course: systems & structures

Systems & Structures consists of series of collaborative seminars that use different theoretical lenses to explore cultural systems and make visible the harmful aspects of Western culture that are often invisible because it’s just the way we do things.

With accessible learning materials and fortnightly online discussion groups, we build awareness of the systems, structures, and philosophies that shape and replicate the Western culture of dominance. 

Learning Resources

One week ahead of each seminar (they happen every two weeks, for ten weeks), I’ll send you learning materials to read/watch ahead of the seminar, including easy-to-understand theoretical explanations, critical thinking and feeling prompts, links to key theorists on the topic, and further reading lists for those who want to explore the literature more.

You’ll need about one hour (max) to get through the materials in preparation for the seminar. The seminars are discussion-based learning spaces, not lectures, so you’ll need to read/watch the pre-seminar materials to fully participate in the seminars.

Seminar Structure

The seminars vary in structure and include a mix of discussions, case studies, and critical thinking and feeling prompts.

We’ll spend some of the time in one larger group and will also go into breakout rooms. If numbers make it possible, there will be breakout rooms just for people with particular identity characteristics (black, indigenous, and people of colour; LGBTQIA+; non-native English speaking people; and disabled people) – you’ll have the option to select this in the registration form.

Coming up in 2023: Series 1, exploring some key foundational theories; Series 2, unpacking the concept of helping, and Series 3, uncovering cultural assumptions connected to movement. Join the wait list to find out when registrations open.

Series 1: Foundational

Structural Violence

Enlightenment Philosophies


Settler Colonialism

Industrial Complexes

Series 2: Helping

Medical Colonialism

The Therapeutic State

The Humanitarian Urge


Global Health Surveillance

Series 3: Movement


Space vs Place

The Costs of Mobility


Global Health Surveillance

Sound good? Join the wait list and I’ll let you know when all the details are out.

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