Concordia University (Tiohtià:ke, North America)
The Indigenous Futures Research Centre (IFRC) explores how Indigenous people are imagining the future of their communities. We are interested in narratives, theories, frameworks, and technologies that help us articulate a continuum between our histories, our present, the seventh generation and beyond. The IFRC supports a mix of research approaches, topics, and collaborations ranging across community collaboration, art- and technology-making, scholarly analysis, experimental pedagogy, and theoretical development to illuminate how the challenges of the present can be addressed, in part, through concrete, constructive, and critical dreams of the future. The centre operates locally, nationally and internationally.
Anchored by four Indigenous Research Chairs, the IFRC is a unique destination for those interested in research centered on Indigenous communities, scholarship and practice worldwide. Founding members come from Concordia University’s Fine Arts, Arts and Science, and John Molson School of Business Faculties, and diverse disciplines such as Applied Human Behaviour, Anthropology, Art History, Design and Computation Arts, English, Geography/Planning/Environment, First Peoples Studies, History, Studio Arts, Theatre, and Management. Our goal is to create a vibrant space where questions of importance to Indigenous people can be engaged from multiple perspectives, and faculty and students can operate within a context of advanced analysis of Indigenous thought and creation.
The IFRC is an Indigenous-led environment. It welcomes all researchers, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, who engage in research that affects Indigenous communities. It is cross-disciplinary, grounded in research-creation, Indigenous, and normative research methodologies for producing scholarly knowledge. It works in direct collaboration with Indigenous communities worldwide to co-generate knowledge of direct use to them as they seek to support their peoples’ thriving. And it actively recruits Indigenous undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows while also supporting non-Indigenous students, providing them with an environment rich in mentoring, support, and collaborative opportunities.
- Prof. Jason Edward Lewis, Design and Computation Arts and University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary (IFRC Co-Director)
- Assoc. Prof. Heather Igloliorte, Art History and University Research Chair in Circumpolar Indigenous Arts (IFRC Co-Director)
- Assoc. Prof. Louellyn White, First Peoples Studies
- Prof. Catherine Richardson/Kinewesquao, Director of First Peoples Studies
- Assoc. Prof. Natasha Blanchet-Cohen, Applied Human Sciences and FRQSC/SJQ Youth Network Chair
- Prof. Monica Mulrennan, Geography, Planning and Environment
- Assoc. Prof. Jessica Bardill, English
- Asst. Prof. Jessica Carmichael, Theatre
- Asst. Prof. Elizabeth Fast, Applied Human Sciences and Strategic Hire in Indigenous Youth Studies
- Asst. Prof. Nadia Myre, Studio Arts and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Art Practices
- Asst. Prof. Miranda Smitheram, Design and Computation Arts
- Senior Lecturer Ronald Abraira, Management
- Asst. Prof. Michelle McGeough, Art History
- Asst. Prof. Bimadoshka Pucan, History
- Assoc. Prof. Mark Watson, Sociology and Anthropology
- Asst. Prof. Hannah Claus, Studio Arts
- Asst. Prof. Jeannine-Marie St-Jacques, Geography, Planning and Environment
The IFRC received formal university recognition in the Spring of 2020. The centre had it’s official launch on November 17th 2021, and their website is live. If you have questions, please contact email@example.com.