Challenging Ableism and Audism Through the Arts

Concordia University Downtown Montreal
Nov 30 – Dec 2, 2018

Welcoming Remarks and Vibrations Exhibition Opening

  • Kim Sawchuk (Communication Studies, Concordia University)
  • David Bobier (VibraFusionLab, London, Ontario)
  • Samuel Thulin (Communication Studies, Concordia University)
  • Ju Gosling aka ju90 and Julie Newman (Together! 2012, East London, UK)

Panel 1: DisArt Part 1

A conversation convened by Carrie Sandahl (Director of Disability Art, Culture, and Humanities, University of Illinois)

  • Laura Ferguson (New York-based visual artist)
  • Darian Goldin Stahl (artist and PhD Humanities student, Concordia University)
  • Arseli Dokumaci (artist and professor, Communication Studies, Concordia University)

Plenary: Indigenous Intersections

  • Emilie Monnet (Montreal-based Anishnaabe artist, founder of Onishka Productions)
  • Waira Nina (Inga interdisciplinary artist, founder of Yachaikury Educative Institution)
  • Glenna Matoush (Montreal-based Anishnaabe artist and elder)
  • Faye Ginsburg (Professor of Anthropology; Co- director, Center for Disability Studies @ NYU)
  • Mélanie O’Bomsawin (Montreal-based video and new media artist)

Panel 2A: Integrated Performance

  • Kelsie Acton (University of Alberta/CRIPSiE), “Access to Structured Dance Improvisation”
  • Anne-Marie Santerre – Conference Presentation on artistic work of AXIS Dance Company
  • Stephen Sillett and Jenny Jimenez (Aiding Dramatic Change in Development [ADCID], Toronto, Ontario) – Presentation on ADCID

Panel 2B: Research Creation and Ethnography Part 1

  • Cheryl Green (Disability Visibility Podcast/New Day Films ) – “In My Home”
  • Matt Rader (Creative Writing, University of British Columbia) – Reading from Visual Inspection
  •  Jim Ferris (Ability Centre Endowed Chair in Disability Studies, University of Toledo) – “Poems in Performance” – presented by Carrie Sandahl (Director of Disability Art, Culture, and Humanities, University of Illinois)

Panel 3: Deaf Music

  • Véro Leduc (Artist and Professor, Département de communication sociale et publique, Université du Québec à Montréal)
  • Daz Saunders (Département de linguistique, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal-based artist)
  • Hodan Youssouf (Montreal-based artist)
  • Pamela Witcher (Gatineau-based artist and educator)

VIBE Art Night – Performances featuring:

  • Lois Brown (Newfoundland based artist) – “I am a Genius: Does anyone here know me? (improvisations with things)”
  • Théâtre Aphasique (Montreal-based theatre company) Seeley Quest (Communication Studies, Concordia University) – Performance
  • Véro Leduc (Artist and Professor, Département de communication sociale et publique, Université du Québec à Montréal)
  • Daz Saunders (Département de linguistique, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal-based artist)
  • Pamela Witcher (Gatineau-based artist and educator)
  • Jessica Flores (San Francisco-based YouTube Deaf comedy)
  • Hodan Youssouf (Montreal-based artist)

Panel 4: DisArt Part 2

A conversation convened by Alison Kafer (Professor of Feminist Studies, Southwestern University) featuring artists:

  • Salima Punjani (Montreal-based artist)
  • Alexis Bulman (Prince Edward Island and Montreal- based artist)
  • Véro Leduc (Artist and Professor, Département de communication sociale et publique, Université du Québec à Montréal)

Panel 5: Montreal Disability Arts: Atypique Artists

  • Menka Nagrani (Montreal-based choreographer, Les Productions des Pieds des Mains),
    Cindy Schwartz (Montreal-based, program director of Les Muses) and Geneviève Bouchard
  • Mélissa Desjardins (Gatineau, Quebec, visual artist)

Panel 6A: Disability and Theatre Making

  • Alex Bulmer (Toronto-based theatre artist), Becky Gold (PhD student, York University), and Megan Johnson (PhD student, York University), “Blind Woman in Search of Narrative”
  • Drea Flyne (MA student and creator, University of Ottawa)
  • Rena Cohen (Vancouver, Real Wheels)

Panel 6B: Research Creation and Ethnography Part 2

  • Joelle Rouleau (Études cinématographiques, Université de Montréal) and Tamara Vukov (Départment de communication, Université de Montréal)- “Research-Creation and Disability Critiques of Dominant/Traditional Modes of Knowledge Production”
  • Eileen Mary Holowka (writer, game developer, and PhD student, Concordia, University)- “The Devil is in the Fractions”: Life Writing and Chronic Pain”
  • Douglas E. Kidd (poet, Toledo, Ohio) – “Embodiment, Autoethnography, and Performance Poetry: Living with Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Artist Talk and Closing Remarks

  • Michael Nimbley and Catherine Bourgeois (Joe Jack et John)
  • Ash McAskill, Samuel Thulin, and Kim Sawchuk (symposium organizers)