Natalie Loveless is an artist and academic located at the University of Alberta’s Department of Art and Design, where she teaches in the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture, directs the Research-Creation and Social Justice CoLABoratory, and co-leads the Faculty’s Signature Area in Research-Creation. Her recent books, How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation and Knowings and Knots: Methodologies and Ecologies in Research-Creation examine debates surrounding research-creation and its institutionalization, paying particular attention to what it means – and why it matters – to make and teach art research-creationally in the North American university today. Forthcoming books include Responding to Site: The Performance Work of Marilyn Arsem and The Routledge Companion to Performance Art. She recently completed New Maternalisms, a project bringing together feminist art practice, theory and curation, and an interdisciplinary collaborative project on global vaccination called Immune Nations that culminated in a high-profile exhibition at UNAIDS in Geneva during the 2017 World Health Assembly. During the 2018-19 academic year, Loveless was in residence as a visiting scholar in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC) at Concordia University in Montreal, working on a new book and curatorial project, Sensing the Anthropocene: Aesthetic Attunement in an age of Urgency and a new collaborative interdisciplinary curatorial project, Speculative Energy Futures, as part of the Just Powers initiative funded by the Future Energy Systems CFREF (Canada First Research Excellence Fund).