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Best, C. Podcast is a student-run project initiated in March 2017 by graduate students Anne-Marie Turcotte, John Bryans and Kris Millett, all members of Concordia’s Ethnography Labandthe Department of Sociology and Anthropology.The aims of this project at the outsetwere threefold: to find a creative use for the EthnoLab’s space, promote graduatestudent research in the department,and address issues and themes pertaining to student lifesuch as coping with stress and thriving as individuals. However, it has nowtransformed into a more far reaching project that seeks to foster a strong sense of community among interdisciplinary graduate students, sometimes isolated in their respective programs.
While Best, C. offers afun, accessible platform for the diffusion of student research via an informal interview format, it also turns the lens back on the people behind the research and the atypical journeys taken that renders them singular and captivating. Aiming at stimulating self-reflection among student researchers, this podcast should be apprehended as a journey where our host gradually broadens his interviews with his guests from questions about their research to their personal experiences in order to better understand what led them to their current program of studies and specific area of research interest.
This first season of the podcast will serve as an introduction to the researchers and their stories, as listeners learn about this world alongside host, Johnny Bee (John Bryans). Our second season (release date: Fall 2017) will revisit the researchers and update their progress, giving the audience the opportunity to follow along as their narratives unfold.Throughout, the podcast will feature a musical soundtrack created and performed by students. Wanting to appeal to a wider audience than academia, the podcast is intended for any listeners who might be interested in the backstage workings of academia.Best, C. producers invite their auditors to engage with usvia multiple social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. The podcast will be available for download on iTunes and Soundcloud.
Creative Producer Anne-Marie Turcotteis currently a PhD student in Concordia’s Social and Cultural Analysis program. In 2010, Anne-Marie completed an MA in Research Practices and Public Action (INRS, Montreal), a unique program training knowledge brokers toserve as intermediaries between research producers and users. This trainingexperience inspired her to create this scientific podcast which will not only serve as a knowledge transfer tool but will also provide an insider look at knowledge production and diffusion and appeal to a wider audience than academia.
Podcast host John Bryans is a Master’s student in Sociology, a professional actor and a documentarist. A graduate of George Brown Theatre School, John has performed onstage in theatres across Canada as well as an extensive list of radio and television commercials. His scholarly research incorporates media and creative arts in his methodology, employing documentary film and sound art as research tools in order to investigate embodied identity. John was recently selected as a Top 25 Finalist in the SSHRC Storytellers 2017 competition for his video about his master's research titled "The Actor's Dude Dilemma".
Sound Producer Kris Millett is a PhD student in Concordia’s Social and Cultural Analysis program and a SOCAN-registered songwriter and musician. His own research focuses on media discourse analysis and he is looking to learn how to blend these skills with ethnographic methods. Kris has prior experience in the production of podcasts and has taken on the challenge of recording this podcast in the EthnoLab’s open and shared space in Concordia’s EV Building. The environment presents sonic challenges in terms of managing background noise, however the collegial nature of the space provides a sense of warmth and energy that becomes infused in the podcast interviews.