Program

University programming

University programming

Browse the following sessions to discover what The University of British Columbia has in store for Congress 2019! Please note this listing is preliminary and subject to change. Confirmed sessions will be published by the end of December 2018.

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Exhibitions and performances

Production of Michel Tremblay’s Hosanna   May 27 – June 8 
This Canadian classic by Michel Tremblay will be produced in the intimate Dorothy Somerset Studio Theatre by the Department of Theatre and Film to celebrate its 60th anniversary.  Featured as the eponymous character is MFA Acting candidate, Frank Zotter.  Hosanna, written in 1973, traces the fateful Hallowe’en night of a storied Montreal drag queen who dresses up as her ideal, Elizabeth Taylor in in the classic film Cleopatra, while everyone at the party has conspired to dress the same, and have all done it better!  The drama is a close examination of identity and the tribulations of love and loyalty.

A Queer Century, 1869-1969: A Rare Books Exhibition    June 1 – 7
2019 marks several major anniversaries in queer history: 150 years since the emergence of homosexuality as a named concept, and fifty years since the Stonewall riots and the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. “A Queer Century, 1869-1969” brings together rare books, art, manuscripts and ephemera from the holdings of UBC’s Rare Books and Special Collections to tell the story of this pivotal  century in queer cultural history. The exhibition will open with a public lecture given Dr. Heike Bauer, director of Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of London. 

Listening to the Land: A Community Engaged Sound Installation    June 1 – 6
This exhibition features a series of Indigenous language and storytelling sound installations focused on local and regional Indigenous languages produced at the Community Engaged Documentation and Research Space (CEDR), new UBC infrastructure currently being developed by Dr. David Gaertner and Dr. Daisy Rosenblum for the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies (CIS). The installation features stories developed by Dr. Gaertner, Dr. Rosenblum and students in FNIS 454, and FNEL 141, 142 and 282.

Picture Perfect! Blind Ambition     June 1 – 6
A partnership between UBC’s Wingspan cluster with Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture, this project builds on the tidal waves of change and activism from disability artists, self-advocates, disability studies scholarship, and the human rights’ disability movements to explore the unique visions of artists with visual disabilities. Commemorating B.C.’s Accessibility Awareness month, we bring together noted artists with visual impairments and internationally renowned disability scholars for a week of ‘meditative mashups’ (http://wingspan.educ.ubc.ca/studio-live/)." The exhibit mashups will present often unexpected profusions of colorful visions, rich textures, and imaginative creations by artists with visual disabilities whose work enticingly asks audiences, “Can you see, what I see?”

Unload: Theatre with Veterans   June 1 – 4
The play Unload weaves compelling stories of Canadian soldiers who served overseas. It features narratives about the difficult transition veterans face coming home, juxtaposed with pathways towards healing. Vivid and fast-paced, intermixed with Shakespeare’s Henry V, the play reveals the humanity of military veterans through the lens of theatre and therapy. Real veterans and actors are accompanied on stage by a musician and the lestweforgetCANADA mural, portraying the 162 Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan. Unload depicts resilience and courage, as soldiers journey towards wellbeing while simultaneously enabling civilians to confront their own traumas.

The SoundBox: an Exhibition and Panel     June 1 – 4
Part of the larger SpokenWeb network, The SoundBox Project at UBC (Okanagan) is a collection of literary audio that represents important UBC and Canadian cultural heritage. In particular, the collection's poetics conversations recorded between the 1960s and late 1980s reveal much about the gendered division of labour in artistic communities, the custodianship of community history, and the practices of dialogue and critique. This roundtable and multimedia exhibition pose the following question: what would it mean to direct our listening practices toward the social subtext of literary production? That is, rather than focus on a work’s reiteration as sound, what would it mean to instead listen to and for the polyvocal conversations around literary production that shape the manifold relations of the literary field?

Public Exhibition …we know more than we tell…    June 1 – 4
we can know more than we can tell… actualizes tacit and intuitive dimensions of knowledge that reveal themselves both through experiential learning and the research and creation of artworks.  The show consists of works by Vancouver artists who have partnered with UBC Visual Art students that will then inspire a chain of artworks created by student alumni of the class.  The artworks will demonstrate how art thrives in a collaborative community.

