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Join Freyja Hartzell as she explores dolls and human likeness with special guest Emilie St-Hilaire (Concordia University).



Tuesday Lunch
In this talk, interdisciplinary artist Emilie St-Hilaire will discuss her PhD experience. Hear about how one creepy YouTube video led to a years-long investigation into the subcultural phenomenon of adult doll collecting. With topics ranging from switching dissertation topics, to incorporating artistic practice into program requirements, to public scholarship and media interviews, it turns out that unexpected events can sometimes be the most fruitful. Dolls are welcome.
November 8, 12:15–1:15 pm
38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall
This event is open to BGC students, faculty, fellows, and staff. Lunch will be served starting at noon. Registration required.

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Therapeutic Play: Caring, Giving, and Being with Dolls
A lecture by Emilie St-Hilaire (Concordia University), followed by a conversation with Freyja Hartzell (BGC)
November 9, 6–7:30 pm
38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall

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In Residence

Emilie St-Hilaire is a multidisciplinary artist and doctoral candidate in the humanities at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Her interdisciplinary research examines the sub-cultural phenomenon of reborn dolls (hyper-realistic baby dolls) from a feminist perspective. She has authored and co-authored writing in Canadian Art Review and the Journal International de Bioéthique. St-Hilaire has exhibited her artwork at Canadian and international galleries and festivals. Her work has been supported by the FRQSC (Fonds de recherche du Québec—Société et culture), Concordia University, Hexagram Network, Francofonds, and the Canada Council for the Arts.