STUDY IN ACTION: a grassroots community research conference / workshops, panels and art at Concordia, McGill & UQÀM (March 20-23)

STUDY IN ACTION – MARCH 20-23, 2014
- A grassroots undergraduate and community research conference
- Featuring contributions to social and environmental justice research by students, community organizers, and artists
- Workshops, Panels and Art at Concordia, McGill and UQÀM
- Free & welcome to all!

Topics include: * Struggles of Self-Determination * Responses and resistance by Muslim women to the Charter * Theory and Practice of Social Ecology * Art & Resistance * Indigenous Feminist Resistance * Migration Struggles * Environmental Justice * Gentrification & Security * Community Building * Mining, Extraction and Fossil Fuels * Race & Intersectionality * Indigenous Resistance & Decolonization * Accessibility, Mobility and Bodily Self-Determination … and more!STUDY IN ACTION is co-organized by the Quebec Public Interest Research Groups (QPIRGs) at Concordia, McGill and UQÀM.

Info: www.qpirgconcordia.org/studyinaction

* Thursday, March 20, 6:30pm at UQÀM
OPENING PANEL: Struggles of Self-Determination

(information tables and snacks from 5:30pm)

Room SH-3420, Pavillon Sherbrooke
200, rue Sherbrooke Ouest (at Jeanne-Mance)
métro Place-des-Arts
map: http://goo.gl/maps/BCmMk

Confirmed panelists:
- Denise Jourdain & Elyse Vollant (Uashat-Maliotenam), on Indigenous resistance to Plan Nord and the defence of traditional lands;
- Émilie Laliberté (Stella), on the self-organizing efforts of sex workers;
- Laurence Parent (RAPLIQ) – on disability organizing and self-determination;
- Gabrielle Bouchard (Centre for Gender Advocacy) – on gender self-determination;
- Christina Xydous (QPIRG Concordia) – on anti-racist feminist opposition to Bill 60 (Charter of Quebec Values).

This opening panel, in French (with whisper translation into English), will explore diverse struggles of self-determination against oppression, making links between our collective organizing for justice and the interconnectedness of our struggles.

About the panelists:
Denise Jourdain and Elyse Vollant are from the Innu community of Uashat-Maliotenam on the Côte Nord; they are activists in opposition to Plan Nord and in defence of their ancestral lands and culture. Émilie Laliberté is part of Stella, a Montreal-organization founded in 1995 by and for sex workers. Laurence Parent organizes with the Regroupement d’activistes pour l’inclusion au Québec (RAPLIQ) for the defense of the rights of people with handicaps. Gabrielle Bouchard coordinates the Peer Support and Trans Advocacy Program at the Center for Gender Advocacy. Christina Xydous works at QPIRG Concordia and is an intersectional, anti-racist feminist and Montreal-based activist and organizer.

* Friday, March 21, 2pm-4pm at McGill
WORKSHOP: Responses and resistance by Muslim women to the proposed Quebec Charter of Values

Madeleine Parent, room 203, SSMU Building
3480,  rue McTavish (north of Sherbrooke, south of Pine)
métro Peel
map: http://goo.gl/maps/CkI5u

[more details forthcoming]

* Friday, March 21, 4pm at UQÀM
PANEL: The Theory and Practice of Social Ecology

with Bruno Massé , Marcel Sévigny, Lucia Kowaluk and Denise Jourdain

Room SH-2420, Pavillon Sherbrooke
200, rue Sherbrooke Ouest (at Jeanne-Mance)
métro Place-des-Arts
map: http://goo.gl/maps/BCmMk

[more details forthcoming]

* Friday, March 21, 6pm, on the streets
DEMONSTRATION & MARCH: 

Against colonialism, racism and the proposed Quebec “Charter of Values” (Bill 60)
Rendez-vous: exit of métro Mt-Royal
(Mt-Royal East, between Berri and Rivard)Part of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on the anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa.

Organized by Ensemble contre la Charte xenophobe. Supported by QPIRG Concordia, Solidarity Across Borders, No One Is Illegal, Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) at Concordia, Study In Action (UQÀM, Concordia & McGill) and others. To endorse this demonstration, please contact contrelachartexenophobe@gmail.com.

The basis of unity of this demonstration is the following Community Statement: www.qpirgconcordia.org/?p=4687

* Friday, March 21, 8:30pm at UQÀM
FILMS by Médi@s Libres

Room SH-R810, Pavillon Sherbrooke
200, rue Sherbrooke Ouest (at Jeanne-Mance)
métro Place-des-Arts
map: http://goo.gl/maps/BCmMk

An evening of engaged and critical documentaries presented by the Médi@s Libres collective. [more details forthcoming]

* March 20-23 at Concordia
ART IN ACTION exhibition

7th floor, Hall Building
1455 de Maisonneuve West (between Bishop and Mackay)
métro Guy-Concordia
map: http://goo.gl/maps/be1oD

Art In Action highlights creative expression on social and environmental justice issues through diverse mediums including: drawing, painting, photography, performance, film & video, installation, spoken word, zine, collage, watercolour, poster, and print. This year’s Art In Action will include submissions to “Art Against Their Charter”. [more details forthcoming]

