Ethics in the Arts was the first of five series of panel discussions to explore the current landscape of ethics scholarship and education across the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses of our university.
This panel discussion focused on ethics across a variety of disciplines in the arts, from music and fine arts to communications and culture.
Date: January 26, 2022
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM PST
For more information about the other Ethics for UBC sessions, please visit: https://neuroethics.med.ubc.ca/ethics-for-ubc/.
Welcome by: Judith Hall, OC, MD; Professor Emerita, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine; Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Neuroethics Canada, University of British Columbia
Moderated by: Louise Harding, BSc; MSc Candidate, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
- Gage Averill, PhD; Professor, School of Music; Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia
- Alison Conway, PhD; Professor, English and Cultural Studies; Associate Dean, Research, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus
- Susan Cox, PhD; Professor, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
- Linc Kesler, PhD; Associate Professor of Teaching, First Nations and Indigenous Studies, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, University of British Columbia
Break-out Sessions Highlights:
Break-out session with Dean Gage Averill:
- Importance of giving space to new kinds of future hybrid thinking while preserving the historical past and cultural distinctions and knowledges, a notion encapsulated by the phrase “Hybridization and Harmonization”.
- Trust as a core and enduring value.
Break-out session with Dr. Alison Conway:
- Value of looking to historical narratives to understand the root of ethical issues present in today’s society.
- Broadening gaze beyond Western canonical texts to include voices, such as Indigenous perspectives, that are often lost or overlooked in history.
Break-out session with Dr. Susan Cox:
- Conflict of autonomy and anonymity when sharing art created by research participants.
- Advancement of participant-centred research and more ethical research practice through asking participants about their experience in vivo.
Break-out session with Dr. Linc Kesler:
- Emphasis on the equal responsibility shared by all in moving forward from colonization.
- Necessity for professors to consult UBC’s CTLT Indigenous Initiatives team when incorporating Indigenous studies topics in their classes.
- Importance for students struggling with feelings of guilt to first acknowledge and validate those feelings, and then channel them into action.
Recommended Resource Materials:
- Bob Joseph, 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality (link)
- Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (link)
- Finding Dawn (link)
- Robbie Richardson, The Savage and the Modern Self: North American Indians in 18th-Century British Literature and Culture (link)
- Louise Mientjex, Dust of the Zulu (link)
- Ruthellen Josselson, The Narrative Study of Lives (link)
- Saba Mahmood, The Politics of Piety: the Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject (link)
- In there, Out Here (link)