April Event Registration


April 20th, 6-8pm EST

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The 26th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference (AGIC) is pleased to present the final panel of the Con-tact virtual lecture series: SOVEREIGNTY AND INTER/DEPENDENCE.

The use of ‘Con-tact’ as a mode of exploration arrives at the heels of current (and unevenly felt) social conditions. As possibilities of encounter and movement – both personal and political – have rapidly altered in form, and as questions of touch and proximity have been thrown into sharp, frictive, and often violent relief, we are urgently called to consider: What does it mean to be in relation to an-other across axes of feeling and being, time and space; in absence of physical contact, or, alternatively, in suffocating and immobilizing excess of it? Traversing and unraveling these boundaries, we hope to facilitate, or, borrowing from Erin Manning, “reach-toward” new modes of ethical inter-action.

SOVEREIGNTY AND INTER/DEPENDENCE represents a culmination of what has been a four-month rumination of ‘con-tact’ as a site of critical intervention. The panel addresses diverse and situated forms of communication and assertion expressed through bodies, communities, and inter-generational contact.

Featuring graduate presentations by… 

  1. Audrey Arthurs (Concordia, Art History): Fist High, Kneel Low: Let Unity and Defiance Be Shown 
  2. Olvie Li (Victoria, Social Dimensions of Health): Indigenous Youth Speak Up on Sex: The Land and Our Bodies 
  3. Sarah Revilla (Victoria, Cultural, Social, and Political Thought): Ghosts and Haunting as Affective Forces

and a response/keynote address by 

Annick Maugile Flavien (Concordia, Black Perspectives Office): Where Isolation Urges Our Imaginary.

The program will conclude with a Q&A segment for all participants.

More information on the presenters can be found here.

We invite you to join us in this exploration by registering through the link above this description.


Information on the event accessibility can be found here.


All graphic materials for this event were designed by Sharon Ku. Her work can be found on Instagram @kukiemilk.


As this event is free, we are asking all attendees to consider making a donation to First Peoples Justice Center of Montreal. More information on their important work can be found on their website and donations can be made here.