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                                Saturday May 29th 2010 / Samedi le 29 mai 2010
9:00-10:15   Session 1 - “Challenges to the Medicalization of Women’s Bodies: Pregnancy, Aging, &
             Other Female “Disorders”

             Diana L. Gustafson - Becoming a Mother: Relational Moments in the Reproductive Lives of
             Newfoundland Women
                      Medical and religious discourses shape the social imperative to reproduce family, community and
                      cultural values and, therefore, many women’s decisions to have children (or not). This paper
                      explores differences in the relational moments of conception, pregnancy and childbirth as
                      experienced and understood by three generations of Newfoundland women.

             Alissa Overend - Candida, Leaky Bodies and the Gendering of Pathology
                      Despite the medical certainty concerning the feminization of Candida (a yeast-related disorder of
                      vague symptomatology), I examine the leaky and contained gendered (and gendering) discourses
                      that lead to the feminization of Candida. Drawing on feminist poststructural theorizings, I read
                      the symptoms of Candida alongside more extensively considered corporeal flows.

             Caitlin Forsey - “Slackened Skin” and “Droopy Breasts”: Cultural (Re)Articulations of the Postpartum
                       Beginning with an analysis of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’, this essay
                       uncovers some early articulations of the postpartum female form, and explores a number of
                       important historical and cultural transformations that have led to the medicalization of the
                       postpartum body.

             Monique Lanoix - Old Bodies, New Worries
                    Dementia is described as a looming public health threat. Since women are twice as likely to
                    develop Alzheimer’s as men, the perception of dementia as socially costly will directly affect
                    them. I examine the consequences of portraying dementia as a health threat and the implications
                    of this construction for women.

             Session 2 - “Cultural Bodies, Embodying Nation”

             Katarzyna Rukszto - Bodies at War: The Unstable Meanings of Veterans' Memorials

             Mary-Jo Nadeau - Set in Stone? Gendered Whiteness, Public History and the Famous Five Monument

             Amanda Glasbeek - Bodies in Peril, Nations at Risk: Sex Traffic Discourses and the Impetus to Protection

             Francoise Guay - Intersectionality, between feminist discourse and ethnography
                     Intersectionality presents itself as resolving the claim for recognition from groups of non
                     hegemonic women and the feminist attention for the lived realities of women. While effective as
                     a public discourse, the notion has not opened up inquiries into the culturally different ways in
                     which women use their bodies aggressively.

             Session 3 - “Policy and Law: Regulatory Projects and Resistances”

             Caroline Hodes - Disrupting the Social Body: Destabilizing the Subject/Object of Constitutional
             Discrimination Claims in Canada and the US

                Katherine Side and Laura Nelson-Hamilton - Settling for Less?: Northern Ireland?s Gender Equality
                Strategy, 2006-2016
                         This paper evaluates the Gender Equality Strategy, Northern Ireland. It argues its implementation
                        parallels limitations in the Good Friday Agreement: a highly bureaucratic structure, non- specific
                        framework for implementation and challenges of complex identities. Those with responsibilities
                        for the GES can learn from the GFA, about which there is extensive scholarly analysis.

                Urvashi Soni-Sinha - Subjectivity, Collectivity and the Union: Perceptions of the ‘Locked-Out’ Hotel
                Workers in Toronto
                         The paper examines the dynamic interrelationship workers subjectivities to their perceptions of
                        the union, in the context of a lock-out. A workers’ pursuit of material and/or symbolic security, is
                        tied to her/his search for an identity as a unionized worker, or an identity which is secure,
                        irrespective of the union.

                Naoko Usui - The Potential of the using Digital storytelling in women-centred policy making
                       A Digital story is 3-5 minute personally narrated story which includes images, and music. I will
                       present what I see as the potential of Digital storytelling in women-centred policy making.
                       Additionally, I will share my beliefs in the value of using Digital Storytelling in feminist qualitative

                Session 4 - “Locating Masculinities in Women’s Studies”

                Susanne Luhmann - Slipping, Sliding and Getting Giddy: Masculinities in Women’s Studies and Its
                Strange Affects

                Billy Korinko - “What if I Don’t Hate My Dad?” Exploring Generational Conflict in the Study of
                Masculinities: Hers, His, Ours?

