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HUMA Interdisciplinary Dialogue: Music in the Body

Join the HUMA PhD students on a panel especially designed around interdisciplinarity and music!

MARCH 9th from 4-6PM!

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Performative Talk, Gisèle Trudel: SENSATE WASTE

FRIDAY, March 4th @ 5pm                                                                                               @ Concordia University’s Graduate Humanities Conference
Consumption and Detritus; Stories of Destruction and Reconstruction
Free and open to the public


TRUDEL_01Ælab, Milieux associés (2014). Permutational and performative installation. Phi Centre, Montréal, 2nd International Digital Arts Biennial (BIAN). Photo : Lorna Bauer.
Between 2008 and 2015, Trudel’s artist research unit Ælab created a series of major artworks informed by waste operations and processual philosophies. Waste water treatments, atmospheric and electromagnetic pollution and the waste landfill have produced blocs of sensations with residual matter which delve experientially into what waste can do to and with a technological art practice. In this talk/performance, a remix of the artworks’ documents will become another plane of composition, along with music, text, voice and drawing. A guided discussion moderated by Pamela Tudge and the public will follow.

Bio: Gisèle Trudel is an artist. In 1996, she cofounded Ælab, an artistic research unit with Stéphane Claude, who is an electronic and electroacoustic composer and audio engineer. Ælab’s commitment to collaboration and creative dissemination are ways of thinking and doing that try to bridge different methods of inquiry. Their process-oriented investigations creatively engage art and technology as intertwined with philosophy in an ecology of practices. Their work has been presented in Canada, Europe and Asia, produced with support from the CAC, CALQ, FRQSC and the Daniel Langlois Foundation.

Trudel is a professor at the École des arts visuels et médiatiques, UQAM, and co-founder of Grupmuv, the research group for drawing and the moving image. Until recently, she was also director of Hexagram-UQAM (2011-13) and co-director of the Hexagram Network (2012-15). ; ; ; ;

EV Building, Concordia Downtown SGW Campus:
1515 St. Catherine West // HEXAGRAM BLACKBOX
EV S03-844-845 (Sub basement 3 – take the stairs just across from the FOFA Gallery and Atrium)

Full Conference Schedule:

HUMA PhD Student Ifeoma Anyaeji opens a solo show in NYC

Ifeoma Anyaeji

Owu (Threading)
September 24th – November 7th, 2015
Skoto Gallery is pleased to present Owu (Threading), an exhibition of recent mixed media sculpture by the Nigerian-born artist Ifeoma Anyaeji. This will be her second solo show at the gallery. The artist will be present at the reception on Thursday, September 24th, 6-8pm.
Ifeoma Anyaeji’s recent work continues her exploration of discarded materials, its quality and physical nature, placing emphasis on process to activate a meaningful engagement and creative openness that strives to reinvigorate newly acquired techniques and ideas. Her work centers on the idea of up-cycling or concept of material re-use such as the ubiquitous non-biodegradable plastic bags and bottles into something of greater value and unorthodox, eliciting unique elements of ripeness and continuous growth. Using traditional hair plaiting techniques from her homeland, she threads and braids discarded plastic bags into plasto-yarns combined with a strong compositional ability into complex yet lyrical visual narratives filtered through cultural memories and contemporary realities that reflect subtle understanding of context and an awareness of the relationship between function and experimentation.
Ifeoma Anyaeji’s work is dense with visual complexity that reflects an awareness of a vast array of both formal and inherited traditions while exploring their aesthetic, sensual, and visual content to assert a different declaration, and a new way of making art. By imbuing mundane materials, marks and processes with surprising significance and intricate design, her work is transformed into an extraordinary visual poetry with rich textures of vibrations and pulsations that allow the viewer a freedom of imagination, interpretation and emotional response. The exhibition includes a strong selection of new works that are persistently innovative and demonstrate an awareness of the expressive possibilities of abstraction while encouraging us to probe into common elements of the human experience. “Queen Eliza” mimics the wannabe look of a young ‘fashionista’, merging a conspicuous, traditional and almost uncoordinated webbed hair-do with fancy psychedelic heels cropped from colonial fashion, challenging the line between newness and the new. ‘Made in ‘Shina’ speaks the language of an accrued compulsive material acquisition and an architectural build-up of these acquisitions – of course almost all made in ‘Shina’.
Ifeoma Anyaeji was born 1981 in Benin City, Nigeria. She obtained an undergraduate degree in Painting with honors from the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria in 2005 and as a Ford Foundation International Fellow, she obtained her MFA, Sculpture in 2012 at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University, St Louis, Missouri, USA. She has participated in several solos and group exhibitions at home and abroad, including ‘Reclamation’, University of Missouri, Columbia in 2012 and Basket Case II, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, 2014. She was the Washington University in St Louis Nominee for the 2012 International Sculpture Center Outstanding Student Achievement Award. She is in several collections in Africa, Europe and the US. She is in the faculty at the University of Benin, Nigeria, and currently pursuing a PhD program at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Dayna McLeod Guest Edits NOMOREPOTLUCKS Latest Issue

