Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 2015

Related to next week's class --- who is included and excluded from spaces online? in what ways? what forms does censorship take? You can participate in this wonderful worldwide initiative to address the absence of women artists on Wikipedia.

Samedi / Saturday * 7 / 03 / 2015 *
CWAHI @ Concordia 10h-17h (Faculty of Fine Arts Slide Library 1515 Ste. Catherine St. West EV Building, Room 3.741)

(Garderie disponible! / Childcare available! 10h-17h @ Institute Simone de Beauvoir – 2170 Bishop, 2 étage)

Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well documented: in a 2010 survey, Wikimedia found that less than 13% of its contributors identify as female. (

We invite you to help address this absence at a Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10am to 5pm at CWAHI Concordia (Faculty of Fine Arts Slide Library 1515 Ste. Catherine St. West EV Building, Room 3.741). We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, and reference materials. For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support. We also encourage remote participation; you can share your thoughts on the editing process in real-time on our Wikipedia Meet Up page and here on the Tumblr.

For more information / pour plus d’informations :


Le problème d’égalité de représentation des sexes à Wikipédia est déjà l’objet d’une riche documentation. Dans une enquête de 2010, Wikimédia a révélé que moins de 13% de ses collaborateurs s’identifient comme femmes. (

Nous vous invitons à contribuer à combler cette absence lors d’un « Art + féminisme Wikipedia Edit-a-thon », le samedi 7 mars 2015, de 10h à 17h à CWAHI Concordia (Faculty of Fine Arts Slide Library 1515 Ste. Catherine St. West EV Building, Room 3.741). Nous fournirons des tutoriels pour les débutants wikipédiens, et des ressources documentaires. Pour ceux et celles qui craindraient de prendre part à l’édition en elle-même, nous vous invitons à vous arrêter au moins pour montrer votre soutien. Nous encourageons également la participation à distance, vous pouvez partager vos réflexions sur le processus d’édition en temps réel sur notre page Wikipedia Meet Up et ici sur le Tumblr.


Notes on accessibility / Des notes sur l’accessabilité de l’évènement:
1. CWAHI est accessible et comprends des toilettes accessible / CWAHI is accessible and there is access to accessible washrooms.
2. La gardere est disponible de 10-17h à l’Institute Simone de Beauvoir (2170 Bishop, 2 étage). Ce lieu n’est pas accessible. Pour aide a ouvrir la porte, appeler au 514 848 2424 (x 2373). / Childcare will be provided for this event. The venue (2170 Bishop, second floor) is however not accessible and so parents needing assistance are invited to 514 848 2424 (x 2373) to arrange for child pickup at the building entrance.
3. Les ateliers et discussions seront presenter en français et anglais. N’hésiter pas à demander pour un traduction en tout temps! / All workshops and talks will be presented in English and French. Please ask for a translation if needed!


Wired Women S@lon #106 : Wild city mapping

Wild city mapping

Friday, February 27 – 7 PM

Suggested donation: 5 $. Free for Studio members.
@ STUDIO XX – 4001, Berri (corner Duluth) space 201

On Friday February 27 at 7pm, Studio XX presents The Wild City Mapping collective and their open source based,collaborative project, mapping the wild green spaces in Montreal. Artists Maia Iotzova, Maya Richman, Dominique Ferraton, Igor Rončević and Marilene Gaudet will share their work and invite the public to contribute to their online platform. Floris Ensink from The Sierra Club Quebec, one of the collective’s community partners, will join the event to present Montreal Bioblitz, the Sierra Club’s online urban biodiversity map.

Wild City Mapping is a project started by a collective of artists, green space enthusiasts and geeks. They map the wild green spaces in Montreal through the eyes of the community that uses them. The on-line open source based map that they are compiling weaves the physical and geographic features of each space with people’s personal connection to it.

On February 27th at Studio XX the collective will launch the Wild City Map and the website that hosts the project: 

In the spirit of open-source software, the documentation for the project will be made public for other communities that would like to replicate it. Besides the map, the website feature a monthly journal where a new contributor will explore urban nature in a creative and meaningful way. The Wild City Mapping collective hopes that the website will serve as a focal point bringing together the community, artists and organizations working within the realm of urban nature.

In addition to the on-line component, the collective holds creative interventions in urban green spaces, from interpretive art walks to film screenings and yarn bombing. Each intervention allows the opportunity to explore a green space in-depth. The collective is always interested in collaborating with community groups for interventions in green spaces in and outside of Montreal.


