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The (Elusive) Role of Feminist Expertise in Institutional Transformation
Canadian post-secondary institutions are engaged in “EDI Inc.” to manage institutional reputation, and universities are offering new channels of complaint. Are faculty with expertise invited to these policy and change-making tables? Who is invited? Who is not, and why? What could universities gain by engaging with programs committed to social justice?
Facilitated by Drs. Corinne L. Mason (Brandon University) and Irene Shankar (Mount Royal University), this workshop invites feminist faculty to discuss how our expertise is—or is not—engaged by institutional responses to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) and sexualized violence (SV). Based on findings from over 50 interviews with feminist faculty, Mason and Shankar will provide short remarks about how universities across Canada im/mobilize feminist expertise on SV and EDI. 
This workshop will offer faculty a space to share experiences around campus advocacy, institutional governance, and “doing” EDI and SV work for (and sometimes against) our institutions. Participants will be provided an opportunity to engage with each other in moderated break-out rooms. We will invite participants to share survival strategies for doing necessary transformation work. 

Dr. Irene Shankar (She/Her) is an intersectional feminist scholar who specializes in critical race theory and the sociology of health and illness. She has advocated for transformative EDI and SV policies and practices on her campus and serves as the President-Elect of CSA. 

Dr. Corinne L. Mason (They/She) is a queer non-binary femme white settler and feminist scholar. They research institutional inclusion of 2SLGBTQIA+ rights and responses to gender-based and sexualized violence. She has served on various equity and justice-seeking committees and is currently the Membership Liaison for WGSRF.


Recorded Panels 


Women's & Gender Studies in Atlantic Canada

Hosted Thursday, September 23. "The Women's and Gender Studies Program at St. Francis Xavier University is celebrating our 25th anniversary! On this occasion, we are bringing together representatives from interdisciplinary feminist studies programs in Atlantic Canada to reflect on what it means to "do" women's and gender studies here. 

Panellists include Dr. Ann Braithwaite (UPEI), Dr. Michele Byers (SMU), Dr. Linda Caissie (STU), Dr. Jennifer Dyer (Memorial), Dr. Nancy Forestell (StFX), Dr. Leslie Kern (MtA), Dr. Carmen Poulin (UNB), Dr. Anne Quema (Acadia), and Dr. Meredith Ralston (MSVU). The panel will be moderated by Dr. Rachel Hurst (StFX). 

Questions that the panel will discuss include: 
* How do we intellectually constitute our programs, and translate/define a field, within the space/place that we are located within? 
* Why does feminist activism and scholarship continue to have relevance for our students? 
* Where do we want to be in 25 years?"


Intersectionality as Methodology and Practice [captioned]

Hosted January 29th, 2021, by Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes (WGSRF), this panel, moderated by Claire Carter, University of Regina, includes the following three presentations:

Mapping Critical Relations for Quality in Long-Term Care Research. Presented by Katie Aubrecht, St Francis Xavier University

‘Doing’ or ‘Using’

 Intersectionality? Opportunities and Challenges in Incorporating Intersectionality into Empirical Health Research and Practice. Presented by Danielle Kasperavicius, Unity Health Toronto, and Christine Kelly, University of Manitoba

Intersectionality through the Embodied and the Embedded: What Art Offers. Presented by Carla Rice, University of Guelph, Eliza Chandler, Ryerson University, and Nadine Changfoot, Trent University

Description: The reach of intersectionality continues to grow and resonate in a variety of fields, raising theoretical, methodological and practical issues. In short, how does one “do” intersectionality in ways that honour its history and social justice aims? Knapp (2005) calls intersectionality a “fast travelling” theory with shifting meanings and applications. For Knapp, intersectionality has been reified “into a formula merely to be mentioned, being largely stripped of the baggage of concretion, of context and history.” This formula does not necessarily lead to transformative politics, but “keeps the mantra going: mention differences – and continue doing what you’ve always done.” This panel shares papers from a range of research contexts, including research in long-term care, research in knowledge translation (a field that brings empirical health research evidence to health care practice), and mad, d/Deaf and disability art. The papers uncover issues and opportunities about how intersectionality can be used to transform research praxis and knowledge-creation, and also points where it becomes diluted into supporting business as usual.





"Beyoncé's Black Feminist Critique: Multimodal Intertextuality and Intersectionality in Beyoncé's 'Sorry' (2016)." Rebekah Hutten and Lori Burns. In Beyoncé in the World: Making Meaning with Queen Bey in Troubled Timesedited by Christina Baade and Kristin A. McGee. 2021. 

Bey in the World