Intersections 2014 Keynote

The Intersections 2014 keynote address will be presented by Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier of the University of Victoria. Dr. Boudreault-Fournier will make her address on Thursday, March 13 at 3:30pm in H-1145, Hall Building, SGW Campus, Concordia. The keynote is open to the public.

To download & disseminate: Keynote Poster

To Intersect, to Interact and to Interweave: Beyond the Fear of Experimenting in Anthropology

What if instead of looking at intersection as a noun, we would approach it as a verb? This would imply a series of actions such as: to intersect, to interact, to interconnect, to interweave, to intertwine and to interrelate. What does this ‘inter’ imply and how can we approach it as a dynamic and relational process? To intersect is understood here as a process which brings us ‘forward’ and which encourages us to experiment with different research methodologies. It further obliges us to think reflexively and critically about our own methodological approaches. How would the role of the anthropologist be transformed by an active deconstruction of some boundaries that are the hallmarks of our discipline? Based on past and on-going research projects that crisscross disciplinary boundaries, this presentation calls for a ‘forward’, dynamic, multidisciplinary and improvisational approach to anthropological research. It further indicates avenues of research that promise to intersect with new openings.

abf portraitDr. Boudreault-Fournier is a professor of anthropology at the University of Victoria and a Concordia University alumna. She specializes in visual anthropology, sound, relational aesthetics, digital technologies, cultural policy, and Cuban and Latin American studies, and her research explores an “ethnography of image and sound production” through experiments with audio-visual media.

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