Past Events (Fall 2017 - Winter 2018)



"'Push-button Aphrodite': Computers and Romance Simulations, 1950-1990,” An Esquisses Talk by Dr. Reem Hilu

​Tuesday, January 30
IGSF Seminar Room (3487 Peel, 2nd Floor)

Reem Hilu holds a BA in Cinema Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA and PhD in Screen Cultures from Northwestern University. Reem’s research interests span the fields of feminist media studies, media history, and the history of computing.  Her dissertation, entitled The Family Circuit: Gender, Games, and Domestic Computing Culture, 1945-1990, explores the introduction of computing and digital media in domestic space; that is, how computer chips and microprocessors first entered the American home in the shape of interactive talking dolls, computerized board games, and embedded in domestic appliances. Reem’s postdoctoral project further develops this exploration of the changing norms and practices of sociability and intimacy in the digitally mediated home.  By focusing on the intersection between computers and domesticity, her research investigates how digital media reconfigured family relations to accommodate cybernetic models, as well as how the encounter with family life helped redefine computers as extensions of family intimacy. Reem also plans to undertake a project on the history of computers and gaming in the K-12 classroom.  As Mellon Postdoctoral Researcher in the Digital Humanities at McGill, Reem is an active member of the Laboratory for Experimental Studies in Culture, Art and Technology (LESCAT), and works under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Sterne in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies. 

Register here.


“Transform(ing) Digital Humanities Writing and Research: An Autoethnography of DH and Feminist Ethics,” A Masterclass with Dr. Moya Bailey (Northeastern University)

Friday, February 9th, 11 am - 1 pm
Wilson Hall, Room 118 (Wendy Patrick Room), 3506 University Street

To register and get a copy of the reading, please email IGSF administrator, Kim.Reany [at]

Dr. Moya Bailey's work focuses on marginalized groups’ use of digital media to promote social justice as acts of self-affirmation and health promotion. She is interested in how race, gender, and sexuality are represented in media and medicine. She currently curates the #transformDH Tumblr initiative in Digital Humanities. She is also the digital alchemist for the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network. She is an assistant professor in the department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies and the program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Northeastern University.

"#RobinHoodFail: The Limits of Digital Humanities," A Talk by Dr. Moya Bailey

Friday, February 9th
4pm Arts W 215

This talk discusses some of the problems digital humanities projects face when financed by grant funding. Bailey will discuss structural impediments to public and accessible DH projects and propose sites of intervention that could create more just projects and processes for DH scholarship.

Alternative “academic” Platforms: A Workshop for Graduate Students in Humanities and Social Sciences

February 14, 2018
​12-1:30 pm
​IGSF Seminar Room

link to powerpoints:


Une/a production Arc-en-ciel d'Afrique / African Rainbow
Dans le cadre du / As part of the Le Mois de l'Histoire des Noirs / Black History Month 

✔ Heure / Time : 18h30
✔ Prix / Price : 15$
✔ Billeterie en ligne :
✔ Lieu / Location : Moyse Hall Theatre at McGill University (853 Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal) - Métro Mc Gill.

Film d’ouverture / Opening movie

Les Initiés (The Wound) de John Trengove. Le film aborde la question du tabou de l’homosexualité à travers une pratique culturelle, celle de l’initiation, dans la culture Zulu d’Afrique du Sud.

The story tracks a closeted relationship between two men in the context of the Xhosa initiation ritual.

★ Réalisateur / Director: John Trengove
★ Année / Year : 2017
★ Pays / Country : Afrique du Sud / South Africa 
★ Langue / Language : version originale (Xhosa) avec Sous-titres anglais / original version (Xhosa) with English subtiles 
★ Durée / Running time : 88 minutes

Suivi d’une discussion avec le public. 

Followed by a Q&A with the audience. 

The opening night of #Massimadi is made possible thanks to the support of IGSF, McGill, and the Department of English..

Future Ecologies: Speculative Forms and Feelings

February 23, 2018
IGSF, McGill University
3487 Peel St.
Free and open to the public

This workshop explores speculation as what José Muñoz calls a world-making practice in art, media, literature and theory. Drawing on critical insights from feminist, decolonial, queer, Indigenous, and critical race theories, we will explore the affective force of imagination in creating social forms, through reading sessions, artist talks, and presentations and discussion. Please do the readings beforehand.

Reading Sessions: all readings available here:


Heather Davis, IGSF Visiting Scholar
“Queer Ecologies”: “Toxic Sexes” Malin Ah-King & Eva Hayward; “Distributed Reproduction, Chemical Violence, and Latency”, Michelle Murphy


Serenity Joo, University of Manitoba and Muriel Gold Visiting Professor, IGSF
Octavia Butler’s "Amnesty"

Lunch break

Artist Talks and Discussion

Skawanetti, artist and Co-Director of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), Concordia

Kelly Jazvac, artist and professor of Studio Arts, Concordia

Break 30 mins

Keynote: Selmin Kara,professor of Film and New Media Studies, OCAD University
"Anthropocene Cinema and Future Ecologies"

5:00 Reception

"Against a Secular Transgender: The Enchanted Science of 1950s Trans Feminine DIY," A Masterclass with Dr. Julian Gill-Peterson (Uni. of Pittsburgh)

Tuesday, February 27th, 11 am - 1 pm
IGSF seminar room (3487 Peel St, second floor).

To register and get a copy of the reading, please email IGSF administrator, Kim.Reany [at]

Julian Gill-Peterson researches and teaches in transgender studies, queer studies, critical race theory, childhood studies, and the medical humanities in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh. His book, Genealogies of the Transgender Child: Sex, Race, and Plasticity (forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press), examines the previously unknown history of transgender children through the medicalization of their racial plasticity. His next book project, Gender Underground: A History of Trans DIY, further rewrites the trans twentieth century by framing it not through institutional medicine, but the myriad do-it-yourself practices and knowledge of trans people during the same era when transgender medicine was only emerging, the 1940s-1970s. As a theory and a method, “trans DIY studies” affirms practices of survival, archiving, and creative making from the least visible and enfranchised positions, particularly those of trans of color and economically vulnerable people. Gill-Peterson has published numerous articles and essays on race, transgender medicine, and queer childhood, including in Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Transgender Studies Quarterly, and GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. He is also co-editor of “The Child Now,” a special issue of GLQ.

"Trans Boyhood in the 1970s: Medicine, Race, and the Generational Border Wars," A Talk by Dr. Julian Gill-Peterson

Tuesday, February 27th, 4:00 pm
TNC, Morrice Hall

Julian Gill-Peterson researches and teaches in transgender studies, queer studies, critical race theory, childhood studies, and the medical humanities in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh. His book, Genealogies of the Transgender Child: Sex, Race, and Plasticity (forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press), examines the previously unknown history of transgender children through the medicalization of their racial plasticity. His next book project, Gender Underground: A History of Trans DIY, further rewrites the trans twentieth century by framing it not through institutional medicine, but the myriad do-it-yourself practices and knowledge of trans people during the same era when transgender medicine was only emerging, the 1940s-1970s. As a theory and a method, “trans DIY studies” affirms practices of survival, archiving, and creative making from the least visible and enfranchised positions, particularly those of trans of color and economically vulnerable people. Gill-Peterson has published numerous articles and essays on race, transgender medicine, and queer childhood, including in Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Transgender Studies Quarterly, and GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. He is also co-editor of “The Child Now,” a special issue of GLQ.

Collage Workshop with girlplague

​February 28, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
3487 Rue Peel, 2nd Floor (IGSF)
near McGill metro
$25 // buy tickets here:

Participate in a 2-hour collage workshop with girlplague, a collage artist with a decade of experience whose work has been shown in galleries worldwide (portfolio:

Students will learn cutting and application techniques, differences in adhesives, basic composition, as well as tips and tricks along the way.

This workshop is open to all levels.

Scissors and adhesives included. Collage material will be provided but students are encouraged to bring their own.

If you REALLY want to come but can't afford a ticket, please message girlplague to work out a pay-what-you-can donation, or to discuss further. Art should be accessible, we mainly want you to come collage with us!

