Call For Papers: Film-Philosophy Conference

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:45pm to Friday, January 31, 2020 - 12:00am


6-8 July 2020

At OCAD University, Toronto

Co-Hosted by OCAD University, Ryerson University, and York University

KEYNOTES: Kara Keeling (University of Chicago) and Brian Price (University of Toronto), with two more to be announced

We invite proposals for presentations on any subject related to film, media and philosophy for the Film-Philosophy Conference 2020 to be held at OCAD University and the TIFF-Bell Lightbox in Toronto. There is no overall theme or specialized topics for the conference. We will instead use a “track” system that provides a number of broad headings to which a presenter may wish to attach their submission. There is, of course, an Open track if you feel that your paper does not fit within any of the other tracks.The tracks for 2020 are (in alphabetic order):

  • Affect and Emotion
  • Aesthetics
  • The Animal and the Non-Human
  • Canadian Cinema
  • Documentary and Essay Films
  • Ecology
  • Emergent Film-Philosophies
  • Ethics
  • Existentialism
  • Expanded Cinema, Film Installation, Video Art
  • Film and Critical Race Theory
  • Film-Philosophy Canon
  • Film-Philosophy Pedagogy
  • Gender and Feminism
  • Indigeneity and Fourth Cinema
  • New Materialism and Object-Oriented Ontology
  • New Media and Technologies
  • Open
  • Phenomenology
  • Political Film-Philosophy
  • Queer approaches to Film-Philosophy
  • Realism
  • Religion, Secularism, Postsecularism
  • Workshops

We are only accepting individual proposals for presentations of 20 minutes.

We do not accept group proposals, except for Workshops. We are open to workshops that have alternative and innovative formats that provoke discussion and debate. If you have any ideas for a workshop - in format or content - please contact one of the conference directors before submitting an official abstract via the website.

We invite 300-word abstract proposals to be submitted by 31 January 2020. All abstracts will be considered by at least two members of the conference committee and decisions will be announced in March 2020.

Click here to submit a proposal for the 2020 Film-Philosophy Conference.

Please direct all enquiries regarding the conference to the conference e-mail:

Individual conference organizers may be reached at:

John Caruana (

Mark Cauchi (  

Selmin Kara (


2019 CADN Graduate Student Conference – Networks of Experience: Art and (Dis)Embodiment

Friday, March 15, 2019 - 6:00pm

Conference concept:

Any encounter between an audience and a work of art is experiential. Beyond this universal dimension, much of contemporary art asks more of its viewers than just viewing.
This conference invites investigations of experience in contemporary art, across its various embodied practices: artists’ lived/personal experience as embodied in their art; the experiences of spectators and audiences; and experience as cultural legacy/history, including experiences of colonialism and decolonization.


March 15
Dr. Erin Manning, Nestingpatching 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Auditorium 190, 100 McCaul Street

Erin Manning is a professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). She is also the founder of SenseLab (, a laboratory that explores the intersections between art practice and philosophy through the matrix of the sensing body in movement.
In this talk I bring into relation two practices – Helio Oiticica’s Nests and SenseLab’s schizoanalytic work on the material practice of thresholding. Thinking-with Laura Harris’s work on an aesthetic sociality of blackness, I explore the aesthetic yield in practices that foreground emergent collectivity. With the specter of a pragmatics of the useless always in the offing, I explore the artful potential of processes that orient toward an approxima-tion of proximity and compose with the minor socialities that come alive at this interstice.


March 16
9:15 am – 5:15 pm
Auditorium 190, 100 McCaul Street Refreshments and lunch provided

Closing reception & art exhibition:

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Open Space Gallery, 49 McCaul Street





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Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St.
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SFI Students at the Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium 7 (RSD7) Turin, Italy

SFI students Ariana Lutterman and Tara Campbell with their poster Designing Designers: A critical look at design education
SFI student Adam Oliveira presenting his poster Interstellar: “To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before” which he prepared with
SFI students Nadia Abuseif, Nicole Norris, and Jen Wilson-Lee presenting their poster Flourishing Cybernetics: A Biomimetics Pos
Thursday, November 22, 2018

By Ariana Lutterman and Tara Campbell

The Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium (RSD) is an annual international gathering of academics, researchers, and practitioners engaged in systemic design, a discipline that brings together systems thinking and systems-oriented design. This year, the seventh RSD took place in Turin, Italy from October 24-26th to explore the theme of “Challenging Complexity by Systemic Design Towards Sustainability”.

