Pandemic Phenomenology

Posted on Wednesday, November 3, 2021

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Research Conversation Series – Programming 2021-2022

Join us during our next event in the Faculty of Education's Research Conversations Series for the launch of the Education Review issue entitled 'Pandemic Phenomenology.' 

Date: November 16, 2021

Time: 12:00 to 1:00 PM ET

Registration is required.

Consult the Education Review issues.

This invitation is extended to Faculty members, graduate students in the Faculty of Education and the public. This event will be held in English.

Event Description

This issue of the Education Review, entitled 'Pandemic Phenomenology,' features lived experiences of transformation, loss, loneliness, longing, hope, joy, and finding peace in one’s pandemic existence. Such papers emerged over the course of four months, when a group of graduate students gathered within the context of a course, to share and reflect on their pandemic experiences. Each contributor to this special issue engaged in the phenomenological process of making sense of their everyday life, an existence that had indeed become strange.


Rebecca Lloyd is a full Professor, Director of Graduate Studies and SSHRC-funded researcher, has developed the Function2Flow conceptual model and the methodology of Motion-Sensing Phenomenology—pathways to research and teach toward the kinesthetic cultivation of flow that she has applied to a variety of contexts such as physical education, teacher education, dance, climbing, and hooping. Her current InterActive for Life (IA4L) Project explores experiences of interactive flow in partnered practices—salsa dance, acroyoga, equestrian & martial arts—with the goal of mobilizing relational knowledge to physical educators. Multi-modal data gathered from world class experts was translated into a series of student-friendly inter-activities with the goal of inspiring social-emotional changes in physical education pedagogy. Professor Lloyd not only researches but also experiences the process of becoming InterActive for Life on the Latin dance floor where she is known to medal.

Carolina Bergonzoni (she/her) is a dance artist, educator, and PhD candidate in Arts Education at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. Originally from Italy, she has been living as a settler on unceded Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Skwxwú7mesh (Tsleil- Waututh), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) territories since 2014. She is a SSHRC Fellow recipient, as well as the recipient of the Dean’s Entrance Graduate Scholarship and a Graduate Fellowship. She holds a BA and MA in Philosophy (University of Bologna), and an MA in Comparative Media Arts. She has been working towards building a community of movers and thinkers with people from zero to 99+ years old her entire life.


Student Authors

Pearline Barrett-Fraser is a University of Ottawa Master of Education student in Teaching and Learning She is a teacher and a dance educator who promotes active engagement, positive relationships and exploration of movement in the classroom. She hopes to continue her journey as a life-long learner and share her passion for dance and education one dance move at a time.

Juliana Freire is a doctoral student at the University of Brasilia in Brazil, with experience as a Physical Education teacher, researches the curriculum-as-living-experience. She is currently a visiting student researcher at the University of Ottawa with an invested interest in comparative studies in education. 

Mariana Domínguez González is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education. Her current research focuses on plurilingualism in the Mexican context. She lives to learn about ways of knowing and being in the world.

Amanda Hall is a University of Ottawa Master of Education student in Teaching and Learning. She is a dance educator with an extensive experience in health and fitness. Amanda’s passion for movement makes her classes standout from the rest by infusing meaningful connections and fostering positivity among her students. She plans to continue to share her love for dance and its benefits for years to come by making an impact on the dance community.

Yeti Mallavi is a Master of Education student in the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education. Yeti attained her B.A in early childhood & elementary education at the Concordia University in Montreal in 2015 and has taught ESL in primary and secondary schools in Quebec and Japan. Her research interests include children’s popular culture and pedagogy, and informal learning spaces. 

Harrani Rajasegar is a Master of Education student at the University of Ottawa, with a concentration in Leadership, Curriculum and Policy. She recently completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto, focusing on Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity and Political Science. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to critique existing pedagogies and power dynamics within education. She also explores the way race, gender and identities frame narratives, and strives to create anti-racist, decolonial, and inclusive pedagogical practices. 

Pirahashini Thayanithy is a Master of Education Graduate, concentrating on Studies in Teaching and Learning. She recently completed her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with specializations in music and neuroscience, and seeks to understand her world through interdisciplinary perspectives. As an avid chorister of over fifteen years, she has contributed to several vocal ensembles, and plans to continue finding ways to sing with others for decades to come.

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