Unsettling Encounters

March 23rd


Alice Ming Wai Jim

When Care Becomes a Discourse

Alice Ming Wai Jim is Professor of Contemporary Art in the Department of Art History at Concordia University, Research Chair in Ethnocultural Art Histories, and Co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Asian Diasporic Visual Culture and the Americas. Curator, teacher, and cultural organizer, her multidisciplinary research interests are located across fields of critical race theory, critical curatorial studies, and contemporary art media with an emphasis on diasporic and transnational Asian artforms and art histories. She has curated exhibitions of over fifty BIPOC artists, and organized major scholarly events in Canada and internationally. She has also been involved in several formal partnerships involving international networking and community building initiatives, with a strong commitment to research and social justice. Recent research can be found in Narratives Unfolding: National Art Histories in an Unfinished World (2017); Desire/Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada (2017); and Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the 21st Century (2015).


Megan Seldon

New York University, History of Art

Transformational Justice and Land Based Activism in Museum Spaces

A second year Master’s student at New York University, Megan first earned undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Comparative Humanities at the University of Louisville. Her accolades include the Trustee’s Scholarship, Morris Bein Outstanding Humanities Senior of the Year, and the Wolfolk Thomas English Departmental Scholarship. She was also named Outstanding Senior of the Year and earned a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. In addition to completing a year of teaching in Malaysia, Megan has also spent the time between her studies as an environmental steward on sustainable family farms. She has advocated for small, diverse, and beginning farmers in the 2019 Farm Bill, and led an educational campaign petitioning Barbara Comstock for more equitable policies. While at NYU, Megan has taken courses which have primarily focused on the history of museums, the role of context, and issues of colonization and decolonization.

Zoe Compton

Concordia University, Art Education

Pedagogy of Discomfort: Mapping Family History in Prince Edward Island

Zoe Compton is a second year Master’s student in Art Education at Concordia University and she comes from a background in Environmental Studies. She works as a Teaching Assistant at Concordia and is also the 2nd Year President for the Art Education Graduate Student Association (ArtEGs). Zoe is currently working on an arts-based thesis looking at her family’s history as Loyalists in Prince Edward Island to critically contemplate her position as a white settler in Canada.

Brandon Sward

University of Chicago, Sociology

Santa Fe

 Brandon Sward is an artist, performer, writer, organizer, and doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago who lives and works in Big Timber, Montana. Learn more about Brandon and check his portfolio at his website.