• A Festival of Ideas
  • May 2 - 5, 2024
  • Guelph

2023 Presenters

Aedan Corey is a Two-Spirit artist and writer from Iqaluktuuttiaq (Cambridge Bay), NU, who is currently based in Ottawa, ON. They engage in a variety of different artistic practises, with the predominant one being stick and poke tattooing (hand poke…

Aislinn Thomas (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes video, performance, sculpture, installation, and text. Many of her recent projects respond to disability. She is grateful to work alongside and in the legacy of so many who treat access and…

Annie Hazelwood is an arts producer and writer based in Glasgow, Scotland. She works as the Programme Coordinator at Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow (CCA) where she coordinates a civic-led programme of performance, music, theatre, cinema and workshops as well…

Catherine Clune-Taylor (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University. Her work critically examines medical efforts which aim at securing a “cisgendered future” for minors, including the medical treatment of intersex conditions…

Darío Marroche is an architect and graphic designer from Uruguay. He runs Publication Studio Montevideo, sharing studio and publishing practices with “microutopias,” an autonomous and non-profit project oriented toward art books, zine production, and risograph pressings that are rooted in micropolitical…

Derrais (sounds like Paris) Carter is an artist, writer, and Assistant Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. Carter is also the creator of Black Revelry: In Honor of The Sugar Shack (If I Can’t Dance,…

Erin Honeycutt is a writer, printer, and bookseller based in Berlin. She studied Art History (MA, University of Iceland) and Religion (MA, University of Amsterdam). She writes poetry, exhibition reviews, and novelizations of films. As Cutt Press, she makes books…

Katie Ewald is a dancer based in Guelph, Ontario. She has collaborated with celebrated artists like Ame Henderson/Public Recordings, Martin Bélanger/LAPS, k.g. Guttman, Lin Snelling, Chanti Wadge, Daniel Léveillé Danse, Forced Entertainment, Shary Boyle, Jenn E. Norton, and Katie Ward.…

Laura Daviña is a Brazilian graphic designer who works with publishing and public activities. She coordinates Publication Studio São Paulo, making books, and organizing workshops and community-based activities. She was co-manager of the autonomous artspace Aurora and Edições Aurora editorial…

Liz Howard’s debut poetry collection Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent won the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize, was shortlisted for the 2015 Governor General’s Award for poetry, and was named a Globe and Mail top 100 book. A National Magazine…

Michael Spencer Phillips is a NYC-based interdisciplinary artist/choreographer. Phillips’ work has been presented/commissioned by Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, UC Berkeley, Ariel Rivka Dance, Notre Dame, University of Michigan, Interlochen, and Lehigh University. Phillips holds a BFA in…

Mikiki is a performance and video artist and queer community health activist of Acadian/Mi’kmaq and Irish descent from Ktaqmkuk/Newfoundland. Their identity as a queer artist and activist has necessitated a porous boundary between what is labelled art-making or activism and…

Patrick Kiley has operated Publication Studio Hudson—first in Hudson and now in Troy, New York—since 2014. These days, he is earning a masters degree in library science while also learning (slowly) how to better use his beloved Risograph printer.

Peter Schuler is an Elder of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation of the Anishnaabek Peoples.

Ricky Varghese is a senior research associate with the Faculty of Community Services at the Toronto Metropolitan University and held the inaugural Tanis Doe Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gender, Disability, and Social Justice there during the 2020-22 period. He is also a psychoanalyst…

Beloved Canadian musician and activist Sarah Harmer has been producing captivating music for decades, with six full length albums under her own name and countless other appearances as a guest artist. In 2020 she released Are You Gone, a deeply…

Simon(e) van Saarloos is the author of Playing Monogamy, Take ‘Em Down: Scattered Monuments and Queer Forgetting and Against Ageism: A Queer Manifesto. They also work as a freelance curator of public programming and artistic collaborations. Recent projects include Cruising…

Taqralik Partridge is a textile artist, writer, and spoken word poet originally from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik. She is currently based in Guovdageaidnu, Sápmi, Norway.

Dr. Will Valley is an associate professor of teaching and Associate Dean, Equity, Decolonization, and Inclusion in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, B.C. His research focuses on sustainable food systems…