Interrupting Imperialist International Development: A Critical Race Feminist Analysis

UBC Global Lounge and Resource Centre is holding a series of events for International Development week including this panel with CGSM postdoc Benita Bunjun.

The panel will interrogate imperialist “helping narrative” and “global citizenship” discourses and practices within an intersectional critical race feminist framework. The panel will be followed by interactive discussions which focus on the West’s and white settler societies’ “desire for development” and reproduction of benevolent citizens.

When: Thursday, February 6, 2014 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: UBC Global Lounge (2205 Lower Mall Building 1), Vancouver, Musqueam Territory

Benita Bunjun teaches in the UBC Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow with the Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities, and Mental Health at SFU. Benita earned her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at UBC and her doctoral thesis entitled, The (Un)Making of Home, Entitlement, and Nation: An Intersectional Organizational Study of Power Relations in Vancouver Status of Women, 1971-2008, contributes to three broad areas: first, nation-building and colonial encounters, second, intersectionality, and third, social change. Her involvement in marginal communities (academic and non-academic) has and continues to focus on the intersectional social constructions and relations of the gendered, sexualized, dispossessed and racialized.

Ahrthyh Arumugam is currently an undergraduate international student from Malaysia. She majors in Psychology and Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (GRSJ). Ahrthyh is currently an intern with the Academic Wellbeing of Racialized Students Project at Simon Fraser University (SFU)’s Centre for Gender, Social Inequities, and Mental Health (CGSM). She is the past Co-Vice Chair of Mental Health Network (MHN)-UBC, past Coordinating Collective member of Vancouver Status of Women (VSW), past intern with Centre for Race, Autobiography, Gender and Age (RAGA), and organizes with People Against Settler Colonialism (PASC). She encourages discussions about international students’ and Indigenous peoples’ relations.

Mai Okugawa is an exchange student from Osaka, Japan, since September 2012. Mai’s major in Japan is International Relations/Global Studies, and is currently studying critical race feminism, critical whiteness studies, and post/colonial studies. Mai is most invested in unmapping settler colonialism and examining how Mai is situated in Vancouver, unceded occupied Musqueam territory. Mai is also interested in how the field of whiteness intersect with Mai’s experience as a racialized student in Canada as well as a “natural” Japanese citizen from and in Japan. Mai is involved with RAGA (Race, Autobiography, Gender and Age) Undergraduate Network, and Vancouver Status of Women.

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