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seminar title Play: The Tour

We often think of play as divorced from the stuff of real life: politics, the economy,
etc. This tour asks you to take play seriously, to think of it as a window onto
rather than an escape from the politics of everyday life. In particular, we will
reflect on the ways in which gender, class, and race have informed and continue
to inform where, what, and with whom we play.
The tour begins in Sandy Hill, at Strathcona Park, an early example of state
efforts to beautify the city of Ottawa and to create a “play space” for the
growing number of people with time for leisure. The tour ends in Lowertown
at The Lafayette, Ottawa’s oldest tavern and the perfect spot to continue our
conversation about the politics of play. As we make our way from Sandy Hill to
Lowertown, we will stop at a variety of play spaces including a community centre,
library, and cinema. In each spot, we will inquire about the origins and uses of
the site. Even more importantly, we will discuss who had access to this play
space and under what conditions.
Play, we shall see, is more than just fun and games. It is profoundly political.
About your tour guide: Jessica Dunkin is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the
School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University. In 2012, Jessica
completed her PhD in the Department of History at Carleton University. When she
is not rifling through dusty documents in the archive, she can be found exploring
Ottawa by bike or enjoying a pint of local craft beer. Jessica loves visiting other cities
to see what stories their streets have to tell. She is particularly fond of Rome, Barcelona,
and Yellowknife.
  • walking seminar guide - Play: The Tour
  • availability - this (de)tour will not be offered during the 2016 season
  • meeting place - Strathcona Park Fountain, Laurier Street (closest intersection: Laurier/Range)
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