Events

Events


Events are invaluable to moving global health forward. They are opportunities to exchange insight, test out new ideas, and make connections.

All Dahdaleh Institute events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.


Calendar

Feb
21
Thu
2019
Darwin's Nightmare | Film Viewing
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Darwin's Nightmare | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

107min | Dir. Hubert Sauper | 2004

What do an invasive fish species and the arms trade have to do with each other? The answer creeps up on you in this documentary about Lake Victoria in the Great Lakes Region.

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The DIGHR is getting an education on the art of moving images. Join us as we watch documentaries, thrillers and experimental films on global health themes. Feel free to bring your lunch and your inner film critic.

Mar
7
Thu
2019
Episode III. Enjoy Poverty | Film Viewing
Mar 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Episode III. Enjoy Poverty | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

90min | Dir. Renzo Martens | 2009

Artist Renzo Martens tells the Congolese their poverty is their greatest asset in this satirical documentary.

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This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

Mar
19
Tue
2019
Miners Shot Down | Film Viewing
Mar 19 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Miners Shot Down | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

86min | Dir. Rehad Desai | 2014

Award-winning, thoroughly- researched documentary about the Marikana massacre in South Africa, during which security forces killed striking miners. We’ll watch it the week of the Sharpeville massacre anniversary, to which the Marikana massacre has been compared.

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This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

Apr
4
Thu
2019
Anote's Ark | Film Viewing
Apr 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Anote's Ark | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

77min | Dir. Matthieu Rytz | 2018

The urgency of climate change, at its current pace, is made clear in this documentary as the island nation of Kiribati disappears beneath rising sea levels.

This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

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Apr
12
Fri
2019
The Shape of Water: Women in the Developing World Offer Solutions | Film Viewing
Apr 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Shape of Water: Women in the Developing World Offer Solutions | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

70min | Dir. Kum-Kum Bhavnani | 2006

This documentary tells the stories of women in Brazil, Senegal, Israel/Palestine and India working towards justice.

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This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

Apr
18
Thu
2019
The Bleeding Edge | Film Viewing
Apr 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Bleeding Edge | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

99min | Dir. Kirby Dick | 2018

If you can’t get enough of Big Pharma, this Netflix documentary will take you into the similarly terrifying world of the medical device industry.

This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

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Apr
25
Thu
2019
Moolaade | Film Viewing
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Moolaade | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

124min | Dir. Ousmane Sembene | 2004

A nuanced look at female circumcision/female genital mutilation set in Burkina Faso from master filmmaker Ousmane Sembene. Conflict arises when a woman shelters a group of girls who do not want to undergo female circumcision/FGM.

This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

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May
15
Wed
2019
Documentary Film as an Instrument of Social Change
May 15 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Documentary Film as an Instrument of Social Change @ Dahdaleh Institute Boardroom

Mark Terry, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Documentary Film & Global Health, will lead a seminar to introduce his research projects and speak to the role of documentary film in creating social change.

Mark has been producing film and television for the past 25 years. Working closely with the world’s scientific community in Antarctica and the Arctic earned him the recognition of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. His two films – The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning and The Polar Explorer – were made in partnership with UNEP and both premiered at the Climate Change Conferences in Copenhagen and Cancun. Together, both films have won 19 international film awards for excellence.

Read more about his projects, Documentary Film World, The Changing Face of Iceland, Youth Climate Report, and Ecological Footprint Health Indicators, which he works on with Planetary Health Research Fellow Byomkesh Talukder.

Oct
2
Wed
2019
Modeling of Climate Change, Salinity, Health Impacts and Conflict in Coastal Bangladesh | Seminar
Oct 2 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Modeling of Climate Change, Salinity, Health Impacts and Conflict in Coastal Bangladesh | Seminar @ Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

Coastal Bangladesh is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, including rising sea levels, cyclones and increasing salinity. While we can identify some ways in which climate change impacts upon health, such as by intensifying conflict, our understanding is far from comprehensive. Myriad factors, bound together in complex causal relationships, play a part. This talk will introduce a project which aims to use the Complex Adaptive Systems Theory Framework and system dynamics and agent based-integrated technique to model these relationships as they occur in Bangladesh. The goal of the presentation and ensuing discussion is to work through some of the challenges in conceptualizing and communicating about this highly complex endeavor.

Speaker

Dr. Byomkesh Talukder is the inaugural Planetary Health Fellow at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research (York University), where he works at the intersection of health, sustainable development, climate change, food and agriculture.


