Stacey Bliss holds a PhD in Language, Culture, and Teaching from the Faculty of Education at York University (Toronto, ON, Canada). She is currently a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Regina (Regina, SK, Canada) in the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance (2019-2021). She is also a research associate with IICSI (International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation).
For a couple of decades, she has been an English language educator in Canada, Japan, and briefly in Korea. Most recently, her teaching has included undergraduate courses on topics related to literacies, culture, meditation, and art.
From 2016, she began ethnographic studies with meditators, yogis, and Gong players. She explores the intersections of sound studies, curriculum studies, critical studies in improvisation, and wellbeing. From December 2017, she also began writing autoethnographically, situating her self within the communities and contexts in which she lives, studies, and writes. She is currently interested in “imaginative” ethnography and possibilities in research of communities as co-created and collaboratively performed. Particularly, she is engaging in ethnographic research which is sonic and performative.
Since 2014, she has also taught meditation and yoga. She is certified to teach kundalini yoga/meditation and restorative yoga and draws on Jiddu Krishnamurti and Thich Nhat Hanh. She also teaches the basic theory and practice in the Art of Gong. She continues her learning about gong as a symphonic percussion instrument and a modern tool for resonant health. She regularly engages in improvisational collaborations with local, national, and international musicians, performers, and teachers. Notably, in August 2018, she participated with 194 international gong players for the Guinness World Record of players in a synchronized gong composition.
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