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Uncovering hidden stories at SJC first arts symposium

Uncovering hidden stories at SJC first arts symposium

Four students explore research topics around Indigenous agency, migration, and archeology

March 15, 2024 — 

St John’s College recently hosted its first arts symposium. This symposium showcased four Faculty of Arts students who presented their research topics in both undergraduate and graduate areas.

With a range of topics being discussed, the presenters included Jayson Gislason, LJ Fulugan, Elliot Kelsey, and Hanako Ternaishi.

Jayson Gislason – “Acknowledging Land: Lord Dufferin, The Numbered Treaties and Indigenous Agency.” 

Jayson is a recent St John’s College scholarship recipient and an SSHRC-supported graduate student in the Joint Master’s Program in History between the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg. His thesis examines the intersection between contemporary land acknowledgement practices and the history of the numbered treaties in western Canada. His interests in studying history are driven by a desire to explain the modern world and build a more equitable Canadian society. Jayson wishes to thank Drs. Ryan Eyford, Sean Carleton, and Adele Perry for their direction and encouragement on this project, and Dr. Greg Bak for his encouragement in presenting this work here. 


LJ Fulugan (They/them) – “Critical anthropological heritage curation and collaboration.” 

LJ (they/them) is a fourth-year student, a first-generation Filipino Canadian, and an undergrad honours student in the Department of Anthropology. Their research interests are mostly concerned with identity in social contexts, representation, and the critical decolonization of anthropology. In engaging with these concepts self-reflectively and reflexively, they hope to write for and with the people in their lives. 


Elliot Kelsey – “The Migration Period and its connection to Norse Mythology” 

Elliot is a second-year student studying archaeology who hopes to pursue a master’s degree in this field because of the lack of knowledge we have about the time period between the 3rd and 4th centuries. As Elliot has researched, the Migration Period isn’t necessarily a popular topic with the public, and he wants to change that.


Hanako Teranishi – “Absent Histories in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1958) and In Cold Blood (1965).” 

Hanako is a fourth-year student studying this project as a textual analysis of Truman Capote’s novella “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and the true crime novel In Cold Blood. These texts include Japanese American “characters” and are coded with Japanese American history, specifically Japanese Internment in America.


On behalf of St John’s College, we are proud to see these students excelling in their respective research areas.


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