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Border Crossings I: Vicky Moufawad-Paul

Border Crossings I: Vicky Moufawad-Paul
JHB 100
Time: Sep 26th, 7:00 pm End: Sep 26th, 9:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Women & Gender Studies (FAS), Visual Studies (UTM), Sociology (FAS), Religion, Study of (FAS), Political Science, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Cinema, Canada, Art (FAS), Architecture, Landscape, Design, Anthropology (FAS), 2000-
Forum and screening by Vicky Moufawad-Paul

Border Crossings: An Erotic Affair?

Event I:  Vicky Moufawad-Paul

Palestinian-Canadian curator and video artist Vicky Moufawad-Paul and University of Toronto Assistant Professor Dina Georgis will provide a focus for a discussion on gender, sexuality, belonging, and place, paying particular attention to the transgressive female figures of  Leila Khaled and Oum Kalthoum.  Videos screened may include:

  • Half a Person (2010, 3 minutes)
  • Radiance (2011, 5 minutes)
  • Birthplace Palestine (2006, 1 minute)

Please join us in conversation.

Curated by Dr. Pam Patterson.

Vicky Moufawad-Paul is a curator, artist, film programmer, and the Artistic Director at A Space Gallery. She holds an MFA from York University, where she completed research on the visual culture of Palestine.  Earlier this year, she curated screenings and discussions at 16 Beaver in New York City and at the Inside Out Film Festival in Toronto.  She was previously the founding Execitive Director of the Toronto Arab Film Festival, and as worked at the Toronto International Film Festival.  She is a member of the Advisory Board of AluCine film and Media Arts Festival, and was previously a member of the Visual and Media Arts Committee at the Toronto Arts Council, a Founding Member of the Advisory Board of the Palestine Film Festival, and a member of the Board of Directors at Trinity Square Video.  Her writing has been published by Fuse Magazine, 180º, E-Fagia, the Arab-American National Museum, and the Journal of Canadian Peace Research and she was a contributor to the anthology Decentre: Concerning Artist-Run Culture / A Propos de Centre D'Artists (YYZ Books, 2008).  Moufaward-Paul's video art has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Dina Georgis is an Assistant Professor at Women and Gender Studies Institute and nominally appointed to Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She writes on postcolonial, diasporic and queer cultures. Her work draws on theories of trauma, affect and mourning to think through how narrative and art articulate the affective residues of history and provide the conditions for re-imagining political futures.  Her book, The better story: Lessons from postcolonial monsters and queer affects (under review with SUNY Press), is a conversation among postcolonial studies, queer theory and psychoanalysis. With a focus on the Middle East, it considers the dynamics of political conflict, the histories and subjectivities they produce, and what it means to make an ethical relationship to the terrorized and terrorizing bodies that conflict produces.

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Border Crossings: An Erotic Affair is a series of events and exhibitions that respond to the JHI's 2011-2012 theme, Location/Dislocation, from a feminist perspective.  Artists and researchers this year will be coming from the USA, Pakistan and Canada and programming will be  happening at two campus sites at UTSC and CWSE, OISE/U of T. Connections, intersections and differences in these programs and people include gender, race, culture and media dealing with cultural genocide, women and cancer, gender/trans issues, and more.

The artists Sylvat Aziz, Meral Pasha, and Vicky Moufawad-Paul (Ontario) live cross border from Mesma Belsare (Boston). In complex ways, they interweave gender, sexuality and artistic practice as they confront how dislocation, and their longing for relocation, is mapped on their bodies: for Belsare it is the dynamics of gender in dance, for Aziz a cultural critique, and for Moufawad-Paul and Pasha the complexities around gender displacement, and cultural loss. This project intends to bring Belsare, Aziz, Pasha and Moufawad-Paul to present for 2011-12 at the St. George and Scarborough campuses of the University of Toronto. This series gives both university sites ongoing engagement with issues of location/dislocation. University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) participating faculty plan to use this in a variety of ways for curricular support, and the Centre for Women‘s Studies (CWSE) and WIAprojects at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/UT at St. George campus will take advantage of Aziz and Pasha to highlight their 2011-12 programming. A year-end summary of this series will be as a Locations/Dislocations Roundtable on April 10th at 12 noon in Room 2-225 at the CWSE OISE, 252 Bloor Street W.

For other events in this series, see listings at

  • 3 November 2011, 2-4 pm:  Mesma Belsare and Sylvat Aziz in Conversation (Leila Lee Browne Theatre, UTSC)
  • 5 March 2012, 5:30-7 pm:  Exhibition Opening, Sylvat Aziz: Sisyphus & Other Personal Matters (252 Bloor Street West, 2nd floor hallway)
  • 2 April 2012, 5:30-7 pm:  Exhibition Opening, Meral Pasha: Liminal Spaces: Inside the Folds of a Map (252 Bloor St. West, 2nd floor hallway)
  • 10 April 2012, 12-1:30 pm: Brownbag Roundtable on the series Border Crossings: An Erotic Affair (252 Bloor St. West, 2nd floor)

All events are free and open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

For more information, contact Pam Patterson, Director, WIAprojects

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