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

Our Conference Schedule is Online

Come Join Us! March 13th and 14th

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

In line with this year’s theme, the conference is also pushing the ways in which we present and share knowledge: ‘lighting round’ presentations, interactive re-eating food demonstrations, participatory workshops and traditional panels are just some of our offerings.

Keynote speaker, Marcus Boon, presents “Is There Life Beyond Mimesis?” to end the conference activities on Saturday evening.


We hope you can join us. All are welcome.

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!

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:

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.