SAGE Writing Retreat – Nov 22-23, 2014, 9 am – 5 pm

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Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) is hosting a writing retreat on SatSun, Nov 22-23, 2014 at the UBC First Nations Longhouse (1985 West Mall) from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day! Please RSVP by November 20th.
Dr. Jo-ann Archibald will be the faculty mentor for this writing session. She will be available to meet with individuals during the writing retreat.
The purpose of this writing retreat is to provide dedicated time for writing, an opportunity to share ideas with others, and an opportunity to get feedback about writing questions. The writing project is participant’s choice.
The agenda includes:
Nov 22, 2014
9:00 – 10:00 am: Group discussion session. Set writing goals for the weekend
10:00 am – 12:00 noon: Individual writing time. Individuals may schedule time with Jo-ann to discuss writing questions
12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch will be provided
1:00 – 5:00 pm. Individual writing time
Nov 23, 2014
9:00 am  – 12:00 pm: Individual writing time. Individuals may schedule time with Jo-ann to discuss writing questions
12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch will be provided
1:00 – 2:00 pm: Group discussion. Sharing writing achievements
2:00 – 5:00 pm: Individual writing time.
Refreshments and lunch will be provided each day. Participants may use their own lap top computer or use computers available in the Longhouse.
The SAGE writing retreat is free. Your RSVP is required for catering and preparation purposes. Thank you.
Please RSVP using Eventbrite:

CFP – AlterNative, general issue, Due: Dec. 31, 2014

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AlterNative is now calling for papers to be considered for one of our general issues of Volume 11 (2015). We welcome submissions all year round;however, for consideration for the second issue of 2015, articles should reach us no later than
the 31st of December 2014. We recommend early submission. Please visit our website at to find out more or see the attached document. Please circulate this call for papers to your networks.
Our feature article for October [n celebration of the 10th anniversary of AlterNative] is Epistemological pluralism by Vanessa Andreotti, Cash Ahenakew and Garrick Cooper from Volume 7, no. 1 (2011). This article is the first part of a transnational collaboration between the authors whose article
Beyond epistemic provincialism: De-provincializing Indigenous resistanceformed the second part in the collaborative series and was recently published in our current issue of AlterNative Volume 10, no. 3 (2014).
Enjoy FREE ACCESS to Epistemological pluralism until the end of October. Click here to access the full article.
This paper offers a brief analysis of aspects related to the significance and the complexities of introducing “different” epistemologies in higher education teaching and learning. We start by introducing the metaphors of abyssal thinking, epistemic blindness and ecologies of knowledge in the work of Boaventura de Souza Santos. In the second part of the paper we use Santos’ metaphors to engage with the tensions of translating aboriginal epistemologies into non-aboriginal languages, categories and technologies. In the third part, we offer a situated illustration of an attempt to introduce epistemological pluralism in addressing central concepts in teaching in higher education. In our conclusion we emphasize that political, ontological and metaphysical questions need to be considered very carefully in the process of introducing different epistemologies into higher education.
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Announcement – Next SAGE Session & Writing Retreat!

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Here are the details of our upcoming SAGE session, as well as the details of our upcoming writing retreat!
1.  Next SAGE session
The next Vancouver SAGE session will be held at SFU on Oct 25th at Harbour Centre 2260, from 9:30am until 2:30pm. The focus of the session will be Career planning. Drs. Michelle Pidgeon and Deanna Reder will be the faculty mentors for this session.

2.  Writing Retreat

Please save the date! SAGE will host a writing retreat on Nov 22-23, 2014 at the UBC First Nations Longhouse from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day. Lunch and break refreshments will be provided. More information will be sent about the structure of the writing retreat later this month. Dr. Jo-ann Archibald will be the faculty mentor for the writing retreat.