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Symposium: The Agents of Design / Design as Agency

March 9, 2018

Concordia Art History Faculty member Dr John Potvin, alongside Postdoctoral fellow, Dr Marie-Ève Marchand, have organized the two-day symposium, The Agents of Design / Design as Agency. The symposium is taking place March 9-10, 2018 at Concordia University in E.V. 1.615 (1515 Sainte-Catherine Street West). The symposium is free and open to the public.

Full Schedule:


09h15 Accueil des participants/Opening Invitation
09h30 Introduction/Opening remarks

Session Chair: Ms Paula Alaszkiewicz (Concordia University)
10h00 Designs on Modernity: Gertha Felsövanyi’s Vienna Apartment and Situated Agency / Dr Sabine Wieber (University of Glasgow)
10h30 Gifted Design: Imperial Benevolence in the Needlework of Mary Seton Watts / Dr Elaine Cheasley-Paterson (Concordia University)
11h00 Desperately Seeking Sunlight: Le Corbusier’s Casa Curutchet and The Man Next Door / Dr Mark Taylor (University of Newcastle)
11h30 Risk-taking of Geodesic Proportions: An intense pas de deux between Jeffery Lindsay and Buckminster Fuller / Dr Cammie McAtee (Independent Curator and Scholar, Montreal)
12h00 Discussion
12h45 Déjeuner/Lunch
Session Chair: Mr Nikola Stepić (Concordia University)
14h10 Women as Agents of Change in the Design of the Workplace / Dr Lynn Chalmers (University of Manitoba)
14h40 Agency, Art, and Architecture; or, How to Picture Medical Heroes / Dr Annmarie Adams (McGill University)
15h10 ‘Material for the Nation’: Factory Gardens and the Geography of Childhood (1897-1910) / Ms Sara Nicole England (Concordia University)
15h40 Coffee Break/Pause
16h00 Designing Leaders / Dr Mary Anne Beecher (Ohio State University)
16h30 Design and AIDS: The Case of DIFFA / Dr John Potvin (Concordia University)
17h00 Discussion


Session Chair: Ms Kelly Grant (Concordia University)
10h00 Design Anthropology: Agencies, Inclusions and Exigencies / Dr Alison Clarke (University of Applied Arts, Vienna)
10h30 Multum in parvo: Scale and agency in the Thorne Miniature Rooms / Dr Erin J. Campbell (University of Victoria)
11h00 Period Décor and the Negotiation of Social Relationships in the Home / Dr Marie-Ève Marchand (Concordia University)
11h30 Stand-in or Act-out: Period Rooms as Places of Agency / Dr Änne Söll (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
12h00 Discussion
12h45 Déjeuner/Lunch
Session Chair: Dr Maya Oppenheimer (Concordia University)
14h10 Agent Bruce Mau and the Audacity of Design / Dr Rachel Gotlieb (Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning)
14h40 Where Theory and Practice Meet... or not / Dr Jessica Hemmings (University of Gothenburg)
15h10 Circumventing Opposites: Beyond a Human-Centric Vision for Design / Dr pk langshaw (Concordia University)
15h40 Discussion
16h10 Coffee Break/Pause
16h30 Curatorial Roundtable Discussion
Moderator: Dr Marie-Ève Marchand; Participants: Drs pk langshaw; Jessica Hemmings; Rachel Gotlieb; David Hanks and John Potvin.

Remerciements / With the generous support of:
Concordia University Department of Art History
Concordia University Department of Design and Computation Arts
Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art
The Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design
Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture

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