Sinner, Anita

Assistant Professor
PhD, University of British Columbia

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Contact Information
Tel.: 514-848-2424 ext. 5199

Office: S-EV 2.821


Anita Sinner's research interests include pre-service and in-service teacher education, community-based art education, arts-based methods, relational aesthetics, life and light writing and digital media. As an artist, researcher and teacher, she brings interdisciplinary perspectives to research involving qualitative approaches and many forms of arts research in relation to curriculum studies and social and cultural issues in education.

Research underway
SSHRC Insights Development Grant, Community Art Education: An emergent model of innovative teaching and research in Canada, Sinner (PI, Concordia), Szabad-Smyth (Concordia); Vaughan (Concordia)
SSHRC Aid to Workshop Grant, Participatory arts-based research: An interdisciplinary community arts workshop, Sinner (PI, Concordia)
SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) Standard Research Grant Portrayals of Teachers' Lives: Investigating Teacher Education Through Popular Culture and Digital Media as Arts Education, Leggo (UBC); Hasebe-Ludt (Lethbridge)

Sinner, A. (2012).  A game of dramatic hats:  A counter-narrative in teacher education. Teachers & Teaching: Theory & Practice, 18, 5, 601-613.

Sinner, A.  (2011). The visual journal as an image sphere:  Interpreting artworks with an anamorphic perspective.  Studies in Art Education, 52, 3, 183-195.

Sinner, A. (2011).  Fragments:  Spectres of a sojourning sojourner.  Transnational Curriculum Inquiry: Special Issue - Life Writing Across Knowledge Traditions, 7, 2 (2010), 75-81.  Available at:

Sinner, A.  (2010). Arts research as a triptych installation: A framework for interpreting and rendering enquiry.  International Journal of Education through Art, 6, 2, 125-142.

Sinner, A.  (2010).  Digital storytelling as art practice: A case of informal learning. Arts and Learning Research Journal, 26, 10, 1-19.

Sinner, A.  (2010).  Negotiating Spaces:  The in-betweenness of becoming a teacher.  Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 38, 1, 23-37.

Sinner, A.  (2008).  Landscapes of meaning: From grade one artworks to a graduate program in Art Education.  Canadian Journal of Education, 31, 1.   Available at:

Sinner, A. (2008). The transformative process of becoming in doctoral studies. Educational Insights, 11, 3. Available at:

Sinner, A.  (2006).  Sewing seams of stories:  Becoming a teacher during the First World War.  History of Education, 35, 3, 369 - 404.

Sinner, A.  (2004).  divining INTOXICATION.  Canadian Journal of Education, 27, 1.  Available at:

Sinner, A.  (2004).  Chronic pain and returning to learning:  Exploring the lived experiences of three women.  Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, 4, 1, 1 - 15.

Sinner, A.  (2003).  Women learners in the classroom:  Exploring the experience of voice, listening and silence.  Journal of International Women's Studies, 5, 1, 96 - 103.
Collaborative Articles:

Sinner, A., Levesque, M., Vaughan, K., Szabad-Smyth, L., Garnet, D., & Fitch, S. (in press). Reviewing an archive of practice: The historical unfolding of community art education. Canadian Review of Art Education, 39.

Sinner, A. & Owen, J.  (2011).  Visual life writing: Witnessing Jade's story through pinhole photography.  Visual Arts Research, 37, 2, 70-81.

Lin, C., Castro, J., Sinner, A., & Grauer, K.  (2011).  A dialog of creation:  New media arts and the Gulf Islands Film School.  Canadian Art Teacher, 9, 2, 24-37.

Leggo, C., Sinner, A., Irwin, R.L., Pantaleo, K., Gouzouasis, P., & Grauer, K. (2011).  Liminal Spaces:  In-between research paradigms of ethnography and a/r/tography.  International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 24, 2, 239-256.

Hasebe-Ludt, E., Sinner, A., Leggo, C., Pletz, J., Simoongwe, F., & Wilson, L. (2010).  These tensioned places of teaching: Life writing in precarious cosmopolitan times. Creative Approaches to Research, 3, 2, 21-38.

Lander, D., & Sinner, A.  (2010).  Naming West Coast women artists as popular educators: An appreciative inquiry. Visual Culture & Gender, 5, 35-48. Available at:

Sameshima, P., & Sinner, A.  (2009).  To Soma Heliakon.  Canadian Journal of Education, 32, 2. Available at:  Sameshima&Sinner.pdf

Sinner, A., Leggo, C., Irwin, R.L., Grauer, K., & Gouzouasis, P. (2006).  Arts-based dissertations: Reviewing the practices of new scholars.  Canadian Journal of Education, 29, 4, 1223.  Available at:

Conrad, D., & Sinner, A. (Eds.). (under contract).  Creating together: Participatory, community-based and collaborative arts practices and scholarship across Canada. Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Hasebe-Ludt, E., Chambers, C., Leggo, C., & Sinner, A. (Eds.) (2012). A Heart of Wisdom: Life Writing as Empathetic Inquiry.  Peter Lang.

Lowther, C., & Sinner, A. (Eds.). (2008). Writing the West Coast: In love with place. Vancouver: Ronsdale Press.

Sinner, A. & Lowther, C. (Eds.).  (2012).  Living artfully:  Reflections from the Far West Coast. Key Publishing House.
Book chapters:

Sinner, A., Lymburner, J., Grauer, K., Irwin, R.L., Leggo, C., & Gouzouasis, P. (2012). Julie's story: Letters from a teacher who dares to teach art. In L. Campbell & S. Simmons (Eds.), The Heart of Art Education: Essays on Holistic Human Development and Integration (pp. 253-265). Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.

Sinner, A.  (2011).  Greening our art classrooms: Ecologically-aware health and safety.  In K. Grauer, R. Irwin & M. Emme (Eds)., StARTing with ... Third Edition.  Kingston, Ontario:  Canadian   Society for Education through Art.

Darts, D., Carlos, J., Sinner, A., & Grauer, K.  (2011). New media arts education:  How community-based programs reshape teaching and learning in the age of Web 2.0.  In Robert W. Sweeney (Ed.), Inter/actions inter/sections:  Art education in a digital visual culture (pp. 80-89).  Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.
Sinner, A., & Farr Darling, L. (2007).  Virtually aesthetic:  The CITE cohort experience of online learning. In L. Farr Darling (Ed.), Collective improvisation: Sustaining a cohort in teacher education (pp.137-153).  Dordrecht, The Netherlands:  Springer Press.

Selected Art Works

Encounters: a collaborative project with Pauline Sameshima (Washington State University)

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