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Join an Interdisciplinary Working Group!

The CIH Interdisciplinary Working Groups aim to bring together faculty, graduate students and senior undergraduates from different disciplines to explore common research interests and to encourage collaborative research projects. Students and faculty interested in participating in the activities of a group should view the detailed description about the group and contact the group's conveners directly. IWG lectures and workshops that are open to the public will be shown on our events page.

This year the CIH will support seven Interdisciplinary Working Groups. Click on the links below to view detailed information about each group:

Upcoming Meetings

Sept. 17 - Landscape, Landforms and City/Wilderness in Ancient Landscape 

Sept. 19 - Performance and Business Research Working Group

Sept. 24 - Ethics and Politics of Social Media 

Oct. 12 - Social Justice and the Smart City

Find out more about these meetings below.

Landscape, Landforms and City/Wilderness in Ancient Landscape 

The Classics, Religious Studies, Anthropology and Archaeology Inter-disciplinary Group (CRAIG) is hosting a talk and discussion on Nose-Hill on landscape, landforms and city/wilderness in ancient landscape with Dr. Gerald Anthony Oetelaar (Anthropology and Archaeology) on September 17, 2018. The group will meet at 2:45 p.m. at the bus loop in front of Craigie Hall on Sept 17th. Interested students and faculties should RSVP with CRAIG convener Durga Kale:

Performance and Business Research Working Group
Exploring Applications of Performance Theory in Business Settings

Inaugural Meeting Sept. 19, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. at The Calgary Institute for the Humanities seminar room (BI 588)

Please join us for our inaugural lunch meeting of the new Research Working Group, created to explore and debate how performance theory illuminates performance in a business setting. We plan five monthly workshop-style meetings, exploring specific rituals such as pitch competitions, brand building mega-events, scriptive things in experiential spaces (e.g. Ikea or Apple Store), and impression management in networking events. The goal will be to broaden perspectives on where and how performance occurs, and to move towards new, theoretically-grounded insights into business performance. We invite faculty and students who are interested in participating to contact the co-organizers, Alice de Koning ( at Haskayne School of Business, and Joy Palacios (, Dept. of Classics and Religion.

Please RSVP so that we can plan for enough food for lunch. Dietary restrictions accommodated.

Plan ahead for future meetings: 
October 17, 2018 (12-2 p.m.) 
November 21, 2018 (12-2 p.m.) 
January 16, 2019 (3-5 p.m.) 
February 27, 2019 (3-5 p.m.)

First Meeting of the Interdisciplinary Working Group on the Ethics and Politics of Social Media

September 24, 2018 11:30 a.m. SH 473

Social Media PillsA group of interested faculty and researchers from a variety of disciplines at the University of Calgary are meeting up to discuss their interests and perspectives on the ethics and politics of social media. The goal is to see how we can collaborate across disciplinary lines to better understand the ethical and political dilemmas involved in social media platform design, ownership, governance and regulation, as well as the ethics and politics of being a social media user and/or living in a world where social media is a dominant form of communication and a chief conduit of information & disinformation flow.


Dr. Mohammad Keyhani, Associate Professor, Haskayne School of Business (, 
Dr. Maria Bakardjieva, Professor, Department of Communication, Media and Film (

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Social Justice and the Smart City Meeting

Friday October 12th 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Calgary Institute for the Humanities seminar room (BI 588)

After a first year characterized by a focus on urban studies scholarship, this year, we seek to expand our analysis of smart cities by discussing broader theoretical work (including philosophical writings on justice, Science and Technology Studies – STS, digital humanities, history of technology). On our first meeting we will - apart from introductions and planning the new year - discuss one or more readings of this special issue on justice and space:

Please come and join us. Please also let us know if you would like to receive more information on upcoming meetings.

The Social Justice and the Smart City working group focuses on cross-disciplinary inquiry into the social and environmental justice implications of smart city technologies, policies, and practices. The notion of the « smart city » typically refers to urban environments instrumented with sensors, communication technologies, displays and other technologies that collect data on urban processes enabling informed decision making and control (Kitchin, 2013, 2015). In preparation of the meeting you may also want to have a look at these two very good examples of the articles that fuelled our reflections last year:

  • Söderström, O./Paasche, T. and Klauser, F. (2014): Smart cities as corporate storytelling. In: City, 18 (3), 307-320;

  • Hollands, R. G. (2015): Critical interventions into the corporate smart city. In: Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 8 (1), 61-77

Our goal is to support interdisciplinary research and facilitate the development of a scholarly community through reading groups, writing feedback, and guest speakers. For more information please refer to:

Please feel free to direct any question to the conveners:

Dr. Marit Rosol, Tier II CRC Global Urban Studies, Associate Professor, Geography (
Dr. Morgan Mouton, Postdoctoral Associate, Community Health Sciences (

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