FIREtalk Information

Frameworks of Power

The Research Commons invites grad students from every discipline to examine the frameworks of power that govern our world. What factors contribute to systems of domination, privilege, marginalization, oppression and liberation? How do power dynamics play out in research and scientific inquiry? Are there parallels between manifestations of power in social and mechanical systems? How can unequal and oppressive relationships affect behaviour? How can power be implemented to improve well-being? Join us as we discuss these topics during our February FIREtalk, Frameworks of Power.

When: Wednesday, February 26, 4-6 pm

Where: Koerner Library, Room 216


Who Should Attend

Graduate students from any UBC department!

Attend as an audience member and join the discussion after the presentations! To register as audience click here.

FIREtalk Resources

Recommended by presenters:

falco from Pixabay

Herbert Marcuse, A Study on Authority, Verso, 2008.

Hannah Arendt, Crises of the Republic, Harcourt Brace & Co, 1972.

Dyck, Noel, and Eduardo P. Archetti. Sport, Dance, and Embodied Identities. 1st ed. Oxford ; New York: Berg, 2003. Print.

Kreft, Lev. “Sport as a Drama.” Journal of the Philosophy as Sport. 39 2 (2012): 219-234.

Markula, Pirkko, and Richard Pringle. 2006. Foucault, Sport and Exercise : Power, Knowledge and Transforming the Self. Abingdon: Routledge, 2007. Print.

Schechner, Richard, and Richard Schechner. Performance Theory. London; New York: Routledge, 2003. Print.

tpsdave from Pixabay

Gorman, Kathleen S. and Ernesto Pollitt. “The Contribution of Schooling to Literacy in Guatemala,” International Review of Education , Vol. 43, No. 4 (1997) , pp. 283-298

Ishihara-Brito, Reiko. "Educational Access is Educational Quality: Indigenous Parents’ Perceptions of Schooling in Rural Guatemala." Prospects 43, no. 2 (2013): 187-197.

Schlesinger, Stephen C., and Stephen Kinzer. Bitter Fruit: The Untold Story of the American Coup in Guatemala. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1982.

Also of interest...


Blackwell, A. & MacKay, D. (2005) Power. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. (Seven internationally renowned writers address the theme of power from the perspective of their own disciplines.)

from the Berkeley Poster Collection at UBC's Rare Books and Special Collections


Lynch, Mona (2013). Policing the 'progressive' city: The racialized geography of drug law enforcement. Theoretical Criminology, 17(3), 335-357.

Lee, Y., & Recchia, S. L. (2008). "Who's the boss?" young children's power and influence in an early childhood classroom. Early Childhood Research & Practice, 10(1).


(2002). Ancient Power – Ancient discoveries. Films Media Group. Films on Demand

Pitts, T., & Farrer-Halls, G. (Directors). (1970). The Power of Compassion by H. H. The Dalai Lama. MVD Entertainment Group. VAST: Academic Video Online.

Blog Posts

Decolonizing Knowledge: Power Dynamics of Research and Academia

Citizenship in Post-Awakening Egypt: Powers Shifts and Conflicting Perceptions

Head tax certificate from the Chung Collection at UBC's Rare Books and Special Collections