Unfortunately, IGSF is up a flight of stairs and is not wheelchair accessible.
Please don't wear perfumes or scented products to the workshop, as there may be participants with chemical sensitivities.
No oppressive behaviour will be tolerated.


Feminist Research Colloquium

Graduate students from the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies invite members of the research community to participate in the first Annual McGill Feminist Research Colloquium on March 1st and 2nd, 2018. This colloquium is a forum for the scholarly community to exchange ideas and share research pertaining to gender studies, sexuality studies, and feminism. We welcome scholars of all disciplines. This event is open to the public and free of charge.

This colloquium is fully organized by graduate students with the generous support of IGSF and PGSS as well as contributions from the McGill Graduate Sociology Student Association

Please see our website for a full list of presentation descriptions.


THURSDAY, MARCH 1 - SSMU Club Lounge (room 401 @ University Centre - Shatner Building 3480 McTavish Street) 

2:30 - 3:00 - Registration / coffee
3:00 - 3:15 - Introductory remarks
3:15 - 4:00 - Panel 1: Rethinking Space 
* Walking With: Reflections on creating a listening walk with a decolonizing pedagogical strategy - Pohanna Feinberg, Concordia University
* “Northern Lights/ Southern Views: Depicting the Arctic Environment, Empire, and Exploration” - Chris Gismondi, Concordia University 

4:00-4:15 - Break 1

4:15-5:00 - Panel 2: State Recognition and legibility 
* "La reconnaissance des personnes non binaires dans le genre au Québec"- Antoine Masson-Courchesne, Université du Québec à Montréal
* "‘Le gouvernement des corps des indigène de la République’ ou l'agentivité décoloniale des héritières de l'immigration maghrébine” - Sonia Alimi, Université du Québec à Montréal

5:00-5:15 - Break 2

5:15 - 6:15 - Panel 3: Medical Technologies and The Body 
* "Différents défis dans La construction du projet parental chez les couples où l’homme trans est enceint" - Mylène Shankland, Université du Québec à Montréal
* “Banner the Cosplaying Service Dog: non-visible disabilities, labour, and discrimination in the service dog community” -Olivia Dreisinger, Independent Scholar
* “Visible Fetus, (In)visible Mother: Ultrasound and Visual Knowledge” - Melodie Cardin, Carleton University

FRIDAY, MARCH 2 - SSMU Club Lounge (room 401 @ University Centre - Shatner Building 3480 McTavish Street) 

3:00 - 3:30 - Registration/ coffee
3:30 - 4:15 - KEYNOTE: Rachel Zellars 
Rachel Zellars is a postdoctoral fellow in History at the University of Vermont. Her work and research explores the “afterlife of slavery” as it relates to 3 major research areas: schooling violence, gender violence, and disability. Her talk explores the historical relationship between Blackness, enslavement, and disability, with a specific focus on putting in context, recent and ongoing police killings of Black disabled peoples in light of this history. 

4:15 - 4:30 - Break 1
4:30 - 5:30 - Panel 4: Transgressing Borders 
* “Bridging scientific laboratories and commercial kitchens with inter-epistemics; or, the story of ‘a handmade cheese.’” - Maya Hey, Concordia
* “Représentations visuelles par UNHCR Canada des réfugié-es syriens/syriennes réinstallé-es au pays” - Charlotte Dahin, Université d’Ottawa
*“The Rise of Fourth Wave Feminism in the MENA region? Cyber-feminism and Women’s Activism at the Crossroads of the Arab Spring”- Maha Tazi, Concordia University

5:30 - 5:45 - Break 2

5:45 - 6:45 - Panel 5: Women Doing 
* “Presencing Settler Colonialism: Settler girls’ engagement with colonial violence against Indigenous women and girls” - Stephanie Claude, University of Ottawa
* “Maintenance Labour, Legacy, and the Archive: A Visit with Éléonore de Lavandeyra Schöffer” - Lindsay Leblanc, Concordia University
* “Radical Subjectivity in Soviet Melodrama of the Khrushchev Thaw” - Meredith Slifkin, Concordia University 

6:45 - 7:00 - Break 3
7:00 - 7:45 - KEYNOTE: kimura byol-nathalie lemoine 
kimura byol-nathalie lemoine (나타리 르무완 * ナタリー.ルモワーヌ) is a conceptual multimedia feminist artist who works on identities (diaspora, ethnicity, colorism, post-colonialism, immigration, gender), and expresses it with calligraphy, paintings, digital images, poems, videos and photography. kimura*lemoine’s work has been exhibited, screened, published and supported nationally and internationally. As a curator, kimura-lemoine has developed projects that give voice and visibility to minorities and as an activist archivist, ze is working on ACA (adoptees cultural archives) to document the history of adoptee’s culture through media and arts. Ze is a recipient of 2014-2015 Mentorship Program from Montreal Arts Interculturals and a 2015 Vivacité Grant from Montreal Arts Council and the Prize PowerHouse from Gallery La Centrale and the 2017 doc residency ‘Regard sur Montréal‘ (CAM, NFB, ACIC).

7:45 - 8:30 - Post-colloquium snacks and wrap up.
We will continue the generated discussions over drinks at Thomson House (3650 McTavish St.) afterwards, please join.

"Transversality, Partial Knowledges and Uneven Inquiry Amidst Colour, Language and Cinema," An Esquisses Talk by Nicole De Brabandere, Postdoctoral fellow, IGSF and Moving Image Research Lab, the University of Chicago

When: Tuesday, March 13, 4-6 PM

Where: IGSF Seminar Room

Please find the readings here:

In this research presentation I engage colour to amplify how diverse techniques and practices including language and cinema weave movements of thought are nonlinear, partial and situated. Colour is a generative point of focus because although it has historically been ubiquitously posed in hierarchical binaries, it patches intense affects between and across media that can become the very means for exceeding this binary. To investigate the technical and ecological dynamics of this excess I compose a series of vignettes. Each vignette begins with an object of analysis (from the histories of art, architecture and cinema) but focuses on slippages that reroute the centrality of the object to the way it articulates varying modes of affective intensity over series. At the same time, this process generates an inhabited consistency of partial and latent knowledges. I fold some of these knowledges into a description of the recently held Drawing Light event, hosted by myself and the Moving Image Research Laboratory (2018). My aim is to make felt the way latent knowledges come to the surface of thought and articulation in heterogeneous and uneven ways, informing further world-making potentials. Following the talk/discussion there will be a reading group around the concepts of opacity, errancy and fugitivity after Édouard Glissant, Stefano Harney and Fred Moten. The aim will be to unpack the complexities of working with the poetics and politics of the black radical tradition in practices that evolve through media and material gestures.

"Woubi Cheri," A Screening and Discussion with Ellise Barbara

When: Tuesday, March 13 @ 7:30 PM
Where: Arts Building, Room W215

Screening and discussion of Woubi Cheri (Ivory Coast, 1998, 62 minutes), followed by a discussion with Ellise Barbara, in Arts W 215. The first film in the "Making Scenes" screening series, part of The Arts of Trans, Gender Diverse and Two-Spirit Lives series at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, McGill is Woubi Cheri, hosted and with a post-film discussion by Ellise Barbara. This documentary from 1998 explores perspectives on gender variance and diversity outside of the westernized radical norm. As California Newsreel describes this: "Woubi Chéri is the first film to give African homosexuals a chance to describe their world in their own words. Often funny, sometimes ribald, but always real, this documentary introduces us to gender pioneers demanding their right to construct a distinct African homosexuality."

Ellise Barbara is a Montreal-based artist and singer. Rising from artist-run spaces at the turn of the current decade, their recent efforts have been centered around transgender community organizing. With a group called the Black Space and a lineup made of musicians of Sub-Saharan descent, Ellise Barbara aims to recenter contemporary blackness via the rejection of racialized tropes. The Black Space is working on a sci-fi multumedia concert to be shown at the MAI in April this year.

