Publics and Social Justice

The Chancellors’ Challenge: An Introduction

The Chancellors’ Challenge is an innovative cross-listed North American Studies and Political Science course run in cooperation with the Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada and the Laurier Library. Senior undergraduate students engaged in collaborative,...

Chancellors’ Challenge: The Green Transition

The Chancellors’ Challenge is an innovative cross-listed North American Studies and Political Science course run in cooperation with the Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada and the Laurier Library. Senior undergraduate students engaged in collaborative,...

Chancellors’ Challenge: The Sustainable Development Goals

The Chancellors’ Challenge is an innovative cross-listed North American Studies and Political Science course run in cooperation with the Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada and the Laurier Library. Senior undergraduate students engaged in collaborative,...

Dibaajimowin, Stories from this Land

The main exhibition space for Dibaajimowin, showing the digital projections taken from Dewdney’s murals and repurposed to tell other stories of Indigenous resiliency and continuities in the Waterloo region. Curator Emma Rain Smith (L) and artist Alanah Jewell (R) are...

Building an Antiracist History of Canada: The Chinese and Canadian Settler Colonialism

Chinese Arch, Victoria BC, September 1906 [Library and Archives Canada ID 3308896]In this article, Timothy Stanley examines the passing of the Chinese Immigration [Exclusion] Act at its 100th anniversary, contextualizing the act as emerging legislation which drove the...

Watch Now: Why Canada Needs a Basic Income Guarantee

Amid soaring costs of essentials, could a basic income guarantee be the game-changer? Both the market economy and welfare system are falling short, with minimum-wage workers, and people receiving social assistance trapped thousands of dollars below the poverty line....

Watch Now: Reflections on Sport, Community and the Chatham Coloured All-Stars with Miriam Wright

The Chatham Coloured All-Stars, a Black baseball team from Chatham, Ontario was among a number of Black teams that joined white-dominated amateur leagues in the 1930s. The All-Stars developed a high profile in southwestern Ontario baseball over their eight years...

A Reading Week Trip to Michigan State University

Laurier students pose by a mural in Flint, Michigan during a city tour, part of their visit to Michigan State University's East Lansing and Flint campuses. The mural depicts (from left) the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, James Forman, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev....

Free of the Prejudices that Restrain Them: Reflections on the Stories of Canadian Children and their Childhoods

Ring Around the Maple cover art. In this article, Cynthia Comacchio examines the historical shifts in children’s experiences of childhood in Canada from Confederation to the 1970s. Comacchio further explores the sociocultural history of children and their childhoods...

Watch Now: Critical Histories of Blackness in Canada: R v. R.D.S.

This talk explores R v. RDS twenty years after this landmark legal case in Canada. A number of legal scholars and historians of Black Canadian history and Black Canadian legal history have taken the opportunity presented by this anniversary to reflect upon its...

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The Chancellors’ Challenge: An Introduction

The Chancellors’ Challenge is an innovative cross-listed North American Studies and Political Science course run in cooperation with the Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada and the Laurier Library. Senior undergraduate students engaged in collaborative,...

Chancellors’ Challenge: The Green Transition

The Chancellors’ Challenge is an innovative cross-listed North American Studies and Political Science course run in cooperation with the Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada and the Laurier Library. Senior undergraduate students engaged in collaborative,...

Canada is being called on to engage critically with our collectively held notions of citizenship, publics and belongings as one step toward ensuring social justice for diverse populations. The Publics and Social Justice Research Collective fosters research, education, and cross-disciplinary discussion and collaboration on historical and contemporary inequities as these inform our diverse experiences of belongings, both local and national, while also complicating the notion of belonging itself.

This cluster’s researchers conduct multi-/inter-disciplinary research in a wide variety of areas including Indigenous settler-relations and histories, feminism and the politics of decolonization, reproductive and environmental justice, critical security studies, memory and visual culture, religious and diasporic identities and belongings, Black Canadian cultural production, immigration and refugee policy and citizenship, citizenship education, Caribbean religions in transnational contexts, African diaspora, religion and migration, gendered violence,  gender and diversity studies.

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