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Events are typically free and open to the public, but seating may be limited.
For most events we ask that you please register.
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MAJOR EVENTS


ESQUISSES

A lunch-time series of works-in-progress by researchers at McGill

Lunch provided, but seating is limited - we ask that you register.
PLACE: IGSF Seminar Room, 3487 Peel Street, 2nd floor

This is not an accessible space. Please contact us to request a change of location.

Fall 2014 semester:

Tuesday, September  23rd, 2014, 12:30 pm
Wolfenden's Witnesses: Understanding Homosexuality in Postwar Britain
Brian Lewis
Professor, History and Classical Studies
McGill University

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, 12:30 pm
The Politics of Data: Exploring the Debates on the Collection of Race Based Data in Canadian Universities
Enakshi Dua
Associate Professor, Equity Studies
York University
IGSF Visiting Professor

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014, 12:30 pm
A Queer Approach to Human Rights, Sexual Identity, and LGBT Asylum Seekers
Baden Offord
Professor, Cultural Studies and Human Rights
Co-Director, Centre for Peace and Social Justice
Southern Cross University

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014, 12:30 pm
Avatars of Modernity: The Gendered Politics of Mediated Mormonism
Brenda Weber
Associate Professor, Gender Studies
Indiana University Bloomington
IGSF Visiting Professor

Winter 2015 semester (coming soon!):

Updates are ongoing.

Annual IGSF New Student Orientation

Date: August 28, 2014
Place: IGSF Seminar Room, 3487 Peel Street, 2nd Floor*

10:30-11:30am
Graduate Option in Gender and Women's Studies (GWS: MA & PhD levels)

2:00 - 3:00pm
Sexual Diversity Studies (SDS: Minor) and
Women’s Studies (WMST: Minor, Major, Honours, Joint Honours)

The orientation is crucial for those registered or considering registration in the above programs. Attendance is compulsory for all students newly enrolled in IGSF programs.

*Note on accessibility: The IGSF Seminar Room is non-accessible. Please contact us to request a relocation of this event to an accessible space.


IGSF Welcome Reception

Date: October 2, 2014
Place: IGSF Seminar Room, 3487 Peel St, 2nd Floor*

Students and Colleagues,
You are cordially invited to the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) for our annual Welcome Reception to celebrate the new academic year. This is an informal opportunity to reacquaint yourselves with our staff, students and fellow colleagues around the university, and to meet new hires, students and staff members. The reception is also a chance to greet our new visiting professors and postdoctoral students. We hope you will join us to socialize over a glass of wine and other refreshments. Everyone is welcome.

*Note on accessibility: The IGSF Seminar Room is non-accessible. Please contact us to request a relocation of this event to an accessible space.


ZER0 FUTURE: Is The Future Obsolete? // ZÉR0 FUTUR : le futur est-il obsolète ?

Friday, November 7, 2014

The McGill Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) is pleased to present a one-day conference entitled “ZER0 FUTURE.”  The conference is associated with The HTMlles 11 “ZER0 FUTURE” feminist festival of media arts + digital culture, produced by Studio XX held November 7-15 in Montreal, Canada. The HTMlles is an international platform dedicated to the presentation of women’s, trans and gender non-conforming artists’ independent media artworks in a transdisciplinary environment that strives for anti-oppression.

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Friday, November 7, 2014
A day-long conference associated with

The HTMlles 11 | ZER0 FUTURE
Feminist festival of media arts + digital culture

The “ZER0 FUTURE” festival and conference contemplate the intersecting, hopeful and dystopian imaginaries of current futurisms. While the 1990s marked the end of the century that mobilized around the promise and seeming progress of the future, the start of the 21st century has witnessed the intensification of economic crises and global climactic events that increasingly call the future into question. On television screens, on portable game players and in popular music cultures, zombies, aliens and other monstrous and fantastical figures have proliferated, taking shape in cultural formations such as afrofuturism, cyberfeminism, in queer and feminist manifestoes, and in feminist and anti-colonial reinventions of future temporality.

We invite submissions for conference presentations that shed light on the perception of today’s futures, including critical and creative interventions inspired by (but not limited to): afrofuturism, chicanafuturism, feminist cyberpunk, utopian and dystopic cyberfeminism or other feminist science fiction and queer futurity, for instance.  We will accept submissions for both academic talks and non-traditional conference presentations.  Submissions will be accepted in either English or French (though please note that the conference will only offer passive translation for those who need it).  We particularly encourage graduate students and post-graduate scholars to apply, though submissions will also be accepted from faculty and non-academic participants.

