Publics and Social Justice
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...
Watch Now: Charter Rights and the Encampment Ruling
In the first ruling of its kind in Ontario, on 27 January 2023 the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found that the Region of Waterloo’s attempt to evict encampment residents at 100 Victoria St. N was a violation of Charter rights (CV-22-717). Moderated by Laura Pin,...
Mapping the Cold War
This past August, The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, hosted the SSHRC funded symposium “Mapping the Cold War: The Spatialization of Preparedness,” in collaboration with The Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada (LCSC). This interdisciplinary workshop brought...
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.