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Institute Fellows

2007

• Dr. Phillip Vannini, Assistant Professor, School of Communication and Culture, Royal Roads, for research on communities served by BC Ferries
• Terry Lavender, Simon Fraser University, for research and a community talk on his research on the use of video games for social change
• Larry Lane, New York playwright, for creative writing as well as a study group on Jorge Luis Borges’ “Labyrinth.” Mr. Lane returned in 2008, for a second residency and study group in Shakespeare's “Tempest”

2008

• Dr. Jackie Armijo-Hussein, Women’s Studies & Islamic Studies, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, for research and writing
• Dr. Lina Kassem, Human Rights & Arab-Israeli conflict, for research and writing
• Larry Lane, New York playwright, for creative writing as well as a study group on Shakespeare's “Tempest”
• Marina Zurkow, artist and professor of interactive media arts at New York University’s Interactive NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), for research and artistic work

2009
• Kate McCandless, Vancouver based poet, Zen priest and clinical counselor, for a residency in creative writing
• Ayami Stryck, Cortes Island fibre artist, for a weeklong studio art residency
• Marina Zurkow, artist and professor of interactive media arts at New York University’s Interactive NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), for research in animal behaviour
• Dale Littlejohn, Manager of community outreach for the Community Energy Association of BC


Terry Lavender's "Homeless: It's No Game"

Terry Lavender is a Vancouver-based videogame researcher and community activist. His area of interest is persuasive games and their effectiveness at changing attitudes, opinions and behaviour. Further information on his research can be found at wetcoast.org/research.

Terry has published two activist games, St. Paul's Invaders and Homeless: It's No Game". The latter was named Best Game Made in Vancouver by the Georgia Straight in 2006 and has been featured at the Games for Change Expo in New York City and on mtvU. It has also been used in elementary schools to teach Grade 5 and 6 students about homelessness.

Terry lives with his partner Sharon and cat Passepartout in Vancouver's West End.

Phillip Vannini Ferry Research

My name is Phillip Vannini. I am a professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University in Victoria

For some time now I have been doing research of an anthropological nature on life and culture on the BC Coast. My work focuses on the social ecology of movement across water--thus primarily examining the role played by BC Ferries in shaping everyday life sense of time, the meanings of space, daily routines and traditions on island and coastal communities, values toward land development, collective memory, regional identity, commerce, technology and material culture, and more.

I have already published a number of academic articles on the topic and I am now working on writing a book.

My anthropological research is of an ethnographic nature. That means that I'm NOT interested in collecting statistical information or similar "hard" facts. Instead, I'm interested in learning from people's stories, beliefs, and personal perspectives. All people who live in coastal and island communities have narratives, opinions, thoughts and experiences related to BC Ferries and to (as they say in their slogan) "life on the coast."

If you'd like to, you can learn a bit more about my work by reading this brief article:

My plan is to travel to every location served by BC Ferries over the next months. On my trips I like to meet with ferry travelers, community residents, and members of various associations and civic organizations to chat about the ferries and what they mean for the livelihood of the places they touch and they people they connect (or even disconnect).

I will be doing research intermittently in your area during the months of June and July. I would love the opportunity to meet with you at some point when I'm there.

Please don't think of this as a formal "interview." More simply, I just like to chat, perhaps over a cup of coffee/tea, about life on the island.