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February 2019

Philosophy of Horror movie night - "Hereditary"

In this special session of Philosophy in the Dark, we explore ‘occulted knowledge’ – that knowledge which is obscured, hidden and (at times) infernal. Drawing on the film Hereditary’s invocation of the demon Paimon, we will explore three tasks: [1] the philosophical understanding of demonology (with aid from Eugene Thacker), [2] an appraisal of the tomes (e.g. The Lesser Keys of Solomon) where one might know of demons and [3] an ‘occulted epistemology’ of past, present and future – knowledge of all secret things.

The Improvisation Reading Group & Speaker Series Presents: Improvisation Across Disciplines

Co-Founder of The Making-Box, Jay Reid will join Ajay Heble, Director of the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation and Founding Artistic Director of The Guelph Jazz Festival, in a dynamic conversation focusing on improvisation across disciplines. Whether in practice or theory, in music or theatre, in classrooms or performance, themes of agility, responsiveness, community, and compassion emerge whenever improvisational methods are central. Join us for this “out of the box” dialogue between two community leaders. Free and Open to the Public

Juried Art Show & Silent Auction

The benefit auction for the 51st Annual Juried Art show is open all this week at the Boarding House Gallery. There are over 90 works of art to bid on, including work from faculty, undergraduate and graduate students from the School of Fine Art and Music.  For the first time, we are offering advance bidding on all these gems: the gallery is open every day this week from 12-5 and bidding sheets are available on site. Then, on Sunday February 10th from 2-5, we’ll host an afternoon of art, music, a live auction, refreshments and, of course, a raffle!

Visiting Artists & Speakers Talk: Tristram Lansdowne

Tristram Lansdowne (b. 1983) is based in Toronto. He holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (2016) and a BFA from the Ontario College of Art & Design (2007). His practice, which includes watercolour, sculpture, installation and print, is focused on themes of progress and idealism in landscape and architecture. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across North America and the UK, and can be found in various public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada. He is represented by Galerie Nicolas Robert in Montréal.

The Improvisation Reading Group & Speaker Series Presents: Computer Vision Ambisonics

Come experience a surround-sound project! SOFAM student Nathan Mejia presents his work using Ambisonics software in the powerful and adaptable Max environment. This system interprets specific locations in 3D space in order to produce sound samples and place them within a surround sound environment. Many avenues of data interpretation are being explored in this project, which complements the intersection of music and image technology in the specific context of accessibility, fashion, and bodily movement. Free and Open to the Public

If... Brown Bag Lunch Series: Emoji Spells: Online Rituals for the Digital Age

The Interdisciplinary Feminisms (IF..) series presents Emoji Spells: Online Rituals for the Digital Age, a brown bag lunch event kicked off by Meg Wilson of SETS. Bring something to eat/drink and come chat with us! Register here: https://cal.lib.uoguelph.ca/event/3490445

Scottish Studies Foundation Digitisation Facility Launch

As part of the recent renovations undertaken in the McLaughlin Library, a digitisation facility has been established in Archival and Special Collections. This facility was generously funded by the Scottish Studies Foundation, which contributed $150,000 toward the cost of the facility's creation.

Visiting Artists & Speakers Talk: Rajni Perera

Rajni Perera was born in Sri Lanka in 1985 and lives and works in Toronto. She explores issues of hybridity, sacrilege, irreverence, the indexical sciences, ethnography, gender, sexuality, popular culture, deities, monsters and dream worlds. All of these themes marry in a newly objectified realm of mythical symbioses. They are flattened on the medium and made to act as a personal record of impossible discoveries. In her work she seeks to open and reveal the dynamism of these icons, both scripturally existent, self-invented and externally defined.

Meet the New Researcher! Featuring John Walsh

The Dean hosts our final Meet the New Researcher talk of the 2018-19 academic year. Tuesday's talk features SOLAL professor John Walsh. Please join us in the University Club for some light refreshments and an engaging introduction to John's research.

Art History Speaker Series Presents: Walter Bachinski: Allegories

Curated by Noor Alé and on exhibit at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, Ontario (December 1, 2018 – February 18, 2019), “Walter Bachinski: Allegories” showcases six intaglio prints by the artist, a former SOFAM professor and one of the founders of the Bachinski-Chu Print Study Collection at the University of Guelph. In this collection of prints are personal and historical allegories which reflect Bachinski’s enduring interests in the art historical canon and classical literature.
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Wikipedia Edit-a-thon - Black History Month

We all use Wikipedia. Either when clicking on the first result when questioning our favourite search engine, or as a starting place for seeking information on a new topic. But many of us aren’t aware of the biases behind this massive collectively-written encyclopedia. Did you know, for example, that less than 20% of the editors of Wikipedia are women?

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon - Black History Month

We all use Wikipedia. Either when clicking on the first result when questioning our favourite search engine, or as a starting place for seeking information on a new topic. But many of us aren’t aware of the biases behind this massive collectively-written encyclopedia. Did you know, for example, that less than 20% of the editors of Wikipedia are women?

DigiCafé Series (Virtual Seminar): BigDIVA: Nourishing and Sustaining a Scholarly Infrastructure Built from the Ground Up

As part of a series of seminars with the University of Ottawa and Université de Montréal, the Digicafé Series presents Laura Mandell of Texas A&M on "BigDIVA: Nourishing and Sustaining a Scholarly Infrastructure Built from the Ground Up."  This talk will be live-streamed from UdeM and will take place in THINC Lab, 2nd Floor, library.  Register here: https://cal.lib.uoguelph.ca/event/3490448

Philosophy of Horror movie night - "THE BACCHAE"

  Euripides’ play The Bacchae presents an intriguing set of problems for political philosophy to parse. The Bacchae poses several dualisms within the tale of the mysterious stranger Dionysus who drives the women of Thebes into a religious frenzy and upends the political stability of the polis. Reason is challenged by irrationality. Civil society is confronted by the animalistic and horrendous powers of nature. The supremacy of male power is challenged by the feminine and androgynous.