Conference Schedule


Art Gallery of Hamilton Annex

118 James St. N.

Friday, April 21st

9:00 am – 9:15 am: Opening Remarks

9:15 am – 10:45 am: Keynote: Daniel Coleman, “Broken Pine, Tree of Peace”

10:45 am – 11:00 am: Break

11:00 am  – 12:30 pm: Panel #1: Animal Life in Southern Ontario

  • Erin Luther, “The politics of species resilience in the Anthropocene: notes on saving wildlife in the city”
  • Matthew Tiessen,  “Resilience Rhetoric and the Deer, Foxes, and Salmon of Downtown Toronto’s Don River Valley: Symbols of Struggle or Symbols of Strength?”
  • Alec Follett, “Unstoppable Migrations?: Eco-tourists, Resilient Birds, and Poetry at Point Pelee National Park”

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch

2:00 pm – 3:30pm: Panel #2: Aquatic Multispecies

  • Nandini Thiyagarajan,  ‘Leaving only their name behind’: Whale Histories and Ocean Cultures in Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being”
  • Leesa Fawcett, “Multispecies Resilience in the Oceans: Memories and Material Practices with Phytoplankton, Whales, and Humans”
  • Joshua Schuster, “Coral Cultures in the Anthropocene”

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm: Break

3:45 pm – 5:15 pm: Panel #3: Sci-Fi

  • Simon Orpana, “Of Ants, Zombies and Men: The Homeopathic Use of the Biopolitical Image in World War Z
  • Veronika Kratz, “Alien Resilience: Fictional Ecosystems and the Ecological Problem Narratives of 50s Science Fiction”
  • Justyna Poray-Wybranowska and Rachel Levine, “Dead Animals in Climate Retrospective”

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Public Poetry Reading by Madhur Anand

(Location: Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. N.)

Saturday, April 22

Art Exhibit: Jessica Marion Barr, “All Through the Night (A Lullaby of Resilience)”

9:00 am – 10:30 am: Keynote: Nicole Shukin, “Species of Resilience in Precarious Japan”

10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break

10:45 am – 12:15 pm: Panel #4: Contact Zones

  • Sara Swain,“Wildlife Imagery, Interrupted: Aesthetics of Resilience in Accidental Animal Videos”
  • Sundhya Walther, “Planet Earth and the Aesthetic of Vanishing”
  • Sabrina Scott, “Witchcraft as Resilient Multispecies Relationship”

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch (provided)

1:30 pm  – 2:00 pm: Artist’s Talk: Jessica Marion Barr

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Panel #5: Biopolitical Animals

  • Kaitlin Blanchard, “Knowing Endemically: The Biopolitics of Lyme-Ticks
  • Shandell Houlden, “Subverting the Spectacle of Man: The Biopolitics of War Dog Photography” 
  • Carley McKay, “Telling Stories with Stories: Biopolitics, Animal Studies, and Agriculture Animals”

3:45 pm – 5:45 pm: Field Trips (More information to come!)

  • Birdwatching
  • Cootes Paradise Walk (dogs optional)
  • Yoga

 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Dinner @ TBD

Sunday, April 23

9:30 am – 11:00 am: Roundtable Discussion

  • “De/valuation and the resilience of the pest”:  Jesse Arseneault, Rosemary-Claire Collard, and Jessica Carey

11:00 am – 12:15 pm: Waffle Break!

12:15 pm – 2:15 pm: Activist Panel

  • Vanessa Watts (Mohawk and Anishnaabe) – Academic Director Indigenous Studies at McMaster University
  • Neva Marie Novakovic BA, LLB (University of Sydney, Australia) – Lawyer and Chair of the Ontario Bar Association Animal Law Section
  • Lauren Corman Associate Professor of Sociology at Brock University; research areas include social theory, critical animal studies, and decolonial feminism

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