Conversations with Unusual Suspects

Welcome to “Conversations with Unusual Suspects”, a series of events taking place in Vancouver and Toronto. Here you will find a schedule of events, as well as more information and links on the participants and their work. We invite you to post questions and comments; whether you are in the East, in the West or somewhere in between, we would like you to be part of the conversation!

This series emerges from collaborations between CIE West and the IPS (centred at SFU, Vancouver) and CIE East (centred at York University, Toronto). We experiment with creating events where we share our work, learn from, laugh with, and challenge each other in a spirit of ferocious friendliness and sincere curiosity.

daraunusualsuspectspicture(Image: Etienne—La Conversacion (The Conversation). Escultura Donada ala oficiana del historiador de la cuidad de la Habana por Vittario Perrotta, (Plaza San Francisco de Assisi, Havana, Cuba). Photo, Dara Culhane, 2013.) 




3:00 –5:30 p.m., Room 7000, Harbour Centre, Vancouver

Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier

(Anthropology, University of Victoria)

Visual and Sonic Imaginations: Montage as Illusion

In conversation with Vincent Andrisani

(PhD Candidate, Communication, SFU)

CIE West IPS Unusual Suspects Program



2:30 – 4:00PM York Lanes 305  – CIE East (York)

Ken Little (York)

“For the Time is at Hand”, Beasttime Somethings in Belize.

In conversation with Lindsay Bell (SUNY-Oswego) and Evadne Kelly (artist-scholar)

CIE East Unusual Suspects



3:00 – 5:30PM SFU Harbour Centre Room 1315

Eldritch Priest (School for Contemporary Arts, SFU)

“From Lucid to Ludic Dreaming: Listening in Technoculture.”

In conversation with Paul Kingsbury (Geography, SFU)

Eldritch Priest is Assistant Professor in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, and writes on sonic culture, experimental aesthetics and the philosophy of experience from a ’pataphysical perspective. His essays have appeared in various journals and he is the author of Boring Formless Nonsense: Experimental Music and the Aesthetics of Failure (Bloomsbury 2013). Eldritch is also a co-author (with fellow members of the experimental theory group “The Occulture”) of Ludic Dreaming: How To Listen Away from Contemporary Technoculture (Bloomsbury 2017) and is active as a composer and improviser. He is currently working on a new book about earworms, daydreams, and other lived abstractions. websites:

Paul Kingsbury is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University. His research draws on the social and spatial theories of Jacques Lacan and Friedrich Nietzsche to explore the cultural geographies of desire, power, and the sublime. Along with his graduate students, he is currently engaged in a research project (funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant) on the lived (and dead) spaces of paranormal cultures of UFO, ghost, and Sasquatch investigations and conferences. Paul is the co-editor (with Steve Pile) of Psychoanalytic Geographies (2014, Routledge) and coeditor (with Gavin J. Andrews and Robin Kearns) of Soundscapes of Wellbeing in Popular Music (2014, Routledge). website

CIE West IPS Unusual Suspects conversation 2

CIE East Unusual Suspects Program

CIE West IPS Unusual Suspects Program



OCTOBER 13, 2016;

3:00 –5:30 p.m., Room 7000, Harbour Centre, Vancouver



& Nawal Musleh-Motut


Lindsey A. Freeman is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology & Anthropology Department at Simon Fraser University. She earned her PhD in Sociology and Historical Studies at the New School for Social Research. Freeman writes about memory, nostalgia, utopia, space/place, atomic & nuclear culture, and sometimes art. She is the author of ‘Longing for the Bomb: Oak Ridge and Atomic Nostalgia’ (UNC Press, 2015) and editor of the forthcoming edited collection ‘The Bohemian South’ (UNC Press 2017). Freeman is now working on a manuscript tentatively titled ‘Atomic Childhood around 1980’. Atomic Childhood is written in the form of sociological poetry, an example of Freeman’s interest in the connections between sociology and art, sociology as an art form, ethnographic surrealism and superrealism, fictocriticism, ethnofiction, and other cyborg and hybrid forms of art and social science.    website

Nawal Musleh-Motut is a Doctoral Candidate and Sessional Instructor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University.  For her dissertation, ‘Reconciling the Holocaust and the Nakba: Peacebuilding Through the Storying of Postmemory’, she developed a family photograph-based storytelling methodology, which seeks to transcend competing claims of victimhood stemming from contending collective memories of the Holocaust and the Nakba by creating the occasions and conditions necessary for politico-ethical engagement and witnessing between Palestinians and Israelis currently living in their respective Canadian diasporas.  Her publications include ‘From Palestine to the Canadian Diaspora: The Multiple Social Biographies of the Musleh Family’s Photographic Archive’ (MJCC 2015) and ‘Negotiating Palestine Through the Familial Gaze: A Photographic (Post)memory Project’ (TOPIA 2012).    website

CIE West IPS Unusual Suspects conversation 1


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