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"A Good Woman With a Gun: U.S. Mythologies of Race, Gender, and Self-Defense" Public Lecture & Seminar by Dr. Caroline Light

Public Lecture: Thursday, January 10th, 2019: 4:00pm, Arts W-215
Seminar (registration required): Friday, January 11th, 2019: 9:00 am to 11:00am, Arts W-220

Dr. Caroline Light, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer, Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality, Harvard University

Abstract: What accounts for the rhetorical power of the recurring trope of the self-possessed, heroic, and implicitly white “good woman with a gun,” and against whom is she presumed to defend herself? This talk will explore some of the early iconography by which the armed white woman became a symbol of virtuous and vulnerable nationhood while addressing the intersecting racial and gender logics that contributed to a national ideal of what historian Barbara Cutter calls “innocent violence” in the name of collective self-defense.

Bio: Caroline Light is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Harvard. She has a doctorate in history, and her work explores the ways in which race, gender, and region shape collective (mis)memory and archival silence. Her first book, That Pride of Race and Character: the Roots of Jewish Benevolence in the Jim Crow South (NYU Press, 2014) discusses how gendered and racialized performances of elite, white cultural capital served as a critical mode of survival for a racially liminal community of southerners. Her recent book, Stand Your Ground: A History of America’s Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense (Beacon Press, 2017) tracks the history of lethal self-defense in the U.S., from the duty to retreat to the “shoot first, ask questions later” ethos that prevails in many jurisdictions today.

Prof. Jason Opal, Chair History and Classical Studies McGill University
Prof. Charmaine A. Nelson, Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University
Prof. Alanna Thain, Director, IGSF, McGill University

The Feminist and Accessible Publishing/Communications Technologies Practices Speaker and Workshop series presents Astra Taylor @ McGill

When: Wednesday, January 23rd from 1-2PM
Where: Research Commons Room A, McLennan Library Building

Astra Taylor is a filmmaker, writer, and political organizer. She is the directory of the philosophical documentaries “What Is Democracy?” (TIFF 2018), “Examined Life” (TIFF 2008) and Zizek! (TIFF 2005); the author of the American Book Award Winner, “The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Cultures in the Digital Age; and a co-founder of the Debt Collective. She has written for The New York times, The London Review of Books, The Guardian, The Walrus, The Baffler, n+1, and many other outlets. Her new book, Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone, will be out from Metropolitan Books in early 2019.

Astra Taylor will be talking about how new technologies frequently presented as offering solutions to the problems of traditional publishing more often than not reinforce pre-existing power dynamics.

Her talk is part of The Feminist and Accessible Publishing/ Communications Technologies Practices Speaker and Workshop Series. This series seeks to bring together scholars, creators, and industry working at the intersections of digital humanities, critical approaches to publishing practices, innovative communication strategies, and making research dissemination more accessible.

GSFSSA Winter Wine and Cheese

When: Wednesday, January 23rd from 6:30 PM
Where: Arts 160

Movie Night With HeForShe McGill x IGSF: "The Mask You Live In," Followed By Discussion

When: Tuesday, January 29th, 2019: 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Leacock Building, Room 232

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Roundtable Discussion Around the "Now What?! Advocacy, Activism and Alliances in American Architecture since 1968"

When: February 12th, 6PM
Where: School of Architecture, McGill

Roundtable discussion around the “Now What?! Advocacy, Activism & Alliances in American Architecture since 1968” exhibition (Feb. 12-Mar 1) with members of ArchiteXX and exhibit organizers Lori Brown, Andrea J. Merrett, Sarah Rafson and Roberta Washington in conversation with Annmarie Adams and Alanna Thain. Organized by Professor Ipek Tureli, Architecture.

"Now What?! is the first exhibition to examine the little-known history of architects and designers working to further the causes of the civil rights, women’s, and LGBTQ movements of the past fifty years. The exhibition content, conversations, and stories will inspire a new generation of design professionals to see themselves as agents of change by looking at the past to see new ways forward."

Esquisses Speaker Series: "Inclusive Exclusions, or Exclusive Inclusions? Ambivalent Trans Depathologization in the Canadian Prison," by William Hebert

When: Thursday, February 21st, 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Where: LEA 429

Historically, prison authorities have cited security concerns to justify policies relying on trans prisoners’ genitalia alone – meaning, on their pre- or post-surgical status – to decide on which side of sex-segregation to place them. In Canada, recent legislative changes have partially shifted the norms of trans recognition from a reliance on bio-essentialist trans ‘pathologization’ to an increasing affirmation of gender ‘self-determination’. In turn, human rights complaint cases and mounting pressure from trans and other advocates have gradually forced prison authorities to rethink and reform their management of gendered difference. Informed by two years of multi-sited fieldwork conducted across Canada, I describe the emergence of a new, ostensibly depathologized trans policy regime. However, this talk reveals that if new policies promised to affirm gender self-determination, they have also remained in a chronic and ambivalent tension with prisons’ risk-management mandate.

