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Lectures, Conferences & Events for 2013-14

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September 26, 2013

CISSC Presents:


Dean Spade,

Seattle University School of Law


"How We Count, If We Count:

Legal Equality and the (After)Math of Eugenics"

Sept. 26 | 6:00 p.m. | SB Atrium

Samuel Bronfman Bldg., 1590 Dr. Penfield


In the period leading up to and during the 2010 US Census, a surge of advocacy pushed for the inclusion of questions that would directly solicit information about respondents’ sexual orientations.  In March 2011, one of the leading think tanks that produces empirical data about “LGBT” populations released a new study estimating the size of the “LGBT community” in the US as over 8 million, or 3.5% of US adults. This talk will explore the relationship between the production of statistical data and demands for formal legal equality, observing that both are key features of the most visible contemporary gay and lesbian rights reform efforts.  What do the intertwined goals of formal legal equality and “being counted” share in their relationships to racialized-gendered population management?  How might a critical queer and trans politics approach the quest for statistical data about queer and trans people?  How might we understand data collection and the call to be counted as surveillance projects that seek to stabilize and immobilize and how might we engage with the perpetual failure of such projects? How might governance and distribution themselves be reimagined through a critique of the promises of being counted? This talk is based in part on a forthcoming article entitled “Legal Equality and the (After?)Math of Eugenics” co-written with Rori Rolfs.

On Sept. 27 at 3:00 p.m. in H-1120, Dean Spade will give a workshop.  

All are welcome.  Admission is free.

More information on Dean Spade   

October 3, 2013


CISSC Presents:


Hugh Raffles

The New School for Social Research


"Still Life:  An Anthropology of Stone"


Oct. 3 | 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | H-1145

Henry F. Hall Building, 1455 De Maisonneuve W.


Prof. Raffles' work on the cultural politics of nature has recently focused on the ways human-nonhuman relations inform our systems of taxonomy and classification.  Raffles was awarded a Whiting Writers Award in 2009 and his most recent book, Insectopedia (Pantheon Books, 2010), was a New York Times Notable Book.  The talk will present material from a book-in-progress provisionally called "Still Life:  An Anthropology of Stone." The material will focus on specific stone monuments as entry-points to questions of history and temporality.

On Oct. 4 at 1:00 p.m., Hugh Raffles will also give a workshop in H-1220. The discussion paper is called "Marble Hill Meditation."  It's taken from a book chapter on animated landscapes that empirically explores a series of connections between stone, landscape, and temporality.

More information on Hugh Raffles

October 11, 2013

CISSC Working Group

Transnational Cultural Flow presents:

James Clifford

University of California, Santa Cruz

"Repatriation and the Second Life of Heritage:

Return of the Masks in Kodiak, Alaska"

Oct. 11 | 5pm - 6:30pm | VA-114

1395 René Lévesque W.

Sponsored by the Feminist Media Studio, the CISSC Working Group in Transnational Cultural Flow, the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, the McGill Anthropology Department and the Centre for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence.

James Clifford taught in UCSC’s History of Consciousness Department for 33 years and was founding director of the Center for Cultural Studies. He is best known for his historical and literary critiques of anthropological representation, travel writing, and museum practices. Clifford co-edited (with George Marcus) the controversial intervention, Writing Culture, the Poetics and Politics of Ethnography (1986). Clifford is currently completing Returns: Becoming Indigenous in the 21st Century, a book about homecomings and contemporary Native cultural politics that will be the third in a trilogy. The widely influential first volume, The Predicament of Culture (1988) juxtaposed essays on 20th-century ethnography, literature, and art. The second, Routes: Travel and Translation in the Late 20th Century (1997) explored the dialectics of dwelling and traveling in post-modernity. The three books are inventive combinations of analytic scholarship, meditative essays, and poetic experimentation. 

RSVP not required.  Open to the public.

More information on:

James Clifford   Feminist Media Studio  Transnational Cultural Flow  McGill Anthropology  Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema   CEREV 


November 7, 2013

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"Smithfield half hams, One Direction duct tape, and Cheeseburger Pringles"   


CISSC presents,    

IAN BOGOST,  Georgia Institute of Technology


Nov. 7 | 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.| SB Atrium

1590 Dr. Penfield

Ian Bogost is an author and game designer. He is Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Founding Partner at Persuasive Games LLC.  Bogost is author or co-author of Unit Operations, Persuasive Games, Racing the Beam, Newsgames, How To Do Things with Videogames, and Alien Phenomenology. His game, A Slow Year, a collection of game poems for Atari, won the Vanguard and Virtuoso awards at the 2010 Indiecade Festival.

On Friday Nov. 8 at 2 pm in LB 646, Dr. Bogost will give a workshop, "Next Steps in Philosophical Carpentry." Among the ideas described in Alien Phenomenology (2012), his most recent book, was "carpentry," the act of building objects that do philosophical work—particularly those that go beyond (without entirely excluding) the familiar domain of writing. This workshop considers the original concept and reactions to it in both the scholarly and creative communities, focusing on the promise and challenge of the future of carpentry for philosophers and theorists. 