                Jason Laker - Implications of Thinking and Talking About Men in Women’s Studies Spaces

                Pauline Greenhill - “Lloyd Axworthy is two lesbians”: Reactions to public announcements of a men’s
                studies course in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg

                Brian Burtch and Rebecca Haskell - “I’m not a masculinist, but ...”: The case for integrating masculinities
                theory and practice into Women’s Studies

10:30 – 11:45   Session 1 – “Doing Violence: Economies and Territories of Affect”

                Abetha Mahalingam - Negotiating Perilous Terrains: Feminism, Gender and Militarized Conflict in Sri
                       This paper examines what current gendered analyses of militarized conflicts tell us about the
                       variety of roles that men and women have in wartime, and provides an in-depth case study
                       analyzing gender relations and the present ways that militarized conflict has impacted women’s
                       lives in Sri Lanka.

                Naoko Ikeda - Rethinking Space and Power in the context of feminist antimilitarism in Okinawa, Japan
                        Drawing on my fieldwork in Okinawa, which host 70 % of US bases stationed in
                        Japan, I discuss some of the unique strategies developed by local feminist antimilitarist intiative. I
                        focus on centrality of question of space, subjectivity, and power, which are constitutive of their
                        demilitarizing practices/theory.

                Nafisa Tanjeem - Flying while Muslim: Exploring the Relationship between Race, Gender, and Space in
                Canadian Airports
                          This study unmaps geographies of Canadian airports and explores how pedagogies of travel
                         across transnational spaces constitute particular spatialized, racialized, and gendered

         subjectivities. I examine roles of customs and immigration laws, biometric technological
         regulations, and travel protocols in determining discourses about Muslim bodies by utilizing a
         Freudian psychoanalysis of spatiality.

Corinne Mason - Kingston Mills Murder and the Construction of “Honour Killings” in the Canadian Media
        This presentation focuses on the way in which the “Kingston Mills Murder” has been deemed an
        “honour killing” in the Canadian news media through statements of feminist “expertise”. I aim to
        provide a road map for imagining an alternative feminist response to “honour killings” based on
        an interlocking analysis.

Jennifer Musial - ‘Good Grief’ as National Affective Pedagogy: Comparing the Susan Torres Case to
Hurricane Katrina Displacement Narratives
          In 2005, Susan Torres fell into a coma while pregnant. Around this time, Hurricane Katrina
         devastated the American South. I compare these events to demonstrate notions of grievability
         (Ahmed; Butler) wherein the public was encouraged to care about Torres, a “mother of the
         nation”, and not others (Hurricane Katrina survivors).

Session 2 – “Indigenous Women’s Movements & Solidarity Practices”

Carol Lynne D’Arcangelis - No More Silence: Towards a pedagogy of non-colonizing feminist solidarity
         I explore the possibility of re-conceptualizing political solidarity between Indigenous peoples and
         settler allies on Turtle Island (Canada) in/as a de/non-colonizing framework. A “white” feminist
         ally/member, I share the lessons in this regard of No More Silence, a group of Indigenous women
         and allies raising awareness about violence against Indigenous women.

Njoki Wane - Embodiment and Enactment of Spiritually Centered Methodologies in Black Canadian
Feminist Research

Leora Jackson - “Canada: The Story of our Heritage”: Colonial legacies in history textbooks
         This paper investigates constructions of the Canadian national subject in an Ontario Grade 7
         history textbook. I examine the master narrative of lawful nation-building that appears in the
         text, highlighting the conceptual, visual, and textual strategies that produce the veneration of
         white settlers and the subordination of indigenous peoples.