Current HUMA PhD student, Dayna McLeod, guest edits the latest issue of No More Potlucks.

Issue No. 41’s Theme:

AGED, as in:

• Being of advanced age; old.
• Characteristic of old age.
• Having reached the age of: aged fifty.
• Brought to a desired ripeness or maturity: aged cheese.
• In Geology – approaching the base level of erosion.


Street Theatre by HUMA student Joanna Donehower

This Monday, Sept 14th at dusk!


Une lecture publique et gratuite du conte urbain “Abattoir de l’est” au Parc Hochelaga.***

L’ histoire des fantômes passés, présents, et futurs de la rue Ontario et Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, avec banderole, théâtre d’ombres, et objets curieux….

Racontée par:
Mélanie Binette
Julie Tamiko Manning*
Rae Maitland
Nicolas Germain-Marchand*

Avec musique par Julian Menezes
Images par Alain Bonder
Texte par Joanna Donehower et traduction par Joêlle Bond


***En cas de pluie ce lundi, notre représentation aura lieu au Galerie Alt Art & Design (3963 Sainte-Catherine Est). On va préciser le lieu le matin même, et l’afficher sur Facebook. Ben, on se voit au Parc Hochelaga ou au Galerie lundi soir, 8 pm!

Merci à Éric et Audrey du Galerie qui nous ont généreusement offert leur espace si nécessaire.

***In case of rain, our performance will be relocated to Galerie Alt Art & Design (3963 Sainte-Catherine East). We will officially announce our location the morning of the show, and will post it on Facebook then as well. So, we will see all of you at either Parc Hochelaga, or at the Galerie at 8 pm on Monday!

Thank you to Éric and Audrey at the Galerie who generously offered to share their space with us if we need it!

HUMA PhD Students Vote to Continue the Strike

The HUMA students met today for our general assembly and the majority voted in favor of continuing the strike until our next General Assembly on Monday, April 13th at 11am in the HUMA Lounge. Please join us to be apart of the discussions (digitally too!)

In solidarity with other students on strike in Quebec:

Whereas 55 000 students are now on strike;

Whereas the last Quebec government’s budget goes further in the path of austerity;

Whereas the political, administrative and police repression trying to put down the mobilization against austerity;

Whereas the HUMA GSA is on strike against the austerity measures of Couillard’s government since March the 30th;

Be It Resolved That the Concordia Humanities Student Association goes on strike from April 7th to April the 13th against austerity measures on the basis of the claims enunciated in the GA of March 30th;

Be It Resolved That we act in solidarity with the mobilization against oil economy, and with the students living political repression;

Be it Resolved That we participate in the movement in a creative way that minimizes the negative impacts of the mobilization on our student condition;

*We encourage HUMA students who don’t have class to join the movement and participate in the many actions however they see fit.

Information on the 2012 Strike and the HUMA program’s participation:

HUMA Program on Stike in Solidarity

HUMA Program Students stand in solidarity with Concordia students against the new Austerity measures:

Following our general assembly of March 30th, the HUMA students have voted to go on strike, starting today and until April 3rd:

Please see the following voted motion for details on how the strike will affect HUMA students.

