The Counter-Memory Activism research cluster (CMA) invites artists, activists, scholars, and museologists to participate in Creative Counter-Memorializations: A Symposium/Gathering. The event will take place in Kjipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia), blending virtual and in-person presentations. We are seeking both artistic and regular and alternative scholarly responses to difficult and contested histories. The symposium is open to all forms of stories and modes of expression that challenge dominant national narratives and traditional institutional conventions, especially those that engage with legacies of settler-colonialism. Submissions may explore, but are not limited to, the following:

Memory activism and difficult heritage
Critical commemoration and counter-monumentality
Critical curation, horizontal museology, and pedagogies of witnessing
Alternative cartographies
Research-creation and counter-memory
All events will be free and open to the public. Those living and working in Mi’kma’mi and Turtle Island are especially encouraged to submit. Please visit our website for more details.

There is no cost to apply. All artists presenting work will be compensated according to the 2022 CARFAC rates. Students, independent researchers, and those who are precariously employed are also invited to indicate if they would like to be considered for a maximum travel bursary of $500.00 CAD (subject to change). Successful applicants will be notified no later than March 1st, 2022.