GSFS Advising 

Terms of Privacy / Conditions de Confidentialité

"Terms of Privacy: Intimacies, Exposures and Exceptions" / ​«Conditions de Confidentialité: Intimités, Expositions et Exceptions»

Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

November 4th-5th, 2016

The McGill Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies is proud to present “Terms of Privacy: Intimacies, Exposures and Exceptions,” a two day conference featuring emerging and established scholars as well as leading artists in the fields of gender, sexuality and feminist approaches to digital art, media and culture. The conference is held in collaboration with Studio XX’s biennial feminist festival of media arts + digital culture, The HTMlles 12: Terms of Privacy and will take place on November 4th and 5th at McGill University, please check the website for confirmed location.

The conference will feature an artist keynote entitled “Privilege” by Amalia Ulman, a performance artist who manipulates her likeness to role play female archetypes in the era of selfies and social media performance in addition to an academic keynote address by Beth Coleman an Associate Professor of Experimental Digital Media at the University Waterloo where she directs City as Platform Lab and is the author of Hello Avatar (2011). Professor Coleman’s talk, “Always Crashing in the Same Car: Privacy, Precarity, and Resistance, will analyze the “citizen’s right to the city,” in an age of ubiquitous computing, big data, and the “concomitant threat of a surveillance society.”

Studio XX is a bilingual, feminist artist-run centre for technological exploration, creation, and critique, founded in 1996. It runs in parallel with Studio XX's biennial feminist festival of media arts + digital culture, The HTMlles 12: Terms of Privacy, Nov. 3-6, 2016. Since 1997, The HTMlles brings together artists, scholars, and activists passionate about critically engaging new technologies from a feminist perspective. “Terms of Privacy” is supported by the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, McGill University, Studio XX, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada.


L’Institut Genre, Sexualité et Féminisme (I.G.S.F.) de McGill présente «Conditions de Confidentialité : Intimités, Expositions et Exceptions,» une colloque de deux jours avec chercheurs établis aussi bien que grands artistes dans les champs de genre, sexualité, et approche féministe de les arts médiatiques + culture numérique. La conférence est organisée en collaboration avec la 12e édition du festival féministe d’arts médiatiques + culture numérique, les HTMlles avec pour thématique “Conditions de confidentialité.» Le colloque passera sur le 4th et le 5th de Novembre à Université McGill, consultez pour verifier le lieu.

Le colloque aura un conférence principle aritste, «Privilège» de Amalia Ulman. Ulman est un artiste de performance qui manipule son image pour effectuer des femmes archetypes à l’ère des medias sociaux. Le colloque aura un conférence principle académique de Beth Coleman, Professeur Agrégé de Médias Numériques Expérimentale à L’Université de Waterloo. Elle dirige La Ville Comme un Laboratoire de la Plate-Forme et elle est l’auter de Hello Avatar (2011). L’article de Professeur Coleman, «Always Crashing in the Same Car: Privacy, Precarity, and Resistance» discutera le droit à la ville du citoyen à l’ère de l’informatique ominiprésente, grande données, et la «menace concomitante d’une société de surveillance.»

Le Colloque est organisée en collaboration avec la 12e édition du festival féministe d’arts médiatiques + culture numérique, les HTMlles, qui se tiendra du 3 au 6 novembre 2016, avec pour thématique ​«Conditions de Confidentialité.» Basé à Montréal, Les HTMlles est un festival biennal international qui rassemble des artistes, des théoricien-ne-s et des activistes passionné-e-s par la réflexion critique en nouvelles technologies sous une perspective féministe. «Conditions de Confidentialité» est présenté par L’Institut Genre, Sexualité et Féminisme de McGill, Université McGill, Studio XX, et le Conseil de Recherches en Sciences Humaines du Canada.



Friday/Vendredi 4 Nov. 2016

Location/L’emplacement: Leacock 232

(Please check for updates/Consultez pour les modifications) 

9:00 AM     Registration/Inscription

9:30-11:00 AM     Virtual Made Flesh: Artist Roundtable Discussion on Digital Media Art Practices

 / Le Corps Numérique: Artiste Table Ronde Sur Les Médias Numériques Pratiques Artistiques
Chair: Alanna Thain, IGSF

Nadège Grebmeier Forget
Performing social media: About--Hier est Aujourd'hui
Dayna McLeod
Uterine Concert Hall
Magda Olszanowski
Prurient Maternal
Fernada Shirakawa, Natasha Felizi & Joana Varon

Coding Rights

11:00-11:15           Break/Pause

11:15-1:00 PM       Intimacy Made Public: Four Cases of Feminist Research & Writing 

/Intimité Publique: Quatre Cas D'écriture Féministe
Chair: Mary Bunch, IGSF

Alison Loader, Concordia University
Public Sights and Private Dirt: Viewing Women and the Splendid Camera Obscura
Celia Vara, Concordia University
The work of Fina Miralles: Intimate exposure as emancipatory action in the Spanish political transition
Florencia Marchetti, Concordia University
Intimate materialities: exploring embodied memories of terror through creative photographic practices
Isabel Macdonald, Concordia University
Privacy, exposure and the emergent form of “comics journalism”: Reflections on the production of a comics reportage project drawing on interviews with Haitian earthquake

