Our New Tribalism: Race, Identity and Biologism

  • May 14, 2016
  • 1:00 pm
  • Manitoba Hydro Place
Race Identity Biologism

Biology is commonly used to understand kinship, ethnic and national identity. But for many transracial and transnational adoptees, biology is much more complex, as their experiences expose the problems with such categorization. For this panel, Spur invites panelists to question what transnational adoption means in a country where “official multiculturalism” affects how subjects are represented by ethnic ancestry and wherein the vestiges of the “Sixties Scoop” in First Nations communities affect ideas about “statehood” and “citizenship. What impact does biology have on our conversations on belonging? What is the role of the state?

This event will feature a performance by Spur Poet-in-Residence Joshua Whitehead.

  • Free



Spur is a national festival of politics, art and ideas and is a catalyst for change in Canada.

Through nationally relevant and locally nuanced discussions, presentations and performances, the festival seeks to spur its participants to action on issues affecting Canadians. Feisty, multi-partisan, forward-looking, and solution-driven, this national railway of ideas will provide Canada with vital new cultural infrastructure for the 21st century.

Founded in 2013, the festival has already grown from three to five Canadian cities, with plans for further expansion across the country. Produced by the Literary Review of Canada in partnership with Diaspora Dialogues, Spur prides itself on its community partnerships, cultural connections and a focus on accessibility and diversity.

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