7 – 9 April, 2021 | xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Traditional Territory

Storytelling as Research:
Unsettling the Cultural Politics of Diversity through Filmmaking



Our interdisciplinary workshop brings together filmmakers and scholars who incorporate participant centred storytelling as part of their work and research. The workshop is an opportunity for participants to discuss current artistic and scholarly collaborative storytelling projects that challenge collective core narratives of diversity, migration and settlement.

As part of the narratives working group, this event explores the topic of storytelling as activist scholarly and educational method, as well as an argumentative and political tool for unsettlement. We propose a storytelling turn in activist (post)migration studies in order to disrupt colonialism and unsettle Eurocentric cultural politics of diversity. We further hope that our workshop will help to critically engage with colonial structures and narratives of settlement in Canada, including the search for an intersectional and relational place-based understanding of belonging.

All films will be made available through streaming beforehand (some for the first time in Canada and in English). All content will be available upon registration. Please note that all Webinars will be open to the public. However, active participation in the talking circle discussions of Webinars 1, 3, and 4 will be by invitation only. Please go to the full program for further information.


Markus Hallensleben (UBC)
Erin Goheen Glanville (UBC/SFU)
Liam O’Reilly, Admin. Support (UBC)
Alexandria Ahluwalia, Website Support (UBC)


Centre for Migration Studies
Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies
Institute for European Studies

Although UBC’s Vancouver campus has not been fully re-opened due to Covid-19, it is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. We thankfully acknowledge their territory and honour them. Without their generosity and curiosity, we would not be able to host this event and use their lands. These lands have always been a place of learning for Musqueam youth, who were instructed in their culture, history, and tradition, and who in turn shared their knowledge with a new generation.