Demonstration and March: Against colonialism and racism

13 Mar

(21 mars, 18h, métro Mt-Royal) Manifestation et marche : Contre le colonialisme et le racisme || Demonstration & March: Against colonialism, racism and the proposed Quebec "Charter of Values"

Education Graduate Students' Society at McGill University

Demonstration and March: Against colonialism and racism
FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014
Gathering at 6pm at Mt-Royal métro
(Mt-Royal Avenue, between Berri and Rivard)

Part of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on the anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa.

Organisé par Ensemble contre la Charte xénophobe.
info :
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-> Les affiches et tracts pour la manifestation sont disponible ici:
Vous pouvez également trouver des affiches et tracts au bureau du GRIP à Concordia (1500 de Maisonneuve Ouest, #204, tél: 514-848-7585).

-> Posters and flyers for this demonstration are available for download at:
You can also pick up posters and flyers at QPIRG Concordia (1500 de Maisonneuve West, #204, tel: 514-848-7585).

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Dr. Shiri Pasternak & “Honour Your Word” Film on Barriere Lake resistance

11 Feb
Blockade: Insurgency as Legal-Spatial Encounter
Lecture by Dr. Shiri Pasternak, Columbia University

4:00 to 5:30 PM
Tuesday, February 25th
Concordia Hall Building, Room H-407

Although the blockade is often dismissed as the “native unrest” of peoples who cannot let go of history, it is quite the opposite.  This talk will argue that the blockade is one of the clearest articulations of the contemporary problem of settler colonialism.


“Honour Your Word” Film (2013, 56 minutes)
Followed by discussion with Dr. Shiri Pasternak

10:30AM to 12:30PM
Wednesday February 26th
Concordia Hall Building, Room H-1269

HONOUR YOUR WORD (2013) is a portrait of life behind the barricades for the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, a First Nation whose dignity and courage contrast sharply with the political injustice they face. After the film there will be a discussion facilitated by Dr. Shiri Pasternak who has worked in solidarity with the people of Barriere Lake since 2008. The event will provide an opportunity to reflect on the colonial present in Canada as well as present day anti-colonial struggle.

Honour Your Word trailer:
Honour Your Word website:
Barrier Lake Solidarity:

Blockade: Insurgency as Legal-Spatial Encounter Lecture by Dr. Shiri Pasternak, Columbia University & "Honour Your Word" (2013) Film and Discussion


Barricade: L’insurrection comme rencontre spatio-juridique
Conférence (en anglais) avec Dr. Shiri Pasternak, Université Columbia

16h00 – 17h30
Mardi, le 25 février
Université Concordia, Pavillon Hall, H-407

Bien que la barricade soit souvent associée négativement aux idées rétrogrades de « l’agitation amérindienne », la réalité est l’inverse.  Cette conférence prend position que la barricade est un exemple des plus manifestes du problème de colonialisme de peuplement actuel.


“Tenez Votre Parole” un film de Martha Stiegman (2013, anglais seulement)
Suivi par une discussion avec Dr. Shiri Pasternak, Université Columbia

10h30 – 12h30
Mercredi, le 26 février
Université Concordia, Pavillon Hall, H-1267

TENEZ VOTRE PAROLE (2013) est un portrait de l’expérience vécu en arrière des barricades par les Algonquins de Lac Barrière, une Première nation dont la dignité et le courage contraste fortement avec l’injustice politique qu’elle subit.  La discussion suivant le film sera menée par Dr. Shiri Pasternak,  qui a travaillé en solidarité avec les peuples de Lac Barrière depuis 2008.  L’évènement est une occasion pour réfléchir sur la réalité coloniale au Canada ainsi que sur la lutte anticoloniale.

Tenez Votre Parole :
Tenez Votre Parole (bande annonce) :
Solidarité Lac Barrière :

Article from Slate concerning personalization of Google Maps: “My Map or Yours?”

28 May

“Google’s plan to personalize maps could end public space as we know it.”

