Fall 2018 Colloquium Seminars

Tuesday talks  are 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Academic Quadrangle Building, AQ 5067
Ellen Gee Common Room
SFU Burnaby Campus

Free and open to all. Brown bag lunch.


Telling Stories: About Nation, of War, and Through Dance

November 13, 2018

Ahalya Satkunaratnam, Professor, Contemporary Cultural Studies, Division of Arts and Humanities, Quest University Canada


In this paper, narratives of Sri Lanka and its 26-year civil war between the state and the separatist group, the LTTE, are understood and undone through an exploration of the stories of dancing and dancers. As the war produced and maintained narratives in order to sustain a project of exclusion beyond and within the state’s borders— dance and dancing reveals a counter narrative that allows for more nuanced story, one that is complicated by practices of and desires for inclusion, one that is inherently transnational in movement and inspiration.

Sqwélqwel, sxwoxwiyám: Illuminating Coast Salish Oral History of the Recent Past and Oral History of the Distant Past in Research

September 18, 2018

Dara Kelly, Assistant Professor, Indigenous Business, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University


Abstract: Each living generation lives through and contributes to the stories of the ancestors, just as they lived through and contributed to the stories of theirs. Likewise, each voice in oral history research (including the researcher’s) is valued for their individual insights, but all are also part of an interconnected story guided by the wisdom of elders past, present and future who pass on the Teachings as a foundation for all Coast Salish knowledge.

Code-switching Identities: Curating Gender Across Networks

October 2, 2018

Son Vivienne, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, RMIT, Melbourne


Non-binary gender identities pose challenges for provision of education, health services and citizenship in Australia and globally, and yet gender-diverse stories proliferate in a multitude of online spaces and are increasingly visible in mainstream media. Drawing on creative mixed methods from social media storytelling to selfie exhibitions, this research explores new ‘beyond-dualistic’ ways of being neither wholly male/female or online/offline. Privileging gender-diverse voices at sites of social change, it canvasses implications for legal self-identification processes and ramifications for archives and data collections, past and future.