Category Archives: Affiliate Faculty


Bettina Bergo

Depuis quelques années, j’ai orienté mes intérêts vers trois principales pistes. La première consiste en une intervention critique sur la phénoménologie herméneutique depuis Heidegger. J’ai interrogé le «tournant théologique» de la phénoménologie française des vingt-cinq dernières années en cherchant à déterminer la relation entre celui-ci et l’herméneutique de la rencontre avec autrui chez Levinas? Cette question en implique d’autres : Que signifie une lecture «séculière» de Levinas? Comment cette dernière se distingue-t-elle d’une lecture influencée par la pensée juive? Enfin, quel est la contribution de Levinas à la question de la sensibilité de la chair « intersubjective »? Je m’appuie sur les contributions récentes de commentateurs français, dont J.-M Salanskis, G. Bensussan, entre autres.

La seconde piste de mes recherches poursuit le «destin» de certains concepts philosophiques et psychologiques (Affektus , Leidenschaft , Seele) suite à la révolution kantienne et en considérant l’émergence de la neurologie et de la psychiatrie matérialistes en Europe, surtout en France et en Allemagne. Ce questionnement fait partie d’un travail de longue haleine sur la sensibilité considérée à partir de 1813 (cf. Hegel, La philosophie de l’esprit ).

La troisième piste approfondit mes recherches en psychanalyse freudienne et, avant tout, sa réception française (Lacan, Pontalis, Laplanche). Il s’agit d’un domaine comportant de multiples influences et ressorts. Un des intérêts majeurs de la psychologie française se situe dans ses tentatives, partagés ou contestés, de traiter avec le matérialisme hérité du XVIIIe siècle (cf. J-M. Charcot, P. Janet). Mais l’intérêt principal de cette psychologie tient dans son effort de perpétuer un questionnement philosophique au sein du discours psychologique lui-même (cf. M. Pradines et M. Merleau-Ponty).

Tore Nielsen

Full Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Université de Montréal
Psychologist (College of Psychologists of Quebec)
Director of the Dream and Nightmare Laboratory

Research Interests:
Effect of REM sleep deprivation on dreaming. Psychophysiology and treatment of patients with nightmares and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Parasomnias among children and new mothers. Effects of virtual reality immersion on dreaming. Population studies of dreaming and nightmares.

Polysomnography, selective REM sleep deprivation, spectral analysis of the EEG and ECG, sensory stimulation during sleep, virtual reality exposure, sampling and analysis of lab and home dreams, internet-based dream collection.

Sabine Bergler

Sabine Bergler is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Concordia University. Her Ph.D. is from the Computer Science Department at Brandeis University, her MS from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her undergraduate education from Institut fur Informatik at the University of Stuttgart.

She is a member of the CLAC Laboratory conducting computational linguistics research at Concordia, the BioIT Laboratory for bioinformatics technology, and CENPARMI, the Center for Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence.

Mark Sussman

Mark Sussman is a theatre artist and scholar working on the animation of public space and the integration of old and new technologies in live performance. He earned his PhD from the Department of Performance Studies at New York University, where he received the Michael Kirby Memorial Award for his doctoral dissertation on 18th and 19th Century stagings of the new technology of electricity. He joined Concordia’s faculty and moved to Montreal in 2005. He is currently Associate Professor and Acting Chair of the Department of Theatre.

Sussman is a founder and co-artistic director of Great Small Works, an OBIE and UNIMA/Jim Henson Award-winning theatre collective based in New York City. Since 1995, Great Small Works has been producing new theatre works on a variety of scales, from miniature toy theatre pieces using two-dimensional cutouts and live montage, to giant parades, community processions, and circuses. The company specializes in the reinvention of ancient, popular, and avant-garde performance techniques in contemporary contexts, creating variety evenings, international festivals, and community-based projects in addition to discrete performance works. With Great Small Works, he was artistic director for Bienvenue à Tourne-York, a large-scale outdoor Carnival commissioned by the town of Tournefeuille (near Toulouse), France in Spring, 2009. In 2010, he was co-designer for theatres and exhibition spaces for the 9th International Toy Theater Festival, produced at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY. He also co-designed a retrospective exhibition of The Toy Theater of Terror As Usual, a series of news-based paper theatre shows, produced by Great Small Works between 1990-2002. The exhibition, which included a new episode, was part of “The Curse of Bigness,” an exhibit curated by Larissa Harris at the Queens Museum of Art, NYC (May to October 2010).

As part of his ongoing research based at Concordia, Sussman is continuing work on Soil Desire People Dance, a tabletop object theatre performance using live and pre-recorded video, inspired by the writings of W.G. Sebald.

Apart from Great Small Works, Sussman continues a ten-year collaboration with writer/director Allen S. Weiss, with whom he has created two incarnations of Danse Macabre, an installation-performance using dolls created by Paris-based artist Michel Nedjar, most recently at the In Transit 09 Festival in Berlin. In Montreal, he is the principal organizer of Café Concret, an occasional cabaret of experimental puppetry and object-based performance, a forum for new works in a variety of media.

