Minelle Mahtani: “Risk, Relation, Revolution, Repair”

The Social Justice Institute
Noted Scholars Series presents:

Dr. Minelle Mahtani
Associate Professor, Social Justice Institute, University of British Columbia

Risk, Relation, Revolution, Repair:
Refusing Closure, Accepting Ambivalence”

September 19, 12-1pm
1099 Buchanan Tower
1873 East Mall, UBC


All events are free and open to the public. RSVP’s are not required to attend, only encouraged.

Risk, Relation, Revolution and Repair: these four concepts will serve as the basis for a conversation about how anti-colonial storytelling might disrupt hegemonic political, social and cultural discourse in critical media studies. What are the risks involved in producing subversive and inelegant subject formations that inform emerging political imaginaries, ways of being – alternative cultural geographic revolutions that pulsate with anger, love and optimism? What relations, and at what scale, are negotiated in the process? How might we highlight the risks of investing in this approach – to map out moments of uncertainty that animate social and political projects of possibility – given the colonial violence that structures and saturates mainstream media spaces? This paper will explore my personal and professional ambivalence, through struggles and unsettling moments that have occurred over the past two years, as I created and hosted a daily radio show entitled “Sense of Place.” Through a series of vignettes and radio clips, I focus on the concepts of risk, relation, revolution and repair to share with listeners what anticolonial approaches can do to engage and refuse ongoing forms of colonial violence.

Minelle Mahtani is an Associate Professor at the Social Justice Institute at UBC. She is also Senior Advisor to the Provost on Racialized Faculty. She is former President of the Association of Canadian Studies and the winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee award. She is a former national television news journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and a former associate producer with “Canada: A People’s History.” She is the author of “Mixed Race Amnesia: Resisting the Romanticization of Multiraciality” (UBC Press) and one of the editors of the book, “Global Mixed Race” (NYU Press).