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December 9, 2016
Canadian Excellence


Global Studies

Art in Times of Conflict: Curricular Explorations

Pre-Conference of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies 2012
Sara Matthews, Department of Global Studies

published: 2012 | Agenda | Conference Program

Saturday May 26, 8:30-6pm Wilfrid Laurier University (all locations in Bricker Academic)

Join us for a full day of paper presentations, keynote discussions and a special film presentation that takes up the significance of aesthetics for teaching and learning about conflict. We hope to provoke discussions about conflict as a dynamic of war and social violence, but also as a structure of teaching and learning. This includes, but is not limited to, dilemmas of teaching about racialized, sexed and classed lives; conceptions of the mind and culture; theories of creativity, historical representation, memory and ethics. Papers also explore debates within the field of aesthetics–for example, the meaning of aesthetic judgment or the crisis of representation–as opening questions about conflicts made from thinking about teaching and learning. Recognizing “the aesthetic” itself as an inter-disciplinary concept, paper presentations work across a range of theoretical frameworks.

Event Highlights

Keynote Speaker:
Paula M. Salvio, Professor of Education at the University of New Hampshire and Julius Silberger Fellow at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

"Tarrying with Grief: Spontaneous Shrines and the Public Memorialization of Death in Palermo"

Dr. Salvio is author of Anne Sexton: Teacher of Weird Abundance (2007, SUNY Press), and, with Gail Boldt, Love’s Return: Psychoanalytic Essays on Childhood, Teaching and Learning (2006, Routledge). Widely recognized for her published work on psychoanalysis and education, autobiographical and aesthetic theory and historical memory, Dr. Salvio is currently working on a study of how societies work through trauma with a specific focus on the anti-Mafia movement in Palermo, Italy.

Film Presentation:
Nostalgia for the Light (2011) dir. Patricio Guzmán

Film Discussants:
Warren Crichlow, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, York University
Rinaldo Walcott, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology and Equity Studies, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

For his new film master director Patricio Guzmán, famed for his political documentaries (THE BATTLE OF CHILE, THE PINOCHET CASE), travels 10,000 feet above sea level to the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert, where atop the mountains astronomers from all over the world gather to observe the stars. The Atacama is also a place where the harsh heat of the sun keeps human remains intact: those of Pre-Columbian mummies; 19th century explorers and miners; and the remains of political prisoners, “disappeared” by the Chilean army after the military coup of September, 1973. So while astronomers examine the most distant and oldest galaxies, at the foot of the mountains, women, surviving relatives of the disappeared whose bodies were dumped here, search, even after twenty-five years, for the remains of their loved ones, to reclaim their families’ histories.

This conference was made possible because of the generous support of Centennial College (Scarborough, Ontario); Department of Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University; Office of Research, Wilfrid Laurier University; SSHRC funded research project “Spaces of Memory” at the Faculty of Education, York University.

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