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Andrew Forster, PhD

Part-Time Faculty, Studio Arts
Part-Time Faculty, Art Education
Part-Time Faculty, Art History
Part-time Faculty, Design and Computation Arts

Andrew Forster, PhD

Andrew is a working artist, curator and writer. His practice includes performance, choreographic projects, video installation and work for public space. Past work: a production of Samuel Beckett's That Time; a design for an entrance to Place des Arts, Montreal (with architects Atelier Big City);  En masse, a movement project for seventy people (with choreographer Suzanne Miller); Cinéma, an outdoor performance for an audience seated indoors at the Société des arts technologiques, Montréal. Recent work: Mer Parguayenne, a building wrapped in language - a collaboration with Montreal poet Erín Moure based on the writing of Wilson Bueno (ConU EV building, 2017; photo below) and the video installation The Machine Stops, a fiction about the end of the world, recorded in Chandigarh, India (2019 - Recent curatorial work includes seeing and not seeing, an exhibition of cowhide works by Concordia artist Mindy Yan Miller for Fondation André Forestier - Institute for the Unknown, Montreal (2021 - AF’s research looks at art practice as a strange gesture for investigating the designed world and at the collision zone between art and design as a vital public space in itself. His  Humanities PhD at Concordia was Clairvoyant Practices for the Designed World - The Job of the Artist is to De-Design (2020 - intro at


  • Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax
  • Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Concordia University, Montreal

Research interests

practices called 'making'; the contested public space between art & design; art as clairvoyant practice; performance and public space

Areas of expertise

studio, cross-disciplinary practice, critical design practice, art in public space, design studies, theories of practice

Paraguayan Sea at FOFA Gallery
Photo credit: Guy l'Heureux

Teaching (2020-22)

Courses 2022-2023

Fall 2022:

HIST207: Early Modern Europe

Fall/Winter 2022-23:

LBCL 391: Great works in moral/political/social thought (18th-19th centuries)

Winter 2023:

LBCL 395: Great works in science (16th-20th centuries)

Courses taught


HIST/HISW 207: Early Modern Europe
HIST 326: Reformation and Counter-Reformation
HIST 328: The Scientific Revolution
HIST 340: Early Modern Britain and Ireland
HIST 382: The Enlightenment
HIST 398: Intolerance and Toleration in Early Modern Europe
HIST 402: The Philosophy and Practice of History (Honours)
HIST 403: Methodology and History (Honours)
IRST/HIST398: Ireland in the Atlantic World (Irish Studies)

Subject seminars (offered as HIST 437/610)

Early Modern Utopias
History and Progress in the Enlightenment
Knowledge and Power in Early Modern Europe
Revolutions in Three Kingdoms: England, Scotland, and Ireland 1640-1660
Science and Early Modern Culture

Graduate and Honours students (current and graduated)


Devyn Gwynne (Kenelm Digby [1603-1665] and seventeenth-century natural philosophy) (current)

Solveig Hanson, "Midwives, Knowledges, and Medical Publications in Seventeenth-Century England and Ireland" (current)

Hannah Sparwasser Soroka, "Anthropophagy in Three Keys: New World Cannibalism, the Blood Libel, and Corpse Medicine in the British Atlantic World, 1640-1660" (2021)

Rana Fahmy, MA thesis, "Re-Settling Woes and Rebellions: The Role of 
Irelands Natvrall History in the Cromwellian Era" (2019)

James Leduc, MA thesis, "Between Sovereignty and Conscience in the Early Modern World: Archbishop Richard Creagh and the Problem of Government in Tudor Ireland" (2017; winner of the Edward Eastman McCullough Award for best MA thesis in History)

Tyson Lowrie, MA essay, "Broadcasting Peace: UN Peacekeeping Radio Operations, 1989-Present" (2015)

Vanessa Hulewicz, MA essay, "Breeding Behaviour: Etiquette and Companionate Marriage among the British Elite, 1870-1920" (2015)

Thomas Reubens, MA essay, "Barebones of the Financial Revolution" (2013)


Molly Taylor, "Criminal and Wicked Consciences: Anti-Catholicism and Anti-Popery in Restoration London" (2021)

Cynthia Panneton, "The Struggle of Friends: Toleration and Persecution of Quakers in Seventeenth-Century England and New England" (2016)

Patrick Reed, "'Seized by Terror and Great Fear': Emotions as Ideology in Early Medieval Ireland" (2016)

Christopher Schütze, "Sir William Osler's View: Medical Science, Institutionalization and Community in the Nineteenth Century" (2009)

Pierre-Etienne Stockland, "'Nature Doth Everywhere Geometrize': The Ontology of the Beehive in Seventeenth-Century English Natural Philosophy" (2009; winner of the David Fox Memorial Prize for best History Honours thesis)

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