In 2017, the Place + Space Collective facilitated our inaugural solidarity conference, called Strategies for Solidarity: a mini-conference on forming collectives in the neoliberal academy. This half-day session was aimed at developing strategies and fostering friendships to navigate (and resist) the neoliberal academy. The goal was to have us explore together what is possible when we engage in solidarity to address collective and direct actions in a fun and supportive environment.
The conference took place at SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus, on the unceded, ancestral territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We recognize the many ways that Indigenous resistance and dedication to the land has deeply informed our own activism, both within and outside the academy.
The conference took place with the financial support of the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at SFU, and the SFU Graduate Students’ Society.