SSHRC brings research in music to Acfas congress 2017

SSHRC may bring a little jazz to the 85th Congress of the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) at McGill University from May 8 to 12. This year, research in music is at the forefront of SSHRC’s two public events: one on May 9 that will examine resilience and radicalization through music, and one on May 10 about the impact of technology on music creation.

Vivek Venkatesh, an associate professor of education at Concordia University and creator of the SSHRC-funded festival Grimposium, will host a creative concert that will explore the themes of hate and discrimination. This will be followed by a discussion on how to build resilience against online hate speech. The event will take place at Katacombes on May 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the city’s theatre district.

On May 10 at 5:00 p.m., Isabelle Cossette, director of McGill’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT), will host an exhibit on the most recent technological tools used by researchers in the field of music. It will include a presentation on new musical instruments created by graduate students.  Researchers, students and others will then share their views on how technology is influencing research, music creation, recruitment and collaborations in the industry. The event will take place in McGill’s Tanna Schulich Hall in the Elizabeth Wirth Music Building.

In addition, undergraduate and graduate students interested in applying to SSHRC’s funding opportunities can stop by the SSHRC booth at lunchtime to find out more about SSHRC’s scholarships, in addition to its Insight, Connection and Partnerships grants.

Follow @SSHRC_CRSH to stay abreast of SSHRC’s activities during the Acfas congress. And have a look at the Acfas congress program (in French only) for details on the events and activities taking place.

The annual congress of the Association francophone pour le savoir hosts thousands of researchers and research users from about 30 countries. Over 200 symposia and more than 3,500 scientific papers are anticipated.


Vivek Venkatesh is an associate professor in the Department of Education at Concordia University in Montréal. He is also director of the Social Media Education Every Day (SOMEONE) initiative  and creator of the Grimposim festival. He studies mental, cultural and cognitive factors that influence the design, development and adoption of digital media in educational and social contexts.

CIRMMT director Isabelle Cossette teaches musical education at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.  By studying performer-instrument interactions and the physical and biomechanical phenomena involved in musical performance, her research is aimed at finding new approaches to instrumental learning.