A group of UBC and SFU students spent the better part of this and last year organizing the 2019 Afrocentrism Conference: Decolonizing Academia. The conference was a two-day event that “seeks to subvert Western ways of knowing and learning and celebrate Black scholarship.”
Dr. Ayesha Chaudhry’s academic career has seen many accolades, but her tentative start proves to be one of the most extraordinary things about her.
HASTAC 2019 is an affiliated conference that was held from May 16 to 18 on Unceded Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Territory/UBC Vancouver, and it's theme was Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education.
"Ramadan can be a very different experience depending on where you live in the world, who you are surrounded with, and your own personal goals and values."
A major part of the discussion revolved around being a writer — how to find your authentic voice, how to find ideas, and how to deal with being pigeon-holed as a writer of colour.
Entrap. was the kind of student art exhibition that made me feel like I should have been wearing a black turtleneck. Its important to support UBC students — even if sometimes their work feels like a GRSJ paper come to life.
Despite the wide range of causes represented in the posters, placards and t-shirts of the demonstrators, the impetus behind the event still seemed to centre around what some demonstrators were calling the “Aparthied” wall in Israel-Palestine.
I do admit that putting together a variety of artworks which all engage with the meaning of a theme at different levels and contexts is a fascinating idea in theory. But when confronted with it in real life, my attention was stretched.
“Turn It Up and Disrupt” was held from March 9 to 11 and was organized by nine campus sponsors including the UBC Arts and Culture District and the faculty of arts.
The co-presidents of the Black Student Union see being Black as an inclusive and expansive identity. It speaks to a certain shared experience and one that is something to be proud of.
This program, called “A Taste of Coexistence,” was first conceived of last November as a replacement to Hillel House’s hot lunch program. The lunch series is meant to celebrate what Palestinians and Israelis have in common.
The body of work produced by current decolonial artists grapples with ancient legacies while breaking new ground.
UBC cancelled an “accent reduction workshop” for international co-op students following backlash.
Despite growing pains, ITASA has been extremely successful in building relationships and working collaboratively with UBC student associations, outside organizations and surprisingly, the Italian Consulate in Vancouver.
The exhibition was the result of a year-long PhotoVoice project facilitated by UBC PhD candidate and Public Scholar Neila Miled. It featured a collection of photographs taken by ten young Muslim women, displaced from their home countries, who now live and study in British Columbia.