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Future Events:

CPCC is co-sponsoring the 2018 Canadian Association of Cultural Studies Conference!!!

  • Dates: March 1-4, 2018
  • Venue: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver BC, Canada
  • Main theme: Carceral cultures
  • Proposals for presentations/papers, panels, roundtables and workshops will be due October 15, 2017
  • See call for papers for more information
  • Contact:

Past Events:

March 27, 2017, 2PM at AQ 5067 Ellen Gee Memorial Lounge: Public Talk "How Kisbey the Therapy Dog Temporarily Disrupts a Culture of Punishment in Prison" (Co-sponsored with Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, SFU; Department of Sociology and Anthropology, SFU; the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies – Carceral Cultures 2018, SFU)

  • Dr. Colleen Dell (Centennial Enhancement Chair in One Health and Wellness at the University of Saskatchewan)

February 20, 2017, 4 to 6PM at HC 7000: Is there a Right To Sleep? (co-sponsored with Institute For the Humanities; Canadian Association of Cultural Studies: Carceral Cultures)

  • Dr. Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller (Professor of Political Science, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa)
  • Respondent: Dr. Brenna Bhandar (Senior Lecturer, SOAS)

February 2, 2017, 4 to 6PM at HC 2200: Public Talk: Regulation and Surveillance in Urban Supportive Housing (co-sponsored with Institute for Humanities, SFU; Canadian Association of Cultural Studies; and The Social Justice Centre, Kwantlen Polytechnic University)

  • Dr. Jade Boyd (Research Scientist, British Columbia Centre for Substance Use at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)
  • Respondent: Dr. Lisa Freeman (Department of Criminology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University)

January 15, 2017, 1 to 5PM at Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre: Panel Discussion with Film Screening "Documenting Nikkei Histories" (co-sponsored with SFU’s David See-Chai Lam Centre for International Communication, Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre and Powell Street Festival)

Panel 1: Remembering the Internment

  • Chair: Susanne Tabata
  • Panelists: Catrina Megumi Longmuir, Jason Matsumoto

Panel 2: The Nikkei and Beyond

  • Chair: Ayaka Yoshimizu
  • Panelists: Mitch Miyagawa, Kamala Todd, Alejandro Yoshizawa

October 7, 2016, 5 to 7PM at HC1520: Seminar Presentation "Dangerous Geographies, Alternatives Cartographies: Crime Mappting and the Prefiguration of Disposability" (Organized by CPCC; co-sponsored by SFU’s Vancity Community Engagement Office, the Institute of Humanities, the Department of English and Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Social Justice Centre).

  • Dr. Jenny Burman (Associate Professor, Department of Art History and Communication, McGill University)

April 29, 2016, 10AM to 3PM at St. John's College, University of British Columbia: The First Annual Colloquium for Scholars on South Asian Migration (Co-hosted by the Asian Canadian and Migration Studies Program (UBC); the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiative’s Migration and Mobility Program (UVIC); the Centre for Indo Canadian Studies (University of the Fraser Valley); and the Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities (SFU).)

April 29, 2016, 7 to 9PM at HC1800: Financialization and War: Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality and Subjectivity (Institute for the Humanities; Co-sponsored by CPCC, the School of Communication, Vancity Office of Community Engagement, Department of English, FCAT, and Contemporary Arts Graduate Program)

  • Maurizio Lazzarato (Sociologist and Philosopher)
  • David McNally (Political Science, York University)

February 27, 2016, from 9AM to 5PM at HC1415: Ethnic Media Training (Organized by New Canadian Media in partnership with Latincouver and CPCC)

  • Jenny Uechi (Managing Editor, Vancouver Observer)
  • Jackie Wong (Adjunct Instructor, UBC)
  • David Christophor (Communication Manager, OpenMedia)

February 27, 2016, from 10AM to 2PM at HC 2520: Workshop: Post-Redress: Research on Japanese Canadians II (Co-Sponsored by CPCC, York University and OISE at University of Toronto; organized by Mona Oikawa (Associate Professor, Equity Studies, York University), Roy Miki (Professor Emeritus, English, SFU) andKirsten McAllister (Associate Professor, Communication, SFU))

  • Smaro Kamboureli (Professor & Avie Bennett Chair in Canadian Literature, University of Toronto), Bonita Lawrence (Associate Professor, Equity Studies, York University), Pamela Sugiman (Professor & Chair, Sociology, Ryerson University), Tod Duncan (PhD Candidate, Social and Political Thought, York University)
  • John Price (Professor, Department of History, University of Victoria), Davina Bhandar (Adjunct Professor, Communication, Simon Fraser University), Dorothy Christian (PhD Candidate, Educational Studies, UBC), Milan Singh (Doctor, Communication, SFU) 

