“But Angela’s speech, published in The Volcano and The Bulletin / Geppo, and discussed among Japanese-Canadian community members, is, in key ways, not about the Chinese-Canadian experience (for she cannot speak to it). It is decidedly about her own—a messy, tangled experience. So, her entrance into this debate and the attention she received because of it is messy and tangled too. “

“One of the essentially hopeful ideas that resides at the heart of any legal order is that the law is aspirational. This necessarily involves critical reflection on the past as a way of trying to guide the future.”

“What Fanon and Césaire did offer me is an ability to name my experiences. I think back to being younger, before the onset of a politicized consciousness, and reprocess moments – years – of being in an othered body.”

“As scholars,” Reuben explained, “our work is embedded in various social and political contexts, so the question then becomes how do we […] seek to intervene within those relations of power.”

“We want to have a presence and try and help find a way that people who live there […] not be displaced and pushed out. And how do you do that?”

The tour helped lift back the veil; I now see a very different place I call my home. Mark Albany enthusiastically showed us naïve tourists how most of the trees in the park near the beach had either been culturally modified due to bark stripping; or, had been tested for hollowness with searcher holes.

This past Wednesday we launched the S&A Forum with the UVic community. It was an energizing afternoon with remarks from UVic Dean of Humanities, Dr. Chris Goto-Jones, and a roundtable discussion with Drs. John Lutz (Department Chair, History), Georgia Sitara (Instructor, History and Gender Studies), Karen Kobayashi (Associate Professor, Sociology), and Janni Aragon (Director – […]

Join us for the launch of the Scholarship and Activism Forum and a roundtable discussion on the topics of scholarship, activism, and social justice. What does engaged scholarship look like in different disciplines? What is the role of the academy in promoting a just society? How is our scholarship impacted by the changing political climate? Following introductory […]

The election of Donald J. Trump on November 8, 2016 sent shockwaves throughout the world. In the wake of the election, open violence and hate speech towards already marginalized people has intensified in Canada and the United States. For those attentive to histories of racism and settler state violence, there are unsettling echoes of the 1940s rendered […]

I first met Dr. Janni Aragon, political scientist and director of Technology Integrated Learning at the University of Victoria, as an undergrad student eight years ago. Her Gender and International Relations course greatly influenced my academic development by introducing me to questions of epistemology, knowledge production, and power dynamics. I am indebted to her for […]