Between Kanye West's “refugee camp” collection and miniskirts being used as a sign of Afghanistan's modernization, political tensions have been expressed on women’s bodies. Starting with images of illegal fashion, which she documented in her book, Tehran Streetstyle, and ending in the United States, Hoda will guide participants through an engaging conversation exploring the politics of fashion and what it reveals about contemporary structures of violence, inequalities, and modes of resistance.
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Hoda Katebi is a Chicago-based angry daughter of Muslim-Iranian immigrants. She is the voice behind JooJoo Azad, the radical, political fashion online publication hailed from BBC to VOGUE to the New York Times, and author of the book Tehran Streetstyle, the first-ever in-print documentation and celebration of illegal fashion in Iran. Offline, Hoda is an abolitionist and community organizer, part of campaigns to end surveillance programs and police militarization. She is also developing a sewing co-operative of refugee and low-income immigrant women in Chicago.
Most recently, Hoda has launched #BecauseWeveRead, an Instagram-based radical, international book club with meet-ups in 30+ cities around the world, working to uplift and celebrate stories of those whose voices are systemically silenced and engage in community organizing work and campaigns. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2016 where her research focused on intersections of gender, resistance, feminism, and the state in Iran, and will be starting law school in the fall of 2019. She runs on saffron ice cream and colonizer tears.
Global Goals Talks
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Atrium, Students' Union Building
Join us for engaging 17-minute talks on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as well as a Fashion Show by UAlberta students.
6:00 - 6:45 pm
Atrium, Students’ Union Building
The Alberta Council for Global Cooperation will launch the 8th annual Top 30 Under 30 publication and award featuring 30 exemplary young people from Alberta and around the world. This event will celebrate and showcase the recipients and their contributions in partnering towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Recipients will be joined by keynote speaker Hoda Katebi, honorary Top 30 Under 30 recipient.
Learning Through Migration: Towards a Pedagogy of Settlement
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Telus Centre 134
Alexandru (Alex) Caldararu, Instructor, Community Support Worker Program & Program Founder, Settlement Studies Program, NorQuest College
Although debates continue to rage in the scientific community regarding the exact origins of our species, there is a widespread consensus that the history of humanity is one of migration. As Canada continues the long process of reconciling its colonial and racist past, the need for a critical examination of the role the settlement sector has played in the maintenance of dominant cultural myths/narratives regarding Canadian multiculturalism has never been higher.
As the primary contacts for newcomers upon their arrival, settlement agencies share important knowledge with their clients and play a vital role in the integration of migrants into Canadian society. However, these same agencies receive significant portions of their operating grants from their funders, and as such, are expected to engage only in activities that are sanctioned by the federal government. This raises important questions about what newcomers learn about Canada from state-funded, non-profit service-providing agencies, and more significantly, what they do not.
This presentation will analyze how Canada’s increasingly neoliberalized settlement sector can augment the informal learning that happens throughout the migration process, the implications of this augmentation for efforts to reconcile Canada’s increasing demographic diversity with its history of racism and colonialism, and what can be done to create a new “pedagogy of settlement,” one that simultaneously develops a critical consciousness in newcomers to Canada and a critical praxis for practitioners who hope to do more than simply reproduce the Great Canadian (Multicultural) Myth.