February 17, 2016, from 12:00-1:00 pm at K8652 at SFU Burnaby Campus: Workshop: Researching Culture across Disciplines, Media and Senses (Co-Sponsored by CPCC and School of Communication, Simon Fraser University)

  • Marie-Therese Abogo (PhD Candidate, Anthropology, Laval University), Vincent Andrisani (PhD Candidate, School of Communication, SFU), introduced by Dr. Milena Droumeva (School of Communication, SFU)

November 26, 2015, from 7:00- to 9:00 pm at HC 1530: Workshop: The Cultural Politics of Climate Change: What is Next for the Planet's Future?

  • Dr. Imre Szeman (Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies, University of Alberta)

Selected readings for this workshop:

November 19, 2015, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at HC 7000: Pieces Back Together: Community Memory of Sexual Violence in Radical Environmental Organizations in the Pacific Northwest of USA

  • Kiera James Anderson (Artist-storyteller and PhD Candidate, Ducan of Jordonstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, Scotland)

Presentation available here

September 16, 2015: "In Conversation with Le Brothers: The Role of Artists in Post War Contemporary Vietnam." (Sponsored by Centre A and the Live International Biennale of Performance Art Society with FCATʼs Centre for Policy Studies on Culture & Communities, Institute for Humanities at Simon Fraser University, and the Asian Canadian Studies Society)

  • Le Brothers, introduced by Naomi Sawada, Belkin Gallery, UBC & in conversation with Makiko Hara, independent curator

April 17, 2015: "WORKSHOP: KNOW THE LEDGE WE'RE ON — from Accountability to Activist Research." (Co-sponsored with FCATʼs Centre for Policy Studies on Culture & Communities, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Office of the Associate Vice-President, External Relations (SFU), Office for Aboriginal Peoples (SFU), Faculty of Graduate Studies (SFU), Institute for Humanities (SFU), Vancity Office of Community Engagement, Institute for Performance Studies (SFU), Centre for Social Justice (Kwantlen Polytechnic University), and the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography)

  • Nadine Boulay, Jade Boyd, Susan Boyd, Henry Daniel, Pat Feindel, Adel Iskandar, Roy Miki, Nawal Musleh-Motut, Michelle Nahanee, Deanna Reder, Leslie Robertson, and annie ross.

Research report available here.

April 9, 2015: "Parks and Recreation converging issues in urban cultural planning and national and provincial parks."

  • Dr. Alison Beale (School of Communication, Simon Fraser University)

February 25, 2015: Roundtable on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. "Impacts and Implications of the UNESCO Convention Ten Years After and Ten Years Ahead: The View From BC."

Research report available here.

February 26, 2015: "Race, Riots, and Empire: Local and Global Challenged to White Supremacy." (Co-sponsored with SFU's Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Woodward's Vancity Office for Community Engagement, Kwantlen University’s Social Justice Centre, the Nikkei National Museum, and the Asian Canadian Studies Society)

  • Dr. John Price (Department of History, University of Victoria)

January 22, 2015: From Immolation to Preservation: The Self and Identity Politics Since the Arab Uprisings. (Co-sponsored with CMNS 424,  Institute for Humanities; International Studies;  Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures; SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement)

  • Dr. Adel Iskandar (Assistant Professor in the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University)

Presentation available here. 

January 19, 2015: Fictive Communities Asia-Koganecho Bazaar 2014 and AIR YONAGO (475) 2014 (Co-sponsored with the Asian Canadian Studies Society, and introduced by Naomi Sawada (Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery)

  • Makiko Hara (Independent curator, artist and writer from Tokyo, Japan)

Presentation available here: Part 1 and Part 2.

January 12, 2015: Energy and Philosophy. (Co-sponsored with CMNS 424, the Institute for the Humanities, SFU and the Centre for Social Justice at Kwantlen Polytechnic University)

  • Imre Szeman (Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies and Professor of English, Film Studies and Sociology at the University of Alberta)

Presentation available here.

November 27, 2014: Ai Wei WEi: A Warrior of the Cultural Cold War. (Co-Sponsored by the M.A Double Degree in Global Communication Program and FCAT's Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities)


November 20, 2014: "Revolution and Performation: A Conversation with Ramy Essam."

