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CRIAW will be at Congress!

April 21, 2016

CRIAW will be at this year's Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Calgary (May 28th to June 3rd, 2016).

There are three interdisciplinary sessions at Congress involving CRIAW. Our Changing Public Services Project will also be presenting findings at a roundtable and will hosting an open dialogue on the next phase of this project.

Interdisciplinary Feminist Praxis – Mon, May 30 – 3:30-5:00

This session is co-sponsored by CASWE/ACFTS; CASWE/ACÉFÉ; CCWH/CCHF; CRIAW/ICREF;  CPSA/ACSP; CSA/SCS ; SSS-SES ; WGSRF, and hosted by CSA-SCA

Chair: Linda Christiansen-Ruffman, Saint Mary’s University

These papers share the praxis goal of learning from ongoing research and activism. Using overlapping but different feminist approaches and discussing emergent situations or concerted actions for change, their authors identified systemic inequalities, and both structural violence and symbolic processes of denial. Themes include the emergent community of feminist bloggers and activist theatre troops in India, and longer term activist engagements as feminists. The latter include interpersonal violence over time in an environmental group in the United States, and experiences as a feminist worker in trades and technology in Canada, who, despite struggle and backlash, is optimistic about potentialities for the development of equalitarian society

  1. Veronika Novoselova
  2. Dia Da Costa
  3. Kiera Anderson
  4. Marcia Braundy

Feminist Intersectionality in Theory, Research and Praxis : An Interdisciplinary Conversation – Tues, May 31- 10:45-12:15

Location: Trailer A102

This session is co-sponsored by CASWE/ACFTS; CASWE/ACÉFÉ; CCWH/CCHF; CRIAW/ICREF;  CPSA/ACSP; CSA/SCS ; SSS-SES ; WGSRF, and hosted by SSS-SES

Chair: Susan Spronk

Intersectionality has become an important approach for examining the interconnectedness of systems of oppression in women’s lives, including by feminist scholars. It has varied manifestations - theoretical, methodological, historical and contextual. This panel examines how scholars have used feminist intersectionality methodologically, in theory and/or in praxis, and also reflects on the strengths, limitations, implications and/or challenges of their experiences with it. Questions include: how is an approach both intersectional and feminist? How is such analysis stronger than analysis that is not intersectional? Or feminist? What are the contradictions, limitations of how women’s multiple dimensions are considered?

  1. Angela Miles
  2. Karen Ruddy
  3. Harshita Yalamarty
  4. Sabina Chatterjee

Interdisciplinary Feminist Research with/about Communities - Tues, May 31 - 3:30-5:00 This session is co-sponsored by CASWE/ACFTS; CASWE/ACÉFÉ; CCWH/CCHF; CRIAW/ICREF;  CPSA/ACSP; CSA/SCS ; SSS-SES ; WGSRF, and hosted by CASWE-ACFTS

Session Organizer(s): Marleny Bonnycastle, University of Manitoba; Louise Carbert, Dalhousie University; Linda Christiansen-Ruffman, Saint Mary’s University; Ann Denis, University of Ottawa; Rhonda Hinther, Brandon University; Susan Spronk, University of Ottawa, Lisa Starr, McGill University

Co-chairs: Marleny Bonnycastle and Ann Denis

The Congress theme of ‘energizing communities’ has been an implicit or explicit focus of feminism and feminist critique. In this session four papers explore the contributions and challenges of research and activism in which feminists in the academy engage with those in other communities. In all cases there is reflection about diversities (for example: of age, indigeneity, racialization, power) among the participants, and the richness and tensions these diversities can entail. We hope that the conversation in this session will enrich our feminist understandings of communities and academic engagement with them.

  1. Joan Simalchik
  2. Harshita Yalamarty & Sabina Chatterjee
  3. May Chazan & Melissa Baldwin

Roundtable: Feminist Intersectional Ways Forward in Response to Changing Public Services  Wed., June 1 -10:30-12:00  

(This is hosted by CPS – CSA is a co-sponsor)

Chair: Leah Levac

This roundtable will: (1) present findings from research undertaken as part of the feminist intersectional Changing Public Services Research Network (CPSRN), and (2) host an open dialogue about the next phase of the work of the CPRSN. Research to date has included a systematic scoping review of the empirically reported impacts of changing public services for women, a mixed-methods study about the conditions and consequences of precarious public sector work, and four community-based projects highlighting the complexity of impacts of changing public services at the local level. Roundtable participants will review findings from the CPSRN research, and host a more general discussion about the CPSRN’s next phase.

  1. Leah Levac (University of Guelph)
  2. Susan Braedley (Carleton University)
  3. Teresa Healy (School for International Training Graduate Institute)
  4. Marion Pollack (Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women)
  5. Sarah Baker (Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women)