The Feminist and Accessible Publishing/Communications Technologies Practices Speaker and Workshop series presents Shawn Newman @ McGill

When: Monday, February 25th, 11:30-1:30 PM
Where: Arts Building room 150

"Publishing Dis/ability and Public Access," by Shawn Newman

On Monday February 25 at 12 PM in Arts 150, Dr. Shawn Newman will give a lecture about his role as both Managing Editor of Public and a Mitacs Postdoctoral Fellow. The basis of this talk will be his current research project, "Publishing Dis/ability and Public Access," in which he is investigating the ways that academic journals can re-design digital publications to centralize accessibility technologies, and why this is imperative for organizations that focus on visual cultures. The talk will also discuss the need to anticipate our readerships' needs instead of merely react to them.

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Shawn Newman received his PhD in Cultural Studies from Queen's University. His research projects have included: reconciliation project in ballet; racialized and racializing spectatorship in both artistic and activist spaces; shifting arts funding models that continue to reinforce dominant Eurocentric aesthetic practices and values; disability and performance; and Canadian multicultural nationalism. He has taught in the Department of Gender Studies and the Department of Film and Media at Queen's University, and the Department of Dance at York University. He is currently the Managing Editor of Public, Director of Public Access, and a Mitacs Postdoctoral Fellow in Cinema and Media Arts at York.

This talk is part of The Feminist and Accessible Publishing/ Communications Technologies Practices Speaker and Workshop Series. This series seeks to bring together scholars, creators, and industry working at the intersections of digital humanities, critical approaches to publishing practices, innovative communication strategies, and making research dissemination more accessible. For more information, see our website:

This event was made possible through funding by the Dean of Arts Development Fund, the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies of McGill University, Media@McGill, and the Department of History and Classical Studies.


Fifty Years On: Gay Liberation? A Lecture by Brian Lewis, Professor of History

When: Wednesday March 13th, 5:30 PM
Where: McLennan Library Building Colgate Room, Rare Books and Special Collections 4th floor

2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the Omnibus Act in Canada, which partially decriminalized homosexuality and the Stonewall Riots in New York City, a milestone for gay liberation in the US. This talk examines the twin histories of these events and asks how far we have come in the last half century - and how far we still have to go.

A special exhibition and light reception will follow the event.

All are invited to attend. RSVP here

The Feminist and Accessible Publishing/Communications Technologies Practices Speaker and Workshop series presents Kristen Hogan @ McGill

When: March 15th, 4:00 - 5:30PM
Where: TBA

Kristen Hogan, author of "The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability," will be speaking about her work at McGill University.

Kristen Hogan is the Barnard Library and Academic Information SystemsDirector for Collections Strategy and Library Operations. At the University of Texas, she served as the English Literature and Women’s and Gender Studies Librarian, the Associate Director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, and most recently as the Education Coordinator of the Gender and Sexuality Center. She has also worked in feminist bookstores, including as book buyer and co-manager of the Toronto Women’s Bookstore, a racial justice-based and trans affirming feminist bookstore. Kristen loves to learn about, discuss, and work toward racial justice-based queer feminism in everyday life. Her book, The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability (Duke University Press, 2016), was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award this past summer. She has a PhD in English Literature and an MS in Information Studies, both from UT.

Her talk is part of The Feminist and Accessible Publishing/ Communications Technologies Practices Speaker and Workshop Series. This series seeks to bring together scholars, creators, and industry working at the intersections of digital humanities, critical approaches to publishing practices, innovative communication strategies, and making research dissemination more accessible.

Nicolas Longtin-Martel of Montreal's feminist bookstore L'Euguélionne will represent the bookstore. Books will be available for purchase.

This event was made possible thanks to the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies of McGill, Media @McGill, McGill's Department of History and Classical Studies, the William Dawson Fund, and L'Euguélionne: Montreal's Feminist Bookstore.

The Muriel Gold Senior Visiting Professorship Annual Lecture: "North American Peminist Studies and Activism in the 21st Century"

When: March 19th, 4:00 PM
Where: IGSF Seminar room, 3487 Peel street

Melinda Luisa de Jesus, Associate Professor and former chair of Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts, is the Muriel Gold Senior Visiting Professor for 2018-19 at IGSF. She writes and teaches about girl culture, monsters, Asian American children literature and Filipina/o American cultural production. She is also a poet, musician, and visual artist. She edited the first anthology of peminist (Filipina/American feminist) theory, Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory (Routledge 2005). Her first collection of poetry, peminology, was published by Paloma Press in Spring 2018.

