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FALL 2016

Please check this page regularly as we update our schedule of events for Fall 2016 - Winter 2017.


IGSF faculty and student opening wine and cheese

When: Wednesday, September 21, 4;30-6:30
Where: TNC, Morrice Hall (Islamic Studies building, across from the Redpath Museum)

Sight + Sound Festival @ Eastern Bloc

IGSF is pleased to be co-sponsoring the 2016 edition of Sight & Sound, an annual festival bringing together Canadian and international new media artists. Currently in its ninth year, the festival presents hybrid, interactive, networked, and process-driven approaches, offering a privileged dissemination platform for emerging digital artists, alongside internationally established artists. Throughout the festival, artists are encouraged to take risks and transcend their usual modes of production, finding them the means to generate projects that engage viewers through provocative and challenging content. Sight + Sound takes place from September 28th - October 2nd, 2016For the full schedule and more information, please see here.

Q&A on the proposed Sexual Assault Policy with Associate Provost Angela Campbell

When: September 27, 2016, 11:30 - 12:30 pm
Where: Wilson Hall 105

Esquisses talk by Prof. Brian Bergstrom  - The Gender of the Écriture Feminine in Nuclear Japan

Esquisses is a lunch-time series of works-in-progress by researchers at McGill

When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Where: IGSF Seminar Room, 3487 Peel Str, 2nd Floor (seeking alt.)
Register here.

The Gender of the Emergency: Écriture Feminine in Nuclear Japan

The nuclear is often written about as the endpoint of representation, the limit of knowledge and narrative.  In this sense, it is often phrased as a “sublime.”  The incommensurability of words and images to the enormity of the nuclear coexists uneasily with the imperative to do something to address it, the way that the existential nature of the threat demands action even as it defies conceptualization. This paper examines works exploring this paradox by two Japanese women, one writing before the March 11, 2011 triple catastrophe in Fukushima and one writing after, Kashimada Maki and Kobayashi Erika. In both women’s work, there is an attempt to rethink representation itself in the face of the sublime represented by the nuclear, but also a refusal to pursue this rethinking in a way that brackets gendered embodiment.  Rather than addressing the nuclear through supposedly universal, yet implicitly male, abstraction, Kashimada and Kobayashi take the predicaments of gendered embodiment as the ground for rethinking representation itself in face of nuclear annihilation and lingering radiation.  Reading their work through the lens of écriture féminine, this presentation seeks to examine the potential that literature holds to address the problem of the nuclear in ways that are actually new, that can address the imperative to think futurity not as repetition of that which came before but, as Elizabeth Grosz has put it, “what endures, not as it is in itself, but as an opening up to becoming, to something other.” (“Thinking the New,” 2000) 

Brian Bergstrom is a course lecturer in the East Asian Studies Department at McGill. His articles have appeared in Mechademia, positions: asia critique and Japan Forum, and his translations have appeared in Granta, Aperture, and Digital Geishas and Talking Frogs: The Best 21st Century Short Stories from Japan. He is the editor and principal translator of We, the Children of Cats by Tomoyuki Hoshino (PM Press, 2012), longlisted for the 2013 Best Translated Book Award.

Panel Discussion: ART + FEMINISM + McGILL.

When: Friday, September 30th, 3:30pm

Where: Redpath Commons, Room A (enter through McLennan Library Building)

Over 2,500 people at more than 175 events around the world participated in the 2016 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, resulting in over 3,500 new and improved articles. A collective campaign to improve the representation of and increasing the participation of women on Wikipedia, the project emerged in the fall of 2013 as a response to the well-known gaps in the online encyclopedia. Siân Evans (Class of 2005), Jacqueline Mabey (Class of 2006) and Michael Mandiberg, the lead co-organizers of the Art+Feminism project, will discuss the origins of the project, its growth (and growing pains), and why the collective writing of history matters. Co- presented by the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist StudiesArt History & Communication Studies and the McGill Library.




“Hey! How’d you get that?”

This year we are launching a new event called “Hey! How’d you get that?” where we bring back students who worked in gender, sexuality and feminist studies at McGill to talk about how they incorporate what they learned into their professional lives. It’s both a “what do you do with your degree” discussion, but also asking how you can bring this knowledge to a workplace that doesn’t always make space for it.

