Kendra Coulter, Brock Labour Studies
Violence against animals is horrific wherever it occurs. Yet much of it is normalized and hidden from public view on factory farms, in slaughterhouses, in the wildlife trade, in cosmetics testing facilities. Most animals are harmed in the pursuit of money.
There are significant differences between a large agricultural corporation seeking profit and someone with few options having to take a job working for that corporation, however. Close to home and around the world, working class and poor people are really struggling. In countries like Canada, unemployment and underemployment persist. We have been told that corporate tax cuts would create jobs, yet many of the few positions now available provide only poverty wages and part-time hours. Globally, over two billion people try to live on less than two dollars a day. In much of the global south, people face a “choice” between poverty wages in factories, or poverty income on farms. People are not poor by choice, and they should not be mocked or demonized.
Indigenous Sovereignties: Native Monarchies, Principalities, and Empires in the atlantic worlds (America and Africa, 15th-19th centuries)
For the historian, can the interest in indigenous sovereignty ever be anything other than desire for “the beauty of death,” to borrow Michel de Certeau’s phrase from 1970, referring to studies by nineteenth-century men and de Certeau’s contemporaries on popular culture and folklore? According to de Certeau, “popular culture presupposes a mechanism that cannot be admitted. It had to be censored in order to be studied. Thus, it can only become an object of interest because the danger [it represented] had been eliminated.”
Bridge Education Abroad (BEA) Institute South Africa Summer Programs (Johannesburg & Cape Town)
On behalf of Bridge Education Abroad Institute (BEAI), I am writing to you today to inform you about our summer programs in South Africa. Our institute plans short programs all across the world, to provide students with unique opportunities to experience different political cultures while strengthening their leadership and diplomacy skills. Our programs draw a diverse group of students together from all over the world to discuss pressing global issues while exchange cultural values. In a rapidly globalizing world, we believe these experiences are invaluable to the success of students in the global job market.
International Political Economy and Ecology Summer School 2015, York University, Toronto
Mean Streets: Class Struggle, Capital Circulation and Public Space
Dr. Don Mitchell, Distinguished Professor, Syracuse University
Monday July 6 to Friday July 17, 2015
This course will focus on the production of urban space – especially public space – as a function of both class struggle and the circulation of capital. It is vital to understand how capital circulates through and shapes the urban landscape – through property and built forms – as well as how it doesn’t: struggles often interrupt the circulation of capital and themselves significantly shape urban space. Such circulation and struggle is not abstracted from the “natural” world of which it is a part. Rather, capitalism must be understood as ecosystem. Therefore, in this class we will examine the position of public space in urban political economies and political ecologies, since public space is a basis for urban life as well as for accumulation. We will also analyze how and why “the streets” of the city are becoming increasingly mean in capitalism: mean in both the pecuniary and the punitive sense. Such meanness is, we’ll see, precisely the state of the contemporary class struggle in urban capitalism.
The application deadline is Thursday, April 30, 2015
CODESRIA Gender Institute: Gender, Land Management and Food Security in Africa
Date: 8th – 26th June, 2015
Venue: Dakar, Senegal
DEADLINE: 20th April 2015
Call for applications: Session 2015
The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is pleased to announce the 2015 session of its annual Gender Institute. It therefore invites researchers to submit their applications for participation in this Institute to be held from 8th to 26th June, 2015 in Dakar, Senegal.
The Ontario Council on University Research has selected Jennifer Rowsell, Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies, to participate in the upcoming Ontario and Canada Research Chairs Symposium, to be held in Toronto April 1-2.
Rowsell, professor in the Department of Teacher Education, and director of the Centre for Multiliteracies and the Brock Reading Clinic, will be speaking on the symposium’s education panel.
“What an incredible honour to be chosen to speak at the Big Thinkers Event and I am grateful to Brock and the Office of Research Services for nominating me,” Roswell said. “I am passionate about literacy education and the promise of future innovations for teaching and learning in Ontario. ” The symposium brings together Ontario and Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) to give presentations in six key areas: ethics, economy, education, health, renewable energy, and borders. Rowsell will be presenting at a breakout session starting at 9:30 a.m. April 2.
“The fact that Dr. Rowsell was chosen to represent Brock University at this prestigious event shows not only the quality of her research but the importance of children’s literacy in the classroom,” said Kevin Kee, Vice President Research – Social Sciences and Humanities.
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Banff Centre Opportunity: Indigenous Writing Program
September 7 – 19, 2015 (on-site residency)
September 28- December 4, 2015 (online program)
Application deadline: May 1, 2015
Note to Canadian applicants: Applications are made directly to the Canada Council for the Arts.
About the Indigenous Writing Program
The Indigenous Writing Program is a unique opportunity for writers to develop their writing and storytelling voices amidst a vibrant community of renowned faculty and fellow writers. It offers an extended period of writing time: an intensive two-week residency at The Banff Centre followed by 10 weeks working online from your own home or work space. Writers accepted to the program will receive invaluable one-on-one editorial feedback with outstanding faculty during the residency and continue working online with a mentor-editor throughout the 10 weeks.
The Indigenous Writing Program integrates one-on-one and group sessions, focused writing time, and the opportunity to present one’s work alongside faculty in a dynamic reading series at The Banff Centre. The program supports Indigenous storytellers by enabling concentrated manuscript development under the mentorship of acclaimed Indigenous writers, by cultivating the important role of writers as storytellers, and by integrating culturally relevant perspectives and guidance throughout the program. Writers apply directly to the Canada Council for the Arts.
Applicants accepted to the program will receive a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts which covers 100% of program fees, accommodation, meals, and travel.
The Institute for Peace & Dialogue offers scholarships for their international academic summer programs in Baar, Switzerland.
Special Issue of the French bilingual journal (English-French): Justice Spatiale/Spatial Justice
FOOD JUSTICE AND AGRICULTURE
Guest Editors: Camille Hochedez, University of Poitiers, Research Unit “Ruralités”, email@example.com; Julie Le Gall, University of Lyon – Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Research Unit “UMR5600 Environnement Ville Société“, firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for papers available at: http://www.jssj.org/appel-a-contributions
Submit your articles in English or in French before May 15th, 2015 to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org (note for authors)
Speaking of Celebrity Activism
By Spring-Serenity Duvall, Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Transnational Studies, Brock University
If someone asks you to name a celebrity activist, who comes to mind? Perhaps you think of Angelina Jolie’s role as UNHCR Special Envoy or Neil Young’s protest song “Ohio.” Maybe Jenny McCarthy’s anti-vaccination campaigns stand out or you remember John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Bed In for Peace demonstration in Montreal. Have you been following Emma Watson’s campaign for gender equality or purchased a product that raises funds for a cause? The scope of celebrities’ social and political engagement is difficult to quantify, but one example of celebrity response to a natural disaster can illustrate the importance of understanding celebrity activism, media coverage of their campaigns and causes, and how audiences may be impacted.