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Uprisings from the South

February 21 @ 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

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One event on February 21, 2020 at 11:30 am

One event on March 27, 2020 at 11:30 am

One event on April 3, 2020 at 11:30 am

North South Studies presents: UPRISINGS FROM THE SOUTH

From Chile to India, from Colombia to Lebanon and in many countries of the Global South, millions have taken to the streets over the last year to denounce the overall failure of the neoliberal economic model and the political system that maintains it. As distinct as the protests seem, the uprisings share a common call for dignity, a call that has been met with state repression and the systematic violation of human rights. Irrespective of the state violence, the uprisings inspire hope for a new generation that is demanding radical social, economic and political change.

North South Studies, with the collaboration of academics, journalist, Human Rights organizations, activists and engaged members of communities from the South, has organized a series of conversations about the ongoing social uprisings, exploring the challenges and opportunities these present for the future and the role that international solidarity can play.

February 14, 2020 (Room 4C.1)

Dipti Gupta (Dawson College Faculty and Coordinator of the Cinema-Communications Profile)

Mehak Sawhney (PhD candidate, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University)

Komal Mohite (Graduate Studies, Department of History and Classical Studies, McGill University)

Join us for a conversation with Dipti Gupta, Mehak Sawhney and Komal Mohite about the present uprising in India


Mehak Sawhney is a PhD candidate at the Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University. She researches the intersection of sound, media and data studies, with a focus on the socio-cultural dynamics of machinic listening in South Asia. Previously, she worked as a researcher at Sarai, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, and completed her MA and MPhil in English Literature from the University of Delhi.

Mehak’s talk, titled “Women, Media and the Anti-CAA Protests in India”, will introduce the current uprisings in India, which are specifically against an anti-Muslim, anti-minority and anti-poor citizenship law that was passed in December last year. She will speak about how women and students have been leading these protests against Hindutva fascism and also discuss the spread of disinformation through media capture by the Indian state.

Komal Mohite is presently pursuing her PhD from the Department of History and Classical Studies in McGill University. Her work explores the caste-class interactions in the Bombay Cotton Textile Mills in the Twentieth Century. She has been a student activist in Jawaharlal Nehru University and is also a member of Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) in India.

Komal’s presentation titled ‘Caste and the Citizenship Movement in India” will be broadly addressing the caste dynamics in India. She will briefly explore the history of anti-caste mobilizations centred around the notion of citizenship followed by the impact of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2020 on the marginalized communities belonging to the Dalit Caste group.

Dipti Gupta teaches in the department of Cinema and Communications at Dawson and has been the director of the South Asian Film Festival of Montreal for the last three years. She also is a board member of Teesri Duniya theatre company of Montreal.

Her talk is titled: Hypernationalism in India. The talk will focus on the ways that ‘nationalism/nationalistic tendencies’ have grown in the last few years in India. She will bring some examples of some of the fact finding missions that have collected data so as to consistently counter the fascist elements within India. She will also bring examples from Popular Culture that have aided in this and outline some measures we can take in Montreal to counter this rise of fascism in India.

February 21, 2020 (Dawson Theatre)          

Alexi Utrera (Journalist, CDHAL)

Rosa Peralta (Urgent Action Team , CDHAL)


Alexi Utrera, is a Colombian journalist that works for the magazine “Caminando” of the Committee for Human Rights in Latin America (CDHAL). She is currently a volunteer interviewer for the Montreal-based cluster of the Colombian Truth Commission. She has worked as a reporter in areas of armed conflict, as a radio journalist in various media in South America, as well as a press officer for non-governmental organizations such as the Justice and Peace Commission for Religious of Venezuela. Upon her arrival in Canada (2008), she worked as director and presenter of the Kayapa program on the university radio station CJAM 99.1 Windsor-Detroit. In Quebec, since 2015 she has worked as a graphic journalist and documentary maker. Alexi is a journalist with a specialization in social communication from the Javeriana University in Colombia. She completed her training with a film studies diploma from Ryerson University in Toronto and is currently studying international cooperation at the University of Montreal. She received, among others, the Guerretson prize for the best film in the documentary category 2014, and co-wrote the books “The crime of poverty” and “The voice of women”.

Alexi will talk to us about the present uprising taking place in Colombia including the 21N (strike) in the context of the country’s history, the armed conflict, the failed peace agreement, the systematic murder of social leaders and the indigenous uprisings (Minga).

Rosa Peralta holds a Master’s Degree in Development and Environment from the Federal University of Paraíba (Brazil) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). She has been working and researching quilombo communities and socio-environmental conflicts since 2005. Rosa presently works at the Committee for Human Rights in Latin America (CDHAL), a Canadian international solidarity organization addressing the impacts of extractivist activities on human rights in Latin America and in Canada as well.

Rosa will help us understand Canada’s role in Colombia. She will speak about Hidroituango, the largest hydroelectric megaproject located in the Colombia’s second most important river, the Río Cauca, on which 10 million people depend. According to several sources, 62 massacres occurred in the 12 municipalities affected by Hidroituango. Besides the critical number of assassinations, forced disappearances and displacements, the project has caused several environmental damages which affect people’s livelihoods and health. Rosa will discuss the involvement of Quebec and Canadian interests in this tragedy, since two important financing sources of Hidroituango come from pension funds managed by the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec as well as from Export Development Canada.

For several years now, the CDHAL has carried out many actions to raise awareness on impacts produced by companies and money from the North, and especially from Canada, in Latin American countries, being Hidroituango an emblematic case. However, the most remarkable aspect of this history is the extraordinary resistance of affected communities.

March 27, 2020 (Dawson Theatre)               

Marcos Ancelovici (Canada Research Chair in the Sociology of Social Conflicts and Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the Université du Québec à Montréal)

Christina Ayala (CDHAL)

April 3, 2020 (Dawson Theatre)      

Lara Khattab (Phd in Political Science from Concordia University)

Cynthia Kraichati (PhD Candiate, Anthropology, McGill University)

We invite Dawson College students, staff and teachers are invited to participate. Event is open to the Montreal community at large.

This event contributes to the achievement of the Graduate Profile and Dawson’s Strategic Plan

Graduate Profile
“Social responsibility and community engagement”

Students will develop an informed concern for the larger good, appreciate social and cultural diversity, respect the values of others and act responsibly towards the environment. Students will be encouraged to make a difference in the quality of life of their communities through both political and non-political processes.

Dawson’s Strategic Plan – Goal 4

“Ensure that programs and educational offerings are relevant to the needs of society.”



February 21
11:30 am - 12:45 pm
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