Canadian Literature at 60: How CanLit Works    June 1
Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review will be hosting three events in recognition of its 60th anniversary. The events include a special planning meeting to assess the state of the journal, its future directions in light of the changing conditions of scholarly publishing, and the roles it may play in the Canadian literary world; a roundtable academic panel; and public poetry reading to showcase contemporary writers, the breadth and diversity of poetry in Canada, and to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Canadian Literature.

The Galatea Project    June 2 & 4
Written for the children of St. Paul’s and staged before Queen Elizabeth, John Lyly’s Galatea (1588) is a play about two girls that fall in love. Set in Lincolnshire at the edge of a forest, upon  land that is perpetually threatened by estuarial tides, it is also a play about climate change and human interaction with the environmental forces that both threaten and are threatened by human activity. Our performance will highlight the complex genealogy of some of Galatea’s most provocative themes, illuminating how early modern thinking on sexuality and the environment reaches forward. In collaboration with Bard on the Beach.

Asian Language Storytime at Asian Library   June 2 & 6
Asian Language Storytime will include entertaining readings of Asian-language illustrated stories, with accompanying English translations. This event will provide an opportunity for children of Congress participants to hear stories from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds and will be of interest to scholars whose work touches on Asian literature, multicultural communities, and intergenerational learning and storytelling. Programming will be developed with students, community, and faculty partners and will be hosted by the Asian Library alongside the University Neighbourhoods Association and the UBC Asian Canadian Community Engagement Initiative.          

WITH/OUT modernity: hospicing colonial habits of knowing and being     June 3-5
This installation and series of artist/scholar talks and workshops invite participants to consider what infrastructures and architectures of knowing and being operationalize the denial of relational entanglement, foreclosing possibilities for orienting our existence otherwise. The events will address inter-related questions, including: 1) How has our modern/colonial socialization restricted our capacities and horizons of possibility? 2) How can we be moved to experience: ethics with/out the modern subject? politics with/out the nation-state? education with/out the Enlightenment? welfare with/out modern economies and forms of organization? and existence without separability? The talks and workshops  will take place in the afternoons of the 3, 4 and 5 June, with an opening reception on 2 June.  

Engaging Community: Critical Studies in Improvisation    June 3
The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (http://improvisationinstitute.ca) will extend public and intellectual conversations around social and artistic practices of improvisation, linked to key research questions:  How do arts-based improvisatory practices help healthy communities flourish? How can technologies empower communities to improvise across limitations? How might media co-creation develop opportunities for pedagogy and for scholarship? IICSI will collaborate with the CPA on a panel theorizing improvisation. There will be an outdoor workshop demonstrating IICSI research initiatives and interventions, including a massive Deep Listening exercise, followed by improvised digital soundwalks around campus.

Creating New Decolonial Literacies: Art as Pedagogy and Artist as Teacher   June 4
For years, Indigenous people have had to learn to be literate in the ways of the dominant culture, acquiring new languages and ideologies as their own were eroded and suppressed. Through Meet Beau Dick, Maker of Monsters we have the opportunity to swing the pendulum the other way, to become literate in his world, language and culture, creating a potential for a hybrid literacy, a decolonial literacy, that is informed by both epistemologies. Please join us for a screening of this important film, followed by a panel discussion addressing the question of how art functions to inform decolonial literacy.

Our Land Beautiful: An Evening with Nettie Wild   June 4
Our Land Beautiful, a multi-stage event, engages with the work of acclaimed BC filmmaker Nettie Wild. The event will include a screening of Konelīne: Our Land Beautiful (2016), preceded by an introduction by the filmmaker and followed by a Q&A. After a short break, a roundtable discussion with UBC researchers and prominent members of Vancouver’s film industry will address questions such as: What is the role of art in environmentalism? How does Wild’s work negotiate tensions between economic and environmental concerns, as well as the impacts of these conflicts on Indigenous communities? A reception will follow.

Indigenous (Un)History Month: RavenSpace: Digital Publishing in Indigenous Studies    June 5
UBC Library, MOA, and CTLT have partnered with UBC Press and U of Washington Press to feature an exhibit and colloquium for the Indigenous (Un)History Month exhibition. This exhibition features the digital publishing project called RavenSpace: Digital Publishing in Indigenous Studies and profiles three inaugural digital multi–path books: As I Remember It: Teachings (Ɂəms tɑɁɑw) from the Life of a Sliammon ElderKwakiutl Dance and Movement Studies by Franz Boas and Musqueam Stories Transformed. First Nations authors from the books will speak about the texts and their experiences working on the project.

