‘Last Chance’, a film directed by Paul Emile d’Entremont, gives voice to the struggles of five people who are seeking asylum in Canada. Trudi (Kingston, Jamaica), Carlos (Colombia), Jennifer (Beirut, Lebanon), Zaki (Egypt) and Alvaro Orozco (Nicaragua) have all experienced various degrees of state persecution and everyday acts of physical and psychological violence in their […]Read more "The Faces of Structural Oppression – Reflections on Paul-Émile d’Entremont’s ‘Last Chance’"
In conversation with the Boston Review of Books, writer Junot Díaz reflected on the impacts that the writings of women of color have had on his personal and professional life; “[t]o read these sisters in the 80s as a young college student was not only intoxicating, it was soul-changing. It was metanoia” (Boston Review, 2012). […]Read more "Some social work thoughts on Kim Thúy’s ‘Ru’"
As a prominent masculinities theorist, Kimmel’s ethnography takes hegemonic masculinity to task and, in line with O’Neil‘s (1981) ‘Male Gender Role Conflict’ theory, explores how guys in Guyland understand, experience, embody and act out the tensions of attempting to live up to a particular, inherently unattainable, kind of hegemonic masculinity and its confining, socially constructed […]Read more "Masculinities and Violences – an unpublished manuscript"
“please don’t take our stories our knowings our technologies away please don’t take our stories and bury them in your books about us in your articles theses conference babble exhortations media interviews they’re the only soapbox we have left and it’s where we keep our clean socks how is it you want our stories professor […]Read more "Reading Indigenous Authors -A Reading List for the Adventuresome"
In the 1980 anthology ‘About Looking’, John Berger writes that “animals are always the observed. The fact that they can observe us has lost all significance. They are the objects of our ever-extending knowledge.” In Eduardo Kohn’s book How Forests Think – Toward an Anthropology beyond the Human, the significance of how other beings see […]Read more "Our thoughts are like the world because we are the world – reflecting on How Forests Think"
“All the counsel you have received has only worn you out. Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you. Surely, they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the flame… Each […]Read more "Vampire: an astrology of the heart"
it is not that you have never been here before you have! it is not that you have wanted to return to this place that is less a coming to than a drawing into, a descending stairwell that leads ever deeper into a shadowy world of illusions, myth and imagery that demands a being present, […]Read more "it is not that you have never been here before"