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CRIAW-ICREF will be at the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences

May 25, 2017
We are hosting two sessions where we will be sharing key findings from our Changing Public Services project. We are also co-sponsoring three interdisciplinary feminist sessions. Congress 2017 is taking place at Ryerson University, May 27- June 2.
Information on all these sessions is below.  We hope to see you there!
CPS ESP logo in red, blue and green.
Across Our Understandings: Findings and Future Priorities in Changing Public Services

Tuesday, May 30 at 1:30pm to 3:00pm
VIC-508 (Victoria Building)
Jane Stinson (Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women)
Deborah Stienstra (University of Manitoba)
Tahia Ahmed (Changing Public Services BC Cluster Coordinator)
Marion Pollack (Community Organizer and Retired CUP-W member)

The purpose of this roundtable is to share key findings from the Changing Public Service: Women and Intersectional Analysis project, a four-year investigation of how public services are changing and how these changes are affecting women who use and deliver public services. The team's research has been grounded in a feminist intersectional and community engaged approach. Panelists will focus on two themes: (1) Public sector precarity: What are the implications of precarity in public sector employment? How have changes in public sector employment affected the experiences of diverse women? What are the challenges for public sector women workers in speaking out to improve the quality of public services? (2) Changing public services and diversity: How have women with disabilities experienced changing public services? What have been young women's experiences with changing public services? How are racialized women's experiences affected by these changes? And what about at the intersections? (3) Changing public services and action: How are diverse women resisting public services changes, both directly and indirectly? What are the challenges they face in resistance efforts?
CPS ESP logo in red, blue and green.
Community Engagement in Public Policy

Tuesday, May 30 at 3:15pm to 4:45pm
VIC-508 (Victoria Building)
Tammy Findlay  (Mount Saint Vincent University)
Changing Public Services: Understanding Cascading Effects
Changing Public Services: Women and Intersectional Analysis is a pan-Canadian project aimed at understanding and challenging austerity. One of its central objectives is to learn about "cascading effects," or they ways in which the actions of one level of government or system can spill over onto others, causing "policy ripples."  Based on the results of nine community-based discussion groups with a diversity of participants, both users and providers of public services in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this paper reflects on the "who does what" of public services. Examining the role of federalism and intergovernmental relations, as well as the public/private/voluntary sector/family nexus in shaping social citizenship and strategies of resistance. 

Leah Levac  (University of Guelph),  Ann Denis  (University of Ottawa) 
Doing Feminist Intersectional Research: Challenges and Prospects

While past work, for example by the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (2006), has contributed to our understanding of how to apply intersectionality in research, gaps persist. This paper draws on the work of Changing Public Services: Women and Intersectional Analysis, to explore the methodological challenges and opportunities of incorporating feminist intersectional and community engaged research commitments into secondary data analyses, not only in terms of making choices about which questions to ask, but also in terms of making decisions and compromises about priorities for the data to be analyzed. 
Joint Session / Séance conjointe: with/avec Canadian Sociological Association/La Société Canadienne de Sociologie
Feminist Interdisciplinarity:
Women's Experiences in and Resistance Against Hostile Work Environments
Tuesday, May 30 at  8:30 am to 10:00 am
Room No: TRSM3-149

Papers analyze different hostile work environments for women. Nichols analyzes Toronto labour market challenges for unemployed immigrant mothers. Joseph interviews Saudi Arabia's domestic foreign workers from India, examining relationships including their isolation. Braundy analyzes projects promoting women's work throughout Canada over decades, in the male dominated trades and technical workforce. Together these papers display how such contemporary systems as patriarchy and neo-liberalism create precarity for women seeking jobs and exclude women from good jobs. 
Leslie Nichols, Ryerson University
Feminist Interdisciplinarity: 
Resistance Against Hostile Academic Environments

Tuesday, May 30 at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Room Number: POD podium 358

This panel seeks to challenge the heteronormativity and misogyny that characterize the disciplines that we teach and the university institutions that pay us our salaries. While many of us aim to push the boundaries of our disciplines and institutions, these forces push back. Panelists will discuss creative solutions based upon their personal experiences of how they have carved out spaces for liberation as part of a larger global struggle, with the aim of reclaiming the University as an institution of higher learning and repository of public knowledge(s). 
Nicole Bernhardt, York University; Laura Pin, York University
Elaine Coburn, Glendon Campus, York University
Chamindra Weerawardhana, Queen's University Belfast
Feminist Interdisciplinarity: 
Challenging barriers to feminist teaching and research, in the academy and beyond

Wednesday, May 31 at 8:30 am to 10:00 am
Room: ENG Engineering LG14
Neo-liberal and sexist practices continue to create hostility toward women in the academic institution, to define the parameters of possibility in research, and to inform practices in the community that obfuscate structural forces of gendered oppression which create and perpetuate inequitable outcomes for women. Each of the papers presented asks that we take a gendered lens to problematic practices that often avoid critique when patriarchal and individualist assumptions-as well as the mechanisms they inform-are left uninterrogated and unchallenged.