Esquisses Speaker Series: "I found a photograph from your medical file on Google images. Do you care?" by Professor Zack Marshall, Social Work

When: March 21st, 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Where: IGSF Seminar room, 3487 Peel street

In 2017, I realized that medical photographs of trans people from some of the case reports published in peer-reviewed journals were showing up in google image search results. In collaboration with my team, we conducted a systematic search of 605 medical photographs from 94 case reports published between 2008-2015. Of these, 37% of the studies had at least one photograph freely available on google images. I found these results shocking, but so far this information has garnered little interest. In this presentation, I will explore some of my thinking about the best strategies to draw attention to this situation and to motivate changes in policy and practice.

Lecture Series: Thresholdings: Intimacies, Opacities, Embodiments

When: March 23rd, 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Where: IGSF Seminar room, 3487 Peel street

10:15am OPENING REMARKS (James Administration 301) Alanna Thain, Director, IGSF Megan Fernandes, Visiting Professor, IGSF and Assistant Professor, Lafayette College

10:30-11:30am PRACTICE (James Administration 301) Diego Gil, HUMA, Concordia University Catherine Lavoie-Marcus, Sandberg Instituut, University of Amsterdam Nicole de Brabandere, IGSF and the Moving Image Research Lab, McGill University

11:30-12:30pm LABOR (James Administration 301) Elisa Giardina Papa, University of California, Berkeley “The Labor of Sleep”

12:30-1:30pm LUNCH + Reading Session on ÉDOUARD GlLISSANT (James Administration 301)

12:30-1:30pm LUNCH + Reading Session on ÉDOUARD GlLISSANT (James Administration 301)

1:30-2:30pm INCLINATIONS (James Administration 301) Ronald Rose Antoinette, articule "In the Work: Lea(r)ning in Struggle”

3:00-4:00pm CYBERNETICS (Wilson Hall 118- Wendy Patrick Room) Nelly Yaa Pinkrah, Leuphana University To Weave a New Fabric. Édouard Glissant and Cybernetics“

3:00-4:00pm CYBERNETICS (Wilson Hall 118- Wendy Patrick Room) Nelly Yaa Pinkrah, Leuphana University To Weave a New Fabric. Édouard Glissant and Cybernetics“

4:00pm KEYNOTE (Wilson Hall 118- Wendy Patrick Room) Mel Y. Chen, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley "All that is Ash"

HeForShe McGill x IGSF Present: The Men's Story Project

When: March 25th, 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Where: MainLine Theatre, 3997 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

What is The Men's Story Project?

Men are full-spectrum human beings. However, dominant and stereotypical social ideas about masculinity often contribute to challenges such as inability to show emotion, gender-based violence, homophobia, transphobia, gender inequality, and men not seeking physical or mental healthcare because they’re expected to be stoic. Through expressive mediums such as monologues, poetry and other creative outlooks, we look to open dialogue on such gender-based topics. We have brought together a diverse group of 4 male-identifying students to come together and engage in these issues by preparing individual presentations related to their own personal lived experiences with such complex issues.The HeForShe chapter at McGill seeks to open discourse on topics surrounding gender equality. We acknowledge that the name “HeForShe” seems to promote a gender binary, but this does not reflect our beliefs and values of supporting people of all genders. We understand we may not be able to address all the issues surrounding these complex topics. We encourage people of all genders to take action, partake in their own way, and stand in solidarity.


Feminist Research Colloquium

When: Monday, April 15, 2019
Where: McLennan Library Building, 3459 rue McTavish

This event is free and open, and showcases the work of undergraduate honours and graduate students at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. More information forthcoming.

Conference: Pinay Power II: Celebrating Peminisms in the Diaspora

When: April 17-20, 2019
Where: TBA

Since the 2005 publication of Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory: Theorizing the Filipina/American Experience (New York: Routledge), the first anthology of Filipina/American feminisms, we have seen great momentum in Peminist research and writing, cultural production, education, community service/practice, and activism. Pinay Power II: Celebrating Peminisms in the Diaspora will bring together self-identified Pinays (Filipina-identified, including queer and trans women) from across the diaspora to learn from one another and to create an agenda for peminist liberation in the 21st century. This conference serves as a critical, community-oriented intervention in Peminist theories and praxis, highlighting Filipina experiences in the diaspora.

The goal of the conference is to create a space for Pinays on Turtle Island and in the diaspora to share and learn from each other’s ongoing work in decolonization, representation, research, and activism to promote diasporic sisterhood and forge an agenda for peminist empowerment into the 21st century. Authors of accepted submissions will be invited to submit manuscripts for the second edition of Pinay Power, or another related publication.