After more than a century, should we still care about “the future”?
Are negativity, nihilism, cynicism and irony useful ethics, or simply more politics of the privileged?
What sort of creativity can come out of being liberated from the future?
How do we negotiate the tension that exists between an oppressive future in the present and making the present our terrain of struggle in order to (re)build community?  
What sort of non-market value can co-emerge “without a future” and the refusal of neoliberal resilience/positivity? 
What kind of feminist ethics can we create by differently orienting ourselves to the future?
Is the notion of Zero Future frightening, encouraging or something else?
How should we, or ought we, embrace together Zero Future?

More info:

http://htmlles.net + http://htmlles11.tumblr.com/

ZÉR0 FUTUR : le futur est-il obsolète ?

le vendredi 7 novembre 2014
Un colloque d’un jour associé à

Les HTMlles 11 | ZÉR0 FUTUR
Festival féministe d’arts médiatiques + de culture numérique

Le festival et le colloque « ZÉR0 FUTUR » envisagent les imaginaires entrecroisés, optimistes et dystopiques des futurismes actuels. Alors que les années 1990 marquaient la fin du siècle qui s’était mobilisé autour de la promesse et d’un semblant de progrès du futur, le début du 21ème siècle a été témoin de l’intensification des crises économiques et d’événements climatiques globaux qui appellent expressément à la remise en question du futur. Sur les écrans de télévision, sur les consoles de jeux portables et au sein des cultures de musique populaire, les zombies, les aliens et d’autres personnages monstrueux-euses et fantastiques ont proliféré, prenant forme dans des mouvements comme l’afrofuturisme ou le cyberféminisme, dans les manifestes queer et féministes, et dans les réinventions féministes et anti-coloniales de la temporalité du futur.

L’événement est associé au festival féministe d’arts médiatiques + de culture numérique Les HTMlles 11 « ZÉR0 FUTUR », produit par le Studio XX et se tenant du 7 au 15 novembre à Montréal, Canada. Les HTMlles est une plateforme internationale dédiée à la présentation d’œuvres d’arts médiatiques indépendantes créées par des artistes s’auto-identifiant comme femmes, trans ou dissidents et dissidentes du genre, dans un environnement transdisciplinaire, axé sur l’anti-oppression.

Nous invitons à la candidature de propositions de présentations qui font la lumière sur la perception des futurs d’aujourd’hui, incluant les interventions critiques et créatives inspirées par (mais non limitées à) : l’afrofuturisme, le chicanafuturisme, le cyberpunk féministe, le cyberféminisme utopique et dystopique, ou d’autres science-fiction féministe et futuritions queer, par exemple.  Nous accepterons des candidatures pour les discours académiques autant que pour les présentations non-traditionnelles.  Les candidatures seront acceptées en anglais comme en français (cependant, veuillez noter que la conférence n’offrira qu’une traduction passive pour ceux et celles qui en auraient besoin).  Nous encourageons particulièrement les étudiant-e-s diplômé-e-s et les chercheur-e-s post-universitaires à poser leur candidature, bien que les candidatures soient aussi acceptées des professeur-e-s et des participant-e-s non-académiques.

Après plus d’un siècle, devrions-nous encore nous soucier du « futur » ?
La négativité, le nihilisme, le cynicisme et l’ironie sont-elles des éthiques utiles, ou bien plutôt des politiques de personnes privilégiées ?
Quelle sorte de créativité peut ressortir du fait d’être libéré-e du futur ?
Comment négocions-nous avec la tension qui existe entre un futur oppressif dans le présent et faire du présent notre terrain de lutte afin de (re)bâtir la communauté ? 
Quelle sorte de valeur non-marchande peut co-émerger sans avenir et du refus de la résilience/positivité néolibérale ? 
Quel type d’éthiques féministes pouvons-nous créer en nous orientant différemment vers le futur ?
La notion de Zéro Futur est-elle effrayante, encourageante, ou quelque chose d’autre ?
Comment embrasser ensemble le Zéro Futur (ou devrions-nous même le faire) ?

Plus d’informations :

http://htmlles.net + http://htmlles11.tumblr.com/


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TALKS & SEMINARS


Resisting Norms or Overthrowing Oppression? The Radical Futurelessness of Queer Politics

Date: November 3, 2014
Time: 3:00-4:30pm
Location: IGSF Seminar Room, 3487 Peel, 2nd Floor*

C. Heike Schotten
Associate Professor of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts
University of Massachusetts, Boston

Registration

*Note on accessibility: The IGSF Seminar Room is non-accessible. Please contact us to request a relocation of this event to an accessible space.

More information on past talks and seminars can be found here.


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JOINTLY SPONSORED EVENTS


IGSF will be co-hosting and -sponsoring more events in 2014-2015. This page will be updated regularly as we finalize our calendar.


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SOCIAL HOUR

Are you a graduate student, post-graduate, or a faculty member whose research engages with issues of gender &/ sexuality &/ feminist studies?
Join us for this monthly social event. Meet other academics with similar research interests over refreshments!

Coming Soon: Check back for updates and information
(Registration Not Required)


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