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Structural Violence: Fostering a Pluralistic View from...

Thursday, October 17, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
FIMS and Nursing Building (FNB)
Room: 4110

"Structural Violence: Fostering a Pluralistic View from the Middle"

Talk by Eugenia Canas
Responses from Dr. Jacquelyn Burkell and Dr. Warren Steele.

Part of the Mediations Lecture Series.

Structural violence (SV) has been variously conceptualized as the inequitable distribution of power and life opportunities that is built into the structure of society, functioning at the macro level to shape individual behaviours. Due to the embedded nature of SV, its examination requires a process that supports individuals in connecting policies and institutions to personal and even embodied impacts. The view from the middle, committed to seeing and changing violent structures and conditions, remains under-explored.

The objective of this workshop is to sow this middle ground and inspire a future convening and sense-making activity --- where FIMS scholars and local practice/policy actors can collectively, and in pluralistic ways, imagine novel approaches to structural violence (SV).

The first part of this presentation describes SV in its historical and theoretical sense. I will then share examples of ongoing community-engaged research in our midst, to share evidence and experiences of SV, as well as possible approaches to intervention. My primary aim is to raise questions and points of resonance around the work we do in this building, and to trouble any existing divides between theoretical and cultural knowledge work, and community-engaged research and practice. I hope this talk will lead to interest in collaborating in the future through a SSRHC Connection grant.

Eugenia Canas, PhD, is Post-doctoral Associate in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies. Her doctoral research used a health-information science perspective to investigate the inclusion of lived-experience knowledge in the design of mental health services for youth. Past and ongoing research includes a London Poverty Reduction Fund grant evaluating the effectiveness of a Housing First Approach, a SSHRC Partnership Development grant investigating the impact of narrative evidence upon policy change, and a CIHR Team grant focused on the impacts of structural violence upon youth wellbeing.

Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Becky Blue

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