GSA Presents: GeoTalks Lunch - "Decolonizing the Academic Space" @ UBC Geography Students' Association, Vancouver [13 March]

GSA Presents: GeoTalks Lunch - "Decolonizing the Academic Space"

12:30 - 13:30

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UBC Geography Students' Association
1984 West Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2
Date: Tuesday, March 13th
Time: 12:30pm — 1:30pm
Location: Geography Building, Room 215D

Come out to our second GeoTalks lunch of the semester!

GeoTalks is an informal monthly event where students can get to know faculty members and the department head over lunch. Traditionally, discussion topics have ranged from research interests to life experiences. This year, each GeoTalks will be centralized around themes based on current events. So while students and faculty members can get to know each other, they will also engage in fruitful discussions about contemporary events!

Our second session is themed «Decolonizing the Academic Space and Finding Justice in the University.» We’d like to think we have moved on from the systems of colonialism, however, colonialism (particularly settler-colonialism here at UBC) continues to immensely shape the production, integration, and transfer of knowledge into our societies. We would like to engage with questions asking why decolonizing academia is so important, how we can learn more responsibly and inclusively, and perhaps what spaces like the new Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC mean. Come chat about this issue over some free lunch!

Please RSVP for the event via Eventbrite to attend:

Our Guest:

Dr. Michelle Daigle (PhD Candidate)
Michelle Daigle is Mushkegowuk (Swampy Cree) of French ancestry, and is a member of Constance Lake First Nation in Treaty 9 territory. She joined UBC’s Department of Geography in 2015 as a postdoctoral fellow, and transitioned into an assistant faculty position in July 2017. Michelle is interested in bringing Geography into critical dialogue with Indigenous Studies to examine colonial-capitalist dispossession and violence, as well as Indigenous movements and everyday practices of decolonization, resurgence and self-determination. Her current research examines resource exploitation and gendered forms of dispossession and violence in her home territory.
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