Interesting article on Slate offers a critique of the personalization of Google Maps,  arguing that public space will suffer when Google rolls out its next update where “the maps we see will be dynamically generated and highly personalized, giving preferential treatment to the places frequented by our social networking friends, the places we mention in our emails, the sites we look up on the search engine”. I’ve pulled some excerpts out, but find the whole article  here, on Slate

…Back in 1970, cultural critic Richard Sennett wrote a wonderful little book—The Users of Disorder—that all Google engineers should read. In it, Sennett made a strong case for “dense, disorderly, overwhelming cities,” where strangers from very different socio-economic backgrounds still rub shoulders. Sennett’s ideal city is not just an agglomeration of ghettos and gated communities whose residents never talk to one another; rather, it’s the mutual entanglement between the two—and the occasionally mess that such entanglements introduce into our daily life—that makes it an interesting place to live in and allows its inhabitants to turn into mature and complex human beings.

Google’s urbanism, on the other hand, is that of someone who is trying to get to a shopping mall in their self-driving car. It’s profoundly utilitarian, even selfish in character, with little to no concern for how public space is experienced. In Google’s world, public space is just something that stands between your house and the well-reviewed restaurant that you are dying to get to. Since no one formally reviews public space or mentions it in their emails, it might as well disappear from Google’s highly personalized maps. And if the promotional videos for Google Glass are anything to judge by, we might not even notice it’s gone: For all we know, we might be walking through an urban desert, but Google Glass will still make it look exciting, masking the blighted reality.

The main reason to celebrate maps that aren’t personalized has nothing to do with technophobia or nostalgia about the pre-Google days. It’s quite simple, really: When you and I look at the same map, there’s a good chance that we might strike a conversation about how to enrich the space that the map represents—perhaps plant more trees or build a sidewalk or install some benches. That our experience of what used to be public space is getting increasingly privatized—first with smartphones, then with Google Glass and self-driving cars. True, cars are already something of a private space, but if the driver essentially becomes a passenger, she will pay even less attention to the outside environment. You can’t watch. That all of this is done in the name of “organizing the world’s information” should worry anyone concerned with the future of urbanism.”

– Article by |Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at 7:00 AM. the whole article  here, on Slate

Postcolonial Geographies (GEOG 498G) to be hosted by the geogging collective

7 Apr

The students of GEOG498G are looking to continue their exploration of Postcolonial Geographies after the semester ends this week. The geogging collective has offered to host this conversation with a new section called Postcolonial Geographies.

I will be posting instructions on the course page. If you are hoping to contribute, feel free to comment here and I will send you an invitation. (this might require some trial and error)

Gordon Bennett, Untitled (dismay, displace, disperse, dispirit, display, dismiss), 1989

Fall 2013 course GEOG 398T: Geographic Thought

7 Apr

GEOG 398 T / AA: Geographic Thought
FALL semester
M-W— 11:45-13:00

If you are looking for a 300 level human geography course (such as that line on your flow chart that includes GEOG 330 and 318), the department is offering. Though there is no course description available, it is based loosely on the Critical Geography course from last year (GEOG 398G). Geographic thought can be defined as the study of the approaches within the discipline of geography over time (so positivism, the cultural turn, feminism, etc).

It will be taught by the new hire for the Environmental Justice tenure track position. Hopefully more details will follow.

New World Karya Katirin, 2010

Julie Podmore – Lesbians as Village ‘Queers’: The Transformation of Montréal’s Lesbian Nightlife in the 1990s

1 Apr

Geography, Planning & Environment Department lecture series invites us the next talk this Friday:

Julie Podmore
Chair, Geosciences, John Abbott College Adjunct Professor, GPE, Concordia University

Lesbians as Village ‘Queers’:
The Transformation of Montréal’s Lesbian Nightlife in the 1990s

April 5, 2013
12:30 – 1:30 PM Room H–1269
Light lunch is provided

This presentation examines the relationship between lesbian identities and the production of commodified ‘queer space’ in Montréal’s gay village in the 1990s. In contrast with the literature that stresses their exclusions in gay commercial space, this paper argues that Montréal’s gay village was an important site for the reworking lesbian identities in the ‘queer’ 1990s. The paper examines this reworking through three primary forms of analysis. The mapping of lesbian commercial spaces is used to demonstrate the abrupt integration of lesbians as consumers of village spaces in the early 1990s. Lesbian bar advertisements are used to read the shifts in the commodification and representation of lesbian nightlife that accompanied this spatial shift. Finally, in-depth interviews conducted in the late-1990s are used to examine the ambivalent response of queer-identified lesbians to the rise of village nightlife in this period.

Department series: Julie Podmore