Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University, 1250 Guy Street, FB 319,Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3H 2T4

Mailing address: Gem Lab, School of Cinema, FB 319, Concordia University, 

1455 Maisonneuve BLVD. West, Montreal, QC Canada, H3G 1M8

 

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Alternative Knowledge - Research & Workshop Series

First meeting: January 18, 2019 | 5:00pm | GEM Lab, FB-630.15, Concordia University

Contact to register: yleniaolibet@gmail.com and lolaremy24@gmail.com

 

 

 

Alternative Knowledge - Research & Workshop Series

This project aims to provide an environment for learning to engage with alternative forms of knowledge production and circulation. Drawing on Donna Haraway’s feminist doctrine of situated knowledge (1988), the impulse behind this research group is to study global emergent media integrating a methodological practice that accounts for location, embodiment, and power differentials shaping the communities that produce media. This research group offers to delve into the full potential of an alternative approach, not in comparison to Western knowledge but as a stand-alone method, while navigating the disjunctures it creates within academic knowledge production. The aim of this project, thus, is to create a laboratory where ‘alternative knowledge’ can be critically and creatively embraced by a community of students, instructors, and researchers that find themselves reflecting on and struggling with their methodologies in approaching their objects of study. Collectively, we will reflect on questions such as:

  • What can we gain from decentering our perspective?  

  • How can we frame our research in ways that evade the neoliberal tendencies of capture and instrumentality?

  • How do we approach models for representing our research other than writing?

  • What kind of pedagogical practices can we embrace, as film and media instructors, to avoid Western-centric modes of thoughts and introduce alternative objects, theories, and methods?

Part reading group, part workshop series, this group is designed to favour a hands-on approach of alternative knowledge. As such, each meeting will be focusing simultaneously on a methodology and on an object (movie clip, media content, podcast, website, etc.), led by an invited presenter. This way, participants will get to experiment with modes of production and diffusion relating to a specific object.

 

 

Schedule:

Part reading group, part workshop series, this group is designed to favour a hands-on approach of alternative knowledge. As such, each meeting will be focusing simultaneously on a methodology and on an object (movie clip, media content, podcast, website, etc.), led by an invited presenter. This way, participants will get to experiment with modes of production and diffusion relating to a specific object.

 

The research group will meet monthly, on Fridays, from 5 to 7pm

January 18th - Feminist Epistemologies and Deep Listening, Julia E Dyck (Studio XX)

February 8th - Mapping Stories, Sebastien Caquard (Geomedia Lab, Concordia University)

March 8th - Queer Genealogies, Joelle Rouleau (UDEM)

April TBD

May TBD

 

We aim at creating a consistent group of participants in order to establish together a collective set of questions that we want to explore together. That is why we would ask some form of commitment from participants in attending all the meetings. 

If you are interested in participating, please email both lolaremy24@gmail.com and yleniaolibet@gmail.com. You are more than welcome to tell us in a line or two what themes and methodologies you would like to address during the meetings. Once you write to us, we will share a dropbox where you will find suggested readings for each meeting.

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