This event is open to the public and is a PWYC fundraiser for Taking What We Need. Presented by IGSF, the Moving Image Research Lab, Mediaqueer and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

"Race, Futurity, and the Anthropocene," An Esquisses Talk by Hee-Jung Serenity Joo, IGSF Muriel Gold Visiting Professor and Associate Professor of English, University of Manitoba

When: Thursday, March 15th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Where: Leacock building, room 15 

Queer Research Colloquium

2018 McGill Queer Research Colloquium

When: Friday, March 16, 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Where: James Administration Building, Room 301

Full Program: 

Keynote: "Mourning, Melancholia, Moonlight," by John Paul Ricco (University of Toronto) in TNC, Morrice Hall @ 4:30 PM

John Paul Ricco is Professor of Comparative Literature, Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Toronto. He is the author of The Logic of the Lure and The Decision Between Us: Art and Ethics in the Time of Scenes (both published by University of Chicago Press). He has edited issues of Parallax and the Journal of Visual Culture, his essay, “The Commerce of Anonymity” was recently published in the journal Qui Parle, and other recent essays have been included in the collections: Nancy and the Political (Edinburgh); Porn Archives (Duke); and W.J.T. Mitchell’s Image Theory (Routledge). He is currently completing a monograph titled, The Intimacy of the Outside, of which his lecture at the Queer Research Colloquium is a chapter.

"Attacking the Clones: Deciphering the Woman Problem in Star Wars," by Professor Rebecca Harrison, Visiting Scholar, IGSF and MIRL, University of Glasgow

When: Wednesday, March 21st, 4:30 PM
Where: IGSF Seminar Room, 3487 Peel St.

This paper investigates women’s representation in the Star Wars films. Feminist fans of the franchise lauded The Force Awakens (2015) and Rogue One (2016) for depicting women leaders, and made Leia the poster girl for recent Women’s March protests. However, I argue that when read alongside earlier Star Wars texts, including the original trilogy (1977-1983) and prequels (1999-2005), the Disney-era films are not as progressive as they first appear. Based on my research investigating the relationship between Star Wars and computer code, I propose that onscreen, women are clones of one another whose purpose is to reproduce or protect data. From Padme and her body-double guards, to new additions Rey and Jyn, all the women look alike even when they are not part of the same family. And, while they are all tasked with preserving code—be it DNA, or the digitally encrypted Death Star plans—none of their histories are preserved onscreen following their deaths – unlike their male counterparts.

As such, while not seeking to undermine fans’ feminist readings of the characters, the paper complicates arguments about women’s representation in the Star Wars universe. I do so in three main ways. First, I analyse the films to investigate women’s depictions on screen. Second, I trace the connections between the women characters, and the actresses portraying them, in promotional material (for example, articles in Vogue) to reveal how casting is often predicated on finding an analogue of Leia. And third, I draw on feminist scholarship about Star Wars texts, including works by Carolyn Cocca (2016) and Suzanne Scott (2017) to contextualise my findings. Thus, I propose that examining the representation of women across the Star Wars films offers new insights into the ways that gender is encoded in the franchise.  

Growth on the Horizon: Arts-based Healing Practices Addressing Rape Culture & Gendered Violence on Campus

In the spirit of wellness, community building, and collective reflection, join us for a student-initiated, arts-based event aimed at understanding, addressing, and healing from rape culture and gendered violence on campus.

Growth on the Horizon will bring survivors, students, artists, allies, community organizers, administrators, faculty, staff, and front-line workers together at McGill to participate in arts-based activities that foster exchange and reflection around the reality of sexual and gendered violence on campus, along with individual, collective and institutional forms of healing and care.


Schedule of Workshops and Presentations

[Disclaimer: The following workshops address sexual assault, sexual harassment, and related forms of violence and may be emotionally triggering for some people. Please also note that the schedule may be subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.]

In addition to all-day activities in the McGill University Arts Building Lobby on March 22, the following interactive workshops & presentations will be offered across campus:


10 - 11 AM - A Letter to my Future Self
Arts 350 (accessible)

Participants will write supportive letters to themselves for a future moment of hopelessness, sadness, or vulnerability. What would help you in that moment? How might you be able to achieve your desired state?
Facilitators: Chelsey Weir & Hayley Crooks


10:30 - 11:30 AM - Forum Theatre Disclosure Workshop
Arts B55, The Moving Image Resource Lab (not accessible due to 5 stairs; volunteers are on stand-by to provide assistance to any students with accessibility needs who would like to attend this workshop -- please message sofia.misenheimer [at] for more information)

Our goal is to explore the complexity and challenges that come with seeking help, disclosing, responding and writing policies in response to sexual aggression. Discussions following the workshop will facilitate an expansion of awareness about rape culture and gendered & sexual violence, exploring the space between what rape culture is perceived to be versus what it is day-to-day. This piece will be of interest to students, teachers, staff and administration and individuals writing policy.
Facilitators: Eric Craven


11 AM - 1 PM - Speaking our Healing
​Arts 350 (accessible)

What do we do in aftermath of sexual violence? How do we rediscover our voice? How can we begin to express what happened or who we are now? If rape culture demands our silence – is expression the path to our healing? These are some of the questions this workshop seeks to explore. The first half will be spent discussing the importance and the challenge of self-expression for sexual violence survivors; during the second half, participants will be invited to express their thoughts, feelings and/or reflections through the written and spoken word (i.e. letter-writing, poetry, prose, short stories, creative non-fiction, etc.). This workshop is closed to self-identified victims & survivors of sexual violence. This includes those who've experienced sexual harassment as well as sexual assault.
Facilitator: Malek Yalaoui


11 AM - 12:30 PM - Tender Hearts Work Hard: A zine workshop with Ambivalently Yours
Leacock 738 (accessible)

Inspired by the idea that talking and making collectively in a safe setting can facilitate and inspire feminist action, artist Ambivalently Yours invites member of the public to join her for a collaborative zine making workshop. This activity will mirror aspects of the artist's online practice, which uses drawing, ambivalence, and anonymity as a means to expand the limits of empathy and feminist discussions. This workshop is open to participants of all ages, gender identities and artistic levels.
Facilitator: Ambivalently Yours


12 - 2 PM - Herbalism & Trauma: Herbal Support
IGSF Seminar Room 3487 Peel St, 2nd Floor (not accessible)
This workshop will explore some of the top herbal allies for anxiety, trauma, and mental health. We will take the time to connect with different herbs through our senses and make a personalized blend to take home. RSVP required:
Facilitator: Pamela Fillion


12 - 1:30 PM - Self-Care Corner: Wellness Through Potting Event
Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education 550 Sherbrooke O. Suite 585 (accessible)

For centuries the therapeutic use of plants has been used as a means for healing. Today, this approach helps trauma survivors and people with PTSD develop emotional safety, engage in narrative restructuring of trauma, and practice mindfulness by reconnecting with the earth. The goal of this self-care corner is to promote wellness for individuals on our campus. There is no cost to this event. Plants, soil, pots, hot water, food and cups will all be provided. RSVP required:
Facilitators: Consent McGill


1 - 2 PM – Health and Wellness at the Library: Creating an Inclusive Space for Students
Research Commons Room A, Redpath Library Building (accessible)

Students face a variety of challenges and high levels of stress throughout their time at university, and many spend a significant amount of time in the library while coping with these issues. In an effort to support our students, we have developed resources, spaces, and collections to help make the library a safe, inclusive, and welcoming space. This presentation will highlight the various health and wellness related initiatives taking place at the McGill Library, as well as upcoming projects. It will be followed by a short tour of the library to highlight spaces and resources mentioned during the presentation.
Facilitator: Robin Canuel, Head Librarian


1 - 3 PM - Making Memes: Equity and diversity in STEMM with Women in Physics
Leacock 738 (accessible)

This workshop will open dialogue about issues related to race, class, gender and ability and their intersection with the under-representation of minority populations in STEM fields. We'll discuss issues pertaining to the social construction of gender, masculinity and femininity in STEM, intersectionality, implicit bias, micro-aggressions, work-life balance, stereotype threat and imposter syndrome. We will also examine recent media products including cartoons and memes, and discuss origins and solutions to the problem of under representation. Finally, participants can create some memes to convey their thoughts and feelings on any of the topics! Everyone is welcome!
Facilitators: Hannah Wakeling & Dr Rosa Rodríguez