1:00-2:00 PM       Lunch/Dejeuner

2:00-3:45 PM       Online Lives & Violent Acts: Violence Against Women

/Les Vies Numériques: Violence Contre Femmes
Chair: Itzayana Gutiérrez, AHCS and IGSF, McGill

Lara Karaian, Carleton University
Mind Fuck: Revenge Porn as Privacy Violation or Virtual Rape?
Yuan Stevens, McGill University
Revenge Porns' Victims: Private Law and Protecting Sexual Integrity as a Social Good
Alexandra Dodge, Carleton University
The Digital Witness: The Role of Digital Evidence in Criminal Justice Responses to Sexual Violence
Anna Lauren Hoffmann, UC Berkeley
Toward a Conception of ‘Data Violence’: Data, Technology, and Trans Lives

3:45-4:00 PM       Break/Pause

4:00-5:30 PM       Keynote Talk/Conférence Principale (Leacock 232)

Professor Beth Coleman, Waterloo University

 "Always Crashing in the Same Car: Privacy, Precarity, and Resistance"

Saturday/Samedi 5 Nov. 2016

Location/L’emplacement: Leacock 232

8:30-9:00 AM       Breakfast/Petit Déjeuner

9:00-10:45 AM     Branding the Body: Surveillance On/Off Line

/Le Corps Marqué: La Surveillance De La Vie
Chair: Hemangini Gupta, IGSF

Alexander Antonopoulos, Concordia University
Patronymic border crossings: Reflections on Greek-Canadian identity, transmasculine IDs and time travel, 1955-2015
Stephanie Belmer, Vanier College
Intimate Exposures in Jill Magid’s ‘Evidence Locker’
Megha Sharma Sehdev, John Hopkins University
Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 (India), Quilted Version
Zachary Thomas Parker, University of North Carolina
Who’s ‘looking’? Surveillance and Queer Digital Relationality

10:45-11:00 AM     Break/Pause

11:00-12:15 PM     Body Work: Sex Work and the Publics

/Travail Du Corps: Travail Du Sexe Et Les Publiques
Chair: Karen Herland, Concordia University

Susan Driver & Zoe Newman, York University
Talk intimately/intimacy to me
Angela Yu, McGill University
Sexual/Healing: Sex Education and Social Rehabilitation in Disability and Sex Work
Robyn Maynard, independent scholar/activist
misogynoir and the hyper(in) visibility of the black sex/trade

12:15-1:00 PM     Lunch/Déjeuner

1:00-2:45 PM       New Modes of Representation

/Nouveaux Façons De Représentation
Chair: Yuriko Furuhata, East Asian Studies, McGill

Katie Saulnier, McGill University
Passing “Privilege”: Neurodivergence, Queerness, and other Secret Identities
Carolyn Bailey, McGill University
The Space of Refusal: Hito Steyerl's How Not to be Seen
Chelsea Barnett, Independent Scholar
Imaging The Faulty Rape Victim: An Autoethnographic Viewing of Emma Sulkowitcz’s Ceci N'est Pas Un Viol
Pooja Sen, McGill University
Invisibility for the hypervisible: Hito Steyerl, military surveillance, and the performance of identity

2:45-3:00 PM      Break/Pause

3:00-4:00 PM      Artist Keynote/Conférence Principale Artiste

Amalia Ulman, Artist

Introduced by Erandy Vergara, Director, Studio XX

8:00 PM


Articule, 262 Ave Fairmount Ouest

Monday/Lundi, 7 Nov. 2016

Location/L'emplacment: 3487 Peel (Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies)

2:30-5:00 PM        Send Nudes! A workshop with

A free, hands on workshop on digital privacy with Fernanda Shirakawa, Joana Varon and Natasha Felizi of, a female-led Brazilian Think and Do Tank that aims to advance in the enforcement of Human Rights in the digital world by integrating usages and understandings of technology into policy making processes.

Send Nudes! Workshop

Since the leaks of celebrity nude pictures and the numerous cases of revenge porn have started to become everyday news, we've witnessed all kinds of narratives about it. The vast majority of them are paternalistic, patronizing pieces that ultimately state that sharing nude pictures online is irresponsible and unsafe. In this workshop, we will try to confront this narrative and introduce the "Safer Nudes!" project, a guide to digital security for sharing intimate images that does not base itself on slutshaming. This project aims to call the attention to how learning to send nudes through the internet in a safer way can be a practice of self-determination for us as sexual bodies and internet users. More than protection, we need to spread knowledge about daily practices and and actions that can work towards shifting perspectives about gender roles and digital rights. The workshop proposes a debate around sending nudies in a safer way, acknowledging the main vulnerabilities in sharing digital files; metadat, cryptography, anonymity and protecting our devices.


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