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  • February 15, 2024 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm


2SLGBTQ+ Health Hub Lecture presents…

‘Colors of Inquiry: Exploring Queer Arts-Based Research’

Dive into the vibrant intersection of queer studies and arts-based research in our dynamic workshop, “Colors of Inquiry: Exploring Queer Arts-Based Research.” This engaging and thought-provoking session is designed for scholars, students, and anyone keen to explore the rich tapestry of queer experiences through creative methodologies.

Session Breakdown:

1) Foundations of Queer Arts-Based Research: We begin with an insightful overview of how arts-based approaches provide unique insights into queer studies. We will explore how art becomes a powerful tool for inquiry, expression, and advocacy, setting the stage for a deeper exploration of queer themes.

2) Methods and Ethics in Arts-Based Research: Engage in a thoughtful discussion about the methodologies, philosophical underpinnings, and ethical considerations unique to arts-based research in queer studies. This part emphasizes the importance of methodological rigor alongside creative expression.

3) Case Study 1: Cell-Philming: Body Image Among Queer Pups: Explore an innovative research project that uses cell-philming to examine body image issues within the queer pup community. Learn how this accessible form of media offers authentic, first-person perspectives on personal identity and self-image.

4) Case Study 2: Comic Book Anthology: Interpreting Compassion: Delve into a case study of a comic book anthology that illustrates various dimensions of compassion in queer narratives. This segment highlights how visual storytelling can be a powerful medium for conveying complex emotions and experiences.

5) Case Study 3: Wicked Bodies: A sneak peak into this documentary project that brings to light the nuanced experiences of eating disorders. It’s not just about the facts; it’s about the stories, the emotions, and the voices of participants.

6) Q&A Sessions: Dedicated time for questions and answers, encouraging active participation and deeper engagement with the material.

Speaker Bio:

Phillip Joy is a registered dietitian with the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association (NSDA) and an Assistant Professor in the Applied Human Nutrition department at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dr. Joy’s research is qualitative with a poststructuralist and queer lens and is focused on: 1) queer nutrition, body image, and health, 2) community advocacy and social disruption and, 3) pedagogy, curriculum, and training. Dr. Joy also uses arts-based methods, such as photovoice, cell-philming, and comics. Art-based research can disrupt the foundations of nutrition and health research by allowing by involving the emotions, the senses, the creativity, and the bodies of participants. Art-based research can also challenge and subvert social norms and contribute to social transformation through the expression of new perspectives.

More details about Dr. Joy’s research can be found at

Please register in advance through Zoom.