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Kiara Mikita, PhD, is the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning's (TI) inaugural post-doctoral scholar working in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Kiara facilitates the SoTL Foundations Program for Graduate Students and SoTL Foundations for Postdocs, facilitates and speaks in other TI workshops, and guest speaks and lectures elsewhere in the University and in the broader Calgary community. Her research interests include building community in the contexts of teaching and learning, examining and facilitating "safe spaces” in learning environments, and teaching about sensitive or controversial issues.
Selected publications and appearances
Public talks and workshops
- “Last Lecture” - Challenging rules and changing words: Meaning what we say about sexual violence.” October 2017. University of Calgary. Calgary, Alberta.
- We Don’t Need a No to Know It’s a No. June 2017. Student Enrolment Services Professional Development Day, University of Calgary. Calgary, Alberta.
- No, No, No - No ‘No’s are Required to Refuse Sex. June 2017. Calgary Distress Centre. Calgary, Alberta.
- No is a Complete(ly Rude) Sentence. March 2017. Women’s Resource Centre, University of Calgary. Calgary, Alberta.
- Staying Informed and Topical: Taking on Teaching and Talk About Sexual Violence February 2017. Calgary City Teachers’ Convention. Calgary, Alberta.
- Mistaken Belief. Really?: Research and Practice That Undermine the Claim, “Well, She Didn’t Say ‘No’...”
- October 2016. AskFirst Symposium. Calgary, Alberta.
- Rhetorics of Nature and of Effortlessness: Legitimating the Responsibilization of Women for the Sexual Assaults that Men Perpetrate Against Them May 2016. Canadian Sociological Association (CSA). Calgary, Alberta.
- “It’s Not About Victim-Blaming, It’s About Being Safe:” Talk About Sexual Violence Prevention March 2012. Graduate Student Research Symposium. Calgary, Alberta.
- Everyday Implications: Examining Sexual Assault in and as Entertainment Media May 2011. Alberta Graduate Council Conference. Calgary, Alberta.
- “Real(istic) Rape”: Representations of Sexual Assault on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit November 2010. 62nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology. San Francisco, California.
- A Dog’s Life: Notions of Criminality According to Dog the Bounty Hunter November 2010. 62nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology. San Francisco, California.
- Bloody Right: Primetime’s Serial Killing Vigilante and Extralegal Punishment November 2009. 61st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Kiara Mikita - Research Contributions
- The CSI Effect: Examining CSI’s Effects Upon Public Perceptions of Forensic Science November 2008. 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology. St. Louis, Missouri.
- Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Examining Representations of Punishment in the Dexter Crime Drama Television Series
- June 2008. 43rd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sociological Association. Vancouver, British Columbia.
- (Re)presenting Murder: Seriality and Monstrosity in Fictional and (F)actual Serial Killings March 2008. Graduate Student Research Symposium. Calgary, Alberta.
- (In)différant Representations: Seriality, the (F)actual and Fictional Serial Killer, and Monstrosity May 2006. Fear, Space, and the Subject of Violence. Graduate Student Conference. Edmonton, Alberta.
- Suicide by Cop November 2005. W. David Pierce Research Colloquium. Graduate Student Conference. Edmonton, Alberta.
- Public Notification: The Decision-Making Process March 2002. Public Notification Forum, Mount Royal University. Calgary, Alberta.
- Okita, K. (2011, November/December). “Blame rapists for rape!” and other “radical” statements made at SlutWalk events. Sexual Assault Report, 15(2), 17-29.
- We Don’t Need a No to Know It’s a No. May 2017. Video Project commissioned by the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services.
- A Visual Note on Victim-Blaming. February 2017. Video Project converting an earlier conference presentation into a self-explanatory video.