Happy Year of the Tiger! ūüźĮ Protecting academic free speech; innovating Inuit throat singing

A newsletter from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • Happy Year of the Tiger!
  • Next week: “Models for Repatriation of Indigenous Cultural Property from First Nations, Canada”
  • Cosponsored event: “Legal and Constitutional Protections for Free Speech in Academia in the US, UK, and Canada”
  • The New Yorker¬†reviews¬†Tongues, the new album from Inuit singer Tanya Tagaq
  • Grant deadline tomorrow:¬†British Library Visiting Fellowships
  • External event: “Boeing 737 MAX: Money, Machines, and Morals in Conflict”
  • External event: “Canadian Minister of Northern Affairs Dan Vandal:¬†Building A Strong, Sustainable North”
  • External event: Book talk on¬†Bootlegged Aliens: Immigration Politics on America’s Northern Border
Happy Year of the Tiger!
Canadian Studies wishes a happy and prosperous Year of the Tiger to our friends around the world! While the Lunar New Year is often most associated with (and referred to as) the Chinese New Year, it is actually celebrated by a variety of East Asian cultures. While COVID is dampening celebrations for the third year in a row, the CBC checked in with several Ottawa families to see how they were continuing their cherished New Year traditions in spite of the pandemic. And in San Francisco, Chinatown business owners hope this New Year is the turning point for a better 2022.
Image: Chinese New Year vector created by Freepik –¬†www.freepik.com.
Panel Discussion: Models for Repatriation of Indigenous Cultural Property from First Nations, Canada
Tuesday, February 8 | 12:30 pm PT | Online | RSVP here
How can repatriation be built from¬†mutual respect, cooperation and trust? North American museums and institutions have historically engaged in the collection and categorization of Indigenous cultural property and knowledge without the consent or active involvement of Indigenous people. The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) was enacted in 1990 to return Native American “cultural items” to lineal descendants and culturally affiliated American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, and Native Hawaiian organizations. Despite this and further state legislation, many institutions including the University of California, have obfuscated or denied repatriation claims. Across the border, the Canadian government does not currently have legislation addressing the repatriation of Indigenous Ancestors and cultural heritage, but is working to create national support for repatriation through legislation Bill¬†C-391. Some Canadian provinces have passed repatriation acts or provincial museum polices that have facilitated the return of ancestors and belongings. This panel discussion seeks to learn from what is being done in Canada. What is the cultural and nuanced work that builds successful repatriations? How can repatriation and indigenizing the institution from within¬†preserve and strengthen tribal cultural heritage?
Join Canadian Studies affiliate¬†Sabrina Agarwal¬†(Professor of anthropology and chair of the UC Berkeley NAGPRA Advisory Committee)¬†in conversation with¬†Dr. Louis Lesage¬†(Director,¬†Nionwents√Įo Office, Huron-Wendat Nation),¬†Lou-ann Neel¬†(Curator and Acting Head of Indigenous Collections and Repatriation Department, Royal BC Museum), and¬†Michelle Washington¬†(Repatriation Specialist, Royal BC Museum) to explore these questions and hear about their experiences in repatriation.
Image: Kwakwaka’wakw house posts from British Columbia in the Hearst Museum of Anthropology, UC Berkeley.
Legal and Constitutional Protections for Free Speech in Academia in the US, UK, and Canada
Friday, February 11 | 10 am PT | Online | RSVP forthcoming
The Public Law and Policy Program and the Anglo-American Legal Studies Program at the UC Berkeley School of Law invite you to an expert discussion comparing traditions and laws around free speech in university settings in three common law jurisdictions: the United Kingdom, United States, and Canada.
Professor Eric Kaufmann of the University of London, who is Canadian, will be participating from London. He will discuss his research on freedom of speech in academia in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada as well as proposed legislation in the U.K. parliament to protect free speech in colleges and universities in the UK.
Professor Nadine Strossen of the New York School of Law and former head of the ACLU will join from New York. She will comment on Professor Kaufmann’s findings, her own work on this subject, and legal and policy implications of the proposed legislation.
Professor Keith Whittington of Princeton University and Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of the UC Berkeley School of Law will participate from Berkeley. They will also comment on Professor Kaufmann’s research and recommendations for legislation.
Steven Hayward of UC Berkeley will serve as moderator.
Please check the Public Law and Policy website above for forthcoming RSVP information.