RSD is convened by the Systemic Design Association, co-founded by Dr. Peter Jones, an associate professor in the Faculty of Design here at OCAD, where he teaches in two graduate programs: Strategic Foresight and Innovation, and Design for Health. Both of these programs have courses in systemic design. As part of these courses, students create maps that visually illustrate complex topics, unpacking relationships, histories, and layers of a system in a way that can be more easily understood and digested. The symposium included a track for these visual maps specifically, and several OCAD student groups submitted and had their maps accepted to be presented in the RSD7 gallery.

The conference itself began with a day of workshops covering topics ranging from the idea of place in systemic design to connected products and the circular economy. The following days were broken down into parallel presentation sessions for participants to choose from based on different themes within systemic design. These were punctuated by keynote presentations from systems thinkers whose backgrounds spanned public policy, ecology, economics, farming, and architecture - a representation of the diverse voices needed across disciplines to truly think systemically. A number of OCAD faculty, Peter Jones, Greg Van Alstyne, and Michele Mastroeni, presented their work relating to systemic design. Students and alumni from Strategic Foresight and Innovation and Design for Health also presented work, including the aforementioned posters in the Visualization of Complex Systems exhibit, as well as paper presentations.

After the conference, participants were given the opportunity to attend a “de-conference” in the nearby alpine village of Ostana. Here, RSD members who founded the MonViso Institute brought attendees to visit their mountain laboratory, a community they are constructing using systemic design principles. Participants visited the buildings being constructed through net-positive, sustainable, cradle-to-cradle construction and shared meals sourced from local, seasonal ingredients produced with an emphasis on permaculture.

Overall, OCAD had a large presence at this year’s symposium, a tradition that will hopefully be continued at RSD8 next year in Chicago.

Isabel Meirelles Co-Organizes Second Annual Information+ Conference

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 11:30am

Professor Isabel Meirelles is responsible for co-organizing the second anual Information+ Conference, held in Potsdam, Germany, from October 19th-22nd. The biennial conference brings together researchers and practitioners in information design and visualization to discuss common questions and challenges in these rapidly changing fields. Information+ includes a variety of workshops, four keynotes, a two-day conference and an exhibition of historic information design, organized by the German Museum of Books and Writing. The event is hosted by the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. 

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Call for Proposals – Envisioning the Urban: Adaptive Habitats through Ecological Design

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 12:00pm to Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 5:00pm

The Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC) and OCAD University are pleased to host the 6th Ontario Climate Symposium. This year’s Symposium aims to generate important discussions surrounding the role that art and design can play in developing adaptive, low carbon cities. By exploring how ecology meets tactical urbanism, the Symposium will showcase real-life examples of how technology, policy, green infrastructure and strategic design can come together to transform cities.

We wish to encourage the development of positive, innovative, interdisciplinary visions that foster a transformative cultural shift toward low carbon communities, sustainable adaptation and the adoption of green infrastructure and design in urban cities. We hope such visions will bring to life and highlight the interconnection of urban planning and development, urban ecology, landscape design, art and culture, land use policy, public health, climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The Ontario Climate Symposium is an interdisciplinary event. As such, we welcome a variety of innovative and multidisciplinary research proposals and visions. However, non-traditional styles of research/concept presentations will be prioritized. These include, but are not limited to, exhibitions or installations, short films and documentary screenings, themed sessions/panels, art and digital media, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, presentations, and tour ideas that express or examine the Symposium theme(s) described above.

Full information is in the call for proposals below.

Call for proposals

New Graduate Student Travel Fund

Graduate Student Travel Fund
Monday, March 26, 2018

The Office of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the introduction of the new OCAD University Graduate Student Travel Fund!

This new fund will create a more equitable framework (open to all graduate students across all graduate programs) and with three deadlines annually will create a more balanced approach than the current first-come, first-served funding option.

While many university graduate student travel funds are limited to dissemination (e.g. conference or symposia), the nature of our programs suggests that students would benefit significantly from travel that allows them to do research as well. Rather than create two separate entities, we have determined to use a single fund for ease of operation and distribution. This new fund will be designated exclusively to student travel related to research and dissemination; we anticipate being able to support between 25 and 35 applications annually.

To get things started, we are launching the first competition today (March 2), with a deadline of March 26, 2018. All students who are planning conference or research travel in the next six months are encouraged to submit an application. Principal Advisors and graduate faculty members should also encourage their students to consider applying to the fund in support of their students’ research.

