Fall 2017 Colloquium Seminars


Women’s Participation in Post Fukushima Radiation Monitoring: exploring gendered scientization

Thursday, September 28, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Burnaby Campus, Simon Fraser University
Academic Quadrangle Building, Room 5067 (Ellen Gee Common Room)

Co-sponsored with the David See-chai Lam Centre

Aya Kimura, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Hawai’i-Manoa

Citizen radiation measuring organizations (CRMO) were Japanese citizens’ groups established to measure the concentration of radioactive materials in food to ensure its safety after the Fukushima nuclear accident. CRMOs had active participation by laywomen. This lecture explores the motivations of these women to get involved in CRMOs and how they understood the value of using science in the face of the nuclear accident. The concept of gendered scientization highlights how the turn to science in dealing with environmental threats might result in gendered opportunities and challenges in pursuing environmental justice.  

Aya Kimura is the author of Hidden Hunger: Gender and Politics of Smarter Foods (2013, Cornell University Press, winner of the Rural Sociological Society Outstanding Scholarly Award) and Radiation Brain Moms and Citizen Scientists: The Gender Politics of Food Contamination after Fukushima (2016, Duke University Press). She has also co-edited Food and Power: Visioning Food Democracy in Hawai’i (2016, University of Hawaii Press, co-editor with Krisnawati Suryanata). She is currently writing, with Abby Kinchy, a book on citizen science.

Not-Your-Grandma’s social movements: Activism through science: citizen scientists after the Fukushima nuclear accident

Friday, September 29, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

David See-chai Lam Centre
SFU Harbour Centre
1600 Canfor Policy Room
515 West Hastings Street

Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Across Oceans of Law: the Komagata Maru and jurisdiction in the time of empire

Tuesday, October 17, 1:15 - 2:30 pm

Burnaby Campus, Simon Fraser University
Academic Quadrangle Building, Room 5067 (Ellen Gee Common Room)

Renisa Mawani, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia

The S.S. Komagata Maru rose to prominence in 1914 when Gurdit Singh, a railway contractor and rubber planter from Malaya, transported 376 Punjabi migrants along the Pacific from Hong Kong to Vancouver. The voyage has typically been narrated through the coordinates of landfall, territoriality, and national sovereignty and is frequently evoked as a key moment in the history of immigration exclusions and racism in Canada. Engaging “oceans as method,” a mode of thinking and writing that repositions land and sea, I ask what is at stake, historically and conceptually, when histories of Indian mobility and migration are situated within maritime worlds. By placing the Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic Oceans into conversation, I analyze the circulating and shared legalities that connected the Dominions, colonies, and territories; the shifting intensities of racial, colonial, and legal violence that joined indigenous dispossession, transatlantic slavery, and Indian indenture to so-called “free” migration.

Renisa Mawani is a Professor of Sociology and inaugural Chair of the Law and Society Program at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Mawani works in the fields of critical theory and colonial legal history and has published widely on law, colonialism, and legal geography. Her first book, Colonial Proximities (2009) details the legal encounters between indigenous peoples, Chinese migrants, “mixed-race” populations, and Europeans in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century British Columbia. Her second book, Across Oceans of Law (forthcoming, Duke University Press), is a global and maritime legal history of the S.S. Komagata Maru. In 2015-2016, she received the Killam Prize for Graduate Instruction, a Dean of Arts Faculty Research Award, and was named a Wall Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.

Crafting Carnival, Crafting Community: the new Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Tuesday, November 7, 1:15 - 2:30 pm

Burnaby Campus, Simon Fraser University
Academic Quadrangle Building, Room 5067 (Ellen Gee Common Room)

Co-sponsored with the Urban Studies Program

Martha Radice, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Dalhousie University

Over the last three decades, and especially since Hurricane Katrina, a new wave of carnival parading clubs or ‘krewes’ has emerged in New Orleans, taking a handmade aesthetic and progressive politics to the streets during carnival season. This talk discusses what people get out of the practical work of this public cultural production. As krewe members spend hundreds of hours and dollars making material things for their parade—costumes, throws, and floats—they are also making intangible things, like a sense of belonging as well as a sense of satirical critique.

Martha Radice is an urban anthropologist whose research interests include public space, public art and public culture; interethnic relations; and neighbourhoods, community and sociability. She has recently published articles about cosmopolitanism, conviviality, and the publicness of public art, and a book co-edited with Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier on public art interventions in Canadian cities.

Events Free and Open to the Public

Light refreshments served