We have three panelists working in issues of law, social justice and institutional activism for our first version:

  • Rosel Kim who has degrees in English and Law from McGill
  • Rachel Zellars, IGSF prof, PhD student in Education, Lawyer and director of the Girls Action Foundation
  • Claire Michela, Women’s Studies Graduate, former Student Affairs coordinator at IGSF and currently President of the Association of McGill University Support Employees

This event will take place on Tuesday, October 4th at 4:30pm in the IGSF seminar room, 3487 Peel (second floor).

Our panelists will talk about their experience in bringing together their academic and work experience, professionalization issues and more, and there will be a discussion period afterwards. Come on out to get a first-hand account of how to take the classroom out into the wider world!

Montreal Feminist Studies Grad Student Mingle (open to all Montreal-based graduate students working in feminism)

When: Thursday, October 6, 5:00-7:00
Where: IGSF Seminar Room, 3487 Peel St., 2nd Floor


In order to facilitate community building and research sharing, the Institute of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at McGill University will be hosting a Graduate Students of Montreal engaged in Feminist Research and Feminist Studies Wine and Cheese

Feminist/Gender/Sexuality/Queer Studies graduate students from all universities in Montreal are welcome! The address is 3487 Peel St., 2nd Floor (we apologize that the space is inaccessible for those with mobility issues).

Dans le but de renouveler et/ou de consolider les liens entre les chercheurs.euses en études féministes de l'île de Montréal, l'Institut du genre, de la sexualité, et des études féministes de l'Université McGill vous convie à un vins et fromages. 

Les étudiants des cycles supérieurs en études féministes/du genre/de la sexualité/des femmes de toutes les universités montréalaises sont les bienvenu.e.s! L'adresse est le 3487 rue Peel, au deuxième étage. Nous nous excusons sincèrement du fait que l'établissement n'est pas accessible aux personnes à mobilité réduite.

Esquisses talk by Prof. Marguerite Waller - Unsettling Settler Logics in the World Courts of Women

Esquisses is a lunch-time series of works-in-progress by researchers at McGill

When: Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Where: Brown 5001 (accessible)
Register here.

Marguerite Waller’s current interests include gender and colonialism, decolonial film and media, and eco-aesthetics. Originally trained in early modern comparative literature, she has published on Dante, Petrarch, Wyatt, Surrey, and Shakespeare. More recently she has worked in the overlapping areas of dialogue between Western and nonWestern feminisms, the impact of neoliberal policies on women’s poverty, and Italian, transnational, and postcolonial media studies.

She is the author of Petrarch’s Poetics and Literary History (University of Massachusetts 1980) and co-editor of Federico Fellini: Contemporary Perspectives (Toronto 2002). Over the course of three co-edited volumes—Frontline Feminisms: Women, War, and Resistance (Routledge 2000), Dialogue and Difference: Feminisms Challenge Globalization (Palgrave 2005), The Wages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Resistance, and Women’s Poverty (Paradigm 2007), and a special issue of Social Identities (2006), she has been committed to facilitating communication and collaboration among feminist projects rooted in different epistemes. Also committed to engaging visual media in these dialogues, she co-edited, with Sandra Ponzanesi, the volume Postcolonial Cinema Studies (Routledge 2012).

More information about Professor Waller's research can be found on our Visiting  Scholar's page.

Feminist Pedagogy Workshop

Are you a graduate student interested in bringing feminist practices to your pedagogy?

On Saturday, October 22 from 12-5 pm the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies will be hosting a hands-on, Feminist Pedagogy Workshop. 
We will be dividing into small groups to address practical needs in the classroom. Some of the topics we will address are how do our feminist pedagogies influence: creating a syllabus, designing activities, dealing with classroom conflicts, the role of technology in the classroom/ outside of the classroom, and embodied pedagogies. Other topics will include the role of emotional labour, questions of unpaid labour, and the precarious role of the lecturer/ adjunct professor. We will wrap up the day with wine and pizza.
To register, please fill out this form.
If you have any questions, please email the IGSF graduate representative, alexandra [dot] ketchum [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Alex Ketchum). 

Medical Regimes of Truth, Biopolitics, and the Crisis of Democracy

Gundula Ludwig, recipient of an APART Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna, will be presenting "Politics is Nothing but Medicine on a Larger Scale".

On Wednesday, October 26 from 4-5:30 pm in the IGSF seminar room, 3487 Peel, 2nd floor (please note this space is not accessible).

This event is sponsored by Critical Social Theory at McGill with support from the Yan P. Lin Centre's Research Group on Constitutional Studies (for more information, please contact critsoctheory [dot] arts [at] mcgill [dot] ca) and co-sponsored by the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF).

