Risk, Relation, Revolution, Repair: Refusing Closure, Accepting Ambivalence – with Minelle Mahtani

Minelle Mahtani smiles in front of a white backdrop.

Public Lecture

February 28, 2019
Lecture at 6:30, followed by reception
SFU Harbour Centre – Room 1420-1430 (Segal Centre)
515 W. Hastings St, Vancouver, BC
Admission is FREE, but please RSVP to reserve your seat.

About the Lecture

Risk, Relation, Revolution, and Repair: these four concepts will serve as the basis for a riveting conversation about anti-colonial storytelling and the disruption of dominant political, social, and cultural discourse. Award-winning mixed-race scholar, critical feminist social geographer, and journalist Minelle Mahtani will explore the colonial violence that structures and saturates mainstream media spaces, sharing stories from her own life. Drawing from the struggles and unsettling moments she experienced while creating and hosting her daily Roundhouse Radio show Sense of Place, she will discuss the risks involved in producing subversive content in today’s media landscape, and share how anti-colonial approaches can engage and refuse ongoing forms of colonial violence.

About Minelle Mahtani

Minelle Mahtani is an award-winning mixed-race scholar, critical feminist social geographer, radio broadcaster, and journalist. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Institute for Social Justice, University of British Columbia, and the inaugural Senior Advisor to the Provost on Racialized Faculty. She is former President of the Association of Canadian Studies and the winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee award. Mahtani has worked as a national television news journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and as an associate producer with Canada: A People’s History. She is the author of Mixed Race Amnesia: Resisting the Romanticization of Multiraciality (UBC Press), an editor of Global Mixed Race (NYU Press), and the former host of Sense of Place, a Roundhouse Radio show that won four major awards, including the Association of American Geographer’s 2019 Media Achievement Award for promoting public dialogue on issues of equity and inclusion, and for acting as “a role model for the engagement of scholars in public discourse” (AAG statement, 2019).

A continuation of the conversation sparked during the President’s Dream Colloquium on Making Knowledge Public, this talk is presented in partnership with SFU’s Department of Publishing and the Scholarly Communications Lab. It will be followed by a reception.