  • Ramy Essam (Musician)

November 20, 2014: What's Story Got to Do With It? Visualizing Storywork and Indigenous Pedagogy. (Co-Sponsored with the Department of First Nations Studies at Simon Fraser University)

  • Dorothy Christian (PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia)

April 10, 2014: Research Colloquium with Audrey Yue, "New Trajectories in Cultural Research: Policy, Industry, Community.Photo credit and final report prepared by Novia Chen, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Gender, Sexuality & Women Studies. (Co-Sponsored with the Department of Gender, Sexuality, & Women Studies, Graduate Program in Urban Studies & the Centre for Policy Studies on Culture & Communities). 

  • Audrey Yue (Associate Professor in Cultural Studies, University of Melbourne)

Research report available here.

April 2, 2014: A Lecture by Contemporary Artist Cindy Mochizuki (Co-Sponsored with the School for Contemporary Art at Simon Fraser University)

  • Cindy Mochizuki (Contemporary Artist)

February 19, 2014: A Lecture by Contemporary Artist Paul Wong (Co-Sponsored with the Schools for Contemporary Art & Communication, the Departments of English; Sociology & Anthropology; Gender, Sexuality and Women Studies at Simon Fraser University)

Presentation available here.

December 6, 2013: Es Gibt Eine Kanadische Literature: Belatedness and Canadian Literary Studies as Foreign Policy. (In Collaboration with the SFU Department of English)

  • Professor Smaro Kambouril (Avie Bennett Chair in Canadian Literature, University of Toronto)

November 2, 2013: Post-Redress: Research on Japanese Canadians: What are the Challenges? What are the Possibilities? (Co-Sponsored with the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, Burnaby and the Asian Canadian Studies Society)

  • Roy Miki, (Professor Emeritus, English, SFU), Audrey Kobayashi, (Professor, Geography, Queen’s University), Jeff Masuda, (Associate Professor, Geography, University of Manitoba) Kirsten Emiko McAllister, (Associate Professor, Communication, SFU) Mona Oikawa, (Associate Professor, Equity Studies, York University) John Price, (Professor, History, University of Victoria)

Presentation available here.

July 9, 2013: Research RoundtableMissing Women Commission of Inquiry Unpacked and Revisited. (In collaboration with: First Nations Studies, Simon Fraser University and The Social Justice Centre, Kwantlen Polytechnic University)

  • Myrna Cranmer (Atira Women’s Resource Society), Rae-Lynne Dicks (University of the Fraser Valley), Lori-Ann Ellis (Family Member & Policy Forum Participant), Michaele Giordano (Women’s Resource Society of the Fraser Valley), Jessie Horner (Kwantlen Polytechnic University), Jane Miller-Ashton (Kwantlen Polytechnic University), Annie Ross (Simon Fraser University) Chaired by Michael C.K. Ma, (Kwantlen Polytechnic University) 

The roundtable video is available online: Part One and Part Two

June 18, 2013: Translation: The Politics and Poetics of Words and Worlds In Context. (In collaboration with: the Canadian Association for Irish Studies, Conference 2013; Centre for Imaginative Ethnography; Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, SFU; Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, SFU)

  • Julie Cruikshank, (Professor Emeritus, UBC), Louis DePaor, (Director, Centre for Irish Studies, NUI, Poet), Chief Ron Ignace, (Secwepemc [Shuswap] First Nation, Adjunct Professor SFU.), Helen Mintz, (Translator, Storyteller, and Writer), Moynagh Sullivan, (University Lecturer, NUI)

June 12, 2013: Indigenous Knowledge and Global Power Shifts: Plenary II of the SFU School of Communication 40th Anniversary Conference. (With the School of Communication, SFU)

  • Dr. Audra Simpson, (Columbia University), Dr. Glen Clouthard, (UBC)

May 22, 2013: Asia and Canada / Asia hyphen Canada / Asia space Canada / Asian Canadian / Canadian Asian / Canada and Asia / Canada hyphen Asia / Canada space Asia: Writing, Representing, Research, Teaching in the Trans/National Flows Between. (In collaboration with the Department of English, SFU, the Dean’s Office, Faculty for Communication, Art and Technology, SFU, and the Asian Canadian Studies Society)

  • Helen Leung, (SFU), Kirsten Emiko McAllister (SFU), Roy Miki (SFU), Huamei Han (SFU), Christine Kim (SFU), Larissa Lai (UBC), Chris Lee (UBC), Ashok Mathur (TRU), Miu Chung Yan (UBC), Davina Bhandar (Trent), Mike Ma (Kwantlen)

May 17, 2013: Researching Reality TV in Canada: Feminist Methodologies.

