Stacey Bliss is an Appointed Academic Colleague with the Faculty of Education (Secondary Education) at the University of Alberta. She is also a Research Associate with IICSI (International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation) and Guest Scholar at the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Regina.
As a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) Insight Development Grant (2021-2023) recipient, Stacey is conducting sonic and performative ethnographic research for her project titled Toward a Sound Pedagogy: A Sonic and Performative Ethnography of ‘Sound Healers’ in Canada. Her work at the intersections of multiliteracies, sound studies in education, and critical studies in improvisation explores possibilities for new horizons in what language and literacy entails. She also draws on contemplative education to query ‘how we sound and re-sound’ to one another in social and educational contexts.
Stacey is an instructor at varying post-secondary institutes in Canada including Mount Royal University (Calgary, AB), the University of Regina (Regina, SK), and the University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB). She began her career as an English language educator in Japan, Korea, and Canada. She is currently based in Calgary, AB – living, writing, and teaching from the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which include the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Stoney Nakoda First Nation as well as the Northwest Métis – Region 3.
Stacey earned a M.Ed and PhD in Language, Culture, and Teaching from the Faculty of Education at York University (Toronto, ON) and a B.Ed from University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB). Since 2016, she has been conducting ethnographic research. She is currently what Elliott & Culhane (2017) term as “a different kind of ethnographer” as she embarks on sonic and performative ethnographic methodology. She is interested in research that is co-created with her participants and collaboratively performed or disseminated. She also draws on autoethnographic and duoethnographic methodologies in order to write about self with/in culture and engage in dialogues with others about the cultures we are immersed in.
As a professional sound artist, Stacey regularly engages in improvisation and collaborations with local, national, and international artists. She has performed at local and international festivals online with The Remotions (a multiplay collective; online improvisation with musicians and artists) and in person with the Earth & Ether Trio (with James Harley & Reza Yazdanpanah). Her largest international collaboration was in London, UK, where she participated with 194 international gong players for the Guinness World Record of players in a synchronized gong composition. Bazing! She also currently teaches the philosophy and practice of gong playing to individuals and small groups.
In 2014, she certified to teach yoga and meditation and embarks on engaged mindfulness practices as social practices. For her meditative events, she draws on the work of contemporary contemplative teachers such as Thich Nhat Hanh and Rev. angel Kyodo williams.
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