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Friday, March 8, 2013

Symposium on Imaginative Ethnography - York

The Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (CIE) – an emerging
– invites you to attend a two-day event, *April 10 and 11, 2013, at York
University,* curated by Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston, Dara Culhane,
Denielle Elliott, Cristina Moretti, Laura Levin, and Marlis Schweitzer.

The event will include a Keynote Lecture by Dr. Andrew Irving*
of Manchester), an introduction to and invitation to participate in
building the CIE website (, and a symposium
on Imaginative Ethnography. The symposium will bring together scholars,
students and artists/scholars in reimagining what forms our ethnographic
practices might take. The event aims to ask: What might imaginative
ethnography do? Or, What could imaginative ethnography become? By
people together, we hope to initiate conversations that explore the
experimental, collaborative, visual, textual, urban, spatial, poetic,
political, performative, improvised, embodied, reflexive, kinetic,
ethnographic, emergent, creative and imaginative in our shared scholarship
and pedagogical practices.

The event is sponsored by the Performance Studies (Canada) Speaker Series,
York's Departments of Theatre and Anthropology, LA&PS Research Events and
Outreach Fund, and the Ad Hoc Grant.

*Wednesday April 10, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm *

*Andrew Irving Keynote *
*"The Art of Life and Death: Everyday Adventures in Contingency and Destiny"

Location: Joseph G. Green Theatre, Centre for Film and Theatre, York

Andrew Irving is Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the
University of Manchester, and Editor of *Beyond Text: Critical Practices
and Sensory Anthropology *and *Whose Cosmopolitanism? Critical
Cosmopolitanism, Relationalities and Discontents*. In this talk, he will
explore the relationship between everyday action, the contingencies of
life and death, and the imaginative and inner life-worlds of the random
strangers we pass on the street. It draws on rough magic, modernist
literature, and performance to try to understand the radical consequences
of turning right and left in open public spaces.

*Thursday April 11, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm *

*Imaginative Ethnography Symposium*

Location: Joseph G. Green Theatre, Centre for Film and Theatre, York

9:00 am Welcome and Introductory Remarks
9:30 am CIE website introduction and invitation
10:30 – 11:45 am *Session 1*
11:45 – 1:00 *break*
1:00 – 2:45 pm* Session 2*
2:45 – 3:15 *break*
3:15 – 5:00 pm* Session 3*

*Speakers will include: *Tara Goldstein (University of Toronto), Kate
Rossiter, (Wilfrid Laurier university), Kenneth Little (York University),
Zulfikar Hirji (York University), Kathleen Gallagher (University of
Toronto), Trudi Smith (York University), Patrick Alcedo (York University),
Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston (York University), Denielle Elliott (York
University), Dara Culhane (Simon Fraser University), Ted Whittall (York
University), and Diana Reis (York University).

Please check the CIE website for updates:

*All events are free and open to the public.
For more information on the Keynote Lecture and the Imaginative
Symposium, please contact Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston at:

For more information about The Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (CIE),
please visit:

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