2020-2021 Brown Bag Lecture Series

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brown Bag Series focused on welcoming PACS Alumni/ae and current PhD Candidates to offer lectures. This year also marks the first time that the Brown Bag Lecture Series was broadcast live via Zoom, Facebook and YouTube.

  • Fostering Dialogue: A Local Initiative to Humanize Conversations about Israel and Palestine

    26 March 2021 - Izzeddin Hawamda and Frances Ravinsky, two members of the Gesher/Bridge/Jesr community, a local group committed to respectful dialogue in the Jewish and Arab/Palestinian communities, shared their perspectives on the struggle for peace and its impact on both Palestinians and Israelis. Using poetry and story, they reflected on the ways in which personal identity and life experience have informed their understanding of, and emotional response to the struggle for peace and justice.

  • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding in Asia Lecture Poster
  • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding in Asia

    19 March 2021 - Dr. Stephanie Stobbe and Dr. Wendy Kroeker highlight the findings in two books from a new book series, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding in Asia. The books explore the many processes of resolution that are found in Asia, accounting along the way for the complex mix of distinct ethnic groups and their contrasting languages, cultural lineages, and practices. The goal is to move beyond the typical top-down negotiation styles to look at the wide variety of negotiation styles used by people in different parts of Asia.

  • The Predicaments of ‘Belonging’ in Kaduna State Lecture Poster
  • The Predicaments of ‘Belonging’ in Kaduna State, Nigeria

    19 February 2021 - Dr. Benjamin Maiangwa presented the findings of his newly published book detailing the uses and power of storytelling to explore the contested notions of belonging among the Fulani and other ethnic groups in Kaduna state, Nigeria. The book argues that these controversies center around Indigenous, nomadic, and autochthonous claims of belonging. Dr. Maiangwa identifies these differing notions of belonging as a major condition of violent conflicts in Kaduna and across various postcolonial societies.

  • Brown Bag Lecture poster Saad Khan
  • Perceptions of Ethnicity, Religion, and Radicalization among Second-Generation Pakistani-Canadians: Unity in Diversity?

    5 February 2021 - Based on interviews with Pakistani-Canadians from various backgrounds, as detailed in his new book, Dr. Saad Ahmad Khan argues that radicalization is a complex and layered process stemming from multiple sources ranging from childhood experiences to the role of Saudi Arabia in exporting its brand of Islam. Individual, social, national, and international factors need to be addressed holistically, if radicalization of second-generation individuals is to be pre-empted and subsequent generations saved from the scourge of violence and terrorism.

  • Poster for Doctor Bob Chrismas's Brown Bag Lecture
  • Sex Industry Slavery in Present-Day Canada: Protecting Canada’s Youth

    20 November 2020 - Dr. Robert (Bob) Chrismas details the findings in his new book, Sex Industry Slavery: Protecting Canada’s Youth by presenting first-hand perspectives on the problem of sexual exploitation and human sex trafficking: gut-wrenching stories that describe how many young women are coerced into oppressive relationships in the sex industry, often starting in childhood. Representing decades of collective knowledge, Sex Industry Slavery presents first-hand perspectives on the problem as well as proposes practical solutions.

  • Poster for Doctor Kawser Ahmed's Brown Bag Lecture
  • ‘Unwanted’ Peoples their Citizenship Struggles: Rohingya and Banyamulenge

    13 November 2020 - Dr. Kawser Ahmed presents key similarities between two contested and violently displaced minority groups, the Rohingya of Myanmar/Bangladesh and the Banyamulenge of the Eastern DRC/Great Lakes region. Based on the findings of a joint collaboration between the Institute of Social Studies (ISS)-Erasmus, Netherlands and the Conflict Resolution Research Institute of Canada (CRRIC), he asks what role the international community can have to transform the conflicts.

  • Poster for Doctor Lisa McLean's Brown Bag Lecture
  • Searching for the Disappeared: Vulnerability and Resistance on the Migrant Route

    6 November 2020 - In 2019, the Mexican government estimated that 40,000 persons were registered as ‘disappeared’ among them thousands of Central American migrants. Central American women have organized local advocacy groups and a transnational protest movement to search for the disappeared and demand justice. Drawing from ethnographic research, Dr. Lisa McLean argues that the women’s strategies represent a form of grassroots peacebuilding that challenges the structural relations of power that lead to displacement and disappearance.