2 - 3 PM - Forum Theatre Disclosure Workshop
Arts B55, The Moving Image Resource Lab (not accessible due to 5 stairs; so volunteers are on stand-by to provide assistance to students with accessibility needs who would like to attend this workshop -- please message sofia.misenheimer [at] for more information)

Our goal is to explore the complexity and challenges that come with seeking help, disclosing, responding and writing policies in response to sexual aggression. Discussions following the workshop will facilitate an expansion of awareness about rape culture and gendered & sexual violence, exploring the space between what rape culture is perceived to be versus what it is day-to-day. This piece will be of interest to students, teachers, staff and administration and individuals writing policy.
Facilitator: Eric Craven


2 - 4 PM - Picturing Consent: A Photovoice Workshop
Education Building, 3700 McTavish, 1st floor (accessible)

This workshop will explore the concept of consent in an academic contexts and university campuses. The audience will use their hands to make symbols and gestures of "consent." They will take pictures using a digital camera, print the photo on site and write a small caption on the meaning of the picture. The pictures will be displayed in the space to show the different meanings of consent and sexual-gender-based violence within an academic context, and will be exhibited in the Art Hive during the event.
Facilitator: Milka Nyariro, McGill Art Hive Initiative


2 - 4 PM - Hands-on, Hands-off: A Textile Workshop
Education Building, 3700 McTavish, 1st floor  (accessible)

As human beings, we rely on our hands for mostly everything we do. We use them as tools to explore the world and transform it, and to connect with each other. This workshop focuses on our hands’ creative and caring potential, but also intends to create awareness about their damaging power. Hands-on, Hands-off encourages participants to share their experiences, thoughts and needs, and invites them to listen, understand and respect those of others. In a safe and supportive environment, participants are invited to use their hands to transform fabric gloves to represent experiences related to gender-based violence that may be hard to express in words. The gloves will be creatively transformed to address and understand gender-based sexual violence and rape culture on campuses, allowing our bodies to become sites for healing, resistance, communication, and commemoration.
Facilitator: Maria Ezcurra, McGill Art Hive Initiative Facilitator


3 - 4:30 PM - Bodily, Walking Into the Woods
Lobby of the Education Building, 3700 McTavish

Walking is as mundane an activity as it can be challenging. For those of us who have experienced any kind of (bodily/psychological) trauma or live with any variety of anxiety disorder or depression, something as simple as "walking" (i.e.: putting oneself in the public sphere to get from point A to point B) may not be a source of respite or mental relaxation, rather, a space of confrontation (oneself with one's thoughts; oneself with the world). Bodily, Walking Into the Woods proposes a silent, meditative and collective foray onto the path in the grand park that is Mount-Royal. The act of collectively creating a container for this everyday action may hopefully offer even the smallest moment of respite as we walk together, in solidarity (even if in silence), sharing a moment of quietude and natural beauty. 2. Walking is as mundane an activity as it is profound. Not only does it allow a moment of being with our thoughts - a precious time to process events (big and small) - it also opens a space for breath and time for decompression. Or to leave thoughts behind. In this interval-like activity, I have experience some of my most cherished moments of simple joy. Living with chronic low grade depression, I have also noticed how walking, as a practice, has acted like a reset button over and over again. Something about the body connecting with breath, sky, and ground (simultaneously) has repeatedly cleared the cobwebs, making wellness seem like an actual and attainable possibility. 3. When we walk in a place, over and over, that place becomes ours. It recalls our experiences as we rewrite them onto these paths. Walking as reclamation of (public) space.
Facilitator: Victoria Stanton


TBA - Film screening of "Cold Hands"

This student-made film by Eric Bizzarri tells the story of the protagonist Lucas, who in an effort to make friends in high school finds himself in a position that compromises his safety. In the aftermath, he realizes that the support he seeks is not guaranteed.
Facilitators: Bianca Tetrrault & Aliya Nowaczynski


3 - 5 PM - Safety Strategies Workshop
Arts B55, The Moving Image Resource Lab
(not accessible due to 5 stairs; so volunteers are on stand-by to provide assistance to students with accessibility needs who would like to attend this workshop -- please message sofia.misenheimer [at] for more information)

Using large maps of campus and surrounding areas, we will use art to explore our personal experiences of those spaces and discuss accessibility, equity, and safety at McGill. This workshop is an opportunity to celebrate your favorite spaces to hang out and to share with others, or to talk about how you navigate struggles and use safety strategies to get around these spaces. Safety strategies are any tools, resources, or approaches we use in our day-to-day lives to increase feeling of safety (not just physical safety, but comfort, access, ease, etc.) in the spaces around us. The goal of the workshop is to create a personal artwork depicting your unique experience or safety, or lack thereof, on and around campus. With your consent, artwork produced during this workshop will be published as part of a digital art exhibition and zine.
Facilitators: Right to Campus McGill


3 - 5 PM - Shield Making: An Art Therapy Workshop
Leacock 738 (accessible)

This art therapy experiential workshop will explore how creating and altering images can help to externalize and reorganize the physical and emotional narrative, increase feelings of power, control, and facilitate the positive reintegration of feelings. This workshop is intended for survivors of gendered & sexual violence, and those interested in experiencing the art therapy process and how it may be useful for healing.
Facilitators: Marissa Singer (art therapist, MA, ATPQ) & Jessica Gardner (art therapist, MA, ATPQ)


6 - 8 PM - How to Respond to Disclosures
Brown Building, Room 5001 (accessible)

This free 2 hour interactive workshop is available to students, faculty, and staff at McGill. During the workshop, participants learn about the prevalence of sexual violence at McGill and in the larger community, and the various impacts that sexual violence can have on individuals. You will learn how to respond to and support people affected by sexual violence by using appropriate tools and approaches. Participants will then practice these tools and methods they have learned through group activities and case scenarios. The workshop will also explore key terms and discuss common myths and misconceptions about sexual violence that may affect one's ability to effectively respond to and support disclosures. Participants will also learn about the many different support resources available on campus and in the community.
Facilitator: Bianca Tétrault, Sexual Violence Education Advisor


This event will be the first of many on other Montreal campuses that continue the ideas and conversations born of this initial community gathering.

Collaborators include IGSF, McGill, Atwater Library and Computer Centre, Art/iculation magazine, Sexual Assault Centre of the McGill Students' Society (SACOMSS), It Happens Here (Dawson College), Right to Campus McGill, Social Equity and Diversity Education Office (SEDE), McGill University, McGill Social Work Student Association (SWSA), Machino, AdDisplay, McGill Library, Status of Women Canada + MORE (TBA).

"Institutional/Organizational Social Justice," An Esquisses Talk by Dr. Ada Sinacore, Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Director, Social Justice and Diversity Research Lab

When: Tuesday, March 27th, 12:30-2:00 PM
Where: IGSF Seminar Room, 3487 Peel St.



Release of Art/iculation magazine special issue, "Alive & Well"

April 7, 2018
7:30 - 9 pm
M Montreal (1245 St-Andre)

Join us for a drink, pick up a copy of the "Alive & Well" issue of Art/iculation, and meet some of the magazine contributors! 

This issue features artwork, essays, interviews, and poetry by
Faraz Abdullah
Florence Ashley
Billy-Ray Belcourt
D. Mathieu Cassendo :: BD
Valérie Gingras
Laurence Guysinger
Isabella Greenwood
Shanmukha Inkas (Inkas Art Project)
nic lachance
Antoine Masson-Courchesne
Robyn Maynard
farha najah
Daniela Picchiai
Lucas Charlie Rose
Starchild Stela
Rae Marie Taylor
SIKA valmé

edited by Sofia Misenheimer and Vincent Mousseau

DJ set by Wally

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The Arts of Trans, Gender Diverse, and Two-Spirit Lives Conference

This conference is part of a series of events organized by the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at McGill University, Montreal, dedicated to exploring tactics of survival, resistance and resilience in the lives of trans, gender diverse and Two-Spirit people. This three-day conference will examine creative living through engagement with art, media and culture, as well as the creativity of survival tactics that make life more liveable for trans people. Art isn’t just objects or content, but a way to think about how to reanimate and open material, sensory and perceptual conditions of existence to more sustaining ends. It names the creative ways that trans, gender diverse and Two-Spirit people navigate the art of living. Rooted in the local, this event also aims to share international (and intergenerational) perspectives.