The guidelines and application procedures for the new Travel Fund are available here.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Graduate Studies Officer, Anne Ahrens-Embleton at


un-histories: art and the unconcluded

un-histories: art and the unconcluded
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 7:00pm to Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 8:00pm

March 9, 7:00 PM

Keynote by Dr. Monika Kin Gagnon (Concordia University)

March 10, 9:30 AM-5:30 PM

Conference panel presentations from graduate students, artists, and arts professionals from Toronto and abroad, followed by a closing reception at OCADU’s Graduate Gallery


Within the term “history” lies a conceptual confinement—the presumption that the topics being written about remain consigned to the past. This conference seeks to counter history’s containment and to foreground its continuing relevance in the present. Through the notion of “un-histories,” conventional limits can be unsettled by prompting critical inquiries into how history functions: by re-organizing the composition of the past, by re-constructing methods of transmitting narratives, and by destabilizing the seeming linearity of events. Un-histories reimagine history as a practice for addressing the “unconcluded”—subjectivities and narratives previously considered spectral, disparaged, marginalized, erased, shamed, abashed, or localized.

Keynote Presentation

Unthinking Expo 67

Dr. Monika Kin Gagnon (Concordia University)

March 9, 7:00 PM, 100 McCaul Street, room 190

Dr. Gagnon will present on her co-curated exhibition À la recherche d’Expo 67 / In Search of Expo 67 (2017) which featured 19 Canadian and Québec contemporary artists taking inspiration from the landmark international event, 50 years later.  Discussing the original Expo 67 in connection to artworks by Althea Thauberger, Leisure, CINEMAexpo67, Geronimo Inutiq and others, Gagnon speaks on the distinct methods of contemporary art offers for exploring cultural history.  Engaging the process of “unthinking” developed by Ella Shohat and Robert Stam, which activates the movement between knowledge, history and media, Gagnon will show how the artworks of In Search of Expo 67 are positioned as vital forms of animating the archive and knowing the past in the present.

Monika Kin Gagnon is Professor of Communication Studies and a Concordia University Research Fellow. She has published widely on cultural politics, memory, and visual/media arts since the 1980s. Her books include Other Conundrums: Race, Culture and Canadian Art (2000), 13 Conversations about Art and Cultural Race Politics (2002, with Richard Fung), and Reimagining Cinema: Film at Expo 67 (2014, with Janine Marchessault). Her media works include the DVD-catalogue and restoration project of her late artist-father’s experimental 1960’s film, Charles Gagnon: 4 Films (2009), and the interactive database Archiving R69 (2011). Currently, she is completing a book exploring posthumous collaborations with filmmakers as a form of creative archiving.



Graduate Gallery
205 Richmond Street West
Saturday March 10, 2018

Shown in conjunction with the 2018 CADN Graduate Student Conference un-histories: art and the unconcluded, which seeks to seeks to counter history’s containment and to foreground its continuing relevance in the present. Using the notion of “un-histories” to unsettle conventional limits of history by prompting critical inquiries into how history functions, encouraging: re-organizing the composition of the past, re-constructing methods of transmitting narratives,
and destabilizing the seeming linearity of events. Un-histories reimagine history as a practice for addressing the “unconcluded”—subjectivities and narratives previously considered spectral, disparaged, marginalized, erased, shamed, abashed, or localized.


Artwork on display:
Ukiuktaqtumi, Stephen Puskas, 2017
30:10 minutes, colour

A father picking arctic berries with his daughters on a sunny September day and a group of elders playing dice at a local community centre make up two separable moments bound together by Montreal-based Inuk artist Stephen Agluvak Puskas’s short-film Ukiuktaqtumi (2017). Lyrically stitching together video footage found on the web (each
borrowed with consent from the original videographers), Puskas shapes a wide-ranging view of Inuit life ukiuktaqtumi (“in the North”). In a gesture of endurance, the independent yet woven threads of narrative in Ukiuktaqtumi often begin inside of a moment and unravel without conclusion.

Through these rifts in continuity, Puskas echos the imperative of self-representation for Inuit communities in Canada, whose prolonged subjugation to the colonial lens has fostered inaccurate narratives that call for an unlearning and dismantling of such histories. Ukiuktaqtumi does just this—made in response to non-Inuit filmmaker Dominic Gagnon’s Of the North (compiled of taken footage that constructed a distorted image of Inuit), Puskas presents a selfdetermined
and consenting outlook of life in the North – full of variance, movement, and (dis)/continuities.


