Loleen Berdahl (University of Saskatchewan)
The Resilience of Western Alienation in a Transformative Era
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Where and When: Friday, February 12, 2020 at 3pm on Zoom.
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Abstract: Why, in the evolution of the Canadian federal state, does there seem to be so much regional conflict and so little unity? In this talk, Dr. Loleen Berdahl (Universities of Saskatchewan and Regina) considers the persistence of regional conflict in Canada by examining western alienation – that is, discontent emerging from one, some, or all of Canada’s four westernmost provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Dr. Berdahl’s argument is that Canada’s national unity challenges reflect reactions to the centering of one of Canada’s many possible narratives as the dominant national narrative, creating tension with other alternative perspectives. She further argues that the study of western alienation allows us to delve into the structural features of Canadian federalism that exacerbate rather than moderate endemic regional conflict in our vast and diverse country. (Acknowledgement: Dr. Berdahl’s presentation draws upon work she is conducting with Dr. Roger Gibbins, University of Calgary (Faculty Professor and Professor Emeritus).
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This series is sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, which is funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC).