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

10:45 am – 11:00 am



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 Follet, “Unstoppable Migrations?: Eco-tourists, Resilient Birds, and Poetry at Point Pelee National Park”


12:30-2:00 Lunch


2:00 pm – 3:30pm

Panel #2: Aquatic Multispecies

  • Nandini Thiyagarajan, Title TBD
  • Julietta Singh, “Surviving Mastery (or Frogs, Aurochs & Chirping Birds)
  • Joshua Schuster, “Coral Cultures in the Anthropocene”


3:30-3:45 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: Who Does Resilience Discourse Leave Behind?”



Public Poetry Reading by Madhur Anand

 Staircase Theatre

27 Dundurn St. N.



Saturday, April 22 

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


9:00 am -10:30am

Keynote: Nicole Shukin


10:30am – 10:45am



10:45am –12:15pm

Panel #4: Capturing Animals: Representation, Form, and Aesthetics

  • Sara Swain, “Wildlife Imagery, Interrupted: Aesthetics of Resilience in Accidental Animal Videos”
  • Sundhya Walther, “Planet Earth and the Aesthetic of Vanishing”
  • Leesa Fawcett, “Multispecies Resilience in the Oceans: Memories and Material Practices with Phytoplankton, Whales, and Humans”


12:15p.m. – 1:30p.m.

Lunch (provided)


1:30-2:00 Artist’s Talk: Jessica Barr


2:00pm – 3:30pm

Panel #5: Migrations/Borders

  •  Sabrina Scott, “Witchcraft as Resilient Multispecies Relationship”
  •  Kaitlin Blanchard, “Knowing Endemically: The Biopolitics of Lyme-Ticks”
  •  Pamela Banting, “Becoming Fish: Settler Deeds and Misdeeds, Salmon Rules and Resilience”


3:00pm — 5:45pm

Field Trips (More information to come!)

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


7:00pm — 9:00pm

Dinner @ Sagarmatha



Sunday, April 23


Roundtable Discussion: “De/valuation and the resilience of the pest”

Jesse Arseneault, Rosemary-Claire Collard and Stephanie Eccles,



Waffle Break!


12:15pm —2:15pm

Activist Panel

  • Vanessa Watts
  • Neva Marie Novakovic
  • Jo-Ann McArthur