Prof. Cynthia Hammond

Associate Professor
Concordia University, Department of Art History, Canada
Participates in 4 items
Dr Cynthia Hammond graduated from Concordia University's Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in 2002. Her PhD thesis won the Governor-General's Gold Medal for a doctoral dissertation. From 2003-05, Cynthia held the first SSHRC-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the School of Architecture, McGill University. She is presently Chair of the Department of Art History.

Cynthia teaches courses on interdisciplinary practice and method, architectural history, and seminars on spatial, feminist, and posthumanist theory. Her research has been dedicated to thinking critically and creatively about the role of women, animals, and biological life in designed landscapes and the built environment. Her published research has also explored the public history and the notion of collective heritage in relation to architecture and cultural landscapes in Canada and Europe.

In addition to her peer-reviewed publications and presentations, Cynthia has an ongoing practice as an artist, which is documented at http://cynthiahammond.org. Her most recent group art exhibitions were held at FOFA Gallery and Studio XX in 2014. Cynthia also works with various creative collectives (pouf! art architecture, Urban Occupations Urbaines, Points de vue, LEAP) on workshops and art projects that directly connect current-day residents with Montreal's urban history and often controversial development and change.

Between 2014-16 Cynthia received three "Curriculum Innovation" awards for cross-disciplinary teaching initiatives at Concordia University in the postindustrial neighbourhood of Pointe-Saint-Charles. Working with colleagues in Oral History (Dr Steven High), Theatre (Dr Edward Little) and Art Education (Dr Kathleen Vaughan) Cynthia is developing place-based, community engaged learning that combines the study of urban morphology, life stories, and creative, site-specific interventions. In 2015 Cynthia was honoured with an Outstanding Contribution to Student Life award, in part because of her work in Pointe-Saint-Charles.

Starting in summer 2015 Cynthia will be collaborating with colleagues in Art Education and Studio Arts on the Montreal leg of an international, interdisciplinary pedagogical and research project titled "Lost Waters". Cynthia is also developing a series of creative, research, and community partnerships along the Montreal-Sudbury and Detroit-Montreal postindustrial corridors. The project, "Rust Belt" explores the role of art in creating communities of political engagement and moments of enchantment in deindustrializing urban landscapes.

Sessions in which Prof. Cynthia Hammond participates

Friday June 3, 2016

7:30 PM
7:30 PM

Monday June 6, 2016

9:00 AM
9:00 AM
  • In-community session: Walking Post-Industrial Areas
  • Signup required
  • Salon Laurette - Salon Laurette
  •  1 hour 30 minutes
  • Roundtable
    Heritage Changes PlaceCo-Construction and Community Based HeritageIndustrial HeritageOral HistoryUrban HeritagePublic eventHeritage changes placeCo-construction of heritageCommunity-based heritageHeritage makers
11:00 AM
11:00 AM

Tuesday June 7, 2016