The Fireplace Series

The Fireplace Series: An Interdisciplinary Conversation

Set around a fireplace in Queen’s Stauffer Library, this series aims to spark interdisciplinary thought and ideas about all sorts of places that matter. Two speakers from different disciplinary backgrounds meet for an impromptu conversation, seeking both common and uncommon ground. After the conversation, the audience is invited to join in with questions. Sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Science and Queen's University Library, these gatherings are also recorded and shared as podcasts in partnership with CFRC radio. You can listen here

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Timely Teaching for a Globalizing Present and Decolonial Futures
March 19, 2021 - 10:00 - 11:30am EST

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How do we teach now, for a globalizing present and towards decolonial futures? Join Dr. Thashika Pillay (Faculty of Education) and Dr. Beverly Mullings (Geography and Planning), scholars concerned with diasporic and global identities, as they seek common and uncommon ground, in a Fireside Series chat about teaching in, from, and to the current moment.

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Beverley Mullings – Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning, Queen’s University

Beverley Mullings is a Professor in the Geography whose work is located within the field of feminist political economy and engages questions of labour, social transformation, neoliberalism, and the politics of gender, race and class in the Caribbean and its diaspora. She is interested in the ways that evolving racial capitalist regimes are recasting and transforming work, divisions of labour, patterns of urban governance and ultimately, responses to social and economic injustice. Beverley is currently engaged in three major research projects: one examines the financialization of Caribbean remittance economies; the second explores the possibilities that diasporic dialogue holds for reviving Caribbean Radical Traditions; the third project traces the impact of the Black middle-class on social transformation in post-Plantation Economies.

Thashika Pillay – Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Queen’s University

Dr. Thashika Pillay is Assistant Professor in Educational Policy in the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University. Thashika has extensive research and teaching experience in K-12 and higher education in Canada, Australia, and Ethiopia. Her research program explores questions of social, cultural, economic, political, and epistemic justice and the possibilities for anticolonial educational policy in formal and informal contexts. Her current research explores the gaps exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic as related to racialized students’ educational experiences and the role of social media in educating youth around issues of justice and equity. In addition, Thashika is co-editor of Decolonizing Global Citizenship Education (2015) and Global Citizenship, Common Wealth and Uncommon Citizenships (2018).

Time, Change and University Life

November 20, 2020
Elizabeth Hanson, Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Queen's University
Elspeth Murray, Associate Dean, Smith School of Business, Queen's University

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Reading List

How Matter Matters

March 13, 2020 10:00am-11:30am
Bronwyn Parry, Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Kings College London
Nick Mosey, Department of Chemistry, Associate Dean - Research (Faculty of Arts and Science), Queen's University

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Looking Online

February 14, 2020 10:00am-11:30am
Laila Haidarali, Departments of Gender Studies and History, Queen's University
Martin Hand, Department of Sociology, Queen's University

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Settler Accountabilty and Responsibility

November 1, 2019 10:00am-11:30am
Selena Couture, Assistant Professor, Drama, University of Alberta
Dorit Naaaman, Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Film and Media, Queen's University

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Animals, Ethics and Everyday Politics

October 11, 2019 10:00am-11:30am
Will Kymlicka, Professor, Department of Political Studies, Queen's University
Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy
Samantha King, Head, Department of Gender Studies and Professor School of Kiniesiology and Health Studies, Queen's University

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Ecological Grief

March 28, 2019 9:30am-11:00am
JULIE SALVERSON, Associate Professor, Queen's University, Department of Drama
[Stories, Drama, Resiliency, Foolish Witness]
ROBERT WAY, Assistant Professor, Queen's University, Department of Geography and Planning
[Climate Monitoring, Remote Sensing, Northern Environments]

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Kindness and Interconnectivity

February 14, 10:00am-11:30am
PAUL GROGAN, Professor, Queen's University, Department of Biology 
[Ecology, Terrestrial Ecosystems,Sustainability]
JACQUELINE M. DAVIES, Associate Professor, Queen's University, Department of Philosophy
[Philosophies of gender, sex and love, Social Justice, Levinas, Jewish textual reasoning]

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Sounding Routes and Places
November 16, 2018 10:00am-12:00pm
LAURA MURRAY, Professor, Department of English and Cultural Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Program
[History of colonialism, oral history, critical heritage, pedagogy]
ANDRA MCCARTNEY, Professor Emerita, Concordia University, Centre for Sensory Studies
[Acoustics, soundwalks, culture, communication]

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Spaces and Places of Interdisciplinarity
November 2, 2018, 10:00am-12:00pm
BARBARA CROW, Professor in Sociology and Dean of Arts and Science
Feminism, Aging, Technology
DYLAN ROBINSON, Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts
Indigenous Public Art, Indigenous Perspectives on Listening and Sensory Perception, Sound Studies

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A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN: Liberation and Confinement in the Single Room
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
A conversation between:
Dr. Lisa Guenther and Dr. Leslie Topp

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Psychoanalysis in the Classroom: History, Pedagogy, and Research
Friday, February 2, 2018
A conversation between:

Visiting Professor Deborah Britzman and Queen’s Professor Laura Cameron