Table Setting #1 at Articule

Following Articule’s Montreal Monochrome IV: Study Hall, members of the Fabulous Committee present Table Setting, a dinner conversation series seeking to create more spaces for Indigenous and people of colour artists, educators, activists, and community members to speak with each other.

Table Setting will take place in two parts: the first will be an open table discussion moderated by a special guest, a porous centre table of conversation where participants come to and away from as the conversation shifts. Dinner will be served as the second part of the evening. In the hopes of recreating the safety and intimacy of shared meals, participants will share food in smaller groups. This will provide the time for honest conversations that stay attentive to the theme of the evening but grow organically, without the structure of the facilitated discussion.

Table Setting, as it incorporates elements of mediated discussion with community gathering, is one way Articule is attempting to practice the suggestions for a safer space that arose out of the centre’s ongoing consultation in relation to anti-oppression. The first event will be held on Thursday, October 27, at 6 pm , facilitated by independent curator, Cheyanne Turions.

All are welcome. Bring your own plate and utensils (BYOP). Donations appreciated.

Cheyanne Turions is an independent curator currently based in Toronto. From the farmlands of Treaty 8, she is of settler and Indigenous ancestry. Her work approaches the space of exhibition as alive—the gallery is a place of dialogue where the propositions of artists come into contact with publics, questioning ways of seeing and being in relation. She sits on the Board of Directors for Kunstverein Toronto, the Editorial Advisory Committee for C Magazine and the Education and Community Engagement Committee at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is the director of No Reading After the Internet (Toronto) and the Artistic Director at Trinity Square Video.

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Terms of Privacy / ​Conditions de Confidentialité

When/Quand: Nov. 4-5, 2016
Where/Où: McGill University (Leacock 232)
Register here/ Inscrirez ici

"Terms of Privacy" is a collaboration with Studio XX, a bilingual, feminist artist-run centre for technological exploration, creation, and critique, founded in 1996. It runs in parallel with Studio XX's biennial feminist festival of media arts + digital culture, The HTMlles 12: Terms of Privacy, Nov. 3-6, 2016. Since 1997, The HTMlles brings together artists, scholars, and activists passionate about critically engaging new technologies from a feminist perspective.


 ​«Conditions de Confidentialité» est organisée en collaboration avec la 12e édition du festival féministe d’arts médiatiques + culture numérique, les HTMlles, qui se tiendra du 3 au 6 novembre 2016, avec pour thématique ​«Conditions de Confidentialité.» Basé à Montréal, Les HTMlles est un festival biennal international qui rassemble des artistes, des théoricien-ne-s et des activistes passionné-e-s par la réflexion critique en nouvelles technologies sous une perspective féministe.




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Spill: A Story Circle Ceremony led by Alexis Pauline Gumbs & Rachel Zellars

Wed. Nov 9 @ 18h 
H-763, Hall Building, Concordia University

***This event is open to all people who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC)*** 

In celebration of the life-saving practice of story-sharing among oppressed communities and the book Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity, Sista Docta Alexis Pauline Gumbs, the Third Eye Collective, and Somali Semantics will facilitate a space where we practice and remember how to honor the lives that made us possible, and our own possible lives. The first part of the workshop will discuss the ongoing challenges of confronting gendered violence in our communities. The final part of the workshop will be an interactive experience of ancestral connection, intergenerational recognition, and story-sharing that prioritizes the healing and affirmation of Black women as a crucial resource for all communities. Come ready to listen, share, remember, and be transformed.

Co-sponsored by Third Eye Collective, Somali Semantics, and IGSF.


Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a visionary daughter, a dedicated sister and everybody's cousin. Alexis is a founding member of UBUNTU a women of color survivor led coalition to end gendered violence and her work on transformative justice has appeared in Left Turn Magazine, The Feminist Wire, The Revolution Starts at Home, Abolition Now and other venues. She is the author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity, the co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines and the founder of Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind, an intergalactic community school based in Durham, North Carolina. 

