CAPCON Schedule

Friday, April 5th, 10:00am – 3:00pm

As in years past, today’s CAP conference is taking place on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation, and on the coastal and mountain land that makes up the unceded and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. CAPCON concludes a year of exciting events that have taken place in CAP, on this land, and the work that you’ll hear and see today reflects the fact that many of these events have been closely tied to the commitment in our program to the importance of learning, working from, and developing a greater understanding of the land that we study on as students at UBC and in Vancouver. From papers that address the colonial roots of contemporary inequality on Vancouver’s streets, to those reflecting on the changing faces of the workforce and class struggle in today’s global marketplaces, this year’s conference looks at what it means to belong somewhere, anywhere, and nowhere, and what it takes to forge new definitions of community and belonging and to recover long-suppressed ways of being with each other and with the land.

10:00am – 10:20am: Welcome to CAPCON 2024!
Opening Remarks

10:30am – 11:20am: Session 1

Panel A: “”Wicked Problems in Policy (Room 1, IBLC 380)”

Moderators: Leah Liji & Soniya Tagirova-Sirotkina

* Melana Cosentino - “Boys Will Be Boys, We’ll Assume Girls Will Be Too: Contemporary Contributions of Male-Based Research Practice to Sex Inequality in Medical Care” (I&S)
* Toluwani Olusuyi - “Systemic Oppression of Indigenous People and the Effectiveness of Food Security Policy Intervention” (PPE)
* Rayna Arora - “The hidden poli-economic impacts of the Syrian Refugee Crisis (M&S)

Panel B: “Colonial Violence and Land Defense” (Room 2, IBLC 385)

Moderators: Bella Kan & Leean Wu

* Erica Kwong - “Evaluating the Efficacy of Civil Disobedience and Legal Pursuit in Unsustainable Logging” (P&P)
* Hinako Naganuma - “Colonial Legacies Perpetuated through Misrepresentation: How Non-Indigenous People should Address the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside” (P&P)
* Chloe Son - “Exploitation and Criminalization of Indigenous Peoples represented in Art” (L&S)

11:30am – 12:20pm: Session 2

Panel C: "Work and Class Today" (Room 1, IBLC 380)

Moderators: Nyla Nguy & Karen Mukiiri

* Minhal Hasnain - “Parasite: The Inescapable Class Divide” (M&S)
* Gwynnie Guo - “China’s "Full-Time Children": Reconstructing Youth Working Identities in Precarious Labour Markets” (PPE)
* Kennedy Provost - “Lazy Girl Jobs: Gen Z Workers’ Search for Fulfillment in the Post-Pandemic Hustle Culture” (PPE)

Panel D: “Race, Place, and Representation” (Room 2, IBLC 385)

Moderators: Ben Chinnik & Aditi Bedarkar

*Simarleen Luthra - “Authentic Narratives: Empowering BIPOC Voices in Storytelling” (M&S)
*Audrey Kruger - “The importance of music in David Chariandy’s Brother to Black identity” (L&S)
*Deanna Cuci - “Black Entrepreneurship and Cultural Expression in Hogan’s Alley” (P&P)

12:20-1:00: Showcase

Moderators: Fiza Haseeb & Violet Smith

* Callum Rettie - “Chat GPT and Creative Writing; Using Tools as Tools” (M&S)
* Zoe Chen, Tommy Chung, Penny Cho, and Dinosha Thayaal - “Indigenizing Decolonial Media Theory Infographic I” (I&S)
* Virginia Sandler, Tolu Yemi-Oke, & Chaitanya Sandeep Joshi - “Indigenizing Decolonial Media Theory Infographic II” (I&S)
*Kevin Yang, Melanie Lee, & Gianna Navarro - “Indigenizing Decolonial Media Theory Infographic III” (I&S)
*Maya Sanger, Julian Yoo, Aanya Garg, & Roland Ellis - "Food Assets for Whom?: Community Perspectives on Food Asset Mapping in Canada" (L&S)
*Anna Vorontosva - “Ghostly Murals: Tracing the Politics of Public Art in Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley Infographic I” (P&P)
*Meredith Fowke - “Ghostly Murals: Tracing the Politics of Public Art in Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley Infographic II” (P&P)
*Maxine Rae - “Race Space and Prostitution: The Making of Settler Colonial Canada” (P&P)
*Danya Elkhidir, Bree Hanzel, Lea Mahintorabi, & Dana Zenedejas - “Picture This: Exploring Photovoice as a Method to Understand Lived Experiences in Marginal Neighbourhoods” (L&S)
*Prince Tucay, Maria Martinez, Vinna Xia, & Farhana Roshan - “The Underground Bicycle Economy: An Exploration of Social Supports and Economic Resources that Vancouver's Homeless Cyclists Utilize” (L&S)

1:00-1:50: Session 3 

Panel E: Institutions, Discrimination, and Power (Room 1, IBLC 380)

Moderators: Akuol Riak & Bernice Wong

* Melissa Wei, Hailey Park, & Ruby Weber - “Would Not Take Again: Unveiling the Impact of Rate My Professor on Student & Instructor Experiences” (I&S)
* Oliver Hsueh - “A Letter to UBC - International Students’ Identity Crisis and Improvements on Forming Inclusive Spaces” (L&S)
* Maria Martinez Arriaga - “Solidarity Through a Literary Lens” (L&S)

Panel F: "Gentrification and Justice on the DTES" (Room 2, IBLC 385)

Moderators: Xavier Largo & Akshit Dhingra

*Yu Miao - “How does distributional justice in urban greenery within Vancouver” (P&P)
*Zosia Krajcovic - “The Gentrification of the Downtown Eastside: Capital Over Community” (P&P)
*Leila Cavers - “Contested Green Spaces: Community and Displacement in Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park” (P&P)
*Manav Kalsi - “Unveiling Vancouver's Chinatown Gentrification: Its Impact on Residents and the Role of Racism” (PPE)

2:00-3:00: Closing remarks with The Capsule Call for Papers Launch and CAKE!