Nov 112013
Schedule and Location: Friday, May 30 9:00am-10:30am Vallee-500

Primary Session Category: Political Sociology/Social Justice/Social Movements
Session Code: PSSM4-A
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: The meaning of citizenship in Canada continues to narrow for marginalized groups, especially for people living in poverty whose identities intersect with gender, racialized ethnicities, disability, GLBT identities, and Aboriginal peoples. One response has been for people faced with social exclusion and privation to transform the social field of political activity by finding new means of expression, including locally situated, and artistic modes of engagement. This panel examines art production as a site for exploring renewed possibilities for agency and for generating alternative knowledge in community spaces. In marginalized spaces and through resistance efforts, the arts take on social and political relevance. Arts interventions through dance, digital story-telling, creative writings, painting, and theatre create ephemeral sites of agency, resistance, and community. These interventions are vital for increasing belonging and civil society participation within the current neo-liberal citizenship regime. This panel welcomes papers that discuss how arts activity contributes toward resistance, and generates alternative political subjectivity, meaning, and practices for social and political change, paying attention to the limits of such interventions. The impacts of such community-level agency and knowledge production suggest this kind of creative action as social change needs to be better understood.

Cross-listed with the Society for Socialist Studies

Session Organizers:
Nadine Changfoot, Trent University, Political Studies,
Chris Beyers, Trent University, International Development Studies
Ingrid Mündel, University of Guelph, Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship/ Research Shop
Andrea Lamarre, University of Guelph, Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition

Chair and Discussant: Nadine Changfoot


1.     Ingrid Mundel  

Necessary Storytelling: Neoliberal Recasting in Community-based Performance

2.     Asko Kauppinen, Berndt Clavier 

 Art, Migration and Governmentalization

3.     Andrea Lamarre  

The Embodied Graduate Student

4.     Chris Beyers  

Let’s face it! The politics of community in a collective art project

5.     Nadine Changfoot  

Feminist Aesthetic Community: Multiple Political Possibilities

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