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2014 – 2015 Events
2014 - 2015 Works in Progress Seminar Series, Session 3
With talks by Mary Jean Hande and Fady Shanouda and
respondent, Dr. Nirmala Erevelles
Friday, March 13, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
OISE/University of Toronto 12th Floor,
Room 12-199 252 Bloor St. West (@ St. George Subway Station)
This event is wheelchair accessible
"Revolutionizing Disability Care Relations in a Time of Austerity"
Mary Jean Hande l PhD Candidate l Adult Education & Community
Development l OISE, University of Toronto
Abstract: Since the 2007-2008 financial crisis, the violent relations
between disability and poverty have become unmistakable. Sweeping
austerity measures enclose, undermine, and sometimes effectively
eliminate disability benefits, income support, and care provision so
that poverty intensifies into dire crisis for more and more disabled people.
Coinciding with this austere restructuring, privatized healthcare and disability
supports are becoming hugely profitable financial investment opportunities,
which present numerous contradictions in the struggle for socially just
disability care provision and care labour. In this context, disabled people and
their communities are organizing to fight for disability care supports
and develop alternative forms of care provision to meet their
everyday needs. This work-in-progress uses a dialectical framework
to investigate the everyday social relations of disability care and disability
justice organizing within the context of global finance capital so as to
demystify exploitative disability care relations and situate them as a site of
class struggle. This discussion will explore the role of academic research in
revealing these exploitive relations and how academic research can be
organized dialectically to support community organizers' efforts to
revolutionize these exploitive relations through community-based social
investigation and action."Reframing
'Passing' as Resistance in Higher Education"
Fady Shanouda PhD Student l Dalla Lana School of Public Health l Social &
Behavioural Health Sciences l University of Toronto
Abstract: There is an abundance of academic literature on the concept of
passing as it relates to marginalized and non-visible identities. The
majority of this scholarship frames passing a form of assimilation
and conformity to an established norm. But, can passing be a form
of resistance? Drawing on personal narratives, my work in progress explores
this question by critically engaging with literature on passing from disciplines
ranging from trans studies to disability studies. In particular, I engage
disability scholar Samuel's argument that the passing subject is "a defiant
figure who, by crossing the borders of identities, reveals their instability"
(2003, p. 243). This notion of passing as resistance is echoed in other
disciplines, most prominently, trans scholarship. Approaching passing
through the framework of trans scholarship, specifically the notion of
"stealth", may further illuminate the possibility of passing as resistance.
In this discussion, I hope to explore the implications of
conceptualizing passing as resistance for disability studies scholarship and
Please refrain from smoking; wearing colognes, perfumes, or scented oils;
and using chemical based laundry detergents or fabric softeners before or
during the Works in Progress session.
Centre for Media and Culture in Education presents:
"Tongue-Tied": Theorizing at the Intersections of
Bilingual Education, Deaf Studies and Disability
Dr. Nirmala Erevelles
A public lecture by Dr. Nirmala Erevelles Professor of Social and Cultural
Studies in Education l University of Alabama Thursday, March 12, 2015, 6
- 8 pm OISE Library, Main Floor University of Toronto 252 Bloor St.
West (@ St. George Subway Station) Free Admission l ASL Interpretation
l Attendant Care l Wheelchair Accessible l Scent Free Seating In order to
help make this a chemical and fragrance free event, we ask that attendees
refrain from smoking; wearing colognes, perfumes, or scented oils; and using
chemical based laundry detergents or fabric softeners before or during the
event. We also request that participants wear clothing that has had limited
exposure to the items above.
Dr. Erevelles will argue that a critique of normative notions of disability in
both bilingual education research and Deaf studies would enable a tentative
alliance that holds transformative possibilities.
Centre for Media and Culture in Education & Centre for Urban Schooling
invite you to a co-sponsored Works in Progress Seminar on:
Hip Hop Pedagogies
February 20, 2015 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fifth Floor, Room 5-160 |
OISE/University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West (@ St. George Subway Station)
Featuring presentations by:
With responses by:
Centre for Media and Culture in Education & Centre for Urban Schooling
invite you to a film screening, panel discussion, and reception.
