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The Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture (ICSLAC), and the Art History Graduate Students’ Society (AHGSS) at Carleton University are pleased to present Off the Record: an interdisciplinary conference taking place on March 24 – 25, 2017 at Dunton Tower 2017.

During Off the Record, we seek to raise questions concerning the flattening of historical narratives surrounding nation-building practices. In this inaugural year of collaboration, ICSLAC and AHGSS present a variety of presentations from graduate students at the MA and PhD levels, as well as from emerging and independent scholars. Presentation topics range from analysing cultural production in imagining diasporic bodies, cultural transfers between local histories and global economies, alternate futurities imagined through screens and transparencies, and unearthing little-told histories in Canada’s past.

The keynote address, titled “Infinite Screens,” will be given by Dr. Monika Kin Gagnon of Concordia University. There will also be an artist talk given by emerging artist Shelby Lisk, and Sandra Dyck, Director of the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) will provide a tour of The Other NFB: The National Film Board of Canada’s Still Photography Division, 1941-1971.

The schedule is outlined below:

March 24, 2017, Dunton Tower 2017

12:30 – 1:00pm: Registration
1:00 – 1:25pm: Welcoming ceremony and opening remarks

1:30 – 3:00 pm – Panel: Canada Untold
Moderator: Hilary Grant

Victor Arroyo (Concordia University),
“The Postcolonial Politics of Memory in the Hanging of the Black Slave Marie-Angelique”

Sarafina Pagnotta (Carleton University),
“Beauty from the Wreckage: Trench Art, Trauma and National Canadian Identity”

Émélie Desrochers-Turgeon (Carleton University),
“The Spaces of the Informal – Material Culture and Built Environments of Kanngiqtugaapik, Nunavut”

3:30 – 4:30pm: Tour of The Other NFB by Sandra Dyck at the Carleton University Art Gallery

Friday’s panel will be followed by an exhibition tour of The Other NFB curated by Dr. Carol Payne and Sandra Dyck. The tour will be given by CUAG Director, Sandra Dyck and will be followed by a social reception at the Audio-Visual Resource Centre (SP460) from 5:00pm – 6:00pm.

Refreshments will be served at the social.

Saturday March 25, 2017 Dunton Tower 2017

9:30 – 10:00am: Registration
9:50 – 10:00am: Opening Remarks

10:00 – 11:00am – Panel 1: Transnational Bodies
Moderator: Victoria Nolte

Maya Wilson-Sanchez (OCAD University)
“Appropriating Museology Through Travesti Methods: A Re-Imagining of Memory and History in Giuseppe Campuzano’s Travesti Museum of Peru”

Harnoor Bhangu (University of Winnipeg)
“In Praise of Our Aunties: Reading Diasporic Texts on Aging Brown Bodies”

11:00 – 11:15am: Coffee Break

11:15 – 11:45am: Artist Talk: Shelby Lisk

11:45am – 12:45pm – Panel 2: Connecting the Global and Local
Moderator: Amy Bruce

Su Yen Chong, (University of Victoria)
“COMA: The Question of National Identity in Contemporary Malaysian Art”

–Presenter Details Forthcoming–
“Traces of Sugar in Contemporary Art: Sweet Medium/Bitter Message”

12:45 – 2:00pm: Lunch

2:00 – 3:30pm – Panel 3: Screens, Transparency, Futurity
Moderator: Marissa Villeneuve

Pansee Atta (Carleton University)
“’Sci-Fi Skylines Against Inhabitable Barren Landscapes’: Muslim Futurity as Resistant Indigenous Temporality”

Anna Paluch (Carleton University)
“Water is Life, Water is Blood: Indigenous Resistance and Environmental Activism in Music Videos”

Rui B.M. Castro (University of Pennsylvania)
“Imagining Other Publics. Dan Graham’s Re-Inscription of Transparency in the 1970s”

3:30 – 4:00pm:  Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:20pm   Keynote Address: Monika Kin Gagnon “Infinite Screens”

5:20 – 5:30pm: Closing Remarks

Off the Record is a free event, open to students, faculty, alumni, and the public. Questions can be directed to icslacahgss2017@gmail.com.

The Call for Papers notice is available in PDF: CFP-Off the Record

*Detail from Shelby Lisk’s, Modified Landscapes – Indian Act (Tom Thomson), 2013

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Conference Committee 2017

Conference Co-Chairs: Sarah Fox (AHGSS), Emily Putnam (AHGSS), Victoria Nolte (ICSLAC)

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