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Sébastien Després

Sebastien Depres

Coordinates

Work Office: QC4011

Telephone: (709) 334-1166
email: sebastiend@mun.ca
Website: http://sebastiendespres.ca

Education

BA (Canadian Studies) Mount Allison University

MA (Folklore) Memorial University
Thesis Title: Belief and Identity through the Production of Music in the Roman Catholic Liturgy: An Ethnography of Shaïda, the Sainte Famille Parish Unity’s Youth Musical Ensemble

MA (Religious Studies) Memorial University of Newfoundland
Thesis Title: A Corporeal Ethnography of Canadians at a Marian Apparition Site

Ph.D. Candidate (Anthropology) Memorial University of Newfoundland
Thesis Title: Theological Landscapes and the Politics of the Sacrosanct: Canadian Pilgrims in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Research Interests

My current work focuses on beliefs shared by Canadians in the context of a Roman Catholic pilgrimage to a Marian apparition site in the rural Bosnian-Herzegovinian parish of Medjugorje. My main interests include: Pilgrimage; Ritual; Roman Catholicism; Identity; Ethnicity; Ideology; Belief; Nationalism; Public Policy; Historical Consciousness; Narrative; Memorates.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Després, Sébastien, Steve Kuhn, Pauline Ngirumpatse, and Marie-Josée Parent “Real Accountability or an Illusion of Success?: A Call for a Review of Standardized Testing in Canada / Responsabilisation réelle ou illusion de réussite? Un appel à une revision des examens normalisés en Ontario.” Action Canada Task Force Public Policy Report (14pp). Available at http://testingillusion.ca

Després, Sébastien. Steve Kuhn, Pauline Ngirumpatse and Marie-Josée Parent. “‘Real Accountability or an Illusion of Success?: A Call to Review Standardized Testing in Ontario.” Action Canada Task Force Report Presentation & Public Dialogue (February 2013), Château Frontenac, Ottawa, ON.

Kuhn, Steve, Sébastien Després, Pauline Ngirumpatse and Marie-Josée Parent. “Standardized Testing in Canada: Real Accountability or an Illusion of Success?” Action Canada Public Dialogue (November 2012), Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Vancouver, BC.

Pauline Ngirumpatse, Sébastien Després, Andrew Pilliar, Ben Scott, Samira Thomas, and Cliff van der Linden. “First-Nations and Haida Self-Governance.” Action Canada Public Dialogue (November 2012), Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay, Skidegate (Haida Gwaii), BC.

“Does Canada Have the Education Systems it Needs to Meet the Economic and Societal Challenges of the Future?” Action Canada Public Dialogue co-facilitator (June 2012), Fredericton Conference Centre, Fredericton, NB.

Hurley, Stephen and Sébastien Després. “Analyzing Accountability in Education: Deep Approaches for Deep-Seated Problems.” 31-minute podcast conversation with the Canadian Education Association’s Stephen Hurley. (March 2013). Available at: http://www.VoicEd.ca

Després, Sébastien, Marie-Josée Parent, and Ben Clarkson. “Education and Accountability: A Short Animation on Standardized Testing / Education et responsabilisation: Un court métrage animé sur les examens normalisés / Educación y capacitación - Un cortometraje de animación sobre las pruebas estandarizadas” (February 2013). Available at: http://youtu.be/ramucjnTGGs

Després, Sébastien. “Why Is Evaluation So Common and Assessment So Rare in Undergraduate Teaching?.” Aldrich Interdisciplinary Conference (March 2014), Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.

Després, Sébastien and Marie-Josée Parent. “On the Lore of Public Policy Language: Practical Practicians’ Praxis, Artful Artists’ Artistry.” Folklore Studies Association of Canada Annual Meeting (June 2013), Memorial University, Corner Brook, NL.

Després, Sébastien and Marie-Josée Parent. “If Education is the Lighting of a Fire, Engagement is the Wind that Spreads It: The Impact of Public Engagement on Research and its Dissemination.” Community-University Expo: Engaging Shared Worlds (June 2013), Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, Corner Brook, NL.

Després, Sébastien. “Intrepidly Setting Out to Play in the Deep: Smooth Sailing through Audacious Undergraduate Assessment.” Canadian Anthropology Society’s “Culture” (Fall 2012), p. 21-22. Available at http://bit.ly/10CE7G2

Després, Sébastien. “Priest, Pilgrim, and the Sacrosanct: The Spiritual Guide and Francophone Canadian Pilgrimage to Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina.” Canadian Anthropology Society (May 2012), University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.

Després, Sébastien. “Adaptable Assessments for Adapting Students: Offering Alternatives and Choices in Evaluation for First-Year Undergraduate Courses.” McGraw-Hill Ryerson National Teaching & Learning Conference: Maximizing Student Retention: Everyone’s Responsibility (May 2011), Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.

Després, Sébastien. “Denying Cultural Tourism: A Pilgrimage to Medjugorje.” Culture and Tradition 32 (2010), 20pp.

Després, Sébastien. “DIGI-ANTH 1000: Information and Communication Technologies in the Anthropology Classroom.” Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. Canadian Anthropology Society (June 2010), Concordia University, Montréal, QC.

Després, Sébastien. “Fragmented Perceptions: A Consideration of Canada Student Loan Borrowers’ Views on Loan Repayment and Default.” Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. Folklore Studies Association of Canada (May 2010), Concordia University, Montréal, QC.

Després, Sébastien. “Confirmations of Faith: Experiencing the Sacred in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina.” Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. Folklore Studies Association of Canada (May 2009), Carleton University, Ottawa, ON.

Després, Sébastien. “The Things and Spaces of Belief: The Church of the Assumption of Our Lady, Harlow, England.” Folklore Studies Association of Canada Conference (May 2008), Cape Breton University, Sydney, NS.

Després, Sébastien. “A Novel Approach: Ritual Ethnography of the Extreme, the Fieldworker Playing Deep.” Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. Canadian Anthropology Society (May 2008), Carleton University, Ottawa, ON.

Després, Sébastien. “A Communist Inheritance: Croatian Reminiscences for a Roman Catholic Audience.” Generation Removed?: Assessing Nostalgia, Memory, and Legacy in Russia, Eastern Europe & Central Asia: Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia Conference (February 2008), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

Després, Sébastien and Jedediah Baker “‘Longing for What Once Was’: A Photography Exhibit by Sébastien Després and Jedediah Baker.” Photography Exhibit, School of Music (May 2010), Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.

Després, Sébastien. “Faith in the Power of Music: Creating Community through Music-Making.” Public lecture. NewFound Music Festival (January 2010), Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.

Després, Sébastien. “Making it Real: The Narrative Reconstruction of an Eastern European Pilgrimage Centre.” Illumine: a journal from the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society 7: 1 (2008), 54-66.

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