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Event #1151

Nurturance Culture: "On Nurturance and Vulnerability in Academic Life"


Monday, June 3, 2019

15:30 - 17:00
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AMS Nest - NEST 2306
Career Corner
English | anglais
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In February 2016, a blog post called "The Opposite of Rape Culture is Nurturance Culture" went globally viral. The article saw 300,000 views in its first week and launched the Nurturance Culture blog into a sustained global following. As the blog passes the million visits mark, read in 189 countries, it seems safe to say that something about nurturance struck a chord. This talk expands upon a question at the essay’s close: what would it look like for us to be welcome in the world as our whole selves?  What is Nurturance Culture’s relevance to academic knowledge production? Using somatic tools, we will ask: what would a research community organized through Nurturance Culture feel like, sound like, look like? How can academics with structural power nurture those who may come to this work with more epistemic than material or social privilege? If compassion for self and compassion for others are connected, what might this awareness bring to those who find their hearts feel oddly empty even when CVs are full? In short, how might the cultural intervention posed by Nurturance Culture alter how we come to academic life?
Naava Smolash holds a PhD in English Literature from SFU. Her writing appears in Studies in Canadian Literature, West Coast Line, Briarpatch, and the University of Toronto Quarterly. Her book Turn This World Inside Out: The Emergence of Nurturance Culture is forthcoming with AK Press in June 2019. 
  • Naava Smolash, Author