Rai Reece - Race-based Teaching Methodologies and Neo-Colonial Traumas
        This paper explores the connectivity between critical pedagogy and social activism in women and
        gender studies. I argue that the ‘everydayness’ of racism can result in ‘trauma’ in the feminist
        classroom. (How) are definitions of trauma dialogued in contested spaces? (How) does women’s
        studies make room for dialoguing the space and place of trauma as connected to neo/colonial

Session 3 – “Queering Cultures: Intimate In/Visibilities”

Emily Hill - God’s Miserable Army: Suffering, Love, and Queer Faith in Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of
         Drawing on the newly emerging field of queer theology, this paper will argue that the main
         character in Radclyffe Hall’s classic lesbian novel The Well of Loneliness (1928) is a Christ figure
         who unites the Christian narrative of suffering with the queer experience of it through the
         understanding that radical love, which inevitably involves a sacrificial moving beyond the self, is
         always extremely painful.

Jennifer Marchbank and Sylvie Traphan - ‘Are You Ladies Lost?’ Femme Lesbian In/Visibility
         We discuss our autobiographical experiences of having our embodied gender expression and
         partner choice challenged, over looked and misinterpreted by a range of audiences. Our

                      embodiment, as Femme lesbians appears to trouble, and almost threaten, a variety of ‘readers’.
                      We argue that our Femme identity contests both heterosexual and lesbian normativity.

             Melissa Carroll - Behind the Curtained Closet: The Spaces of Intimacy in Queer Historical Fiction
                     This paper explores how Sarah Waters’ The Night Watch gestures to the necessity for a
                     conceptual shift in (re)thinking queer politics. I contend here that The Night Watch (perhaps
                     paradoxically) suggests that queer subjects must initiate a ‘coming out’ of any desire to belong,
                     turning away from calls that require a closeted, dutiful citizenship that effectually dismisses what
                     it seeks: belonging itself.

             Wendy Hulko and Natalie Clark - ‘No matter where I go, I’m always scared of being judged for
             something’: LGBTQ youth talk about identity and community...in small cities and rural towns
                      This paper presents an analysis of the views of 14 younger women and transgender persons on
                     their sexual and gender identities using an intersectionality and interlocking oppressions
                     paradigm. Data are drawn from an exploratory pilot in the Interior of British Columbia that made
                     use of focus groups and interviews.

             Session 4 – “Feminist Film Theory & Practice: The Critical Cut”

             Cristina Lucia Stasia - “Have you ever been mistaken for a man?:” Feminism and the Female Action Hero
                       The female action hero hardened in 1991, challenging feminist film theory while resonating with
                       popular feminism where the Superwoman myth dominated. Reading the hero against both
                       feminist film theory and popular feminism indexes the limitations of feminist film theory and how
                       she set the stage for 2000s’ Girl Power.

             Sarah Trimble - Why Apocalypse Now: Survivalism and Feminism
                      This paper frames apocalyptic films as patriarchal survivalist fantasies, wherein resurgent frontier
                      conditions coincide with reanimated paternalistic ideals. Through a reading of The Road (2009), I
                      consider how a “shadow” narrative—a suppressed tale of maternal despair—points to a different
                      set of affective and ethical possibilities.

             Suzanne Lenon - Of routes and roots: Anti-racist considerations on the ‘proper’ bodies of mainstream
             gay rights activism
                      In this paper, I examine the movie Milk as a cultural text that actively produces meaning about
                      the ‘proper’ bodies of queer history and activism through racial silences and absences; I consider
                      the loose affiliation between law and culture that leads to a place where gay stays white.

             Hiroko Hara - Practice of Transnational Feminist Filmmaking: Bringing Criticality to the Examination of
             Visual Culture
                       This presentation employs the notion of hybridity to explore the impact of visual culture
                      spreading out across national borders on identities of transnational citizens. It contains a
                      projection of an experimental video produced by the researcher herself, illustrating counter-
                      knowledge(s) and hybrid views of transnational citizens.