Pedagogy Hub

The Pedagogy Hub    June 1 6
The Pedagogy Hub is a new feature for UBC’s iteration of Congress. It is a physical and intellectual space for Circles of Conversation around teaching and learning, inviting crossover discussions among associations and disciplines. The Pedagogy Hub will showcase outcomes of UBC’s philosophical and budgetary investments in teaching and learning as practice and site for critical inquiry.

Conversation Room
Comfortable seating, coffee, displays of teaching-related research, open space for discussion

Daily Coffee Talks
* “Five things you don’t know about students in 2019, and how that changes your teaching” 
* “Five ways to get active learning into our increasingly large classes”
* “Can peer assessment work in my class? Peer feedback and peer grading” 
* “The current research: Five essential articles on teaching in the humanities and social sciences” 
* “So, what’s SoTL?: What is the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and how do I get it published?

The Doctor Is In 
Meet with specialists from the UBC Center for Teaching and Learning and Technologies or winners of the UBC Killam Teaching Prize for drop-in discussion or advice on teaching and course design: whether you are early career or have been teaching 20 years, we’re interested in your ideas and questions.

Experiential Learning in Large Arts Courses: Turning Public Spaces into Learning Spaces through AR    June 1 – 6
Augmented reality (AR) technologies that mediate and enhance students’ perceptions of public spaces are fundamental to the sustainable expansion of experiential learning opportunities. By profiling AR content-creation processes and students’ course-based AR experiences, our installation engages Arts faculty with their potential use of AR technologies to transform public spaces within and beyond their courses. Bringing together faculty, staff and students from UBC’s Emerging Media Lab, UBC Studios, Department of Sociology, Department of Geography, and Vantage One, we showcase a pedagogical tool used by UBC instructors to develop immersive digital walking tours in Vancouver neighbourhoods in medium and large Arts courses. 

Locating Our Pedagogies: Asian Canadian Studies Now    June 2
What does it mean to do Asian Canadian Studies in the entanglement of our settler histories and the changing demographics of Canadian higher education?  What does it mean to teach Asian Canadian Studies in neoliberal contexts fuelled by the capitalization and commercialization of knowledge? How can we practice ethical forms of community engagement in ways that transform our pedagogy and research? “Locating Our Pedagogies” will encourage participants not only to rethink what and how they teach, but also to explore collaborative ways to contend with inherited histories of colonialism, imperialism, and capitalism as they unfold in locations across Canada and beyond.

Valuing ‘Partial Speakers’ in Foreign Language Learning    June 3
Reaching the goal of being able to operate between languages involves the ability to comprehend and appreciate differences in meaning and opinions and to interact successfully with members of different language communities. This symposium will engage language educators in a discussion for developing new learning outcomes. We will also introduce and develop different and dynamic conceptions of language learning, multilingual pedagogies, multimodalities, ‘partial learning’ and the impact of technology in language learning. A leading scholar in the field of language education will address these issues from multiple perspectives and engage participants in a facilitated conversation aimed at reflecting on, and possibly developing, new learning outcomes for their own courses.

Learning to Work: Integrated Experiential Learning     June 4
A half-day workshop on how we can best leverage much-needed work-learn experiences into our social sciences and humanities curricula.  We’ll feature new research from the Conference Board of Canada on work and experiential learning in the humanities and social sciences, along with panels on in-course and co-operative work/learn curricular options. This event will allow attendees to participate in conversations around current research on employment outcomes for social sciences and humanities (SSH) graduates as well as share ideas, best practices, goals and strategies for taking advantage of opportunities to integrate experiential learning and make it an essential part of a modern post-secondary education.

Assessing Language Performance: A showcase of established and innovative tools to assess different language skills across languages     June 5
This symposium focuses on language performance assessment and provides an opportunity to learn from a leading scholar in the field of language education, as well as offers an overview of diverse evaluation methods that have been developed and tested by UBC faculty members working with language learners across a range of languages. In subsequent audience group discussions, participants (faculty members, graduate and undergraduate language students, and BC K-12 language teachers) will engage in a facilitated conversation with the goal of helping all participants to consider and develop new assessment strategies for their own courses.

