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Students in our Cultural Studies courses actively engage research projects that range from cultural activism, community research, cultural heritage and digital production.
Below are some highlights of our student projects over the years.
In CULT 437, Postcolonial Studies, with the special topic of Humanitarian Life Narratives, Carrie Terbasket produced a palimpsest depicting text and imagery of humanitarianism, along with a critical reflection on the artwork.
Carrie says that creating a palimpsest for her chosen project, the visual representation of humanitarian life narrative, was an exploration of feelings of loss that she had experienced throughout the class.
In CULT 437 Postcolonial Studies with professor David Jefferess, Melissa Plisic created this zine, Who Are You and Why Are You Here? and a critical reflection on the project.
This project was created as a resource for current adolescents who are considering doing humanitarian work.
In CULT 300/ENGL 378 Documentary and Docudrama in Spring 2021, graduating Cultural Studies major Melissa Plisic created this zine Black Luminosity in the Age of Social Media and an Artist Statement relating the zine to critical readings in the course.
About the project, Melissa says this zine was inspired by an interaction they had on Facebook last spring in the days following the murder of George Floyd.
In CULT 305/ENGL 377 Reading Canadian Screens, 4th year Creative Writing student William Jones created this poem, painting, song, and Artist Statement to discuss his negotiation of Indigeneity and Canadian nationalism referencing Jeff Barnaby’s Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013), post colonial theory, and Celtic myth.
This report examines the positive impacts of Parkelts for the future of Kelowna. A parklet is defined as a parking space or similar area reclaimed for public recreational or beautification purposes. A parklet is an extension of the sidewalk over an on-street parking space that serves as a small public park. This report was prepared by Tessa Baatz, Chiara Mason & Emma Mcleod for CULT 499: Community Engaged Research in Cultural Studies.
This report examines perceptions of fair trade labeling and the availability of fair trade certified products in Kelowna. It is the culmination of a whole class team based project in a third year Cultural Studies and English course that focused on theories of cultural globalization, including debates about whether globalization constitutes the creation of a homogenous global culture and discussions of projects that work towards a more just “alter-globalization.”
This study produced by 4th year Cultural Study students analyzes the Global Citizen Kelowna initiative in the context of global citizenship education and debates regarding the best ways to alleviate poverty.
The Global Citizen Kelowna initiative equates global citizenship with humanitarianism and international development; a global citizen is one who provides development aid to people in the Global South.
These projects were developed in a 3rd year Cultural Studies and English course that examined the history of colonialism as a cultural project. Students were asked to analyze the degree to which heritage commemorations in Kelowna, or their home communities, reflect the ‘settlement myth.’
This collection of critical engagements with the idea(l) of global citizenship developed out of an assignment for a seminar course focusing on cultural representations of cosmopolitan ethics (ENGL 525A/ENGL 473A/CULT 437A), offered at UBC’s Okanagan campus in the winter of 2012.