Conference and Workshop: On the Margins of Trans Legal Change

When: May 1-3, 2019
Where: TBA

More information to follow soon.

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Feminist Participatory Research Guide (Guide Féministe Participative), by IGSF Professor Myriam Gervais, Sandra Weber and Caroline Caron

When: Tuesday, September 11th, 6-8PM
Where: L'Euguélionne Feminist Bookstore, 1426 Beaudry

This guide presents the key elements of feminist participatory research and explains how to conceive and achieve a research project inspired by its guiding principles. This tool is directed towards students (undergraduate and graduate) who wish to undertake feminist participatory research, but will also be of interest to everyone who seeks to engage participatory visual methodologies to include the expertise of all women and girls in feminist research. The guide was designed by IGSF Mary Eleanor Shewan intern and Gender Option grad student Sofia Misenheimer. On the heels of last year's excellent seminar on «Recherche féministe participative et justice épistémique : mission possible? Défis, enjeux éthiques et leçons apprises sur le terrain», IGSF extends its warmest congratualtions to Myriam Gervais on this achievement!

Narrations of Women and War: Commemorating Sabra and Shatila  

When: September 17th - 18th 
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This two-day symposium coincides with and commemorates the thirty-sixth year anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre of Palestinian refugees and displaced Lebanese in the aftermath of the 198 Israeli invasion of Lebanon. It aims to remember and honour its victims and works to build knowledge about women and war. The symposium was developed out of a collaboration between a SSHRC-funded project based at McGill University “Women’s War Stories: Building an Archive of Women and the Lebanese Civil War” and the “Teaching Palestine: Pedagogical Praxis and the Indivisibility of Justice” an international, multi-year, multi-site project initiated by the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies program at San Francisco State University. Interventions at this symposium will center on the way in which we tell the stories of Palestinian women, and other women in war, through their own narrations and the ways these are narrated by others. All events are free and open to the public and the university community. In addition to these interventions, we will prepare resources for distribution at the event, including bibliographies and zine for further reading, research, and popular education in the tradition of pedagogical praxis. This project was initiated by Professors Malek Abisaab and Michelle Hartman at the Institute of Islamic Studies and Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University in collaboration with Professor Rabab Abdulhadi, director and senior scholar at the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies Program at San Francisco State University.

An Outdoor Screening of Two-Spirit Indigenous Short Films, followed by a conversation with Tio'tia:ke-based Dayna Danger and Beric Manywounds: "Wake up? Hard Femme Intimacy" in collaboration with Indigenous Awareness Week, Mediaqueer and Cinema Out of the Box

When: Monday, September 24th, 6:30 PM
Where: Lower Field, McGill University

Esquisses Talk by Professor Jennifer Fishman - "Expanding Access to Abortion: The Ethics of Telemedicine Protocols for Medical Abortion Provision" 

When: September 25th 2018, 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Where: James Administration Building room 301 (accessible space)

Indigenous Awareness Week presents: "Inuit Women Artists" a panel featuring some of the most distinguished contemporary Inuit women in the arts: Heather Igloliorte, Niap Saunders, Nina Segalowitz, and Beatrice Deer.

When: September 25th 2018, 5-6:30 PM
Where: Thomson House Ballroom (accessible space)
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Screening and Artist Talkback with Cinema Out of the Box: "Wake Up! Hard Femme Intimacy"

When: September 24th 6:30 PM
Where: Lower field, McGill University, (for exact location details see:

A Screening of 2-Spirit Indigenous Short Films, followed by a conversation with Tio'tia:ke-based artists Dayna Danger and Beric Manywounds. Co-presented by the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, McGill, Indigenous Awareness Week, Mediaqueer and Cinema Out of the Box. Part of “The Arts of Trans, Gender Diverse and Two-Spirit Lives”, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

IGSF X The 8th Annual Indigenous Awareness Week at McGill (for full IAW programming:

Talk by Smokii Sumac: "On Coming Home: Stories from a Two-Spirit Adoptee"

