2021-2022 Artist-in-Residence

Call for Proposals

Application Deadline: 16 September 2020

The Jackman Humanities Institute is pleased to invite Chairs and Directors of Units at University of Toronto Mississauga to propose an Artist in Residence for the 2021-2022 academic year. Artists may come for the fall or winter semester, or they may be in residence for the full academic year. They must interact with the campus humanities community, as well as work on a project of their choosing that intersects with the Institute’s 2021-2022 annual theme:

JHI 2021-2022 Annual Theme: Pleasure

Whether understood as light amusement or passionate pursuit, as pure enjoyment, sensual gratification, bliss or hedonism, pleasure may be the most agreeable motivator.
Yet pleasure has been described as “curious and appalling,” one of modern civilization’s most deadly poisons.
Through its diverse manifestations – as intellectual satisfaction and the pleasures of knowledge, across studies of media audiences, addiction, virtual sex – when, and how, has pleasure become divorced from ideology, politics, and power?
Uneasiness concerning pleasure resonates readily with humanists’ tendencies to formulate our subjects of study as constellations of problems, but is there space in our discourses for unironic joy?


All proposals for the 2021-2022 JHI Artist in Residence must come directly from the Chair or Director of a humanities or arts & culture unit on the UT-Mississauga campus, and should indicate decanal support for the application. Applications will be adjudicated by the JHI.  

Proposals may not be made directly by artists.

Instructions for Chairs/Directors

  • Please prepare PDF files of all required documents (see list below) for upload to the online application: scroll to the bottom of this page and click on Apply Now! to reach this application page.
  • In the application page, please complete all information fields (see below for a list of the information that will be required)
  • Please upload the following documents into the portal fields indicated. Documents must be submitted as PDF files.
  1. Application form (click on Apply Now! Starting 1 June 2020) -- contact information for yourself and the proposed Artist
  2. Proposal: describe what your unit plans to accomplish through his/her/their residency and how this artist would contribute to the University of Toronto, the Division, and humanities communities that would be involved in this residency (1-2 pages)
  3. Artist C.V.
  4. Sample of work (either upload a pdf file as a sample of work or upload a pdf file that contains links to samples of work online.)
  5. Sample of recent publications and/or publicity by or about the proposed artist
  6. Any other relevant information: details about the proposed residency that have not been already included in this application form

Information Required for an Artist in Residence Proposal

  • Residency will take place in:  Fall 2021, Winter 2022, or Fall/Winter 2021-2022
  • Co-sponsoring Unit                
  • Unit Chair/Director
  • Contact Information for Unit Chair/Director (email address, telephone number)
  • Name of Proposed Artist
  • Title of Proposed Residency Project
  • Proposed Artist’s Primary Discipline
  • Proposed Artist’s Secondary Discipline (if applicable)
  • Does the proposed artist work with new/electronic media?     Yes / No (if yes, details)
  • Contact information for proposed artist (email address, telephone number, website)
  • Length of proposed residency (4-months Fall 2021/4-months Winter 2022/8-months 2021-2022/other)
  • Other Units in the Division with which the proposed artist may be interested in working (required)
  • Specific individuals at the University of Toronto (faculty, students) with whom the proposed artist wants to make contact (optional)
  • Committed support from the proposing unit and Division: (Shared cost $20,000/Office/Studio/ Teaching)
  • If the proposed artist will be teaching as a part of the shared cost commitment, please provide details


  • For questions about the nature of this collaboration, please contact JHI Director, Alison Keith
  • For questions about the JHI website and application process, please contact JHI Associate Director, Kim Yates


Details: How does this collaboration work?

The Jackman Humanities Institute, in partnership with a participating humanities unit at the University of Toronto, recognizes and offers financial support to working artists across the visual, performing, and literary arts each year, through the Artist-in-Residence program.

This program seeks to support the creation and production of new artistic work and to provide insight into the process of conceptualizing and producing creative work. The JHI situates an Artist-in-Residence both within a scholarly interdisciplinary community at the Institute and within an artistic academic community in a partnering humanities unit. Artists in Residence present and discuss their work at lunch colloquia along with JHI fellows; and share their practice with the broader University of Toronto community through a variety of media practices including, but not limited to, screenings, exhibitions, lectures, concerts, readings, and performances.

A humanities department or program at the University of Toronto must nominate and co-sponsor an artist for residency. The JHI provides a stipend, an office, and an interdisciplinary intellectual community, while the co-sponsoring unit provides a stipend and a production budget. Artists are expected to have substantial interaction with students over the course of the residency, e.g., through teaching, short-term seminars and workshops, public lectures, and open studio events.

The Jackman Humanities Institute has collaborated with the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (FAS, 2018-19); the Department of Arts, Culture, Media (UTSC, 2019-20), and the Department of Adult Education and Community Leadership (OISE 2020-2021).

We are pleased to invite proposals for the 2021-2022 Artist-in-Residence from all units at the University of Toronto Mississauga.  The Annual Theme for that year will be Pleasure.

Responsibilities of the Artist

The expectation is that, during his/her/their residency, the artist will:

  • be present and visible to the University of Toronto arts and humanities community during the length of the residency, and provide the University of Toronto community some access to his/her/their working process while work is in progress, e.g., in the form of weekly open studio hours, an open studio event, a presentation or discussion of the work in progress, or some other appropriate activity.
  • attend the Institute’s weekly Thursday lunches; present their work at one of the weekly Thursday lunches; conduct a workshop for JHI fellows and members of the co-sponsoring unit; and make a public presentation concerning the artistic project to the University of Toronto community, e.g., in the form of a screening, exhibition, lecture, concert, reading, performance, or other appropriate form of public event.
  • participate in the larger life of the humanities at the University of Toronto through attending Institute programs as well as events in her/his/their co-sponsoring unit.

The authority to negotiate and approve specific residency plans lies with the Chair/Director of the local unit and the Director of the JHI.

Responsibilities of the Jackman Humanities Institute

The Jackman Humanities Institute will provide the artist with office space, office supplies, and administrative support. The Artist will be a full member of the JHI's Circle of Fellows during their residency.

The Jackman Humanities Institute provides to the partnering unit a stipend of $20,000 for the artist. If more than one artist is proposed, this amount will be shared — there are no additional stipends for multiple artists.

The Institute will be responsible for working with the artist to support interaction with diverse intellectual and academic humanities communities over the course of the residency, both within the Institute and beyond, so that the wider humanities campus community can be involved in the artist’s work and process.

Responsibilities of the Co-Sponsoring Unit

The co-sponsoring unit will provide funding support equal to the JHI's contribution of $20,000. This may come in the form of teaching, coaching, and/or a production budget. Details of the co-sponsoring unit's support should be provided in the application.

The co-sponsoring unit may also provide space or access to space for the creation of work in order to facilitate a meaningful presence on the campus, and administrative support for the artist's use of this space.

The co-sponsoring unit will be responsible for working with the artist to create a structure to ensure substantial interaction with students and the artistic community over the course of the residency, both within the unit and beyond, again so that the wider campus divisional community can be involved in the artist’s work and process. Artist interactions with the campus community can be through having the artist teach a course, having students participate in the production process, hosting a series of workshops, or some other series of activities. If the artist will teach, the co-sponsoring unit is responsible for class scheduling (not on Thursdays 12-2), and the teaching position should complement wider engagement with students beyond that class. The co-sponsoring unit will provide studio space as appropriate for the duration of the residency.

At the end of the residency, the co-sponsoring unit will write a brief report on the residency for submission to the Director of the JHI (shared with the relevant Dean).