SFU Vancouver Events: July 21 – July 28

The following is a look ahead at select upcoming events held at SFU Vancouver. For the full calendar of events, click here

Thesis defence: Amelia Bowden

Date: Thursday, July 21 
Time: 10 a.m. Place: Rm. 1325, Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings St.

Thesis title: Revitalizing Suburban Neighbourhoods with Smart Growth Design: A Case Study of Walkability in the Town Centre of Maple Ridge, BC LEARN MORE → 

Emerging Chinese Youth Culture and Globalization

Date: Thursday, July 21 
Time: 2:30 p.m. Place: Rm. 2270, Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings St.

While the formation of Chinese youth culture is intertwined with the influx of global culture in China and youth’s access to global culture from without, this lecture will discuss Dr. Fung’s paper on an emerging formation of productive culture of the new generation in China that is also associated with the global culture, more specifically, Japanese comics / anime culture. Such production is a second degree of (re)production based on the cultural resources consumed (e.g. Japanese anime) in everyday life or what we called shanzhai. Based on shanzhai or second degree of reproduction of anime and cultural texts, on the digital space, Dr. Fung argues that Chinese youth are able to create an alternative discourse based on the existing controlling narratives of the society to challenge the dominant mainstream in their own youth space. This alternative is seen as something cloned or mimicked and it remains marginal in the eyes of the authorities, and thus it is able to stay intact, reproductive, and regenerative. Through social media and based on concrete examples, in the presentation, in this paper, Dr. Fung explores the implications of such second degree of cultural production for the Chinese society. LEARN MORE → 

Transgendering Nietzsche: Male Mothers and Phallic Women in Derrida’s "Spurs"

Date: Thursday, July 21 
Time: 7p.m. Place: Rm. 7000, Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings St.

In Spurs: Nietzsche’s Styles Derrida disrupts the coherence of ‘woman’ through exposing her as a fetish. ‘Woman’, whom Nietzsche describes as so artistic, as a great actor, is exemplary of a truth-making discourse about heteronormative cisgender sexuality. In Derrida’s reading of Nietzsche, the presumptions of essentialism that attach performative qualities to a biological sex are undermined through the exposures and conflations of many kinds of ‘woman’ who shun ‘truth’. These disruptions are complimented by Derrida’s attention to Nietzsche’s phallic rhetoric and his metaphors of pregnancy. Gender is displaced and put into a productive crisis in Spurs, but not without also reifying the feminine, through Nietzsche, as distance itself. This paper brings Derrida's Nietzsche into confrontation with Nietzsche and new notions of gender in order to question how reading Nietzsche on 'woman' today has changed in light of recent theoretical developments in transgender studies.LEARN MORE → 

Breaking Barriers with Blood and Water: the significance of a diverse screen to Canada’s nation building

Date: Saturday, July 23 
Time: 1:30 p.m. Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, 149 W. Hastings St.

Television drama is never just about entertainment. It is a reflection of our social fabric. It is a key influence on our views of the country of which we are part. It is an expression of the communities to which we contribute. When a resource and capital-heavy project such as a television series takes an unprecedented move to do something new and bold, audiences will recognize it isn’t just another show. Join us at this event to discuss the cultural, political and societal significance of barrier-breaking projects such as “Blood and Water,” the first primetime network drama in North American television history that features English, Mandarin and Cantonese as its performing languages, led by an all-Asian cast. LEARN MORE → 

Thesis defence: Taylor Tuepah

Date: Tuesday, July 26 
Time: 10 a.m. Place: Rm. 1415, Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings St.

Thesis title: Title: How family-friendly are workplace policies? A critical synthesis of the literature. LEARN MORE → 

Thesis defence: Jordan Magtoto

Date: Tuesday, July 26 
Time: 2 p.m. Place: Rm. 1315, Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings St.

Thesis title: Active school travel in Fleetwood, Surrey, BC, Canada LEARN MORE → 

Thesis defence: Heather Cowie

Date: Wednesday, July 27 
Time: 10 a.m. Place: Rm. 1425, Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings St.

