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3…2…1… Intersections 2014 Takes Off!!!

Martin French introduces Elizabeth


Liz introduces Alexandrine…

And we’re off!


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Call for Webmaster/ Layout Director- SAGSA Journal

Do you enjoy graphic design and want to gain some great experience for your CV? SAGSA’s Interdisciplinary Academic Journal is looking for a student volunteer to assist with the design and layout of our journal publication, both the print and online edition. The majority of the time requirement will be during the last two weeks of April as we prepare the journal for publication.

If you have experience with graphic design and are comfortable working with graphic design software programs we would love to have you join our team!

If you are interested in working with us on this project, or want to know more about this opportunity, send us an email at:


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.

Intersections 2014 Poster

To download and disseminate: Conference Poster – Final

Conference Poster - Final

Presentation Preparation Guidelines


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For some of our presenters conferences are old hat. For others, though, it may be their first go. And there are bound to be varying degrees of confidence and experience in between. The SAGSA Conference has traditionally been a safe conference environment for grad students to start to establish their conference sea legs (if that’s not too odd a metaphor).

Having said that, we want our panelists to make high-quality presentations of their work. By high-quality, we mean presentations that adequately express and clarify some aspects of the work, rather than obscure them.

To that end, here are a couple of guidelines (or if that’s too constraining, suggestions) for your presentation.

  • Arrive early: At least 15 minutes before your presentation. If you need to get tech stuff set up, allow at least another ten minutes.
  • Respect the time limit: That’s fifteen minutes maximum for panels of four presenters and twenty minutes max for panels of three.  It’s not a bad thing to run a bit under the time limit, as it leaves more time for discussion. Your panel moderator will watch the time and will give you the proverbial two-minute warning. Out of courtesy to your fellow panelists, and in the interest of making a  well-paced and complete presentation, please respect the time limits.
  • Practice your presentation before the conference:  Alone is fine, but preferably with a colleague. Either way you can be sure you are working within the time limit, but if you practice with a colleague you may also benefit from some advance feed-back.
  • Send your paper to your panel moderator: This will allow the moderator to pre-read and prepare questions and / or comments on your paper, which should in turn help facilitate discussion during the question period. You will be contacted shortly by your moderator via email.
  • Try not to read the whole time: Keep in mind that while you are familiar with your project, most of the other panelists and audience will not be. It’s generally easier to grasp a few, well illustrated ideas that are presented conversationally than to survive having a several-thousand-word academic prose bomb dropped on you. From point-blank range.
  • But if you are going to read your paper, you should have a maximum of 2,000 words for a fifteen-minute and 2,500 words for a twenty-minute presentation. At risk of repetition, these are max word counts calculated using an average reading speed of 125 words per minute. Erring on the shorter side is always better.
  • Go multi-modal: There will be computers, projectors, screens and sound systems in the presentation rooms. Prepare a power point (not a Death-By-Power-Point, though, please) to aid in the organization of your presentation or visually demonstrate some aspects of your work. Bring sound recordings, or other artefacts of your research. Remember, engagement is key. If no one leaves the room having a clue about what you meant to say, you’ve done no one any favours. least of all yourself. Check out presentation tech details here.
  • The main idea is to take part in a conversation, so do your best to make an engaging and comprehensible contribution!

Presentation Tech Details

There will be Windows-based computers, projectors, screens and sound systems for panelist use in the conference rooms. If you are planing to use a power point during your presentation, we encourage you to export your presentation to a PDF (this feature is available in MS Power Point, Libre Office Impress, etc.) and send it to us at by Wednesday, March 12. We will keep these files on hand in case there are unforeseen problems with the file you bring to your presentation.

Supported Visual Presentation Formats

  • Power Point (.pptx / .ppt)
  • Word (.docx / .doc)
  • PDF (.pdf)
  • Prezi (


Supported Audio Formats

  • MP3


Supported Video Formats

  • TBD