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May 4 - 8, 2020

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The Summer Institute is a week-long feminist course approached from a multi-disciplinary perspective (humanities, social sciences, visual and performing arts). Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as community members are welcome to attend, either for credit or as a conference. The Summer Institute consists of workshops, panels and discussions led by a diversity of instructors and speakers from within and outside Concordia.

This year's theme

 “Departures, encounters, and arrivals: Feminist approaches to migration & mobility justice studies”

It brings together those who are concerned with questions, practices, and knowledge gaps that arise from critical migration/refugee studies, critical tourism studies, and/or mobility justice research. Under the broad rubric of Departures, Encounters, and Arrivals, it will variously examine how power and inequality permit/prevent contemporary human movement. Some of its objectives include:

  • building and share knowledge that interrogates questions of power and privilege by advancing feminist, anti-colonial and anti-racist methods and analyses;
  • denaturalizing assumptions about the rights of some to choose to move/travel freely and others who are forced to leave/stay, denied access, and/or detained at borders;    
  • examining the “grey areas” between hospitable and hostile receptions/ encounters in “host” societies;
  • encouraging interdisciplinary and intersectoral exchanges and collaborations in the humanities and social sciences and from the public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors.

More details to follow.


The Summer Institute will take place on the main campus of Concordia University, in downtown Montreal. Lectures and workshops will take place in accessible spaces.

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