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Colloquium: Multiculturalism and Interculturalism: a constitutional provision vs. an abstraction



Colloquium: Multiculturalism and Interculturalism: a constitutional provision vs. an abstraction

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Canada’s official multiculturalism is articulated and defined in and protected under the 1971 Multiculturalism Policy, the 1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms (section 27), and the 1988 Multiculturalism Act. In contrast, interculturalism is not an official policy and enjoys no statutory protection. Yet, it has been proposed and branded as a better model for integration (in Québec) and stimulating a more inclusive cross-cultural encounter in performance (in English-speaking Canada).

This colloquium will address multiculturalism (and interculturalism) from a Canadian perspective, prompted by the following questions:

  • What is the (dis) connection between multiculturalism and performance practices in theatre, film and television?
  • Is the majoritarian view of multiculturalism, and its institutional interpretation and implementation, consistent with the constitutional/statutory provision?
  • What does “Multiculturalism within a Bilingual framework” mean - statutorily? How has this principle been interpreted and implemented - institutionally?
  • How has Canada’s Official Languages Act circumscribed the institutional understanding and implementation of multiculturalism?
  • How has de facto and de jure multiculturalism impacted cultural and performance practices in Canada?

Panelists include (alphabetically):

Anita Aloisio | Filmmaker/scholar
Rocco Galati | Constitutional lawyer
Rohan Kulkarni | Teacher, PhD student - Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies (CDTPS)
Tony Nardi | Actor / PhD Candidate - CDTPS
Kim Borden Penney | PhD Candidate - OISE
Alan Young | Lawyer and Professor Emeritus of law at Osgoode Hall Law School

Panelists will treat and debate multiculturalism from their research interest and/or field of expertise perspectives.

Q&A will follow the presentations.



Date: Friday, February 14, 2020

Time: From 3:00 pm To 5:30 pm

Entrance : Free


University of Toronto Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies | Robert Gill Theatre | 214 College Street | 3rd floor


Tony Nardi