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SAGSA 2015: Hope, Freedom & Responsibility Annual Conference


SAGSA 2015: Hope, Freedom & Responsibility Annual Conference

There is an inherent tension between conceptions of freedom and responsibility; movement between the two requires careful mediation. Further complicating matters of progress is a sense of hope. Hope changes how the social landscapes of individuals and groups are imagined, and is central to encouraging development, pushing limits, and revealing capabilities that contribute to the ongoing formation of the social world. In doing so, an interesting intersection has formed between the notion of Hope, Freedom and Responsibility, and as such has inspired the theme for The Sociology and Anthropology Graduate Students’ Association (SAGSA) 2015 conference.

SAGSA is a student run organization promoting the interests of the graduate students of Concordia University’s Department of Sociology & Anthropology. An organization with members across two disciplines, the main function of SAGSA is to organize an interdisciplinary conference which allows students to present their research to a wide audience. It is also the aim of SAGSA to promote cohesion and representation among graduate students. As a member of Concordia's GSA (Graduate Student Association), SAGSA is also entrusted with bringing issues of interest and importance to Sociology & Anthropology graduate students.


Thursday, Match 19th

Keynote Lecture (3:30-5:30) Room H-1220
Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson

Opening Reception Wine and Cheese (6:00-9:00) - H-1120

Poster Session: (6:00-7:00) – H1124

Friday, March 20th

Breakfast and Registration: (9:00am-10:00am)
Opening Remarks: (10:00-10:15)
Faculty Roundtable (10:30 – 12:30, H-1120) – Race, Identity, and Racial discourses in the 21st century
o Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson, McGill University
o Dr. Amy Swiffen, Concordia University
o Dr. Meir Amor, Concordia University
o and more!

Lunch (12:30 – 1:00)

First Afternoon Session (1:00 – 2:30)

• Panel A (H-1120) – Language, Agency and Bodies
o Brett Richardson – Understanding Addiction Without ‘Addiction’: How a Fledging Anthropologist Sheds His Psychological Training
o Helen Vlahandreas – Regulating Bodies in Mexican Maquiladoras
o Tess Fairbridge – The Power of Transsentient Assemblages: Hope Beyond the Affective Despair of Neoliberalism
o Alexis Black – “Les Carnets”: Death Taboos and Obituaries

• Panel B (H-1124) – Precarity And Security
o James Gacek – “Wake Up Call”: Pushing the Limits of Selfhood to Overcome Pr*son
o Lydia Nicole Fanelli – The Struggle for Shelter: A Look at Situations of Homelessness Among Inuit Women in Montreal
o Zenas Kuate Defo – Dominant Narratives, Subordinate Narratives, and (Neo)-Liberalism in the Context of Student Homelessness

Second Afternoon Session (2:45 – 4:15)

• Panel A (H-1120) – Media, Senses, Engagement
o Elizabeth White – Dance, Diaspora, and Identity: Embodied Knowledge and Moving Histories of a Haitian-Canadian dance troupe
o Erin Lynch – Getting a feel for St. Louis: Climbing the walls (and everything else) at the City Museum
o Syeda Nayab Bukhari – Ethnic Media of South Asia in Metro Vancouver
o Jessica Percy-Campbell – Couchsurfing.com: Hope for Humanity in the Digital Age

• Panel B (H-1124) – Heritage History and Transformation
o Marco D’Amico – To Get Rich is Glorious, To Dream is Perfection
o Tian Yang – Assessing Heritage, Tradition, and Identity Among the Jurchen People of Wanyan Village
o Joana Joachim – Into the Heart of Darkness
o Cody Jacobs – How do transnational families negotiate intimacy?

Third Afternoon Session (4:30 – 6:00)

• Panel A (H-1120) – Sci-Fi and Social Sciences
o Kris Murray – Title Pending
o Mark Doerkson – Psycho-Pass Coding Posthuman Bodies into the Legal Apparatus
o Jake Levin – Reimagining the Impossible in Latin-American Science Fiction

• Panel B (H – 1124) – Grappling with Identities
o Nicole Wilson – Dignity versus Degradation: Identities as Wounded with Relations of Accountability
o Lilia Eskildsen – The Emergence of a New Cultural Center in Northern Mexico: The Case of Yuri Herrera
o Vicki Surplice – English Nationalism
o Ifeoma Nnagbo – Deconstructing the Idiosyncratic Nature of Freedom

Dinner at Maharaja (1481 Boulevard René-Lévesque)
Time and details to be determined.

Saturday, March 21st

Brunch (10:00 – 11:00)

Morning Session (11:30-1:00)

• Panel A (H-1120) – Sustainable Social Movements
o Brianna Dines - The Place of Intentional Communities in the Discourse of Social Change
o Myriam Tardif – “Austerity”: Neoliberalism and 2015’s Social Strikes in Quebec
o Isabelle Simpson – Seasteading: building autonomous city-states at sea to solve humanity’s biggest challenges
o Tristan Biehn – Created Ecosystems: The Construction of Nature at the Biodome

• Panel B (H- 1124) – Gender Representations
o Daria Semionova – Subjectivity and Queerness in the Study of Post-Soviet Russia's LGBT Community
o Tesfa Peterson – Black men's corporeal encounters: A thematic analysis
o Chase Ross – Transgender Representation on Television: A Step Forward

Break (1:00 – 1:30)

First Afternoon Session (11:30-1:00)

• Panel A (H-1120) – Forms of Governance
o Danielle Miller-Beland – Same Poison, Different Country
o Matthew Perks – Environmental Civic Responsibility: Using Government Collected Quantitative Data to Engage Citizens
o Lynnsey Chartrand – Manufacturing Americans: Post-Civil War Education Among Blacks and Indians
o Georges Olongo – To fight or not to fight: How international relations affect civil wars

• Panel B (H- 1124) – Responsibility and Health
o Kristin Flemons – The Responsibility to Care: Global Health, Consulting, and the Remaking of Hoped-For Futures
o Leanna Letourneau - Stigma of Disease: Reflection of Societal Relations
o Patty Thille – Inviting Clinicians to Enact the Logic of Care

Second Afternoon Session (1:15-2:45)

• Panel A (H-1120) – Explorations in Temporalities: “Looking Backwards and Forwards”
o Fergus Gleeson– Firm Guidance: Implications of the Impending Free Trade Agreements
o Andrew Maclean – Who’s responsible for our future? An analysis of Neoliberalism and Corporate Responsibility in Internet Technologies
o Diya Mathur – Marx versus Heidegger: The Ontological Origins of Alienated Labour and Emerging Temporal Possibilities
o Daniel Pietrucha – Sunk Costs & Temporal Neutrality

• Panel B (H- 1124) – Food: Sustainable Systems
o Allyson Schmidt – Cultivating Food Sovereignty and Agency: Urban Agriculture Case Studies of Chicago and Detroit
o Hugo Martorell – Sustainable Food Systems; scaling up, scaling out
o Selena Middleton – Future Generation: Reproduction Colonialism and Responsibility in Conversation with Science(Fiction)

Closing Remarks (3:00-3:30)

Saturday Afterparty
Time and details to be determined.

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