Other workshops and symposia

Research with Impact: Mobilizing Humanities and Social Science Research for a Broad Audience  June 1 – 6
The Conversation Canada (theconversation.com/ca) programming works to enhance the visibility, global reach, and impact of Canadian scholars and universities.  A booth at the Congress Expo will offer an opportunity to talk to editors from TCC about opportunities to mobilise research.  In a writing workshop, participants will learn how to plan, pitch and write with greater impact in a clear, concise, and compelling way for a broad audience. During the drop-in sessions, attendees will meet the editors of TCC to discuss what makes for a good pitch and get tips on writing timely research-driven analysis.  On the why I write panel, scholars share insights into the process of pitching, writing, and editing research-driven analysis.

SASAC: South Asian Studies Association of Canada    June 1
Our Congress event will bring together faculty from across Canada who work on South Asia to plan a national association dedicated to fostering interdisciplinary research about South Asia. We will invite presentations from colleagues across Canada to address the building of this Association and this Network. In doing so, we can emerge from Congress 2019 with a concrete plan to move forward, with the intention of enhancing our work as Canada-based scholars. The meeting will not function as a meeting of this Association; it will result in the Association itself.

Indigenous Pedagogical Showcase: Making Connections Between Research, Theory, and Practice  June 1 & 2
The Faculty of Education will host an Indigenous pedagogical showcase aimed at bringing together research, theory, and pedagogical practices from educational disciplines and teacher education that are advancing Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation in a wide range of coursework. Three planned activities will demonstrate and analyze how learning pedagogies in Indigenous contexts are brought in to coursework in ways that enrich experiences for all learners. Activities focus on storytelling, land-based learning, and community collaborative approaches. 

Indigenous Youth Calls to Action: Responding to Indigenous Youth Leadership  June 2 – 7
Of the 94 Calls to Action outlined in the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) final report, only one Call to Action (#66 – Youth Programs) was focused on Indigenous youth. Indigenous Youth Calls to Action seeks to address this gap by bringing Indigenous youth together to engage in a peer-led process of creating their own Calls to Action. Congress attendees are invited to witness and respond to the vision of these Indigenous youth leaders throughout the conference, as the Youth Calls to Action will be on display June 2 - 7 at the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC).

Indigenous Language Fluency/Proficiency Degree: University and Community Partnerships in British Columbia  June 3
This symposium will provide an update of the Indigenous Language Fluency/Proficiency Degree in an effort to address how the Partnership—between the IAHLA and FNESC, the Consortium, the En’owkin Centre, NVIT, SFU, UBC Okanagan, UBC Vancouver, UNBC, UVic, and Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a Institute—is responding to, and creating opportunities within, public post-secondary institutions to meet the needs of B.C. First Nations communities. Discussions will include sustainable resourcing, assessment, materials development, creating language domains, and fostering language opportunities outside of the classroom. 

Expand, Disrupt, Collide: Woven Texts as Collaborative Poetic Conversation   June 3
What new modes for critical thinking may be discovered when we disrupt the language of authority with language activated by poetic attention? This two-part workshop begins with a field trip to the Museum of Anthropology and engages participants in drawing together gathered poetic material with provided cut-up fragments of texts (e.g. institutional policies, government treaties). Participants in small groups will create woven texts, discovering points of resistance and meaningful resonances in the hopes of revealing complexity, nuance, and multiple meanings. The work generated will be published as a collection of broadsides to be exhibited at UBC and archived in the Rare Books and Special Collections.  

Intersecting Circles: Technoscientific Language and the Conversations of Life   June 3
“Intersecting Circles” showcases research questions and methods of Science and Technology Studies (STS).  After hosting a website that showcases the research of faculty and graduate students in UBC’s STS graduate program, we will sponsor a talk and roundtable discussion on a central issue in STS: the medicalization of human sexual behaviour.  The talk will be by world-renowned sex researcher Leonore Tiefer, who will be joined for the roundtable by Judy Segal (UBC, English/STS), Thea Cacchioni (UVic, Gender Studies), and Lori Brotto (UBC, Sexual Health Laboratory, Obstetrics and Gynecology).

