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Please note that, due to space limitations, our Thursday and Friday sessions are open to contributors only.

We welcome you to join us Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00p.m. for our artists talks, held at the McMaster Museum of Modern Art. This event is open to the public.


We also invite you to join us Saturday 21 March. These sessions are open to the public.


Saturday 21 March 

Located in L.R. Wilson Concert Hall at McMaster University. Contributors do not need to register.

All events are free and open to the public.

Sign up to reserve your spot for the day

9:15 to 9:30a.m. – Welcome: one person on stage to welcome attendees and do land acknowledgement.



9:30 to 11:00a.m. 

Poetry and Fiction Readings — open to the public

John Hill: Poetry Performance

Madeleine Lavin: Book Louse: A Speculative Fabulation

Joanna Lilley: Hearing Voices: Poems of Extinction

Mandy-Suzanne Wong: Awabi

Register here.


11:00 to 11:20a.m. – Break and set up


11:20a.m. to 12:40p.m. 

Law’s Animal — open to the public

A panel consisting of Lesli Bisgould, Maneesha Deckha, Jessica Eisen, and Angela Fernandez.

Who is law’s animal? How does law view non-human life, and its place in human polities? This

panel will bring together scholars and litigators in the growing field of “animal law” to explore

these questions.

Register here.


12:40 to 1:30p.m. – Lunch break



1:30 to 2:10p.m. 


Colleen Plumb and Mandy-Suzanne Wong — open to the public

Colleen Plumb, Thirty Times a Minute (video with sound)

Mandy-Suzanne Wong, "How Long is a Wish-Walk Minute?" (reading, 22 mins)

The wild shapeshifts into the metropolis. Home is dissonant, destabilizing. Everything is flowing, and we

cannot grasp it, everything’s weird and all mixed up. What’s a nonhuman, a human, and a god at the same time?

Easy: an elephant.

Register here.


2:20 to 3:00p.m. 

Robbie Judkins — open to the public

Robbie Judkins, Game, 2020 (30 mins)

Game is a new performance that repurposes sonic devices and methods used by hunters to allure, trap or confuse non-human animals. A selection of hunting whistles, horns, high frequency sine waves, ultrasound and rudimentary tools will be used and manipulated during this performance. Game is part of an ongoing project researching the sonic methods used to control, hurt or confuse non-human animals.

Register here.


3:00 to 3:20p.m. – Break



3:20 to 3:50 PM


dave phillips — open to the public

dave phillips, video action 2020 (25 minutes)

video action is an actionistic and physical performance accompanied by visuals, loops and samples of voice and objects are played live over prepared sonic structures and follow a narrative. the video talks of existential, philosophical and sentient matters, on personal, social and global levels. this set is an evocation of 'humanimal',

a sonic ritual, an audio-visual catharsis, a trigger of discourse, offering food for thought.

Register here.


3:50 to 4:00p.m. - Break


4:00 to 5:30p.m. 


Reverse Panel - Challenging Human/Non-Human Boundaries  — open to the public

Sponsored by the Socrates Project with Carol Adams, Ron Broglio, David Clark, and Tracy McDonald

Ron Broglio proposed the idea of a reverse panel where scholars ask the audience to engage with them directly

on the themes of the conference. Carol Adams, Ron Broglio, David Clark, and Tracy McDonald will gather questions and themes that arise over the three-days of the AADTS events and engage the audience in a discussion of these key ideas. In this way, the conference will invite the public to weigh in on the issues that have been raised and contribute to a broad discussion of matters of vital importance involving human and non-human animals in the age of the Anthropocene.

Register here.

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