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Photos courtesy Mira Shin Gallery & National Gallery of Canada

Photos courtesy Mira Shin Gallery & National Gallery of Canada

Ken Lum and Kitty Scott in Conversation: Saturday, 23 May, 3:00 p.m.

5 May 2020 - Concordia University Press is excited to host artist Ken Lum and Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Canada Kitty Scott in a Zoom conversation to mark the recent publication of Lum's book Everything is Relevant: Writings on Art and Life, 1991-2018

Saturday, 23 May 2020, 3:00 p.m. (EDT)
The event is free but attendees are asked to register to receive the Zoom link: https://bit.ly/2KRzjvu
Please note the event will be recorded.

About the Book

Everything is Relevant: Writings on Art and Life, 1991–2018 brings together texts by Ken Lum. They include a letter to an editor, diary entries, articles, catalogue essays, curatorial statements, and more. Along the way, the reader learns about late modern, postmodern, and contemporary art practices, as well as debates around issues like race, class, and monumentality. Penetrating, insightful, and often moving, Lum’s writings are essential for understanding his practice, which has been prescient of developments within contemporary art, as well as the international art world over the last three decades. Kitty Scott contributed an introduction through which to encounter Lum's texts. 

Everything is Relevant is available for purchase at: concordia.ca/press/everythingisrelevant. During the month of May, use code LUM20 at checkout for 20% off the cover price. Canadian orders receive free shipping. 

About the Participants

Ken Lum is known for his conceptual and representational art in a number of media, including painting, sculpture, and photography. He currently is the Chair of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design and he previously taught at Bard College and at the University of British Columbia. As an artist, he has exhibited at Documenta 11, the Venice Biennale, Shanghai Biennale, Carnegie International, and Whitney Biennial, among others. He is a co-founder and founding editor of Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art and in 2000 he was co-editor of the Shanghai Biennale. He is co-curator of Monument Lab: A Public Art and History Project in Philadelphia. In 2017, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is the recipient of the 2019 Gershon Iskowitz Prize and the 2020 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. 

Kitty Scott is Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Canada (NGC). She has held positions at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Banff Centre, the Serpentine Galleries, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Edmonton Art Gallery (currently known as the Art Gallery of Alberta). Ms. Scott curated the critically-acclaimed exhibition Brian Jungen: Friendship Centre (2019) at the AGO and co-curated the well-received 2018 Liverpool Biennial, titled Beautiful World, Where Are You? In 2002-03 she co-curated a retrospective at the NGC of Ken Lum’s photography.

For more information about the event, contact: press@concordia.ca


Announcing the Launch of "Studies in Failure"

21 October 2019 - What is failure? What set of criteria is used to determine failure and how does the same criteria contest what is considered successful? If contemporary social mobility is decreasing and economic disparity is growing, should failure be reevaluated? If narratives of progress present success as inevitable but case studies of failure reveal numerous truths about their surrounding social, cultural, political, and economic systems, should events, actions, and people really be considered failures?

Concordia University Press seeks works from a broad range of disciplines that will reconsider failures as opportunities to illuminate the networks with which they interact in order to challenge assumptions where success is favoured – as a measure of value, as a component of ideologies or privilege, or as revisionist histories of accidents and fortunate sets of coincidences. Studies of failure reveal counter-narratives that create more complete understandings of complex forces at work and suggest alternative directions, possibilities, and methods.

Projects could include, but are not limited to, studies of: failed utopias or colonial projects; trial and error in the scientific method; environmental collapse; inventions and technologies that did not find wide use; unsuccessful commercial endeavours; artworks and literary works that were initially reviled but later reframed as masterpieces or gained cult followings; discarded philosophies or aesthetic movements; ideas that were marginalized by entrenched interests; the failure of majority societies to work with minority populations; public policies that inadequately addressed pressing economic, political, or environmental issues; and social projects and infrastructure initiatives that did not accomplish their intended goals.

Questions raised by publications in this area could include: How do people and institutions fail to communicate to each other and to educate one another? In which ways are failures admitted or denied by commercial, political, and cultural interests and what are the effects of these responses? How do the state and state actors account for failure? To what extent is failure beyond an actor’s control? What does failure reveal about individuals’ concerns about status, credentials, prestige, accomplishment, and self-identification in an achievement society? At what point do things first considered successes become failures and what changed in their evaluation?

