Situational Inverse: Overturning Traditions

What do you want to say to current leaders in your life? What do you wish past leaders knew? What do you think future leaders should know?

Greenwood UTM is now accepting entries for our 2022 project Situational Inverse: Overturning Traditions. Building on the discourses inspired by the Blackwood’s Artists-in-Presidents: Transmissions to Power project, we invite submissions centred around addressing leadership on all levels including parents, elders, community leaders, spiritual leaders, political leaders, ideological leaders, human rights leaders, military leaders, corporate leaders, etc.

We are calling for all kinds of creative student work of any size including but not limited to creative writing, essays, and artwork in any medium. Selected submissions will be included in Situational Inverse: Overturning Tradition, Greenwood UTM’s upcoming digital publication about  reimagining leadership set to launch in March 2022.

How to Participate 

Submissions will be accepted until January 23, 2022 at 11:59 pm. To submit, please send us an email at with this PDF Ballot filled out or the following information: name, bio (max. 100 words), statement (if applicable, max. 200 words), and your email address, then attach the submission. Written work should be submitted in .docx format, any visual work may have a maximum of five images, and other media (i.e. sound or video) must have sufficient links provided to view the work. If you require assistance with your submission, please email us directly.

PDF Ballot

Reading and Resource 

Our short reading and resource list offers access to diverse modes of re-thinking, re-imagining, unsettling, and subverting ideas of leadership. Our list begins with the Blackwood’s Artist-In-Presidents project and includes a variety of resources ranging from academic articles to TedTalk videos. Here are a few prompts to think about while engaging with the list and planning your submission:

The Artists-in-Presidents project “replaces the one-man hero story that plagues our histories and governing bodies around the globe, and complicates calls for unity by asking, ‘What messages do we need to broadcast to our nation(s) and relations now?’” How do you re-imagine leadership? Think about the fictional leaders versus the leaders in your community (that either directly or indirectly impact you) – how are they different? If you could construct a leader of your choice, what qualities would they possess?


Hockaday, Constance, Artist-In-Presidents,

CBC Arts, Super Queeros,


Agamben, Giorgio. Means Without End: Notes on Politics. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000.

Hooks, bell. “Critical Thinking.” In Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom, 7-12. New York: Routledge, 2010.

Lopez, Anne E. Decolonizing Educational Leadership: Exploring Alternative Approaches to Leading Schools. Cham: Springer International Publishing AG, 2021.

Lutz, William. “The World of Doublespeak.” In The State of Language, edited by Christopher Ricks and Leonard Michaels, 350-356. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990.

Róisín, Fariha, Like a Bird, LaVergne: The Unnamed Press, 2020. Ebook available at the Toronto Public Library and Mississauga Public Library.

Orwell, George. “Politics and the English Language.” In Moving Beyond the Page, edited by Elpida Morfetas and Tanya Ceolin, 44-53. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

O’Shaughnessy, Michael, Stadler, Jane and Sarah Casey, eds. “What’s in a Name? Language and the Social Construction of Reality.” In Media and Society, 61-75. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: Oxford University Press, 2016.


Chomsky, Noam “Language of Politics - Noam Chomsky.” Serious Science, 2014. YouTube Video, 12:45.

Fedders, Joni “Mother as a Leader,” filmed April 20, 2020 at TEDxDaytonSalon, video, 10:30,

Kelly Pat, “‘Thought Leader’ gives talk that will inspire your thoughts | CBC Radio (Comedy/Satire Skit),” CBC Comedy, 2016, video, 4:15,

Film and TV:

Hobson, Nick. “Ted Lasso is Reinventing Leadership and Proving that Nice Leaders can (and should) Finish First,” Inc., 2021,

Peck, Raoul, I am Not Your Negro. Magnolia Pictures, 2016. 35 minutes. Based on text by James Baldwin.

Articles and Resources:

Centennial College, “Indigenous Leadership.” In Our Stories: First Peoples in Canada. PressBooks: 2018.

“Decolonization Theory and Practice,” Racial Equity Tools, 2020.

Dillipane, Susanna. “Race, Rhetoric, and Running for President: Unpacking the Significance of Barack Obama’s ‘A More Perfect Union’ Speech.” Rhetoric and Public Affairs 15, no. 1 (2012), 127-52.