Whereas the government of Quebec is effectuating compressions in education, in the context of so-called austerity measures referred to as “budgetary compressions”;

Whereas Concordia University has been requested to make over $15.7 million in cuts to its own budget, and has already begun this process by attempting to eliminate 180 jobs through its “Voluntary Departure Program”;

Whereas the quality and accessibility of our education is directly and negatively impacted by austerity measures;

Whereas austerity measures are part of a larger neoliberal trend of raising user fees while decimating public services (healthcare, childcare, pensions, etc.) at a time when the wealthiest people and the largest corporations are enjoying record profits and decreasing taxes; and whereas that measures negatively affect us as students;

Whereas various student, worker, and community associations at Concordia and across Quebec are currently organizing against austerity; whereas 66 student associations, representing 55 000 students on 10 campus, are now in general strike renewablel; including more than 4000 students from Concordia;

Whereas more thant 102 000 students will be on strike to participate to the demonstration against austerity organized by ASSÉ April the 2nd;

Whereas actions are organized everyday between the 30th of March and April the 2nd;

Be It Resolved That the Concordia Humanities Student Association denounce the prevailing government discourse of austerity and “budgetary compressions,”

Be It Further Resolved That the Concordia Humanities Student Association urge Concordia’s administration to follow the bold example of the Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM) and the English Montreal School Board (EMSB), and refuse budget cuts;

Be It Further Resolved That the Concordia Humanities Student Association join the movement against austerity by going on strike from March the 30th to April the 3rd; a GA will be organized April the 7th (9 :00 AM) to reconsiderate this motion;

Be It Further Resolved That hard picket lines will be organized (as possible) on the courses related to the HUMA program; Strike means ‘’interruption of all the academic activities’’; but in our context, this means that Humanities students will cease all work from Humanities courses; however Humanities students in other courses can, in fact, complete their work so that they are not isolated and penalized for their actions;

*We encourage HUMA students who don’t have class to join the movement and participate in the many actions however they see fit;

Your HUMA Student Association

CFP: 2015 Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

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CFP: Call for Papers, Presentation, Proposals



Curation, Plagiarism and Cultures of Appropriation

The myth of originality began a few hundred years ago, reached its climax with the avant-garde movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, and then receded. Today, we are swept up in a new myth of postmodernism, which demands the recognition that we are all just repeating, collaging, altering, or re-mixing. Nothing is original and everything has been done before. Or has it? Has the location and execution of originality altered? Is it still located in the agent? Is each knowledge maker a unique collagist, creating original styles of re-mixing or merely borrowing from a network of relations?  Perhaps each formation of knowledge creates a unique iteration of those relations or perhaps it’s glorified plagiarism.

As researchers, makers and creators of knowledge with interdisciplinary methods, these questions incite us to inquire about what we are doing and how we are doing it. Are we simply revising, rephrasing and regurgitating the good work that has gone before us, or is the work truly original? Does it matter?

Re-Originality is the theme of Concordia’s 2015 Annual Graduate Humanities Conference and a call to reflect on the ways in which we create and position our work.

The conference theme is supported by a reimagining of the traditional conference format with participatory mixers, keynote speakers with a twist and performative soirees.


Potential Topics for Contributions (but not limited to):


-creative and curatorial practices in the digital age

-new methods of presentation and communication

-the archiving of self


-positive plagiarism

-appropriation art, copyright, and intellectual property concerns

-theft and homage

-authorship & ownership

-conceptions of property in niche communities

Cultures of Appropriation

-appropriation or appreciation?

-adopting/utilizing non-traditional methods of research or knowledge making


Collage & Remix

-thresholds of creativity, margins of originality

-remix culture

-supercuts, mods, fusions, hybrids

Propose your own panel

-3 person panels with a topic of your choosing


Please send a 300 word abstract (English or French), CV and brief biographical note, including contact and institutional affiliation to no later than Friday, January 16th, 2015. Successful submissions will be notified on January 30th, 2015.

Artists may also include several images (less than five, maximum 72dpi). Please send in a single PDF, RTF, ODF or Word document. Conference information online at

In addition to traditional 15-minute paper presentations, our theme is supported by a reimagining of the normative conference format by also inviting proposals for innovative forms of knowledge sharing such as immersive and interactive workshops, performative or demonstrative presentations, installations and exhibitions, and ‘lightning round’ presentations (5 minutes, 5 slides). Please indicate your preference for one or two of these presentation formats in your submission. If you are interested in presenting a performative demonstration or workshop, please include a paragraph or two about how you envision that working (space, time, logistics, tech needs, etc).



