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DIRT: Intersectional Approaches to Messiness

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Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre

99 Gerrard Street East

Toronto, ON M5B 2K3

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Archives are dirty. Though scholars have critiqued the idea of an archive as dusty and disorganized, their contents often challenge the very boundaries that try to contain them. The 2017 Activist Media Archives Symposium will interrogate the idea of DIRT by “departing from the planned coherent borders of the ‘archival’” and refocusing our attention to the “trashy, dirty, disgusting, and untidy disorganization of bodies, things, and emotions” (Manalansan 2014: 94). This symposium will bring together artistic, activist, and scholarly communities to highlight these kinds of messy, dirty, and alternatively-organized archival practices.

The symposium will take place at:
Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre
99 Gerrard Street East
Room 560

We are pleased to announce that our keynote this year is activist Chris Ramsaroop from Justicia for Migrant Workers. He will be giving a talk titled: "Canada's migrant worker programs, a managed model of migration or a system of indentureship and apartheid: stories from below"

There is a registration fee of $100 for faculty and $25 for students, which includes coffee and snacks throughout the day, and a catered lunch. If this fee would be a barrier to your attendance, please contact the Studio at thestudioformediaactivism[at]gmail[dot]com. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Photo: Production still from Passiflora (NFB, Canada, 1985).

Both the School of Image Arts and the Sally Horsfall Eaton centre are wheelchair accessible. Thanks to the generosity of the School of Disability Studies, we will be able to provide ASL interpretation for the entire symposium.

This event is made possible with support from the Ryerson Yeates School of Graduate Studies, the Faculty of Communication & Design, the RTA School of Media, the School of Disability Studies, and the School of Image Arts.

Tentative Schedule (subject to change)

November 10

School of Image Arts

122 Bond Street

Room 307

7:00pm-9:00pm Opening Film Screening: Passiflora (Canada, 1985, 85 min.)

Presented in partnership with the Ad-Hoc Screening Collective and the School of Image Arts


November 11

Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre

99 Gerrard Street East

Room 560


8:00am-8:45am Registration & Coffee

8:45am-9:00am Opening Remarks (Eliza Chandler, Interim Director, The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought)


9:00am-10:00am Keynote Address:

"Canada's migrant worker programs, a managed model of migration or a system of indentureship and apartheid: stories from below"

Chris Ramsaroop, Justicia for Migrant Workers


10:00am-10:15am Coffee Break


10:15am-11:45am In the thick of it: Dirty Theories and Practices

Leveraging the Leak: Possibilities and Threats in Contesting Boundaries.

Alysse Kushinski, York University

A Turn to Mud.

Ned Randolph, University of California San Diego

Settler Colonial Archives: The Case of Canada

Jane Griffith, Ryerson University

Sediment in the Biosphere

Madhuri Shukla, The New School and Timothy Nest, McGill University


11:45am-1:00pm Catered Lunch and “Dirty Talk: Research Network Building”


1:00pm-2:30pm Operation Dirt: Perspectives on Toronto

Other Histories and Alternative Archives: About Alternative Toronto.

Lilian Radovac, University of Toronto

Sorting Through Pages of Resistance: Learning from Anti-Racist Activities in 1990s Toronto.

Sylvia Nowak, Ryerson University

Airing Dirty Laundry: Messiness of Internal Differences with the LGBTQ Movement.

Nick Mule, York University.


2:30pm-2:45pm Coffee Break


2:45pm-4:15pm Digging Up Dirt in the Archive: Activism through Research Creation

Invisible Disabilities: Where are the Artistic Archives?

Anne-Marie Santerre, York University

Uncanny Aesthetics of a Forensic Archive: Katarzyna Mirczak’s ether project.

Justyna Hanna Budzik, University of Washington

Revisiting the Family Tree through the Memory and Trace of Home Movies.

Joëlle Rouleau, Université de Montréal


4:15pm-4:30pm Coffee Break

4:30pm-6:00pm Dirt Everywhere: Expanded Archives

Space, Tooling, and the Internet of things – Dirt and Agency in Archives Old and New

Daniel Elkin, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Staging Bemusing Narratives and Rhizomatic Archives with Banksy and Punchdrunk.

Natalja Chestopalova, York and Ryerson Universities

Online Images, Space, and the City of Ciudad Juarez: The “Feminicidos Reclassification” Project Archive.

Chiara Bernardi, University of Stirling

6:00pm-8:00pm Reception & Mixer, Page One Cafe & Bar, 106 Mutual Street

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