Come join us in the Scholarly Sharing Initiative!

Informal monthly gatherings will be held for faculty, students, and interested others to share, discuss, present, and receive feedback on their scholarly work. SSI is an organic environment designed to foster intellectual discussions.

Details are also on the College of Arts webpage under Scholarly Sharing Initiative.

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 University House, Abbotsford Campus

1:15 – 2:45pm
Delicious light lunch provided

Clare Dale, History

What rhymes with ‘conquest’? Poetry, politics and the problem of empire in late 18th century England

In today's world, we often think of art as a means of protest, particularly protest AGAINST our governments and their ideologies and policies.  But what if this wasn't always the case? The poems written by various Oxford alumni in 1770 (in response to a contest initiated by Oxford's Chancellor) were written not to protest the British imperial experience, but in support of it.  This is notable in that, by the late 18th century, that imperial imperative was becoming increasingly questioned by many in society.  A consideration of these poems can provide insight not just into the nature of art in the Georgian world, but also how it could be used by the political elite as a means of influencing public opinion in a time of growing unrest. Is there anything our governments are doing today we would write poetry to support?

Nicola Mooney - Anthropology

Deconstructing Dominance: The Indian Caste System and Its Social and Scholarly Forms

Caste, the well-known and primary basis of stratification, inequality, exclusion, and underdevelopment in India, is a complex and wide-ranging set of classifications, statuses, and practices. Informed by colonial and postcolonial experiences, ideas about religious and community identity, the negotiation of group encounters, and the mediation of status in regional, national, and diaspora contexts. Caste intersects these and other forms of social difference. Yet, caste is largely treated as a singular social form in English-language academic literature. This owes in part to colonial mistranslation, but also, as I shall suggest here, the conflation of vernacular concepts of social organization. I also raise a question: is the singularity of caste in translation related to the success of certain castes in capturing and exerting ‘caste dominance’? 


SSI Schedule 2015-2016

Sponsored by and with the generous support of: UFV Office of Research Services and UFV College of Arts Office

For more information contact Marcella LaFever, Wenona Victor or Michelle Riedlinger.

22 October 2015 (Thursday)

Shirley Hardman, Indigenous Affairs Office
Geoff Carr, Art History

After the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: 94 ways to heal hearts and minds.

Promoting and Embracing Reconciliation is on the minds and in the hearts of many Canadians.  At UFV the efforts have centered on educational opportunities, particularly participatory learning. In 2013, on September 18th, UFV suspended all classes to make space to allow students, faculty and staff to attend learning opportunities to illuminate the Indian Residential School experiences.  Since then a number of events and activities have been offered and are now in the planning stages.  On June 8, 2015 when the Commission levelled its report it pointed to the damage done by Indian Residential Schools.  Geoff and Shirley examine the Commission’s 94 recommendations and recognize that these can be bundled in a basket and delivered to educators in post-secondary education.  In doing so, it places a responsibility not only on individuals but also on the institution to create space for this learning and healing.  Shirley and Geoff would like to generate discussion around the recommendations and perhaps a deeper discussion around how we change the hearts and minds of many faculty, staff and students

18 November 2015 (Wednesday)

Clare Dale, History - What rhymes with 'conquest'? Poetry, politics and the problem of empire in late 18th century England

Nicola Mooney, Anthropology - Deconstructing dominance: The Indian caste system and its social and scholarly forms

22 January 2016 (Friday)

Leonne Beebe
, Upgrading and University Preparation - Developing a collaborative approach and methodology for online research

Linda Pardy, Communications - Who knew it could be done? Research writing in 30 minutes a day

17 February 2016 (Wednesday)

Researchers from the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies - Collaborating on India Canada research projects: Diaspora, rural economic development, migration, history and performance

18 March 2016 (Friday)

Researchers from the Centre for Education and Research on Aging - Aging research in the Fraser Valley: An interdisciplinary approach

7 April 2016 (Thursday)

Jeff Morgan
, Philosophy - Doubts about autonomy

Michelle LaFlamme, English/Theatre - Visual violence: Corporeality, trauma and the gaze

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