From the analytical to the irreverent, from the predictable to the shocking, from the surprising to the tragic, failure offers a range of responses and reactions. Publications in this area will allow communities of scholars and readers to rethink claims, norms, and standards about failure writ large.

For more information about Concordia University Press, visit concordia.ca/press. For inquiries or to discuss a project, contact: ryan.vanhuijstee@concordia.ca.


Changes to the Editorship of
Authors, Publishers, Readers, Texts: Studies in Book History and Print Culture

5 June 2019 - Concordia University Press and the Bibliographical Society of Canada/Société Bibliographique du Canada (BSC/SbC) are pleased to announce that Ruth Panofsky, Professor of English at Ryerson University and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, has been appointed to a three-year term as editor of Authors, Publishers, Readers, Texts: Studies in Book History and Print Culture, the Concordia University Press book series established in early 2019 and sponsored by the BSC/SbC.

Professor Panofsky publishes in several fields, including authorship studies, Canadian publishing history, textual scholarship, and Canadian Jewish literature, with a frequent emphasis on women writers and publishing figures. She is the author of The Force of Vocation: The Literary Career of Adele Wiseman (2006) and The Literary Legacy of the Macmillan Company of Canada: Making Books and Mapping Culture (2012). Her award-winning critical edition of the collected poetry of Miriam Waddington appeared in two volumes in 2014 and she edited The Spice Box: Canadian Jewish Writing (2017). Her newest work, Toronto Trailblazers: Women in Canadian Publishing will appear in 2019 with University of Toronto Press. Professor Panofsky is also an award-winning poet. To learn more about the series, write to: panofsky@ryerson.ca


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Ken Lum  Not My Type: Thougths on Typographic Taste 

In advance of the Concordia University Press publication of Everything is Relevant: Writings on Art and Life, 1991–2018 (October 2019), and as part of a workshop organized by A-B-Z in association with Artexte, artist Ken Lum will speak on typography in art and design.

Friday, 24 May 2019, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605
1515 Saint Catherine Street W.

Concordia University Press is excited to publish Everything is Relevant: Writings on Art and Life, 1991–2018a collection of texts by Canadian artist Ken Lum. They include a letter to an editor, diary entries, articles, catalogue essays, curatorial statements, and more. Along the way, the reader learns about late modern, postmodern, and contemporary art practices, as well as debates around issues like race, class, and monumentality. Penetrating, insightful, and often moving, Lum’s writings are essential for understanding his practice, which has often been prescient of developments within contemporary art, as well as the international art world over the last three decades. Kitty Scott, co-curator of a 2002-03 retrospective at the National Gallery of Canada of Lum’s photography, has written an introduction that provides context, background, and a lens through which to engage with Lum’s texts.

It is possible to pre-order the book. A 10% discount is available until 1 October. Visit: concordia.ca/press/everythingisrelevant 

Vancouver-born artist Ken Lum is known for his conceptual and representational art in a number of media, including painting, sculpture, and photography. He currently is the Chair of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design and he previously taught at Bard College and at the University of British Columbia. As an artist, he has exhibited at Documenta 11, the Venice Biennale, Shanghai Biennale, Carnegie International, and Whitney Biennial, among others. He is a co-founder and founding editor of Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art and in 2000 he worked as co-editor of the Shanghai Biennale. He is co-curator of Monument Lab: A Public Art and History Project in Philadelphia. In 2017, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.


Launch of Authors, Readers, Publishers, Texts:
Studies in Book History and Print Culture 

10 January 2019 - Concordia University Press is excited to announce the creation and launch of a new series, Authors, Publishers, Readers, Texts: Studies in Book History and Print Culture. Sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of Canada and under the editorship of Professor Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr (University of Ottawa), the series will publish new scholarship in the fields of bibliography, book history, and print culture broadly defined. The first book in the series is expected to appear in 2020.

