The Power of a Riot: Justice, Identity and Belonging
The 2011 Stanley Cup riot has been described as one of the largest crime sprees in Vancouver: 12 businesses damaged, 122 vehicles damaged or destroyed, 52 assaults, 1035 emergency personnel called to action, and an estimated financial loss of $3.78 million. 284 accused pleaded guilty, and nine of the 10 who went to trial were convicted.
The riot stripped a sense of safety and security from many citizens. Some terrified victims barricaded themselves inside businesses. Others, at personal risk, defended property or other people. But the next morning, hundreds took to the streets to reclaim our city.
That same summer, one of our presenters, Professor Steve Reicher, a Social Psychologist at the University of St. Andrews, was writing about similar riots in England. Reicher studies crowd actions, political rhetoric, and national identity. Our second presenter, Tania Arvanitidis is a PhD candidate in the SFU School of Criminology and has been studying the riots since 2011.
Join us as we consider what, five years after the Stanley Cup riot, we have learned about crowd behaviour and the impacts on those most affected? Will the high cost of prosecution be a deterrent against something like this happening again?
Then it’s your turn to observe, question and offer your opinions. Please feel free to bring your lunch.
Registration is not required but seating is limited. Please try to arrive early to ensure a seat.