Jolovan Wham is a Singaporean of ethnic Chinese descent. He has been involved in human rights activism, working primarily on issues relating to migrants, the death penalty, and freedom of expression.
He was executive director of Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME), an NGO which provides shelter, education opportunities and legal aid for low waged migrant workers.
He is a member of the Community Action Network, a coalition of activists which promotes civil and political rights. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in social work from the National University of Singapore. His activism has resulted in him being banned by the education minister from speaking at education institutions and campuses.
He will be presenting a Public Talk, Workshop & will be collaborating with Prof. Mohan Dutta,Director,- CARE at Massey University on the topic “Communicative strategies for resisting authoritarianism”.
Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE) proudly invites Teanau Tuiono as our next Activist-In-Residence from 5th – 9th August and we would like to share some insights about Teanau’s project for his residency – The Solidarity Project.
The Solidarity Project is all about exploring conversations of solidarity and whānaungatanga across cultures and communities. Teanau has over 20 years’ experience as an activist, advocate and organiser at local, national and international levels on social justice and environmental issues. In Pasifika communities he is known for his work in the education sector and climate change advocacy. In Māori communities he is known for his indigenous rights activism. He has an interest at working at the intersection of indigenous rights and environmental issues where he has worked with remote indigenous communities on the frontlines of climate change and biodiversity loss.
Have a look at the his talks and conversations below for some insights about the project, more to follow in the coming days.
We are honoured that Tāme Iti will be CARE: Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation‘s Activist-in-Residence from the 18th to the 22nd of March 2019.
Topic: Decolonising Ourselves Indegnising The University
Tāme’s upcoming visit comes just weeks after the United Nations Human Rights Council (2019) report reminded us of the following:
• “The impacts of colonisation continued to be felt, through entrenched structural racism and poorer outcomes for Māori” (p. 2)
• “Māori life expectancy was lower and unemployment rates were higher” (p. 3)
• “inequalities within the system and mental health outcomes, especially for Māori” (p. 4)
• “Māori were disproportionately represented at every stage of the criminal justice system, as both offenders and victims” (p. 4)
Tāme Iti is an activist-of-activists, bringing his art and activism together in decolonizing structures. His activism as performance offers many openings for imagining the role of communication in social change.
Accordingly, this calls for a decolonising project to critically engage and interrogate the structural conditions that reproduce racism and poorer outcomes for Māori. Tāme Iti’s Activist Residency will interrupt the dominant discursive positioning and practices of Pākehā hegemony and will situate the university as a site of resistance to enable new ways in which we understand and conceptualise structural racism. We welcome Tāme Iti as our Activist-in-Residence.
“Tēnā koe e te Rangatira. Nau mai, haere mai!” [Trans: “Greetings leader/chief. Welcome!”]
Events: Wednesday 20 March 2019 Public Talk
12.00 pm – 1.00 pm
Venue: SSLB1 Manawatu campus
Thursday 21 March 2019 Workshop
1.00 pm – 3.00 pm
Venue: SSLB4 Manawatu campus
Friday 22 March 2019 White Paper Launch
1.00 pm – 2.00 pm
Venue: GLB3.08 Manawatu campus
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Our first activist-in-residence of 2019 is the Singapore activist Sangeetha Thanapal, whose work on Chinese privilege has
intervened into the racist structures of Chinese imperialism. Here is a link to her website: http://kaliandkalki.com/
She was recently interrogated and issued warning by Singapore Police for her anti-racist work under the colonial anti-sedition law:
Prof. Mohan Dutta will be working with Sangeetha to share some of CARE’s ongoing work with racist structures that marginalize
Indians in South-east Asia and strategies for race-based activism. She will be presenting a Public Talk, Workshop and Whitepaper during her residency at CARE.
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CARE is delighted to share our third and upcoming collaboration with Activist-In-Residence: Dr. Murdoch Stephens.
Dr. Stephens is the editor of publishing collective Lawrence & Gibson. He has a PhD on critical theory and climate change from Massey
University, and was the driving force behind the double the refugee quota campaign, which is now government policy. He has published dozens of opinion editorials, academic articles and book chapters on New Zealand’s refugee quota and the country’s response to the refugee
crisis. He recently completed a PhD focused on how four contemporary critical theorists have written of climate change. A version of that work was published as Critical Environmental Communication: How does critique respond to the urgency of climate change? in 2018 by Lexington.
During his time with CARE, as an activist Dr. Stephens will deliver:
20 November- Public Talk: ‘For who, by who? Reflections on campaigning and prospects for refugee led organisations in an expanded refugee quota.’
21 November- Workshop: On starting, continuing and excelling in a DIY, grass roots political campaign.
23 November- White Paper: The state helps the refugee speak: dialogue, ventriloquism or something else?
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Dr. James Gomez
CARE is delighted to share our upcoming collaboration with Activist-In-Residence: Dr. James Gomez. He will collaborate with CARE on Communication, Democracy, and Freedom in Asia, highlighting the ‘Fake News’ challenge to democracy and co-produce a CARE White Paper with Prof. Mohan Dutta during his residency.
Dr. James Gomez is the Chair, Board of Directors of Asia Centre, a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to create human rights impact in the South-east Asia region. Dr. James will be presenting on ‘Fake News’ and it’s impact on democracy. During his time with CARE, as an activist he will deliver a public talk, conduct a workshop on a method of social change communication, and collaborate with the CARE team on developing a white paper. Dr. Gomez currently oversees its operations in both Thailand and Malaysia and is leading the partnerships for the Centre’s many activities in other parts of the region.
Dr. James Gomez brings to Asia Centre over 25 years of international and regional experience in leadership roles at universities, think-tanks, inter-governmental agencies and non- governmental organisations. He is the convener of Asia Centre’s upcoming international conference on Fake News and Elections in Asia, 10-12 July, Bangkok, Thailand.
KEY EVENT DATES:
- The Universal Periodic Review of Southeast Asia: Civil Society Perspectives by Dr. James Gomez from 12 nn – 1 pm
- Totalitarian control, capitalist accumulation, and smart futures: The Singapore model from 1 pm – 2 pm
25th – CARE RECEPTION from 5 pm – 6.30 pm
26th – WHITE PAPER LAUNCH: Fake news, digital democracy and state repression by Dr. James Gomez and Prof. Mohan Dutta from 4 pm
Dr. Sue Bradford
CARE is delighted to share our upcoming inaugural collaboration with activist-in-residence Dr. Sue Bradford at Massey University. She will collaborate with CARE on re-imagining academic-activist linkages and co-produce a white paper with Prof. Mohan Dutta during her residency.
Dr. Bradford has a lifelong background in street and community activism, and is a mother of five. Much of her work has been in unemployed workers’ and beneficiaries’ organisations. She was a Green Member of Parliament for ten years (1999-2009) before going on to undertake a PhD in public policy with Marilyn Waring at AUT, graduating in 2014.
During her time with CARE, as an activist she will deliver a public talk, conduct a workshop on a method of social change communication, and collaborate with the CARE team on developing a white paper.
Dr. Bradford has a particular interest in the interface between radical community development, activism and the role of academics and universities. She is always searching for ways in which these spaces can be more productively navigated than is often the case.
She currently works for Kotare Research and Education for Social Change in Aotearoa Trust as well as picking up various speaking and writing engagements.
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