Thank you to Lisa Figge for editing and uploading Professor Will Straw’s keynote address, ‘Reading From a Distance: Canadian Cultural Studies Across Media‘.

You can listen to this phenomenal keynote and Q&A (which includes some still and moving images) by accessing the following three links on uTube.

Part 1 – Introduction and Keynote
Part 2 – Keynote Continued
Part 3 – Q & A

For those interested in organizing Undisciplined 2012 (or in learning more about what this might entail), there will be meeting in the Cultural Studies Lounge at 5pm on Wednesday, January 18th, right before the CS Mixer at the Grad Club. No formal commitment necessary, feel free to come and listen, share your ideas and have a little CS pre-party, party.

Best wishes for a Happy New Year!

A sincere ‘thank you’ goes out from the Organizing Committee to everyone who attended Undisciplined yesterday. We were floored by your enthusiasm, your participation, (your punctuality!) and your kind words.

We are especially grateful to all of our sponsors; to the Society of Graduate and Professional Students and to the School of Graduate Studies: Dean of Graduate Students for their funding, and to Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre and to the Queen’s AMS for their generous equipment donations. A huge thank you goes out to to our keynote speaker Dr. Will Straw, from the Department of Art History & Communications Studies at McGill University. Dr. Straw graciously implored that the funds we had allocated towards his speakers fee be put towards our childcare and catering costs.

Thank you for Cultural Studies’ own generous financial contribution, and to the Departments of Art, Geography, Gender Studies, Film & Media and the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining (our CS affiliate departments) for their generous funding and support.

We would like to thank last year’s Acting Director of Cultural Studies, Dr. Susan Lord, for her guidance and enthusiasm. We thank our recently returned Director Dr. Lynda Jessup for all the work she’s done in prior years, and continues to do, in order to keep Cultural Studies a place where creations such as Undisciplined can occur. We thank the Cultural Studies Steering committee for continuing to fight for our program in increasingly difficult financial and political times at the University, for teaching our fantastic core courses and for their genuine investment in our growth as cultural studies scholars.

Lastly, we thank all of the cultural studies students for their attendance at and interest in Undisciplined, and for donating delicious food both to the symposium and to the soirée.

From Kali, Lisa, Jessie, May, Sofia, Victoria, Fumi and Mansoor, thank you – truly – for making Undisciplined possible, and for making it memorable. We look forward to seeing what Undisciplined becomes next year.

Warm regards,

~ The Undisciplined Organizers

Dr. Susan Lord has graciously offered to host the Undisciplined after party and BBQ at her lovely home, beginning around 6:30 pm. Directions and details will be provided at the conclusion of the symposium.

The Undisciplined after-after party is still in the works, and may very well take place at one of Kingston fine pubs.

See you Saturday!

Hello wonderful Undisciplined presenters, supporters and future attendees:

In order to reduce our catering costs (and help keep Undisciplined a ‘free’ and more accessible event), we’re asking Cultural Studies students to bring snacks to the conference. Tables will be set up for you to place your baked goods (homemade or purchased), juice, fruit and vegetables. Please make sure that whatever you bring does not require preparation or utensils. We greatly appreciate these donations. Please also bring the ingredient list with you so that those with dietary restrictions can know what they can and cannot eat.

We’re also asking that all attendees bring reusable water/coffee cups in order to minimize our waste. Disposable cups will be available, but in limited quantities. We’ll have coffee carafes and water pitchers on hand to keep you quenched.

We look forward to seeing everyone at 9am for the Introduction and launch of Undisciplined!

~ The Organizing Committee

Undisciplined Presentation Schedule
Robert Sutherland Room 240 3rd Floor, John Deutsch Centre

8:30-9:00 WELCOME COFFEE

9:00-9:10 Opening Remarks Susan Lord

9:10-10:20 CLUSTER I Un-Settling Colonial Narratives
Introduction by May Chew

Karl Hardy “Unsettling Hope: Investigating the potential for a decolonized
social-ecological utopianism”

Adam Lewis “Toward An Intersection of Feminist Resistance: Anarcha-Feminism, Indigenous Feminism and the Possibilities of Anarcha-Indigenism”

Jessica Jacobson-Konefall “Decolonizing Settler Legacies: Space and Citizenship in Canadian-based Aboriginal New Media Art”

10:20-10:30 COFFEE BREAK

10:30-12:00 CLUSTER II Figuring the Body-Politic
Introduction by Jessica Marion Barr

Shelley Aylesworth-Spink “A relational view of discourse and biological citizenship”

Amy Freier “Traumatic Objects/Traumatic Objectives: Framing and Embodying Memory in the Memorial Museum”

Fumi Sakata “Disarticulating Race: An Analysis of a Mask as Discursive Practice”

Jobb Arnold “Action and Apparatus: Questions of Social Struggle and Ontology”