Thesis title The psychosocial aspects of older adults' decision making process in the adoption of home modifications: Development of a research proposal for grant funding LEARN MORE → 

The Paradox of Play: Aesthetic Resistance in Lukàcs, Benjamin, and Adorno

Date: Wednesday, July 27 
Time: 6 p.m. Place: Rm. 7000, Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings St.

In thinking through the catastrophes of the 20th century, the Frankfurt School critical theorists considered art’s capacity to challenge the damaged rationality of postwar, late capitalist culture. In this paper, Surti Singh examines the turn to art by looking at the influence of Schiller’s On The Aesthetic Education of Man, in which he emphasized the play-drive as an antidote to the fragmentation and alienation of social life. In particular, he traces how Lukàcs, Benjamin, and Adorno each take up the notion of play in their works. Lukàcs examined Schiller’s play-drive in the context of resisting the reification of 20th century capitalist society, a possibility that he ultimately deemed ineffective. In turn, Benjamin and Adorno viewed the aesthetic sphere as not simply a compensatory, romantic model of reunification between the subject and the social world, but as a realm that had its own critical force. Whereas Benjamin was more enthusiastic about play’s possibilities, Adorno assigned it a characteristically aporetic or paradoxical status as something that could express both freedom and repression. By discussing play in relation to concepts such as reification, semblance, and the death-drive, Singh considers whether play is simply a repetition of the labor practices that we are induced to perform, or whether it holds an emancipatory potential. LEARN MORE → 

Q2Q: A Symposium on Queer Theatre and Performance in Canada

Date: Wednesday, July 20 – Sunday, July 24 
Place: SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings

Q2Q brings scholars of queer Canadian theatre and performance together with the artists, producers, curators and administrators contributing to the vibrancy and diversity of LGBT2Q live arts scenes and cultures across the country. Combining roundtable discussions, networking events, and an evening reading series of new plays, Q2Q asks what a comparative analysis of contemporary queer performance practices can tell us about current trends and future directions, as well as the importance of documenting the larger historical narrative of Canadian queer theatrical production and reception. Addressing questions of aesthetics, diversity, economics, and form, symposium participants will work together to generate through theory and practice new ways of understanding how queer theatre and performance have contributed to the political and social development of LGBT2Q communities in Canada.LEARN MORE → 

The Fraud that Goes Under the Name of Love

Date: Thursday, June 2 – Monday, August 1 
Place: Audain Gallery, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.

This group exhibition, co-curated by Amy Kazymerchyk and cheyanne turions, explores how singular and social bodies are affected by the entwinement of love and work. It focuses on under-acknowledged forms of physical, intellectual and emotional work, such as domestic care, cultural production and social activism, which are often referred to as "labours of love." In querying the complexity of this commonly used phrase, the exhibition exposes how this love is valued on global, communal and personal scales. Artists use material and conceptual strategies to express the physical, emotional and psychological effects of enduring or refusing the conditions of these social roles. Using figurative language, abstraction and poetics, their works express how the conditions and affects of labouring are absorbed in the body and enfolded into life. LEARN MORE → 

Woodward's Community Singers 2016 Workshops

Date: Every Thursday, March 24 – July 28 
Time: 6 p.m. Place: Sky Room, 10th floor, PHS Woodward's, 131 West Hastings St.

This is a free, drop-in, non-auditioned weekly community choir. All voices are invited to join us in song. Together we sing music from gospel, folk, popular, and contemporary traditions. It's informal, fun, playful and profound. We're a friendly gang of welcoming people who live or work in the area, go to school at SFU or come from around the city to gather here and enjoy the community we build through music. There are usually 25 to 35 singers each week and always a handful of new singers joining us for the first time. Participants are also welcome to come, drink a cup of tea and just listen. We sing in the beautiful Sky Room of the PHS Community Services Residences at the Woodward's complex. LEARN MORE →

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