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AIDS Activist Cinema & The Queer Canadian Underground

Nat Taylor Cinema (102 Ross Building), York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto ON M3J 1P3


12:45 - 2:30 PM

FREE + open to the public!

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Archive/Counter-Archive, the Department of Cinema & Media Arts, and Nat Taylor Tuesdays at York University are delighted to welcome A/CA scholars Ryan Conrad and Thomas Waugh to present on their A/CA project research.

RYAN CONRAD - Toronto Living with AIDS/PSAs
AIDS activists changed the world. They organized, strategized, and put their bodies on the line to change their medical, social, and political circumstances. Importantly, AIDS activists in North America did all this with early consumer-grade video technologies in hand. From the committed documentary to the experimental short, AIDS activists engaged in change-making at the level of culture through moving images more than any previous social movement had. Conrad's talk will engage with the Canadian corpus of AIDS activist film and video and discuss the conditions under which these works were conceptualized, produced, exhibited, and received by imagined publics.

THOMAS WAUGH Underground Canadian Queer Cinema
This presentation will focus on the Montreal "counter-archive." We shall glimpse two shorts from c. 1970 and 1988 respectively that call into question all four of the words that constitute the title, as well as "counter-archive" and "Montreal."


  • Accessibility entrances to Ross: Student Centre South + Vari Hall South entrances.
  • Accessible and gender-neutral washroom on Vari Hall 1st floor.
  • Accessible and gender-segregated washrooms in Ross South.

TRANSIT DIRECTIONS TO YORK UNIVERSITY: http://maps.info.yorku.ca/transit-driving-directions/

YORK UNIVERSITY MAP: https://maps.info.yorku.ca/files/2013/02/KEELE_Map_Colour.pdf