12:00-12:50 LUNCH

12:50-2:00 CLUSTER III Staging and Screening Identities
Introduction by Victoria Millious

Kalanthe Khaiat “Read and Experienced Discursive Feminization of Stage Managers in Canadian Theatre Culture”

Zhi Lei “Moving Beyond the “Literary Chinatown”: De-Ghettoization of Ethnicity from Bone to The End of East”

Andrea Aldrovandi “Screened Latinas: A Comparative Review of Glee, Ugly Betty and Their Latina Characters”

2:00-2:10 COFFEE BREAK

2:10-3:20 CLUSTER IV F(r)ictional Landscapes
Introduced by Lisa Figge

Sofia Rivera Sotelo “Interrogating the Sustainability of Development: A Comparative Study across Colombia and Canada”

Barbara Meneley “unsettling the last best west: disturbing mythologies in mainstream Canadian nationhood”

Cynthia Mykytyshyn “Beyond the ‘Horizon’: New Visions of Nature in Ottawa Art”

3:30-5:00 KEYNOTE SPEAKER WILL STRAW
“Reading from a Distance: Canadian Cultural Studies Across Media”

A huge thank you to Committee Organizer and Conference Chair Lisa Figge for designing all of the beautiful art for Undisciplined!

Hello all,

We were thrilled to receive such a high volume of abstracts and thank everyone for applying. Below you will find the list of clusters and presentations for Undisciplined 2011. True to the nature of our program, Undisciplined will feature presentations on a diverse range of subjects, all inspiring, all compelling. Keeping in mind that this is a research workshopping opportunity, we ask that you plan to attend as many clusters as possible so as to provide questions, feedback and support to all of our graduate student presenters.

Stay tuned – a formalized symposium itinerary with exact times will be posted in the near future.

Make sure to tell your colleagues, friends and family about Undisciplined 2011, Saturday, October 1st in the JDUC.

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CLUSTER I. Un-Settling Colonial Narratives
1) Adam Lewis – “Toward An Intersection of Feminist Resistance: Anarcha-Feminism, Indigenous Feminism and the Possibilities of Anarcha-Indigenism”
2) Karl Hardy – “Unsettling Hope: Investigating the potential for a decolonized social-ecological utopianism”
3) Jessica Jacobson-Konefall – “Decolonizing Settler Legacies: Space and Citizenship in Canadian-based Aboriginal New Media Art”

CLUSTER II. Figuring the Body-Politic
1) Jobb Arnold – “Action and Apparatus: Questions of Social Struggle and Ontology”
2) Shelley Aylesworth-Spink – “A relational view of discourse and biological citizenship”
3) Amy Freier – “Traumatic Objects/Traumatic Objectives: Framing and Embodying Memory in the Memorial Museum”
4) Fumi Sakata – “Disarticulating Race: An Analysis of a Mask as Discursive Practice”

CLUSTER III. Staging and Screening Identities
1) Kalanthe Khaiat – “Read and Experienced Discursive Feminization of Stage Managers in Canadian Theatre Culture”
2) Zhi Lei – “Moving Beyond the “Literary Chinatown”: De-Ghettoization of Ethnicity from Bone to The End of East”
3) Andrea Aldrovandi – “Screened Latinas: A Comparative Review of Glee, Ugly Betty and Their Latina Characters”

CLUSTER IV. F(r)ictional Landscapes
1) Sofia Rivera Sotelo – “Interrogating the Sustainability of Development A Comparative Study across Colombia and Canada”
2) Barbara Meneley – “unsettling the last best west: disturbing mythologies in mainstream Canadian nationhood”
3) Cynthia Mykytyshyn – “Beyond the ‘Horizon’: New Visions of Nature in Ottawa Art”

Due to requests, we are extending the deadline for the submission of abstracts for those who wish to present and receive feedback at our first graduate symposium, Undisciplined 2011, set for Saturday, October 1st.

If you are interested in applying but haven’t yet had the opportunity, please note that the deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended until FRIDAY, JULY 29th, 5PM.

You can review the Call for Papers at the bottom of this blog. Please make sure to submit your abstract in a Word document.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: undisciplined2011@gmail.com

Thank you,

Abstract Selection Committee,

Jessica Marion Barr
May Chew
Lisa Figge
Victoria Millious

Wonderful news! Professor Will Straw from the Department of Art History and Communications Studies at McGill University has graciously accepted our invitation to give the keynote address at Undisciplined 2011.

Professor Straw is notorious for his ‘undisciplined’ academic interests, his flawless public addresses and most importantly, his rigorous and unending commitment to excellence in teaching and graduate supervision. One of the key scholars in Cultural Studies in Canada, we are absolutely thrilled to have him participate in our graduate symposium.

Click here to learn more about Will Staw’s research and publications.

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