More information on  Ian Bogost.


February 25 & 26, 2014

Decolonial Theory Working Group presents,


Shiri Pasternak

who has worked in solidarity with the people of Barriere Lake since 2008.


Public Lecture

"Blockade:  Insurgency as Legal-Spatial Encounter"

Feb. 25 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 pm | H-407

Henry F. Hall Building, 1455 de Maisonneuve West

Although the blockade is often dismissed as the “native unrest” of peoples who cannot let go of history, it is quite the opposite.  This talk will argue that the blockade is one of the clearest articulations of the contemporary problem of settler colonialism.

Film and Discussion

"Honour Your Word"

Feb. 26 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | H-1269

Henry F. Hall Building, 1455 de Maisonneuve West

HONOUR YOUR WORD (2013) is a portrait of life behind the barricades for the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, a First Nation whose dignity and courage contrast sharply with the political injustice they face. After the film there will be a discussion facilitated by Dr. Shiri Pasternak who has worked in solidarity with the people of Barriere Lake since 2008. The event will provide an opportunity to reflect on the colonial present in Canada as well as present day anti-colonial struggle.

March 7, 2014

CISSC presents,



The New School, New York


"Tragedy's Philosophy"

Mar. 7 | 3:00 p.m. | LB 125

J.A. de Sève Cinema

J.W. McConnell Bldg.

1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West


Philosophy, as a discursive invention, beginning with Plato, but extending along the millennia into the present, is premised upon the exclusion of tragedy and the exclusion of a range of experiences and affects that we can call tragic. In this talk, Simon Critchley explores the hypothesis that this exclusion of tragedy is, itself, tragic, and this is perhaps philosophy’s tragedy. He seeks to defend tragedy against philosophy, or, perhaps better said, argue that tragedy articulates a philosophical view that challenges the authority of philosophy.

Simon Critchley is an English philosopher currently teaching at the New School, who writes primarily on the history of philosophy, political theory, religion, ethics and aesthetics, especially literature and theater. He has published extensively and is moderator of “The Stone,” the opinion series of The New York Times.

More information on Simon Critchley

March 27, 2014


CISSC presents,


Peggy Phelan

Ann O’Day Maples Professor in the Arts,

Professor of Drama and of English

Stanford University


"Histories of Peformance Art:  Fields, Sources, Repetitions"


Mar. 27 | 6:00 p.m. | SB Atrium

Samuel Bronfman Building

1590 Dr. Penfield


Peggy Phelan's work reflects her broad-ranging and passionate interests in contemporary theater, art, photography, literature, dance, and film. She has written in recent years about an extraordinary array of artists, writers, and cultural figures including Samuel Beckett, Andy Warhol, Ronald Reagan, the photographer Andres Serrano, visual artist Pipilotti Rist, and the avant-garde performance artist Marina Abramovic. She is best known for Unmarked: The Politics of Performance (1993); Mourning Sex: Performing Public Memories (1997); Acting Out: Feminist Performances (1993); and The Ends of Performance (1998).

Admission is free.  Open to the public.

More information on  Peggy Phelan

April 3 & 4, 2014

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Keynote Lecture by visiting scholar

Dr. Marie-Luise Angerer (DE)

All presenters and current Concordia Humanities PhD students are automatically registered. 
For others: email humanities.phd@gmail.com to register your attendance.

More information   Conference Schedule

April 10 -12, 2014

CISSC Working Group

Transnational Cultural Flow



Three Day Workshop


April 10 | CJ 2.130

7141 Sherbrooke St. West

April 11-12 | EV 6.735
1515 Rue Sainte-Catherine W.

The objective of the Global Cultural Flows workshop is to create a new forum for interdisciplinary work devoted to the analysis of media cultures that operate at the intersection of postcolonial geopolitical areas, whether in contact with the former colonial centres or at their margins. During these three days a group of international scholars and artists will come together to share their work in progress in order to generate a discussion about the challenges, new methodologies and theoretical frameworks to integrate transnational approaches with existing paradigms within film and media studies.  The discussions will address some of these larger inter-related themes as they bear upon the analysis of cultural flows: the South-South movements and flows of cultural products; the renegotiation and reappropriation of "western” cultural products by the once colonial subjects, and their reuse as political tools; the challenges of bringing together theoretical frameworks formulated in the Euro-American academy with historical and contemporary discourses originating beyond the academic Metropole.  The workshop will center on the discussion of the participants' papers that will be made available to all registered attendees.

Admission Free, Open to Public     Pre-Registration Required   Schedule

Presented in collaboration with Prof. Salazkina’s Concordia University Research Chair in Transnational Media Art and Culture, and with Prof. Krista Lynes’s Canada Research Chair in Feminist Media Studies.

For information, please contact:  Dr. Luca Caminati





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