In an era when many Western households watch their history in shows like Wolf Hall or The Tudors, when post-Independence nations are striving to present their own history, when First Nations in North America are making their stories heard despite still being enmeshed in the structures of colonialism, when history is both popular entertainment and an urgent matter of identity, how can we understand the multiplicity of histories that runs through our present moment and that informs our conscious and unconscious ideologies? The Alternate Histories Research Group is a diverse group linked by our engagement with mediating the past in non-traditional ways.
For more information, contact: Erin Keating
COLLECTING, CITING, CURATING
Hockey cards, coins, stamps, vintage glasses, fan memorabilia, luxury handbags, glass marbles, spoons, keychains, teddy bears, cars, concert tickets, Hello Kitty. We are all familiar with collections, collectors, and the related sub-cultures they engender that fascinate some and repel others. Similarly, scholars, artists, and curators are trained to treat intellectual life as a collection: we constantly signal through our range of citations the literatures, debates, scholars, schools of art that provide legitimation, framing parameters, and interpretive modes to discuss that which each of us deems valuable. Like a collection or art show, our knowledge comes to have meaning when others recognize and accept the logics of collection, citation, and curatorial practice that we’ve invoked. While this insight is not, in itself, a new mode of inquiry, it does insist that we move from thinking about object (nouns) and that we turn to actions (verbs): thus, Collecting, Citing, Curating. This research group is interested in the creative acts and various logics behind each.
For more information, contact: Tina Chen
CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTS RESEARCH GROUP
The Critical Environments Research Group (CERG), is an interdisciplinary cohort of scholars all working in the environmental humanities at the University of Manitoba, with affiliated faculty at the University of Winnipeg. CERG aims to foster a unique venue for collaboration and scholarly support around the environmental humanities in western Canada. Our mandate is to promote increased research and teaching collaborations that bring together critical scholarly perspectives on environmental sustainability, equity, and justice. Scholars involved with CERG share the conviction that the environment cannot be understood as a stand-alone category; instead our scholarship is oriented around the notion that the environment should be analysed as a set of relations, encompassing economic, social, political, cultural, legal, and health frames as well. We all work around the common theme of human-environment relations but bring different disciplinary and analytical backgrounds to the conversation.
For more information, contact: Bruce Erickson
POWER & RESISTANCE IN LATIN AMERICA
As a region at the heart of the emergence of modern imperialism and colonialism, Latin America has been historically and intrinsically shaped by unequal power relations in terms of class, gender, race, culture, and international location. Conflicts generated by these unequal relations have thus been played in multiple arenas of domination, contestations, and negotiation involving a wide variety of social actors, institutions, and issues. While the specific contours of power struggles in the region shifted according to particular historical contexts, they undoubtedly inform the current dynamics of contemporary Latin American societies and help explain the fact that Latin America is currently the most unequal region in the world.
For more information, contact: Jorge Nallim