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Archive: February 2017

Taiwo Afolabi - Blog 3: Performing the not-yet : creating meaningful dialogue in refugee advocacy through applied theatre

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In this short writeup, I reflect on a workshop I designed and facilitated during one of the Centre for Global Studies' Global Talks sessions at the University of Victoria. The interactive workshop centered on using applying theatre as a viable tool to perform the 'not-yet'. I invited participants to brainstorm on issues that relate to refugees/internally displaced persons for collective action characterized by 'educated hope'.

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Jeanique Tucker - Blog 3: Tivoli

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My current research is on violence and the ways that it can often dehumanize those who are already vulnerable.  I am preoccupied with exploring how certain groups are targeted and the legacies such violations leave on the collective consciousness of a community.  I am interested in the case of Jamaica specifically, because I was born and raised there but I am also interested in comparing Jamaica against other countries known for similar levels of state violence.  Growing up in Jamaica I saw police violence first hand and I saw it often.

Nate Jost - Blog 4: Pieces of the Migration Puzzle (GOV)

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I don’t think it’s only because my internship in migration has made me more attentive to the issues; migration is in the limelight across the world in an unprecedented way. Recent statements and subsequent actions from England and America, supported by many of their constituents, have created gut-wrenching, visceral reactions throughout the world. And the world seems to be becoming increasingly polarized on the subject. Some can clearly articulate their position on the issues, others feel the issues passionately but cannot give a well-formed response, and still others are on the fence.

Nicola Craig Hora - Blog 6: Planning for the Unimaginable

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Disasters are unpredictable and can occur without warning. It is this unpredictability that complicates the act of planning for a large-scale emergency event. How can a region plan for scenarios it has no experience with and how can one possibly train emergency personnel for every single possible disaster situation? These are questions that cities are left facing in the 21st century and what has led to the creation of international frameworks for action such as the Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015) and more recently the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030).

Bhiamie Williamson - Blog 2: New Perspectives and Fresh Approaches

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Recently, I have been reflecting on my time in Yunesit’in. Specifically, I have been thinking deeply about some of the core issues at the heart of my project and how I have and continue to engage with these. This blog will remain consistent with the approach I adopted in my previous blogs, acting as a sort of canvas where I can organise my experiences and consider my thoughts in order to arrive at a heightened sense of awareness of what I am doing (questioning what I am doing is something I struggle with from time to time during research).

Tasneem Bhaidu - Blog 4: The Sundarbans (ES)

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In this blog, I discuss the impending risks facing the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world, which is located in Bangladesh. I was lucky to be able to visit and spend three days in the Sundarbans during my internship!  

The Sundarbans