Pivot 2021 Virtual Conference July 22-23 2021
Dismantling Reassembling - tools for alternative futures

Keynote Speakers

Dori Tunstall

Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall is a design anthropologist, public intellectual, and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, and design. As Dean of Design at OCAD University, she is the first black and black female dean of a faculty of design. She leads the Cultures-Based Innovation Initiative focused on using old ways of knowing to drive innovation processes that directly benefit communities.
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Bayo Akomolafe

Bayo Akomolafe (PhD) was born in 1983 into a Christian home, and to Yoruba parents in western Nigeria. Now living between India and the United States, Bayo is a father of Alethea Aanya and Kyah Jayden Abayomi. Bayo is a widely celebrated international speaker, teacher, public intellectual, essayist and author of two books, These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home and We Will Tell our Own Story: The Lions of Africa Speak.
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Arturo Escobar

Arturo Escobar is the Kenan Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and adjunct professor with the PhD Program in Design and Creation, Universidad de Caldas (Manizales, Colombia), and with the PhD Program in Environmental Sciences, Universidad del Valle (Cali).
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Jason E. Lewis

Jason Edward Lewis is a digital media theorist, poet, and software designer. He founded Obx Laboratory for Experimental Media, where he conducts research/creation projects exploring computation as a creative and cultural material. He is the University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary as well as Professor of Computation Arts at Concordia University, Montreal. Born and raised in northern California, Lewis is Hawaiian and Samoan.
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Dany Pen

Dany Pen is a Human Rights/Court Advocate and Founder of Women's A.C.T, an international advocacy group pushing for equality, justice, empowerment and support for survivors of sexual assault, violence and domestic abuse. She was also formerly the Commissioner of Human Rights in Bermuda and the Education & Communication Officer at the Bermuda National Gallery.
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Cash Ahenakew

Cash Ahenakew, is a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples’ Well-Being and an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. He is Cree and a member of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation. His research is based in a commitment to the development of Indigenous theories and mixed methodologies, and addresses the complexities at the interface between Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledge, education, pedagogy, medicine, ceremony and healing.
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Sharon Stein

Sharon Stein is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her work examples the complexities, paradoxes, and possibilities of social and global change in educational contexts. Through this work she seeks to support different communities to denaturalize the colonial logics, habits, and desires that keep us invested in harmful and unsustainable modes of existence, and to ethically encounter and engage other horizons of possibility.
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Casey Mecija

Casey Mecija’s current research theorizes sounds made in and beyond Filipinx diaspora to make an argument about a “queer sound” that permeates diasporic sensibilities. Her work suggests that media production enables diasporic people to create forms of belonging that defy racialized ascriptions born from racism, colonialism, and their gendered dimensions. She is also a musician and filmmaker, whose work has received a number of accolades and has been presented internationally.
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