HEC Lab Director Dr. Heather Castleden recently participated in a panel discussion for the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS). The panel, titled, Wise Research Practices: Reconciliation and HSS Research, was monitored by Dr. Peter H. Russel (University of Toronto) and hosted by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
The panel was an interdisciplinary session that featured presentations from three leading thinkers – Dr. Margaret Kovach (University of Saskatchewan), Dr. Chelsea Gabel (McMaster University), and Dr. Heather Castleden (Queen’s University) – each of whom explored how HSS scholars could ensure that their research respects and engages Indigenous perspectives and communities. The session provided insight into the current state of HSS research on Indigenous issues, with a focus on the participation of Indigenous scholars and communities; discussed Indigenous methodologies; and offered strategies for conducting respectful, mutually beneficial research with Indigenous peoples.
HEC Lab Director, Dr. Heather Castleden, along with PhD Candidate Vanessa Sloan Morgan, and Master of Arts Candidate Marc Calabretta, traveled to York University in Toronto, Ontario to engage in academic discussions regarding their respective research.
Heather Castleden chaired a round table session in which Vanessa Sloan Morgan was a participant. The session, titled, Making Space for Community: A Discussion on Community-Based Research in the Neoliberalized Academy also featured Sarah Wakefield (University of Toronto), Luisa Veronis (University of Ottawa), Jon Corbett (UBC Okanagan), and Zoe Meletis (University of Northern British Columbia).
Marc Calabretta gave a presentation titled, Ancient Spirit, Modern Mind: Documenting Huu-ay-aht First Nations’ Journey to the Maa-nulth Treaty. The presentation was based on his masters research, which has focused on tracing the journey Huu-ay-aht First Nations embarked on when they began negotiating a modern treaty with B.C. and the Federal government in 1993. He engaged with community-based participatory research and feminist archival methodologies to develop an understanding of how Huu-ay-aht First Nations successfully negotiated and implemented the Maa-nulth Treaty in 2011.
The HEC Lab’s Vanessa Sloan Morgan had her article published in Settler Colonial Studies. Her article, titled, Moving from rights to responsibilities: Extending Hannah Arendt’s critique of collective responsibility to the settler colonial context of Canada, is available in full at: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/9p7zUryjKYfzPipm7DEm/full