Neill Award.

Professor Levin is author of Performing Ground: Space, Camouflage, and the Art of Blending In (2015 Ann Saddlemyer Book Award), which explores the relationship between body and environment in contemporary performance. She is currently writing a book on performance and political culture in Canada, which looks at mediatized self-stagings of Canadian politicians and artistic engagements with electoral politics. Professor Levin is also co-editing an issue of CTR (with Dr. Alana Gerecke) on the politics of gathering and moving together in public space in an era of immersive art events and mass political assemblies.

She is a co-investigator for the SSHRC-funded partnership, Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas, and a member of the Toronto Photography Seminar, a group of scholars that engages in collaborative research on the global circulation of photographic media. She has also co-curated several research-creation projects that investigate intersections of performance, geography, and digital technologies. Her research focuses on contemporary theatre and performance art; performing gender and sexuality; site-specific and urban intervention; intermedial and digital performance; genealogies of interdisciplinarity in the arts; and research-creation methodologies.

New Five Year Mandate

Sensorium is a research centre for creative inquiry and experimentation at the intersection of the media arts, performance, and digital culture. As a site for co-creation and shared critical reflection, Sensorium serves as a catalyst for examining how diverse media platforms enable multi-sensory perception and embodied experience, along with new modes of social engagement. Bridging disciplines and diverse communities, Sensorium researchers, artists, and scientists explore networked connections between people, sentient environments, and ecologies of place.