Our interdisciplinary team
The project is run by Dr. Vivek Venkatesh –UNESCO co-Chair in Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism, and Associate Professor of Inclusive Practices in Visual Arts in the Department of Art Education at the Faculty of Fine Arts. Venkatesh is assisted by the interdisciplinary team of SOMEONE researchers and researcher-practitioners most notably, Ms. Kathryn Urbaniak, Dr. Tieja Thomas, Dr. Nicole Fournier-Sylvester, Dr. Sandra Chang-Kredl, Dr. Jihan Rabah, Dr. Juan Carlos Castro, Dr. Ketra Schmitt, Dr. Jason Wallin, Dr. Jeffrey Podoshen, Dr. Robert McGray, Dr. Ayaz Naseem, Dr. Adeela Arshad-Ayaz, Dr. Martin Lalonde, and Ms. Sarmista Das.
Our team members are from all four faculties at Concordia, as well as Champlain College (Montréal), the University of Alberta (Edmonton), and Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, Pennsylvania). Our project brings researchers and practitioners with a wide range of expertise including consumer consumption and cultural theory, peace education, terrorism risk assessment, psychoanalytics, social and public pedagogy, feminism, citizen education, discourse analysis, classroom usage of social media, and art education.
Back row, left to right: Marc Miller MP; Nicole Fournier-Sylvester; Vivek Venkatesh; Justin Powlowski.
Front row, left to right: Jihan Rabah; Kathryn Urbaniak; Juan Carlos-Castro.
(Photo credit: Concordia University. All rights reserved.)
Executive Committee 2017-2019
Vivek Venkatesh: Director & Principal Investigator
Kathryn Urbaniak: Manager & Co-Principal Investigator
Jihan Rabah, Tieja Thomas: Co-Principal Investigators
Sandra Chang-Kredl, Nicole Fournier-Sylvester: Co-Investigators
Additional Researchers: Adeela Arshad-Ayaz, Ayaz Naseem, Jason Wallin, Jeff Podoshen, Juan Carlos Castro, Sarmista Das, Jessie L. Beier, Owen Chapman, Tasleem Budwani, Andre Gagne, David Hall, Ghayda Hassan, David Morin, Brad Nelson, Amy Swiffen, Robert McGray, Ketra Schmitt
Post-doctoral Fellows: Jihan Rabah (2016-2018), Ryan Scrivens (2017-2019), Danny Mamlok (2018-2020)
Research Assistants: Martin Lalonde, Stephanie Kozak, Katherine Pauls, Marie-Pierre Labrie, Colleen Leonard, Manasvini Narayana, Rawda Harb, Léah Snider, Jennifer Faucher, Racha Cheikh-Ibrahim
Past Interns and Research Assistants: Ehsan Akbari, Peter Dimitrakopoulos, Michelle Savard, Marc-Antoine Bertrand