MacKay Lecture Series: “Living Race in the Post-Racial Era? Mixed Race Amnesia in Canada”

Posted in Canada, Live Events, Media Archive, Social Science on 2016-11-17 01:27Z by Steven

MacKay Lecture Series: “Living Race in the Post-Racial Era? Mixed Race Amnesia in Canada”

Dalhousie University
Room 127 Goldberg Computer Science Building
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Thursday, 2016-11-17, 19:00 AST (Local Time)

Dr. Minelle Mahtani, Associate Professor of Human Geography and Program in Journalism
University of Toronto, Scarborough

Minelle Mahtani is the author of Mixed Race Amnesia: Resisting the Romanticization of Multiraciality (2014).

The annual MacKay Lecture Series features four lectures given by internationally renowned speakers, addressing subjects related to the liberal and performing arts. Three of the lectures revolve around a common interdisciplinary theme chosen each year by the Faculty’s Research Development Committee from a selection of faculty proposals. The fourth lecture is on a broadly based historical theme, in recognition of the generous donation funding the lecture series that was given by Gladys MacKay in appreciation of the education that her husband, the Reverend Malcolm Ross MacKay, received at Dalhousie as a B.A. student in History (1927).

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ENGL 3270.03: Contemporary Canadian Literature: Crossing the Line

Posted in Canada, Course Offerings, Literary/Artistic Criticism, Media Archive on 2012-02-26 02:10Z by Steven

ENGL 3270.03: Contemporary Canadian Literature: Crossing the Line

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Summer 2007

Dr. C. Dawson

Our study of contemporary Canadian literature will be loosely divided into three sections, each organized around the idea of “crossing the line.” In the first section the line under consideration will be the border that defines this country. By way of example, our discussion of Tom King’s wonderfully funny story “Borders” might draw on his argument that the 49th parallel is a “figment of somebody else’s imagination.” Likewise, our readings of Fred Wah’s Diamond Grill and Wade Compton’s 49th Parallel Psalm might involve a consideration of the ways they each use the metaphor of border crossing to understand their mixed-race identities.

In the second part of the course we will study a number of stories and poems about characters who are seen to have “crossed a line” in the sense that they have acted in a way that is widely perceived to be transgressive or taboo. Here, for example, we might compare the representation of sexuality in texts as different as Miriam Toews’s A Complicated Kindness, a rock-infused Mennonite coming-of-age story, and Timothy Findley’s Not Wanted on the Voyage, a post-apocalyptic allegory set on Noah’s Ark.

In the final section, the line that is “crossed” has to do with genre. While building on our earlier discussions of race, nationality, and sexuality in contemporary Canadian literature, we will focus on works by Dionne Brand and Anne Carson, both of whom ostentatiously mix genres—poetry, fiction, autobiography, travelogue, opera!—with great effect.

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Splitting the Difference: Exploring the Experiences of Identity and Community Among Biracial and Bisexual People in Nova Scotia

Posted in Anthropology, Canada, Dissertations, Gay & Lesbian, Identity Development/Psychology, Media Archive on 2011-05-19 02:13Z by Steven

Splitting the Difference: Exploring the Experiences of Identity and Community Among Biracial and Bisexual People in Nova Scotia

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
April 2011
82 pages

Samantha Loppie

Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts

The term ‘bicultural’ has been gaining acknowledgment in sociological and psycho-social research and literature. It refers to identity construction which internalizes of more than one cultural identity by an individual. This thesis uses qualitative methods and a grounded theory research design to explore how bicultural (biracial and bisexual) people navigate identity and community in Nova Scotia. While similar research has been conducted on racial and sexual identities elsewhere, this study looks to fill some of the gaps in bicultural research by specifically dealing with it in an Atlantic Canadian context. Living in a social environment steeped in historical discrimination and political struggle exerts significant influence on the identities and communities of bicultural people in Nova Scotia. The thesis research findings suggest that while social environment often creates divisions and dichotomy when interpreting bicultural identities, bicultural people manage to maintain an integrated sense of self within this environment.

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter One: Introduction
  • Chapter Two: Literature Review
    • Biculturalism: A Foot in Both Doors
    • Creating Context: Nova Scotia
    • Bicultural Identity: Biracial and Bisexual
    • Black and Queer: Exploring Marginalized Community
    • Discrimination and Privilege
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter Three: Methodology
    • Definition of Terms
    • Qualitative Method and Research Design
    • Participant Selection
    • Research Participants
    • Data Collection
    • Ethics
    • Data Management and Analysis
  • Chapter Four: A Place to Belong
    • Identity and Social Context: Nova Scotia
    • How People Talk About Identity Labels
    • Conceptualizing Identity
    • Influence and Development of Identity
    • Expressions of Identity
    • Identity Interactions with Community
    • Divergent Communities
    • Discrimination and Advantage
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter Five: Conclusion: Finding Middle Ground
    • Foundations of Dichotomy: Nova Scotia
    • Seeing the Self Through Other’ Eyes: Self and Social Identity
    • Rejected and Accepted: Community Interactions
    • More Than Half: Discrimination and Legitimacy for Bicultural People
    • Invisible Advantage: Role of Privilege in Bicultural Identity
    • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Appendices
    • Appendix A – Interview Questions and Guide
    • Appendix B – Consent Form
    • Appendix C – Code List

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