Workshops & events
Tuesday 2nd May
14:30-15:00 CASCA Ad Hoc Discussion Group on the History of Canadian Anthropology, DMS 3105
During CASCA2014 at York University in Toronto, during his banquet address Richard Lee wisely pointed out there is not yet enough work on the history of Canadian anthropology. We hope to begin to address this situation by suggesting that everyone who is interested in this can meet informally during CASCA17 to share ideas about how to proceed. At this meeting we will schedule more planning meetings during CASCA17 to which everyone who is interested is invited.
18:00-20:00 Opening reception, “All Saints Community”, 10 Blackburn Ave, Ottawa, ON K1N 6P9.
Wednesday 3rd May
08:30-10:00; 14:00-15.30 Inuit Community Radio Lab, MNT 103
Kevin Tikivik and David Murphy (Co-producers of Nipivut, Montreal’s first and only Inuit radio show, CKUT FM), Sara Breitkreutz (Assistant Producer, Concordia University), Pitseolak Pfeifer (Carleton University), Donna Patrick (Carleton University) and other members of the Nunalijjuaq Project (Concordia University).
This lab builds on the work of engaged co-researchers (Inuit and non-Inuit) interested in creating community radio for and by urban Inuit communities. The goal of this lab is to introduce the techniques and technologies of community radio for urban Inuit and other Indigenous communities in order to examine the linkages between South and North/urban and non-urban in new ways. This lab functions as a workshop and is divided into two parts. The first highlights the story of Nipivut, the Inuit radio show in Montreal. Participants are introduced to interviewing techniques, and the opportunity to collect and record interviews and stories at the conference. The second part examines the recorded material and introduces participants to editing and the technologies of radio broadcasting. Key to our understanding of this participatory workshop is the decolonizing nature of action-oriented methods in the sense that they “begin and end with the standpoint of indigenous lives, needs, and desires, engaging with academic lives, approaches and priorities along the way” (Tallbear 2014). This Inuit-centred lab, aimed at participants of all ages, explores the power and potential of community radio.
10:30-12:30 Opening ceremony (and Keynote II), MRN Aud
In recognition that the University of Ottawa was built on unceded Algonquin territory, the opening ceremony will be presided by Algonquin Elder Evelyn Dewache, with drumming by Algonquin Elder Barry Sarazin. Professor Georges Sioui (Huron-Wendat), as well as officials from the two associations and the University of Ottawa, will give words of welcome.
12:30-14:00 Decolonizing Anthropology: Practicing Anthropology with Indigenous Communities, MNT 202
Subhadra Channa (University of Delhi) and Rodney Nelson (Carleton University)
In recent years there has been a growing, disciplinary awareness of how anthropological theorizing about indigenous communities continues to be produced from predominantly Euro-American, metropolitan locations. By the same token, there has been a multiplication of institutional protocols promoting research that is more cognizant of indigenous epistemologies, knowledge systems and methodologies. This workshop will explore the complex political, ethical and disciplinary stakes of the anthropology of indigeneity. It will ask not only how anthropology might become more responsive to and inclusive of indigeneity, but also how the discipline itself might be substantively refigured and thus decolonized in the process. It will also explore an indigenous perspective on anthropology and the value it continues to provide for communities. This workshop is intended for graduate students planning to do fieldwork with Aboriginal/Inuit/Métis communities in Canada or with indigenous peoples internationally.
12:30-14:00 WCAA Organising Committee meeting (Invite only), UCU 207
12:30-14:00 IUAES Executive Committtee meeting (invite only), UCU301
12:30-14:00 Poster session, Promenade A (UCU)
17:45-19:15 WCAA interim delegates meeting, FSS 1030
19:30-21:00 Special lecture by ICSU President: Transdisciplinary Science to Address the Issues for our Future Earth - Merger of ICSU and ISSC, FSS 1006
ICSU President, Professor Gordon McBean, will give a special talk on the merger of ICSU (International Council for Science) and ISSC (International Social Science Council). Addressing the Global 2030 Agenda for climate change, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development goals requires understanding the interrelationships among the environment, economy, society, cultures and beyond, and thus needs transdisciplinary teams, while maintaining disciplinary excellence. The ICSU and ISSC together cover natural sciences, social, economic and behavioral sciences. The IUAES is a member both of ICSU and ISSC. These Councils are moving to merge. This presentation will discuss these issues and opportunities.
Everybody in all disciplines, regardless of IUAES/ISSC membership, are invited.
19:30-21:00 IUAES Commission Business Meetings, FSS 2005
All delegates interested in the work of the IUAES commissions are welcome to attend to hear about the activities of specific Commissions and learn how they can get involved.
