IF…Interdisciplinary Feminist Speaker Series | College of Arts

IF…Interdisciplinary Feminist Speaker Series

IF is an interdisciplinary, intersectional and (initially at least) internal speaker series to get conversations about gender and sexuality studies going across campus. 

Please contact Susan Brown if you are interested in being involved. sbrown@uoguelph.ca

Winter 2018 IF... Brown Bag Lunch Series 

IF Speaker Series Poster for Winter 2018 Brown Bag LunchesTitle: Going Places
Date: Thursday, January 18th
Time: Noon
Location: THINC Lab
SpeakerLinda Mahood
 
Title: Guilty Pleasures
Date: Wednesday, February 14th
Time: Noon
Location: THINC Lab
Speaker: Karen Houle
 
Title: Prod-Tech-Tivity and the Art of Slowing Down
Date: Friday, March 16th
Time: Noon
Location: THINC Lab
Speaker: Abi Lemak

Winter 2018 IF... Speaker Series 

IF Speaker Series Poster for Aimée MorrisonTitle: Micro Counter Narratives
Date: Thursday, April 5th
Time: 4pm
Location: THINC Lab
Speaker: Aimée Morrison, University of Waterloo
 
 
The viral Twitter hashtag campaigns #DistractinglySexy, #StayMadAbby, and #BeckyWithTheBadGrades respond to structural oppression in higher education and public culture by producing micro counter narratives to stereotyped characterizations of women in science, and race-based affirmative action in admissions, respectively. This talk will address the productive social justice work that can come from this sometimes uncomfortable context collapse between humour and seriousness, between pop culture and matters of law and politics—as well as the serious impacts participation in these informal platforms can bring to marginalized academics.  
 
 
 
 

 

 
IF Speaker Series Poster for Luiza and LauraTitle: Analyzing Ontario's Gender Wage Gap
Date: Wednesday, March 28
Time: 4pm
Location: THINC Lab
SpeakerLuzia Antonie & Laura Gatto (PhD Candidate), University of Guelph
 
 
The Gender Wage Gap exists in Canada: for every dollar a male worker makes, a female worker earns 72 cents. Using a variety of computational science tools we clean, standardize & analyze the Ontario Ministry of Finance, Public Sector Salary Disclosure (Sunsine List) data from 1997 to 2014. Employing a gender prediction algorithm to add a gender field, we will discuss women's lack of representation on the list of top-earners in Ontario's public sector and other concerning trends by sector. In addition, we will present common themes in literature from a variety of discourses including economics, feminist philosophy and applied social sciences on why the Gender Wage Gap continues to persist.  
 
 

 

 

 

IF Speaker Series Poster for Samantha BrennanTitle: Fit is a Feminist Issue
Date: Wednesday, March 14th
Time: 4pm
Location: THINC Lab
Speaker: Samantha Brennan, University of Guelph (Dean, College of Arts)
 
 
Come hear new College of Arts Dean Samantha Brennan talk about her adventures in blogging (https://fitsisafeministissue.com/) about feminism and fitness. She'll talk about why feminists ought to take physical activity seriously as a matter of equality, well-being, and justice. Samantha will also talk about some of the themes in her co-authored, forthcoming book Fit at Midlife: A Feminist Fitness Journey and address the issue of writing for non academic audiences and public engagement. 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

IF Speaker Series Poster for Kim MartinTitle: Making, Community: Investigating Diversity in Creative Spaces

Date: Wednesday, February 7th
Time: 4pm
Location: THINC Lab
Speaker: Kim Martin, University of Guelph
 
 
The maker movement has grown over the last two decades and is now a part of university life in both makerspaces and digital humanities (DH) centers. Drawing on recent literature which acknowledges the lack of inclusion and accessibility in makerspaces and a desire for diversity within the digital humanities, Martin will employ intersectional feminist theory to investigate and critique participation in creative spaces. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


 

Fall 2017 IF... Speaker Series 

IF Speaker Series Poster for Carla RiceTitle: The Intersectional Imagination
Date: Wednesday, November 8th
Time: 4pm
Location: THINC Lab
Speaker: Carla Rice, University of Guelph
 

Intersectionality offers us is a way of thinking about social reality, power, oppression and meaning-making that is nuanced, rigorous, and compelling. In this talk, I examine the promise of intersectionality, map and demystify the debates surrounding it, and illustrate its application as an integral, living part of one arts-informed research project called Through Thick and Thin: Investigating Body Image & Body Management Among Queer Women. This project reveals some of the ways that intersectionality might be extended, even reconfigured, when confronting the complexity of embodiement.