Member Publications

Centre for Research in Cultural Studies (CRiCS)

November 12, 2019

Crossing Law’s Border

Canada’s Refugee Resettlement Program

Cover image of Crossing Law's BorderOur newest CRiCS member, Dr. Shauna Labman, has recently published her book, Crossing Law's Border: Canada's Refugee Resettlement Program with UBC Press! Published November 1, 2019 as part of the "Law and Society" series, it discusses topics of immigration and emigration, international law, law and society, and transnationalism and migration.

Here is an excerpt from the first chapter:

"In the fall of 2015, a new reality hit Canada. Refugees were the topic of conversation – at dinner tables, at schools, in the media, and by politicians in the lead up to a federal election. Not only were they discussed; refugees were present in these spaces. They were invited in, welcomed, and the promises of the politicians swirled around how many to admit. In many ways, this newfound space for welcome was triggered by the now iconic image of a drowned Syrian boy, Alan Kurdi, and the world’s sudden rec- ognition that more needed to be done. In Canada, which was far from the refugee flows, that “more” translated into more resettlement."

For more information, visit the publisher's webpage.

October 31, 2019

Clever Maids, Fearless Jacks, and a Cat

Fairy Tales from a Living Oral Tradition

Image cover for Clever Maids, Fearless Jacks, and a CatWe're excited to share another recent publication from a member of CRiCS! Dr. Pauline Greenhill (Women's and Gender Studies) has recently co-authored a book, titled Clever Maids, Fearless Jacks, and a Cat: Fairy Tales from a Living Oral Tradition with Utah State University Press with her colleagues Dr. Anita Best and Dr. Martin Lovelace. The book, lauded as “A very valuable contribution to the field of fairy-tale studies” (Claudia Schwabe, Utah State University) can be viewed in hard-copy in CRiCS (3C25).

Here is more information from the publisher's page:

Clever Maids, Fearless Jacks, and a Cat showcases the stories of two Newfoundland storytellers, Philip Pius Power and Alice Lannon. Ethnopoetic transcriptions of these sensitive and artful tales, which have been passed on orally for generations as part of a community tradition, give accounts of living oral performances from the last quarter of the twentieth century and demonstrate the artistry that is possible without the written word.

Here, eight tales from Power and five tales from Lannon take up issues of vital concern—such as spousal abuse, bullying, and social and generational conflict—allusively, through a screen of fiction. In commentary following the stories Anita Best, Martin Lovelace, and Pauline Greenhill discuss the transmission of fairy tales in oral tradition, address the relation of these magic tales to Lannon’s and Power’s other stories, and share specifics about Newfoundland storytelling and the two tellers themselves. The text is further enriched by expressive illustrations from artist Graham Blair.

Clever Maids, Fearless Jacks, and a Cat presents the fairy-tale oeuvres of two superb storytellers as a contribution to interdisciplinary fairy-tale studies and folklore—countering fairy-tale studies’ focus on written traditions and printed texts—as well as to gender studies, cultural studies, Newfoundland studies, and Canadian studies. Students, scholars, and general readers interested in folk and fairy tales, contemporary Märchen, Newfoundland folklore, or oral tradition more generally will find much of value in these pages.

Support for this publication was provided, in part, by the University of Winnipeg.

For more information, visit the publisher's webpage.

October 25, 2019

Liberating Knowledge at the Margins

Towards a Discursive-Transactional Research Paradigm in LIS

Screenshot from the website of the Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship.We're happy to share that CRiCS member Michael Dudley, Community Outreach Librarian at UW with collection responsibilities for Indigenous Studies, history, political science, disability studies and theatre and film, has recently published an article in the Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship:

Liberating Knowledge at the MarginsTowards a Discursive-Transactional Research Paradigm in LIS

Abstract: This paper proposes an LIS research paradigm by which the transactional relationships between knowledge organization systems (KOS) and external scholarly discourses may be identified and examined. It considers subject headings as discursive acts (or Foucauldian “statements”) unto themselves—in terms of their materiality, rarity, exteriority, and accumulation—arising from such discourses, and which, through their usage in library catalogues and databases, produce their own discursive and non-discursive effects. It is argued that, since these statements lead through their existence and discovery (or absence and neglect) to the creation of further texts, then potentially oppressive discursive formations may result where marginalized knowledges are concerned. The paper aims to better understand these processes in scholarly discourses—and the role of libraries therein—by examining recent examples in the LIS literature regarding matters of race and gender, and which are suggestive of this emergent paradigm.

Visit the journal's page to read the full article!

October 16, 2019

Ethics Under Capital

MacIntyre, Communication, and the Culture Wars

Image of the book "Ethics Under Capital"Another exciting publication from a member of CRiCS: Ethics Under Capital: MacIntyre, Communication, and the Culture Wars, by Dr. Jason Hannan. Described by theorist Slavoj Žižek as making "a forceful case for the renewed relevance of Alasdair MacIntyre's ethics of the virtues, grounded in a common way of life," this monograph is due to be officially released November 14, 2019.

Here is the description from the publisher's website for this book:

"We in the West are living in the midst of a deadly culture war. Our rival worldviews clash with increasing violence in the public arena, culminating in deadly riots and mass shootings. A fragmented left now confronts a resurgent and reactionary right, which threatens to reverse decades of social progress. Commentators have declared that we live in a “post-truth world,” one dominated by online trolls and conspiracy theorists. How did we arrive at this cultural crisis? How do we respond?

This book speaks to this critical moment through a new reading of the thought of Alasdair MacIntyre. Over thirty years ago, MacIntyre predicted the coming of a new Dark Ages. The premise of this book is that MacIntyre was right all along. It presents his diagnosis of our cultural crisis. It further presents his answer to the challenge of public reasoning without foundations. Pitting him against John Rawls, Jürgen Habermas, and Chantal Mouffe, Ethics Under Capital argues that MacIntyre offers hope for a critical democratic politics in the face of the culture wars."

Visit the publisher's page for more information!

October 9, 2019

Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related.

A Memoir

Cover of Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related.We're excited to share a recent publication by one of CRiCS's Members: Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related. by Jenny Heijun Wills. Described as "A beautiful and haunting memoir of kinship and culture rediscovered," this book was recently shortlisted as a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction. Congratulations on your publication and nomination, Jenny.

Read on for the book's description from the publisher's website:

Jenny Heijun Wills was born in Korea and adopted as an infant into a white family in small-town Canada. In her late twenties, she reconnected with her first family and returned to Seoul where she spent four months getting to know other adoptees, as well as her Korean mother, father, siblings, and extended family. At the guesthouse for transnational adoptees where she lived, alliances were troubled by violence and fraught with the trauma of separation and of cultural illiteracy. Unsurprisingly, heartbreakingly, Wills found that her nascent relationships with her family were similarly fraught.

Ten years later, Wills sustains close ties with her Korean family. Her Korean parents and her younger sister attended her wedding in Montreal, and that same sister now lives in Canada. Remarkably, meeting Jenny caused her birth parents to reunite after having been estranged since her adoption. Little by little, Jenny Heijun Wills is learning and relearning her stories and those of her biological kin, piecing together a fragmented life into something resembling a whole.

Delving into gender, class, racial, and ethnic complexities, as well as into the complex relationships between Korean women--sisters, mothers and daughters, grandmothers and grandchildren, aunts and nieces--Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related. describes in visceral, lyrical prose the painful ripple effects that follow a child's removal from a family, and the rewards that can flow from both struggle and forgiveness.

Visit the publisher's page for more information and to read an excerpt from the book.

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