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Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

Dr. Stephanie Springgay

Assistant Professor
Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at The University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

Stephanie Springgay is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on curriculum theory, relational art practices, gender and youth studies, embodiment, feminist pedagogy and justice-oriented education. In addition, as a multidisciplinary artist working with installation and video-based art, she investigates the relationship between artistic practices and methodologies of educational research. She is currently co-editing the book Mothering a Bodied Curriculum: Theories and Practices of Relational Teaching with Debra Freedman; is the co-editor of Curriculum and the Cultural Body, Peter Lang (2007) with Debra Freedman; and the author of Body Knowledge and Curriculum: Pedagogies of touch in youth and visual culture, Peter Lang (2008). Her work has also appeared in such journals as Qualitative Inquiry, Studies in Art Education, Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, and the Alberta Journal of Educational Research. Currently, Dr. Springgay is a co-investigator on a Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) research and creation grant. This is a large-scale study that explores community-based relational art practices in sites such as India, Argentina, Cape Breton Nova Scotia and Toronto. The study is an artistic inquiry into walking as a bodily way of knowing, as a political act, and as a form of corporeal public pedagogy.  The study is situated to bring together a team of scholars and artists in the visual arts and education, bridging the gap between creative and interpretive disciplines, to examine the implications of walking as an aesthetic act.