Post/Colonial Ports : Place and Nonplace in the Ecotone

October 24, 2019 - 9:00am to October 26, 2019 - 5:00pm [AST -04:00]
Event Location:
Concordia University
1455 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O
Montreal, QC QC H3G 1M8

After conferences in Montpellier, Poitiers and La Réunion (France, 2015, 2016 and 2018), as well as Kolkata (India, 2018) and Purchase (NY, USA, 2019), this is the 6th opus of this conference cycle in Montreal, Concordia University. An “ecotone” initially designates a transitional area between two ecosystems, for example between land and sea. 

The “Ecotones” program (2015-2020) is a cycle of conferences which aims to borrow this term traditionally used in geography and ecology and to broaden the concept by applying it to other disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities. An “ecotone” can thus also be understood as a cultural space of encounters, conflicts, and renewal between several communities. This interdisciplinary conference will more specifically focus on colonial and postcolonial port cities as ecotonic dialectics between places and non-places.

Ports of call offer the hope of safe harbours for migrants, a refuge in a storm, or alternatively a vulnerable site for colonial concessions or gateways that must be regulated or controlled. Ports are also passages of communications.Port cities occupy that liminal space between land and water, an in-between ecotonic zone of transition.

The Conference presentations hope to engage multiple formations of ecotone spaces within port cities, past and present. 

All are invited to attend. 

For further information kindly contact Nalini Mohabir (Geography, Concordia University) nalini.mohabir [at]