Appel à contributions, présentations, propositions


conservation, plagiat et cultures d’appropriation

Le mythe autour de l’originalité a pris forme il y a plusieurs centaines d’années pour atteindre son apogée aux XIXe et XXe siècles avec les mouvements avant-gardistes, et ensuite s’est estompé. Aujourd’hui, nous sommes sous l’emprise d’un nouveau mythe du postmodernisme qui exige d’admettre la répétition, le collage, l’altération ou le mélange inévitable de nos créations. Plus rien n’est original et tout a été fait précédemment. Ou est-ce vraiment le cas? Le lieu et l’exécution de l’originalité ont-ils été altérés? Est-elle toujours localisée dans l’agent? Chaque créateur/trice de connaissances n’est-il en fait qu’un collagiste singulier, créateur de styles originaux de remixage ou ne faisant qui puiser à même un réseau de relations? Chaque formation de savoir crée sans doute une itération unique de ces relations, ou peut-être son plagiat glorifié.

En tant que chercheurs/eures et créateurs/trices de savoir fondant nos méthodologies sur l’interdisciplinarité, ces questions nous incitent à nous questionner sur ce que nous faisons et sur notre manière de faire. Révisons-nous, reformulons-nous et régurgitons-nous tout simplement le travail de qualité qui a été fait avant nous, ou ce travail est-il réellement original? Cela importe-t-il?

La Re-originalité est le thème du Colloque annuel 2015 des étudiants en études supérieures des sciences humaines de Concordia, ainsi qu’un appel afin de réfléchir sur les manières dont nous créons et positionnons notre travail. Le thème de la conférence s’étend au-delà des présentations en réimaginant le format traditionnel des conférences académiques, y mélangeant un éventail de contributions participatives, d’hardis conférenciers et une touche de soirées performatives.


Sujets potentiels de contributions (liste non exhaustive) :


-pratiques de commissariat et de création à l’ère digitale

-nouvelles méthodes de présentation et de communication

-l’archivage du sujet, du moi


-plagiat positif

-art de l’appropriation, droits d’auteur et le souci de la propriété intellectuelle

-vol et hommage

-paternité et propriété

-concepts de propriété chez les communautés d’intérêts et groupes sociaux

Cultures d’appropriation

-appropriation ou reconnaissance?

-adoption/utilisation de méthodes de recherche non traditionnelles ou création de savoir


Collage & Remixage

-seuils de créativité, marges de l’originalité

-culture du copier-coller/remix

-ré-éditions, modifications, fusions, hybridités

Proposez votre propre panel ou table ronde

-trois personnes par groupe sur un thème de votre choix


Veuillez soumettre un résumé de 300 mots (français ou anglais), un C.V. ainsi qu’une courte notice biographique incluant vos coordonnées et votre affiliation universitaire à au plus tard le vendredi 16 janvier 2015. Les personnes retenues seront avisées le 30 janvier 2015. Les artistes peuvent également inclure quelques images (moins de cinq, maximum 72ppp) en un seul document PDF, RTF, ODF ou Word. Pour plus de détails sur le colloque, rendez-vous au

En plus des présentations traditionnelles de recherche de 15 minutes, notre thème vise à réimaginer le format normatif des conférences en invitant les candidats à soumettre d’autres formes innovatrices de présentation et de partage de connaissances, telles que des ateliers immersifs et interactifs, des présentations performatives ou démonstratives, des installations et expositions d’œuvres, et des “présentations éclair” (5 minutes, 5 diapositives). Veuillez indiquer votre préférence pour un ou deux de ces formats de présentation. Si vous êtes intéressé/e à présenter une démonstration performative ou un atelier, veuillez inclure un paragraphe ou deux sur la façon dont vous songez diriger cette activité (espace, durée, logistique, besoins en matériel technologique, etc.).


