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Cultural Studies Speaks: Working in Cultural Institutions | Feb 5 | 2:30pm | Macdonald Hall 2

CS Speaks Jan 29

See the full term listing of Cultural Studies Speaks Events here.

Cultural Studies Speaks is pleased to present a public talk by Nahed Mansour (MFA), a Toronto-based artist working in performance, installation, and video.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 | Sir John A. Macdonald Hall room 2 | 2:30 PM

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In this talk, Nahed will discuss recent video and installation works, which have taken up notions of mimicry in popular entertainment. Her work speaks of physicality, performance, and power relations between generations, genders, and races. These works center on dancers/singers, ranging from Egyptian icon Sherihan to the King of Pop Michael Jackson, who become apertures for thinking about the ways in which racial identities are performed and negotiated in the globally hybrid post-colonial present. Her work aims to expose the ways in which narratives of labour and entertainment are often grafted onto the racialized physicality of bodies exploited for hyper-mediated viewing.

Currently the Director of Mayworks Festival-Toronto, Nahed has also recently programmed the South Asian Visual Arts Centre’s (SAVAC) MONITOR 9: New South Asian Short Film & Video. Please join us for Nahed’s public talk.

For Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre’s upcoming event with Nahed Mansour and Monitor 9, click here. For the CS Speaks schedule, click here.

This week we have two CS Speaks events to announce.

The first at our normal time and location:


The Cold War in the Arctic: Contemporary Appropriations and Reiterations’: A Roundtable on Critical Arctic Studies. Wednesday November 20, 2:30pm Macdonald Hall room 2.

Cultural Studies Speaks is pleased to present Professor Anna Westerståhl Stenport (University of Illinois), Professor Scott MacKenzie (Queen’s University), Inuit Elder David Serkoak (curator and educator), and Professor Noel McDermott (Queen’s University) in a Roundtable on Critical Arctic Studies. Panelists will discuss historical and contemporary iterations of the “Cold War” in the Arctic. Stenport considers the way in which popular cinemas from the 1950s to the present day have utilized the Cold War as a means to chart the ideological battles between East and West. MacKenzie addresses the rampant use of the term the “New Cold War” in the media and the press in relation to the Arctic and questions of sovereignty and resource extraction, tracing the genealogy of the term. McDermott addresses education in the arctic, its history, the present and what needs to happen in the future. Serkoak, who was born on the northern part of Nueltin Lake, Nunavut, focuses on the forced relocations of his family, along with other Ahiarmiut, and their consequences. Please join us for this public roundtable.

And please note the different time and location of the second event:

Undoing Border Imperialism Book Launch w/Harsha Walia and contributor Harjap Grewal. Thursday November 21, 6:30–8:30pm. Central Library, Wilson Room, 130 Johnson St (Kingston, Haudenesaunee & Anishinaabe territory). Supported by Cultural Studies Speaks Series, OPIRG-Kingston and the Society for Graduate and Professional Students


Undoing Border Imperialism is an exciting new book that situates immigrant rights movements within a transnational analysis of capitalism, labor exploitation, settler colonialism, state building, and racialized empire. By providing the alternative conceptual frameworks of border imperialism and decolonization, this work offers relevant insights for all grassroots and social movement organizers on effective strategies to overcome the barriers and borders within our movements in order to cultivate fierce, loving, and sustainable communities of resistance striving toward liberation.  (Visit: https://www.facebook.com/undoingborderimperialism )

Novel Idea will be on hand to sell copies of the book at this event ($16 cash-only). The author and other contributors will be available for a book-signing following the event.

This event is free. Light Refreshments will be provided. Childcare is available with 48 hours advance notice (email janekirby2@gmail.com to make arrangements). Venue is wheelchair accessible.

For more information, contact

Jane Kirby janekirby2@gmail.com

What: “Cultural Studies Speaks” | When: November 13, 2013 2:30pm | Where: Sir John A. McDonald Hall, Room 2


This week in our ongoing Speakers Series “Cultural Studies Speaks” we’re pleased to present Dr. José Cláudio Siqueira Castanheira (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil) on Unlimited sounds: listening as a socio-cultural construction. When analyzing films, music etc., we are also talking about specific ways of seeing and listening. But before we can describe different patterns through which society relates to sounds, Siqueira Castanheira’s research argues, we must inquire into the constitution of different models of listening and their relation to technologies, social practices, and environments. In this talk, Siqueira Castanheira explores not only the different forms of representation that image and sound materials have been described with, but also the more profound changes in the way knowledge is organized into different practices, and the social construction of the senses themselves. Please join us for Dr. Siqueira Castanheira’s public talk.