Artist Bio:
Stephen Agluvak Puskas is co-founder and former producer for Nipivut, Montreal's Inuit community radio show. Selected by the Senate in 2017 as an Indigenous Youth Leader, Stephen works to improve Indigenous representation in media and to shed light on the exploitation of Inuit culture like with Ungava Gin. He volunteers for Dawson College's Indigenous Education Council and has also helped write the Inuit chapter of the Indigenous cultural awareness manual for the SPVM. Stephen's film about Inuit self-representation, Ukiuktaqtumi (OO-KEE-UKTAK-
TOO-MEE) recently won the Prix de la Releve at 2017's Presence Autochtone and he is currently an associate producer at the National Film Board, working on the coastal Labrador project, which aims to support Labrador Inuit in producing documentary films.


Throughout this exhibition we are encouraging and accepting donations for Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami: The National Representational Organization Protecting and Advancing the Rights and Interests of Inuit in Canada.
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami serves as a national voice protecting and advancing the rights and interests of Inuit in Canada, with a stated vision for Canadian Inuit to prosper through unity and self-determination.
More information can be found at :


We would also like to thank VTape ( for their assistance in organizing the presentation of this work.

This conference is organized by students in the MA Program in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories at OCAD University. Special thanks is given to the Office of Graduate Studies, the President's Office, the Faculty of Art, and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences/School of Interdisciplinary Studies for their generous support.





Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, Auditorium, Rm. 190 100 McCaul Street, Toronto Ontario, M5T 1W1
un-histories: art and the unconcluded
un-histories: art and the unconcluded-gagnon

University Art Association Conference in Banff

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 7:30am

Title: The politics of pedagogical care today. 

Topic: How alternative teaching methodologies and compassionate learning environments directly impact productivity and help advance diversity and decolonization.


Link: Page 69 of:

2017 CADN Speaker Series: Where is your Disruption?

2017 CADN Speaker Series: Where is your Disruption?
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 7:00pm

Divisiveness has been a prominent feature in the cultural and political discourse of the past year. Given such fragmentation, what are the possibilities for remedying social cohesiveness? What role can art play in addressing the disruptiveness that permeates contemporaneity? The speaker series explores the manifold ways that disorder and fragmentation pervade contemporary art, design and new media theory, practice and exhbition. Our speakers will discuss some of the emerging ideas of a history not yet written - the history of a contemporary art entangled with political issues, social trends and millenial concerns.

The MA Program in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories (CADN) at OCAD University invites teh public to participate in two sets of conversations between artists, scholars and acticis on the current state of art and politics.

2017 CADN Speaker Series

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Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 190, 100 McCaul Street OCAD University
2017 CADN Speaker Series: Where is your Disruption?

2016 CADN Graduate Student Conference: #Trending: Mobilizing Art and Culture

#trending: mobilizing art and culture
#nature: Artwork by featured artist Sean Martindale
#nature: Artwork by featured artist Sean Martindale
Friday, March 11, 2016 - 8:00am to 10:00pm


The influence of trends is undeniable in contemporary culture, but rarely are its implications fully fleshed out. How can a trend mobilize or call others to action? As scholarship in contemporary art, design and new media becomes increasingly focused on networked lives, the digital platforms through which we communicate, interact, and share information demand academic and social inquiry. This interdisciplinary conference looks to the topic of #trending in its myriad meanings as it produces and affects subjects and citizenship, social and political change, visual and material culture. We must consider the longevity, impact, and relevancy of cultural work and research as the implications of cultural trends, their makers, and media are nuanced and complex. Are trends disposable or lasting? How should scholarship respond to trends -- by defining them or following them? What can trends tell us in their sequencing, forecasting, and analysis?

100 McCaul, Auditorium 190

OCAD University

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Free registration at 100 McCaul

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Opening Remarks

Conference Organizer Treva Pullen (CADN)

Dr. Robert Diaz (FoLAS/SIS)

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Conscious Fringes: Trends from Ends to Edges

Mark Dudiak, Marc de Pape, John-Patrick Ayson

Moderated by Treva Pullen

Geographical, ideological and cultural ‘fringes’ having shaped much of the twenty-first century’s speculative imaginary and its imagery. Philosophy, art and design have experienced a bursting open of ontological parameters and a surge towards hybridized methodologies. The digitized space of the Internet, which has powerfully influenced these trends is also considered to be a space without border or periphery, where the ‘fringe,’ practices and ideologies of the analog world are able to blossom. This panel looks at such peripheral philosophies and art forms: flickering post-human ontologies, new-media sound art, and tomb design.

