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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 humanities.phd@gmail.com 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 humanities.phd@gmail.com 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: http://cissc.concordia.ca/phdinhumanities/