CRS Seminar: “Step into the Past”: Institutionalizing Performances of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia

When:
November 21, 2017 @ 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
2017-11-21T14:30:00-05:00
2017-11-21T16:00:00-05:00
Where:
626 Kaneff Tower
4700 Keele St
Toronto, ON M3K 1P3
Canada
Cost:
Free
Contact:

Guest Speaker: Morgan Poteet

Visiting Scholar at Centre for Refugee Studies, York University

Co-author: Andrea Terry, Lakehead University

This presentation is based on an institutional history and analysis of recent guided tour programming offered at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, exploring its simultaneous dependence on and entrenchment of volunteerism. Based on an analysis of the motivations and achievements of volunteer collectives, guided tours and interpreter interviews, we approach Pier 21 as an example of “heritage as performance” (Smith, 2006). Exploring the site as the result of memory-making processes indicates tensions between bottom-up activities mounted by local community members and state-sanctioned heritage designation policies, as well as national(ized) narratives.  

Smith, Laurajane. 2006. Uses of Heritage. London and New York: Routledge.

Morgan Poteet has conducted research on belonging for Central American youth in Toronto and international students in the Atlantic region of Canada, youth-police relations in New Brunswick, and refugee integration in Scotland, UK and Atlantic Canada. Poteet teaches courses on immigration and settlement in the Department of Sociology at Mt. Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. He is Past President of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS), currently Director at Large on the CARFMS Executive, and a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), York University, Toronto.