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Next year’s conference date is confirmed for March 5th, 2014. Watch this space for our Call for Papers coming in the Fall, or sign-up for email alerts on the widget to the right. 

Twenty Years a Success

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Another year and another successful conference. This year was especially significant as we celebrated the 20 year anniversary of the AGIC, the 25 year anniversary of the JRC and the 55 year anniversary of the Department of Religion.  Many thanks to all our volunteers, presenters, and sponsors. We are especially grateful to the staff and faculty of the department of religion at Concordia University for their continued support! Without all of you this would not be possible. Here is to the next milestone!

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Please do “like” the AGIC Facebook Page and follow the AGIC Instagram Account.  Photos and videos have been added, feel free to add your own, tag yourselves and hashtag #AGIC2014 !

CHEERS! Until next year!

AGIC Kickoff

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Don’t forget tonight’s special screening of the documentary film:

 The Source Family
On Wednesday March 5th, 2014, at 18:30
in the Hall building, room H-765.
1455 DeMaisonneuve boulevard West

See you there!

Come One, Come all!

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Dear Benefactors, Colleagues, and Friends,

The 20 Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (AGIC) is very pleased to extend an invitation to our event on March 6th, 2014, in the Faculty Lounge of the Hall Building (H-765), from 8:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

This year we are at full capacity, having attracted a large number of presenters to date, with backgrounds in a variety of disciplines, from regional, national, and international locations. The success of our conference is largely dependent on our sponsors, and we thank you all for your support. With your continued beneficence, we hope to build on this year’s successful turnout and make the AGIC a mainstay for showcasing innovative and critical graduate research.

Please see the attached AGIC Program 2014 for full list of topics, panels, and times.

Best regards,

Ildikó Glaser-Hille

Chair

#AGIC – Follow us on Instagram

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We are pleased to inform you that the AGIC is now on Instagram.

Follow us: @AGIC_Concordia and don’t forget to hashtag, #AGIC #AGIC2014 !

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AGIC- Preliminary Program – Conference Coming Soon!

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The AGIC is coming soon!

To kick off the Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference, on the evening before the conference,  you are invited to a special screening of the documentary film:

 The Source Family
On Wednesday March 5th, 2014, at 18:30
in the Hall building, room H-765.
1455 DeMaisonneuve boulevard West

On  Thursday, March 6th, 2014, at Concordia University, the AGIC will present concurrent panels all day, beginning at 9:00 am, in the Faculty Lounge, Hall Building H-765, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Montreal. We encourage all to attend!

This year, we have an international range of papers and presenters on our topic, In/Tangibility: The Mystical, The Material, and the Messy In-Between. Our theme focuses broadly on how materiality, or the lack thereof, shapes and influences culture; the development and impact of spiritual and mystical thought, and the importance of engaging the senses within a tradition, asking how these concepts are found in religions, societies and civilizations. The special interest section, Oh, the Humanities!: Past, Present, and Future Trends in the Discipline presents papers that deal with how the humanities and social sciences have changed, the trends of scholarship and the disciplines’ influence in society.

Please browse our AGIC Program 2014. It’s going to be a good one!

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Call for papers: extended

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The deadline to submit abstracts for Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference,  has been extended: the submission deadline has been extended to December 16, 2013. 

The AGIC is hosted by the Graduate Students of the Department of Religion at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, and will be held on March 6th, 2014.

Please view our full call for papers here.

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Call for Papers

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In/Tangibility:

The Mystical, The Material and the Messy In-Between

CALL   FOR   PAPERS

DUE DECEMBER 5th, 2013

 Submissions are welcomed for the

20th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference

To be held March 6th, 2014, Concordia University

Faculty Lounge, Hall Building H-765, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Montreal.

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We invite papers from graduate students from all areas of the humanities, social sciences and fine arts that will inspire, challenge, and stretch personal assumptions, academic categories, and pedagogical approaches, including but not limited to historicity, ethics, doctrine, art, psychology, case studies, social practices and values, etc. This conference provides an excellent opportunity to share and publicize research as well as to meet other like-minded up-and-coming academics and researchers.

This year’s theme focuses broadly on how materiality, or the lack thereof, shapes and influences culture; the development and impact of spiritual and mystical thought, and the importance of engaging the senses within a tradition, asking how these concepts are found in religions, societies and civilizations. This theme invites and encourages discussion on religion, history, ethics, philosophy, art, anthropology, politics, sociology, case studies, doctrine and practices and how the tangible and intangible is present across time and places, and how they impact individuals and communities. We invite submissions that offer a critical, in-depth analysis of the issues or questions that challenge cultural, religious, historical and societal ideals.

All accepted presenters will have the opportunity to enter a peer-reviewed essay contest, with a first place prize of 100$, and a second place prize of 50$. Please see the website for more details.

