Speaking at Oral Histories: From the Land and the Sea

Jane will be speaking at the Richmond Sharing Farm’s Canada 150 Celebration on June 29 as part of the Oral Histories: From the Land and the Sea series. Jane’s talk will focus on Japanese Canadian history and the impacts of internment on the agricultural landscape of British Columbia in order to challenge the celebration of the sesquicentennial and to honour resilient Japanese Canadian communities which rest upon the food they grow, make, and share.

Attendance is free, but registration is necessary. More information is available here: http://www.sharingfarm.ca/canada150/

Paper Presentation at the 2017 World Literature Student Conference

Jane will be presenting a paper titled “Harun’s Language: Becoming and Murdering the Outsider” at the 2017 World Literature Student Conference on April 5th, 2017 at Simon Fraser University.

The presentation will discuss Kamel Daoud’s novel, The Meursault Investigation, as a vibrant palimpsest that calls into being a new, fluid language with which to theorize the future beyond the post-colonial in Algeria. The Meursault Investigation is a dramatic monologue by Harun, an Algerian man as much a stranger today as the character of Mersault in Albert Camus’ The Outsider was in 1942. Both colonial and post-colonial subjectivities require the construction of the Other in language, ensnaring both the colonizer and the colonized in a semiotic problem as history unfolds around the indeterminate process of “decolonization.” The presentation will investigate the ways in which Daoud troubles the outsider’s subjectivity in Algeria with flowing language that threatens to swallow up Camus’ famous “islands” of words. Harun’s story is an unstoppable flood of narrative that subsumes truth and fantasy, fact and fiction, and insider and outsider into a palimpsest that heralds the future beyond the post-colonial. The presentation will juxtapose Camus’ and Daoud’s texts to challenge the narratives of progress that riddle our discussions of the post-colonial situation. By taking up questions about the possibilities of cross-cultural dialogues and reconciliation projects, the presentation imagines a future in which our subjectivities are also palimpsestic, resisting reductive, essentialist, and empty nationalisms.

More information about the conference is available here:


GSWS Student News Feature

A reflection on presenting at Thompson Rivers University’s 10th Annual Philosophy, History, and Politics Undergraduate Conference has been published on the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Department page. The paper, titled “The X Factor: Creative Possibilities Between Lines” was developed with the support of professors in the Department, and presenting at the conference was made possible by the generous support of the GSWS Department, GSWS Student Union, and Humanities Department.



Paper Presentation at TRU’s 10th Annual Philosophy, History, and Politics Conference

Jane will be presenting a paper titled “The X Factor: Creative Possibilities Between Lines,” on January 20th at the 10th Annual Philosophy, History, and Politics Undergraduate Conference at Thompson Rivers University. The presentation will be part of a panel titled “Race and Identity in the Eyes of the Law.”

The paper considers the potential of mixed race bodies to historicize and disrupt systems of categorization by reflecting on the “X Factor,” a racial category used as an identifier within the Vancouver Police Department. The use of the letter “X” to create a non/category that names mixed race bodies as unintelligible in the racial schemas of the Vancouver Police Department reveals much about the logics of racial classification and control. The “X” functions both as a letter and to symbolize boundaries, exclusions, and errors. Within the racial schema of the Vancouver Policed Department, the “X” identifies bodies that disrupt the fantasy of racial difference legible on the skin in order to neutralize and homogenize them as an error in intelligibility. However, the “X” might reveal another potential by analyzing the way in which it is inscribed: by crossing two lines, the “X” becomes legible at its intersection. The point of simultaneous convergence and divergence is essential to both the legibility of the symbol “X” and bodies classified in the “X Factor.” Mixed race bodies bear the potential in this outlier status to reveal and challenge the logics that undergird racial classificatory systems.

For registration and further details: http://www.tru.ca/phpconf.html