Blog Post 1: About Me

  1. Name, brief background and selfie

Hello! My name is Jean-Francois Bussiere. I am a returning undergraduate student to Concordia, having graduated from the English-to-French translation program in Concordia French Studies all the way back in 2004. Before that I graduated in Art History & Literature at St-Hyacinthe College on the South Shore. I am now in my fourth of five semesters after having returned to Concordia in Communications and Cultural Studies in the hopes of becoming some kind of media analyst.

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  1. What do you spend most of your time doing?

Since having graduated, I have performed work in transcription, proofreading, captioning, translation and fiction writing on a contractual basis. I have lived in fourteen different dwellings over the past ten years. I have never owned a car. I like to read, write, take pictures, listen to music, shop, talk to my friends, bake, do martial arts, clean, play games and watch TV. I live here in Montreal with my two wonderful boyfriends.

  1. What is your goal for the class?

I am interested in how people use body language to encourage/discourage distance/proximity in different situations (introvert/extrovert, agoraphobia, claustrophobia);

in imagining new ways of moving through space;

in how people accept or reject ownership of/belonging to different spaces;

and in reimagining the disposition of spaces to change the relations of power they imply.

  1. What is one of your favorite spaces? Describe it. Why? How do you use your body to be in that space? What bodies are excluded from that space? Interrogate any of your immediate characteristics of that space (peaceful, belongs to me, historic, etc). Include a link/image/video/etc.

I know it sounds stupid but I like being in hotel rooms. There is everything you need for the night, and you do not need to worry about where you are from or where you are going, only about getting through the night. All sensory cues encourage rest. You do not need to sit up or stand up straight but you can lounge and stretch to your heart’s content. They are rare and temporary, so they create the impression of this place that exists outside of the boundaries of normal space-time, a short vacation from everyday life. Being expensive they are excluded from those who cannot pay in general, but on a more positive level they can exclude the world and its concerns from the boundaries of a particular space.

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  1. What are the five things faculty do that make learning hard? & what are the five things faculty do that make it easy to learn?

Hard:

1 Difficulty accessing material online

2 Unclear assignment guidelines

3 Limited feedback on assignments

4 Necessity of teamwork

5 Adapting to new structures like WordPress

Easy:

1 Approachable, understanding teachers

2 Conducive atmosphere to free expression of ideas

3 Adaptability based on students’ strengths and weaknesses

4 Original, attention-grabbing approaches to teaching

5 Perceptible personal engagement of teachers with the material

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