Founded in 1947, the Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC) is a national, bilingual scholarly association that promotes the study of the history, description, and transmission of texts in all media and formats, with a primary emphasis on Canada. Starting in the late-1940s until the mid-1970s, the BSC published a number of bibliographies, facsimiles of early Canadian printing and publishing, and wider studies of Canadian book culture. This new series will reanimate the BSC’s important work in book historical and bibliographical research. Books in the Authors, Publishers, Readers, Texts series will not be geographically or thematically restricted, but, like the BSC itself, will have an particular interest in Canadian topics and projects. Titles will be published as appropriate in English or French. Membership in the BSC is not a requirement for authors or editors.

As well, to mark the creation of the series, the BSC and Concordia University Press will collaborate with McGill University Library to digitize and re-publish the BSC’s backlist of titles originally issued between 1949 to 1976.

Anyone interested in submitting to the series should send a proposal, CV, and writing sample from a potential book project to: editor@bsc-sbc.ca.

Concordia University Press publishes peer-reviewed books that are engaged, accessible, and make a point. Launched in October 2016, it supports Concordia University’s desire to transform the individual and strengthen society. The Press’s commitment to open scholarship means that digital versions of its books will be published online without any access restrictions. Print editions will be available for sale to individuals and libraries. The Press’s inaugural catalogue of books will appear in 2019.

To learn more about Concordia University Press, visit: concordia.ca/press.

To learn more about the Bibliographical Society of Canada, visit: bsc-sbc.ca.


Launch of Nota Bene: Occasional News from Concordia University Press

2 April 2018 - Concordia University Press is very excited to launch Nota Bene, its occasional e-newsletter. The first volume (spring 2018) describes some of the Press's work since it was created in October 2016. Subsequent volumes will acquaint the Press's friends and supporters with news, events, and other items of interest. 

To read the first volume of Nota Bene and to subscribe, visit: https://bit.ly/2q1ZsO6. Your information will not be shared and you can unsubscribe at any point. 


New Staff Appointment 

5 January 2018 - Concordia University Press is pleased to announce that Meredith Carruthers has joined the Press as Editorial and Production Coordinator. Her main responsibilities will be to managing editorial and production and she will also assist with marketing and special projects.  

Between 2015 and 2016 Meredith was employed as Managing Editor at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA). There was she was responsible for significant aspects of the Centre’s publications program, including project scheduling and monitoring, coordinating the work of freelance service providers, and working with authors and CCA staff. In 2015 she was Visiting Faculty Advisor in the Publication Incubator at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Between 2013 and 2014 she was Associate Editor and Curator of the Istanbul Design Biennial where she had overall responsibility for the Biennial’s multi-author keynote publication, The Future is Not What It Used to Be. She is also the contract proof reader for Canadian Architect.

Meredith has an MFA with a specialization in print media from Concordia and an Honours BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph. She is also working on a part-time basis towards Ryerson University’s publishing program certificate. 

 


End-of-Year News from Concordia University Press

20 December 2017 - The end of the year is a prompt to reflect on the last twelve months and to contemplate what is to come. 2017 was challenging in many ways, but it brought a number of good things to Concordia University Press. Here, for our friends and supporters, are the highlights:

  • In April we signed an agreement with UBC Press for distribution and marketing for our printed English-language books; 
  • For the very first time, from 27 May to 2 June the Press exhibited at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Congress 2017 was held at Ryerson University in Toronto. We look forward to exhibiting at Congress 2018 at the University of Regina; 
  • In September we established our first series, Media Before 1800, under the co-editorship of Daniel Kline (University of Alaska Anchorage), Fiona Somerset (University of Connecticut) and Stephen Yeager (Concordia University). The first title is envisioned for 2019;
  • In October we received a gift of $250,000 from the Birks Family Foundation. This is in addition to more than $100,000 generously received from the foundation in 2016;
  • Last month Concordia University launched a multi-year, $250 million capital campaign with Concordia University Press as one of its fundraising priorities;
  • Finally, on 4 January 2018 we will be joined by Meredith Carruthers as Editorial & Production Coordinator. Meredith is a former Managing Editor in the Canadian Centre for Architecture's publications department. A fuller announcement and welcome will appear shortly in the New Year.

2018 promises to be an equally exciting year. If you wish to receive regular announcements from the Press, consider signing up for our newsletter. Your information will not be shared, nor will you be inundated with messages, and you will be able to unsubscribe at any time. 

