“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 […]

Although I have never had the privilege of taking a class with Dr. Elizabeth Vibert, I became interested in her work after seeing advertisements for the Colonial Legacies Field School, a program led by Dr. Vibert and carried out in South Africa. Researching further, it seemed to me that in light of the ‘on-the-ground,’ social-justice […]

Bazzi Irvine is an anthropologist and archaeologist in Victoria. He has been involved with the Free Tibet movement for over ten years, first as member of Students for a Free Tibet International and later with the Canada Tibet Committee. I spent an afternoon interviewing Bazzi about his own vision of activism and accountable scholarship. First, however, we discussed the Tibet […]

Dr. Karen Kobayashi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Victoria. She has been involved in the Japanese Canadian community since her teenage years in Toronto, first as a member of the original NAJC Youth Group and later in her early adult years in Vancouver as a Board member of the National […]

We met with Landscapes of Injustice project director Jordan Stanger-Ross earlier this year, in advance of the forum launch. As Jordan keeps one foot in the trenches with his researchers and the other in the office as an administrator, we were interested to hear his perspective on the topic. “People are already having conversations about history,” […]