When: September 27th, 5PM
Where: Arts W-215 (accessible space)
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In this Indigenous Awareness Week talk, Ktunaxa poet and PhD Candidate, Smokii Sumac, will share stories of his many journeys "home," as an Indigenous adoptee and two-spirit person, in ceremony, with chosen family, within his nation, and to his homelands. While stories of loss and devastation tend to forefront today's conversations on Indigenous issues, Sumac argues that we must seek out and share narratives of returning, remembering, and what Gerald Vizenor calls "survivance" in order to learn to restore and celebrate the relationships that colonization seeks to destroy: relationships with the land, our bodies, our selves, families, communities, nations, knowledges and ceremonies. With a background in Indigenous literary studies, Sumac weaves thoughtful analysis of Indigenous works such as Cherie Dimaline's the Marrow Thieves, Jeff Barnaby's Rhymes for Young Ghouls, and Linda Hogan's Solar Storms with deeply personal and moving stories of his own experiences learning what it means to come home. Smokii Sumac is a proud member of the Ktunaxa nation located in what is currently southeastern British Columbia. They are a PhD Candidate in Indigenous Studies at Trent University where their research centres on “coming home” as a Ktunaxa adoptee and two-spirit person. Smokii identifies as queer, transmasculine, two-spirit, a poet, and uncle, and auntie and a cat person. They accept he/him/his or they/them/theirs pronouns. Co-presented by the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies and Indigenous Awareness Week. Part of the IGSF year long series: “The Arts of Trans, Gender Diverse and Two-Spirit Lives”, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


Poetry Workshop with Smokii Sumac: "Love Poems for First Dates, LTRs (With My Cat) and "The Cadillac of Dicks": A Workshop on Celebrating Queer Decolonial Love through Poetry

When: October 1st, 12-2 PM
Where: Ferrier 230 (accessible space)

To register: info.igsf [at]

Come close out Indigenous Awareness Week and kick off McGill's Inaugural LGBTQ2I+ History month by writing love poems with Two-Spirit and Transmasculine +++ poet, Smokii Sumac. With a forthcoming book from Kegedonce Press, Sumac is perhaps best known for his near-daily online haiku practice, where he kept a kind of running journal on Facebook using the hashtag #haikuaday to post musings on his life (and love) regularly from 2016-2018. Over that period of two years, Sumac wrote haiku verses on gender, Indigenous ceremony, his cat, transitioning, changing his name, his crushes, and observations on falling in (and out) of love. Through all this, Sumac found that at the centre of his writing, is love. In times of America's current president and Ontario's current premiere, Sumac believes that we need #morelove. Always. And what's the best way to spread love? Perhaps there are many great ways, but for Sumac, it's always been the love poem. He's written love poems to his car, to his mother's great great grandmother, to his partners, his friends, and yes, even to his prosthetic dick. Sumac wants to help you spread the love! Whether you are feeling sexy, asexy, (or maybe both!), aromantic, or into romance, whether you want to write a love poem to your favourite smoked meat sandwich, or vegan brownie, or to the land you were born from, or the ocean you haven't seen in years, or maybe you have a crush or wedding vows to write! Whatever your pleasure, all are welcome to come share what you love, who you love, where you love, why you love, and when, on the page. (please bring a notebook and pen). Presented as part of McGill first LGBTQ2I+ Awareness Month. Co-presented by the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Indigenous Awareness Week. Part of “The Arts of Trans, Gender Diverse and Two-Spirit Lives”, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

(And also check out IAW’s event Tuesday, Sept. 25 5-6:30 in the Thomson House Ballroom, on “Inuit Women Artists,” a panel featuring some of the most distinguished contemporary Inuit women in the arts: Heather Igloliorte, Niap Saunders, Nina Segalowitz, and Beatrice Deer.

Abortion Beyond Bounds screening series: Vessel

When: Tuesday October 2nd, 4-5:30 PM
Where: ENGMD 276 

On Abortion: "Research + Narratives & Platforms," A workshop with artist Laia Abril, presented by Abortion Beyond Bounds (

When: Wednesday, October 10th, 1-3 PM
Where: Paterson Hall 116, McGill University

Spaces limited, registration required: info.igsf [at]
For more information, contact Alanna Thain (alanna.thain [at] 

The workshop led by Laia Abril aims to show participants a series of tools and strategies to enhance the investigation and construction of narratives within their own projects using her latest project On Abortion as an example if her practise. Abril’s work research-based revolves around conceptualization and interpretation of facts, working with photography, video and mixed media installations.

Laia Abril is a multidisciplinary artist working with photography, text, video and sound. She focuses on telling intimate stories to raise uneasy and hidden realities related to sexuality, eating disorders and gender equality. Her work has been shown in the US, Canada, the UK, China, and across Europe. Her works are held in private collections and museums, such as Musée de l’Elysée and Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland) and MNAC (Spain). Her work is acknowledged by grants and nominations at Magnum Foundation, ICP-Infinity awards Foam Paul Huf, CatchLight and selected as a jury choice at Santa Fe Center and Plat(f)orm Fotomuseum Winterthur. More recently she has been awarded the Revelación Photo España Award, Fotopress Grant and Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro for her exhibition at Les Rencontres d’Arles (2016). Abril has embarked on the new long-term project, A History of Misogyny. Its first chapter On Abortion was published by Dewi Lewis on 2017; she is currently developing a second chapter, On Mass Hysteria.