12:00-1:15   Rachel Hurst, Shana Calixte, J. Maki Motapanyane, Wendy Peters, Jennifer Johnson - The Challenges and
             Possibilities of Teaching Women’s Studies in Rural Towns and Smaller Cities - Roundtable discussion
                       This roundtable discussion invites faculty teaching in smaller Women’s Studies programmes in
                       rural towns and smaller cities to come together to talk about their unique challenges and
                       possibilities and discuss opportunities for collaboration. Two major themes will be addressed: the
                       marginalization of faculty and students in these programmes and the marginalization of these
                       programmes. We will discuss the racism and homophobia experienced by students and faculty of
                       colour and queer students and faculty as a result of homogeneous classrooms, as well as
                       productive discussions about white privilege and heterosexism and heterogeneous classrooms
                       that challenge the institutional assumption of predominantly white students in Women’s Studies
                       classes. We will discuss the incongruity between burgeoning enrolment in Women’s Studies

                     classes and declining institutional support for Women’s Studies programmes. And finally, we
                     want to challenge the assumptions that we work in places that are regressive, anti-feminist,
                     uninteresting, and ‘backwards.’
1:30-2:45   Session 1 – “Girlhood Studies: Old Scripts and New Projects”

            Amy Hasinoff - Making sense of sexting: Interrogating commentary about adolescent girls’ intent and
            agency in the Miller vs. Skumanick case
                    Examining a high-profile sexting case, in which the ACLU helped three teenage girls take on an
                    overzealous Pennsylvania prosecutor, I argue that both sides rely on the same basic
                    assumptions—that adolescents are inherently irrational and careless—to argue that it is
                    necessary to criminalize and control teen girls’ sexual self-expression.

            Kate Cairns - “It's getting different from the olden days”: Rural Intermediate students talk about gender
            and sexism
                     This presentation explores how rural elementary students speak about gender (in)equality. While
                     students mobilize multiple gender discourses, they have limited access to feminist resources with
                     which to reflect upon gender in their everyday lives, leading to a temporal pattern in which gender
                     inequalities are pushed out of the present.

            Kim Snowden - Monstrous Reproductions: Bloody Chambers, Sleeping Beauties, and Vampire Babies
                   This paper explores fairy tales, Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber, and the association of
                   women’s bodies and reproduction with monstrosity and taboo images: cannibalism, necrophilia,
                   and rape. In comparison, I examine contemporary representations of vampires (Twilight, True
                   Blood, Vampire Diaries) that use many of the same fairy tale motifs, focussing on vampire
                   pregnancy and childbirth.

            Ran Tao - Paradoxes of freedom and repression: Using photovoice to explore young Chinese women's
            sexuality/embodiment in the age of AIDS
                     This paper looks at young Chinese women’s sexuality and its embodiment through using a
                     collaborative and participatory photovoice strategy. Photovoice offers young women a non-verbal
                     language to constitute their interpretations of their own lived experiences related to sexuality. It
                     also mobilizes their involvement in social issues around HIV and AIDS.

            Session 2 – “Transcultural Maternities: Negotiated Meanings”

            Chandrima Chakraorty - The Politics of Silence: 1971 in Tahmima Anam’s "A Golden Age”
                   Juxtaposing the novel's investment in heroic motherhood against the narrative silence around
                   raped women, this paper points to the hidden connections between Anam’s fictional
                   representation and state policy in order to argue that constructs of “legitimate” motherhood
                   emerged as central to claiming citizenship in the new nation-state of Bangladesh.

            Jasjit Kaur Sangha - Negotiating South Asian Mothering: From Theory to Practice
                       In this paper I will unpack my experience as a South Asian mother and stepmother in a mixed-
                      race marriage by drawing from intersectionality as a theoretical tool that has enabled me to
                      access the many different markers of my identity. I will also draw from maternal theory and my
                      doctoral dissertation.

