The Social Justice Institute is eager to involve students, faculty, and members of the UBC and wider community in the research and teaching activities that we offer. Each year, the Institute hosts several scholarly and social events that we encourage anyone interested to attend. Past events can be viewed here.

  • Critical Insurrections: Decolonizing Difficulties, Activist Imaginaries, and Collective Possibilities

    Date: Jun 21st, 2018
    Venue: University of British Columbia

    We are in a moment in which the activist and scholarly work of Critical Ethnic Studies is at once urgently relevant, life-sustaining, and more under attack than ever. The apparent global ascendancy of state-sanctioned hatred and violence against Black, Indigenous, Muslim, immigrant, queer, trans, and disabled communities - targeting women and genderqueer folks of all these communities in particular ways - makes it clear that we have a lot of work to do. Many of us are doing this work, and have long been doing this work. Still, we see how much there is to do. At the 2018 Conference we will work to hope to foster dialogue on what parts of decolonial theory, activism, and art are working and how we can leverage our collective gains for long-term changes to a system marked by interminable threat. Towards strengthening the transformative power of Critical Ethnic Studies and other politicized fields such as African, Caribbean, Equity, Social Justice, Diaspora, Critical Race, Native, Trans, Feminist, Queer, and Disability Studies, this call for proposals invites academics, activists, and artists to join us in Vancouver to think through our own shared and divergent difficulties.


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