Geography & Urbs Strike Events, April 2nd – April 6th

Everyone welcome to these events! If you have other events to be added, post a comment.

Monday, April 2nd, 2:00pm – 3:30pm 
The Problem of Speaking for Others: A Discussion in the Context of the Quebec-Wide Student Strike
@ QPIRG (1500 Maissonneuve, 2nd floor)
Social movements quite often involve speaking for others. Always a risky endeavour, speaking for others can be particularly fraught when these “others” are less privileged that those speaking for them. This informal discussion addresses what Linda Alcoff has called “the problem of speaking for others” in the context of the ongoing, Quebec-wide student strike. Alcoff’s essay provides a useful starting point for discussion, and people are encouraged to read the article [available at: http://bit.ly/H03s1z%5D. The essay does not solve “the problem,” however, and so the main point of the discussion is to reflect on the question, to share our own experiences (good and bad), and to consider how or whether social movements like the student-led movement can be accountable to broader communities. The discussion will be facilitated by Ted Rutland, a professor in the Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment.

Tuesday, April 3th, 1:30-2:30pm
Punishing Participation: The “reputation” of Canadian mining companies, the rise of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) and Academic Freedom
@room H 1269 (Hall building, SGW Campus, Concordia)
Corporations increasingly use litigation to suppress criticism by citizens. Known as Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs), these lawsuits also target scholars. Drawing on the legal sociologies literature and the case of Canadian mining companies, this talk will examine the disciplining effect of SLAPPs on academic freedom and on democracy more broadly. With Dr. Alain Deneault, Dept Political Science at Universite de Montreal.

Wednesday, April 4th, 3:30pm
Paved with Good Intentions: A Discussion of NGOs and Other Vehicles of Social Change
@ QPIRG (1500 Maissonneuve, 2nd floor)
In the last thirty years, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have become a major vehicle of social change – especially, but not only, in the context of Third World development. The increasing NGO-ization of development raises important questions about democracy, accountability, and the prospects of social change. What role have NGOs come to play in society? What alternatives have been left to languish as a result? In this event, Dru Joy and Nikolas Barry-Shaw will talk about their new book, Paved with Good Intentions, and facilitate a potentially broad-ranging discussion. In the midst of a student-led movement to transform society in Quebec, it is worth reflecting on the roles that NGOs and other institutions have come to play in the last thirty years and why other vehicles of social change might be preferable.

Thursday, April 5th, 5:30pm
WSSA Teach-in: Patriarchy
@ H-429
The Women’s Studies Student Association is hosting a teach-in happening at a SOCI 475 (Men & Masculinities) class. The professor of this class has stated that “patriarchy is a myth”.
If you’re new to thinking about feminism/gender relations/structures of power – all topics that have been central to the discussion surrounding the tuition hikes and strike – I encourage you to check it out!

Friday, April 6th, 2:00pm
Workshop: Critique of Institutional Power
@ 7th floor of the Hall Building, by People’s Potato tables
@ 2110 Center for Gender Advocacy, 1500 Maisonneuve, 4th floor, room 404 (same building as QPIRG Concordia)

5:00pm
Workshop: Conflict Resolution
@ 7th floor of the Hall Building, by People’s Potato tables 
@ 2110 Center for Gender Advocacy, 1500 Maisonneuve, 4th floor, room 404 (same building as QPIRG Concordia)

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2 Responses to Geography & Urbs Strike Events, April 2nd – April 6th

  1. kearay says:

    Thursday April 5th, 6pm, H-429

    The Women’s Studies Student Association is hosting a teach-in happening at a SOCI 475 (Men & Masculinities) class. The professor of this class has stated that “patriarchy is a myth”.

    If you’re new to thinking about feminism/gender relations/structures of power – all topics that have been central to the discussion surrounding the tuition hikes and strike – I encourage you to check it out!

  2. kearay says:

    Note: above actually is starting at 5:30pm

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