“Issue 2 is curated and written by Milieux Concordia members and explores the strategies and processes behind making, from workshopping to nation branding.”
Nation branding operates as a series of campaigns meant to promote a nation’s value to international audiences. Canada is no stranger to the practice. Right now, as the country celebrates its 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Liberal Government has taken advantage of the opportunity to “sell” Canada both at home and abroad.
From the centre of each photograph, her eyes seek yours. Her gaze is an invitation and a rebuke. "I dare you to look at me; how dare you look at me."
The 3D virtual reality platform, Second Life, has become an important site of public encounter. With new possibilities of self presentation and representation, come new opportunities for social and political uprisings, for activist protest, and biting commentaries on the offline world.
“What I like about making is the power it gives you,” Milieux member Geneviève Moisan tells me during our interview. For Moisan, “making” involves many things: quilting, weaving, embroidering, and photography. Her art weaves together the history of the loom with modern concerns, both conceptually and in practice.
GothShakira’s feminist and autobiographical memes put into conversation the lived experiences of women of colour in Internet culture. But in order to record these histories, we are going to need better archives.
There is a new research group filling the spaces of Milieux. The Ethnography Lab was conceived in the department of Sociology & Anthropology, and was inaugurated on February this year as a space for exploring and experimenting with various ethnographic methods.