In Residence + Postdocs

In Residence

IPLAI appoints Artists and Scholars in Residence when research interests and available funding align. Artist and Scholars participate in the teaching and learning mandate of IPLAI and dialogue with the public.

Postdoctoral Fellow 2017

Natalie Doonan – Postdoctoral Fellow 2017

Natalie Doonan is a multimedia and performance artist, writer, and educator. Her work focuses on the connections between taste and place. Her multimedia installations and performances address timely issues of global concern by focusing on specific local foods with widespread connections to international trade, colonial-capitalism, and migration, as well as urban, forest and ocean ecologies. She is currently working on research about eating, fishing and foraging along the St. Lawrence River in Montreal’s borough of Verdun.

Natalie’s work has been shown in the Cultural Olympiad for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the LIVE Performance Art Biennale, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Montréal’s Elektra Festival and BIAN, Nuit Blanche and Art Souterrain and in the Tunisian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale in 2017. Her work toured Canada and Europe in 2015-2016 as part of Performigrations: People Are the Territory, a collaborative international mobile art installation. Her writing has appeared in professional and peer reviewed publications.

Natalie holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto, an M.F.A. from the University of British Columbia and a Ph.D. Humanities from Concordia University, where she specialized in sensory studies, cultural geography and performance studies.

Natalie is a Senior Fellow at Concordia University’s Centre for Sensory Studies and a Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas.

Artist in Residence Summer 2016

Úna Monaghan – Artist in Residence Summer 2016

UnaMonaghan1Úna Monaghan is a harper, composer, and sound artist from Belfast, Ireland. Her recent work has combined traditional music with bronze sculpture, sound art and movement sensors. Her compositions have been presented on BBC and RTÉ television and radio, in theatre productions, and at international festivals and conferences, such as the International Computer Music Conference, York Festival of Ideas, and Belfast Festival at Queen’s. Úna is co-founder of Quiet Music Night, an evening dedicated to performing quiet music of all genres, especially new and experimental music. She holds a BA in Astrophysics from Cambridge University, and a PhD on New Technologies and Experimental Practices in Contemporary Irish Traditional Music, from Queen’s University Belfast.

In 2013 Úna was selected from an international audition process as a Future Music Performance Fellow at the Atlantic Music Festival, Maine, USA and was Artist in Residence at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris in Spring 2015. Úna also works as a sound engineer specializing in Irish traditional music, and experimental, live electronic and multichannel music, a role in which she travels worldwide. She curates the JamJar series of contemporary and experimental music for Moving On Music in Belfast.

From October 2016, Úna will be the Rosamund Harding Research Fellow in Music at Newnham College, Cambridge University. Úna’s residency at IPLAI will be spent developing her composition work with harp and motion sensor. This residency is supported by a James M. Flaherty Research Scholarship, awarded by the Ireland Canada University Foundation, and through funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Artist in Residence Winter 2016

Diana Cheng – Art Installation Competition Winner, March 17 – May 30, 2016

Cheng_headshot_400x400_version2Diana Cheng is a painter, designer and historian whose work focuses on the affect and codification of social norms in modern architecture, edible monuments, and human-computer interaction. She has a Masters of Architecture from Carleton University and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from the University of British Columbia where she studied with Jeff Wall, Mark Lewis, and Geoffrey Smedley. She received her doctorate in architectural history and theory from McGill University for her dissertation “The History of the Boudoir in the Eighteenth Century.” Diana has taught at McGill University’s School of Architecture and the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University. Recent publications include “Ordres architecturaux et expression chez Clément-Pierre Marillier,” in Imager la Romancie: Dessins de Clément-Pierre Marillier pour Le Cabinet des fées et Les Voyages imaginaires (1785–1789), published in 2013, and the forthcoming “The Public Boudoir of an Actress: The Petite Maison of Mademoiselle Dervieux,” in Chora 7: Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture (2016) and “Lord Chesterfield’s Boudoir: A Room without the Sulks,” in Agents of Space: Eighteenth-Century Art, Architecture and Visual Culture (2016). Diana currently is working on a book project entitled A History of the Boudoir.


