Join Urban Studies for the first event in our Annual Lecture Series. Hear from special guest speaker Dr. Rob Shields,of the University of Alberta Canada.
"Suburbs for Settlers: Reconciling layers of occupation, affect and trauma in the colonized of the Canadian Prairie."
This public talk by Professor Rob Shields of the University of Alberta will discuss the first suburb of Edmonton, the capital of the oil-rich western Canadian prairie province of Alberta, which arguably was an Indian reservation.
Situated inconveniently close to the settlement that had grown up around a Hudson's Bay trading fort, the reservation was eliminated as its starving populace one-by-one 'took scrip' in the mid-to-late 1800s, and accepted payment to cede their aboriginal rights to reservation land.
Almost a century later around 1970, parts of the area of the reservation of the Papaschase Cree became the site of an idealistic project to create an affordable suburb, "Mill Woods".
In the context of the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Final Report, this talk explores the changing topologies of layers of occupation in the prairie urban landscape, the intersection of the social ideals of the 1960s and 1970s and the subsequent influx of migrants from all over the world with colonial oppressions that are an unacknowledged legacy of settler society.
About the speaker: Rob Shields is the Henry Marshall Tory Chair, University of Alberta. His work spans architecture, urban geography and sociology to bring interdisciplinary and global perspective to research on urban cultures, including the built environments of cities and the virtual social spaces of new media. He is founder of “Space and Culture” refereed journal, “Curb Planning Magazine” and the author and/or co-editor of numerous books including “Places on the Margin”, "Lefebvre Love and Struggle”, “Strip Appeal: Reimagining the Suburban Mini-mall”, “Ecologies of Affect”, “Spatial Questions” and ”City-Regions in Prospect"