Decolonizing Panamerica: A Panel Discussion with Emerging Scholars Chevy Eugene, Helene Vosters and Sacha Kovacs.

January 27, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Centre for Film and Theater

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Chevy Eugene, “Reimagining Caribbean Integration” 

Chevy is artivist, a dedicated community worker, an emerging writer, a growing photographer, and an aspiring filmmaker. He is currently a PhD student at York University in the Social and Political Thought program. His research focuses on the arts as key component towards Caribbean cultural and economic integration. In early 2011, Chevy started to work on his first full-length film entitled ‘From Slaveships to Relationships: Narrations of Healing’.


Helene Vosters, “The Queer Craft of Unbecoming Nationalisms”

Helene is an artist, scholar, and activist. She holds a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies (York University), and is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Canadian Consortium for Performance and Politics in the Americas. Helene’s current research—Unbecoming Nationalisms—builds on her doctoral research into the role of Canadian military commemoration in the construction of nationalist narratives through a reading of performances that extend the work of truth commission. Helene has performed the memorial meditations Impact Afghanistan War; Unravel: A meditation on the warp and weft of militarism, and Haunting the Past’s Present throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Scholarly contributions based on Impact, Unravel, and Haunting include articles in Canadian and international academic journals (Theatre Research in Canada, Performance Research, Canadian Journal of Practice-based Research in Theatre, Canadian Theatre Review, and FRAKCIJI), and book sections in Performing Objects and Theatrical Things (edited by Marlis Schweitzer and Joanne Zerdy), and Theatre of Affect (edited by Erin Hurley).

Sasha Kovacs, “Scorched Scripts and Troubling Togs: Locating E. Pauline Johnson’s Performance History Within Lost and Displaced Remains”

Sasha is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto Centre for Drama,Theatre, and Performance Studies. Her dissertation focuses on the performances of E. Pauline Johnson Tekahionwake. Her writing and research has appeared in The Shakespeare International Yearbook, Canadian Theatre Review, and Digital Studies. Kovacs is a recipient of the 2014 University of Toronto Lise Lone Marker Award in Theatre History, the 2013 Canadian Association of Theatre Research Heather McCallum Scholarship, and is a laureate of the 2013 Performance Studies International Dwight Conquergood Award. She teaches theatre history at Ryerson University, acting at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and is also a professional performer. Most recently, she served as guest co-editor of Canadian Theatre Review’s 2015 Winter issue Performance and Human Rights in the Americas.

Special thanks to our sponsors: 

York’s Department of Theatre, Graduate Program in Theatre and Performance Studies, Performance Studies (Canada) Project, Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas, Office of the Vice-Provost Academic, Pan Am/Parapan Am Games @ York, Dean Shawn Brixey and the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, and Dean Barbara Crow and the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Thanks as well to Trevor Schwellnus and Aluna Theatre.