Representing Concordia’s diverse graduate community, and in partnership with the Montreal Gazette, the Public Scholars Program mandate is to engage and share our research with the public.
The current cohort, launched in May 2019, is facing a challenge unique to their group: adapting to a new concept of what it means to be “public” without in-person engagement; what it means to be a “scholar” when laboratories and libraries are shut down, indefinitely, almost overnight.
How has COVID-19 impacted their research? How have they adapted their plans? What do they foresee for the future of their field, and what advice would they offer to those considering graduate studies in a post-pandemic world?
Tune in on June 12 to hear from five of the 2019 scholars on how the current crisis has impacted our graduate students, and engage in a discussion about the new realities of higher education and research. A conversation and Q&A moderated by Bettina Forget, one of the 2020 public scholars, will follow short presentations by the scholars. Final remarks will be delivered by Lucinda Chodan. Chodan is editor in chief of the Montreal Gazette and senior vice-president, editorial, of Postmedia. The Gazette has been involved with the Public Scholars program since its inception at Concordia.
Humanities (Studio Art, Process Philosophy, Performance Studies)
I ask three questions: How does the concept of ‘utopia’ in queer studies influence a built environment? How does a creative gesture affect a body in this environment? And how does the ecological 'queer' identity?