The New Yorker Reviews Tongues, the New Album from Inuit Throat-Singer Tanya Tagaq
Canadian Inuit singer Tanya Tagaq has worked hard to bring the Inuit tradition of throat-singing to a wider audience. But her award-winning performances are anything but conventional, blending the ancient Inuit techniques with contemporary music production and spoken word poetry. Last week Sheldon Piece, music writer and editor for¬†The New Yorker, gave a glowing review¬†to Tagaq’s latest album,¬†Tongues, which he calls her boldest and most experimental yet:
“The Canadian Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq makes music that seems to cleanse the body. The form that she practices uses guttural sounds and breaths to produce a physical performance of groans, gasps, and sighs, conjuring a sonic landscape which is by turns rhythmic and melodic. Her performing, at once animalistic and operatic, brings a spirit of experimentation to an old tradition… It is her technique and vision that have made her one of the most celebrated and innovative practitioners of her culture‚Äôs visceral style.”
Read the full piece online via The New Yorker.
Grant Deadline Tomorrow: British Library Visiting Fellowships
Application deadline: February 1, 2022, 9:00 am PT
Applications are due tomorrow for the 2022 Visiting Fellowships at Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library in London. These fellowships are open to academics, postgraduate students, creatives and independent scholars and cover all regions of the Americas, including Canada. For more information about the fellowship programme, please look here. The deadline for applications is 5pm GMT (9:00 pm PT) on Tuesday, 1 February 2022 and the Fellowship needs to be taken by 30 April 2024. For more information about the four themes, please look here.
Boeing 737 MAX: Money, Machines, and Morals in Conflict
Tuesday, February 1 | 2 pm PT | Online | RSVP here
Canadian Studies faculty affiliate Brian Barsky addresses the troubled development of the Boeing 737 MAX, which crashed twice within its first two years of commercial flight, leaving no survivors. Professor Barsky has been personally involved in the investigation of this disaster. He was featured prominently in a recent Smithsonian documentary, and his full-page op-ed in The Globe and Mail was debated in the Parliament of Canada. Professor Barsky will elucidate how these tragedies were the consequence of a corporation prioritizing profits over safety as well as of regulatory capture of the government agency which was derelict in its duty to protect the public. This event is sponsored by the Berkeley Retirement Center.
Canadian Minister of Northern Affairs Dan Vandal: Building a Strong, Sustainable North
Friday, February 4 | 10 am PT | Online | RSVP here
The Government of Canada, Indigenous peoples, and 6 territorial and provincial governments came together to develop Canada‚Äôs Arctic and Northern Policy Framework, a transformative vision of the future where northern and Arctic people are thriving, strong and safe. The Framework includes goals relating to eight overarching themes‚ÄĒpeople and communities, strong economies, comprehensive infrastructure, environment and biodiversity, science and Indigenous knowledge, global leadership, safety, security and defence, and reconciliation. It incorporates regional and distinctions-based lenses while integrating domestic and international dimensions. Canada‚Äôs Minister of Northern Affairs,¬†Daniel Vandal, will discuss federal, Indigenous, and community-driven partnerships and programs to address short-term and long-term climate change adaptation and mitigation, supporting healthy ecosystems in the Arctic and North in a conversation by moderated by¬†Jothsna Harris.
Book Talk:¬†Bootlegged Aliens: Immigration Politics on America’s Northern Border
Friday, February 18 | 12 pm PT | Online | RSVP here
Join Professor Ashley Johnson Bavery for a discussion of her new book,¬†Bootlegged Aliens.¬†The book explores immigration on America’s northern border before World War II, situating Detroit, Michigan as America’s epicenter for unauthorized immigration. In this industrial center, thousands of Europeans crossed the border from Canada each year, prompting nativist backlash and complicating the labor politics of the automobile industry. This event is jointly hosted by the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UC San Diego and UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration. UCLA professor Tobias Higbie will join as a discussant.
Ashley Johnson Bavery¬†is assistant professor of history at Eastern Michigan University. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Urban History and the Journal of American History and her book,¬†Bootlegged Aliens: Immigration Politics on America’s Northern Border¬†(2020) won the First Book Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society.
Tobias Higbie is a professor of history and labor studies at UCLA, the chair of the Labor Studies and the associate director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. His research explores social movements, migration, and the politics of community in the United States. Higbie’s most recent book, Labor’s Mind: A History of Working Class Intellectual Life (2019), recovers the social world of self-educated working people and the politics of working-class identity during the early 20th century.
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