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Abigail Shabtay

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Department of Humanities

Assistant Professor

Email: ashabtay@yorku.ca


Dr. Abigail Shabtay teaches in the Children, Childhood, and Youth program in the Department of Humanities. She has also lectured in the fields of childhood studies, creative arts, and education at McGill University, the University of Toronto, and Ryerson University. She has received awards for excellence in teaching and research in her field, including the Ada Slaight Drama in Education Award (2018-2019), the Jackie Kirk Fieldwork Award (2018-2019), the DISE Outstanding Teaching Award (2018) and the Dean’s Graduate Award in Education (2015-2018). Abigail’s published work focuses on children’s rights, child-centred pedagogies, youth activism, social justice, and drama-based participatory action research. She is currently the Principal investigator for two SSHRC-funded projects related to children, youth, and the performing arts. She has served on organizing committees for six national academic conferences in her field and is the primary organizer and conference chair for this year’s Children, Youth and Performance Conference at the Toronto Young People’s Theatre.

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Degrees

PhD, McGill University
MA, King's College London (UK)

Research Interests

Children , Youth, Youth Activism, Social Justice, Drama-Based Research, Children's Rights

Current Research Projects

COVID-19: Re-Conceptualizing Young People's Theatre's Collaborative Playwriting Program for Digitally Mediated Spaces

    Summary:

    The overarching goal of this project is to address a children's theatre's challenge of re-conceptualizing its collaborative playwriting for an online context, and gain an understanding children's perspectives, engagement and reception of the program.

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    Role: Principal Investigator

Children, Youth and Performance Conference III: Performative Praxis

    Summary:

    The goal of this initiative is to facilitate conversations about the applications and implications of performance work with, by, for and about children and youth. This project is an interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge among researchers, practitioners, artists, and community organizers whose work focuses on performance and young people.

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Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/CCY3999 6.0 B Research Methods with Children SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/CCY3999 6.0 C Research Methods with Children SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/CCY4999 6.0 B CCY Honours Research Project BLEN


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/CCY3999 6.0 B Research Methods with Children SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/CCY3999 6.0 C Research Methods with Children SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/CCY4999 6.0 B CCY Honours Research Project BLEN


Dr. Abigail Shabtay teaches in the Children, Childhood, and Youth program in the Department of Humanities. She has also lectured in the fields of childhood studies, creative arts, and education at McGill University, the University of Toronto, and Ryerson University. She has received awards for excellence in teaching and research in her field, including the Ada Slaight Drama in Education Award (2018-2019), the Jackie Kirk Fieldwork Award (2018-2019), the DISE Outstanding Teaching Award (2018) and the Dean’s Graduate Award in Education (2015-2018). Abigail’s published work focuses on children’s rights, child-centred pedagogies, youth activism, social justice, and drama-based participatory action research. She is currently the Principal investigator for two SSHRC-funded projects related to children, youth, and the performing arts. She has served on organizing committees for six national academic conferences in her field and is the primary organizer and conference chair for this year’s Children, Youth and Performance Conference at the Toronto Young People’s Theatre.

Degrees

PhD, McGill University
MA, King's College London (UK)

Research Interests

Children , Youth, Youth Activism, Social Justice, Drama-Based Research, Children's Rights

Current Research Projects

COVID-19: Re-Conceptualizing Young People's Theatre's Collaborative Playwriting Program for Digitally Mediated Spaces

    Summary:

    The overarching goal of this project is to address a children's theatre's challenge of re-conceptualizing its collaborative playwriting for an online context, and gain an understanding children's perspectives, engagement and reception of the program.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal Investigator

Children, Youth and Performance Conference III: Performative Praxis

    Summary:

    The goal of this initiative is to facilitate conversations about the applications and implications of performance work with, by, for and about children and youth. This project is an interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge among researchers, practitioners, artists, and community organizers whose work focuses on performance and young people.

    Project Type: Funded


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/CCY3999 6.0 B Research Methods with Children SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/CCY3999 6.0 C Research Methods with Children SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/CCY4999 6.0 B CCY Honours Research Project BLEN


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/CCY3999 6.0 B Research Methods with Children SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/CCY3999 6.0 C Research Methods with Children SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/CCY4999 6.0 B CCY Honours Research Project BLEN