Connection: Years 5-7
Phase 2: Connection
Landscapes of Injustice is a knowledge mobilization project. In the Connection Phase (Years 5-7), “Knowledge Mobilization Clusters” will communicate our research to large and diverse audiences.
This cluster will create a travelling museum exhibit aiming to convey the significance of Japanese Canadians to the history of the country, telling personal stories about the seizure and transfer of property belonging to Japanese Canadians, as well as making extensive use of all research materials, including archival photographs, personal statements, government documents, artefacts, statistics, and interactive GIS maps. The exhibit will be displayed across the country, engaging a general audience, as well as Japanese Canadian community members, in critical examination of the legacy of these events and their relation to the future of diversity, marginalization, and democratic citizenship in Canada. Partner museums in this aim include the Nikkei National Museum (NNM), the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (Halifax), the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto), and the Royal BC Museum (RBCM), accompanied by public events and a final team gathering. At the conclusion of the tour, the exhibit becomes a resource of the NNM, available for further touring in BC, throughout Canada, and beyond.
Working in collaboration with JOHN LUTZ, a leading developer of public historical websites in Canada, and LAURA MADOKORO, an emerging scholar of immigration and race in twentieth-century Canada, as well as the SFU library who will enact long-term preservation, this cluster aims to integrate research materials into an interactive website for public audiences. The website will convey a publicly accessible narrative, creating interactive visual presentations of selected primary sources (including maps of the four study sites), and challenging viewers to connect this history to the present politics of place.
This cluster will develop a website, hosted at UVIC, that enables researchers to access the data collected in Phase 1 and provides necessary contextual material for their use. The principle aim of this website is to foster future scholarly research, but it will also be accessible to a public audience and community historians. Students in this cluster will work with technical specialists of the Humanities Computing and Media Centre (HCMC) to develop user-friendly interfaces for users to download materials from the databases developed by the Legal History, Land Title, and Community Records and Directories clusters. This site will launch at the conclusion of the project, at an event held in conjunction with the RBCM finale museum exhibit.
Through a collaborative effort with BC teachers, team members, and students, this cluster will produce extensive teacher resources to encourage historical thinking and to provide evocative narrative context, guided access to primary sources, individual lesson plans, and instruction for positioning the material within existing curricula. This effort is informed by the pioneering Historical Thinking Project (http://historicalthinking.ca/), with an aim to create both primary and secondary material in both official languages.
This cluster is responsible for events and outreach throughout Phase 2. Working with other members of the team and the Advisory Board, this cluster will explore opportunities for (1) further outreach within the Japanese Canadian community; (2) events to be held at each of the study sites; (3) media exposure in major venues, such as newspapers and CBC’s Ideas program; (4) events to accompany the travel of the exhibit and the launch of the websites and teacher resources; (5) events connected to any other major scholarly publications, including the journal special issues, that emerge from the team in the course of the project; and (6) the development of networks for internationalization.