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In this participatory and creative session, we will explore some of the ways that decolonization intersects with the mind, body, heart and spirit. We will also touch upon intricate and rich ways that decolonization can be activated across contexts and communities as well as some ways decolonization can transform the environments and practices of teaching and learning. We will also dialogically explore how life and community affirming philosophy-practices of locatedness, humility, sovereignty, creativity and love can support intellectual, socio-ecological and neuro-difference, diversity and divergence within the classroom. Small group discussions and large group sharing will be facilitated so that every person attending has the opportunity to bring forward some of their process, questions, and insights as well as engage with those of others in our shared community of learning. Poetry, video, meditation, and other modes of knowledge and inquiry will be energized in the service of deepening whole-person engagement and reflection.
- Rajdeep Gill
Guest Artist and Writer:
- Fabiola Nabil Naguib
This session is hosted by CTLT Indigenous Initiatives.
Dr. Rajdeep S. Gill is an interdisciplinary scholar, educator and curator, committed to ongoing examination and activation of personal and public responsibilities towards cultivating a more loving and just world. Rajdeep deeply values relationship-building and community-building, and contributing to cultures of dialogue, thinking, creativity and collaboration that affirm shared humanity and profound regard for the Earth. Rajdeep’s areas of research and teaching include decolonization, Indigenous knowledges and worldviews, interdisciplinary methodologies, human and more-than-human creativity and cultures, the imperatives of ecological and emotional literacy, transformative pedagogy, transformative curatorial practice, and intersections of cognitive, social and environmental justice. Rajdeep’s humsafar/life co-journeyer Fabiola Nabil Naguib’s ideas, creativity, love and personhood deeply inform all aspects of his thinking and practice.
Rajdeep is currently a faculty member and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Expressive Arts Program as well as the Chair of Indigenous Studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU). He regularly teaches and mentors in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Rajdeep has also served as a Pierre Eliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar at UBC and as a Curator-in-Residence at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Fabiola Nabil Naguib is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary visual artist and poet. Her creative practice is informed by a connective ecology of living and being in the world. Connective practice, as Fabiola calls it, activates her creative practice as personal, social-political, ecological, philosophical, and spiritual, awakening the interrelationship between aliveness, self-determination, and resilience.
Acknowledging the diversities of being and being attuned to (and with), Fabiola’s creative practice is rooted in sovereignty and dignity, challenging distortions of creativity as mere commodity or appendage of the artworld-academic post/industrial complex.
Fabiola has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally and has been published in anthologies and journals. She is the author of Uninhabiting the Violence of Silencing: activations of creativity, ethics and resistance. Fabiola’s new collection of poetry, The Symmetry of Breath, and selected essays, Living Out Loud, are forthcoming. She is also currently completing a major series of abstract paintings and continuing with her ongoing photographic collage series, Archives Re/Imagined.
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