LANDEDNESS

25th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference

February 20, 2020

Concordia University

Tiohtiá:ke/Montréal

The Department of Religions and Cultures at Concordia University announces the 25th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference (AGIC). The conference seeks to encourage dynamic interdisciplinary discussion in relation to this year’s theme: landedness.

In her book Decolonizing Education, Mi’kmaw scholar and educator Marie Battiste says relationships with land pattern “cultural behaviors and ways of knowing.” Honoring this teaching, it is in relationship(s) with land that we locate a definition of landedness for the purposes of this conference. Land in this sense could be resource, property, terrain, territory, homeland, nation, planet, ecology, spiritual entity (among others).

Possible questions for consideration include: How are notions of land/edness constituted? challenged? What does it mean to possess land? occupy land? defend land? be displaced from land? How is land seen as sacred? as commodity? What are the relations between bodies and lands? What are the implications of these relations?

Possible research areas include, but are not limited to: ecology and climate; geographies; economies; migration and diaspora; place and space; colonialisms and postcolonialism; decolonization; indigenous studies; race, class, gender, sexuality; feminism; queer critique; sensory and affect studies; humanism, posthumanism, and transhumanism; animal studies; the body and performance; literatures; epistemologies; pedagogies; nationalisms; political theory; kinship; ethics; law and property; pilgrimage; land in historical contexts.

Submission instructions: Proposals of max. 300 words are due November 01, 2019 to agic.concordia@gmail.com. All submissions must include a project title, applicant’s name, email address, university affiliation (if applicable), degree, a brief bio of 50 words, and five keywords that describe the project. Multi/intermedia and performance-based proposals are welcomed and encouraged. You may submit a proposal and present in English or French. Applicants will be notified in early December.