Women & Gender Studies Institute

WGS Research Seminar

The Women and Gender Studies Research Seminar is a student-focused monthly forum, for the presentation of work-in-progress engaged in interdisciplinary feminist studies and its many intersections. Like a departmental colloquium, the seminar’s goal is to foster friendly, yet critically engaged, conversation and to feature the excellent emerging scholarship by graduate students and faculty.  The research seminar’s overarching goal is to create opportunities for regular participation in the intellectual life of interdisciplinary feminist studies research here on campus.



Friday, September 13, 2013

Jose Munoz and Andrea Smith, “On the Politics of Hope”

William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks Street, 1:00-4:00 p.m. These talks will be part of the WGSI PhD Launch event.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Jodi Byrd, “Silence Will Fall: The Cultural Politics of Colonial Agnosia”

JHB 100A, Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Aziza Ahmed, “‘Rugged Vaginas’ and ‘Vulnerable Rectums’: The Sexual Identity, Epidemiology, and Law of the Global HIV Epidemic”

JHB 100A, Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, 3:00-5:00 p.m.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014 Cancelled

Alondra Nelson, “‘A Dream Deferred’: The Politics of Race after the Genome”
Unfortunately, Dr. Alondra Nelson’s talk has been cancelled due to weather-related flight delays. Dr. Nelson will still be speaking at the Technoscience Salon (http://technosalon.wordpress.com/) on Thursday, January 9, 2014.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Jack Halberstam, “Gaga Feminisms”

JHB 100A, Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sara Ahmed, “Breaking Things, Broken Relations:  On Willfulness as a Feminist History”

William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks Street, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ph.D students in the Collaborative Program in Women and Gender Studies present their research.  Please contact Marian Reed if you plan to present a paper at the seminar.

Rm 2053, Wilson Hall, New College, 40 Willcocks Street, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

  • Meg Gibson, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, “LGBTQ parents of children with disabilities:  An ongoing project.”
    In this presentation, I describe my ongoing dissertation research, an ethnographic investigation with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) parents of children with disabilities or ‘special needs’. As I discuss in “Intersecting deviance: social work, difference, and the legacy of eugenics”, social work (along with many other fields) has embraced “intersectionality” as a central model of human difference, but it has done so in ways that present difference as static, individual, and certain. In contrast, a historical exploration of queerness and disability — and their overlapping and contested relations to reproduction — suggests that we invoke intersectionality differently, attending to relations, narratives, and institutional interactions. Introducing some of the emerging themes from my interviews with LGBTQ parents of children with disabilities, I will highlight how my conceptual model has encouraged particular lines of questioning and analysis as I consider a blend of material, relational, and institutional pressures on parents’ everyday experiences.
Please Note

Collaborative students who are attending the Research Seminar for credit, please consult your Program Requirements.