Events

Roundtable on Politics of the Drug Poisoning Crisis in Alberta (Friday, January 21, 3:30-5:00 pm)

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Participants:

  • Elaine Hyshka is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management in University of Alberta's School of Public Health. Her research spans both health services and systems and population health pillars, and focuses on advancing a public health approach to substance use.
  • Bonnie Larson MD is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) who dedicates her waking hours in the service of marginalized and vulnerable populations. As well as co-founding Calgary’s Allied Mobile Palliative Program (CAMPP), Larson was the driving force behind Street CCRED (Street Community Capacity in Research, Education and Development), which serves as a hub for community members, front-line workers, social agencies, and scholars working on behalf of those experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations in Calgary.
  • Petra Schulz lost her 25-year-old son, Danny, to accidental fentanyl poisoning in 2014. She is one of the co-founders of Moms Stop the Harm, a network of Canadian families impacted by substance-use related harms and deaths. Through the lessons learned from her personal experience and by sharing Danny's story, Petra has become an advocate for drug policy reform to reduce the harm associated with substance use. She believes that substance use is a matter involving human rights and health and must not be criminalized.
  • Shanell Twan is a Board member for the province of Alberta for CAPUD, the Canadian Association of People Using Drugs, and has worked in Edmonton's Inner City for the past 10 years.
  • Jared Wesley is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta. Through his Common Ground initiative and Viewpoint Alberta project, he studies political culture, behaviour, and public opinion in Alberta.

Roundtable on Land Back: Political Science Annual Lecture (date tba)

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Participants:

  • Eriel Tchekwie Deranger (she/her) is a Dënesųłiné woman (ts'ékui), member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and mother of two, coming from a family of Indigenous rights advocates fighting for the recognition, sovereignty and autonomy of their Indigenous lands and territory in what is now known as Treaty 8, Canada.
  • Shiri Pasternak is Assistant Professor of Criminology at X University in Toronto. She is the author of the award-winning book Grounded Authority, published by Minnesota Press in 2017. She is the co-founder of the Yellowhead Institute, the first Indigenous-led think tank in Canada, and served as the inaugural Research Director from 2019-2021.
  • Daniel T’seleie is K’asho Got’ine Dene from Radili Ko (also known as Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories). As K’asho Got’ine Chief Negotiator he manages his community’s self-government negotiations with Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories.
  • Chelsea Vowel is Métis from manitow-sâkahikan (Lac Ste. Anne) Alberta, residing in amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton). Parent to six children, she has a BEd, LLB, and MA. She is a Cree language instructor at the Faculty of Native studies at the University of Alberta. Author of Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada, she and her co-host Molly Swain produce the Indigenous feminist sci-fi podcast Métis in Space, and co-founded the Métis in Space Land Trust.
  • Host: Matt Wildcat, Political Science, University of Alberta
  • Respondent: Isabel Altamirano, Political Science, University of Alberta

The Price of Everything: Debt, Work, Sleep (date tba)

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Your life has been financialized without you knowing. Everything you do, think, and imagine, has been abstracted into a value and sold for the profit of a few and the loss of the many. When all is said, done and accounted for, the world now divides between debtors and creditors, with the wages of labour determined by algorithms that do not sustain life. In a world where those with equity are able to buy time and where time itself is an increasingly slippery asset, the only way forward is to put debt to sleep. Come and learn about debt strikes, alternative banking, revolutionary stories and biopolitical refusals.

Participants:

  • Rob Aitken is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. His work lies at the intersection of cultural economy, the social studies of finance and governmentality studies. His most recent book, Fringe Finance, was published in 2015. His current research focuses on the imperial histories of insurance, the financialization of climate change and the contemporary relationship between financial value and waste.
  • Katherine Binhammer is a Professor of English and Film Studies at University of Alberta focused on eighteenth-century literature, feminist and sexuality studies, narrative theory and critical finance studiesHer recently published monograph, Downward Mobility: The Form of Capital in the Sentimental Novel (Johns Hopkins UP, 2020), reads stories of loss in the late-eighteenth century for the way their narrative structure takes the form of capital.
  • Cressida Heyes is Professor of Political Science and holds a Henry Marshall Tory Chair at the University of Alberta. They are the author of, most recently, Anaesthetics of Existence: Essays on Experience at the Edge (Duke University Press, 2020), winner of the David Easton book award from the American Political Science Association in 2020, and are currently writing a fourth monograph called Sleep is the New Sex—a feminist philosophical investigation of the interrelation of sleep, rest, gender, and sexuality.

‘Igniting all corners of the University’ 🔥 – An April 1st Appreciation of the UAlberta Brand (Friday, April 1, 3:30-5:00)

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Description:

Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying. As the University of Alberta staggers under massive budget cuts and unprecedented restructuring, we’re offered a stream of peppy brand messages and invitations to workshops that promise to help us deal with stress, anger, and grief.

This April Fools’ Day roundtable will spoof, lampoon, and mock the sops thrown out by the neoliberal university. There’ll be laughter, critical reflection, and perhaps we’ll solve some problems that don’t even exist yet.

(‘Igniting all corners of the university’ and ‘solving problems that don’t exist yet’ are snippets from a much discussed 2021 video introducing the new UAlberta Brand.)

Participants:

  • Cressida Heyes is Professor of Political Science and holds a Henry Marshall Tory Chair at the University of Alberta. They are the author of Anaesthetics of Existence: Essays on Experience at the Edge (Duke University Press, 2020), winner of the David Easton book award from the American Political Science Association in 2020, and are currently writing a fourth monograph called Sleep is the New Sex—a feminist philosophical investigation of the interrelation of sleep, rest, gender, and sexuality.
  • Nat Hurley (she/they) is Associate Director of the Intersections of Gender Signature area, Director of Media and Technology Studies, and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts (Dept of English & Film Studies). Her areas of research and teaching experience include American literary culture and history (19th century in particularly) Children’s Literature, Queer Theory, Gay and Lesbian literary history, history of the book, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality studies, Intersectionality, Psychoanalysis, and Critical Theory more broadly.
  • Eddy Kent is a Professor in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. He is author of Corporate Character: Representing Imperial Power in British India, 1786-1901 (2014) and is the editor (with Terri Tomsky) of Negative Cosmopolitanism: Rethinking World Citizenship After Globalization (2017). His interest in how corporations develop cultures that shape the way individuals think and feel about the state was sparked by the time he spent between his undergraduate and graduate studies selling advertising in London. 
  • Donia Mounsef was born in Beirut, Lebanon and moved to Canada as a young adult. She earned an MA in French from the University of Alberta and in 2000 a PhD in French and Theatre from the University of British Columbia. In addition to teaching theatre and poetry as a Professor of Drama at the University of Alberta, Mounsef is a playwright, dramaturge and poet.

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