Mom and Me film screening

Mom and Me

*Film Screening and Discussion with Director Lena Macdonald**Introduced by Dr. Lilia Topouzova, 2014-15 Visiting Scholar, Centre for Feminist Research*

*Tuesday, October 25, 2016* *12:30PM-2:30PM**626 Kaneff Tower, York University*

*Mom and Me* (58 min) is a deeply personal feminist film which took 15 years to make. It follows the […]

Conversations with Unusual Suspects CIE WEST/EAST

Have you heard about the new CIE Seminar Series: Conversations with Unusual Suspects taking place 2016-2017 at both Simon Fraser University and York University. Join us! Free and all welcome …










Behold the Black Caiman

I (CIE co-curator, Elliott) am a huge fan of Lucas Bessire‘s relatively new book, Behold the Black Caiman: A Chronicle of Ayoreo Life (2014). Will be of interest to CIE members interested in experimental writing, and genres that challenge the “traditional” way of doing ethnography. Check it out here.


Writers on Writing

Anand Pandian speaks about the creative processes involved in writing in a dialogue with Thomas Yarrow in this new paper in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

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Anand Pandian and Thomas Yarrow

In a Time of Displacement, Arab Artists Negotiate the Meaning of Home

Catherine Kustanczy, in her article In A Time of Displacement, discusses an exhibit at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto entitled “Home Ground: Contemporary Art from the Barjeel Art Foundation.” The exhibit displays works of Arab artists who engage with notions of home and displacement. For example, two installations, “Standing Dove” and “Eating Dove, “… […]

James Ferguson at York University

Photo Credit: Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston

Anthropologist, James Ferguson, spoke about his recent book “Give A Man a Fish: Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution” (Duke University Press, 2015) at the Annual Anthropology Lecture at York University on October 8, 2015. Arguing for a distributive political economy, Ferguson imagines such measures as the […]

The Art of Memoir by Camilla Gibb

Canadian writer and anthropologist by training, Camilla Gibb, reviews Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir in today’s edition of The Globe and Mail. Gibb writes, “We live in the most autobiographical era of human history, documenting and sharing the minutiae of our daily lives. It’s hard to know what impact this will have on memoirs […]

Empire Travel Agency: Site-Specific Performance Piece

Woodshed Collective co-founder Teddy Bergman – commenting on his site-specific theatre piece Empire Travel Agency – notes, “I think good artistic experiences are ones that have the ability to open your eyes and refresh your attention and attunement to your world, and look at your surroundings anew and imagine them differently. I think that is […]

Of Winter Moons By Lisa Stevenson

Lisa Stevenson on ethnography, philosophy, poverty and religion.


“Wallace Stevens, in his poem “The Snow Man” says in the opening line that “one must have a mind of winter,” and then he says that such a listener, one who possesses that mind of winter, “…listens in the snow/And, nothing himself, beholds/nothing that is […]


The Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium is one of the longest running history graduate conferences in Canada. In March 2015, the Department of History, Carleton University, will be hosting the 21st Annual Colloquium.

This year’s theme, “PASTS ECHOING PRESENTS: HISTORIANS AS PERFORMATIVE COLLABORATORS,” highlights the historian’s multiple performed roles, and specifically our roles as collaborators […]