Creating Indigenous community on campus – Ryerson U

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September 18, 2018

Like most research, it began with a question. “Can you show me what language looks like?” Dr. Joanne DiNova asked her fellow Indigenous colleague Dr. Lila Pine, both based in the Faculty of Communication & Design (FCAD).

Thus began their research on language visualization using CymaScopes, scientific instruments that produce images based on sound vibrations in water. By comparing the voiceprints of spoken English and Indigenous languages, they hope to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between ways of speaking and knowing.

“Language affects how we see the world and think,” said Dr. DiNova, a professional communication professor. “And if you can visually represent spoken language, you may be able to see differences in worldview.”

Their investigation is one of the initiatives based out of Saagajiwe, a transdisciplinary Indigenous centre for research and creation launched by FCAD in 2017. Named after the Anishinaabe word for the emerging light of dawn, Saagajiwe’s mission is to facilitate the dissemination of Indigenous thought and culture. In addition to research, priorities include Indigenous creative expression, interdisciplinary curriculum development and creative spaces on campus.

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