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Sustainability in the City and Beyond


Sustainability Across Disciplines Conference



March 19-21, 2019

Discover the full schedule here, with locations, times and event information.

This year, the Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability and the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre are excited to present the annual Sustainability Across Disciplines conference with an urban theme and a new partnership with the Institute for Urban Futures. This conference will provide students, researchers, and the general public with the opportunity to participate in cross-disciplinary discussions and activities addressing sustainability research in relation to pressing urban and global issues, as well as the role that art plays in shaping more socially and environmentally just urban futures.

Conference affiliates from the Institute for Urban Futures


Brownfield Notes: Urban foraging in the post-industrial landscape, 2018

Angie Arsenault is an artist and researcher currently enrolled in the HUMA PhD Program at Concordia University where she focuses on fine art, deindustrialization and social practise and arts-based fieldwork. Angie is from the deindustrialized island of Cape Breton and much of her art practise and research employs memory, material culture, the post-industrial environment and storytelling to examine life in and around ruination. Angie’s artistic explorations generally manifest in sculpture and installation but she has recently been exploring book work. She holds a BFA (2004) and MFA (2017) from NSCAD University where her Master’s thesis project, Keeper of Industrial Memory, was awarded both a SSHRC and the Governor General Academic Gold Medal.



Season Jars: Food Preservation Project

Sherif Goubran is an architect with a master’s in buildings engineering. He is a Vanier Scholar whose research is focused on understanding the intersection between sustainable building design practices and the Sustainable Development Goals. He represents graduate students through elected positions and on university committees and he also co-leads a food preservation project on campus. This iteration of Season Jars will be sauerkraut.

Nadra Wagdy has a bachelor's degree in food science and a master's in sustainable food supply chain management. Her experience in the food system and her passion for social entrepreneurship pushed her to co-found Season Jars, where she develops and facilitates food preservation workshops that bridge theory with practice. Nadra also managed Concordia University's Sustainability Action Fund, where she coached students in developing sustainable business models and drafting funding proposals. She now works as a social economy consultant at PME MTL Centre Est.

Monica Dantas is an interdisciplinary researcher and Ph.D candidate at Concordia University Individualized Program studying the political, socio-economic footprints of global food systems, social and solidarity economy, community development, sustainable agriculture especially in the global south and Brazil. She is also a part-time professor teaching Food and sustainability at Concordia University. She is the founder of Season Jars, a food preservation working group dedicated to community-based learning.



Queer Power/Art for Global Warming: Green-it-Yourself Citizenship

Atom Cianfarani is an artist and designer whose practice is founded in the re-purposing of refuse. Working from an ecological preservationist ideology, her design and art practice examines bioremediation as a means to promote renewal in the urban waste-scape. She aims to reconcile urban architecture with its surrounding ecological habitats thereby making the urban reality more compatible with our natural world.  In her workshop/artist talk, participants will learn how to make a green roof they can take home. 



Lakota-Sys (L-Sys), Listener, 2018. Digital Video

Kite is an Oglala Lakota performance artist, visual artist, and composer and is a PhD student at Concordia University and Research Assistant for the Initiative for Indigenous Futures. Her research is concerned with contemporary Lakota epistemologies through research-creation, computational media, and performance practice.




The Clay Bird Project, 2019. Group Creation

Eduardo Della Foresta is a social sculptor and case worker who is very concerned with how he can make a difference among individuals in the urban space who suffer from disaffiliation.  His goal with Atelier Mobile Montreal is to give an alternative space that meets the individual where they are, both literally and figuratively.  In The Clay Bird Project, the maker fashions a bird from clay. The bird is left behind to join the migration. The experience shapes the maker.



Forward Contamination, ​2017. Digital video

Kelly Jazvac is an Associate Professor in the Department of Studio Art at Concordia University. In her art practice, she uses the materiality of plastic as a vehicle to consider the roles of capitalism, consumerism and colonialism in environmental contamination. Simultaneously, she engages in interdisciplinary plastic pollution research with a team of scientists, artists and writers. Jazvac has exhibited nationally and internationally, including recent exhibitions at the Eli and Edyth Broad Museum (University of Michigan); FIERMAN Gallery (New York); The Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver); The Berman Museum, (Philadelphia); Koenig and Clinton (New York); Prosjekstrom Normanns (Norway); Parisian Laundry (Montréal); Vie D’Ange (Montréal); CAC Brétigny (Paris); and Art Museum at the University of Toronto. Her work has been recently written about in National Geographic, e-fluxHyperallergic, The Huffington PostMagenta MagazineThe New YorkerCanadian Art, C MagazineThe Globe and Mail, Border, and The Brooklyn Rail. She is represented by FIERMAN Gallery, New York. 


Trash Tours

Miri Chekhanovich was born in 1987 in Armenia, back then part of the USSR. Very young, she moved to Jerusalem in Israel/Palestine. She now lives and works in Montreal. Currently Miri is a candidate for a Master’s of Fine Arts at Concordia University. Bridging video performances, sculpture and research in biomaterials, the artist seeks to reveal the link between all beings and objects living or inanimate, manufactured or natural. She believes that everything has vibrant agency and her art seeks to expose the common thread that ties life altogether.

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