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Selfies, Self-Care, Socializing: Constructing and Deconstructing the Online Self

Sophie Bishop, Estelle Wathieu, Lauren Fournier, Margeaux Feldman, Jenna-Lee Forde

Moderated by Andrea Pelletier

Social media provides many tools for constructing digitized yet fully formed online selves. With an influx of self-photographing, self-documenting and self-surveillence technologies, to what extent are our digital avatars both genuine and constructed? How are these identities formed and what are the implications of this online performativity? Responding to questions of age, gender, privacy and beauty through examining artists such as Petra Collins, YouTube make-up tutorials and the discursive trend towards ‘self care,’ this panel looks at how these new considerations of the ‘self’ are affecting visual culture.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


1:45 PM – 2:00 PM

Performance: First Things First

Christopher Lacroix, afallenhorse

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

The Word Made Digital

Fan Wu, Mary C. Baumstark, Merray Gerges

Moderated by Katie Connell

As communication via devices becomes ubiquitous, the notion that ‘words are sacred’ is increasingly both a cliché and an untruth. This panel is designed to trouble this notion through interrogating the influence of new media on writing and speaking. With a publishing industry in upheaval, as well as online dissemination of philosophy and viral sharing, writing can be metareflective of these shifts. Words, and our ability to choose the right ones, are extremely important to us when expressing and asserting ourselves in moments of both marginalization and empowerment.

3:45 PM - 5:15 PM

Performance and Solidarity

Barbora Racevičiūtė, Victor Arroyo, Lina El-Shamy, Alina Tigountsova

Moderated by Dr. Robert Diaz

News spreads rapidly and in myriad forms of new media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and blogs are but a few deterritorialized news sources. Additionally, these online forums have become critical sites for the proliferation and explosion of both grass roots activism and international movements. #BlackLivesMatter, #IdleNoMore, #KillBillC51 and the Syrian refugee crisis have taken shape on social media, organizing and inspiring pivotal protests amongst bodies in public spaces. Yet social media has also resulted in both corporatized activism and what has been popularly decried as ‘slacktivism’ – an online attendance to politically charged protests, marches and gartherings that is not physically carried out. This panel interrogates the digital sides of activism, hegemony and the popular media responding to it: surveillance technologies, television and hashtags.

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Keynote Speaker: Janaya Khan

Opening remarks from Dr. Andrea Fatona (CADN)

Janaya Khan, known as Future in the Black Lives Matter movement, is a black, queer, gender-nonconforming activist, staunch Afrofuturist, social-justice educator and boxer based in Toronto. As the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto, they are committed to black liberation, transformative justice and indigenous sovereignty and operate through a black transfeminist lens. They have previously been featured in the Feminist Wire and RaceBaitR and can be found shutting it down at an action near you.

7:30 PM – 10:00 PM


#nature: Artwork by featured artist Sean Martindale

OCADU Graduate Gallery at 205 Richmond

Sean Martindale is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary artist and designer based in Toronto. His interventions activate public and semi-public spaces in order to encourage engagement, often focused on ecological and social issues. His playful works question and suggest alternate possibilities for existing spaces, infrastructures and materials found in urban environments. Frequently, Martindale uses salvaged goods and live plants in unexpected ways that prompt conversations and interaction.    Martindale has taken part in multiple solo and group exhibitions, and his projects have been shown in cities such as across Canada as well as in Madrid, New York, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenszhen, Venice, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Oxford, London, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Paris, Angers, Brussels, Berlin and Doha. In 2013, he was the lead artist on the tallest mural in the world, the result of a community project in St James Town, Toronto, with local youth, STEPS and the Toronto Muralists. Sean has continued to lead other notable community arts projects, and has been awarded the 2012 Artist Prize by the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts.

The 2016 CADN Graduate Conference at OCAD U is dedicated to the perspectives of emerging scholars. The interdisciplinary all-ages conference will promote an open space for dialogue about the art historical, socio-cultural and political trends of the contemporary moment. We hope to foster a welcoming atmosphere that takes into account accessibility, privilege and sustainability thereby encouraging not only inventive and radical conversations during the conference but future collaborations continuing the trend of giving voice to new and exciting ideas.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul, Auditorium 190 & Graduate Gallery at 205 Richmond OCAD University