Rachel Zellars is Executive Director of the Girls Action Foundation, an attorney and PhD candidate in Education at McGill University. For the last 20 years, she has worked as a popular educator and social justice advocate. She has dedicated most of her community work to empowering young people and women. She co-founded the Third Eye Collective, the first organization in Montreal to support Black women who have experienced gendered violence. Rachel’s research focuses on the histories of slavery, public schooling in Canada, critical race theory, and gendered violence within Black communities in North America. She has taught courses at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies and the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. Originally a farm girl from upstate New York, she attended Howard, Georgetown, and Cornell Universities before completing law school in Los Angeles and working as both a transactional attorney and litigator. Rachel has made Montreal her home for the last decade. She is, most importantly, mother to Ade, Zora, and Sade.

**Wheelchair accessible space** Childcare available with 48 hours' notice by emailing action [at] genderadvocacy [dot] org or (514) 937-2110 **Event is free and open to all**

***More accessibility information will be posted in the coming days. For updates, visit the website or Facebook event***

Revising the Narrative, Critiquing the Cannon: Palestine and Feminist Paradigms

Drawing on years of field research in Palestine, Rabab Abdulhadi's lecture will challenge the major assumptions of the academic literature in the post-conflict context. By giving a historical and contextual analysis of Palestinian feminist activism, it will argue for a different conception of the Palestinian liberation movement. Rabab Abdulhadi is Senior Scholar in Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora Studies, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies and Affiliated Gradute Faculty in the Sexuality Studies Program at San Francisco State University. This event will take place on Thursday, November 10th from 2:30-4:30pm in Room 017, Morrice Hall (3485 McTavish Street).

Cherchez les Femmes Cabaret: A Feminist Media & Performance Showcase

On November 11, from 9 pm to 1 am, IGSF, Feminist Media Studio, and Simone de Beauvoir Institute will host an evening of feminist entertainment at Monument-National!

Cherchez les Femmes will feature a live stage show, curated by WIVES collective, including Dayna McLeod's "Uterine Concert Hall," covered by the Huffington Post, Glamour, and the Toronto Star. Screenings of short works will highlight the rich contributions of local feminist groups. And performances by DJ Gayance and DJ Melodrastik will conclude the night on a high note!

Organized in connection with the National Women's Studies Association conference (http://bit.ly/2eb4l0Y), this event invites conference presenters and attendees to engage with some of Montreal's prominent feminist performers and organizations.

Tickets for this event are mandatory and are now available via the Facebook Event.

"The Russian Queer Academy" - Talk by Prof. Alexander Kondakov

When: Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 4:00 pm
Where: IGSF Seminar Room (2nd floor, 3487 Peel)

In this talk, I will draw on my personal experiences of teaching queer theory in a Russian university. I position this within the broader context of research and education related to queer topics in the social sciences. The essay offers an overview of the political and historical circumstances of the Russian academy to give a deeper account of this sort of positioning. Despite evident limitations of work in the field of queer theory in Russia (such as censorship law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’), I argue for the importance of this scholarship as it contests and challenges the current social situation.

Bio: Alexander Kondakov is Assistant Professor (European University at St. Petersburg, Russia), Researcher (Centre for Independent Social Research, St. Petersburg, Russia) and Deputy Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Social Policy Studies (Higher School of Economics, Moscow). He is the author of various international publications on law and homosexuality, human rights organizations, and sexual citizenship in Russia.



IGSF Job Posting

Assistant Professor in Feminism, Gender and/or Sexuality

The Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada invites applications for a joint-appointed, tenure track assistant professor position in Feminist, Gender and/or Sexuality Studies with an emphasis on Social Justice. The successful candidate will hold a joint appointed position in the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies as well as either the Department of Sociology or the Department of Political Science, according to their profile. Candidates must demonstrate outstanding research potential and publication records, a record of graduate training in the disciplines of Sociology or Political Science and Women’s/Gender Studies, substantial and relevant teaching experience or potential, and a strong commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry and the support of diverse intellectual communities. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear this out.

The hiring committee welcomes applications from qualified candidates working in critical approaches to intersectionality and social justice. We particularly welcome candidates whose work addresses any of the following areas: indigenous studies, postcolonial studies, race and/or ethnicity, disability, trans* studies, sexuality and queer research, social inequalities or social movements.

In addition to developing courses in their areas of expertise, the successful candidate will teach a variety of core courses in IGSF’s teaching program including introductory courses such as GSFS 200 Feminist and Social Justice Studies or GSFS 250 Sexual and Gender Diversity Studies, and in the sociology or political science departments at both the graduate and undergraduate level; supervise students and contribute to the intellectual life of the university.