Presentations in either French or English are encouraged. Abstracts must include a publication-ready, titled abstract of 200-300 words. The name, e-mail address, university affiliation and level of study of the presenter(s) must also be included, along with any special needs. Proposals are to be submitted no later than December 5th, 2013. All received submissions will be acknowledged, with notification of acceptance, by mid December. Please note that authors will have the option of submitting their papers for online publication as part of the Journal of Religion and Culture‘s Conference Proceedings series, a non-peer reviewed division of the academic journal produced by the graduate students of Concordia University. Send proposals and requests for information to:

Email : agic.concordia@gmail.com

Website: http://agicconcordia.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Annual-Graduate-Interdisciplinary-Conference-AGIC/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AgicConcordia

 

In/Tangibility:

The Mystical, The Material and the Messy In-Between

20e colloque annuel interdisciplinaire des étudiants et étudiantes

des cycles supérieurs du Département de religion

le jeudi 6 mars 2014,

Faculty Lounge, Hall Building, H-765, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. O, Montreal.

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Nous invitons les rédactions des étudiants/tes des cycles supérieurs de tous les domaines des Humanités, Sciences Humaines, et des Beaux-arts qui inspireront, défieront et étireront les suppositions personnelles, catégories universitaires, et les approches pédagogiques, y compris mais non limité à l’historicité, l’éthique, la doctrine, l’art, la psychologie, les études de cas, les pratiques et valeurs sociales, etc. Cette conférence offre une excellente occasion de partager et de diffuser la recherche ainsi que de rencontrer d’autres universitaires et chercheurs aux vues similaires.

Le thème de cette année se concentre largement sur la façon dont la matérialité ou l’absence   forme et influence la culture, le développement et l’impact de la pensée spirituelle et mystique, et l’importance d’engager les sens dans une tradition, se demandant comment ces concepts se retrouvent dans les religions, les sociétés et les civilisations. Ce thème invite et encourage la discussion sur la religion, l’histoire, l’éthique, la philosophie, l’art, l’anthropologie, la politique, la sociologie, les études de cas, la doctrine et les pratiques et la façon dont le matériel et immatériel est présent à travers le temps et les lieux, et comment les individus et les communautés en son impacter. Nous invitons les soumissions qui offrent une analyse critique et approfondie des problèmes ou des interrogations qui remettent en question les idéaux culturels, religieux, historique et social.

Tous les conférenciers/ères acceptés auront l’occasion de participer à un concours de dissertation avec un premier prix de 100 $ et un deuxième prix de 50 $.

Les propositions et les rédactions peuvent être en français ou en anglais. Vous êtes prié(e) de nous faire parvenir, par courriel, le titre de votre rédactions, de même qu’un résumé de 150 à 200 mots de celle-ci aux fins de publication. Chaque proposition doit aussi contenir les renseignements suivant : nom, adresse, numéros de téléphone, adresse électronique, l’institution à laquelle l’auteur est affilié, le niveau d’étude et matériel audiovisuel nécessaire à la présentation.

Vous devez nous faire parvenir vos propositions avant le 5 décembre 2013. Les conférenciers retenus seront contactés a la fin du mois de décembre 2013. Toutes les rédactions pourront ultérieurement être publiées dans le Journal of Religion and Culture.

Veuillez adresser les propositions, ainsi toute demande de renseignements, aux adresses suivantes :

Courriel : agic.concordia@gmail.com

Site Web : http://agicconcordia.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Annual-Graduate-Interdisciplinary-Conference-AGIC/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AgicConcordia

SPECIAL INTEREST SECTION:

Oh, the Humanities!:

Past, Present, and Future Trends in the Discipline

DUE DECEMBER 5th, 2013

In celebration of the Department of Religion’s 55th anniversary, the Journal of Religion and Culture 25th anniversary and the Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference 20th anniversary, we invite papers that explore the trends within the scholarship of humanities and social sciences. How did the disciplines change? How were they perceived throughout time? How did the scholarship contest and change society? What were their influences on culture, and how influential were the academics in mainstream society? What challenges do humanities and social science studies face today? And finally, what are exciting new ideas, methodologies, and innovations?

The 20th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference is putting together a Special Interest Section dedicated solely to the concept of how the humanities and social sciences have changed, the trends of scholarship and the disciplines’ influence in society. We invite papers from areas of the humanities, art, and social sciences to form a special interest section that discusses the various aspects of their birth, growth, and continued development within cultures, societies, and religion.

All accepted presenters will have the opportunity to enter a peer-reviewed essay contest, with a first place prize of 100$, and a second place prize of 50$.

