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Dear Friends of SJS,

Please join is today for

Ayukawa Lecture with York University’s Mona Oikawa speaking on

“Acknowledgement: Self- and Social Recognition and Japanese Canadian Women’s Histories”

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

David Turpin Building, Room 104

4:30 pm

Attached please find the jpeg poster for the event.

Also today:

October 15, 2019:

CIRCLE is hosting a presentation by Dr. Hayley Marama Cavino as part of CIRCLE’s Fall Speaker Series on October 15th from 2:30pm-4:30pm in Elliott 167

Decolonizing Research Through Storywork: Tales from Aotearoa/New Zealand (see attached poster)


Fall 2019: Politics and the City

Organized by the UVic Committee for Urban Studies

Co-Sponsored by the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography, Department of History, Department of Political Science, the School of Environmental Studies, and the Gustavson School of Business

October 17

Ethnicity and Conflict in Iraq's Oil City: A History of Kirkuk

Arbella Bet-Shlimon

Associate Professor,... Department of History, University of Washington

Arbella Bet-Shlimon is Associate Professor of History at the University of Washington. In her research and teaching, she focuses on twentieth-century Iraq and the Persian Gulf region as well as Middle Eastern urban history. Dr. Bet-Shlimon is the author of City of Black Gold: Oil, Ethnicity, and the Making of Modern Kirkuk (Stanford University Press, 2019).


Kirkuk is Iraq’s most multilingual city, for millennia home to a diverse population. It was also where, in 1927, a foreign company first struck oil in Iraq. Kirkuk soon became the heart of Iraq’s booming petroleum industry. Over the decades that followed, oil, urbanization, and colonialism shaped the identities of Kirkuk’s citizens, forming the foundation of an ethnic conflict. In the early 1920s, when the Iraqi state was formed under British administration, group identities in Kirkuk were fluid. But as the oil industry fostered colonial power and Baghdad’s influence over Kirkuk, intercommunal violence and competing claims to the city’s history took hold. The ethnicities of Kurds, Turkmens, and Arabs in Kirkuk were formed throughout a century of urban development, interactions between communities, and political mobilization. Ultimately, this lecture argues that contentious politics in disputed areas are not primordial traits of those regions, but are a modern phenomenon tightly bound to the society and economics of urban life.

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7:30pm

Legacy Art Gallery ~ 630 Yates Street, Victoria

Free Public Event


Run by the Committee for Urban Studies at the University of Victoria, The City Talks is a free public lecture series featuring distinguished scholars drawn from the University of Victoria, across Canada, and beyond.

For more information, please visit www.TheCityTalks.ca

November 15:

Robert Fisk

Who Is Pushing for War in the Middle East… and What It Means for You

David Lam Auditorium (Mac A144), 7 pm


November 19:

Please mark your calendar:

Mining Justice Action Committee (MJAC) will host two Indigenous land defenders from Guatemala at a public event on Tuesday, November 19th.

The Xinka People have been killed and jailed in their fight of the Escobal Silver Mine, which the Guatemalan courts had suspended because it recognized that the government had discriminated against the Xinka by failing to consult them. Now a Canadian mining company and the Guatemalan Government want to restart Escobal Silver Mine!

As people living in Canada, we need to pledge solidarity with the courageous and strong resistance of the Xinka People in their fight against the destructive impacts of the Escobal Silver Mine.

Details of our upcoming event will be sent around later but please save the date!

Meanwhile, please consider signing this URGENT pledge:


More information:

* Guatemala: Xinka people demand that Pan American Silver respect their rights and put an end to the violent legacy of the Escobal mine, Business & Human Rights Resource Center, May 15th, 2019

* When Pan American Silver bought the Escobal mine, it bought a legacy of violence, Rabble, May 8th, 2019

Margo L. Matwychuk, PhD

Director, Social Justice Studies

University of Victoria

Territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSANEC Peoples

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Victoria BC V8W 2Y2

Office: Cornett B210

PH: (250) 721-6283

FAX: (250) 721-6215

We acknowledge and respect the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples on whose unceded territory the university stands and whose relationships with the land continue to this day.

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