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Panel Discussion

Identity, Then and Now

With Raghavendra Rao K.V. and Dr. JP Catungal
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Free event presented by Rungh Magazine.

“Goodbye ‘identity politics,” writes Sonali Fernando in Rungh’s “Visual Arts Issue” in 1994, “farewell ‘second wave feminism’ and ciao ‘Black Arts Movement’: in artistic and intellectual milieux these once indispensable ideologies are considered old hat.” Yet what is old is new again. In recent years, modes of political organization based in identity have emerged as a key motivating force of grassroots political organizing, theory, and critique. “Identity, Then and Now” brings together a panel of those involved in the creation and theorizing of culture to explore the ways in which Identity Politics has changed since the time of Rungh’s publishing in the 1990s, and how those changes affect the radical potential of this critical theoretical perspective. Does identity need to be re-identified?

Full Circle Studios
#416-268 Keefer St

About the Presenters

Raghavendra Rao K.V. was born and raised in Bangalore, Karnataka (India), where he also attended the prestigious Ken School of Art. After completing his diploma in painting, he received a fellowship in painting at the Kanoria Centre for Arts in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. As a young emerging artist, he participated in “Four Young Contemporaries,” curated by prominent artist, Rekha Rodwittiya, which highlighted new artists in the blossoming contemporary art market of the early 1990s in India. He explored the idea of installation art along with his peers since its early days in India, and participated in numerous solo and group shows in India, Europe, and North America. He has undertaken residencies in Switzerland, Scotland, and Mauritius, as well as numerous locations in India itself, and a major collaborative art festival in Lille, France. He began teaching at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore in 1997, and has taught there occasionally since 2012. He splits his time between Bangalore and Vancouver, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Dr. John Paul JP Catungal is an interdisciplinary scholar trained in the nexus of critical human geography and intersectional feminist theorizing. His research interests concern Filipinx and Asian Canadian studies; feminist and queer of colour critique; migrant, anti-racist and queer community organizing; and the politics of education, mentorship, teaching and learning. JP is currently Assistant Professor in Critical Racial and Ethnic Studies with UBC’s Social Justice Institute, where he was previously Instructor I (from January 2016 to June 2018) and Postdoctoral Fellow (from 2014-2015). His active research projects include “Mentorship as Political Practice”, a community partnered research project with the Kababayan Academic Mentorship Program (KAMP); “Queer World Cities”, in partnership with Dr. Natalie Oswin (at McGill University); and an oral history of HIV/AIDS in Vancouver BC, with various local community partners. He teaches courses on theories of subjectivity, representation and queer of colour critique, as well as global social justice issues and Asian Canadian studies.

NOTE: Dr. Sunera Thobani will not be able to attend.


We acknowledge that this event is taking place on the ancestral, traditional, unceded and occupied Indigenous territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, and in particular, the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. This land was never surrendered, relinquished, or handed over by these Nations to Canada or British Columbia through a treaty or other means; it is sovereign and unsurrendered.

Entrance is street level with no steps at front entrance. Venue is level or gently ramped throughout. Please take the elevator to the 4th floor. Accessible washrooms are available. Eating and standing room is available. This is a scent-reduced space. Please be mindful of strong scents when attending.

Additional support this for this event is generously provided by:

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Sponsor)

Full Circle First Nations Performance (Hosting Partner)

Centre for India and South Asia Research (Partner)

UBC Asian Studies (Partner)