Dr. Lynette Harper is an author, ethnographer and dancer based on Vancouver Island. Her academic and popular publications address cross-cultural education, Middle Eastern diaspora and dance, museology, life history, collaboration, and partnership. She currently teaches anthropology at Vancouver Island University.
Middle Eastern Diaspora and Dance, Museums and Social Justice, Action Research, Qualitative Methodology, Cross-Cultural Education, Collaboration, Partnership.
2002-2017 Instructor, Vancouver Island University
ANTH 112 Introductory Anthropology
ANTH 307 Cross-cultural Education
ANTH 362 Field School: North Island Museums and Communities
ANTH 367 Peoples and Cultures of the World – The Middle East
ANTH 370 Introduction to Anthropological Theory
ANTH 380 Introduction to Museum Anthropology
ANTH 390D Arab Women in Middle East and Diaspora
CRIM 350 Qualitative Research Methods
GLST 210 Food and Globalization
LEAD 200 Action Research in Communities
2005-2006 Instructor/Facilitator Qualitative Inquiry sessions, Research and Scholarly Activity Office, Malaspina University-College.
1999 – 2001 Instructor, University of B.C.
EDST 425 Anthropology of Education
1991 – 1998 Contract course development and instruction
“Deconstructing Museum Work: Critical and Reflective Skills for the Workplace”, Cultural Resource Management Program, University of Victoria;
“Cultural Diversity: Initiatives for Museums”, BC Museums Association;
Docent Training for Langley District Museum and Nanaimo District Museum;
“Techniques of Adult Education”, International Institute of Conservation-Canadian Group
1980 – ongoing Dance Educator Arab, Turkish and belly dance (historical, folkloric and contemporary genres)
2009 Unveiled: Choreographing identities in the Arab diaspora
2007 “Practicing Tribal Bellydance”. Independent research.
2001 “Cartography of Adult Education”. Research assistant, University of B.C
1993 – 1995 “Collaboration: B.C. Museums work with communities.” Funded by Canadian Museums Association.
1992 – 1993 “Lives of change: An ethnographic evaluation of two learner centred literacy programs” Evaluation team member, National Literacy Secretariat & University of B.C.
Contract Research, Evaluation, Facilitation and Planning
2007-8 Alberni Valley Museum, Port Alberni “Museum-school participatory action research””
2004-2005 Program Assistant, Teaching and Learning Centre, Malaspina University-College.
1996 – 2008 Vancouver Island University (formerly Malaspina University-College)
“Review of Undergraduate Research Survey” for Teaching and Learning Centre;
“Faculty Evaluation Process Facilitation”, Human Resources;
“Instructor Evaluation Tool for On-line Courses”, Human Resources;
“Evaluation of pilot learning support technologies for First Nations communities” (Associate evaluation consultant), Centre for Continuing Studies
“Action Research: Review of ABE intake processes”, Career and Academic Preparation
“Online evaluation report: Challenges” & ” Alternative Delivery/Learning Highways Project Evaluation.” (Evaluation team member)
2001 Community Works, Burnaby BC Qualitative analysis and report of interview data.
1994 -1998 Malaspina University-College Community Education, Nanaimo
Program Manager (1997-98), Project Worker (1994-97)
1990 – 1996 Facilitation, programming, and policy development projects
B.C. Cultural Services Branch; Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre; Surrey Art Gallery; UBC Museum of Anthropology.
2013 “Performing Identity / Diasporic Encounters”. B.Sellers-Young and C. MacDonald (Eds.), Belly dance around the world: new communities, performance and identity. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
2006 (with S. Butterwick) An ‘Inter-cultural’ view of community-academic partnerships: Tales from the field. Proceedings of the Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults, University of Leeds, Leeds.
2002-5 Book Review Editor, Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation
2002 “Anyone for parfait? Contradictions and discontinuities in participatory evaluation”. Proceedings of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education, OISE, 141-146.
2001 “By My Own Eyes: A Story of Learning and Culture”. P.Sissel & V.Sheared (Eds.), Making Space: Reframing Practice in Adult Education. Westport, Ct: Greenwood.
1999 “Beyond the Beautiful Umbrella.” K.Roberts, A.Thakur, G.Tunnell (Eds.), Culture Shock: Experiencing the Other. Eletheria Press: Lantzville BC.