  • Zoë Druick, (Associate Professor, School of Communication, SFU), Natasha Patterson, (Ph.D. Candidate Gender Sexuality and Women Studies, SFU)

April 5, 2013: Researching Japanese Canadians: Critical Questions/Creative Practices. (In collaboration with the University of Victoria's Asian Canadian Working Group, the National Nikkei Museum and the Asian Canadian Studies Society)

  • Baco Ohama (Artist, Faculty, Goddard College), Hiromi Goto (Writer), Kelty McKinnon (Landscape Architect) Roy Miki (Professor Emeritus, SFU and Poet), Cindy Mochizuki (Artist), John Price (Associate Professor, UVic), Grace Eiko Thomson (Curator, Researcher, Former Director of the Japanese Canadian National Museum and past President of the National Association of Japanese Canadians)

April 2, 2013: Thinking in Common: Ideas for Radical Change.

  • Fiona Jeffries, (Ph.D, CPCC Visiting Scholar)

November 27, 2012: A Seminar on the Tradition of Memory Research in Post-Communist Poland and the Interest in Japanese Canadian Internment Camps.

  • Maria Wacławik (CPCC Visiting Scholar, Ph.D. candidate, Jagiellonian University)

October 26, 2012: Fearless City: A Public Lecture and Discussion.

  • Fiona Jeffries (Ph.D, CPCC Visiting Scholar, Simon Fraser University)

September 8, 2012: Critical Creative Crossings: a Workshop. (in collaboration with the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, SFU)

  • Helen Leung, (Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, SFU)

May 25, 2012: Protection: Interrogating Claims of Canada’s Contemporary Immigration and Refugee Regime Change Bill C-31. (in collaboration with the Social Justice Centre, Kwantlen Polytechnic University)

  • Michael Ma, (Director and Associate Professor at Kwantlen) and Dr. Davina Bhandar, (School of Communication Adjunct Professor and Associate Professor, Trent University)

April 13, 2012: Neogitating Knowledge: A Case for Oral History. (in collaboration with the Gender, Sexuality and Women Studies Department, SFU)

  • Elise Chenier, (Department of History, SFU), Adrienne Burk, (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, SFU), Sophie McCall, (Department of English), Leslie Robertson, (Centre for Women's and Gender Studies, UBC), Lara Campbell, (Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, SFU)

March 22, 2012: Lecture on Memory Cartography and Photography as a Visual Technology.

  • Gaye Chan, (Professor and Chair, Department of Art and Art History, University of Hawai'i at Manoa.)

March 2, 2012: The Neoliberal University and Globalization: A Discussion on the Fate or Future of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences as Critical and Creative Forces.

  • Enda Brophy, (Communication, SFU), Catherine Murray (Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies; Communication, SFU), Sabine Bitter, (Contemporary Arts, SFU), Colin Browne, (Contemporary Arts, SFU)

January 20, 2012: Integrating Culture into Local Sustainability Planning: Influences, Developments, and Challenges.

  • Nancy Duxbury, (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

October 15, 2011: Arts of Conscience: from Hiroshima to Vancouver. (In collaboration with: The Audain Foundation; Centre A; Simon Fraser University's Dean's Office for the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology Simon Fraser University, School of Contemporary Art, Department of English, Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies and the Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities; Powell Street Festival; University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology)

    October 7, 2011: Intersecting Critical & Creative Practices in Academia. (Co-Sponsored by: Asian Studies, UBC; Communication Studies, SFU; Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies, SFU; Sociology & Anthropology, SFU)

    • Dara Culhane, (Anthropology, SFU), Helen Leung, (Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies), Kirsten McAllister, (Communication, SFU), Roy Miki (Professor Emeritus, SFU)
    • Special Guest Presentation, Leung Ping-Kwan (Professor, Lingnan University, Hong Kong Author & Poet)

    April 28, 2011: Where does the line get drawn? Creative Practice and Academic Norms. (in collaboration with: Anthropology, Communication Studies, English, Gender, Sexuality and Women Studies and the Centre for Policy on Culture and Communities & CMNS 423&857 at Simon Fraser University)

  • Dara Culhane, (Anthropology, SFU), Helen Leung, (Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies), Kirsten McAllister, (Communication, SFU), Roy Miki (Professor Emeritus, SFU)
  • A Symposium featuring Miyako Ishiuchi (Artist, Japan) and Linda Hoaglund (Filmmaker, USA) 

  • Vancover-based artists include Dana Claxton, Cindy Mochizuki, Larry Nickel and Colin Thomas