[Sjsall] upcoming events

Dear Friends of SJS,

Below are some upcoming events:

Oct. 25:

Fall 2018: The Radical Possibilities of Alternative Urbanisms

Organized by the UVic Committee for Urban Studies

Co-Sponsored by the EU Centre of Excellence, Faculty of Social Sciences, and Department of Geography

October 25

Urban Planning by Other Means: The Struggle for Racial Justice in Twentieth-Century Halifax

Ted Rutland

Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment, Concordia University

Ted Rutland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment at Concordia University. His research examines the racial politics of urban planning, policing, and community organizing in Canadian cities. He is the author of the 2018 book, Displacing Blackness: Planning, Power, and Race in Twentieth-Century Halifax.


The question of racial justice is most often ignored in processes of urban planning – perhaps because it appears to be a social,... rather than physical/spatial concern. This talk presents a different view. Drawing on research in Halifax, Ted Rutland shows how modern urban planning has always been a social and spatial enterprise, how racial injustice has been integral to modern planning, and how Halifax-area Black communities have fought to define an alternative vision of the city and city planning.

Thursday, October 25, 7:30 PM

Legacy Art Gallery ~ 630 Yates Street, Victoria

Free Public Event

Oct. 26:


Black Feminist Vision and the Politics of Healing in the Movement for Black Lives

Friday, October 26, 2:30 pm, FRASER 152

The Movement for Black Lives (#BlackLivesMatter) has developed a political philosophy rooted in black feminist thought, which posits that it is only by centering the most marginalized that we will be able to imagine and enact just social practices and institutional/legal policies. This vision of "healing justice" inspires both the organizational practices and political action of the movement. To answer the interlocking structural oppression that the most marginalized face, movement actors begin by acknowledging that feelings are not the opposite of intellect and that care and affirmation are not only personal, but critically, political resources. In this paper I explore both the empirical impetus for this margin-to-center philosophy advocating healing justice and the theoretical and practical implications of basing a social movement's political philosophy on the treatment of trauma and the necessity of care.

Deva Woodly is an Associate Professor of Politics at the New School. A former fellow of the Institute for Advances Study (2012-2013), she is the author of The Politics of Common Sense: How Social Movements Use Public Discourse to Change Politics and Win Acceptance (Oxford 2015). Her research covers a variety of topics, from media & communication, to political understandings of economics, to race & imagination, & social movements. In each case, she focuses on the impacts of public discourse on the political understandings of social and economic issues as well as how those common understandings change democratic practice and public policy. Her process of inquiry is inductive, moving from concrete, real-world conditions to the conceptual implications of those realities. In all cases, she centers the perspective of ordinary citizens and political challengers with an eye toward how the demos impacts political action and shapes political possibilities. Her current book projects are #BlackLivesMatter and the Democratic Necessity of Social Movements, an examination of the ways that social movements re-politicize public life in times of political despair and What We Talk About When We Talk About the Economy, a broad investigation of American economic discourse and its implications for politics and policy in the post-Great Recession era.


Oct 26:

Geography Lecture Series!

Dr. Ted Rutland will be presenting on Displacing Blackness: Planning, power, and race in twentieth-century Halifax.

Friday, October 26

David Turpin Building B215

Refreshments at 2:15 pm and seminar at 2:30 pm

All are welcome. Bring your coffee mug.


OCT. 27:

Amnesty International Victoria's upcoming event ‘Give Voice to Justice’ – Protecting Human Rights Globally taking place at University of Victoria at Felicita's Pub (3800 Finnerty Rd, Saanich, BC V8P 5C2) from 9:30-12pm, Oct. 27, 2018.

The event will feature a guest speech by UVic Gender Studies Professor Laura Parisi https://www.uvic.ca/humanities/gender/people/faculty/parisilaura.php, focusing on freedom of speech issues facing women around the world, followed by other talks and musical performances from local Victoria artists.

Our goal is to raise awareness about freedom of speech barriers around the world, especially when it comes to the imprisonment of women, minorities, and political dissenters in such countries as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen, Niger, Russia and Turkey. We will be distributing relevant petitions, including for former Victoria resident 'Saeed Malekpour' who has been imprisoned on false charges in Iran for the past 10 years: https://www.amnesty.ca/blog/saeed-malekpour-turns-43-behind-bars-you-are-not-forgotten-0

Nov. 1:


Nov. 1:

Margo L. Matwychuk, PhD

Director, Social Justice Studies

c/o Dept of Anthropology

University of Victoria

PO Box 1700, STN CSC

Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2

Office: Cornett B210

PH: (250) 721-6283

FAX: (250) 721-6215

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