Embracing Econferences: a step toward limiting the negative effects of conference culture

Guest blog by Chelsea Miya, Oliver Rossier, and Geoffrey Rockwell, University of Alberta

One of the largest gatherings of scholars in the country will be moving online this year. Thousands of Congress 2021 attendees will not be flying or driving across Canada to the University of Alberta. Instead, they’ll be gathering virtually.

Our reliance on in-person gatherings has been dramatically challenged in the past year, as academics (along with much of the world) were forced to isolate.

While there have been major hurdles while transitioning to online, there have undoubtedly been benefits. One of those has been the environmental impact.

Flying is one of the most significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. A sustainability audit at University California Santa Barbara in 2014 found that about one third of the campus’s CO2 footprint (55,000,000 lbs.) came from flying to conferences, talks, and meetings (Hiltner); and a 2018...

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“The stories came from myself, too.” Markoosie Patsauq and the beginnings of Inuit literature in Canada

Guest blog by Valerie Henitiuk, Concordia University of Edmonton, and Marc-Antoine Mahieu, INALCO, Sorbonne Paris Cité

“That’s how it started. I wrote it in syllabics first and then they asked me to write it in English and that’s where the difficult time starts […].”

photo of Markoosie Patsauq, courtesy of Editions Boreal

National Indigenous Languages Day offers a prime opportunity to talk about the first Indigenous novel ever published in Canada, written by an Inuk whose family was among those forcibly relocated to the High Arctic in 1953, and who helped lead the fight for redress. Markoosie Patsauq later became both a pilot and a beloved author translated around the world. He wrote—originally in Inuktitut syllabics—a story whose English adaptation remains, 50 years later,...

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Universities and the George Floyd moment

Guest post by Temitope Oriola, joint editor-in-chief of African Security, associate professor at the University of Alberta, two-time Carnegie fellow, recipient of the Governor General of Canada Academic Gold Medal and president of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS)

George Floyd’s digitized and widely disseminated asphyxiation through that knee on the neck has led to global protests against police violence. The murder of George Floyd on the streets of Minneapolis on May 25, 2020 has also spurred challenges to historical injustices (as well as their ostensible sites and symbols) and social inequalities. There is also increasing solidarity with the...

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Beyond a Single Story: Black Lives and Hidden Figures in the Canadian Academy

photo of Dr. Malinda S. Smith standing in front of bookcase wearing redGuest blog by Dr. Malinda S. Smith, a Professor of Political Science and a 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow at the University of Alberta, a former Executive member (Equity & Diversity) on the FHSS Board, coauthor of The Equity Myth (2017), and a coeditor of the forthcoming book, The Nuances of Blackness in the Canadian Academy.

As Congress 2020 undertakes to “Bridge Divides” and confront the intersections of colonialism and anti-Black racism, it is critical to confront the histories and multiplicity of Black lives in Canada. As Desmond Cole’s new book reminds us, Black lives are neither reducible to “...

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Anthropologists without borders: Canadian and American associations to meet in Vancouver

Guest blog by Dr. Martha Radice, Associate Professor, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University,
Editor-in-Chief, Journal for Undergraduate Ethnography and Program Co-Chair, CASCA-AAA 2019.

AAC Logo that says "Changing Climates / Changer d'air"For the first time, the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) will hold its annual conference jointly with the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in Vancouver from November 20 to 24, 2019. The jointly developed conference theme is Changing Climates: Struggle, Collaboration, and Justice / Changer d’air: Lutte, collaboration et justice.

“We are very excited about this theme,” said Nicole Peterson, Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and...

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