“The right to the city is [the] right to change ourselves by changing the city more after our heart’s desire. It is, moreover, a collective rather than an individual right, since changing the city inevitably depends on the exercise of a collective power over the processes of urbanization.” — David Harvey

The Scarborough Studies Collective is an interdisciplinary and intergenerational collective of local scholars, artists, community organizers, and residents from various fields and knowledge backgrounds.

 
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Vision

The Collective’s vision is to create a space for critical and creative dialogue about Scarborough, by Scarborough, in Scarborough. We recognize Scarborough as a site of local knowledge and social change, and we are committed to an ethical practice of developing and preserving local knowledge.

 

“People from Scarborough deserve a place at the bigger table. The rich diversity in Scarborough isn’t a social experiment. It is the way we live.”
— Hon. Mitzie Hunter

“[Scarborough Studies] is a constellation of insight.”
— David Chariandy

“UTSC is an incredible resource for students and for the city as a whole, and we hope that as their alumni grow up and have a greater impact on the world around them, they can continue to renew Scarborough.”
— Jennifer McKelvie

“Scarborough Studies looks at what happens between the urban/rural divide [and] what gets lost is the spaces outside the core.”
— Prof. Lily Cho

 

Mandate

Our purpose is to bridge the UTSC and Scarborough communities, by:
- Convening an interdisciplinary and intergenerational collective of students, scholars, artists, community organizers, and residents from various fields and backgrounds to critically explore local (his)stories
- Creating community engagement opportunities that foster ethically responsible ways of (re)telling stories and uncovering local knowledge
- Promoting local citizenship through experiential learning and community engagement
- Supporting the development of local arts, media, and scholarship, for and by the Scarborough community

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