To be split in two: a panel discussion on migration, media and art galleries

November 23, 2022

6:00 pm

Duality and untranslatability are woven through THREE SONGS in Laura Taler’s performances and meditative cinematography.

The plaster Janus-head sculpture that Laura Taler crafts in Song #3 references the Roman god Janus. Perpetually looking backward and forward, the Janus-head expresses a feeling of doubling—or being split in two—that Taler describes as intrinsic to her experience as an immigrant.

Please join us for a virtual panel discussion in response to THREE SONGS. Moderator Malini Guha will moderate a thoughtful and creative conversation between an interdisciplinary gathering of academics: Natasha Bakht, Orly Lael Netzer and Masha Salazkina.  

We’ll convene on Zoom; please register here.

This event is part of the Stonecroft Symposium: THREE SONGS. Find more events here 


Natasha Bakht is a Professor of law at the University of Ottawa and the Shirley Greenberg Chair for Women and the Legal Profession. Bakht is also an Indian contemporary dancer and choreographer who trained in bharata natyam under Governor General Performing Arts Medalist Menaka Thakkar for 20 years. She is currently artist-in-residence at Ottawa Dance Directive. 

Malini Guha is an Associate Professor of Film Studies at Carleton University. Her research interests are expansive, extending from a longstanding commitment to thinking and writing about film and the city as well diasporic and postcolonial cinemas. Her essays have been published in Feminist Media Histories, the Canadian Journal of Film Studies, NECSUS, Screening the Past and the Journal of British Cinema and Television. 

Orly Lael Netzer is in Instructor in Carleton University’s School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. She studies cultural forms of testimony in contemporary Canada (from memoirs, to autobiographical poetry, and installation or performance art), asking how relations within the nation-state are shaped by practices of reading as acts of witnessing. She recently co-edited Trans Narratives: trans, transmedia, transnational with Anna Horvat, Sarah McRae and Julie Rak (Routledge, 2021). 

Masha Salazkina is a Professor in the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University. Her work incorporates transnational approaches to film theory and cultural history, and her current research projects center on the shared cinematic cultures of global socialism in the 20th century and the reception of popular media from the Global South in the socialist bloc in the 1970s-1980s. 

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