Natalie Fletcher and her Philosophy Summer Camps for Kids

Current PhD Humanities student, Natalie Fletcher, works with children and philosophy and applies her work in summer camps for children. Check out her newly revamped website to learn all about it. And, share with any inquiring kids you know!
http://www.brila.org/

Speaker Series with Current and Recent HUMA Alum

Talking about PLACE at the Topological Media Lab (TML). Join some of our current and recent alumni next week, January 28th, for artist talk by Swintak. Come join the discussions and meet some really fab thinkers and artists talking about place and how this subject relates to their research and practice. The seminars are held on Wednesdays from 4-6 at the Topological Media Lab at Concordia University Montreal, Quebec (EV 7.725).

Dates and speakers listed here:
http://topologicalmedialab.net/events/news-and-events/table-of-contents-winter-2015/

Check out current student, Marie-Josee Blanchard’s upcoming article

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Marie-Josée Blanchard, 1st-year PhD student, has a new article coming up in Anthropologie et Sociétés entitled: “‘Se sentir chez soi’ au musée : tentatives de fusion des sensoria dans les musées de société”, co-authored with Dr. David Howes from the Sociology and Anthropology department. This article, which was written as part of the “Hands-On Museum” project directed by Dr. Constance Classen, explores the role of sense perception in museum space through an analysis of the new permanent exhibition This Is Our Story: First Nations and Inuit in the 21st Century at the Musée de la civilisation in Québec City.

2015 Conference Keynote Speaker: Marcus Boon

Marcus Boon, from York University, has just been confirmed as the conference’s keynote speaker. His talk entitled, “Is There a Life Beyond Mimesis” will close the conference activities on Saturday evening. We are so looking forward to hosting Dr. Boon!

Marcus Boon is Professor of English at York University in Toronto. He is the author of The Road of Excess: A History of Writers on Drugs (Harvard UP, 2002), In Praise of Copying (Harvard UP, 2010),  and co-author with Timothy Morton and Eric Cazdyn of Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism (U. Chicago, Forthcoming). He edited Subduing Demons in America: Selected Poems of John Giorno (Soft Skull, 2008) and is currently working on a new edition of William S. Burroughs’ The Third Mind with Davis Schneiderman. He writes about music and sound for The Wire, and is currently working on a book entitledThe Politics of Vibration. marcusboon.com

CFP: 2015 Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

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CFP: Call for Papers, Presentation, Proposals

 

Re-Originality

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):

Curation

-creative and curatorial practices in the digital age

-new methods of presentation and communication

-the archiving of self

Plagiarism

-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

-transculturation

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 humanities.phd@gmail.com 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 http://humanities-phd-gsa.ca

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

Ré-Originalité

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) :

Commissariat

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

-nouvelles méthodes de présentation et de communication

-l’archivage du sujet, du moi

Plagiat

-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

-transculturation

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 humanities.phd@gmail.com 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 http://humanities-phd-gsa.ca

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.).

 

Oli Sorenson’s Performance at Gallery Popop

https://www.facebook.com/events/302926673243305/

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Miniature Shadow Puppets at the Art Institute of Chicago

Current student, Annie Rollins, creates a set of miniature Chinese shadow puppets for the Art Institute of Chicago’s Thorne Miniature Rooms.

https://annierollins.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/small-is-beautiful/

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Student Lenka Novak’s Public Performative Installation

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L e n k a N o v á k o v á  

in collaboration with:
Otso Lähdeoja / Navid Navab

in dialog with performance group:
IF YOU NO WHAT I MEAN: Mayra Morales / Petur Grunansom / Marcelino Barsi / Mona Ayas

Merging powerful optical architectures, compositions of structure born sound, and the aesthetics of chiaroscuro image, ‘F O L D’ envelops the spectator in the performative, theatrical and cinematic experience of self and the other.

‘F O L D’ as a platform for interdisciplinary approaches to ‘performance’ and ‘performative environment’ is a ‘stage of an exhibition’; it’s a ‘cinema’; it’s a ‘concert’ and in one instance we may say it’s a ‘contemporary dance’

About the artist: www.lenkanovak.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/1505662776363060/

Current Student Peter Dube Launches his new Book

http://211blog.drawnandquarterly.com/2014/11/book-launch-beginning-with-mirror-by.html

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2014 Annual Conference Schedule @ Concordia University

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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

Keynote:

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

Reception:

18:00 Reception & Closing RemarksErin Manning

18:30 ReadingNorman Hogg

19:30 Performance WorkshopSarah Manya

Detailed schedule with abstracts and biographies online shortly!

Registration

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

Presented by

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

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

MB 2.130 (Floating Box)
Concordia University, Montréal

Schedule

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!