The Press's offices will be closed from 22 December to 3 January 2018. Best wishes for restful and peaceful holidays! 


 

Concordia University Press Marks One-Year Anniversary with a Major Gift from
the Birks Family Foundation and the Creation of a New Series

27 October 2017 - Concordia University Press is celebrating its one-year anniversary with exciting news. On 26 October, Jonathan Birks, President of the Birks Family Foundation, announced a gift of $250,000 to the Press. "The Press underlines the idea that Concordia is a university that does things that are innovative and makes the communities in which we live far better,” said Birks. In thanking the Foundation, Guylaine Beaudry, Chair of the Press's Board of Directors and Concordia's Vice Provost for Digital Strategy and University Librarian, said that "without critical funding from the Birks Family Foundation, Concordia University Press would simply not exist." 

The Birks family’s relationship with Concordia spans more than eight decades, beginning in the 1930s at one the University’s founding institutions, Sir George Williams University. “My great-great-uncle, Gerald Walker Birks, was very involved with the Drummond St. YMCA and the Y as a whole,” recalled Jonathan Birks. "When Sir George Williams University began offering courses at the YMCA, a bond developed between the Birks family and the University." The Birks Family Foundation previously donated $150,000 to Concordia Library to support its open-access mandate.

The Press is also pleased to announce the creation of its first series: Media Before 1800. Under the editorship of Fiona Somerset (University of Connecticut), Daniel T. Kline (University of Alaska Anchorage), and Stephen Yeager (Concordia University), Media Before 1800 will bring cutting-edge discoveries from the disciplines of manuscript and early-print studies into conversation with the cognate disciplines of media archaeology, infrastructure studies, and media ecology. The “1800” of the series title comes from Friedrich Kittler, whose description of the 1800 discourse network continues to influence the dominant periodizations of media history. Books in the Media Before 1800 series will examine media from the medieval and early modern periods preceding this starting point, to make challenging and politically efficacious claims that engage with the discourses of critical theory, cultural studies, media history, and media archaeology. In particular, they will complicate the established narratives and counter-narratives of periodization, to look for alternative configurations of the relation between past and present. 

Concordia University Press was launched by Concordia University on 27 October 2016. It is a non-profit publisher of peer-reviewed books that cross disciplinary boundaries and propel scholarly inquiry into new areas. Concordia University Press books are engaged, accessible, and make a point. The Press is building its first catalogue of books, pamplets, and series that engage with the themes of Life, Knowledge, and Creation. It publishes in English and in French. 


 

Concordia University Press Attending the 2017 UAAC-AAUC Conference in Banff, Alberta 

10 October 2017 - Concordia University Press is excited to attend the 2017 Universities Art Association of Canada - l'Association d'art des universités du Canada (UAAC-AAUC) conference from 12-15 October in Banff, Alberta. Editor Geoffrey Robert Little will be participating in a professional development session, "Publishing in the field of art history/Publier dans le domaine de l’histoire de l’art," on Friday, 13 October. 

Established in 1956, UAAC-AAUC provides a national voice for its membership, composed of university and college faculty, independent scholars and other art professionals in the fields of art, art history and visual culture.

For more on UAAC-AAUC and the 2017 conference, visit: www.uaac-aauc.com

 


 

Concordia University Press Partners with UBC Press

26 September 2017 - Concordia University Press and UBC Press are pleased to announce a partnership which will see UBC Press assume worldwide responsibility for marketing and distribution of Concordia University Press’s English-language print books. Founded in October 2016, Concordia University Press is non-profit publisher of scholarly books and pamphlets that cross disciplinary boundaries and propel scholarly inquiry into new areas. It is currently building its inaugural catalogue of titles and series. Digital editions of all Concordia University Press titles will be available for free and without restrictions. UBC Press is Canada’s leading social science publisher with a reputation for publishing high-quality works of original scholarship. Providing marketing and distribution services for a number of publishers, UBC Press is also well known for the comprehensiveness and reach of its global marketing activities.

For more on Concordia University Press, visit: www.concordia.ca/press.

For more on UBC Press, visit: www.ubcpress.ca




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