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All SNID lectures are held Thursdays from 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM
in Mackintosh-Corry Hall D214 unless otherwise noted and are free and open to the public.


Decentring the Newspaper Columnist: Feminist Engagement with Public Intellectual Work in the Caribbean


Title: Decentring the Newspaper Columnist: Feminist Engagement with Public Intellectual Work in the Caribbean

Date: October 18, 2018
Venue: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D214
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker: Alissa Trotz, Women and Gender Studies/Caribbean Studies, University of Toronto

This presentation was inspired by a panel I was honoured to be part of at this year’s Caribbean Studies Association Annual Conference in Havana in June, which engaged academics who have secured regular column space in several Caribbean newspapers: Gabrielle Hosein (Diary of a Mothering Worker, Trinidad and Tobago Guardian); Tennyson Joseph and Cynthia Barrow-Giles (Barbados Today and Barbados Nation), Carolyn Cooper (Sunday Gleaner and former columnist, Observer, Jamaica) and myself (In the Diaspora, Stabroek News, Guyana). Among the questions raised by this work are: What sort of bridge does this represent across our academic and public intellectual lives? What kinds of speech are authorized? How might our intellectual interventions traverse or interrupt spaces of nation, region and diaspora? What might a regional imaginary and literacy/fluency look like? What might it mean to decenter the columnist?
 
This presentation reflects on a (very!) few of these questions, drawing on my experience over the past decade editing the 'In the Diaspora' column in the Stabroek News, Guyana. I hope to address the historical context for the column; outline some of the political-intellectual-ethical principles shaping our endeavour, weaving some examples of columns through my presentation to elaborate; and offer some modest thoughts about some of the challenges of public intellectual interventions that remind us that this is always unfinished work.  

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Alissa Trotz

Alissa Trotz, Women and Gender Studies/Caribbean Studies, University of Toronto

Alissa Trotz edits a weekly column, In the Diaspora, in a Guyanese daily, Stabroek News   

 

 

The Labour of Clientelism: Work, Citizenship, and Entitlement in Africa


Title: The Labour of Clientelism:
Work, Citizenship, and Entitlement
in Africa

Date: October 11, 2018
Venue: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D214
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker: Ralph Callebert, History, University of Toronto

In this talk, Ralph Callebert builds on his argument in his first book, On Durban's Docks: Zulu Workers, Rural Households, Global Labor, to explore the links between labour and citizenship from an Africanist perspective. He argues that African socioeconomic realities challenge us to broaden our understanding of labour, which in turn can help us think differently about the crisis of citizenship in Africa and elsewhere.

 

 
Ralph Callebert

Ralph Callebert, History, University of Toronto Biography to come.   

Ralph Callebert has a PhD in History from Queen's University and teaches at the New College Writing Centre at the University of Toronto. He is author of On Durban’s Docks: Zulu workers, rural households, global labor (University of Rochester Press, 2017) and has published ten articles and book chapters, including in Socialism & Democracy, History Compass, Africa, International Labor and Working-Class History, Canadian Journal of African Studies, and Journal of Southern African Studies. His current research explores understandings of labor and work outside the Global North

 

Yesterday, today and tomorrow-Reflections on activist knowledge production


Title: Yesterday, today and tomorrow: Reflections on activist knowledge production

Date: October 4, 2018
Venue: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D214
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker: Aziz Choudry Canada Research Chair, Department of Integrated Studies

The learning and knowledge production that occurs within progressive movements for change is often overlooked by adult education and social movement scholarship. Yet many powerful insights and ideas about social change have been produced by people as they struggle for a better world. Some organizers, educators and activists engage with, and invoke earlier, albeit contested, histories of struggles to help think through strategies, analyze problems, tensions and possibilities.

This talk explores the place of historical knowledge in contemporary activism, the ways that activists and social movements strive to document their experiences, and how they critically engage with and educate from history.

 

 
Aziz Choudry

Aziz Choudry Canada Research Chair, Department of Integrated Studies Aziz Choudry is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Social Movement Learning and Knowledge Production in McGill University’s Department of Integrated Studies in Education, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation, University of Johannesburg.

Involved in a range of social, political and environmental justice movements and organizations since the 1980s, he currently serves on the boards of the Immigrant Workers Centre and the Global Justice Ecology Project.

 

The adoption of Canada into the long house of many nations: The true reason why June 21 was selected National Aboriginal Day


Title: The adoption of Canada into the long house of many nations: The true reason why June 21 was selected National Aboriginal Day

Date: September 27, 2018
Venue: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D214
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker: Michael Doxtater, Queen’s Global Development Studies

 

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Michael Doxtater

Michael Doxtater, Queen’s Global Development Studies  Thohahoken Michael Doxtater, PhD (Cornell), Queen’s National Scholar, worked in research and development at all levels of Indigenous society. His background includes Indigenous Knowledge recovery, international development, and organizational development. Specializing in mediation, Doxtater’s career includes work in Oka, Red Hill Valley, Tutelo Heights, Eagles Nest, Brantford, and grassroots community organizing at the Six Nations of the Grand River—his home territory.  He produced scholarship, journalism, documentaries, and broadcast dramas for formal and informal audiences in Canada and the United States. Doxtater is a Mohawk from the Turtle Clan family of Satekariwate. He is an 8th generation descendent of Mohawk leader Joseph Brant.

 

Being Cuban Musicians in Canada


Title: Being Cuban Musicians in Canada

Date: September 20, 2018
Venue: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D214
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker: Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne

Rodriguez and Savigne are Havana-trained musicians currently living and working in Toronto. They are Grammy and Juno-nominated artists who have toured North America and Europe. Embracing genres and roles that have historically been dominated by men, composers, and multi-instrumentalists
Rodriguez and Savigne bring a fresh perspective to Latin and world jazz fusion.

They will be interviewed by Freddy Monasterio (Cultural Studies PhD and DJ Efe Eme) about their experiences in Canada, Cuba, and other musical worlds.

Rodriguez and Savigne will perform with their group Okan, a 5-piece Afro Cuban jazz fusion ensemble, at the Grad Club Friday, September 21.

 

 
Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne

Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne  Rodriguez and Savigne are Havana-trained Cuban jazz musicians currently living and working in Toronto.  They are Grammy and Juno nominated artists who have recently toured North America and Europe. 

 

 

Contemporary Zimbabwean politics


Title: Contemporary Zimbabwean politics

Date: September 13, 2018
Venue: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D214
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker: Gerald Mazirire, Dept of History, Midlands State University, Gweru, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has been in a state of anxiety for the past year in what seemed to be the promise of a transition from a dictatorship to a democratic order. Indeed, the ‘New Dispensation’ that began as an aspiration following the deposition of Robert Mugabe in November 2017 is slowly becoming an illusion as the different perspectives of a new Zimbabwe have been viciously fought out by various forces since then. The litmus test of Zimbabweans’ commitment to such a transition, the July 30 2018 election, has predictably produced a disputed outcome. A groundswell of emotions erupted in post-election violence that have ripped the nation apart. This paper offers a historical view of the process leading to the current stalemate in Zimbabwean politics tracing the roots of the country’s political culture to the strategies and tactics employed by ZANU PF in general and Robert Mugabe in particular to maintain a stranglehold on power for almost four decades.

 

 
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Gerald Mazirire, Dept of History, Midlands State University, Gweru, Zimbabwe Gerald Chikozho Mazarire is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Midlands State University.

His research focuses on Zimbabwe, pre-colonial communities, liberation movements, and environmental and oral histories.

 

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