1997 (with Mira) “Beyond the Beautiful Umbrella”. H.Palmer (Ed.), “…but where are you really from?” (pp.113-123). Toronto: SisterVision Press.
1996 “Building Success: Collaborating With Our Communities”. Muse, 12(3), 22-29.
1995 “Newcomers to Canada”. Nobody’s Perfect Resource Manual for Facilitators. Vancouver: B.C. Council for the Family.1995 “Making Choices”. Museum Roundup, May/June, 11.“Making Choices – Part II”. Museum Roundup, July/August, 7.
1994 Seeing Things From Different Corners: A Story of Learning and Culture. Unpublished master’s thesis. University of B.C., Vancouver, B.C.
1994 “Defining Collaboration: How B.C. Museums Work With Communities”. Proceedings of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education, Simon Fraser University, 203-208.
1993 “From Temple to Battlefield: Conflicting Ideologies in the Museum”. Muse, 11(3), 20-21.
1993 “Partnerships Studied”. Museum Round-up, Autumn (108), 3.
1993 (with J.Dawson, P.Dyer, M.Niks) “Who Knows? Who Says So? Who Decides? Issues in Collaborative Research”. Proceedings of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education, University of Ottawa.
1992 “From Temple to Battlefield: Conflicting Ideologies in the Museum”. Proceedings of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education, University of Saskatchewan, 157-162.
1992 “text, lies and videotape: The Use of Video in the Research Interview”. Proceedings of the Adult Education Research Conference, University of Saskatchewan, 281-282.
1988 (with S.Irving) “Not Another Fur Trade Exhibit? An Inside Look at Trapline Lifeline”. Muse, 6(3), 38-42.
1985 (with Robert R. Janes) “An enduring legacy”. Canadian Collector, 20 (5), 16-21.
1984 “The Role of the Producer”. in R.D.Watt (ed.), Museum on Stage (pp. 1-13). Vancouver: Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association.
1983 “Public Programmes”. In R.L.Barclay (ed.), Anatomy of an Exhibition: The Look of Music (pp.39-46). Ottawa: International Institute for Conservation.
2014, September Bellydance Fact and Fiction. Safar Conference of Middle Eastern Dance and Music Vancouver BC
2010, April Performing identities on Canada’s west coast. International Bellydance Conference of Canada Toronto ON
2009, June. An Arab dancer in Canada. Canada Dance Festival: Dancing in, through and between cultures. Ottawa ON
2008, May Education partnerships: Working in the boundary zone. Community-University Partnerships: Connecting for Change (CU Expo 2008), Victoria, BC
2008, April Performing identity: Transnational dimensions of bellydance; and panelist, Tribal bellydance: Origins and evolutions. International Bellydance Conference of Canada Toronto ON
2007, Sept. Ethnography in the borderlands: Culture and power in educational partnerships. Oxford Ethnography and Education Conference, Oxford UK
2007, August Bellydance in America: Transforming Middle Eastern Dance. International Congress of Dance Research, Athens, Greece.
2007, April Tribal bellydance: Fusion or paradox? International Bellydance Conference of Canada Toronto ON
2006, March Boundary crossing in the classroom. Society for Applied Anthropology, Vancouver, B.C.
2006, February A tangled tale of post-secondary partnerships. Educational Studies Seminar Series, University of B.C., Vancouver, BC
2004, May Celebrate Middle Eastern dance. Adult Education Research Conference/Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education Women’s Preconference, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
2003, June Power, politics and ethics – Rethinking formative evaluation. Canadian Evaluation Association, Vancouver, BC
2002, Nov. What’s on the menu? Online learning for museum professionals. B.C. Museums Association, Vancouver, BC.
2002, May (with Jerry Hinbest) Anyone for parfait? Contradictions and discontinuitiesin participatory evaluation. Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education, Toronto ON.
2002, May (with Jill Rachel Baird). Power, voice and practice in collaborative museum education programs. Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Toronto, ON. & Canadian Museums Conference, Calgary Alberta.
2002, Feb. (with Jill Rachel Baird) Power, voice and practice in the museum. Pacific Sociological Association Conference, Vancouver B.C.
2001, November All in the family: Imagining kinship for participatory evaluation. American Evaluation Association Conference, St. Louis MI.
2001, May (with Jerry Hinbest) Mixing oil and water: Contradiction, discontinuity and devolution in participatory evaluation. Canadian Evaluation Society Conference, Banff Alberta.