Image Credit: Satellite imagery of coastal Bangladesh / Hoepffner et al., 2008

Oct
16
Wed
2019
Mark Terry Delivers Keynote at Literary and Cultural Discourses on Mobility
Oct 16 – Oct 18 all-day
Mark Terry Delivers Keynote at Literary and Cultural Discourses on Mobility @ University of Göttingen, Germany

The workshop "Literary and Cultural Discourses on Mobility" explores mobilities in any cultural, historical, and (trans-)medial scene and configuration, and follows the dynamics of ideas, texts, images, affects, styles, things and objects, and people on the move over real and imaginary spaces and boundaries. It is especially concerned with representations and discourses of mobility across different periods, cultures, genres, and media and the techniques that render the aesthetic object mobile in all kinds of translations, adaptations, and networks of transfer and transformation. Finally, mobility has itself proven to be a ‘travelling concept’ (Bal 2002) that mobilises inter- and transdisciplinary research and suggests new routes across disciplinary terrains.

Dahdaleh Institute Postdoc Mark Terry will deliver the Keynote Address, entitled Audience Mobilization: New Approaches to Documentary Film Engagement.

Dec
2
Mon
2019
Mark Terry Speaks at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25)
Dec 2 – Dec 7 all-day
Mark Terry Speaks at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) @ Madrid, Spain

The UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 (2 – 13 December 2019) will take place under the Presidency of the Government of Chile and will be held with logistical support from the Government of Spain. SBSTA 51/ SBI 51 will take place 2-9 December 2019. The pre-sessional period is from 25 November - 1 December 2019. The President-Designate for the conference is Ms. Carolina Schmidt Zaldivar, Minister of Environment of Chile.

The conference is designed to take the next crucial steps in the UN climate change process. Following agreement on the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement at COP 24 in Poland last year, a key objective is to complete several matters with respect to the full operationalization of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Dahdaleh Institute Postdoc Mark Terry will be speaking on youth engagement through film at the Youth Climate Action Day on December 5, conducting a press conference on December 3, and presenting the winning videos for this year's Global Youth Video Competition.

Mar
4
Wed
2020
Design and Global Health: Embedded Practices, Emerging Ideas
Mar 4 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Design and Global Health: Embedded Practices, Emerging Ideas @ Boardroom, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research

The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research is interested in design for its problem-solving approaches which focus equally on iterative process and concrete outcome; and for the frameworks it offers to understand relationships between form, function, content and context. Design may offer effective means to realise the impact of global health research.

Taking for granted that design in different forms – industrial, systems, thinking, graphic, communication – is already embedded in global health, but that the capacity of global health research to engage deeply with design knowledge is limited, this seminar has two goals. First, by bringing global health and design researchers to the same table, the seminar aims to establish common ground for discussion and discovery between those open to exploring these intersections. Secondly, it aims to present and garner response to emerging ideas on how the Dahdaleh Institute might engage with design moving forward.


Speaker

Netta Kornberg is the Knowledge Dissemination Strategist at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research. She holds an MPhil. at the University of Cambridge, where her dissertation on Namibian literature was the first such project in the university’s history, and an HBA at the University of Toronto. Netta has worked in adult education and public health at York University Faculty of Education, Artists' Health Alliance, South African History Online, and Peoples’ Health Movement South Africa.


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Mar
13
Fri
2020
Book Launch | The Geo-Doc: Geomedia, Documentary Film, and Social Change
Mar 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Book Launch | The Geo-Doc: Geomedia, Documentary Film, and Social Change @ Arts & Letters Club

Join the Dahdaleh Institute and Postdoc Mark Terry to celebrate the release of his new book, The Geo-Doc: Geomedia, Documentary Film, and Social Change.

Based on his PhD thesis, the book introduces the Geo-Doc as a new form of documentary film designed to maximize the influential power of the documentary film as an agent of social change.


Author

Mark Terry is the Postdoctoral Fellow, Documentary Film & Global Health at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, cross-appointed at the Faculties of Health and Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto. He has worked throughout the global Arctic serving as the Scientist-in-Residence on Adventure Canada’s circumnavigation of Iceland (2018), making the first documented film of a crossing of the Northwest Passage, The Polar Explorer (2011), and teaching at Arctic universities in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia. He has also worked in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey and the National Antarctic Scientific Center of Ukraine documenting this research in the film The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning (2009).

As a member of The Explorers Club, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the Canadian Council for Geographic Education, the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Mark teaches and speaks regularly about the environmental issues affecting the fragile eco-systems of the polar regions and, by extension, the world.


Synopsis

This book introduces a new form of documentary film: the Geo-Doc, designed to maximize the influential power of the documentary film as an agent of social change. By combining the proven methods and approaches as evidenced through historical, theoretical, digital, and ecocritical investigations with the unique affordances of Geographic Information System technology, a dynamic new documentary form emerges, one tested in the field with the United Nations. This book begins with an overview of the history of the documentary film with attention given to how it evolved as an instrument of social change. It examines theories surrounding mobilizing the documentary film as a communication tool between filmmakers and policymakers. Ecocinema and its semiotic storytelling techniques are also explored for their unique approaches in audience engagement. The proven methods identified throughout the book are combined with the spatial and temporal affordances provided by GIS technology to create the Geo-Doc, a new tool for the activist documentarian.


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