SA Bliss Happiness Gong

S.A. (Stacey) Bliss holds a PhD from the Faculty of Education at York University (Toronto, ON, Canada) and is a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Regina (Regina, SK, Canada) in the Media, Arts, and Performance faculty.

She has been an educator (EAL, literacy, English) in Canada, Japan, and Korea for over 25 years. Since 2014, she has also taught meditation and yoga. She continues her learning about Gong (a symphonic percussion instrument & holistic resonant tool for contemporary usage).

From 2016, she began ethnographic studies with meditators, yogis, and Gong players. She explores the intersections of sound 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 of cultural storytelling as co-created and collaboratively performed.

In her research journey, she has played alongside Gong Masters in North America, India, China, and the U.K.. 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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