Itineraries of Exchange: Cultural Contact in a Global Frame: Day 1

Location: Various locations in UBC Campus

Inaugural Symposium of the Global Encounters Initiative

How do societies change in response to contact with other cultures? And what roles do objects play in mediating these connections over time and place? This two-and-a-half-day symposium brings together anthropologists, geographers, historians, Indigenous artists and activists, and literary scholars whose research focuses on cross-cultural encounters and material exchange in a global context. Invited speakers will share works-in-progress and critically assess their own approaches toward the study of cultural exchange between peoples, places, and things.

Organized by Neil Safier, Department of History, UBC (

Thursday, March 4


Visit with Shaunee Casavant (Chief Councillor, Hupacasath Nation) to
“Backstory: Nuuchaanulth Ceremonial Curtains and the Work of Ki-ke-in”
Commentator: Charlotte Townsend-Gault (Art History, UBC), Exhibition Curator


RECEPTION (5:30-7pm)
Neil Safier (History, UBC)
Principal Investigator of the Global Encounters Initiative

Linc Kesler (Director, First Nations Studies Program, UBC)
Larry Grant (Musqueam Nation)

Global Indigeneities – Views from Near and Far (7:30-9:30pm)
Nika Collison (Jisgung, Ts’aahl Eagle Clan, Haida Gwaii)
Tirso Gonzalez (Indigenous Studies, UBCO)
Sheryl Lightfoot (Political Science and First Nations Studies, UBC)
Commentator: Coll Thrush (History, UBC)

Sponsors of this event include: the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund at UBC; Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Arts; the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre; St. Johns College; Department of History; Department of Anthropology; Department of English; Dutch Studies Endowment; Department of Sociology; Program in Law and Society; Department of Asian Studies; First Nations Studies Program; the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies; and MOA–Museum of Anthropology.

For more information, and to receive additional notices about this symposium, contact Neil Safier at