The Fireplace Series

The Fireplace Series: An Interdisciplinary Conversation

Set around a fireplace in Queen’s Stauffer Library, this series aims to spark interdisciplinary thought and ideas about all sorts of places that matter. Two speakers from different disciplinary backgrounds meet for an impromptu conversation, seeking both common and uncommon ground. After the conversation, the audience is invited to join in with questions. Sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Science and Queen's University Library, these gatherings are also recorded and shared as podcasts in partnership with CFRC radio. You can listen here

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Upcoming Events

How Matter Matters

March 13, 2020 10:00am-12:00pm, tea served at 9:45am.

This chat brings together two scholars who spend much of their lives thinking about matter - what it is and what it does. Bronwyn Parry, Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Kings College London (and herself a strange amalgam of anthropologist, sociologist and human geographer) here engages in conversation with Associate Dean Nick Mosey of Queen's University to discuss how matter comes to matter in chemistry, forensics and widers social and public life. In thinking through these questions they consider how we understand presence and absence, wear and tear, and the politics of track and trace. These scholars invite you to join them in unpacking the interplay between mechanical forces, chemical reactions and affective materialities. 

Past Events & Podcasts

Looking Online

February 14, 2020 10:00am-11:30am
Laila Haidarali, Departments of Gender Studies and History, Queen's University
Martin Hand, Department of Sociology, Queen's University

Settler Accountabilty and Responsibility

November 1, 2019 10:00am-11:30am
Selena Couture, Assistant Professor, Drama, University of Alberta
Dorit Naaaman, Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Film and Media, Queen's University

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Animals, Ethics and Everyday Politics

October 11, 2019 10:00am-11:30am
Will Kymlicka, Professor, Department of Political Studies, Queen's University
Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy
Samantha King, Head, Department of Gender Studies and Professor School of Kiniesiology and Health Studies, Queen's University

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Ecological Grief

March 28, 2019 9:30am-11:00am
JULIE SALVERSON, Associate Professor, Queen's University, Department of Drama
[Stories, Drama, Resiliency, Foolish Witness]
ROBERT WAY, Assistant Professor, Queen's University, Department of Geography and Planning
[Climate Monitoring, Remote Sensing, Northern Environments]

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Kindness and Interconnectivity

February 14, 10:00am-11:30am
PAUL GROGAN, Professor, Queen's University, Department of Biology 
[Ecology, Terrestrial Ecosystems,Sustainability]
JACQUELINE M. DAVIES, Associate Professor, Queen's University, Department of Philosophy
[Philosophies of gender, sex and love, Social Justice, Levinas, Jewish textual reasoning]

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Sounding Routes and Places
November 16, 2018 10:00am-12:00pm
LAURA MURRAY, Professor, Department of English and Cultural Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Program
[History of colonialism, oral history, critical heritage, pedagogy]
ANDRA MCCARTNEY, Professor Emerita, Concordia University, Centre for Sensory Studies
[Acoustics, soundwalks, culture, communication]

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Spaces and Places of Interdisciplinarity
November 2, 2018, 10:00am-12:00pm
BARBARA CROW, Professor in Sociology and Dean of Arts and Science
Feminism, Aging, Technology
DYLAN ROBINSON, Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts
Indigenous Public Art, Indigenous Perspectives on Listening and Sensory Perception, Sound Studies

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A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN: Liberation and Confinement in the Single Room
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
A conversation between:
Dr. Lisa Guenther and Dr. Leslie Topp

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Psychoanalysis in the Classroom: History, Pedagogy, and Research
Friday, February 2, 2018
A conversation between:

Visiting Professor Deborah Britzman and Queen’s Professor Laura Cameron