Sussman’s writing has appeared in The Drama Review, (ai) performance for the planet, Connect, Stagebill, Cabinet, Radical Street Performance (Routledge, 1999), and Puppets, Masks, and Performing Objects (MIT, 2001). He is currently preparing an anthology (edited with Susan Simpson at CalArts) provisionally titled Automaton to Zombie: a Dictionary of Performing Objects. He is an artist/researcher at the Hexagram Institute, and the recipient of a research-creation grant from the FQRSC for 2008-2011.

Lynn Hughes

Lynn Hughes founded the Interstices research group (with Prof. Jean Dubois – UQAM) in 2000. Interstices focused on producing new media works that explore the aesthetic and poetic potential of interaction with the screen and sound, with a particular emphasis on the development of innovative physical and gestural interfaces. More recently, she and Prof.
Bart Simon (Sociology, Concordia) founded TAG (Technoculture Art and Games).

TAG is a radically interdisciplinary, inter-Faculty Research Center that brings together researchers from a broad spectrum of disciplines to work on thinking about games and producing innovative prototypes. TAG leads a multi-university project group in the GRAND Network of Centers of Excellence and frequently collaborates with Kokoromi, an internationally known collective that curates and produces independent games.
Lynn’s productions include:

• Propinquity: a full body game for two players wearing sensors. Players gain points by staying as close as possible to active sensors on the others participant’s body, but lose if they touch. This performance/game explores very physical, electronically enhanced games as well as the ambiguous territory between fighting and dancing.

• Fabulous / Fabuleux: another interactive game using a custom physical interface in which the real space of the room is activated as much as the virtual space on the large projected screen. The game also uses spatialized sound to direct the players movements in the room.

• CUBID: a large scale play /game environment in which two players collaborate in real space to move through the levels of the virtual game. The players use custom wireless physical interfaces to control the visuals and the sound in real time.

Marcelo Wanderley

Marcelo Mortensen Wanderley holds a Ph.D. degree from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), France, on acoustics, signal processing, and computer science applied to music. His main research interests include gestural control of sound synthesis, input device design and evaluation, and the use of sensors and actuators in digital musical instruments. Dr. Wanderley has chaired 2003 International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression and co-authored the textbook “New Digital Musical Instruments: Control and Interaction Beyond the Keyboard”, A-R Editions. He is currently William Dawson Scholar and Associate Professor in Music Technology at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal, where he directs the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT).


Affiliation: Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology – CIRMMT Link:

Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory – IDMIL (



Kavita Philip

University of California Irvine

Kavita Philip is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She works in the field of Science and Technology Studies. Her current research areas are environmental history; postcolonial and feminist science studies; globalization;
new media technologies.

Her articles in environmental history, globalization, and new media studies have appeared in the journals Cultural Studies, Postmodern Culture, NMediaC, and Environment and History. She has recently published a monograph on the history of colonial science in south India: Civilizing Natures, Rutgers University Press. She is working on a new manuscript, co-authored with Terry Harpold, entitled Going Native: Cyberculture and the Millennial Fantasies of Globalization (forthcoming, Routledge).

In her capacity as Affiliate Scholar, Prof. Philip is interested in the creation of metaphors for thinking in technoscientific contexts. Historians of science have long known that metaphors are indispensable parts of investigation and explanation, and that the richness and squishiness of metaphors have long challenged simple correspondence theories of truth. Her research constructs tools, ideas, and contexts which we can use to investigate, modify, and sharpen key concepts in the history of science.



Jeremy Cooperstock

Jeremy Cooperstock (Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1996) is an associate professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a member of the Centre for Intelligent Machines, and a founding member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology at McGill University. He directs the Shared Reality Lab, which focuses on computer mediation to facilitate high-fidelity human communication and the synthesis of perceptually engaging, multimodal, immersive environments, and also leads the theme of Enabling Technologies for a Networks of Centres of Excellence on Graphics, Animation, and New Media (GRAND). Cooperstock’s accomplishments include theIntelligent Classroom, the world’s first Internet streaming demonstrations of Dolby Digital 5.1, uncompressed 12-channel 96kHz/24bit, multichannel DSD audio, and multiple simultaneous streams of uncompressed high-definition video, and a simulation environment that renders graphic, audio, and vibrotactile effects in response to footsteps. His work on the Ultra-Videoconferencing system was recognized by an award for Most Innovative Use of New Technology from ACM/IEEE Supercomputing and a Distinction Award from the Audio Engineering Society. Cooperstock has worked with IBM at the Haifa Research Center, Israel, and the T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Tokyo, Japan, and was a visiting professor at Bang & Olufsen, Denmark, where he conducted research on telepresence technologies as part of the World Opera Project. He chaired the Audio Engineering Society (AES) Technical Committee on Network Audio Systems from 2001 to 2009 and is currently an associate editor of the Journal of the AES.



Cynthia Hammond

Dr. Cynthia Hammond
Associate Professor at Concordia University
Chair of the Department of Art History

Hammond graduated from Concordia University’s Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in 2002. Her dissertation won the Governor-General’s Gold Medal for a doctoral dissertation. From 2003-05, Hammond held a SSHRC-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the School of Architecture, McGill University. She taught for several departments of art history and schools of architecture in Canada before returning to Concordia in 2006. A practising artist, Hammond’s work is often founded upon interdisciplinary practices of archival research, artistic production and community engagement.