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FALL 2018

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

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

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

Narrations of Women and War: Commemorating Sabra and Shatila  

When: September 17th - 18th 
For full program details: https://www.facebook.com/events/223361751857841/

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

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

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

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

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

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

When: September 25th 2018, 5-6:30 PM
Where: Thomson House Ballroom (accessible space)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/297606387495180/ 

Screening and Artist Talkback with Cinema Out of the Box: "Wake Up! Hard Femme Intimacy"

When: September 24th 6:30 PM
Where: Lower field, McGill University, (for exact location details see: https://www.facebook.com/mobilecinemamontreal/)

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

IGSF X The 8th Annual Indigenous Awareness Week at McGill (for full IAW programming:https://www.mcgill.ca/equity_diversity/equity-programs/indigenous-education-program/indigenous-awareness-week_).

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

When: September 27th, 5PM
Where: Arts W-215 (accessible space)
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2001702213453716/

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


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

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

To register: info.igsf [at] mcgill.ca

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

(And also check out IAW’s event Tuesday, Sept. 25 5-6:30 in the Thomson House Ballroom, on “Inuit Women Artists,” a panel featuring some of the most distinguished contemporary Inuit women in the arts: Heather Igloliorte, Niap Saunders, Nina Segalowitz, and Beatrice Deer. https://www.facebook.com/events/297606387495180/)

Abortion Beyond Bounds screening series: Vessel (attendance limited to students of POLI 379)

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

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

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

To register: https://www.abortionbeyondbounds.com/events/abortion-beyond-bounds

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

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

McGill Queer Research Colloquium

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

Proposals Due: September 24, 2018


Keynote Presentations

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 19, 1-3 PM, LEA B46 

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

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

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

For more information, see http://sites.google.com/view/MQRC.

Veillez noter que toute proposition en français est également la bienvenue !

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

When: November 4-5 2018
Where: TBA

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

Keynote Speaker: Professor Marcela Fuentes (Northwestern U.)

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

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

Organizers: Alanna Thain and Vanessa Ceia

About The HTMlles

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

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


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

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

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

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