Applicants must have a PhD in hand at the time of appointment. The appointment begins 1 August 2017. Inquiries about this position can be sent to IGSFhire [at] mcgill [dot] ca to the attention of Alanna Thain, Director, IGSF, McGill University

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness (for example: summaries of teaching evaluations, sample course syllabi, courses as instructor or teaching assistant, etc.; three pages max) and a writing sample (20-30 pages). The committee will begin reviewing applications on 10 December, 2016; applications received after that date may not receive full consideration. All materials, including referees’ letters of recommendation, must be submitted electronically to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8366.

Knowledge of French would be an asset for this position.

McGill University is committed to diversity and equity in employment. It welcomes applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

For further information: http://www.mcgill.ca/igsfhttp://www.mcgill.ca/sociologyhttp://www.mcgill.ca/politicalscience


Professeur adjoint dans les études féministes, des genres et/ou des sexualités

L’Institut Genre, sexualité et féminisme de l’Université McGill à Montréal, Canada, sollicite des candidatures pour un poste de professeur adjoint menant à la permanence dans les études féministes, des genres et/ou des sexualités mettant l'accent sur la justice sociale. Le candidat retenu occupera un poste conjoint entre l’Institut Genre, sexualité et féminisme et, soit le Département de sociologie, soit le Département de science politique, selon son profil. Les candidats doivent posséder un potentiel exceptionnel pour la recherche, un excellent dossier de publication, une formation aux cycles supérieurs dans les disciplines de la sociologie ou de la science politique et des études féministes et des genres, une expérience significative et pertinente (ou un potentiel) en enseignement, et faire preuve d’un solide engagement envers la recherche interdisciplinaire et le soutien des diverses communautés intellectuelles. Nous recherchons des candidats qui valorisent la diversité et dont les travaux de recherche, l’enseignement et les services en témoignent.

Le comité de sélection accueillera favorablement les candidatures de personnes qualifiées œuvrant dans le domaine des approches critiques de l’intersectionalité et la justice sociale. Nous invitons particulièrement les candidats dont les travaux portent sur l’un des domaines suivants : études autochtones, études postcoloniales, études de la race et/ou de l’origine ethnique, incapacités/handicaps, études trans*, recherches sur la sexualité et la théorie queer, inégalités ou mouvements sociaux.

En plus d’élaborer des cours dans ses domaines de spécialisation, le candidat retenu devra enseigner un éventail de cours de premier cycle dans le programme de l’IGSF, tels les cours d’introduction GSFS 200 ‘Feminist and Social Justice Studies’ ou GSFS 250 ‘Sexual and Gender Diversity Studies’, et des cours au premier cycle et aux cycles supérieurs dans les départements de sociologie ou de science politique; encadrer les étudiants et contribuer à la vie intellectuelle de l'université.

Le candidat retenu devra être titulaire d’un doctorat au moment de sa nomination. La date prévue d’entrée en fonction est le 1er août 2017. Les demandes de renseignements au sujet de ce poste doivent être envoyées à l’adresse suivante IGSFhire [at] mcgill [dot] ca à l'attention de Alanna Thain, Directrice, IGSF, Université McGill.

Les dossiers de candidature doivent comprendre une lettre de présentation, un curriculum vitae, trois lettres de recommandation, des documents attestant l’expérience et les compétences dans le domaine de l’enseignement (par exemple, évaluations de l’enseignement, syllabus, cours offerts comme instructeur ou assistant d’enseignement ; trois pages maximum) ainsi qu’un échantillon de leurs publications (de 20 à 30 pages). Le comité commencera l’étude des candidatures le 10 décembre 2016 ; les candidatures reçues après cette date pourraient ne pas être prises en considération. Ces documents, y compris les lettres de recommandation, doivent être soumis électroniquement à l’adresse suivante : https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8366.

La connaissance du français constitue un atout.

L’Université McGill souscrit à la diversité et à l’équité en matière d’emploi. Elle accueille favorablement les demandes d’emploi : des femmes, des peuples autochtones, des minorités ethniques, des personnes handicapées, des personnes de toutes orientations et identités sexuelles, des minorités visibles, et d’autres personnes qui pourraient contribuer à une plus grande diversité. Tous les candidats qualifiés sont invités à postuler. Toutefois, conformément aux exigences de l’immigration canadienne, la priorité sera accordée aux Canadiens ainsi qu’aux résidents permanents.

Pour plus d’information: http://www.mcgill.ca/igsfhttp://www.mcgill.ca/sociologyhttp://www.mcgill.ca/politicalscience