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Postcolonial Imaginaries

FCCS research in “Postcolonial Imaginaries” engages with the theoretical, methodological, and practical implications of the critique of colonial, neocolonial, and imperial power relations, from historical, contemporary, and comparative perspectives. Our research pertains to themes of Indigeneity, settler culture, globalization, transnationalism, diasporas, race, identity, gender, and class. Our work focuses on the politics of language and representation, in the larger context of systems of belief and knowledge. These themes are explored in literature, performance, art and visual culture, media and other cultural productions. Our research engages with practices of social justice, anti-colonization, decolonization and resistance.

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 AlterKnowledge Discussion Series is organized by Allison Hargreaves and David Jefferess.

Click here for information on the 2013/2014 series.

Postcolonial Imaginaries Faculty Researchers

Suzanne Gott
African Visual Culture; Gender; Performance; Transculturalism

Lisa Grekul
Contemporary Canadian & Diasporic Literature; Postcolonial/Diasporic Theory

Jennifer Gustar
UK Transculturalism; Gender & Contemporary Literature; Literature of South Asia & the Diaspora

Allison Hargreaves
Indigenous Literature & Theory; Indigenous Feminisms; Anti-violence Discourse; Settler Studies/Reconciliation

David Jefferess
Postcolonial Literature &Theory; Humanitarian/Development Discourses; Alter-Globalization/Decolonlization; Settler Studies/Reconciliation

Daniel Keyes
Whiteness, Anglo Canadian Nationalism; Performativity

Ruthann Lee
Media and Activism, Anti-Colonial Feminisms, Queer Theory

Ashok Mathur
Indigenous Literature; Anti-racist Pedagogy

Wisdom Tettey
African Diaspora; New Media &Transnational Citizenship; Politics of Identity; Globalization, New Media & Subaltern Agency

Helen Haig-Brown - Visiting Scholar

Helen Haig-Brown

Award-winning director, director of photography and teacher Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhoqot’in)will be one of the Visiting Scholars in 2014 sponsored by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. Brown will spend one week on UBC’s Okanagan campus from January 13 to 18 working with students and faculty, and offering a public talk and a screening of her recent documentary Legacy (2013).

Helen Haig-Brown's 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.”

Stay tuned for more information on the public talk and screening.

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