Women & Gender Studies Institute

WGS Research Seminar

Fall 2016 Schedule

The seminar is scheduled monthly on a Wednesday, from 4:00–6:00 p.m.

The WGS Research Seminar is a monthly forum for interdisciplinary research in feminist and gender studies. Directed at both faculty and graduate students within the WGSI and across the campus as a whole, the seminar’s goal is to foster intellectual engagement with key theoretical, social and political questions touching on gender and feminism and their many intersections through the presentation of cutting-edge work by leading researchers both within and beyond the University of Toronto.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
4:00–6:00 p.m.
JHB 100A Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street

Robert Diaz (WGSI, University of Toronto)

Robert Diaz is Assistant Professor in the Women & Gender Studies Institute. His research and community work focus on the intersections of postcolonial, queer, and Filipino/a diasporic Studies. Together with Marissa Largo and Fritz Pino, Diaz is co-editing Diasporic Intimacies: Queer Filipinos/as and Canadian Imaginaries(forthcoming in the Critical Insurgencies Series for Northwestern University Press). His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Journal of Asian American Studies, Signs, GLQ, Women and Performance, Philippine Palimpsests: Essays for the 21st Century (NYU Press) and Global Asian Popular Culture (NYU Press).

To Will Incommensurable Futures: Queer Filipinos/as in Toronto’s Gay Pride

This talk will examine how queer diasporic migrants negotiate the hierarchizing practices of Canadian multiculturalism and settler colonialism. As a case study, it focuses on “Cabinet of Queeriosities,” a contemporary art exhibit that featured the work of Julius Manapul, and Miss Gay Philippines Canada, a beauty pageant that featured Filipino/a contestants competing from across the greater Toronto area. By tracing the complex articulations of nonnormative intimacy, kinship, and sexuality that emerge from these two events, Diaz will trace the political possibilities of centering queerness in Filipino/a Canadian migration research. He tracks how diasporic forms of sexuality unsettle multiculturalism’s logics for policing inclusion and delineating difference. As diasporic arrivants, queer Filipinos/as index a repertoire of colonial histories that problematize the racializing mechanisms that continue to sustain settler colonialism. They enact messy utopic pursuits that create complex forms of collectivity and community in Canada, beyond the pluralist narratives of diversity often maintained by the state.

 

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
4:00–6:00 p.m.
Location:  TBD

Rebecca Cook (Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Medicine and the Joint Centre for Bioethics, and Co-Director, International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Program, University of Toronto)

Rebecca J. Cook, J.D., J.S.D., is Professor Emerita in the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Medicine and the Joint Centre for Bioethics, and Co-Director, International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Program, University of Toronto. She is ethical and legal issues co-editor of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and a Member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Her most recent co-edited book is: Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective: Cases and Controversies, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014).

“Understanding Stigma against Women-the Case of Abortion”

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016
4:00–6:00 p.m.
Location:  TBA

Nat Hurley (English and Film Studies, University of Alberta)

More information will be posted soon.

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Spring 2017 Schedule

More information will be posted soon.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017
4:00–6:00 p.m.
JHB 100A Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street

Chris Johnson (WGSI and Department of History, University of Toronto)

More information will be posted soon.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
4:00–6:00 p.m.
WI 2053, Wilson Hall, New College, 40 Willcocks Street

Ph.D. students in the Collaborative Program in Women and Gender Studies present their doctoral research.