Laia Abril's project "On abortion" documents and conceptualizes these dangers and damages caused by women's lack of legal, safe and free access to abortion through intimate story-telling. As she weaves her net of questions around ethics and morality, Abril also creates a series of meditative visual and textual manifestations of the social triggers, stigmas, and taboos around abortion that have remained invisible until now. Laia Abril’s new long-term project A History of Misogyny is a visual research undertaken through historical and contemporary comparisons. The on-going first chapter: On Abortion; was first presented at Les Rencontres d'Arles (2016).

"Abortion Beyond Bounds: Self-Management and the Circulations of Knowledge, Technology and Care"

When: October 11th-12th, free and open to the public

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To mark the 30th anniversary of the decriminalization of abortion in Canada, this bilingualtwo-day conference organized by theMcGillInstitute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies (IGSF) and the Centre for Research on Gender, Health, and Medicinewill focus on "self-management" in order to assess contemporary questions, research, and activism around abortion both locally and globally.

The very recent legalization of the abortion pill (mifepristone) in 2016, with distribution being rolled out as of 2017, raises new issues and opportunities surrounding access, autonomy, and experience of abortion in Canada. The 45th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade in the United States, and the restrictions on abortion access in the U.S.,resulting from Donald Trump's presidencyand global fights, recently especially notable in Ireland and Argentina, also influence ourdebates, culture, and politics of abortion at this moment.However, these constraints and politics are also emerging alongside novel conditions for the global circulation of information, knowledge, and resources through new (and old) technologies of the internet (e.g., telemedicine), media (e.g., smartphones), and modes of drug delivery (e.g., drones). These conditions have already and will continue to give rise to new forms of activism, extra-clinical abortion care providers, and abortion provision in multiple settings and contexts.For moreon the history of Canadian abortion rights view our brieftimeline.Thirty years after the legalizationof abortion in Canada, how should we reassess what women need from abortion legislation, technology, care, access, and reproductive justice while respecting the specific conditions and contexts within which abortion is sought? What kinds of needs are made invisible or neglected by current standards, and what are the creative means, often born out of necessity, that women have deployed access to abortion for themselves or others? Organized by Jennifer Fishman, Kelly Gordon, Rebekah Lewis and Alanna Thain.

McGill Queer Research Colloquium

When: 9:30-4:30 on October 18th 2018
Where: McLennan Research Common Room A (accessible space)

Proposals Due: September 24, 2018

Keynote Presentations

“Just Watching: Cold War Science and the Ethics of Observation," with Heather Love, University of Pennsylvania

October 17, 16:00-18:00, Arts 260 (accessible space)

(in cooperation with the Department of Art History and Communication Studies Speaker Series)

“Queering/Transing Race and Species” with Kadji Amin, Emory University

October 18, 16:30-18:00, Arts-W 215 (accessible space)

+ Queer Curation Workshop "Curating Dirty Looks and Presenting the Queer Cinematic Avant-Garde," with Bradford Nordeen

October 19, 1-3 PM, LEA B46 

The Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) invites proposals for the third annual McGill Queer Research Colloquium (QRC).

The QRC is a forum for the scholarly community at McGill and beyond to share research pertaining to LGBTQI2 studies. Past participants have included faculty, visiting and post-doctoral scholars, and graduate and honours students. If you are interested in sharing your work, please submit a short abstract (max 150 words) and biography (50 words) by September 24, 2018 to mqrc2018 [at] The format is open, but in general we anticipate panels with three or four 15-20-minute presentations, followed by discussion. This year’s colloquium will be held as part of the first LGBTQ+ History Month at McGill and will feature keynote presentations by Heather Love (University of Pennsylvania) and Kadji Amin (Emory University) and a queer curation workshop with Bradford Nordeen.

Notifications for accepted proposals will be sent by October 1. All panel sessions will be held on October 18.

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"Contemporary Poetics of Trans Women of Colour Artists," with Gwen Benaway (Toronto), Kai Cheng Thom (Toronto), Kim Ninkuru (Toronto), Arielle Twist (Halifax), Adri Almeida (Toronto), curated and facilitated by Kama La Mackerel (Montreal), Part of "The Arts of Trans, Gender Diverse and Two-Spirit Lives," funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

When: Saturday, October 20th, TBA
Where: TBA

Book Launch: "Speak Up! The Story of Mme Jean-Louise Aude, Pioneer of Quebec Stage, Radio and the French Language," by Muriel Gold 

When: Monday, October 29th, 6:00-7:30 PM
Where: IGSF Seminar Room, 3487 Peel St.