[conference] World of Matter: Extractive Ecologies and Unceded Terrains

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, February 19th
Concordia University, February 20th and 21st, 2015

The world of matter has been forcefully sculpted in the last several centuries by the twin projects of colonialism and capitalism. The very movement of human activity under modernity has rested on the formation of a standing reserve of nature, a category whose flexibility has variously expanded and contracted to include both humans and non-human others as targets for exploitation and extractive energy. Carbon industries, forestry, mining, agri-business, construction, mega-farming and fishing participate in worlding the world as mere matter, asserting deep and unforgiving property rights in dispersed territories around the globe. Nevertheless, at each point in this cartography of extraction one finds committed points of resistance and unceded terrains, both material and symbolic. This symposium asks how the fields of contemporary art and media studies, indigenous studies and resistance movements, critical environmental studies, new ethnography and science and technology studies might bring into focus the globalizing dynamics of extractive ecologies. It seeks to build substantive discursive grounds for resisting incursions into sovereign land, denials of the rights of nature, and the persistent dispossession of indigenous and First Nation peoples. It asks, What unceded terrains precede and interrupt the excavatory depths of imperial ecologies? What interventions ensure the defense of land, labour, survival and species diversity in the globalized present?

The symposium is organized by Krista Lynes, Canada Research Chair in Feminist Media Studies, Concordia University and Darin Barney, Canada Research chair in Technology and Citizenship, McGill University.


MA in Social Media, Culture & Society, University of Westminster

for any of you upper year students considering an MA -- if you have any questions about the process I welcome you to come visit me during office hours

Programme leaders: Christian Fuchs, Graham Meikle

Full time (1 year) or part time (2 years)

Open application for students starting in autumn 2015

This MA provides students with the opportunity to study social media in its societal, political, regulatory, industrial and cultural contexts.

The teaching is research-inspired and connected to the University of Westminster’s Centre for Social Media Research ( that is located within the Communication and Media Research Institute ( that in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 has been ranked as one of Britain’s leading institutions in media and communication studies ( It is the home of some of the world’s leading social media research and combines this focus with its established traditions in critical and global media/communication studies.

The MA in Social Media, Culture & Society has a focus on the study of social media’s political, economic and cultural dimensions that are addressed with qualitative and theoretical research in combination with practice-based and creative approaches that use digital and social media for studying these media’s implications for culture and society.

Full time:

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Gender Performed: a conversation about sex, gender, theatre & politics

*Might be of interest to any of you thinking about gender performativity, sexuality, and fashion / Definitely an example of some of the issues we have been discussing*

Is what you wear political? How does being “girly” get defined? What’s liberating and limiting about sex and gender?

Join us at the second Thinking Out Loud conversation presented by Concordia University and The Globe and Mail.

Monday, February 16, 2015

  • 6:30 p.m. – doors open | 7 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. – conversation | A book signing will follow
  • D.B. Clarke Theatre, 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Montreal

Irish drag queen and gay rights activist Panti Bliss first made headlines in January 2014, when she called out several media stars for being homophobic. Shortly after, Emer O’Toole, assistant professor in the School of Canadian Irish Studies, invited Bliss to Concordia to speak about her experiences and activism.

In this conversation, Bliss will join O’Toole on stage to discuss how what we wear can reflect much more than personal style and fashion.

The conversation will be moderated by journalist Erin Anderssen of The Globe and Mail.

Accessibility in Montreal: the Poutine Factor

from Laurence Parent, our guest speaker on 18 March—

From February 1st to 7th, Montreal is celebrating Poutine Week. What better than a delicious week full of potatoes, cheese curds and gravy to make us forget that we are in the middle of another winter?

Consulting the list of 49 restaurants participating in Poutine Week, we are once again faced with the inaccessibility of Montreal. The majority of these restaurants impose a criteria on everyone who wants to indulge in a poutine: the ability to climb one or more steps. Many of us poutine eaters do not fit this criteria. We believe that we have the right to taste poutine in equality. In Montreal, eating poutine is an important way to exercise our citizenship.

It is time to know which restaurants are wheelchair accessible. And we need your help! Our objective is simple. We would like to do an evaluation of the basic accessibility or inaccessibility of Poutine Week restaurants to demonstrate the lack of accessibility in Montreal.

To participate:

  1. Consult the list of participating restaurants here:
  2. You can also locate restaurants identified by stars on this card
  3. Choose one or a few restaurants to visit between now and ideally by February 5th.
  4. Take one or a few photos of the restaurant’s entrance. If you have time to enter to see if there is ample space for wheelchairs, even better!
  5. Send your photos with a short description of your observations to:

Let’s change Montreal… one poutine at a time!

(French below the cut)


Sophie Calle talk in Montreal — 3 Feb 2014

Prolific artist Sophie Calle, who we are reading about this week, is doing a free lecture as part of her new show at the McCord in Montreal. See you in the front row.

Tying in with her exhibition For the Last and First Time (FEBRUARY 5, 2015 TO MAY 10, 2015) Sophie Calle will be giving a talk on Tuesday, February 3 at 6 p.m.

The exhibition consists of two recent projects by Calle: The Last Image, 2010, a series of photographs accompanied by texts, and Voir la mer, 2011, a series of digital films. These two series take an incisive, poetic look at the particular reality of the mental images of blind people and at the discovery of beauty and the sublime.

Premise of The Last Image

“I went to Istanbul. I spoke to blind people, most of whom had lost their sight suddenly. I asked them to describe the last thing they saw.”

Premise of Voir la mer

“In Istanbul, a city surrounded by water, I met people who had never seen the sea. I filmed their first time.”