Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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Friday, December 7 in the CUST lounge

11:30am-1pm Potluck lunch, to share food and experiences, followed by CoBRA committee meeting from 1pm-1:30pm for those who wish to stay

We are glad and excited to lunch the COBRA potluck lunch series, with three great presentations. Please bring something to eat or drink and join us for a this promising meeting. If you are willing to be part of the Cobra Committee join us right after the event at 1pm.

Laura J. Murray | "But what IS CoBRA?"  Laura reflects on three research projects she has done or is doing, whether they really are “community-based,” whether that bar is too high to be met for most of us, and whether we should beat ourselves up about it. She will propose for discussion some other terms or criteria for responsible and engaged work in the “real world” — and invite others to suggest more.  Laura J. Murray is a Professor in the Department of English and Graduate Program in Cultural Studies at Queen's University and Director, Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project (SWIHHP).

Ky Pearce | Still Figuring it Out!  Ky’s presentation will reflect on their past work, which they have never defined as community-based research. Ky’s past research form of qualitative participant-led interview projects with queer youth in rural Newfoundland. In their future work, Ky plans to engage more with “community-based” research practices to try and retheorize elements of queer theory to include the perspectives and experiences of their rural queer participant-collaborators.  Ky Pearce is a Ph.D. student in the Cultural Studies program, having just recently completed their MA in the same.

Lisa Guenther  | REACH Coalition.  REACH Coalition is a weekly discussion group that brings together prisoners on Tennessee’s death row with graduate students, professors, and community members in the Nashville area.  The purpose of the group is to reach across the prison walls to share knowledge and build solidarity to fight mass incarceration and the death penalty. REACH stands for Reciprocal Education And Community Healing; the group is based on the radical pedagogy of Paulo Friere and the core principles of restorative and transformative justice.  In addition to their weekly meetings, REACH members have organized conferences, art exhibitions, creative writing projects, blogs, and academic publications. This presentation will give an overview of the structure and practice of REACH Coalition, reflecting on both the difficulty and the importance of community-based research and action in prison.  Lisa Guenther volunteered with REACH Coalition from 2011-2017.  She is currently Queen's National Scholar in Political Philosophy and Critical Prison Studies, and she is the author of Solitary Confinement: Social Death and its Afterlives.

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