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Beyond, Outside, and Within: Black Studies and the University

March 31st 2022 Equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives are often characterized as a “hallmark of the neoliberal university,” and a “non-critical, anti-theoretical and ahistorical answer to managing difference” (“Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: A Dialogue with Human Rights and Decolonization,” a roundtable hosted by Wilfred Laurier University on November 13, 2020). In this contribution to the SNID […]

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Waste in its Global Dynamics: A Panel Discussion

Panelists will draw from their studies both in Canada and internationally to highlight the lives and livelihoods reproduced, sustained and compromised by the circulations and politics of waste. Dr Kesha Fevrier is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University. Her research unfolds broadly at the intersection of race and […]

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Waste: A Tale of Two Problems with Prof. Myra Hird

Canada’s waste crisis is the product of two inter-related issues: the problems of amplification and ongoing settler colonialism. In this presentation, Dr Myra Hird draws on decades of empirical waste studies research to argue that resolving our waste crisis requires an orientation away from techno-fixes and individual responsibility and towards upstream social justice issues.

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Dr. Shobhana Xavier: “Between Violence and Piety-The Case of Sufi Shrines in Sri Lanka”

On February 17, 2022, Dr. Shobhana Xavier delivered a SNID lecture entitled “Between Violence and Piety: The Case of Sufi Shrines in Sri Lanka”. The religious topography of Sri Lanka remains delicate in its post-war context, especially for ethno-linguistic and religious minority communities, such as Muslims. Amidst this precarity Sufis, Muslims with esoteric orientation towards […]

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Activist Art: A Panel Discussion (Thursday Feb 3rd)

The panel featured in this episode brings together a group of Kingston/Katarokwi/Queen’s, Toronto and Calgary artists for a discussion of activism and the arts. In this conversation, we will discuss how social justice concerns shape their art and what forms activism takes in their practice. Panelists will share insights from their own projects, which engage […]

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Spin Doctors: How Media And Politicians Misdiagnosed The Covid-19 Pandemic Nora Loreto

Jan 20th, 1-2:20 pm Spin Doctors: How media and politicians misdiagnosed the COVID-19 pandemic  Nora Loreto (writer, activist, editor of the Canadian Association of Labour Media ) presented their talk “Spin Doctors: How Media and Politicians Misdiagnosed the Covid-19 Pandemic” for SNID on January 20th 2022 1-2:30 PM. Synopsis: From January 2020 to July 2021, […]

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A Conversation with the Honourable Murray Sinclair November 25

Please join SNID for a conversation with Queen’s University’s 15th Chancellor, the Honourable Murray Sinclair LLB MSC IPC. In this presentation, the Honourable Murray Sinclair will talk about his work with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and his recently appointed role as Queen’s University’s new Chancellor.

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The ghost of the mother: Gendered spectres in men’s un-settlements in Europe Dr. Árdís K. Ingvars

Theories of hauntology emphasize how past experiences leave an imprint by re-appearing in people’s present lives, affecting emotions and gendered reactions. This talk draws on these theories to illuminate how the mother’s ghostly presence, intertwined with the long spectre of the border regime, affects men’s masculinities as they un-settle in European countries. Dr. Ingvars’ work […]

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Land and nature appropriation in Brazil: green grabbing based on climate change narratives and social-environmental resistances with Dr. Débora Lima

In this talk, Dr Debora Lima delivered on October 21st 2021, discusses the ultra-neoliberal narrative that the Brazilian government has used to justify measures that result in green grabbing, and the impact of this on the socio-environmental resistance in Brazil.  

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