These are weird times…
I had to finish teaching my first university class online because of Covid-19. I've been confined for weeks trying to work on my PhD thesis. This morning, an humpback whale was spotted swimming underneath the Jacques Cartier bridge. There are people demonstrating and rioting in multiple cities in the US because George Floyd, a black man, died due to police brutality.
A lot of teenagers haven't be able to experience the traditional graduation ceremony this year due to the sanitary crisis. I remember when I graduated from high school. I did not get a ceremony either. I graduated from an adult education center, the place where you send high school dropouts or people who don't fit in, but for whom there's still a little bit of hope. There, it took me 2 months to get my high school diploma. In an effort to give me the rite-of-passage-experience that comes with this accomplishment, my parents bought me a plane ticket to travel to the south of the United States for that summer.
Did I mention I graduated from high school in April of 1992? Right at that time, four police officers from the LAPD were acquitted of police brutality on Rodney King, a black man. The brutal arrest was filmed at the time and widely broadcasted by the media. People were angry and there were big riots in Los Angeles. A few years later, I saw Rodney King on the reality TV show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. King was still alive, but he was struggling with addiction. A few years later, King was found dead in his swimming pool.
Right now, people in Montreal are having a demonstration in solidarity with the ones organized in the United States demanding justice for George Floyd and all victims of police racism. I wish I had my good camera ready, but it's still with all of my stuff from the fieldwork trip I did in Nunavik last November. Just the thought of opening my fieldwork suitcase gives me anxiety. These few pictures taken of the demonstration with my old iPhone will have to do...
Listening is not the same as hearing.
It's been a while...
A lot has happened since our last season.
Our team is now working with new contributors and we will be launching a new podcast season in September.
Stay tuned. We might release a surprise episode this summer.
the best, C. podcast team
This week, the Best C. podcast team let me (Anne-Marie) produce my own episode. Was this wise? We'll let you be the judge of that! In this episode, we are talking ontology(!) with the Thinking In Space/Time working group at the Concordia Ethnography Laband connecting this to an interview Johnny Bee did with PhD candidate and TAG member, Ida Marie Toft, about their work looking at interactive design and gaming. Featuring killer beats by PervClub
special thanks to Marie-Eve Drouin Gagné and Fintan Nevlan for their insightful discussion of some difficult topics!
additional production by Pauline Hoebanx and Kris Millett
New episode of Best Concordia out this morning.
Go give it a listen if you want to hear grad students talk openly about the difficulties of choosing a research topic.
Scripted, produced, edited and narrated by Pauline Hoebanx
Anne-Marie and Pauline from the podcast team are in San Jose for the Podcasting and Adapting Public Anthropology for the 21st Century (6-0125) roundtable at the Convention Center, on Sunday, November 18, 8:00 am.
Friends! Romans! Beautiful People! lend us your ears! it’s SEASON 3 Y’ALL!! and our first foray into long-form storytelling! this season is our “concept album” season, inspired by the Thinking In Space Time group at the Concordia Ethnography Lab. this episode, produced by Johnny Bee, is about combat sports and how race, gender, class, and injury can change your life. master’s student John Marlon Elie Deidouss is our fabulous guest and our musical guest is papa Elie Deidouss! we’re so excited to bring you this season and we hope that you love it as much as we do produced by Pauline Hoebanx, Kris Millett & Anne-Marie Turcotte.
The Best Concordia team is once again organizing it's SSHRC and FRQSC Peer Review Clinic.
You're invited to the EV building (room 10.625) to work with a group of grad students who received research grants in the past and who will work with you on your proposal. We will be here on Friday, September 28th from 13:00 to 20:00. Drop in, no registration or appointment needed. If you want to help review applications, you are welcome to join us !
Nous offrons également de l'aide pour les demandes de bourses en français!
Watch the stop-motion short that our team presented to the 2018 Biennial Meeting for the Society of Cultural Anthropology just a few weeks ago. We had a blast putting together this claymation and participating to the virtual conference!
Best Concordia Podcast is at the 2018 Concordia Sociology & Anthropology Graduate Association's conference Renouncing the Ivory tower: the Decolonization of Sociology and Anthropology today.