Fall 2016 Colloquium Series

Burnaby Campus, Simon Fraser University

Free and open to the public

"Life off the Grid"

September 27, 2016   1:00 - 2:20 pm

Academic Quadrangle Building, Room 5067 (Ellen Gee Common Room)

Phillip Vannini, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Royal Roads University


Abstract:  Myriad lines surround our day-to-day lives, exiting and entering our homes. Wires connect to electricity posts which power and heat our dwellings. Cables hook us to telephone and internet networks. Other lines stretch the world closer to us and our homes closer to the world: paved driveways link us with roads and highways, mains tap us into common water reserves and flow into municipal sewers, satellite beams reach into the atmosphere to download television signals into our living rooms.    Read more...    

"Subject Formation as a Field of Inquiry in Urban Studies"

November 1, 2016    1:00 - 2:20 pm

Academic Quadrangle Building, Room 5067 (Ellen Gee Common Room)

Lisa Hoffman, Professor of Urban Studies, University of Washington, Tacoma


Abstract: This paper asks what we learn about urbanization when we take subject formation as a key field of inquiry.  This paper explores this issue through two main points.  First, it considers how a study of subject formation alerts us to key norms and practices in contemporary governmentalities. Such ideas are held both by state and non-state actors, shaping not only subjects but also spaces. In the second and third parts of the paper, I examine what I identify as two key norms in contemporary China – innovation and care – to explore how such norms, imperatives and practices are incorporated into the shaping of cities and citizens.  Read more...

Public Seminar, December 2

"Waking the Feminists: Same Shit; Different Century"

Friday, December 2, 2016   
2:30 - 4:30 pm
SFU Burnaby Campus
Halpern Centre, Room 114

Emer O'Toole, Assistant Professor of Irish Performance Studies, Concordia University


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Abstract: In 2016, to commemorate the centenary of the declaration of the Irish Republic, The Abbey Theatre announced a programme comprised of 90% male playwrights. The scale of the feminist reaction to this event is, in part, due the history of the theatre and how it intertwines with the history of the Irish nation. While Waking the Feminists is about the position of women in the Irish arts, it also serves, symbolically, as reflection on woman and nation in a wider sense. Waking the Feminists happened at the same time as the implementation of a new political quota system. It happened at a time when the campaign to repeal the 8th amendment, Ireland’s constitutional ban on abortion, was in full swing. Waking the Feminists came, in short, at a time when Irish women are demanding greater rights and representation on social and political stages. And, as any of us involved in feminist movement can attest, those moments create a backlash, from both left and right of the political sphere. Conservative factions obviously react negatively to gender quotas, abortion rights and lady playwrights, but critique from the left can be more insidious, positioning gender equality as a consideration secondary to the bigger picture of, for example, anti-austerity politics. By similar logic, the ideal of artistic merit must be safeguarded above and beyond any “politically correct” agenda of female inclusion. For this seminar we’ll read texts from the feminist writers of 1916 that illustrate the longevity of such debates. With an activist eye, we’ll attempt to name some strategies and lines of argumentation required by Ireland’s Waking the Feminist movement, and by feminist movements more broadly, as we work towards equality in the arts and in society.

Public Lecture, December 1

"Waking the Feminists: 2016’s Irish Theatre Revolution"

Emer O'Toole, Assistant Professor of Irish Performance Studies, Concordia University

Thursday, December 1, 2016
7:30 - 10:00 pm
Vancouver Campus, Harbour Centre, Fletcher Challenge Theatre

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