2014 Annual Conference Schedule @ Concordia University


Thursday 3 April, 09:30 – 21:00
Humanities PhD Annual Conference

MB 2.130 (Floating Box)
Concordia University, Montréal

Institutionalized: On knowledge-production and academic becoming

Thursday, 3 April 2014
Schedule of Panels & Presentations 

09:30 Registration & Coffee

09:50 Welcome remarksAnnie Rollins, Dana Samuel

Morning Sessions:

10:00 Feminist RepresentationsDebbie Lunny, Julián Fernando Trujillo Amaya, Amanda Feder

11:20 Spatial Politics & InstitutionsShaun Gamboa, Abelardo León

12:10 Lunch Break

Afternoon Sessions:

13:00 Museums & IdentityNatalia Grincheva, Mark Schilling, Zofia Krivdova

14:15 Coffee Break

14:20 Research-Creation ApproachesAnnie Rollins, Carolyn Jong & Joachim Despland, Peter Weibrecht


16:00 Keynote LectureDr. Marie-Luise Angerer, Academy of Media Arts Cologne, on “Affective Knowledge: Movement, Interval and Plasticity” Co-presented with Hexagram-Concordia & the Senselab


18:00 Reception & Closing RemarksErin Manning

18:30 ReadingNorman Hogg

19:30 Performance WorkshopSarah Manya

Detailed schedule with abstracts and biographies online shortly!


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

Presented by

Humanities PhD Student Association
Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society & Culture


Friday, 4 April, 12h00 – 20:00
Open Presentations & Social
Everyone is welcome!

MB 2.130 (Floating Box)
Concordia University, Montréal


12:00 Lunch

13:00 Open Presentations

Schedule to be announced

17:30 Social @ Kafein!

Presented by

Humanities PhD Student Association
Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society & Culture

Don’t miss both great events April 3 & 4!

2014 CFP for Annual Grad Conference

Call for Papers + Presentations – Institutionalized: Humanities Annual Conference

Call for Papers & Presentations

Interdisciplinary questions of knowledge, innovation and academic becoming

3-4 April 2014

Montréal, Canada

Humanities PhD Annual Graduate Conference
Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture
Concordia University

RESEARCHERS DEAL WITH INSTITUTIONS on a daily basis, and despite or because of various bureaucracies, the institution is often taken as given. But what of this often silent infrastructure which frames our activity, ideas and intellectual work, making demands of innovation and originality?

While Foucault notes that institutions freeze relations of power, Merleau-Ponty views ‘institution’ dynamically, as a creative force that brings about life. In either conception, institutions are powerful actors. While the word’s Latin root, statuo, gives rise to a number of English possibilities, institution and instituting encapsulate these different registers of noun and verb, static and dynamic, being and becoming.

This annual Graduate conference takes up the question of critical institution, asking how researchers see themselves and their work in relation to these processes of power and control.

How is knowledge constituted and instituted? Philosophy and theory can imbue the institution with life, vitally mediating subjectivity and nature. For Merleau-Ponty, the event of institution implies duration and “the demand of a future.” Knowledge and creation are instituted through a process of investigation, repetition, search and re-search.

Within the arts, as Andrea Fraser notes, historical practices of “institutional critique,” today, seem institutionalized—staid and uncontroversial. Should cultural workers instead, as Irit Rogoff states, “occupy and inhabit [institutions], in ways that can be interesting, critical and inventive?” Or, is it productive, following Fraser, to shift focus to the “institution of critique,” examining “critical claims of legitimizing discourses”? Such a shift may be imperative for practices of research-creation.

These trajectories are already asserted in similar threads of inquiry within activist, queer and feminist histories, posing critical challenges to organizational, social and cultural institutions. Can positing alternate models for new institutions and micro-institutions affect relevant social change? What can an examination of such institutions tell us about power relations in general or academia in particular?

We invite abstracts of 300 words or less in English and French, plus a 100 word biography.

For more detailed information, you may download the full PDF Call for Papers here.

The deadline for submission is Friday, February 21, 2014 at midnight. Applications can be sent to or through our Submissions Form.

Since 1973, the Humanities PhD Program has served Concordia University as a premier site of innovative research, providing students with opportunities to pursue interdisciplinary projects across fields in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts. In 2007, the Humanities PhD Program became part of the newly created Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture. Learn more here: