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featuring the Montreal launch of


Thursday, October 27, 2016 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Henry Hall Building, H-1271

with chapters by:
Alan Nash (Concordia University)
Anaïs Detolle (Concordia University)
Robert Jennings (Institut national de la recherche scientifique)
David Szanto (University of Gastronomic Sciences) 

Food resists disciplinarity: it is integral to the construction of identity and af liation, it generates cross-sector consequences throughout its interactive ecologies, and it is a source of comfort and contamination, profit and memory, pride and disparity. The aim of Critical Food Studies is to differentiate between iterating the status quo and innovating mindfully, a notion inspired by critical designers Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby. This event offers an introduction to the 2016–17 program of the CISSC-afliated Food Studies Research Group, and a chance to learn about recent activity in Critical Food scholarship.

In addition to a short presentation on Critical Food Studies by Concordia faculty members, a number of current and past Concordia students will present their research, to be followed by the launch of the recently published Conversations in Food Studies (University of Manitoba Press). A collaboratively edited collection, the book demonstrates the value of interdisciplinary research through the cross-pollination of epistemological and methodological perspectives. Widely diverse essays range from food systems visualizations to the bring-your-own-wine movement to reflexive and performance-based methods, interspersed with synthesis discussions by leading Canadian food scholars. 


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Rob Shields, University of Alberta
Tuesday, November 1, 2016   6 to 8 p.m.
Henry F. Hall Building, H-763

Everyday interweavings of different temporalities and spatialities challenge our modes of recollection, representation, and complicate practice. This has implications for our understanding of bodies, causality, agency and power, and engagements with the wider environment. This discussion will explore the continuities and disruptions in the sense of social totality as a global condition of contemporary urban life. It seeks the sites and moments where aesthetic experience and ethical situations collide with with political and moral institutions and norms as a way of linking the ethical with the political.

Dr. Shields will also give a graduate seminar on "Virtuality and the Urban" on Monday, October 31 at 10 a.m. in EV 11.655.

Rob Shields is the Henry Marshall Tory Chair, Professor in Sociology and in Art and Design at the University of Alberta and Director of the City-Regions Studies Centre. Rob Shields is an award-winning author and co-editor of numerous books including: Spatial Questions, The Virtual, Lifestyle Shopping, Cultures of Internet, Lefebvre Love and Struggle, & Places on the Margin. Dr. Shields was past Director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa. A Commonwealth Scholar at University of Sussex, he founded Space and Culture, an international peer-refereed journal, and Curb Canadian planning magazine. He was 2014 City of Vienna Visiting Professor in Architecture and Planning at TUWien and is currently completing research on nanotechnology as a space of concern.


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CREE WAYS OF KNOWING (NEHIYO ITÂPISINOWIN): Indigenizing University Education


2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2016
H-763 (Henry F. Hall Building)

In this Public Lecture, Joseph Naytowhow will present an overview of Cree ways of seeing/ knowing (nehiyo itâpisinowin). These ways challenge the conventional organization of knowledge by discipline in the university curriculum and also the distinction between theory and practice. While rooted in tradition, Cree ways of knowing are not stuck in the past but rather open up vital new avenues for “remembering forward.” The Naytowhow lecture will be of particular interest to those concerned with making indigenous knowledge an integral part of the university curriculum and exploring the far borderlands of interdisciplinarity and intercultural relations.

10 a.m. on Thursday, November 3, 2016
EV 11.705 (Milieux Resource Centre)

Joseph Naytowhow will also lead a seminar on “Indigenous Art as Performance,” which draws on his vast experience as a performer, including his recent role as Coyote (mîscakanis) in the stage adaptation of Maria Campbell’s “Little Badger and the Fire Spirit” at Sum Theatre, Saskatoon.

Joseph Naytowhow is a gifted Plains/Woodland Cree (nehiyaw) singer/ songwriter, storyteller, and voice, stage and film actor. He comes from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation Band in Saskatchewan. As a child, Joseph was influenced by his grandfather’s traditional and ceremonial chants as well as the sounds of the fiddle and guitar. Today he is renowned for his unique style of Cree/English storytelling, combined with original contemporary music and traditional First Nations drum and rattle songs. Joseph is the recipient of many awards. He also holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

This event is co-sponsored by the Centre for Sensory Studies, the RPLC Transformations in Indigenous Communities team, and the University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary.

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