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Vol 11, No 2 (2017): Visual Research and Social Justice

Guest Editors: Nancy Cook, Andrea Doucet, and Jennifer Rowsell

(Cover Image: "Roba" by Chiragh Ali)

Editor's note: The photo was taken as part of an autophotography project conducted by Nancy Cook and David Butz in Shimshal, a village in the Karakoram Mountains of northern Pakistan (see Butz & Cook, this issue, pp. 238-274). Research particants were asked to produce photos that expressed the significance for their everyday lives of a newly-constructed road to the village

According to Chiragh Ali, this wheelbarrow (roba) was the first wheeled vehicle in Shimshal. It was made by his father in 1952; the frame is constructed of juniper wood, and the wheel is from the trunk of an apricot tree. Baskets were lashed to the frame, to carry soil, stones and organic fertilizer.  After the road was constructed mass-produced wheelbarrows were brought to Shimshal, as well as tractors, and this implement became obsolete. The photo is meant to convey how much transportation has changed since the road’s completion. Like many other pictures generated in the context of the autophotography project, this photo evokes a transition from difficulty to ease, from home-made to manufactured, and from sharing things to buying or hiring them.

The Deciders

Vol 11, No 1 (2017)

(Cover image: Nathalie Sheppard)

Title: The Deciders.

Artist's caption: The settler government of Canada, which arbitrarily decides who lives in and who leaves Canada is attempting to expel Deepan Budlakoti from Turtle Island, where a community of supporters is rightly attempting to keep him grounded in his country of birth.

Editors' Note: The first article in this issue – Daiva Stasiulis' "The Extraordinary Statelessness of Deepan Budlakoti" – provides an analysis of Budlakoti's citizenship situation. 


ISSN: 1911-4788



Spare Parts - Buyer & Seller

Vol 10, No 2 (2016): Consuming Intimacies: Bodies, Labour, Care, and Social Justice

Guest Editors: Alana Cattapan, Andrea Doucet, Robyn Lee, and Lindsey McKay

(Cover image: Heather Dewey-Hagborg)

The image portrays a kidney buyer and a kidney seller. Their individual stories and the larger context of the international organ trade are related in a Creative Intervention by Monir Moniruzzuman, Camille Turner, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, & Jim Ruxton, which may be found on pp. 308-321 of this special issue on Bodies, Labour, Care and Social Justice.

ISSN: 1911-4788

Of Brass and Twine (Michelle Barron)

Vol 10, No 1 (2016): Mental Health and Distress as a Social Justice Issue

Guest Editors: Heidi Rimke, Mandi Gray and Lacey Croft

(Cover image: "Of Brass and Twine," by Michelle Barron)

Using a clay medium with acrylic paint and graphic editing, this work aims to address the way in which many mental health initiatives fail individuals suffering from anxiety and depression. In the image, a figure, bound in rope, sits on the ground shrouded in a thick, blue, impenetrable fog with a looming stranger who is offering a key. The key is a symbol that embodies the promise of wellness through self-discipline guided by mental health initiatives. This gesture however is often misguided. A key cannot unlock rope; it does not account for the origins or social production of the threads, how the individual became bound, or the spaces they are tied to. The image emphasizes that there is often an incompatibility between mental health initiatives and mental illnesses. 


ISSN: 1911-4788


Cartoon of scholar-activist jousting with injustice on horseback.

Vol 9, No 2 (2015): Scholar-Activist Terrain in Canada and Ireland II

Guest Editors: Sandra Smeltzer and Sara Cantillon

(Cover image: Brian Gable)


ISSN: 1911-4788


Cartoon of scholar-activist jousting with injustice on horseback.

Vol 9, No 1 (2015): Scholar-Activist Terrain in Canada and Ireland I

Guest Editors: Sandra Smeltzer and Sara Cantillon

(Cover image: Brian Gable)


ISSN: 1911-4788



Vol 3, No 2 (2009): Work, Insecurity, and Social Justice

Guest Editor: Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay

Vol 3, No 1 (2009): Security, Exclusion, and Social Justice

Guest Editors: Willem de Lint and Daniel O'Connor


Vol 2, No 1 (2008): Gender and Violence in Guatemala

Guest Editor: M. Gabriela Torres

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