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EAHR | Media

[image credits: Mr Quiver, image by Lucille Acevedo-Jones, Manuel Vason, and Rajni Shah]

EAHR | Media (Ethnocultural Art Histories Research in Media) is made up of faculty members and graduate students across the university working at the intersections of ethnocultural art research, media, and digital art history. Departments and Institutes represented by our members include: Art History, Studio Arts, Dance, Design and Computation Arts, Animation, Cinema, Theatre, Communication Studies, the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art and the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS).

As we begin our inaugural year, our mission is three-fold. First, to provide a platform to organize and showcase research and research-creation on ethnocultural topics carried out at Concordia. Second, through our series of public events, to explore innovative initiatives and methodologies to further engage and develop EAHR | Media research directions. Third, in collaboration with our expanding inter-faculty network, to propose that EAHR | Media become a formal research hub in the university. In alignment with our mission, we are organizing a year-long series of public events (lectures, panels, and research-sharing sessions) to be presented at Concordia. Our rich interdisciplinary program brings together local and international thinkers and makers. We have partnered with various groups on campus to help make this happen including CISSC, the Departments of Studio Arts, Art History, and Dance, LePARC/Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology, and the Concordia University Research Chair in Ethnocultural Art Histories.


Alice Jim, Concordia University Research Chair in Ethnocultural Art Histories; Professor, Department of Art History

Surabhi Ghosh, Associate Professor, Department of Studio Arts; Program Coordinator, Fibres & Material Practices.

Angélique Willkie, Assistant Professor, Department of Contemporary Dance; Co-director, Performing Arts Research Cluster (LePARC / Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture & Technology)

(1) What are the implications of intersectionality theory and critical race studies for the politics of representation of people of colour and Indigenous people in new media art? What are the political dimensions, psychological effects, boundaries and meanings of these aesthetic choices?

(2) How can digital media better encompass the full range of human diversity including ability, language, racialization, culture, gender and age?

(3) What are the epistemological implications of data-driven analysis and spatio-temporal representations for the study of research-creations by or about ethnocultural communities?

Faculty members-at-large

- Monika Kin Gagnon , Professor of Communication Studies and Concordia University Research Fellow

- Rilla Khaled, Associate Professor, Department of Design and Computation Arts and director of the Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG) Research Centre, associated with Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology

- Cilia Sawadogo, Associate Professor of Animation, Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema

- Leila Sujir, Associate Professor of Intermedia (Video, Performance, and Electronic Arts) and current Chair of the Department of Studio Arts

- Luis Carlos Sotelo Castro, Canada Research Chair in Oral History Performance and Associate Professor, Department of Theatre

- May Chew, Assistant Professor, Film & Art History, Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema

- Rajni Shah, Horizon Postdoctoral Fellow, Acts of Listening Lab (Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling & Dept of Theatre)


Graduate student members:

- Raissa Simone Killoran , PhD HUMA

- Mikhel Proulx , Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Art History

- Sanaz Sohrabi , PhD HUMA

- Eli Larin, MA Art History

- Sarah Eve Tousignant, MA Art History

- Jay Bosse, MA Art History

- Jeanne Voizard Marceau, MA Art History

- Estelle/Gatien Wathieu, MA Art History

- Swapnaa Tamhane , MFA Fibres & Material Practices (Studio Arts)

Jaret Vadera

Friday, Feb. 15, 2019
6:00 p.m.
MCConnell Library Building, LB-125
1400 De Maisonneuve W.

In this artist talk and conversation, Jaret Vadera will discuss key arcs, propositions, and questions guiding his multifarious practice.


Jaret Vadera is a transdisciplinary artist whose work explores how different social, technological, and cognitive processes shape and control the ways that we understand the world around and within us. Vadera's practice is influenced by cognitive science, post/de-colonial theory, science fiction, Buddhist philosophy, and the study of impossible objects.

Vadera's paintings, prints, photographs, videos, and installations have been exhibited widely at venues such as: the Queens Museum, MoMA, the Smithsonian APAC, Asia Society Museum, Aga Khan Museum, Maraya Art Centre, and the Bhau Daji Lad Museum.

Vadera completed his undergraduate education at OCAD University and Cooper Union School of Art. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Art in New Haven.

It's Bigger than Hip-Hop

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
1455 De Maisonneuve W.

Panel discussion with invited guests:

  • Naomi Bragin
  • D. Sabela Grimes
  • Nantali Indongo
  • Yassin Alsalman (aka NARCY)

Download the poster

I.  Within the context of Canadian art, deep listening as a decolonial practice has been a crucial part of engaging Indigenous thinking and other ways of knowing. Please join us for the inaugural event of the 2018-2019 EAHR | Media program featuring:

Rajni Shah, Horizon Postdoctoral Fellow, Acts of Listening Lab (Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling & Dept of Theatre)

Listening Gathering: how we come together

Thursday September 27th 6:30-8:00pm

Jarislowsky Institute EV 3.711

“A listening atmosphere is not improvised. It is, on the contrary, the product of a strenuous process of conception, growth and devoted attention.”  – Gemma Corradi Fiumara, The Other Side of Language: a philosophy of listening

Fiumara asks what the world would be like if philosophy embraced listening as wholeheartedly as it does speaking. In this talk, Rajni Shah will explore what performance might have to offer in creating this possibility – not as a topic for discussion or exploration, but by considering the acts of gathering and listening as the central ‘work’ in the idea of an ‘artwork’.

We’ll begin by arriving, and paying attention to where we are.

We’ll let go of the ideas we were holding on to before the talk began.

We’ll acknowledge the land on which we gather.

And then, we’ll begin (again).

This talk will be followed by a ‘no questions’ session, during which we will collectively experience a reorientation of the usual Q&A format.

Everyone is welcome. Download the event poster here.

Julie Nagam, Manitowapow, Speaking to the Moon, 2017

Afternoons at the Institute

Thursday, 25 October, 4:00 – 5:30pm

Collective and Creative Methodologies within the Future of Indigenous Arts

Julie Nagam

Associate professor at the Faculty of History and the Chair of the History of Indigenous Art in North America, a joint appointment between the University of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and Visiting Scholar in the Department of Art History, Concordia University

In this talk, scholar, curator and artist Dr. Julie Nagam will address how art can be the catalyst to radically transform space and create social change. She will reflect on how Indigenous methodologies have the power to transform artistic institutions and public space, radically pushing the boundaries of Eurocentric masculine concepts of contemporary art and scholarship. These methods adopt a distinct approach, based on collaboration, learning by doing, consultation with community experts, creative intervention, working with an intergenerational focus, mentorship, and listening to stories or voices of different stakeholders and community members. 

This talk will be moderated by Charissa von Harringa, doctoral student in the Department of Art History at Concordia University and co-curator of Among All These Tundras presented at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery.

Presented in collaboration with EAHR/IARG and co-organized with the Afternoons at the Institute Lecture Series of the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art.

The Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institutes for Studies in Canadian Art presents a series of conversations entitled Afternoons at the Institute, now in its sixth season. Bringing established and emerging scholars together, the series focuses on pressing questions and current issues in the research and writing of art histories. The series has been made possible by a generous donation from the Jarislowsky Foundation.

This special Afternoon at the Institute is being held in EV-3.711, of the Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Complex, 1515 Ste-Catherine Street West. Metro Guy-Concordia (map).

Conversation are free and open to the public.

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