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On The Brink of Something, Anything, Everything?

Acadia University’s Biennial Social & Political Thought Conference 2021

May 5th & 6th, 2021

On The Brink will take place virtually May 5th & 6th on Microsoft Teams

On the Brink is a student run and organized conference seeking to share and discuss topics relating to Social and Political Thought and the various tipping points that can be found within this field. This conference will be a place to share, present, and express the enthusiasm you have for your work in an open dialogue with other students ready to engage with what you are bringing to the discussion.


Wednesday May 5, 6 pm (Atlantic time)

Screening and Discussion
with filmmaker Ariel Nasr

Driven to create amidst war and chaos, Afghan filmmakers gave birth to an extraordinary national cinema. Driven to destroy, Taliban extremists set out to torch that legacy. Marvelling in the beauty and fragile power of movies, Oscar-nominated Afghan-Canadian producer/director Ariel Nasr crafts a thrilling and utterly original story of modern Afghanistan.

Watch the trailer for The Forbidden Reel


Thursday May 6, 5 pm (Atlantic time)

Keynote Speaker

Devin Zane Shaw, Author of Philosophy of Antifascism: Punching Nazis and Fighting White Supremacy.


We acknowledge that Acadia University sits on the traditional unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq Nation. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) people first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.

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