Engaging Boredom

“Boredom is pregnant with desires, frustrated frenzies, unrealized possibilities. A magnificent life is waiting just around the corner, and far, far away.” Henri Lefebvre, Introduction to Modernity: Twelve Preludes (1995).

April 26, 2015
Wallace Hall, John Deutsch University Centre
Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

Academic Keynote Address by Dr. Michael E. Gardiner

Michael E. Gardiner is Professor of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is the author of numerous books, journal articles and book chapters on dialogical social theory, ethics, everyday life and utopianism. More recently he has turned his attention towards theories of affect, especially boredom, in relation to political economy. His latest book is Weak Messianism: Essays in Everyday Utopianism (Peter Lang, 2013).

Community Keynote Address by Nathan Townend

Nathan is the interim-President of the Kingston Greens and Green Party candidate for Kingston and The Islands in the 2015 federal election. He served as a policy advisor and core team member for Brenda Slomka’s mayoral campaign in 2014. He is also an elected executive member of Public Service Alliance of Canada Local 901 which represents teaching assistants, teaching fellows, and post-doctoral fellows at Queen’s University. Nathan holds a Master of Arts in Religion and Modernity from Queen’s University, where his thesis focused on religious responses to the ecological crisis, with specific attention to human relationships with non-human animals.


This conference is made possible through generous funding from Queen’s University Student Initiative Fund, Queen’s University Alma Mater Society Special Projects Fund, and also from the School of Religion, the department of Languages, Literatures, and Culltures, and the Cultural Studies and Philosophy departments at Queen’s University.