Professionalization Committee; Anthropologists and Indigenous Peoples, Post Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Friday, 12 January 2018, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Multipurpose Room, Multi-Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Ave, University of Toronto

The event will feature alumni guest speakers at various career stages and spanning: Socio-cultural Linguistic, Evolutionary, Archeology and Medical Anthropology fields. Confirmed Speakers include Magda Smolewski (Director of Research, OFIFC), Darrel Manitowabi (Laurentian University), Talena Atfield (Canadian History Museum), Crystal Forrest (Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Government of Ontario), and Cynthia Welsey-Esquimaux (Lakehead University).

The event is sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Science’s Milestones and Pathways program.

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Development Seminar Talk

Friday 12 January 12 2018, 12pm to 2pm,  AP 246

 Dr Jamey Essex, University of Windsor

Geographies of bureaucratic labour: Expertise, development, and state space at Global Affairs Canada

The merger of CIDA and DFAIT, beginning in 2013 in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development and continuing today in the renamed Global Affairs Canada (GAC), has brought personnel, resources, and ideas from the formerly independent CIDA into Canada’s diplomatic and trade apparatus. It has also produced tensions as the longstanding practices and expectations of two different sets of highly skilled but highly bureaucratized workers must be reworked around new departmental mandates, hierarchies, and spaces. I examine this merger by focusing on how the merged department and its personnel conceptualize, organize, and use expertise in the pursuit of development, diplomatic, and trade policy goals. Critical geographic scholarship has recently turned to the more mundane, quotidian, and regularized work of policy professionals in a variety of state spaces, such as foreign ministries and development agencies, as a way of understanding how policies are made and remade, changing relations between structure and agency in the internationalizing state, and how the work of development, diplomacy, and trade gets done. I focus here on the integration of and coordination between development personnel, expertise, and resources with their diplomatic and trade counterparts in GAC, looking especially at three interrelated themes: first, the meaning of expertise in different policy fields; second, the differentially embodied geographies of expertise in day-to-day bureaucratic work; and finally, the difference that workspace makes for this integration, both within the Ottawa region and in Canada’s embassies and other foreign field sites.

 Sponsor: Development Seminar at the University of Toronto

Professionalization Committee; Media Workshop: Department of Anthropology

Friday, 19 January 2018, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, AP 367 (rescheduled from Nov. 2017)

Academic jobs are few and far between. Fortunately, the skillsets we acquire as anthropologists often exceeds the training of the average academic. Mixing a bit of creativity with an ambitious idea can pave a path into a new career or build one’s CV in unique ways. In this workshop, PhD Candidates Daniel Kwan and Shayne Dahl discuss how your anthropological skillset can be applied in multimedia platforms such as podcasting, blogging, and filmmaking.

Anthropology Colloquium

Friday 19 January 2018, 2:00pm – 4:00pm. AP 246

Professor Laurence Ralph,  John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Science, Harvard University

The Black Box of Police Torture:   Police Violence and the Craft of Ethnographic Lettering

Laurence Ralph is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences in the Departments of Anthropology and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. He is the author of Renegade Dreams: Living Through Injury in Gangland Chicago (University of Chicago Press). His scholarly work explores how the historical circumstances of police abuse, mass incarceration, and the drug trade naturalize disease, disability, and premature death for urban residents, who are often seen as expendable. Theoretically, his research resides at the nexus of critical medical and political anthropology, African American studies, and the emerging scholarship on disability.

Cosponsored by the Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies

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Anthropology Colloquium

Friday 02 February 2018, 2:00pm – 4:00pm. AP 246

Professor Jaskiran Dhillon, Global Studies and Anthropology, The New School in New York City, USA
Reflections on Prairie Rising:  Indigenous Youth, Decolonization, and the Politics of Intervention 

This talk offers a unique opportunity to think through the arguments of Jaskiran Dhillon’s new book Prairie Rising: Indigenous Youth, Decolonization, and the Politics of Intervention (University of Toronto Press, 2017).  Prairie Rising provides a series of critical reflections about the changing face of settler colonialism through an ethnographic investigation of Indigenous-state relations, with a careful and deliberate focus on the lives of Indigenous youth, in the city of Saskatoon, Canada. The book uncovers how various groups including state agents, youth workers, and community organizations utilize participatory politics in order to intervene in the lives of Indigenous youth living under conditions of colonial occupation and marginality.

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