Esquisses Talk by Professor Kelly Gordon - "Mobilizing Victimhood: Blaming and Claiming the Victim in Conservative Discourse in Canada"

When: October 30th 2018, 12:30-2:00 PM
Where: Brown 3001 (accessible space)

A conversation with Vivek Shraya, "I'm Afraid of Men & Other Works: the multimedia practice of Vivek Shraya"

When: Tuesday, October 30th, 7-9:30 PM
Where: Leacock 232 (accessible space)


Off-Script: Technologies and Tactics of Feminist Errancy / Hors-Piste: technologies et tactiques de l'errance féministe 

When: November 4-5 2018
Where: TBA

In collaboration with Studio XX and the HTMlles festival
“Beyond the Hashtag: Failures and Becomings”

Keynote Speaker: Professor Marcela Fuentes (Northwestern U.)

25 years ago, in Lizzie Borden’s film Born in Flames (1983), an activist, intersectional feminism dealt with the failure of political revolution to effectuate real social justice by using pirate radio, guerrilla training and the repurposing of broadcast media to assemble a heterogenous feminist resistance. Today, what are our options for hijacking business as usual in the face of exclusions of women, queers, people of colour, and other marginalized communities for feminist ends? How can we go off-script in a story of violence, indifference, and discrimination to participate in novel forms of world-making?

Everywhere we turn, feminist activism is targeting bad behaviour and creating new networks of community through digital technology. Campaigns and hashtags such as #MeToo, #TimesUp, #SayHerName and #NiUnaMenos, campus protests, live feeds, sousveillance, and spreadsheets of predators have demonstrated the power of technology to boosts the signal of whisper networks of support, knowledge exchange, and warnings into new spheres. The consequences of this scaler shift are still unfolding; we must go beyond the determinative dynamic of action/reaction to assess the broader potential for reshaping social norms in the name of equity, justice, and representation. How do different techniques and technologies of digital resistance succeed, fail, and mutate as intersectional feminist praxis? How might technology at once rewrite and hack into conventional read-only histories and establish impenetrable narratives that exclude those it seeks to represent? How does digital networking emerge as a shifting tactical tool in local and transnational protests and systems of queer and feminist solidarity?

Organizers: Alanna Thain and Vanessa Ceia

About The HTMlles

Since 1997, The HTMlles has brought together artists, scholars, and activists passionate about critically engaging new technologies from a feminist perspective. The festival takes place biannually in Montreal, and its aim is to showcase cutting-edge projects produced by local and international artists. Each edition focuses on a specific theme and addresses urgent socio-political questions by pushing the boundaries of artistic and feminist practices. This year’s edition is “BEYOND THE HASHTAG: FAILURES AND BECOMINGS”

The HTMlles is produced by Studio XX, a bilingual, feminist artist-run centre for technological exploration, creation, and critique, founded in 1996.

Food, Feminism, and Fermentation presents Feminist Publishing and Open Access: A conversation on Critical Approaches to Publishing Practices

When: November 8th 2018, 6-8 PM
Where: IGSF Seminar Room, 3487 Peel Street, 2nd floor 

Food, Feminism, Fermentation (FFF) is an organization founded by Dr. Alex Ketchum and PhD candidate, Maya Hey. FFF brings together scholars, writers, artists, activists, and makers working at the intersections of these three themes. Last Fall, we hosted a 3 day conference at McGill University's Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, with more than 155 participants from Canada, the United States, and Europe. The conference invoked a hybrid space for makers and scholars to cross-pollinate and inoculate each other with fermentable ideas.

This convergence produced two special issues of an academic journal (Cuizine: Journal of Canadian Food Cultures), which we are launching this Fall.< As part of our launch event (November 8th, 6:00- 8:00PM, at IGSF) for this special issue, we wanted to celebrate all things open access and public scholarship. In particular, we wanted to explore critical approaches to publishing practices, including what a 'feminist publishing' might look like.

Our Panel:
Amy Buckland is Head of Research & Scholarship at the University of Guelph, and the Canadian lead for Creative Commons.

Stéphanie Dufresne of Librairie l'Euguélionne holds a degree in feminist studies from Concordia University and works with the publishing and printing collective Possibles Éditions.

Zoe Wake Hyde is the assistant director of the Rebus Foundation, a non-profit reimagining the publishing ecosystem on open principles. She holds a Masters degree in Publishing from Simon Fraser University

Our moderator, Corina MacDonald is a PhD student in Communication Studies at Concordia University, and holds a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from McGill University.

