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9:00 pm

Envisioning Social Justice From the Margins

February 9 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

My work as a Muslim anthropologist has compelled me to explore social justice from the margins of society. Margins are spaces animated by stories, voices, memories and embodied knowledge that are all of much value in our collective struggles against systemic oppression and the endemic violence of racism.

Research participants, primarily Muslim women from Canada, Afghanistan, Kenya and India, reveal the importance of engaging in conversations and dialogue across deep divides between the East and the West, between reason and affect, and between material and spiritual worlds. This orientation constitutes part of emergent social justice work from the bottom up.

In this lecture, I will draw on transformative stories of Muslim women (homelands and diasporas) to reveal ambiguities and challenges in reversing systemic injustice. Building on this critique, I will explore how we can mobilize marginality to enact alternative, imaginative and social justice-oriented possibilities — potential pathways for a better world.

— Parin Dossa

About Parin Dossa
Dr. Parin Dossa, Professor of Anthropology, received her education on three continents: Africa, Britain and North America. Her teaching and research interests include migration and diaspora, gender, health and social palliation, ethnographic methods, and structural violence in war and peace. Her work on Muslim women in the homelands and diaspora has resulted in interrelated projects published in edited collections and scholarly journals. She is the author of Racialized Bodies, Disabling Worlds: Storied Lives of Immigrant Muslim Women (2009); Politics and Poetics of Migration: Narratives of Iranian Women from the Diaspora (2004); Afghanistan Remembers: Narratives of Violence and Culinary Practices (2014); Social Palliation: Canadian Muslims’ Storied Lives on Living and Dying (2020); and Transnational Aging and Reconfigurations of Kin Work (2017), edited with Cati Coe. Learn more about Dr. Dossa’s work here.

About the Series
The President’s Faculty Lecture Series shines a light on the research excellence at Simon Fraser University. Hosted by SFU president Joy Johnson, these free public lectures celebrate cutting-edge research and faculty that engage with communities and mobilize knowledge to make real-world impacts.

Examining the themes of resilience and recovery from a variety of disciplines, each short lecture in the 2020-2021 series will be followed by a conversation between our presenter, president Joy Johnson, and the audience.

Learn about all of the upcoming lectures in the series here.



Closed captioning will be available for this event.

Registration and password

A password to access this webinar will be sent to all registrants via email in the days and hours preceding the event.

Technology requirements

This workshop will be presented in a participatory webinar format. To engage fully you will need:

A laptop, computer, or smartphone
A webcam
A microphone
Speakers or headphones
Protecting your privacy

To ensure that we are using online meeting technology in a privacy-conscious way, we are following best practices for this online event series:

We will only circulate the meeting link to those who are registered for the event
We will password protect the meeting
We will enable end-to-end encryption
We will not use attention tracking
We will ask that participants use their first and last name as their display name on the webinar, so we can check incoming participants against the event registration list
To protect your own privacy we suggest that:

You use a unique email address to log into the webinar. This is so that the webinar platform can’t cross-reference your profile with the rest of your digital profiles under your email address.
We suggest you do not use your Facebook profile to log into the webinar. This is so that the webinar platform can’t cross-reference you with your Facebook account.
We remind you that whatever you say in the webinar is public and recorded, so please do not share sensitive information about yourself or others, and do not say anything you do not wish to enter the public domain.
To protect the privacy of others we ask that:

You do not record or photograph yourself, other participants, or the hosts during the webinar, unless permission is requested and given.
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Commitment to community guidelines and social accountability
All participants are asked to participate as socially accountable community members. We ask that you provide your full name as your display name during the online meeting and that you review our community guidelines ahead of your participation in the event. This is to ensure the safety of our guests and speakers as well as foster honest and accountable dialogue between people in this space. Thank you for respecting our community guidelines!

Above all, there will be zero tolerance for those who promote violence against others on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, or different ability. Anyone who incites harm towards other participants (be it through the chat, video or audio functions) will be removed at the discretion of our technical team and moderator.
Be as present as possible (put away phone, close/mute tabs).
Thoughtful questions are welcome in the chat throughout the session. If your question is for a particular speaker, type “@name” at the beginning.
Don’t assume pronouns/gender/knowledge based on someone’s name or video image. We can refer to people using the usernames they provide!
Step up, step back: if you’ve asked a question or shared a comment, ensure that new voices are heard before you contribute again.
Practice self-care: if you need to get up or take a break, please feel free.

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