SPECIAL INTEREST SECTION:

Oh, the Humanities!: Past and Present Trends in the Discipline

 5 décembre 2013

Pour célébrer le 55e anniversaire du Département de Religion, le 25e anniversaire du “Journal of Religion and Culture” et le 20e anniversaire du “Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference”, nous invitons les rédactions qui explorent les tendances au sein de la scolarité des Humanités. Comment la discipline a-t-elle changé? Comment ont été perçu les Humanités à travers le temps? De quel manière la discipline a-t-elle contesté  et transformé les sociétés? Quelles ont été ses influences sur la culture? Quels sont les défis envisagés par les Humanités aujourd’hui?

La 20e “Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference” met sur pied une section d’intérêt particulier dédié uniquement au concept de la façon dont les Humanités ont changé, ses tendances et l’influence de la discipline au sein des sociétés. Nous invitons les rédactions des domaines des Humanités, de l’Art et des Sciences Humaines pour former une section d’intérêt particulier qui traite des divers aspects de l’ordre et du chaos, ainsi que son implication dans les cultures, les sociétés et la religion.

Tous les conférenciers/ères acceptés auront l’occasion de participer à un concours de dissertation avec un premier prix de 100 $ et un deuxième prix de 50 $.

Save the Date!

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Next year’s conference date is confirmed for March 6th, 2014. Watch this space for our Call for Papers coming in the Fall, or sign-up for email alerts on the widget to the right. 

Thank you to all.

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“I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry. I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”

This declaration was made by John, the savage who returns with Bernard and Lenina to civilised London, in Aldous Huxley’s magnum opus, “Brave New World”. It also beautifully exemplifies what we, as scholars of human endeavours, strive to be. We can never be comfortable in our quest to seek truth in knowledge. Our relentless pursuits in understanding what drives cultures, civilisations and peoples to do what they do completely rips our world apart. In our scholarship, we bring chaos to established order, questioning tradition. And yet, we also seek to bring order to the chaotic world of knowledge.

This new world that we have created is marvellous and dangerous, fantastic and gross. It’s most certainly not for the timid. In our own way, we are explorers in a time where order is chaos and chaos becomes the new order, transforming traditions, becoming godlike in this brave new world.

The success of this conference could not have happened without the help and encouragement of so many people, and I ask you to bear with me as I attempt thank those who have worked so tirelessly in order to make this year’s conference possible.

First and foremost, we’d like to thank Munit and Tina, who gave us the encouragement that we needed, and the occasional reality check. They are the heart, life, the very soul of this department, and without them, we would all be hopelessly lost. Thank you, ladies.

We’d also like to thank the faculty of Concordia’s Department of Religion, particularly our chair, Dr. Lorenzo DiTommaso, for their support and for their understanding, particularly in the recent weeks when we were not always focused as we would have liked to be.

This conference could not have succeeded without the hard work of the committee: Shaun Turriff, my so-called left-hand man, and his calm and levelheaded presence was a true blessing at the times when we were ready to rip our hair out. Shaun was often my sounding board, carving out time for us and giving practical advice at anytime I needed it.

Hollie McGowan, our caterer, who did everything to ensure that we were not only well fed at lunch today, but also satisfied. She worked tirelessly to make sure that our food would not only be on budget, but would appeal to our discerning palates, which is a feat and a half.

Taylor Baruchel– the Communications Liaisons. It was she who kept track of all our presenters, making sure that each and every need was met, answer any and all questions and taking all of my notes for me.

Christophe Garlaschi, who was in charge of the volunteers. His enthusiasm was – and still is – infectious, and he often reminded us why we are doing this in the first place.

Andrew Khoury, administration and my self-appointed mafioso. He liaised between the major departments within the university, untangling the Gordian knot of details  so that any interactions  I would need to have would be as smooth as possible.

Pascale Greenfield, our Financial officer and funding guru. She kept us on track, pulling funding and stretching our budget to limits unimaginable. Without her and her creative touch, we would not have been able to pull off such a professional and high-class conference.

Sam Senecal, who did our publicity and was the printing mistress. Her calm rationality helped us to be on time, ensuring that we all took the occasional deep breath and to take each day as it comes.

Esti Mayer, who designed our wonderfully whimsical posters, the so-called inkblots, gave us an injection of colour and inspired creativity.

Cimminnee Holt, our web-mistress, who patiently dealt with my occasional impatience and maintained our web presence. She also worked, along with Shaun, tirelessly in the background, picking up the the fallen details that I may have forgotten and was a source of support.

Finally, this conference could not have happened without the help and time of our volunteers. It is they who enabled the smooth running and making sure that everyone felt welcomed, by provided an atmosphere in which we all could feel comfortable to share our ideas.

We’d like to invite you to join us for the reception held at the department of Religion, where we had lunch, for some further socialization.

We hope to see you again next year.

Thank you.

Ildikó Glaser-Hille

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