The Project Someone team warmly welcomes Dr. Jessie Beier, who will be joining us as a Horizon postdoctoral fellow, and Dr. Léa Clermont-Dion, who will be joining us as a research associate at the postdoctoral level. Jessie and Léa will both be working with Dr. Owen Chapman and Dr. Vivek Venkatesh on the Landscape of Hope project. Below, please find more information about Jessie and Léa and the work they plan to do during their time with Project Someone.
Jessie Beier is a teacher, artist, writer, and conjurer of strange pedagogies for unthought futures. She recently completed a PhD at the University of Alberta in the Department of Secondary Education with a SSHRC-funded project titled Pedagogy at the End of the World: Weird Pedagogies for Unthought Educational Futures. As a Horizon postdoctoral fellow, Jessie will be co-leading activities related to the Landscape of Hope research-creation project, including working with co-conspirators and partners to develop and deliver programming. She will also be jamming with participants and artists on the team to create new artistic outputs and performances, and sharing what emerges in these experiments through publications, workshops and other public events.
In her own words, Jessie says: “I am looking forward to continuing my current research during my time at Concordia, which seeks to conjure what I call a ‘weird pedagogy,’ by bringing together my background in research-creation, radical pedagogy and speculative philosophy in order to examine the potentials, but also challenges, of creating ‘landscapes of hope’ — both in the flesh and online — amidst today’s increasingly unliveable convergence of crises.”
Léa Clermont-Dion is a new postdoctoral research associate at Landscape of Hope. She holds a PhD in political science from Université Laval and is a Vanier scholar. Her research focuses on online power dynamics and social networks as a tool for empowerment, cyberviolence and feminist studies. In addition to her academic research, Léa is an active documentary filmmaker who anchors her creation in a sociological field approach. Her next feature-length documentary, Backlash: Online Misogyny in the Digital Age, codirected with Guylaine Maroist, will be shown in theaters and on Radio-Canada and the Documentary Channel in 2022.
Léa says: “My project, Je t’écoute, is a podcast that aims to give youth from marginalized communities a voice through Project Someone’s Landscape of Hope project. Je t’écoute seeks to share technical knowledge of digital tools to empower youth. In addition to this creative project, I will also conduct research on the use of social media by youth as a process of reappropriation.”