SA Bliss Happiness Gong

Stacey Bliss holds a PhD from the Faculty of Education (Language, Culture, and Teaching) from 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 (2019-2021). She is a research associate with IICSI (International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation).

She has been an educator (EAL, literacy, English) in Canada, Japan, and Korea for 14 years. Since 2014, she has also taught meditation, yoga, and the Art of Gong. She continues her learning about Gong (a percussion instrument) and improvisational collaborations with local, national, and international performers.

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 of 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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