The event will be catered by Sotta. All food will be vegan
(and there will be gluten free):

Masterclass with filmmaker Irene Lustig, director of Yours in Sisterhood. In collaboration with the Rencontres International des Documentaires de Montréal

When: Tuesday, November 13th 12-2PM
Where: Leacock B46

Esquisses Talk by Professor Katherine Zien - "Squishy Things: Putting the Body Back into the Cold War"

When: November 27th 2018, 12:30-2:00PM
Where: Brown 3001 (accessible space)

GSFS 400 Community-based Research Symposium

When: Tuesday, November 27th, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Where: Maass Chemistry Building room 217

I would like to invite you to a symposium that will feature undergraduate students majoring in GSFS studies who designed and conducted fantastic original research in close collaboration with a community organization working for social change. The symposium will be held on November 27th, 2:30-5:30,in MAASS 217 (McGill University campus). Find below a list of organizations and projects that GSFS 400-ers will introduce:

Chez Doris (see, a “charitable organization offering daytime shelter 7 days a week for all women in difficulty.”
Project:Conduct a feasibility study, needs assessment, and provide recommendations on inclusivity & accessibility for a forthcoming women’s night shelter.
Student researchers:Elsie Chan, Marion Daigle, Maya Smith, and Nicole Whitmarsh

AIDS Community Care Montreal (ACCM, see, Montreal's only English-language “volunteer-driven community organization that provides support services and treatment information to people living with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C.”
Project:Develop an audit and an action plan that considers questions of representation and inclusivity for women, trans folks, and current ACCM membership at ACCM.
Student researchers:Beau Kimpton, Abigail King, Kyle Stewart, and Valerie Wood

F*EM(Femmes* en Musique,see,a grassroots network that supports self-identified women and LGBTQ+ people working in Quebec's music industry.
Project:Document inequities regarding women and LGBTQ+ folks working in Quebec’s music industry. Provide infographics, pamphlet, or other web-friendly material to publicize findings.
Student researchers:Cheryl Chu, Mara Luks, and Ada McVean

Project 10 (P10, see, a grassroots organization that “works to promote the personal, social, sexual and mental well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, intersexed and questioning youth and adults 14-25.”
Project: Collect impact stories from members and groups involved with P10 and develop web-friendly #myP10story narratives.
Student researchers:Jo Marie Chio, Bei Evely, Jackie Lee, Natalie Olivares, and Carla Trigoso

Quebec Native Women (QNW,see, an organization that“defends the interests of Aboriginal women from Quebec and Aboriginal women living in urban areas.”
Project: Design a framework to gather data on indigenous girls/women 18-35 and their needs for QNW Strategic Plan 2020-2022; provide educational resources for QNW’s web and social media platforms.
Student researchers:Corinne Bulger, Flynn Gottselig, Sarah Graham, and Rebecca Scarra

The Laboratory for Urban Culture(LUC, see, an organization that seeks to establish “innovative and progressive projects and partnerships grounded in the principles of social justice for the betterment of the surrounding community” of Little Burgundy.
Project: Provide support and assessment for after school programs in music, creative writing, visual arts and/or else offered at Le Salon 1861; establish a framework for a community assets inventory and map (provisionally titled CYAN: Community Youth Arts Network); provide a sustainability study for the arts programming at the LUC.
Student researchers:Emma Jansen, Catherine Morrison, and Yonnika Vernon

If you participated in one of these research projects, if your are interested in community-engaged learning, or if you’d like to support the wonderful research that undergraduate students are conducting at McGill, please consider attending the symposium. Food and drinks will be served, and you will have an opportunity to meet up with student researchers, with representatives of community organizations, with faculty interested in integrating community-based learning, with me, and/or with representatives of SEDE (Social Equity and Diversity Education) to help you navigate this process.

If you can’t make it but are still interested in learning about this research, reach out to me and/or to Greta Schwarz at CKUT 90.3 McGill (allthingsmcgill [at] and tune in to hear GSFS 400-ers introduce some of this research on air in the forthcoming weeks.

No Man's Land Film Festival

When: Thursday, November 29th, 6:15 - 9:3PM
Where: Leacock 132, 855 Sherbrooke Street, McGill University (Accessible space)

On November 29th at 6:15, The Institute of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies of McGill University and Shakti Rock Gym are excited to co-host this screening of the No Man's Land Film Festival!

No Man's Land is an all-woman adventure film festival based out of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado that meets a need and desire to highlight and connect individuals who identify as women in pursuit of the radical. We seek to bring attention to women's presence in the outdoors. This 90 minute screening - focused on women in climbing - will be followed by a panel discussion about gender and sports.

All proceeds will benefit the development of a program for self-identified girls and women in the outdoors, organized by Shakti Rock Gym. This event costs $10 - but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please join us! Tickets are available at the link on our facebook event page:

The event will take place inLeacock Room 132, 855 Sherbrooke Street, McGill University. It is wheelchair accessible.

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