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Cette conférence fait partie d’une série d’évènements organisés par l’Institut Genre, sexualité et féminisme de l’Université McGill à Montréal. Cette série est dédiée à l’exploration de tactiques de survie, de résistance et de résilience dans la vie des personnes trans, de genres diversifiés et bispirituelles. La conférence de trois jours examinera le vivre créatif via l’engagement avec l’art, les médias et la culture, ainsi que la créativité des tactiques de survie améliorant la vie des personnes trans. L’art n’est pas seulement objets ou contenu, mais un moyen de penser à la manière de réanimer et d’ouvrir les conditions matérielles, sensorielles et perceptuelles vers des fins plus durables. Il nomme les manières créatives avec lesquelles les personnes trans, de genres diversifiés et bispirituelles naviguent les arts de vivre. Enraciné localement, cet évènement vise aussi à mobiliser des perspectives internationales (et intergénérationnelles).

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Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice Research Showcase

You are invited to our “Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice Research Showcase”! The showcase will take place on Thursday, April 12th, 9:00am-5:30pm. 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. Panels will cover topics such as Community and Intervention, Unmaking the Subject, Institutionalization of State Power, Portrayal and Production, Histories of Erasure, and Metaphors and Dialogues with/of the Past. The showcase will be followed by a performance by featured keynote Moe Clark, from 6:00pm-7:00pm, ending with a reception from 7:00pm-9:00pm.

See below for details on schedule and loc...ation.
Showcase 9:00am-5:30pm
Location: Wendy Patrick Room, Wilson Hall (near Milton Gates)

Lunch 11:45am – 1:00pm
Location: IGSF

Keynote Moe Clark 6:00pm-7:00pm
Location: Wirth Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke West, room A832

Métis multidisciplinary artist Moe Clark is a nomadic songbird with wings woven from circle singing and spoken word. Originally from Treaty 7, she’s called Montreal home for nearly a decade. Moe fuses together vocal improvisation with multilingual lyricism to create meaning that is rooted in personal legacy and ancestral memory. Apart from performance, she facilitates creative workshops; she produces festivals and performances; and she mentors emerging artists. Recently, she launched nistamîkwan: a transformational arts organization with an emphasis on intercultural collaboration.

In collaboration with Katia Makdissi-Warren, Moe co-directs Transcestral: a musical exchange between Indigenous and Sufi musical traditions. Following themes of trance as transformation, they connect in a semi-improvised exchange of music, dance and visual projections. In 2013 she directed the 10th Annual Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Montreal, highlighting Indigenous languages and in 2014 she was nominated Poet of Honour. Together with Cheryl L’Hirondelle and Joseph Naytowhow, their nêhiyawêwin lullaby “nitahkôtân” won best music video at ImagiNative Film Festival in 2015. Moe has two albums of music, a bilingual book of poetry and multiple performance videos. Her work has been featured around the world at the Lincoln Centre (US), Queensland Poetry Festival (AU), Maelstrom Poetry Festival (BE) and Planet IndigenUs festival (CA), among others.

Reception 7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Wirth Music Building room A833



FALL 2017


Exhibition | The Gendered Cultures of Beer and Cheese: the Regulation of Human and Microbial Bodies on the Home and Industrial Scales, 1616 - 2017

September 11- October 2, 2017
Vernissage: Friday, September 29, 6-8 pm
McIntyre Medical Building, Osler Library of the History of Medicine, 3rd floor, 3655 promenade Sir William Osler

This exhibition, comprised of medical texts, cookbooks, training manuals, and industry documents, showcases the ways in which advice about best fermentation practices has changed over time. As you visit the exhibition, we hope you will consider the following questions: How is the language employed around ideas of public health, food, and alcohol production gendered and classed? Are ideas about "what is safe" and "what is dangerous" regarding fermentation practices restricted to scientific understanding? To what degree are these ideas socially embedded concepts?

The materials for this exhibit come from McGill University’s Osler Library of the History of Medicine; Rare Books and Special Collections; the Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering; the MacDonald Campus Library; the Blackader-Lauterman Collection of Architecture and Art; and the private collection of Alex Ketchum.

This exhibit has been made possible by the generous support of McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine; the Institute of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; the Department of History and Classical Studies; the Department of English; and the Office of the Vice Principal’s Research and Innovation Grant.

We are pleased to offer this exhibit as part of this fall’s conference, “Leavening the Conversation: Food, Feminism, and Fermentation" (September 29- October 1st). For more information, please visit: and

Curated by Alex Ketchum, PhD candidate, Department of History and Classical Studies

For Osler Library of the History of Medicine's opening hours, please click here.

Studio XX: Alanna Thain in conversation with Michele Pearson Clarke 

Saturday, September 16 @ 3:30PM
Studio XX, 4001 rue Berri, Espace 201

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"For NDN Girls at The End of The World: stories about sovereignty," by Erica Violet Lee, followed by IGSF Welcome Reception Wine & Cheese

September 20, 2017
5:30PM – 7:00PM
Room 219, Leacock Building (accessible)

From 7:00 onwards IGSF Welcome reception wine and cheese in TNC (Tuesday Night Café), Morrice Hall (accessible).

The Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies is delighted to welcome writer and activist Erica Violet Lee. Lee is a nêhiyaw community organizer and writer from inner-city Saskatoon. Her work moves across academic, activist, and artistic fields, transgressing colonial borders and disciplines. Her talk will consider what resistance looks like today through an Indigenous feminist lens. Her talk will be followed by the IGSF start of the year reception with a wine and cheese. Please come out and meet other members of McGill queer and feminist research community!

For more information about Erica, visit or contact info.igsf [at]

In partnership with: 7th Annual Indigenous Awareness Week

Esquisses Speaker Series: "The Digital Ruins of Amores Expressos: Re-examining Gender and Space in Brazilian Literary Blogs," by Prof. Cecily Raynor

Wednesday, September 27th, 12:30-2:00PM
IGSF seminar room (not accessible; seeking alternative)

Cecily Raynor
Assistant Professor, McGill University
Hispanic Studies
Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

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Sight and Sound Festival, Co-sponsored with Eastern Bloc

Wednesday, September 27th - Sunday, October 1st 

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LEAVENING THE CONVERSATION: intersections of food, fermentation, and feminism

Saturday September 30 – Sunday October 1
We are pleased to announce the inaugural Intersections of Food, Fermentation, and Feminism conference, to be held over the weekend of September 30 – October 1, 2017, at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) of McGill University. This two day, bilingual event will bring together scholars and makers with the goal of integrating the thinking and doing of fermentation.
At this time, we invite abstracts for paper presentations as well as proposals for panel discussions, workshops, galleries, and demonstrations. Details on submissions can be found below.
Please direct all inquiries to writemayaAnote[at]gmail[dot]com.

