From Y-File, York University’s Daily Bulletin (October 7, 2008):
“The federal government has renewed four Canada Research Chairs (CRC) held by York University Professors Colin Coates, Sergey Krylov, Janine Marchessault and Jim Whiteway, whose research projects range from health and digital media to Canadian cultural history and atmospheric science.
As Tier 2 CRCs, each professor will receive $500,000 over five years, for a total of $2 million awarded to York. The renewal is part of a package of CRC appointments announced on Sept. 30.
In all, the government has invested $116 million to fund the appointment of 123 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 38 Canadian universities, including $4.47 million in infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation essential to the projects being conducted by 25 of the chairs.”
Janine Marchessault, Chair in Art, Digital Media and Globalization and professor of film in the Faculty of Fine Arts, researches how the information society is redefining the artist’s role and shaping urban contexts. Her projects examine distinct articulations of citizenship and culture while understanding how urban planning can be enabled by contemporary art practices in several global and smaller cities. Marchessault is developing new research methods that use advanced media technologies to interpret the cultural ecologies of these cities with the ultimate goal of proposing new planning and policy strategies.