Debate Series : The need to name complex realities – 2020

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The need to name complex realities and to understand the meanings

One year after the publication of our report on systemic racism, DAM continues to advocate for cultural equity in the arts. This type of advocacy requires all hands-on-deck, but what happens when people are confronted with a paralyzing fear of not using the “right” terms? How to not escape responsibilities and stay active by understanding the anti-racist vocabulary and the complex realities it describes?

With this in mind, DAM continues with its 3rd edition of the Three-Step Thought process. This series will focus on certain concepts, approaches and vocabularies that inform discussions related to ethnocultural diversity issues and seek to demonstrate their connection to the arts and culture sector. Join us for three captivating evenings (5à7 formula) at the Théâtre aux écuries to learn, discover, discuss and debate important topics in today’s society.

Each participatory and interactive evening begins with an icebreaker activity, followed by a public discussion, fueled by the reflections of a panel of artists and academics.


Wednesday February 26th, 2020 – 5:30 pm to 7:30 – Théâtre Aux Écuries

For the first evening of this series of debates, we offer you a reflection on intersectionality in the arts and culture.

A concept coined in 1989 by Kimberlé Crenshaw, intersectionality makes it possible to think about the interaction between different forms of domination (gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, etc.). The author points out that “if you’re standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you’re likely to get hit by both”.

How does the concept of intersectionality allow us to explore power dynamics in cultural representations as well as in the arts community? Can the intersectional approach provide us with new theoretical and practical tools for equity, accessibility and more accurate representations?

Illustration : Beatriz Carvalho

Soirée débat Alliés vs White Saviours


Wednesday April 1st, 2020 – 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm – Théâtre Aux Écuries

For the second evening of this series of debates, we offer you a reflection on allyship.

When it comes to oppressed communities, supporting the cause tends to take two routes: being an ally who cooperates, supports, and gives space to the oppressed or being a white saviour who tries to rescue or save them, placing themselves at the centre of the narrative. The line is thin between these two routes.

What constitutes an ally for cultural equity in the arts? How can this inform our own behaviours? What happens when the feeling of superiority gets in the way of good intentions?

Illustration : Arabelle Alidor


Wednesday June 17th, 2020 – 5:30 to 7:30 – Théâtre Aux Écuries

More information to come!

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