The 27th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference at Concordia University (Tiohtià:ke/Montréal) is pleased to present Religion & Decoloniality, a series of virtual and in-person workshops and theory-praxis hybrid events held over the Winter 2022 semester.
We invite students and faculty of any field to join this exploration. Our list of events can be found in the AGIC 2022 menu.
Decoloniality… is not a static condition, an individual attribute, or a lineal point of arrival or enlightenment. Instead, decoloniality seeks to make visible, open up, and advance radically distinct perspectives and positionalities that displace Western rationality as the only framework and possibility of existence, analysis, and thought.Catherine Walsh, On Decoloniality (17)
According to Catherine Walsh and Walter Mignolo, ‘decoloniality’ is a fundamentally relational concept, which is to say that within the multitude of networks that engender our world, no mode of contact can be separated from the other. Working within such a thematic framework demands a certain ethic of accountability to the territories on which we, the AGIC Committee, have been organizing. Concordia University (where AGIC is primarily situated) is located on the unceded lands and waters of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation, who are and have long been recognized as its custodians. Tiohtià:ke/Montréal has — and continues to be — a gathering place for many First Nations, and is now home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples.
In addition, we recognize the Algonquin/Omàmiwinini, Abenaki, and Okanagan Nations whose neighbouring unceded lands and waters we have also occupied as we connect with one another through the digital universe. Though we will not be gathering in person, we invite all who will join us for this virtual event to consider their own social positions and geographic locations in relation/s to Indigenous sovereignty.
(Adapted from Concordia’s official territorial acknowledgment as passed by the Indigenous Directions Leadership in Feb 2017)