Jill Didur is Professor in the Department of English, Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs in the Faculty of Arts & Science at Concordia University, Montreal, and the PI of Greening Narrative, a SSHRC funded research project (2014-2021) that focuses on locative media, globalization, and environmental storytelling.
Representing the Anthropocene is a reading group that will interrogate the challenges that emerge in representing the Anthropocene. Over our first series of meetings, we’ll engage with critical work by scholars to better define the role of the humanities in the age of the Anthropocene. The group meets every three weeks to discuss work that emerges at the intersection of humanities criticism and the Anthropocene.
The “Ecotones” program (2015-2020) is a cycle of conferences which aims to borrow this term traditionally used in geography and ecology and to broaden the concept by applying it to other disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities. An “ecotone” can thus also be understood as a cultural space of encounters, conflicts, and renewal between several communities. This interdisciplinary conference will more specifically focus on colonial and postcolonial port cities as ecotonic dialectics between places and non-places.
Global Urban Wilds is situated in the Champ des Possibles, an urban wild located in the Mile End neighbourhood of Montréal. Drawing from the diverse history of the space–from its ownership by the Canadian Pacific Railway, to its surrounding communities and cultures that include the Carmelite Nuns and a textile district, Global Urban Wilds begins to critically juxtapose the futuristic urban with the conserved natural, using digital tools and narrative methods through which such stories may be told.