Food is a medium. Like conventional examples of media, food carries both content and relational messages that are produced, distributed, and consumed frequently and widely. As content, foods are the literal vehicles for delivering messages that are subsequently decoded and digested into meaningful units. Once absorbed, food-as-content can then be repurposed and mobilized by bodies, recirculating nutrients where needed. Fermented foods, in particular, act as a medium that interfaces between humans, microbes, and microbial foods. As a transformative process, fermentation incorporates multiple species, multiple senses, and multiple scales. As a metaphor, it operates as a productive figure for speculation and experimentation. Fermented foods also carry meaning and, as such, play into the relational and identity politics of the everyday eater. Here, a feminist lens provides a complex understanding of how the material and the discursive are constructed in and through food rituals, performatives, and customs. Where heteronormative ideologies dictate and prescribe, feminism and fermentation are grounded in the affective, the sensorial, and the peripheral. Thus, food, fermentation, and feminism literally and metaphorically figure into each other.
We follow McLuhan’s broad interpretation of a medium to mean “that [which] shapes and controls the scale and form of human association and action” (McLuhan, 1964, p.2). Based on this lenient definition of a medium: How do food and ferments mediate and (re)negotiate questions of access, subversion, transformation, and agency? How can fermentation render alternative modes of mediating and processing? How do feminist accounts of the body or feminist modes of care shape scholarly work in food and/or ferments? How can the applied work of makers and mediators, coupled with the theoretical work of scholars fabulate a more plural and just future? How do food, fermentation, and feminism fold into one another?
At the core of each of these domains --food, fermentation, and feminism-- are binaries that animate dominant paradigms and power structures. Food is characterized by good/bad aesthetics, health/junk parameters, gourmet/street, and conventional/organic ideologies. Fermentation deals with human/nonhuman, self/other, and mind/body dualisms. Lastly, feminism is equally haunted by gender binaries, public/private spheres, productive/reproductive labor, affect/intellect, though many feminist scholars are actively collapsing these to propose alternate framings. We ask the question, what are the intersections between fermentation and feminism? How can material and discursive shifts in gender, germination, and gastronomy be leavened with the type of complexity that supports social change?
Some topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • foods performing feminism, or vice versa
  • fermentation as a feminist intervention
  • transformative media
  • intersectionality and ferments
  • the gendering of food/ferments
  • notions of gender/contamination
  • nourishment and/or feminist notions of care
  • bodies as unbound and porous
  • microbial agency and relational politics
  • heteronormativity and ferments
  • disruptive mediations
  • ferments and questions of scale
  • food, fermentation, and intimacy
  • gustatory/sexual consumption
  • food, participation, and agency
  • circulation of affect in food movement
  • food activism and materiality
  • radical media and microbes
  • changing gender roles over who is brewing/ fermenting/ performing this labor

We welcome abstracts/proposals from a variety of fields, including communication studies, gender studies, cultural studies, history, anthropology, sociology, English, art, political science philosophy, life sciences, as well as other disciplines. We hope to gather ideas from a broad geographic range. Submissions can be in English and in French.
Additionally, a select number of papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in a peer-reviewed academic journal.
Please send an abstract (250 - 500 words) along with a brief biography (100 words) to byfilling out this form
(or if you have technical difficulties writemayaAnote [at] gmail [dot] com)
Proposals for pre-organized panel discussions, workshops, and demonstrations should include a summary (500 words), description of participants (100 words per speaker), as well as a proposed schedule.
deadline for abstracts & proposals Wednesday August 16, 2017

Conference Organizers / Guest Editors
Alex D. Ketchum, PhD candidate Department of History, McGill University
Maya Hey, PhD student Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University


Visiting Speaker: Florence Freitag on ground-breaking feminist filmmaker Maya Deren

Monday, October 2
4:00 pm
Moving Image Research Lab (MIRL), ​Peell 3475, Room 101

2017 marks the year of Maya Deren’s 100th anniversary. Born in 1917 (-1961), the “mother of the underground film” is mostly known by film students and those attracted to the Avant-Garde or the connections of film and dance. Without a doubt, Deren is one of the most complex and multifaceted women artists of the 20th century. She reveals herself not only through her artistic production, but also and in a nearly activist way through her theoretical and feminist discourse. She created her very own choreographic image and performative language, and opened up new artistic collaborations through her belief in the idea of constant metamorphosis.

Florence Freitag ( is a Berlin based french-german interdisciplinary media and performance artist. Her work moves between collaborative processes in the role of performer, videoartist/documentarist, writer, director or curator. In 2017/2018 part of her artistic and curatorial focus is on her muse and constant inspirational companion Maya Deren. Currently developing a dance performance around Deren’s work, Freitag will take a research-creation approach to Deren’s work, in dialogue with experimental women’s filmmaking inspired by choreographic questions and movement possibilities. In dialogue with Deren’s films and a selection of feminist experimental works, Freitag will trace an “unstable equilibrium”, linked to what she sees as Deren’s “bodily way of filmmaking” as a creative philosophy. Films to be screened in 16mm include: Maya Deren: Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), At Land (1944), A Study in Choreography for Camera (1945), Meditation on Violence (1948); Amy Greenfield: Element (1973), Shirley Clark: Bridges-Go-Round (1958) and Tanya Syed: Delilah (1995). Free and open to the public.

Presented through the SSHRC-funded research project Anarchival Outbursts (PI Alanna Thain), with the Moving Image Research Lab, the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, and the Department of English, McGill University. For more information: Alanna.Thain [at]

Renowned Performance and Media Artist Johanna Householder in conversation with Catherine Lavoie-Marcus 

​October 5, 4 pm 
IGSF Seminar Room, 3487 Peel, 2nd floor 
Johanna Householder is a Professor in the Faculty of Art and Graduate Studies at OCAD University, and is currently Chair of Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices. She has taught performance art and new media at OCAD U, since the early 90s. Her interest in how ideas move through bodies has led her often collaborative practice, and informs her research and writing on the impact that “performance” has in contemporary art and new media. She performs and lectures internationally. As a member of the notorious feminist performance ensemble, The Clichettes in the 80s, she helped reestablish lip sync as a viable medium for social critique.She is keenly interested in issues of embodiment, and the histories of live art as contained in the archives and the repertoire, and she recently reset her 1978 solo on dancers at Toronto Dance Theatre and in Residuals, at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

With Tanya Mars, she has co-edited two books: Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women (YYZ, Toronto, 2004), and More Caught in the Act (YYZ, Toronto/ArtexteMontréal, 2016), and with Selma Odom contributed to Renegade Bodies: Canadian Dance in the 1970s (Dance Collection Danse, 2012). She is one of the founders of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art which will hold its 12th biennial festival in Toronto in October 2018, and she co-chairs the Artistic Research Working Group of Performance Studies international. She is performing Oct. 6, 9pm as part of the VIVA! Art Action festival:

Catherine Lavoie-Marcus Catherine Lavoie Marcus is a choreographer, performer, teacher and researcher in dance. Since 2008 she has presented her creations in theatres and artist-run centres in Quebec (Tangente, Studio 303, Usine C, Centre d'art Skol, Fonderie Darling) and has shared her personal and group research internationally (France, China). She publishes theoretical and critical reflections in the form of articles and essays in the Presses du réel, in Dance collection Danse Press/es and in the magazines Spirale, Jeu, and esse arts+opinions. Catherine is newly a columnist for the publication esse in collaboration with Michel F. Côté and continues doctoral research at the University of Quebec in the program "études et pratiques des arts".

Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada From Slavery to the Present by Robyn Maynard 

​Monday, October 16 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT 
Grande Bibliotheque (corner of Maisonneuve East and Berri - Please use entrance on Berri)
You are cordially invited to the Montreal book launch of Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present, by Black feminist author and activist Robyn Maynard. The launch will be a celebration of our communities: MC'd by Maguy Metellus, with a Q&A with Dr. Rachel Zellars, and featuring spoken word by Shanice Nicole & art by Shanna Strauss, Maliciouz, and D. Mathieu Cassendo.

Childcare on site!

Bookseller: Racines
Co-sponsored by Black Lives Matter - Montreal, CKUT 90.3FM, and the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at McGill University.
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Esquisses Speaker Series: "Becoming Provincial: Women & Perfomance Outside London in the Long Eighteenth Century," by Prof. Fiona Ritchie

Wednesday, October 25th, 12:30-2:00PM
Brown 3001 (accessible)

Fiona Ritchie, Professor, McGill University
English Department

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Women and the Law Workshop: “Animations of Indigenous Law in Louise Erdrich’s La Rose”

Beth Piatote (UC Berkeley, Native American Studies)
with commentary by John Borrows and Kerry Sloan

Wednesday 25 October
13:00-15:00 / Room OCDH 16

Beth Piatote is Associate Professor at UC Berkeley, with research interests inNative American literature, history, law and culture, American literature and cultural studies, and Ni:mi:pu: (Nez Perce) language and literature.

In this talk, Professor Piatote considers Louise Erdrich’s La Rose, the second in a trilogy of novels that, as they unfold, all show the failures of law, whether indigenous or settler-colonial, to provide satisfaction, or what we may consider “justice” in the face of loss. Given the failures of “justice,” the question arises whether the “pursuit of justice” is a reasonable purpose of law at all. The question of how to go on living in the face of loss becomes the central theme of LaRose, and offers an alternative vision of the function of law through the animation of older Ojibwe practices of law. Drawing upon history and indigenous concepts of law as the base of analysis, this paper explores the novel’s vision of survival in the face of loss, the reverberations of colonial violence in the present, the particular burdens borne by women, and the difficult task of carrying out indigenous principles of law.

“Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights” by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Dr Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author and Harvard History Professor, will give a public lecture on Thursday, October 26th at 4 p.m. at the Birks Chapel on Plural Marriage and Women's Rights in Early Mormonism: Breaking Down the Stereotypes.

Professor Ulrich is well known for coining the phrase "Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History". Come and hear her discuss her new book "A House Full of Females."  

In a New York Times Book Review, Yale Historian Beverly Gage said, "Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is a historian’s historian. For more than three decades, she has dazzled her profession with archival discoveries, creative spark and an ability to see “history” where it once appeared there was none to be seen."

The event is cosponsored by CREOR, McGill's Centre for Research on Religion and Université de Montréal, Chaire en Gestion de la Diversité Culturelle et Religieuse.

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“How Does Intersectionality Help us Understand the Issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women?” with Dr. Sherene Razack

WHEN: October 26, 6pm – 8pm
WHERE: John Molson School of Business (JMSB), 9th Floor Conference Room, Concordia University

 In July, 2017, a Toronto city councilor withdraw a motion asking the council to establish an “Intersectional Awareness week.” The councilor, Kristyn Wong-Tam, herself a racialized immigrant woman of the LGBTQ community explained that she wanted to “build allyship” and stress that we are not “one issue people.” Wong-Tam withdrew the motion after hearing complaints from Black scholars and activists who felt that the motion came at the expense of the city’s commitment to more substantive work on the urgent issues that affect Black communities. Wong-Tam noted that she understood the skepticism of those taking this position in light of police shootings of Black men. How does intersectionality help us to confront the issue of police violence against Black men? The answer: it does not. In this respect, I imagine that critics of Wong-Tam’s motion heard it the way one hears the response some critics gave to Black Lives Matter: All Lives Matter. All lives do not matter in the same way to the police and that’s the rub. In this presentation, I ask the question ‘How does intersectionality help us to understand the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous Women?’ I argue that, as the Toronto incident highlighted, a common risk we take when we adopt the notion of intersectionality is that we are liable to condense complex social issues into a simpler analytic that is attractive to those seeking liberal solutions. Like the word diversity, intersectionality (through no fault of those who developed it) can be taken to mean that all we have to do is to bring other factors into play, and perhaps other people to the table, people formally left out, and all would be well. Because it is so amenable to such condensation, intersectionality functions in similar ways to the concept of diversity. Indeed, the two are sometimes used interchangeably. Each is compatible with a politics of inclusion and pre-empts a politics of accountability and anti-subordination.
About Dr. Sherene Razack
Sherene Razack is a Distinguished Professor and the Penny Kanner endowed chair, in the Department of Gender Studies, UCLA. Her recent books include Dying from Improvement: Inquests and Inquiries into Indigenous Deaths in Custody (2015); At the Limits of Justice: Women of Colour On Terror (2014, ed. With Suvendrini Perera); (2008) Casting Out: Race and the Eviction of Muslims From Western Law and Politics; (2004) Dark Threats and White Knights: The Somalia Affair, Peacekeeping and the New Imperialism. Her area of research is states and racial violence.

Talk by Karolin Heckemeyer: "The heteronormative logic of sport and the myth of a level playing field” 

​Karolin Heckemeyer (University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland - College of Education)
Monday, Oct. 30, 3 pm
IGSF (3487 Peel St., 2nd floor)

Competitive sports are mostly gender segregated. Men compete against men, women against women. By implementing gender categories sport organizations intend to guarantee a level playing field for all competitors as well as fair and meaningful competitions for women. However, gender categories in sport are strictly binary and refer to medical criteria that pathologize and exclude those who do not conform to the idea of «natural» masculinity or femininity. History shows that women athletes in particular were subject to different forms of sex tests and gender verification procedures that were meant to confirm the athlete’s gender and allow or disallow their participation in the women’s category. Even though international sporting bodies such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are no longer performing mandatory sex tests, current regulations continue these discriminatory practices, reproducing the idea of a natural gender binary and a hegemonic vision of heteronormative femininity thus maintaining and legitimizing the gender hierarchy of competitive sport.


2017 Fall Mallory Lecture, “Where was Democracy? The Case of Woman Suffrage in Canada”

When: Wednesday, November 1
Who: Veronica Strong-Boag, F.R.S.C., Professor Emerita at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice/Educational Studies of the University of British Columbia
In 2017, Canadians lament the democratic deficit. That’s nothing new. Democracy has always had a hard time. Federal franchise debates from 1885 to 1920 chronicle that failure. World War One’s enfranchisement of most women signalled the single greatest extension of electoral rights but political power in Canada barely shifted. As BC Asian and Indigenous voters everywhere would also discover, expanded voters’ lists did not guarantee democracy.
This event is free and open to the public. As seating is limited, please register here to secure your seat.
The lecture will be followed by a cocktail reception in the reading room, and will be accompanied by an exhibition to showcase the library’s holdings on women’s political activism and suffrage, as well as the holdings related to Professor Strong-Boag.

Exhibition: Reading Performance at Artexte

​An Annotated Bibliography in Real Time: Performance Art in Quebec and Canada III
A research exhibition and a series of discussions and screenings

November 1st – December 15, 2017
Opening reception and discussion Wednesday, Nov. 1st at 5 PM
Discussion about bibliographical research on performance at Artexte with Nicole Burisch, Joana Joachim (EAHR, Concordia) and Victoria Stanton.
Moderators: Barbara Clausen and Geneviève Marcil.

Reading Performance is the third edition of the two-fold exhibition project An Annotated Bibliography in Real Time presented at Artexte in 2015. Echoing the lively research context at Artexte, this project, taking form as an exhibition, as well as a series of screenings, discussions and talks will offer a dynamic space for discussion and exchange on past and present performance-based practices, writings and bibliographical research in Quebec and Canada.

This latest rendition is part of the long term university research project An Annotated Bibliography: Performance Art in Quebec and Canada initiated by the Art History Department at UQAM. It is dedicated to an extensive bibliographic survey and a comprehensive overview of writings, publications and printed matter on performance-based practices since the 1940s. By taking account of the wide variety of existing publications and discourses Reading Performance will reflect on the collective spirit inherent for performance art, shedding light on various modes of production and circumstances of experience as well as the ongoing reception of performance art over more than half a century. Reading Performance is a situation, as well as a process and a tool reflecting on the relationship between research and artistic production.

Curatorial team: Jade Boivin, Emmanuelle Choquette, Geneviève Marcil.
Barbara Clausen, Curator and Research Director
Research group: Jade Boivin, Emmanuelle Choquette, Maude Lefebvre and Geneviève Marcil.
 Part I (November 1–11)
TEXT - The art manifesto as performative text
Curator: Geneviève Marcil
Part II (November 15–25)  
SPACE - Exhibiting research
Curator: Emmanuelle Choquette
Part III (November 29—December 15) 
IMAGE - Image as tool of identity
Curator: Jade Boivin
Public opening : Wednesday to Friday from noon to 7 PM, and Saturday from noon to 5 PM.

