Learning how to inherit colonized and ecologically challenged life worlds

Learning how to inherit colonized and ecologically challenged life worlds

This international interdisciplinary and cross-sector symposium was organized by the Common Worlds Research Collective, funded by the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council, the Centre for Global Studies (University of Victoria, BC), and the Centre for Asian and Pacific Research Initiatives (University of Victoria, BC).

It brought leading Indigenous and environmental humanities scholars into conversation with early childhood and childhood studies scholars and educators working on common world pedagogies.  Discussions covered topics such as: place and agency in Indigenous cosmologies; Canada’s waste legacies, cohabiting with other species in a time of mass extinctions; Indigenous modes of inheritance, from new to old in a time of immateriality and precarity.  Early childhood scholars and educators considered how they might respond to these issues in their work with young children within their local common world environments.

Date of Event: Sept 26‐28, 2014


Keynote speakers were:

  • Professor Marie Battiste (Aboriginal Educational Research Centre, University of Saskatchewan)
  • Professor Myra Hird (Canada’s Waste Flows research project, Queens University)
  • Professor Elizabeth Povinelli (Anthropology, Columbia University)
  • Vanessa Watts‐Powless (doctoral student, Queens University)
  • Professor Deborah Bird Rose (Adjunct Professor, University of New SouthWales)


Download Abstracts (PDF) and watch keynotes here:

  • Vanessa Watts-Powless
  • Elizabeth Povinelli
  • Deborah Bird Rose
  • Myra Hird

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