Dont Rhine – Artist in Residence, February 1 – 13, 2016


Dont Rhine co-founded the sound art collective Ultra-red in 1994. While the image determines much of the current understanding of activist art, Ultra-red turns the focus to the ear. Drawing on the traditions of popular education, conceptualism, and musique concrète, Ultra-red developed sound investigations with art audiences, community groups and political struggles. The collective currently has ten members based in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, London and the rural Southwest of England. The collective works in a variety of media including performance, sound composition, video, works on paper, poetry, and curriculum-development. They have been hosted by art institutions across North America and Europe, developing sound investigations alongside social movements for housing justice, anti-racism, the struggles of migration, gender and sexual rights, the dignity of the poor, and HIV/AIDS activism. On February 1, 3, and 5, Dont Rhine held a three-part workshop, organized by IPLAI, the Institute for the Study of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF), and MEDIA@McGill. Montreal artists, students, social movement activists, political organizers, and popular educators participated in the workshop, entitled “What is the sound of organizing in Montreal?”, to explore militant sound research.

Scholars in Residence Fall 2015

Joshua Calhoun – Scholar in Residence, September 1 – December, 31, 2015

Calhoun 200dpi smallJoshua Calhoun is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who specializes in Shakespeare, sixteenth- and seventeenth-century poetry, and the history of media. He also teaches courses in the environmental humanities and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Nelson Institute’s Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE). His work has been published in PMLA, Shakespeare Studies, and Environmental Philosophy. His current book project, Toward a Natural History of the Book: Animals, Vegetables, and Media in Renaissance England explores Renaissance media and media-making within its historical ecosystem. It is a book about making poetry not just about, but also with, nature. Calhoun, who serves on the Advisory Committee for the UW-Madison Centre for the Humanities, also leads hands-on public workshops on the history of papermaking. His latest public outreach project is Holding History, a project that uses the university’s Special Collections as a space to train an interdisciplinary group of students to share their knowledge and the resources of the campus with the broader community.

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Twitter: @awayandback

Illa Carrillo Rodríguez

Illa Carrillo Rodríguez’s current research focuses on the politics of arts and activist practices in neoliberal-authoritarian cultural formations. As a 2013-2015 Postdoctoral Fellow with the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) at McGill University, she curated several multidisciplinary events, including a three-day bilingual colloquium on the interplay of neoliberal rationalities and improvisationally-inflected forms of collective action and activism. Illa received her PhD from the Doctoral School of Plastic Arts, Aesthetics and Art Sciences of the Université Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne (France). Her dissertation examined the cultural and political history of folk and rock music in Argentina in the second half of the twentieth century. She has contributed chapters to several edited volumes, including Improvisation, Sound and Subjectivity (Duke, forthcoming 2016), The Militant Song Movement in Latin America (Lexington, 2014), and Ese Ardiente Jardín de la República. Formación y desarticulación de un “campo” cultural: Tucumán, 1880-1975 [The Republic’s Garden in Flames. Formation and Disintegration of a Cultural “Field”: Tucumán, 1880-1975] (Alción, 2010). Her research interests include the cultural politics of human rights advocacy groups inArgentina and Canada; the articulation of the notions of “human rights” and “communication rights” in recent Latin American media legislation; and the intersections between neoliberal tropes of history and scholarly discourses on memorializing cultural practices in the aftermath of mass violence.

Past Artists in Residence

2013 Kent Stetson


Postdoctoral Fellows 2015-16

Dr. Eleonora Diamanti, affiliated with the Arts and Ideas in Motion (AIM) project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Dr. Allison Stielau, affiliated with the Early Modern Conversions Project

Postdoctoral Fellows 2013-2014

Dr. José-Juan Lopez-Portillo, affiliated with the Early Modern Conversions project
Dr. VK Preston, affiliated with the Immediations project
Dr. Stephen Wittek, affiliated with the Early Modern Conversions project