Dear OCAD U colleagues-

I’m writing to share some information about the Uncertain Futures conference, which will take place at OCAD University from October 27th to October 29th. The conference program is attached to this email, and is available online here. All panels, presentations, screenings, and plenary speakers are open to the public, so please feel free to check out some of the conference if it interests you.


A few quick highlights:


– Our two keynote speakers, Ramzi Fawaz and Elizabeth Freeman, are internationally-renowned scholars who have prepared fantastic talks. You can read more about both of their presentations here.


– On Friday, October 27th from 12:45PM – 1:15PM in Room 190 we will be screening a sci-fi short called Lunar Schism, directed by JL Whitecrow, an emerging Ojibway multi-disciplinary artist from Seine River First Nation, Treaty #3 who lives in Toronto. The screening (8 minutes) will be followed by a brief interview/discussion with JL Whitecrow.


– On Saturday, October 28th, we will have a full day of symposium presentations, which are intended to break from the traditional “conference paper” template and allow artist/designers/creator/makers to share their work in new and creative ways. Included as part of this slate is another film screening, Trading the Future, directed by b.h. Yael (OCAD). The screening (55 minutes) will be followed by a Q&A with b.h. Yael.


– We have panels on a variety of topics, including: science fiction; Indigenous futures; gender and sexuality; precarious and affective labour; the Anthropocene; popular culture; music; and much, much more. Please read the program to learn all about it!


I hope to see some of you there! If you have any questions, I am happy to answer them. All the best-


-Ross Bullen.


Ross Daniel Bullen