After Night
February 19, 2015
6:00 – 7:30 pm
5th Floor Lounge
OISE/University of Toronto
(@ St. George Subway Station)
In 2013, 30 youths and teachers in Toronto created an exhibition of paintings
in response to the book Night (1960), a record of Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel’s
experiences in the
Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. The artworks included
triangles painted on book pages in colors and patterns the artists chose to
represent their visions of diversity and solidarity with victims of intolerance.
The 25-minute documentary film After Night tells the story of this project
from the perspectives of the people involved in it.
Screening of the film After Night will be followed by a response from Dr.
Korina Jocson, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who will moderate a
discussion with panelists including Dr. Rob Simon, OISE/University of
Toronto, project director, Amir Kalan, film director, and youth and teachers
who participated in the After Night exhibition and film.
Centre for Media and Culture in Education invite you to a celebration of:
Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography
Edited by Sarah Brophy and Janice Hladki
Thursday January 22
5:30pm - 7:30pm
OISE | University of Toronto
NEXUS Lounge | 12th Floor
252 Bloor St. West
(@ St. George Subway Station)
Featuring a panel discussion with:
Dan Irving
Sexuality Studies and Human Rights| Carlton University
Allyson Mitchell
School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies| York University
Tanya Titchkosky:
Social Justice Education| OISE University of Toronto
Centre for Media and Culture in Education, Department of Curriculum,
Teaching, and Learning & Curriculum Studies Program & Visiting Scholars
Funding Program Present:
Transcending the Settler Colonial Present
A seminar with Dr. Lorenzo Veracini
Monday, December 8, 2014
Seminar: 4 – 6 pm
Reception: 6 – 8 pm
OISE | University of Toronto
NEXUS Lounge | 12th Floor
252 Bloor St. West
(@ St. George Subway Station)
Abstract: 'Settler colonial studies emerged in the last two decades as a
subfield of comparative scholarly research. This paper explores the ways in
which settler colonialism as a mode of domination survived the age of
decolonisation and reflects on the ways in which settler colonial studies can
help make sense of the current dispensation. Rather than a thing of the past,
or something affecting remote semi-peripheries, settler colonialism is seen as
a crucial feature of the global present. This paper also explores the possibility
of developing a coherent decolonising practice.'
Dr. Veracini’s presentation will be followed by a reception launching the new
Curriculum, Teaching & Learning emphasis in ‘Critical Studies in Curriculum
and Pedagogy.’
Lorenzo Veracini is Associate Professor in History at the Swinburne University
of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. His research focuses on the
comparative history of colonial systems and settler colonialism. He has
authored Israel and Settler Society (2006), Settler Colonialism: A Theoretical
Overview (2010), and The Settler Colonial Present, which is now in press
with Palgrave. Dr. Veracini is also managing editor of Settler Colonial
Centre for Media and Culture in Education Presents: Session 1 of the 2014 –
2015 Works in Progress Seminar Series
Interviews With
LGBTQ Artists & Families
Thursday, November 20
2 – 4 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West
(@ St. George Subway Station)
11th Floor – Room 11-164
“You’re Not My Target Audience”
Laine Zisman Newman | PhD Student | University of Toronto
Specifically addressing the transience of queer women’s artistic spaces, this
documentary screening and presentation will reflect on the intersections of
race, sexuality, gender, ability, and class in mediating performance spaces in
Toronto. While no mandated physical space exists in Toronto for queer
women’s performance, alternative spaces including imagined spaces,
temporary stages, and virtual spaces have been created to disseminate
queer women’s creative works. Using interviews and performance pieces to
express their experiences of performance space, the documentary follows
three queer women as they confront their obstacles and celebrate their
achievements as queer women performers in Toronto. The presentation will
not only examine past experiences producing the film, but also the future
forms this research will take and plans for further exploration and
“LGBTQ Families Speak Out About Schools”
Dr. Tara Goldstein | Pamela Baer | Austen Koecher | Michael Meth
Department of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
The presenters will introduce a new video interview study on LGBTQ
families’ experiences in Ontario public schools, provide an overview of
the research study, and discuss how knowledge mobilization is a key feature
in each stage of the project.