* Saturday & Sunday, March 22-23, 10am-5pm at Concordia
STUDY IN ACTION: 9 panels & 3 workshops
Grassroots-based social justice research by undergraduate students and community organizers

7th floor, Hall Building
1455 de Maisonneuve West (between Bishop and Mackay)
métro Guy-Concordia
map: http://goo.gl/maps/be1oD

Panels:
* Indigenous Feminist Resistance (Lael Kim, Alisha Mascarenhas, Molly Swain)
* Migration Struggles (Marwa AbuSara, Annie Preston, Camila Rivas-Garrido, Dignidad Migrante)
* Environmental Justice (Jordan de Bellescize, Cameron Butler, Robin Reid-Fraser)
* Gentrification & Security (Kyle McLoughlin, Brooke Nancekivell, Mike Selmani, Aaron Vansintjan)
* Community Building (Cynthia Albertin, Allison Jones, Caroline Mallette)
* Mining, Extraction and Fossil Fuels (Aaron Barcant, Tyler Michaels, Sean Phipps)
* Race & Intersectionality (Francis Dolan, Caroline Huang, Délice Mugabo, Laudan Vaezmir)
* Indigenous Resistance & Decolonization (Tyler Lawson, Alexandra Olshefsky, Victoria Watson)
* Closing Panel: Accessibility, Mobility and Bodily Self-Determination (Accessibilize Montreal; Chelsea Barnett; Louis Donelle, Sophie Dorion & Marilou Favreau-Léger; AJ Withers)

Workshops:
* Your Radio is a Bomb – The explosive power and potential of independent media (CKUT Community News Collective)
* Canadian Mining in Latin America & Congo (MICLA, & STAND)
* How to find out what they don’t want you to know: An introduction to access to information laws and procedures

For all events:
- Free & welcome to all!
- Wheelchair accessible.
- Please get in touch about any accessibility needs.
- Free childcare on-site during all events (except Art In Action and the March 21 March & Demonstration)
- Whisper translation in English and French will be available for all events.
- Vegan lunch served on Saturday and Sunday.
- Attend one panel, workshop or event, or attend them all!

STUDY IN ACTION is co-organized by the Quebec Public Interest Research Groups (QPIRGs) at Concordia, McGill and UQÀM. 

List of upcoming conference planning meetings!

The dates and times for all of our planning meetings leading up to this year’s conference are set! They are as follows:

Thursday, February 27th at 3pm
QPIRG UQÀM, DS-3325

Note: This is a wheelchair accessible space

Thursday, March 6th at 3pm
QPIRG McGill

3647, University, 3rd floor
Note: This location is not an accessible space (3 flights of stairs, no elevator). If you would like to attend this meeting and you have access needs, please contact us at 514.848.7585.

Thursday, March 13th at 3pm
QPIRG Concordia

1500, de Maisonneuve West, suite 204
Note: This is a wheelchair accessible space

Next organizing meeting: Thursday, February 13th at 3pm!

The conference organizing committee will be meeting next on Thursday, February 13th at 3pm at UQÀM in room N-M310. Go to metro Berri-UQÀM, going in a straight line to pavillon Aquin and then continuing straight ahead until pavillon N (education). This is a wheelchair accessible space.

Next organizing meeting: Thursday, February 6th at 3pm!

The conference organizing committee will be meeting next on Thursday, February 6th at 3pm at QPIRG McGill, located at 3647, University, 3rd floor. This location is not an accessible space (3 flights of stairs, no elevator). If you would like to attend this meeting and you have access needs, please contact us at 514.848.7585.

SIA Submissions deadline EXTENDED to January 21st at 12pm!

The Study in Action conference is currently seeking English and French submissions from undergraduate students and community members! We are looking for submissions in diverse formats on a variety of topics; if you are currently working on, or have completed an essay, a research project, an art piece, or a group presentation on one of the following topics, we encourage you to share it with us.

Please send all submissions to studyinaction@qpirgconcordia.org or FILL OUT THE FORM by 12PM, JANUARY 21, 2014

We are looking for proposals that address:

• Art and alternative media
• Economics, austerity, and anti-capitalism
• Environmental justice
• Food sovereignty
• Gender and feminism
• Geopolitics and international solidarity
• Health, bodily sovereignty and harm reduction
• Indigenous sovereignty and de-colonization
• Migration
• Prisoner justice and policing
• Public space, poverty and gentrification
• Radical education and pedagogy
• Sex and sexuality

Please note you do not have to submit a completed project by our extended January 21 deadline, but only a proposal and a brief introduction that explains how your submission relates to Study In Action’s mandate of social and environmental justice. Study In Action not only crosses disciplinary lines, but also transcends the borders between academic and popular knowledge. We invite submissions to interpret our mandate as innovatively as possible.

Next organizing meeting: Tuesday, January 21st at 2pm!

The conference organizing committee will be meeting next on Tuesday, January 21st at 2pm at QPIRG Concordia, located at 1500, de Maisonneuve West, suite 204. This is a wheelchair accessible space.

We’ll be back to planning the conference after the holiday break! Next meeting: Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

The Study in Action organizing committee recently held its last meeting before the holiday break. We’ll be back at planning the 2014 conference with our first meeting of the new year on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 at 1pm at QPIRG Concordia, located at 1500, de Maisonneuve West, suite 204. This is a wheelchair accessible space.