AlterKnowledge Discussion Series
The AlterKnowledge discussion series brings together faculty and/or students affiliated with the Cultural Studies Program at UBC’s Okanagan campus and members of the Kelowna community to foster discussions about topics related to Culture, Power, and Identity.
The 2013-14 season saw more than 300 people participating in the 9 discussions. We would like to recognize the partnership of the Alternator Centre, who provided such a wonderful space for the series. Special thanks to undergraduate student, Alana Wittman for all her hard work throughout the year promoting the series. AlterKnowledge will return in September with another series of discussions focused on issues of decolonization.
2013-14 Schedule of events:
Truth and Reconciliation: At the BC National Event and in the Okanagan
Friday, September 6th – 7-8:30 pm | Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, 421 Cawston Ave
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) is holding its BC National Event in Vancouver, September 18-21, 2013. These national events are meant to engage the public and educate Canadians about the history and experiences of the residential schools system, while also honoring survivors, their families, and their communities.
As part of our local engagement with the project of reconciliation, this session will offer an overview of the residential schools system and the establishment of the TRC, and will discuss what to expect at the BC National Event. Then, former Assistant Director of Research for the TRC, Greg Younging, is joined by Allison Hargreaves to facilitate a discussion about reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the Okanagan, in BC, and in Canada.
Symposium on Misrepresentations of Indigenous peoples
Saturday, October 26th – 11-4 pm | Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, 421 Cawston Ave
Negative images of Indigenous Peoples serve to justify the subjugation of Indigenous institutions and territories. These misrepresentations take many forms and range from “savages, pagans and infidels” in the early colonial period, to “inferiors in need of state subjugation and protection” in the mid-colonial period, to “corrupt beneficiaries of state funding” in the later colonial period. Facilitated by Gregory Younging and Kelly Mitton from UBCO, this symposium will include the following presentations: “Misrepresentations of Indigenous Women” by Lisa Monchalin (Kwantlan University), “Misrepresentations of Indigenous Peoples through Literature” by Allison Hargreaves (UBCO) and “Misrepresentations of Indigenous Peoples through Contemporary Film and Television” by Jena McLaren (University of Massachusetts). The symposium will also include screenings of the films Reel Injun and Guarding the Family Silver. Open discussions will take place throughout the day.
Images from the Oct. 26th Alterknowledge Symposium
Reconciliation and Urban Aboriginal Health
Friday, November 22nd – 7-8:30 pm | Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, 421 Cawston Ave
This discussion will explore the concept and practice of reconciliation in relation to urban Aboriginal health in the Okanagan and beyond. Aboriginal peoples face barriers to health that are structured by colonial relations. What are the related challenges and possibilities of promoting physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health in the urban environment? Guided by the insights of Sheila Lewis (Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society) and Carlene Dingwall (Pacific AIDS Network; UBCO PhD student), this discussion will rethink questions of health as vitally informing reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.
Do they know it’s Christmas? The Question of Global Poverty
Friday, December 13th – 7–8:30pm | Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, 421 Cawston Ave
This discussion will respond to screenings of the 1985 Band Aid fundraising song, “Do They Know it’s Christmas”, the 2012 spoof fundraising song, “Africa for Norway”, as well as documentary shorts from the Why Poverty? series (http://www.whypoverty.net/). David Jefferess will facilitate a discussion exploring the way global poverty and inequality are represented, the politics of development aid and the charity model (especially at this time of year), and how we might seek different answers to the problems of suffering, oppression, and injustice.
What does it mean to be a global citizen?
Friday, January 10th – 7-8:30 pm | Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, 421 Cawston Ave
Undergraduate students from UBC’s Okanagan campus will present the primary findings of a collaborative research project analyzing the events associated with Global Citizen Kelowna’s “Global Citizen Week.” How is the Global South represented in these events? Who can be a global citizen? Discussion of the research report, as well as the larger issue of global citizenship, will be facilitated by David Jefferess.
Reconciliation as Gender Justice
Friday, February 14th – 7-8:30 pm | Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art
This discussion will explore the place of gender justice in projects of reconciliation, focusing in particular on the issue of violence against Indigenous women.
Following the Annual March for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Kelowna, we will gather to commemorate women targeted by gendered colonial violence, to acknowledge the longstanding anti-violence activism of Indigenous women and their allies, and to discuss the place of gender justice in the broader project of reconciliation. Facilitated by Allison Hargreaves, this discussion-event is held in solidarity with commemorative walks and calls to action held annually in communities across Canada on February 14th.
Schooling the World: The White Man’s Last Burden
Friday, March 14th – 7-8:30 pm | Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, 421 Cawston Ave
Following a screening of Schooling the World: The White Man’s Last Burden, a 65- minute documentary directed by Carol Black, David Jefferess will facilitate a discussion on the role of formal education as a means of alleviating poverty in the Global South. Featuring interviews with Dolma Tsering, Vandana Shiva, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Manish Jain, and Wade Davis, Schooling the World takes a critical look at the ideal of progress that informs formal education and argues that formal education can produce harm as well as opportunity.
Reconciliation as Revitalization in Language, Literature, and Art
Friday, April 11th – 7-8:30pm | Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art
This discussion will explore the role of language, literature, and art in projects of reconciliation. Creative works can tell untold histories, imaginatively redress past wrongs, and even express new and more just relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. How might the revitalization of Indigenous languages and intellectual traditions—through story and art—contribute to this process of truth-telling, and of envisioning the future anew? Facilitated by Allison Hargreaves, this discussion will ask what revitalization contributes to the practice of reconciliation.
Imagining Kelowna’s History (and Present)
Friday, May 9th – 7-8:30pm | Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, 421 Cawston Ave
Undergraduate students from UBC’s Okanagan campus will present the primary findings of a collaborative research project analyzing the public representations and commemorations of Kelowna’s history. How is colonialism represented in Kelowna’s heritage displays? How is commemoration a form of forgetting? Discussion of the research report will be facilitated by David Jefferess.
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