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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
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Fall 2013 semester:

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, 12:30 pm
Postcolonial Constitutionalism: Complexities and Contradictions
Vrinda Narain
Assistant Professor
Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF), Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Law

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013, 12:30 pm
Got gay organs?: analyzing health policies through a Queer bioethics lens
Jason Behrmann
CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow
Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF)

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013, 12:30 pm
Rethinking Sexual Self-Objectification in Contemporary Art
Julie Lavigne
Professor in Department of Sexology, UQAM
IGSF Visiting Professor

Winter 2014 semester:

Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 12:30 pm
Felicia Kornbluh
Associate Professor of History, and Director of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies,
The University of Vermont
IGSF Muriel Gold Visiting Scholar

The Matrix: Beyond 'The Gendered History of the Welfare State'


Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 12:30 pm
Elizabeth Groeneveld
Faculty Lecturer and Chair, Women’s Studies Program

Pussy Riot: Feminist Reverberations and Dispersions


Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 12:30 pm
Bobby Benedicto
Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow, Art History and Communication Studies

The Queer Afterlife of the Postcolonial City: Dictatorship Architecture, Transgender Performance, and the Place of the Dead


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

Friday, November 7, 2014

Call for Papers // Appel de textes
Deadline: Monday, April 14, 2014

The McGill Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) is pleased to invite presentation proposals for 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?

Submissions

Interested persons should submit a 250-word abstract including a title, a short bio and contact information to Prof. Carrie Rentschler, Director, Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, at info [dot] igsf [at] mcgill [dot] ca by Monday April 14, 2014.  

As the subject line of your email, please include your last name followed by: Abstract Zero Future Conference (eg: “Smith: Abstract Zero Future Conference”). All abstracts must be submitted electronically, in PDF format.

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) ?

Candidatures

Les personnes intéressées doivent soumettre un résumé de 250 mots, incluant un titre, une courte biographie et leurs coordonnées au Prof. Carrie Rentschler, Directrice, Institut Genre, sexualité et féminisme, à info [dot] igsf [at] mcgill [dot] ca avant le lundi 14 avril 2014.  

Dans la ligne de sujet de votre courriel, veuillez inclure votre nom de famille suivi de : Zero Future Conference (ex. : « Smith: Abstract Zero Future Conference »). Tous les résumés doivent être soumis électroniquement au format PDF.

Plus d’informations :

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


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TALKS & SEMINARS

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 12:30-2:00pm
IGSF Seminar Room

Isabel Arredondo
Brown Bag Lunch Seminar

While feminist film criticism has paid critical attention to classical Hollywood films and more recently to silent films made by women, the feminist films of the 1970s and 1980s have often been overlooked. Motherhood in Mexican Cinema (2014) fills in this gap by examining third-wave Mexican films. Dr. Arredondo will introduce her book on the representation of mothers in feminist Mexican films, written in part during her sabbatical at IGSF.

Dr. Isabel Arredondo is a full professor of Spanish at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, where she teaches Latin American film. She has published In Our Own Image: An Oral History of Mexican Women Filmmakers (1988-1994), a book of interviews with Mexican women filmmakers available in translation at Digital Commons

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


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JOINTLY SPONSORED EVENTS

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014:
Arts W-215; 5:30pm

“Settler Common Sense”

Mark Rifkin, Associate Professor, English and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

How do varied administrative projects of settler colonialism and accompanying legal categories, geographies, and subjectivities come to serve as the background for ordinary non-native perception?  Conceptions of property and personhood that emerge out of ongoing histories of settler-Indigenous confrontation, negotiation, and struggle help shape non-natives' lived sensations, including the routine experience of place.  This paper addresses such feelings and explores the ways settlement is woven through everyday life, illustrating these dynamics through an engagement with Henry David Thoreau's Walden (1854).

Organized by the Department of English, together with the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, and with the generous support of the Mini Beatty Memorial Fund


Thursday, March 20th, 2014:
Social Studies of Medicine, 3647 Peel, Room 101; 3:00-5:00pm

"After IVF: Is the Future of Reproduction Technological?"

Sarah Franklin, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge

This talk looks both forward and back at what is meant by the phrase 'reproductive technology' and examines how 'new reproductive technologies' might be related to older technologies of kinship, gender, sex. Examining in particular the transformation of the human embryo into a tool, and the wider technologization of reproductive substance at the IVF-stem cell interface, this talk explores the changing relationship between the biological and the technical in contemporary bioscience.

Cosponsored by the department of Social Studies of Medicine, the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, and the Situating Science cluster.


Monday, March 24th, 2014:
Burnside 426, 4:00-5:30pm

“The Global Politics of Migrant Labor, Gender, and Everyday Life”

Nicole Constable, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh

This talk focuses on the everyday challenges faced by temporary migrant workers, especially migrant women from the Philippines and Indonesia who become pregnant in Hong Kong. Various factors – especially the migratory status of their partners – deeply color their own and their children’s opportunities and vulnerabilities. Migrant mothers’ stories point not only to their creative tactics for survival, but also to ever-growing global patterns of economic inequality and to the wider politics of privilege and precarity that define and limit their life choices. The stories of migrant mothers and their babies in Hong Kong may seem unique, but they echo many contemporary problems and vulnerabilities faced by temporary migrants the world over. This talk draws from recent anthropological and ethnographic fieldwork, and from my forthcoming book entitled: Born Out of Place: Migrant Mothers and the Politics of International Labor (University of California Press, 2014).

Organized by the Department of Geography, and co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies.


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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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