The Power of a Riot: Justice, Identity and Belonging

About the Event

The 2011 Stanley Cup riots have been described as one of the largest crime sprees in Vancouver: 12 businesses damaged, 122 vehicles damaged or destroyed, 52 assaults, 1035 emergency personnel called to action, estimated financial loss of $3.78 million. 284 accused pleaded guilty, and nine of the 10 who went to trial were convicted.

The riot stripped a sense of safety and security from many citizens. Some terrified victims barricaded themselves inside businesses. Others, at personal risk, defended property or other people. But the next morning, hundreds took to the streets to reclaim our city.

That summer, Prof. Steve Reicher was writing about similar riots in England. He’s a Social Psychologist at the University of St. Andrews, who studies crowd actions, political rhetoric, and national identity, and he’s visiting Vancouver. Ms. Tania Arvanitidis is a PhD candidate in the SFU School of Criminology who has been studying the riots since 2011.

Five years after the Stanley Cup riots, what have we learned about crowd behaviour, and the impacts on those most affected? Will the high cost of prosecution be a deterrent?

Then it’s your turn to observe, question and offer your opinions. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Registration is not required but seating is limited. Please try to arrive early to ensure a seat.


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Event Date

October 28, 2016 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm


SFU Harbour Centre, Room 2270
515 W Hastings St
Vancouver, BC

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