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Art and science uniting at 6th Annual Keyano College University Studies conference

Author: Greg Bennett/Monday, February 26, 2018/Categories: Keyano College General, Academics

The Wood Buffalo community is invited to a full-day, free conference on Saturday, March 3 that will explore the bridges spanning the realms of art and science.

For the first time, the annual Keyano College University Studies Conference, now in its sixth year, will incorporate all of the college’s University Studies department as it investigates these uncharted waters.

“That helps make it fresh and exciting for us,” says conference organizer and Keyano College English Instructor Dr. Ryan J. Cox. “Our theme will offer some especially rich veins of discussion.”

Dr. Cox says the idea for the conference theme, Imaginary Boundaries: Bridging the Gap between the Arts and the Sciences, was sparked by Keyano arts and science instructors collaborating and cross-teaching, while working together as a full interdisciplinary unit at the college.

Panel discussions at the conference will explore areas where the boundary between the arts and sciences blurs and, often, disappears entirely. Conference attendees will delve into far-reaching topics: from genetically modified humans and utopian visions of the future, to imagining other worlds.

Dr. Cox is particularly looking forward to a panel discussion led by his students titled Representing the Cyborg Self: Student Documentaries on the Posthuman.

“It’s a fascinating question: As we increasingly live our lives online and utilize technology, are we becoming cyborgs?” says Dr. Cox. “I’m excited to share this discussion with other people.”

The conference keynote speaker will be York University Philosophy professor, Dr. Daniel McArthur who will provide a talk called Exploding the Myth: The End of the Idea of Two Cultures. Dr. McArthur’s area of specialization is Philosophy/Modes of Reasoning and he is presently working on the topics of theory change and the nature of scientific discovery.

The conference will also include a performance from Fort McMurray musical and visual artist Hübris.

For schedule information and updates, please visit the event page on the Keyano website:

To register for the conference and free lunch, go to the Eventbrite page:



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