February Event Registration


February 23, 6-8pm EST

Thank you to all our presenters! Please check out our next event on April 20th.

The 26th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference (AGIC) is pleased to present Part Two of the Con-tact virtual lecture series: DISTANT INTIMACIES.

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.

DISTANT INTIMACIES traces contact in three overlapping ways: vertically, horizontally, and digitally. The panel centres both absence and connectivity as key locus’ of inquiry in our current moment. The program combines lecture and performance styles, and will conclude with a public Q&A segment. 

Presentations by:

  1. Arwa Hussain (Concordia, Religions and Cultures): Staying Connected: The Dawoodi Bohra community during the Covid-19 Pandemic 
  2. Alex Grabiner (McGill, Religion): Points of Contact: A Project in Comparative Theology 

Respondent: Lucie Robathan (McGill)

Participatory Performance by Jad Orphée Chami (EUR ArTec; Research-creation)

 INTER-SILENCE: Sharing silence through sonic presence in times of global pandemic 

Each panelist offers new insight into the formation of community and connection to the transcendental, which we hope to place into creative dialogue with the other over the course of this virtual gathering.

More information on the presenters 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 Vienne Seto. More of her work can be found at www.vienneseto.com.


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.