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Under the Tent

A creative exploration of diversity, race and multiculturalism

Under the Tent is a multimedia storytelling project that explores the sense of belonging or not belonging under the tent of Canadian multiculturalism – a 50-year legacy of government policy that was intended to recognize the nation’s racial and cultural diversity, and promote the inclusive and equal participation of all Canadians. Multiculturalism has brought enthusiasm as well as disappointment, equity and inequality, and community and exclusion, especially around Indigenous reconciliation and decolonization.

Under the Tent, the next iteration of the inaugural i am project, opens in new window, asks selected participants to reflect on individual and collective experiences with multiculturalism, race and diversity, and to propose contributions towards its future possibilities. It is a multimedia space that invites participants to produce creative works that express criticisms and new thinking. Under the Tent is intended to unpack and reframe multiculturalism through a creative lens. The project is led by Cyrus Sundar Singh and Anna Triandafyllidou, CERC Migration.

A Call for Proposals ended November 15, 2021. The following individuals were selected through a competitive process:

Noha Abdelmoaty, MA, Gender Studies, Queen's University

Bruno Belli Sinder, PhD Candidate, Art and Visual Culture, Western University

Hind Ben Salama, PhD, Humanities /Translation Studies, York University

Patty Chan, MA (in progress), Ethnomusicology, York University

Amy (Ji Yon) Choi, MA (in progress), Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto

Hiba ElMiari, BSc, Biology, Wilfrid Laurier University

Katrin Faridani, MFA (in progress), Documentary Media, Ryerson University

Melika Forouzan Pour, MFA (in progress), University of Calgary

Kamel (Kam) Johal, MBA, Doctorate of Business Administration (in progress), Athabasca University

Damali Kai Little-White, MA, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto; Certificate in Children's Media, Centennial College

Matthew Overdevest, MSc, KU Leuven (in progress), MA, Interdisciplinary Studies (in progress), Athabasca University

Liz Poliakova, PhD Candidate, Communication and Culture, York University

Fiorella Rabuffetti, PhD Candidate, Political Science, University of Ottawa

Leena Manimekalai Raghupathy, MFA (Film), York University

Anne-Audrey Remarais, MA, Interdisciplinary Program, Concordia University

Chelsea Richards James, MFA, Documentary Media (in progress), Ryerson University

Parnia Shahab, MFA (in progress), University of Calgary

Wajiha Shahid, PhD Candidate, Computer Science, University of New Brunswick

Takhmina Shokirova, PhD, Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Aradhana Tewari, MA, Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo

Kirsten Van't Schip, MA, Interdisciplinary Studies (in progress), Athabasca University

From January to June, 2022, participants will work with mentors to produce a short digital storytelling or creative project (that may include film, dance, music, theatre or an installation) that can be widely shared with a public audience and explores the themes of Under the Tent. The project will culminate with a festival/symposium in June 2022 that will engage the community in real time (either virtual or in-person depending on health protocols).