The following commissions are meeting:
Medical Anthropology and Epidemiology
Museums and Cultural Heritage
Anthropology and the Environment
Thursday 4th May
08:30-10:00 HALogenic: Fauna, Flora, Media and Anthropology, FSS 4015
David Jaclin (University of Ottawa)
This participatory lab will give attendees hands-on experience with the technologies and techniques members of the University of Ottawa research group on the Anthropocene (HAL) use when investigating contemporary human/nonhuman relationships, in sometimes extreme environments. Led by anthropologist David Jaclin, this lab builds on projects such as wildlife trafficking and green criminality in South Africa, and contemporary nomadism in Mongolia to engage with different media potentialities when doing anthropology. Photo, video, sound and tailored polymedia configurations will be explored. More details of these themes can be found here: http://humanimalab.org/
12:30-14:00 Public Anthropology: Writing Beyond the Academy, FSS 1006
Rylan Higgins (Saint Mary’s University) and Robin Whitaker (Memorial University)
This workshop is designed to inform and prepare anthropologists so that they might better communicate with the public. It is now broadly recognized that anthropology is a discipline well suited for robust public engagement, and yet the discipline has not realized its potential in this arena. Multiple constraints likely explain this situation. The leaders of this workshop will address some of the most important, while also providing guidance on a range of items. Themes will be guided in part by workshop participants, but are likely to include: strategies for choosing topics to address; considering what kinds of media forms work best; steps to ensure that public writing is accessible and engaging, but also stands up to scholarly rigor; and thoughts on how to deal with feedback from the public. The workshop is intended for graduate students and for anthropologists already working in and out of academia.
12:30-14:00 CASCA Discussion Group on the History of Canadian Anthropology, 2nd meeting, FSS 1007
12:30-14:00 WCAA OC and IUAES EC meeting (invite only), FSS 11003
14:00-15:30 The Circle of All Nations: Examining the Discourse and Legacy of Indigenous Elder, Dr. William Commanda, OC, MNT 202
Romola V. Thumbadoo (Carleton University)
The CASCA/IUAES2017 conference acknowledges the Circle of All Nations work and legacy of late Indigenous Elder, Dr. William Commanda, Officer of the Order of Canada. Over the past decades, the University of Ottawa has presented him with an honorary doctorate degree, a justice award, offers a medical school scholarship in his name, launched the Aboriginal studies program at his teaching lodge, and created the William Commanda Hall in recognition of his many contributions to the university and the capital city. This special workshop examines his fifty years of decolonizing, peace and environmental work and influence at local and international levels, and explores the relevance of his knowledge and wisdom for academic studies and cyber cartography.
17:45-19:15 CASCA Weaver-Tremblay Award-Winner’s Lecture & Award Reception, MRN Aud (Lecture), STE Atrium & Cafeteria (Reception)
CASCA would like to invite conference participants to the lecture by this year’s Weaver-Tremblay award winner, Dr. Margaret Critchlow and the award reception that follows. Margaret Critchlow has done extensive research in Vanuatu, including nine fieldwork trips studying customary land tenure, colonial history, and development issues, among other topics. Her publications include three books on Vanuatu, Masters of Tradition (1987, University of British Columbia Press), Deep Water (1989, Westview Press), and Houses Far From Home (2001, University of Hawaii Press). A collaborative book written with Vanuatu women, House-girls Remember (2007), gives voice to women who worked as maids in the colonial era. Recently, Dr. Critchlow has been working on co-housing projects in Canada, exploring new ways for living and thriving in communities.
Friday 5th May
07:30-09:00 Anthropologica Editorial Advisory Board meeting (invite only), DMS 11143
16:00-17:30 Getting it Published in Anthropologica: Workshop and Q&A, MNT 202
Jasmin Habib, Editor in Chief, Anthropologica (University of Waterloo) and Anthropologica Editorial Members
Ever wondered what it really takes to get your paper published in a scholarly journal? Meet Anthropologica's editor in chief, members of its editorial team, and members of the editorial advisory board for a brief presentation and discussion that will cover the following topics: What it is that we look for with every submission? What might capture our attention? What are our constraints? How is it we select reviewers, and why is that such a tough decision, as well as process? We will also share each step in the production to publication process: from formatting to copy-editing to proofing. We will offer advice on publication strategies for senior graduate students (post fieldwork) and early career academics. Time permitting, and following the Q+A session, participants will be given the opportunity to work in smaller groups to discuss their work and potential submissions. The aim of the workshop is to demystify the process of getting published in Anthropologica.
17:45-19:15 Council of IUAES Commissions (invite only), FSS 1006
17:45-19:15 CASCA Women's Network Reception, STE Atrium and Cafeteria
This reception provides an opportunity for the CASCA Women's Network to announce the recipient of its annual Graduate Student Paper Prize in Feminist Anthropology, and our Lifetime Achievement Award in Feminist Anthropology; and of course, for women in Anthropology to socialize!
Tickets for this reception are $15 should be bought in advance (follow the link, pay the appropriate amount and enter the comment 'WN tickets' in the comment box) and collected at the conference reception desk. Tickets include a drink and reception food, with further drinks available from the cash-bar.
All members of the IUAES are warmly welcomed to attend and learn more about the Union and its activities.
Please read the Proposed Constitution of the World Anthropology Union (WAU) and the Proposed Operational Guidelines and Rules of the World Anthropological Union (WAU).
Saturday 6th May
12:30-14:00 IUAES Exec 2nd meet (invite only), LMX 342
16:00-17:30 Feedback from elders and Closing Ceremony, MRN Aud
Indigenous elders will give their advice and feedback about the conference. The ceremony will include a prayer by Algonquin Elder Evelyn Dewache and a dance by Mariah Miigans Chabot Smith. Officials from the two associations will discuss plans for future conferences.
19:00- Conference dinner, Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, 299 Montreal Road, Ottawa, K1L 6B8
A three-course sit-down meal with wine and entertainment held in the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. The ticket for this dinner is an extra, and needed to be booked at the time of registration, costing CAD $75. This event, held in a hall and exhibit space designed by architect Douglas Cardinal, includes world-class Aboriginal cuisine, music and a drink. Income earned by the centre from this dinner helps fund their work.