Upcoming Conference: “Get it Together! Feminism, Collectivity, Media” + Master Class w/ Sophie Mayer (Nov. 2-3)

Don’t miss the conference “Get it Together! Feminism, Collectivity, Media” taking place on Nov. 2 and 3!

This two-day event considers feminism, media, and collectivity with a master class by Sophie Mayer (registration info below), and conference with Ella Cooper, Anne Golden, Gina Haraszti, Lynne Joyrich, Kathleen Kampeas, Sophie Mayer, Dayna McLeod, Lydia Ogwang, and Tess Takahashi.


Master class with Sophie Mayer: “Fuck Patriarchy, Screw Precarity: Uses of the Erotic in Feminist Film Criticism & Curation”

This master class addresses the feminist erotic and the ethics, accountability, and pleasures of curating feminist porn and sexually explicit films, as well as their relation to economic and geographical precarity and marginality to sex work, to QTBIPOC communities, and to the erasure of both geographies and histories. We will look at the rise of feminist and queer porn festivals (and their legal challenges), how queer and feminist erotic cinema offers an account of community-building *in place*, activist politics and the continued lack of engagement in film studies with the agency, aesthetics, choreography and politics of the sexual body.

To register and get readings (space are limited), message kim.reany@mcgill.ca with subject heading: Master class Registration IGSF


Keynote: “Reclaiming the Black Female Body: Embodied Inquiry & Social Change” by Ella Cooper

Ella Cooper

Thursday, Nov. 2 (5:30-7pm)
Moving Image Research Labratory (3475 Peel)

Ella Cooper is an award winning multimedia artist, educator, impact producer, community arts programmer, filmmaker and the founder of Black Women Film! Canada. Cooper’s creative work explores themes of racialized identity, Canadian diaspora, reclamation, embodied landscapes, ecstatic nudes, contemporary dance and representations of the Black female body in Western visual culture. Her work has been presented in galleries, public spaces, festivals and for broadcast across Canada, with recent screenings and exhibitions in Berlin, San Francisco,  Los Angeles and at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She receives continued support from the Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council, as well as being a recipient of a City of Vancouver award, a 2017 Toronto Arts Council Cultural Leader and a recent artist in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Cooper is also known for creating and facilitating transformational leadership and arts equity programs for diverse communities in Canada, US, Jamaica and South Africa. Ella is also a part-time lecturer at the University of Toronto and has been a featured speaker and guest facilitator for national and international conferences.

For more information, click here.