Faculty of Education Graduate Students' Conference 2017

Event Date: 
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 9:30am to 3:15pm EST
Event Location: 
BL 2030
Event Contact Name: 
Diana Mason
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Keynote by Julia Ostertag:
Teaching, Researching, and Tripping in the School Garden: Stories from an Arts-Based Research Metissage

Compelled by the idea that a “teacher” need not be the familiar solitary human figure in the front of a classroom but could be various human and more-than-human entanglements, Julia worked with student teachers and a garden on the UBC campus to create conditions for “becoming teachers together.” The arts-based research project positioned the garden and the teacher education building as generative spaces for a series of site-specific art installations that she entitled “Threads sown, grown & given.” In this presentation, she will share gleanings from the plant and nonhuman animal teachers that figured in the research project (specifically: flax, fireweed,and spiders) and delve into the difficult knowledge that was knotted into the material practices of teaching with gardens, namely the difficult history of school gardens, struggles with failure, and relationships with land in the context of settler colonialism and the increasingly neoliberal academy. Julia Ostertag lives and gardens on the shores of the ichisìpi (Ottawa River) where she is raising two young children, writing, and teaching courses related to teacher education, garden-based education, environmental education, food education, and arts-based research. She is currently working on a collaborative research project with the University of Ottawa, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, and the Ottawa Forest and Nature School. She won the 2016 Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies Dissertation Award.

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Event Date: 
Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:00pm EDT
Event Location: 
Room AT2001

Susan Dion is a Potawatomi-Lenapé scholar who has been working in the field of education for more than thirty years. Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University, she is Director of the Master of Education Urban Indigenous Cohort. Her research focuses on Indigenizing, Decolonizing and Realizing Indigenous Education, Urban Indigenous Education, Indigenous Student Well-being and Achievement.

Dr. Dion is currently principal investigator on a SSHRC Insight Grant titled nIshnabek de'bwe wIn // telling our truths, and is coinvestigator on three SSHRC Partnership Grants. Dr. Dion works in collaboration with the Toronto District School Board Indigenous Education Centre and the Ontario Ministry of Education on research and program development. She is widely consulted by diverse community groups, workplaces, and institutions on developing methods for building more equitable, respectful relationships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people.

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Faculty of Education's Annual Graduate Student Conference: Engaging Educational Research

Event Date: 
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:00am EST
Event Location: 
BL 2032

Keynote Speaker: Dr Jacqueline Kennelly

Envisioning Democracy: Participatory Filmmaking with Homeless Youth

What does it mean to practice citizenship and engage in democracy? These questions are difficult to answer for anyone, but they become even more complex when asked of those who have been pushed outside of conventional opportunity structures. How can you effectively engage in the public sphere when you are a young person struggling to survive, often through criminalized activities like selling drugs, panhandling and sex work? How do you raise your issues in a milieu where your voice is considered illegitimate or uninformed? How do you participate in a political process that has consistently marginalized you and your family? Through exploring these questions, and more, with homeless and street-involved youth in Ottawa over a period of eight months, we developed three short films responding to three of the issues they identified as most important: police-youth relations, decriminalizing marijuana, and transitioning out of homelessness. In this presentation, I will show the films, trace the process of developing them, and reflect on larger issues related to civic engagement of young people who are symbolically and literally located outside of conventional political and civic processes.

About the Speaker

Dr. Jacqueline Kennelly is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Her forthcoming book, which explores the impact of the Olympics on homeless and marginally housed youth in Vancouver and London, is called Olympic Exclusions: Youth, Poverty and Social Legacies (Routledge, 2016). She is also the author of Citizen Youth: Culture, Activism, and Agency in a Neoliberal Era (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011) and the co-author (with J. Dillabough) of Lost Youth in the Global City: Class, Culture, and the Urban Imaginary (Routledge, 2010). She recently co-edited (with S. Poyntz) Phenomenology of Youth Cultures and Globalization: Lifeworlds and Surplus Meaning in Changing Times (Routledge, 2015). Her work has appeared in multiple international academic journals, including Sociology, British Journal of Criminology, Feminist Theory, Ethnography, Visual Studies, Gender and Education and British Journal of Sociology of Education. Her talk draws on her current Spencer-funded research project entitled Encountering Democracy: Low-Income Canadian Youths’ Perspectives on Citizenship.