Worlding Public Cultures – WPC 2023 Worlding Tiohtià:ke/Montreal Bridging Knowledges, Practices, and Beings

2-DAY COLLOQUIUM: in-person and online – 31 March and 1 April 2023
The conference is a hybrid event. Join us and participate in person or online (Zoom or live-stream on YouTube).

Day 1 (31 Mar): 4th Space, J.W. McConnell Building, 1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W. (Metro Guy-Concordia). Register Now
Day 2 (1 April) 2 venues: York Auditorium, EV Building, EV-1-605, 1515 de Maisonneuve Blvd W. (Metro Guy-Concordia) & Artist-run Centre OBORO, 4001 Rue Berri, 2nd-floor (Metro Berri-UQAM).
All sessions are open and free to the public, but registration is required. Simultaneous translation services in English and French through personal mobile devices will be available. With the exception of OBORO, all venues are wheelchair accessible. Full Program and Registration Details for Day 2:

International Conference on what Worlding Tiohtià:ke/Montreal means
Organized by Montreal-based team of international Worlding Public Cultures research network

Bringing together international and local researchers and creatives, the WPC 2023 Worlding Tiohtià:ke/Montreal colloquium and exhibition ask three main questions: To what extent does current scholarship in global art histories, museum studies, and radical pedagogies demonstrate critical awareness of, and engagement with, diverse ethnocultural communities who are at home in diaspora and/or unsettled, racialized arrivants on unceded Indigenous lands? How can we understand Global South and Global North not as binary categories but as overlapping networks and territories? How are these networks emerging in and being engaged within Montreal’s culturally and linguistically diverse art and cultural landscape?

Organized by five faculty members from Concordia (May Chew, Alice Ming Wai Jim, and maya rae oppenheimer), Université de Montréal (Analays Alvarez Hernandez), and Université du Québec à Montréal (Édith-Anne Pageot), WPC 2023 Worlding Tiohtià:ke/Montreal is the last in a series of five international gatherings of the four-year Trans-Atlantic Platform project, “Worlding Public Cultures: The Arts and Social Innovation” (WPC), exploring how global, transnational, and transcultural public narratives are being represented in universities and museums worldwide. The previous four international academies were held at Carleton University in 2019, Amsterdam University and TATE with University Arts London in 2021, and by Heidelberg University at Dresden State Art Collections in 2022.

EXHIBITION: re* imagining / créer / building / faire / mapping / connaissance
FOFA Art Gallery, 1515 Sainte-Catherine St. West, EV 1-715, 9 March through 6 April, Courtyard banner through 1 June.

Webster Library vitrines, 2nd floor, 1400 Maisonneuve Blvd West, LB-2F, 30 March through 1 June 2023.
re* is a critical and collective reflection on the themes of worlding and world-making featuring works by artists rudi aker, Pansee Atta, Amin Rehman, and Swapnaa Tamhane, curated by WPC graduate team members Manar Abo Touk, Lorraine Doucet-Sisto, and Varda Nisar. More information on the exhibition here.

Worlding Public Cultures WPC 2023 Montreal has been made possible through funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC) as well as Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts, The Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art, Concordia University Research Chair in Ethnocultural Art Histories, FOFA Art Gallery, 4TH SPACE, Conversations in Contemporary Art (CiCA), Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC), EAHR|Media South South CISSC Working Group, and the Ethnocultural Art Histories Research Group (EAHR). Special thanks also to our community partners, the artist-run centres OBORO and articule , Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, PHI Foundation, and enuf Canada.

Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community. For more information: