On the Edge

On the Edge is a speaker series featuring cutting edge research presented by scholars and researchers from Edmonton's academic community. The following presentations are presented with the University of Alberta's Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

 


Stuff & Stories: The Things We take and Make from Fiction
April 17, 2018 - 7PM
Strathcona Branch

How does information from fictional worlds escape and leave physical traces in the real world? Learn about Robyn Stobbs' thought-provoking research in this hands-on workshop.

This presentation will be an introduction to Robyn's research on fiction, information, and their material forms. She is exploring the details of how people make things related to their favourite fictional worlds (e.g., Harry Potter, Middle Earth, Star Wars, Dungeons & Dragon settings). Join us for an interactive presentation and workshop with opportunities for you to think about and explore fictional worlds and storytelling through objects and information. Come and roll some dice, make a map, or tell a story to explore interactions with fictional worlds and information!

Robyn is an interdisciplinary PhD student at the University of Alberta. Her research interests are centered on fictional worlds and how people need, seek, and use information. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the departments Human Ecology and Library and Information Studies. Her current work is a study on fictional worlds, focusing on the information people use and the things they make. She is looking at the objects people make and use, the fictional worlds they engage with, and the stories they tell.

On the Edge is a speaker series featuring cutting edge research presented by scholars and researchers from Edmonton's academic community. This presentation is presented with the University of Alberta's Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Registration is now open for this FREE event. 

Urban Social Issues - What Planning Can and Cannot Solve
May 1, 2018 - 7PM
Mill Woods Branch

What can planning be expected to solve and what can it not? While planning is a key tool for anticipating demands and for coordinating efforts, authoritative plans struggle to keep up with changing social needs and emerging challenges. This illustrated talk looks at some local and international initiatives as a background for a discussion with the audience.

Dr. Rob Shields is a Henry Marshall Tory Endowed Research Chair and professor of Sociology, City-Regional Studies Centre in the Faculty of Extension. He is also the founder and co-editor of Space and Culture: International Journal of Social Spaces and Curb Planning Magazine. Among the classes Rob teaches is Community, Urban and Regional Planning where conference and community related activities, community service and projects treat the city as their classroom – a dynamic learning space. Dr. Shields researches and teaches on a variety of topics including urban social issues, smart cities, urbanization, the value or infrastructure vs. social programs and the history of shopping malls.

On the Edge is a speaker series featuring cutting edge research presented by scholars and researchers from Edmonton's academic community. This presentation is presented with the University of Alberta's Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Registration is now open for this FREE event. 

Print