Art, Archives & Affinities

This yearly event with faculty and local community speakers and artists brings together two traditions of social justice scholarship (Humanities and Social Sciences) in order to facilitate transdisciplinarity and nurture cross-faculty collaboration. This event highlights the contributions of Humanities to the social justice research and knowledge mobilization.

Art, Archives and Affinities I: This event featured an interdisciplinary research panel, an art exhibit titled “My Dog is my Home”, a keynote address by the exhibit curator and a poetry reading.

Art, Archives and Affinities II: This event featured a Social Justice and Research Panel discussion, Spoken word poetry, dance and a video installation.

Art, Archives and Affinities III: This event featured photos of and by migrant workers in Niagara, a Screening of Migrant Dreams followed by Q and A with the Director, as well as a discussion of mobilizing the arts in solidarity work with migrant labourers in Ontario through photography, collaborative theatre and dance and movement therapy.

Art, Archives and Affinities IV: This event featured presentations and panel discussion on social-justice based theatre productions: “Arts and Academia Intersecting in the Pursuit of Social Justice”; “Social Justice on the Stage – The Intersection of Theatre Work and Social Activism” ; “The Past made Present – Utilizing Graphic Design, Theatre and Oral Narrative to Explore Canadian Labour Histories.”

Art, Archives and Affinities V: This event featured an art installation, poetry readings, a student performance and related talks by Candace Couse, Adam Dickinson, and Yasmine Kandil, which each spoke to different aspects of the representation of (un)healthy bodies.