January Event Registration


January 26, 6-8pm EST

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

The 26th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference is pleased to present THE TRAFFIC IN OBJECTS, inaugurating the Con-tact virtual lecture series organized by the Department of Religions and Cultures at Concordia University. 

The first of four webinars under this theme, THE TRAFFIC IN OBJECTS articulates ‘con-tact’ not only as a sensorial phenomenon between bodies and subjects, but as a juncture between human and non-human worlds; a dynamic interface of cultures and structures; a messy entanglement of past, present, and future.

The program itself will consist of a three-person graduate panel followed by a response/keynote address, and will conclude with a public Q&A segment. The presentations are as follows: 

  1. Pranav Menon (Columbia, Comparative Literature): The Native’s New Clothes: Colonial Dress and Contact Zones in ‘The Tempest’ 
  2. Rania Esmat Saad (Concordia, Art Education): Akhmim’s Female Embroiderers: Mobilizing Decolonized Folk-Art for Economic and Social Empowerment in Southern Egypt 
  3. Ariana Seferiades Prece (Concordia, Cultural Anthropology): Altar: an ethnographic short film about contact between humans and non-human entities in domestic atmospheres in Buenos Aires 
  4. KEYNOTE: Sowparnika Balaswaminathan (Smithsonian Institute): Blood, Sweat, and Gods: The Moral Economies of Smuggling under Extractive Capitalism 

Read more about our presenters here.

Thinking through ‘con-tact’ in ways that cannot be known in advance, each panelist offers their own unique (though certainly not indistinct) interventions, which we hope to place into creative dialogue with the other over the course of this virtual gathering.

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 Stephanie Auger-Roy. More of her work can be found at www.stefaroy.com or on Instagram @stefaroyy. Thank you Stephanie!


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.