2000, June Collaboration anxiety: What do we do about it? Adult Education Research Conference, Vancouver B.C.
1999, August Beyond the beautiful umbrella: Culture shock and learning. Transformative Learning Conference, Dominican College, San Rafael CA.
1998, May (with Doug Stetar) Listening for results: Effective evaluation for online education. Connections, Centre for Curriculum, Transfer and Technology, Vancouver B.C.
1997, May A story of culture shock and learning. Beyond Culture Shock. Malaspina University-College, Nanaimo, B.C.
1996, June Improvising a collaboration. Canadian Museums Association Annual Conference, Vancouver, B.C.
1995, March (with Edward Taylor and Tom Whalley)Implications for Educational Interventions in Cultural Learning. SIETAR B.C. Symposium, Canadian International College, North Vancouver, B.C.
1994, Nov. Intercultural research: You see things from different corners. SIETAR B.C. Chapter meeting, Vancouver, B.C.
1994, Oct. Who communicates to the public? B.C. Museums Association Annual Conference, Victoria, B.C.
1994, May Defining collaboration: How B.C. museums work with communities. Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education, Vancouver, B.C.
1993, Sept. Defining collaboration: How B.C. museums work with communities. B.C. Museums Association Conference, Prince Rupert, B.C.
1993, June Conflicting ideologies. Canadian Museums Association Curators Special Interest Group Meeting, Regina, Saskatchewan.And Educators in no-man’s land. Canadian Museum Educators Group, Canadian Museums Association, Regina, Saskatchewan.
1993, June (with J.Dawson, P.Dyer, M.Niks) Who knows? Who says so? Who decides? Issues in collaborative research. Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education, Ottawa, Ontario.
1992, Nov. P.O.V.: The use of video in the research interview.American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, Anaheim, Calif.
1992 , May From temple to battlefield: Conflicting ideologies in the museum. Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
1992, May text, lies, and videotape: The use of video in the research interview. Adult Education Research Conference, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
1991, Oct. The educational exhibitionist: Collaborations between museums and community educators. American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, Montreal.
1988, April Approaches to locality: The Northwest Territories. Western Canada Art Association, Banff, Alberta.
1987, May Colliding expectations: Curators and educators look at exhibit planning (panel member). Canadian Museums Association, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
2002-03 Faculty of Education Graduate Student Research Grant, University of B.C.
1999-02 Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
1998 University Graduate Fellowship, University of B.C.
1993 Museum Studies Research Scholarship, Canadian Museums Association
1992 Coolie Verner Prize, University of B.C.
1991-2 University Graduate Fellowship, University of B.C.
1971 Charlesworth Memorial Award, B.C. Teacher’s Federation
1985 – 1990 Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, N.W.T.
Assistant Director, Museum and Community Services (1989-90)
Acting Director (1986)
Curator of Education/Extension and Professional Programs (1985-88)
1976 – 1984 Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association, Vancouver
Public Programmes Coordinator (1977-84)
Education Project Coordinator (1977)
Ethnology Research Assistant (1976)
1974, 1975 Summer student employee, B.C. Provincial Museum
Archaeology Division (1975) Ethnology Division (1974)
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife:
1989 Coordinator, Trapline lifeline – Sur la piste des trappeurs (travelling exhibition)
1988 Curator and Coordinator, Discovery (permanent exhibition)
1987 Coordinator, Paulatuk: Mythology and Sculpture (temporary exhibition)
1986 Treaty 11 (travelling exhibition)
1985 Consultant, Northwest Territories Pavilion Expo 86, Vancouver
1979-1984 Exhibit team member for Cabinets of Curiosities, The Look of Music, and other exhibitions.
1978 Curator, West Coast Baskets (temporary exhibition)
Recent volunteer activities:
Nanaimo District Museum: Collections Committee (2007 – ongoing)
Crimson Coast Dance Society (Board member 2009 -2011; President 2010-11)
Book Review Editor, Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation (2002-2005)
Board member, Nanaimo Art Gallery (1993 -1997) (President, 1996-7)
Organizing committee, Nanaimo Storytelling Festival (1994)
Board of Directors, The Dance Centre (1992-1993)
Honorary Research Associate, Faculty of Social Sciences, Vancouver Island University
Canadian Museums Association
Crimson Coast Dance Society
International Dance Council (UNESCO – CID)
Middle Eastern Dance Association
Nanaimo & District Museum Society
The Dance Centre