"Get it Together! Feminism, Collectivity, Media" & Master class with Sophie Mayer

​November 2-3
This two-day event considers feminism, media, and collectivity with a master class by Sophie Mayer (registration info below), and conference with Ella Cooper, Anne Golden, Gina Haraszti, Lynne Joyrich, Kathleen Kampeas, Sophie Mayer, Dayna McLeod, Lydia Ogwang, and Tess Takahashi!
Master class with Sophie Mayer: “Fuck Patriarchy, Screw Precarity: Uses of the Erotic in Feminist Film Criticism & Curation”
This master class addresses the feminist erotic and the ethics, accountability, and pleasures of curating feminist porn and sexually explicit films, as well as their relation to economic and geographical precarity and marginality to sex work, to QTBIPOC communities,and to the erasure of both geographies and histories. We will look at the rise of feminist and queer porn festivals (and their legal challenges), how queer and feminist erotic cinema offers an account of community-building *in place*, activist politics and the continued lack of engagement in film studies with the agency, aesthetics, choreography and politics of the sexual body.
To register and get readings (space are limited), message kim.reany [at] with subject heading: Master class Registration IGSF

Keynote: "Reclaiming the Black Female Body : Embodied Inquiry & Social Change" by Ella Cooper

Thursday, Nov. 2
5:30 - 7 pm
Moving Image Research Labratory (3475 Peel)

Ella Cooper is an award winning multimedia artist, educator, impact producer, community arts programmer, filmmaker and the founder of Black Women Film! Canada. Cooper’s creative work explores themes of racialized identity, Canadian diaspora, reclamation, embodied landscapes, ecstatic nudes, contemporary dance and representations of the Black female body in Western visual culture. Her work has been presented in galleries, public spaces, festivals and for broadcast across Canada, with recent screenings and exhibitions in Berlin, San Francisco,  Los Angeles and at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She receives continued support from the Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council, as well as being a recipient of a City of Vancouver award, a 2017 Toronto Arts Council Cultural Leader and a recent artist in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Cooper is also known for creating and facilitating transformational leadership and arts equity programs for diverse communities in Canada, US, Jamaica and South Africa. Ella is also a part-time lecturer at the University of Toronto and has been a featured speaker and guest facilitator for national and international conferences.

Opposing Racial Profiling and Police Violence

Wednesday, November 8, 5:30 p.m.
Moot Court
McGill University, Faculty of Law
3644 Peel Street

Please join Media@McGill and the Black Students’ Network for a public plenary panel and discussion about police violence, racial profiling, media advocacy, and activist strategies in Montreal and Toronto. This is an open, free public event, and we invite broad attendance from students, community members, academics, and activists alike.
Dr. Rachel Zellars will moderate this discussion.
- Desmond Cole (Toronto-based journalist, filmmaker, activist)
- Robyn Maynard (Montreal-based community organizer, scholar, and author of Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present)
- Will Prosper (Montréal-based community organizer and activist, co-founder of Montreal-Nord-Républik and Hoodstock)
- Andrea Ritchie (U.S.-based activist, lawyer, and author ofInvisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color)
Presentations will be followed by a Q&A with the public.

Global Gay Rights: A History of the International LGBT Rights Movement

A talk by Dr. Laura Belmonte, Oklahoma State University
Monday, Nov. 13, 2017
5:00 - 6:30 pm
Arts W-215, Arts Building, 853 Sherbrooke St. West.

This event is sponsored by Professor Shanon Fitzpatrick of the History department.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Trans Rights in Québec

​A talk by IGSF Visiting Scholar, Jennifer Drouin 
Thursday, November 16 5:00 pm
IGSF Seminar Room (3487 Peel, 2nd floor)

On 10 June 2016, “gender identity or expression” was added to the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms as a prohibited ground of discrimination, just like race, religion, or political convictions. A year later, on 19 June 2017, “gender identity or expression” was added to the Canadian Human Rights Act, thereby protecting trans persons from discrimination in federal matters.

With these two important legislative changes, the state of trans rights has changed radically, although more work remains to be done, and the law on the books does not always translate into concrete changes in everyday life. This talk will address how the introduction of “gender identity or expression” as a prohibited ground of discrimination has an impact on discrimination in provincial matters, such as employment, housing, access to transportation, and public spaces, as well as in federal matters, such as hate crimes, banking, customs, prisons, and the military. In addition, this talk will answer practical questions, such as how one can change one’s first names and designation of sex on official documents, what health care costs related to gender transitioning are covered by Québec health insurance, going through airport security and customs at the border, and what to do when one has suffered discrimination. Finally, this talk will look at issues specific to trans parents, trans migrants, trans persons in prison, and trans sex workers.

Where Laws Meet Lives: Trans Activists Talk Back

Following Jennifer Drouin's talk
Thursday, ​Nov. 16
IGSF Seminar Room (3487 Peel, 2nd Floor)

Dalia Tourki came to Montreal in 2011. Since then, she completed an M.A. in literature and became an advocate for trans migrants’ rights. She helped organize the Trans March of 2016/17 and has participated in panels where she talked about her experience as an Arab trans migrant in Canada. She is also a writer; her recent work includes the essay "As an Arab trans woman there's no language for who I am” in The Independent

Florence Ashley is a transfeminist activist and LL.M. candidate at McGill University, specialising in trans issues. They are a member of the Conseil québécois LGBT and part of the advisory board of the Trans Legal Clinic in Montreal, and have contributed to public and academic debates on trans issues, with publications in The Advocate, the Globe and Mail, and the University of Toronto Law Journal.

William Hébert is a PhD Candidate in Social-Cultural Anthropology and a Junior Fellow of the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. His dissertation addresses the over-representation and vulnerability of trans prisoners in Canadian correctional facilities. It investigates the emergence of trans-affirming policies and projects for justice-involved trans people, asking what they reveal about the conditions of, and limits to, inclusion. William has collaborated on numerous community-based projects, including research on trans youth’s wellbeing, trans aging, and trans legal needs.

Screening of "Disabled!" A short documentary, followed by discussion with Olivia Dreisinger

Thursday, November 23, 4:30-5:30PM
Leacock 219 (accessible, but please message info.igsf [at] to coordinate use of wheelchair elevator)

Join River Tam on a tour through the many worlds of fan fiction and disability in the experimental audio-visual essay "Disabled!" by Olivia Dreisinger.

Esquisses Speaker Series: "Identifying Parents-in-Law: Recent Developments in Law's Understanding of the Parent-child Relationship," by Assoc. Provost Angela Campbell

Wednesday, November 29th, 12:30-2:00PM
Brown 5001 (accessible)

Angela Campbell
Associate Provost
, McGill University
Policies, Procedures, and Equities

Register here.

Collage Workshop with girlplague

​Girlplague is teaching a 2-hour collage workshop where participants will learn cutting and application techniques, differences in adhesives, basic composition, as well as tips and tricks along the way! This workshop is open to all levels. Scissors and adhesives included. Some collage material will be provided but students are encouraged to bring their own.

November 30th, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
3487 Rue Peel, 2nd Floor (IGSF)
$25, sign up using PayPal or credit card at

Portfolio:  |  FB: girlplague

Community Engaged Research QPIRG & GSFS 400: Capstone – Engaging in the Fields 

Come hear presentations from student researchers collaborating with CURE as part of Dr. Mary Bunch's GSFS 400 class! Groups will present their research and final products in tandem with four different community groups: the Prisoner Correspondence Project, Accessibilize Montréal, Solidarity Across Borders, and Housing Solutions for Young Adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Snacks and food will be provided!

When: Tuesday, December 6
WhereLev Bukhman room (201) of the SSMU building, located at 3480 Rue McTavish on the McGill University campus

This event takes place on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka people. The island called “Montréal” is known as Tiotia:ke in the language of the Kanien’kehá:ka, and it has historically been a meeting place for other Indigenous nations, including the Algonquin people.


Wheelchair Accessibility:
he SSMU building is wheelchair accessible.
For further accessibility info on the SSMU Building, please consult the Campus Map by the Office for Students with Disabilities, page 54 in the pdf viewer under "University Centre":

There are gendered bathrooms on the first and third floors of the SSMU building, accessible by elevator and stairs. Gender-neutral, single-stall, wheelchair-accessible washrooms are located on the fourth floor of the building.

Scent free spaces:
This event is scent free. This means that all attendees should refrain from using any scented products prior to the event or bringing them to the event, including (but not limited to) perfume, cologne, shampoo, conditioner, soap, hairspray or gel, makeup, laundry detergent, fabric softener or lotion. Attendees should also be aware of any other scents they carry on them into the event, including the smell of smoke on clothes. This scent-free policy is put in place to minimize risk for people with environmental sensitivities. Scented products can be a cause of health issues, particularly for people with allergies and asthma. For more information on this policy:

If you have other questions or concerns related to accessibility, please don't hesitate to get in touch through Facebook or e-mail at ben [at]

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