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Annual Cultural Studies Speakers

Each year the Cultural Studies Program organizes a series of events with nationally and internationally recognized scholars and cultural practitioners.

2015-16

Wanda NanibushWanda Nanibush - Wanda Nanibush is an Anishinaabe-kwe image and word warrior, curator, and community organizer living in her territory of Chimnising. Currently, Nanibush is a guest curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario and she is touring her exhibition, The Fifth World, which opens in January 2016 at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. The island life allows her to finish upcoming projects: a film called A Love Letter to My People, a documentary on Gerald Vizenor, a book called Violence No More (with ARP Press), an anthology of Indigenous curatorial writing, and more. www.nanibush.com.

PUBLIC LECTURE

TitleEarliest Adapters: Survivance and Indigenous Media Arts
When: Wednesday Jan. 27, 2016, 3:30-5:00pm
Where: ART 114, UBC Okanagan Campus

Indigenous media arts encompasses a large field of activity, from performative and experimental video, documentary and fiction, to sound and radio art, media-integrated performance art, and new media installations. Artists working in these mediums are often practicing what Gerald Vizenor calls survivance, a neologism, which combines “survival, resistance and presence.” This term encompasses practices that rewrite colonial histories from the perspective of Indigenous experience, visual culture, and oral history. It also encompasses experimentation with medium in order to represent Indigenous worldviews, which often favour non-linear narrative; visual abstractions of historical events; interconnectedness of body and mind, nature and culture; the politics of space; as well as cyclical and geological philosophies of time. Also, there are practices that challenge stereotypes and molar identifications based on colonial understandings of who and what Indigenous means.

ARTIST TALK

Title: Art after OKA: Poetics and Politics in Contemporary Indigenous Art
When: Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, 7:00-8:30pm
Where:Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water Street, Kelowna BC V1Y 9R3

The main question underlying this talk is: how do contemporary Indigenous artists engage the politics of sovereignty and land? Why is the Kahnesatake resistance of 1990 the historical marker of this shift in art? We focus on works that exhibit a poetic rather than didactic approach to the relation of politics and artistic production. We will delve into why this choice is made and how it shifts the debate on sovereignty and what it could mean. The work of artists like Rebecca Belmore, Frank Shebageget, Nadia Myre, Ursula Johnson and more will be discussed. Audience interaction will be encouraged. 

Co-Sponsors: Cultural Studies Program, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (UBCO), Community, Culture, and Global Studies (UBCO), Kelowna Art Gallery


2014-15

Harsha Walia - Harsha Walia is a South Asian author and activist, currently residing in Vancouver, on unceded Coast Salish territories. Harsha is a cofounder of the migrant justice group No One Is Illegal and the progressive South Asian network Radical Desis. She works at the Downtown Eastside Women's Center. She is also an organizer in the Annual Women’s Memorial March Committee, Defenders of the Land Network and South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy. Harsha has been named one of the most influential South Asians in BC by the Vancouver Sun and one of the ten most popular left-wing journalists by the Georgia Straight in 2010. Award-winning author Naomi Klein has called Harsha “one of Canada’s most brilliant and effective political organizers.” She is also the winner of the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives "Power of Youth" award. Harsha's writings have appeared in over fifty academic journals, anthologies, and magazines. She is the author of Undoing Border Imperialism, which is currently in its second-print run.

Title of presentation: Movements for Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice
When: Monday, October 6, from 12:30-2pm
Where: UNC Ballroom

2013-14

David Chariandy - David Chariandy, PhD, who teaches in the English department at Simon Fraser University, co-founded Commodore Books, the first Black Canadian literary press in Western Canada. His debut novel, Soucouyant (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2007), was nominated for 10 literary prizes and awards, including being shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book, and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize; it was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Award. Chariandy’s forthcoming second novel, Brother, is from McClelland & Stewart.

David will be speaking as the Annual Cultural Studies Speaker on October 22, from 3:30-5pm in the University Theatre (ADM 026), as well as part of the Visiting Author Series on Oct. 21, at 7pm at the Okanagan Regional Library, Downtown Branch.

Check out this story and interview with David Chariandy, The Daily Courier, October 20 - Canada not beyond race issues yet

2012-13

Helen Haig-Brown -Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhoqot’in) is an award-winning director, director of photography and teacher, whose documentaries focus on experiences from within her own family and explore issues of land and language that are of significance to many First Nations people. Her first fictional work, The Cave, was an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and of Berlinale 2010. In 2009, The Cave was named one of Canada’s Top Ten Short Films by the Toronto International Film Festival. She presented two talks: the first entitled “Colonization’s Impact on the Indigenous Family and the Expression of Intimacy and Love” and the second entitled: “Language and Cultural Regeneration within Indigenous Communities: The Films of Helen Haig-Brown.”

2011/12

Jo-Ann Episkenew - Jo-Ann Episkenew is Director of the Indigenous People’s Health Research Centre and Faculty Affiliate in Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina. Her presentations were entitled: “Embodied Storytelling, Embodied Research, and Decolonizing the Imagination” and “Applied Literature and Health Research: A Close Reading of the Human Text.

2010/11

Handel Wright- Handel Kashope Wright is Canada Research Chair of Comparative Cultural Studies, Director of the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education and professor in the Educational Studies Department at the University of British Columbia, Canada

2009/10

Ruth Ozeki – Ruth Ozeki is an award winning novelist and filmmaker. During her visit, she provided a writing and meditation workshop and a public talk, entitled, “Food and Fiction: Redefining Environments.”

2008/09

Sherene Razack – Dr. Razack is professor of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. During her visit, she met with students in a graduate seminar and presented a public talk: “Violence Against First Nations: An Ongoing Colonialism.”

2006/07

Rinaldo Walcott – Dr. Walcott holds a Canada Research Chair in Social Justice and Cultural Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He made two public presentations and took part in a graduate seminar. His presentations were entitled, “The Necessary Modesty of Cultural Studies” (UBC Okanagan Campus) and “Representin’: Thinking Identity in Art, Again” (Alternator Gallery).

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