A Distinguished Lecture Series Sponsored by the University of Victoria’s Committee for Urban Studies

A Public Dialogue about the Prospects and Challenges of Cities

The City Talks is a free public speakers' series featuring distinguished urbanists drawn from our own university as well as from outside Victoria. During the 2013-14 academic year, we will hold seven sessions at the Legacy Art Gallery* in downtown Victoria. In the fall (Sept-Dec) The City Talks will explore the intersection of religion and the city.

* Each presentation begins at 7:30pm at the Legacy Art Gallery (630 Yates Street, Victoria, BC). Admission is free of charge and open to the public.


Hello all, we are pleased to pass on a job advertisement for a Research Associate position for undergraduate students at the University of Victoria. Titled Landscapes of Injustice, the project is a 7-year multi-sector and interdisciplinary effort that grew out of some of The City Talks lectures years back. This posting covers the first summer of the project (May 2014-August 2014) and successful applicants will participate as part of the team, defining the precise research agenda and embarking on the first stage of research. Students will work for a total of 35 hrs/week, at a pay rate of $16.45/hr. The Research Associate positions will last between 11 and 14 weeks, depending on specific arrangements in each case.

Our work will result in a traveling museum exhibit, teaching materials for elementary and secondary school classes, educational websites, scholarly and popular publications, and public presentations across the country. Most Canadians know that people of Japanese ancestry, the large majority of them Canadian citizens, were uprooted from the British Columbia coast during the 1940s. Much less known is the policy, unique to Canada, to forcibly sell all of their property. The dispossession of Japanese Canadians caused lasting harm. It left Japanese Canadians without homes to which they could return after restrictions were finally lifted in 1949. It forced the eradication of Canada’s historic Japanese-Canadian neighbourhoods and settlements, thereby transforming individual lives and identities, and the broader landscapes of Canadian ethnic and urban life. It caused material hardship that stretches across multiple generations. Like other shameful episodes of our national history, these events may seem to belong to a distant past, to a history left behind by multicultural Canada. In reality, however, the past is not so easily escaped. As Canada enters a century in which it will grow ever more diverse, a deep conversation about the enduring legacy of racism is of pressing importance. Landscapes of Injustice is committed to telling this history. Our team includes 14 institutions and 33 specialists from universities, community organizations, and museums across Canada.

Research Associates will participate with graduate students, faculty, and staff in the first summer of research on this project, beginning in May 2014. They will work in one of three “clusters” of research activity that are operating out of UVIC this summer:

  1. Land Title Research: this cluster works with records of Land Title to learn what precisely happened to the homes and businesses of Japanese Canadians when they were forcibly sold;
  2. Community Records: this cluster works with community directories, and other local records to reconstruct the communities disrupted by the uprooting and the liquidation of property.
  3. GIS: this cluster digitizes maps of Japanese Canadian communities to enable geovisual representation of materials collected in other clusters of research.

These positions include participation in team meetings, training sessions, and archival research. The Research Associates will include travel to locations outside of Victoria, with travel and accommodation arranged and paid for by the project.

A faculty member who is a team leader on the project will supervise each Research Associate. Payment of the full funding amount is contingent on successful participation in the project as directed by this supervisor.

Application Details

Applicants should submit a cover letter, UVIC transcripts, a CV, and contact information for three referees to the Project Director, Jordan Stanger-Ross, Associate Professor of History. Applications will be accepted by email at jstross@uvic.ca. The applications will be considered on a rolling basis, beginning May 1 2014.

Jordan Stanger-Ross

Project Director, Landscapes of Injustice

Associate Professor, History

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