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Research Day

  • research day may 10, 2023
  • Research Day 2023 is around the corner!

    Research Day is back! We have some exciting speakers lined up, including keynote speaker Dr. Janelle Joseph, Faculty member Dr. Gordon Giesbretch and Faculty of Arts professor Dr. Tina Chen.

    Important update: Graduate students can start submitting their research posters for the competition. Submit your poster

    On this page:

    Research Day program guide coming soon!


  • Janelle Joseph
  • Keynote speaker:

    The Politics of Storytelling: Research for Resistance and Re-existence in Sport and Physical Culture

    Dr. Janelle Joseph


    This talk will focus on narrative justice, digital storytelling, and the power relationship between private and public realms that is revealed through storytelling. Individual passions and experiences shared across racial, ethnic, cultural, and gender groups form the basis of Dr. Joseph's analysis. Resistance activism and re-existence practices in sport, leisure, and physical culture enable alternate ways of being. Drawing from Black feminist philosophers, griots, artists, activists, academics, and ancestors, this talk puts sport and the moving body at the center and asks what is the critical, therapeutic, and political role of storytelling. 


    Janelle Joseph is an internationally recognized and award-winning scholar committed to disseminating knowledge about race, sport, and education. In 2022 she was elected to the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists in recognition of early-career, nation-leading excellence in research. Dr. Joseph uses perspectives from critical race studies; diaspora and transnationality studies; and post-, de-, and anti-colonial studies. Her current book project focuses on embodiment and decoloniality. Dr. Joseph is the  Co-President of the Black Canadian Studies Association and Director at Large of The Academy of Leisure Science. 

  • Gordon Giesbrecht
  • Why research day?

    Gordon Giesbrecht


    The start of any research career begins with many questions, including, "will my research ever actually accomplish anything?" Meaningful research had two main criteria:

    1. it should be academically sound and answer an important question
    2. it must be conveyed to the research academy and, hopefully, the general public. This traditionally means some type of publication of the research.

    The long road to publication in a peer-reviewed journal often starts with the first step in telling the world about your work... Research Day! Research Day challenges a student to summarize their work and present it to their peers either in oral or poster form. The work can then be honed into a sharp scientific paper submission. This talk will emphasize the importance of this initial step and then provide examples of studies that have moved beyond Research Day to publication and even lifesaving knowledge translation initiatives.


    Dr. Giesbrecht operates the Laboratory for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, where he studies human responses to exercise and work in extreme environments. He has conducted hundreds of cold water immersion studies that have provided valuable information about cold stress physiology and pre-hospital care for human hypothermia. Dr. Giesbrecht has studied drowning physiology and prevention as well as prevention of vehicle submersion deaths.  Other research interests include human physical and mental performance in other stresses such as altitude (hypoxia) and diving (hypobaria).


  • Tina Chen
  • Equity, Anti-Oppression, Empowerment and Community as Research Praxis: Reflections from Figure Skating

    Dr. Tina Chen


    This talk is a reflection on the importance of praxis in sport activism and research. Praxis refers to the intertwining of theory and action, so that each continually informs the other, with the goal of transforming institutions, cultures, and individual subjectivity (i.e. who we can be). I will weave together four strands:

    1. Auto-ethnography of my personal experiences in figure skating;
    2. Findings from recent quantitative and qualitative research I recently conducted on experiences of equity, diversity, and inclusion in figure skating in Canada;
    3. Learnings rooted in activist and institutional work in various settings---- including University of Manitoba and with Skate Canada-- to dismantle forms of oppression and to advance equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and empowerment; and
    4. Vignettes and examples that demonstrate how various important changes in figure skating are rooted in building community through interwining theory and action, and in ways that understand theory and action are generated in multiple ways, and by empowering diverse voices .


    Tina Mai Chen is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Manitoba, and the inaugural Executive Lead-Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UManitoba. A specialist in Chinese history, Tina's research and teaching focuses on the ways in which culture, film, media, and sport are sites where power relations are produced, resisted, and (re)imagined. Tina is also a community activist, organising with Asian community groups for anti-racism and cross-cultural engagement. Building on a life-long involvement in figure skating as a former competitive skater and current choreographer and coach, Tina's current research and activism centers on equity, anti-racism, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in figure skating in Canada and globally.

Poster competition

  • Student poster presentation at Research Day 2019
  • The Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management graduate students (M.A., M.Sc.) are invited to participate in a poster competition for Research Day 2023.

    Contest Information:
    The competition will be held after lunch on May 10, and presenters must be present to stand with their posters. Students are to prepare a 3-5 minute talk about their research. Judges will ask presenters questions, and after their deliberations, they will select the top 3 entrants based on content, quality of research, originality, and presentation.


    Please submit your contest entry before April 21 to have your poster printed for free (only applicable for FKRM Master's students).

    Submit your poster






9:00 – 9:30



Dr. Leisha Strachan

Dr. Brian Rice

Dr. Douglas Brown

Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst

9:30 – 10:15

What is research day?


Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht

10:15 – 10:30




10:30 – 11:15

Equity, Anti-Oppression, Empowerment and Community as Research Praxis: Reflections from Figure Skating


Dr. Tina Chen

11:15 – 12:00




11:30 – 12:00

Mentorship Session

220 ALC

Dr. Janelle Joseph

12:00 – 1:45

Poster Session / Competition



2:00 – 3:00

Keynote Talk / Seminar Series

Marshall McLuhan Hall (University Centre)

Dr. Janelle Joseph

3:00 – 3:30

Poster Competition Awards and other awards

Marshall McLuhan Hall (University Centre)

Ruth Asper 

Dr. Leisha Strachan 

3:30 – 4:30


Marshall McLuhan Hall (University Centre)


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