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FALL 2017

Please check this page regularly as we update our schedule of events.


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:?foodfeminismfermentation.com?and?http://www.bbc-farsi.com/library/channels/event/exhibition-gendered-cultures-beer-and-cheese-regulation-human-and-microbial-bodies-home-and-270061

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
Facebook Event:?http://www.bbc-farsi.com/events/1094491520680988??ti=ia

"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 http://www.bbc-farsi.com/about-erica?or contact info.igsf [at] bbc-farsi.com.

?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

Register here.

Sight and Sound Festival, Co-sponsored with Eastern Bloc

Wednesday, September 27th -?Sunday, October 1st?

Event page:?http://www.bbc-farsi.com/en/sight-sound-festival/sight-sound-2017

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 (www.florencefreitag.com) 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] bbc-farsi.com

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:?http://www.bbc-farsi.com/en/programming/viva-art-action-johanna-householder-et-catherine-lavoie-marcus/

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. C?té and continues doctoral research at the University of Quebec in the program "études et pratiques des arts".

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

Register here.

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.

Facebook Event:?http://www.bbc-farsi.com/events/347488615676372

“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] bbc-farsi.com 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 [email protected] 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] bbc-farsi.com 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?http://www.bbc-farsi.com/girlplague

Portfolio:?http://www.bbc-farsi.com??|??FB: girlplague

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