Invisible to Visible: A Symposium of Contract Faculty Work    June 4
At this Symposium, UBC’s Contract Faculty will present their discipline-specific research, as well as innovations in pedagogical practices. The Symposium will provide an opportunity for Contract Faculty at UBC to give research-based papers on specific disciplines and on pedagogical practices, offer a teaching workshop, and showcase their research in an accompanying special exhibition of publications. Panels on topics such as academic freedom and marginalization will present collaborative work between Contract Faculty from UBC and other Canadian campuses. Despite many challenges, Contract Faculty members at UBC have produced impressive research in many fields, and are at the forefront of excellence in shaping student learning and experience. This Symposium is intended to transform Contract Faculty work from invisibility to shining visibility. 

Disability Performance Conversations:  Circles, Pools, Flows    June 3
In disability performance studies, the work of Dr. Petra Kuppers has been profoundly influential and groundbreaking. With the Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR), UBC will host Dr. Kuppers’ keynote address and performance workshop at UBC’s Aquatic Centre. Connected to local and international disability arts and cultural initiatives, the talk and workshop pivot on these central research questions: How do disabled bodies navigate the public and private contours of conversation differently? How might disability performance help to unsettle assumptions about embodiment, conversation and the public sphere? How does water support circles of conversation among disabled people? 

HOPE: interdisciplinary intersections of Health, Outdoor, Physical, and Experiential Education  TBA
Scholarship being engaged in at UBC through the HOPE-Ed (Health, Outdoor, Physical and Experiential-Education) is unique in Canada, offering important contributions to the emerging relationships between health, the outdoors, and physical education via experiential approaches. The HOPE Research Symposium will showcase research findings from UBC graduate students to promote innovative possibilities for Physical and Health Education (PHE), Outdoor Education (OE), and Experiential Education (EE). After lunch, participants and public will engage in a roundtable discussion.

The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Research Showcase  June 4
On Tuesday, June 4, The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies will showcase some of the Institute’s most innovative, creative and unexpected research outcomes that have developed from a wide-ranging exploration between disciplines, including the creative and performing arts. The Institute will also present a panel discussion highlighting some of the challenges and successes of conducting interdisciplinary research across the social sciences, arts, and science. To date, several Wall Scholars have agreed to participate as presenters and panelists, and we hope to have a final schedule in place within the next month or two.  

Featured talks

Roundtable on Memory     TBA
Taking the 100th anniversary of WWI as catalyst, this roundtable brings together a diverse and crossdisciplinary collection of scholars to engage over the questions of how, why, and when memory matters.  The roundtable pulls from a recent collection of 26 essays, published in November 2018 by the Peter Wall Institute, that discuss memory across such contexts as law, astrophysics, molecular genetics, digitalizing of data, Indigenous oral history, literature, and the natural world.  Surprising connections emerge; the conversation about memory is ideal to capture some of the specific features of UBC and its environment—location on Indigenous land, proximity to the high tech industry, and rich research culture.  The roundtable thus offers a unique opportunity to showcase the diversity of work done across the UBC campus, but also to showcase and seed the multidisciplinary conversations so critical to agile and relevant intellectual discourse.

Climate Impacts: Our Changing Arctic Roundtable     June 4
Climate change is more advanced in the Arctic than anywhere else on Earth. It is also more visible there, because the difference between ice and water is just a fraction of one degree. But climate change is more than a matter of natural science. It affects the mental health of northerners, the cultural resilience of Indigenous peoples, efforts at reconciliation and self-government, and Canada's relations with other states. This panel will examine the effects of climate change in the Arctic from the overlapping perspectives of Indigenous peoples, the social sciences, and the humanities. Moderator - Michael Byers, UBC;  Tentative panel: Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (Climate change and reconciliation); Anna Hudson, York University (Climate change and culture);  Ashlee Cunsolo, Memorial University (Climate change and mental health); and Frédéric Lasserre, Laval University (Climate change and foreign policy).

Cultivating Knowledge for Citizenship and Rule in Democracy   June 5
What kind of knowledge and character do citizens and statespersons need in a flourishing democracy? A dialogue between academics and practitioners will draw on the experience of UBC’s Summer Institute for Future Legislators to explore how to foster evidence-based policymaking, consensus-building, and ethical partisanship. This will be followed by practical exercises—media training, parliamentary simulations, role-playing—to showcase the experiential and experimental learning and mentoring that occurs in the Summer Institute. The program will end with a discussion of the role of public educational institutions as sources of ideas, evidence, and practical wisdom in politics.

NB: Program as of October 2018. Subject to change.