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Arts of Engagement focuses on the role that music, film, visual art, and Indigenous cultural practices play in and beyond Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools. Contributors here examine the impact of aesthetic and sensory experience in residential school history, at TRC national and community events, and in artwork and exhibitions not affiliated with the TRC. Using the framework of “aesthetic action,” the essays expand the frame of aesthetics to include visual, aural, and kinetic sensory experience, and question the ways in which key components of reconciliation such as apology and witnessing have social and political effects for residential school survivors, intergenerational survivors, and settler publics.

This volume makes an important contribution to the discourse on reconciliation in Canada by examining how aesthetic and sensory interventions offer alternative forms of political action and healing. These forms of aesthetic action encompass both sensory appeals to empathize and invitations to join together in alliance and new relationships as well as refusals to follow the normative scripts of reconciliation. Such refusals are important in their assertion of new terms for conciliation, terms that resist the imperatives of reconciliation as a form of resolution.

This collection charts new ground by detailing the aesthetic grammars of reconciliation and conciliation. The authors document the efficacies of the TRC for the various Indigenous and settler publics it has addressed, and consider the future aesthetic actions that must be taken in order to move beyond what many have identified as the TRC’s political limitations.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Series Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction. “The Body Is a Resonant Chamber”
  2. Dylan Robinson, Keavy Martin
  3. pp. 1-20
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  1. Chapter 1. Imaginary Spaces of Conciliation and Reconciliation: Art, Curation, and Healing
  2. David Garneau
  3. pp. 21-42
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  1. Chapter 2. Intergenerational Sense, Intergenerational Responsibility
  2. Dylan Robinson
  3. pp. 43-66
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  1. Chapter 3. this is what happens when we perform the memory of the land
  2. Peter Morin
  3. pp. 67-92
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  1. Chapter 4. Witnessing In Camera: Photographic Reflections on Truth and Reconciliation
  2. Naomi Angel, Pauline Wakeham
  3. pp. 93-134
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  1. Chapter 5. “Aboriginal Principles of Witnessing” and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
  2. David Gaertner
  3. pp. 135-156
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  1. Chapter 6. Polishing the Chain: Haudenosaunee Peacebuilding and Nation-Specific Frameworks of Redress
  2. Jill Scott, Alana Fletcher
  3. pp. 157-180
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  1. Chapter 7. Acts of Defiance in Indigenous Theatre: A Conversation with Lisa C. Ravensbergen
  2. Dylan Robinson
  3. pp. 181-192
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  1. Chapter 8. “pain, pleasure, shame. Shame”: Masculine Embodiment, Kinship, and Indigenous Reterritorialization
  2. Sam McKegney
  3. pp. 193-214
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  1. Chapter 9. “Our Roots Go Much Deeper”: A Conversation with Armand Garnet Ruffo
  2. Jonathan Dewar
  3. pp. 215-226
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  1. Chapter 10. “This Is the Beginning of a Major Healing Movement”: A Conversation with Georgina Lightning
  2. Keavy Martin
  3. pp. 227-238
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  1. Chapter 11. Resisting Containment: The Long Reach of Song at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools
  2. Beverley Diamond
  3. pp. 239-266
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  1. Chapter 12. Song, Participation, and Intimacy at Truth and Reconciliation Gatherings
  2. Byron Dueck
  3. pp. 267-282
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  1. Chapter 13. Gesture of Reconciliation: The TRC Medicine Box as Communicative Thing
  2. Elizabeth Kalbfleisch
  3. pp. 283-304
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  1. Chapter 14. Imagining New Platforms for Public Engagement: A Conversation with Bracken Hanuse Corlett
  2. Dylan Robinson
  3. pp. 305-320
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 321-341
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  1. Discography
  2. p. 342
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 343-348
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  1. Copyright Acknowledgements
  2. pp. 349-350
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 351-375
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  1. Series Page
  2. p. 376
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781771121705
Related ISBN
9781771121699
MARC Record
OCLC
962313175
Pages
382
Launched on MUSE
2016-11-19
Language
English
Open Access
No
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