Sounding Board: Insufficiencies

Wednesday, April 13th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Camas Books and Infoshop (2590 Quadra Street)
Admission is by donation to Camas Books

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“Unintended Consequences: Canadian Law “Discovers” Aboriginal Rights”

Robert Hancock

In the mid-1960s a rather straightforward-seeming court case, about hunting out of season and without a permit, went on to play a foundational role in reshaping the legal relationship between the Canadian state and some of the Indigenous peoples whose homelands were claimed by it. This talk will outline the fundamental aspects of the case, and contemplate some of the implications it raises for current relationships between Indigenous peoples and settlers on southern Vancouver Island.

Robert HancockLecturer Bio:
Rob Hancock is Metis, and was born and raised in Esquimalt, where he still lives. He has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies (Anthropology and History) from the University of Victoria, and is currently writing a book tracing a genealogy of the concept of Aboriginal rights in the period before its inclusion in the Canadian Constitution.

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“Pleonexia”

Stefan Morales

By resuscitating the archaic term Pleonexia this talk hopes to name a quality of our contemporary economic world that we commonly refer to as greed. Pleonexia can be broadly defined as the “unnatural” human desire for something that has no limit or end—in a capitalist economic system, this would be the gain of capital and of ever more profit. Unlike food, drink, home, or clothing, one can amass and store a seemingly endless amount of capital (beyond what any one person could use), with dire consequences for other humans, and most importantly here, with dire consequences for the global ecosystem. Where greed is often used to describe unfair relations between humans within a political economy, pleonexia describes the ‘unfair’ relations between humans, plants, animals, landscapes within a political ecology (inclusive of landbase and human alike). In what ways can we understand the logic of accumulation from this angle—beyond human justice and its institutions (questions of fairness and redistribution)—towards an understanding that seeks to examine surplus accumulation and its material consequences within global and local ecosystems?

Stefan R.D. MoralesLecturer Bio:
Stefan Morales is a writer, educator, artist and co-director of The Wayward School. Morales is nearing completion of his MA in political science through Acadia University (Nova Scotia). His thesis examines the political terrain of soil. While in the Annapolis Valley, Morales worked with a number of organizations as a program coordinator and research assistant, including the Acadia Community Farm, the Arthur Irving Academy for the Environment, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, and the Wolfville Farmers’ Market.

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