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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 :
web :

-> 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 :

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

“The Nomad and the Whale” w/ Max Ritts – special department seminar this friday!

19 Mar

When: Friday, March 22, 2013 at 12:30pm
Where: H-1269

“The Nomad and the Whale
Max Ritts, PhD Candidate
Department of Geography
University of British Columbia

Working to listen and listening to work — such is the daily routine of the Cetacea Lab intern.  Cetacea Lab is an experimental whale research station on the North Coast of BC.  Since 2004, when Enbridge first proposed sending oil tankers past its waters and out to Asian markets, the Lab has found itself at the centre of a growing environmental  controversy.  Whale scientists listen to generate abundance studies and spatialize cetacean behavior patterns, but increasingly, to generate knowledge-claims that can free the North Coast from the grip of industrial capital too.  How did this happen?  And what makes the intern so special?  My talk will sound out concretions in a fascinating interspecies history, one shaped by naval bioacoustics, environmentalism and the casualization of labor.

Music will be provided.

credit: Cetacea Lab