            Amber Fletcher - Feminist Research in Action: Doing Participatory Community-Based Research with Low-
            Income Single Mothers
                     In recent years, community-based research has become an important strategy for using
                    academic research toward social change. This paper will discuss a participatory-action research
                    project conducted collaboratively by feminist researchers and the tenants of a community
                    housing complex, who identify as single mothers with low incomes.

             Session 3 – “Techno-invasions of Targeted Bodies: Detecting Machines and Their

             Jennifer Chisholm - The Pre-Natal Gaze: A Lacanian Reading of Ultrasound Imaging
                      This paper considers the ways ultrasound images complicate a Lacanian understanding of “the
                      gaze.” If we understand “the gaze”
                      as being dependent on our ability to see and to be seen in return, how do ultrasound images
                      disrupt this? This paper examines the fetal subjectivity produced and contextualized through pre-
                      natal ultrasound images.

             Cheryl van Daalen-Smith - THE TAMING OF THE SHREW: A Feminist Analysis of Women’s Experiences of
                      This paper explores Canadian women’s experiences with Electroshock - better know as ECT.
                      Stirring first-hand accounts of coercion, misinformation and long term devastating side effects
                      will be presented. And while held by some to be a therapeutic outcome of ECT, the taming of
                      women will be unpacked and confronted.

             Shoshana Magnet and Tara Rodgers - Stripping for Security? Sexism, Racism, Transphobia and
             Backscatter X-Rays
                     Backscatter X-rays are new forms of security cameras that produce images of the naked human
                     body. Marketed as advanced visualization technologies able to keep the nation safe, in this
                     presentation, we draw on Angela Davis’ intersectional feminist analysis of the strip search as a
                     form of state sponsored sexual assault in order to examine the consequences of an electronic
                     strip search for substantive equality.

             Session 4 - « Le corps performé : expérience des femmes des soins et pratiques
             obstétricales et attitudes des intervenants-es en périnatalité au Québec à l’aube du 21e
             siècle »

             Stéphanie St-Amant et Hélène Vadeboncoeur
                     Discussion de résultats de la recherche exploratoire « Accouchement et maltraitance, négligence
                     ou violence » examinant l’expérience récente de Québécoises (témoignages, entrevues,
                     observations en hôpital). L’atelier abordera 1) l’intersection entre le corps parturient et
                     l’institution médicale et ses acteurs, actrices, 2) la construction culturelle de la « performance
                     obstétricale » et de ses « incapacitations », et 3) les scénarios et récurrences performant le corps
                     de la femme enceinte, accouchante, accouchée et les comportements attendus ou adoptés dans
                     le cadre obstétrical.

                               Sunday May 30th 2010 / Dimanche le 30 mai 2010
9:00-10:15   Session 1 – “Re-imagining embodied terrain: Disability Studies & Women’s Studies,
             Unbound.” PANEL CANCELLED

             Katie Aubrecht - Intimacy, insecurity and student subjectivity: The making and unmaking of student
             mental health
                     Drawing on the insights of critical gender, sexuality, and disability studies, this paper considers
                     how cultural assumptions about the true nature of intimacy in institutional policies at the
                     University of Toronto secure or undo the reality of student mental health and illness.

             Jacqueline Cahill - Towards a transnational crip theory: The politics of transnational corporeal
             representation in Senorita Extraviada: Missing Young Women –
                      This paper crosses the boundary between transnational feminisms and disability studies to
                      explore the politics of transnational corporeal representation. Utilizing a ‘transnational crip

         theory,’ I discuss the compulsory relationship between representations of transnational bodies
         and representations of disabled corporeality through an analysis of the film Senorita Extraviada:
         Missing Young Women.

Melissa Strowger - The engendered story of anxiety and its narrative appearances
        While anxiety most often gets represented as naturalized and feminine, my work counterpoises
        this reading of anxiety and observes it as a phenomenon being collectively produced through
        embodied expression. Utilizing newspaper representations of anxiety, my paper will critically
        engage with taken-for-granted media assumptions about the disabled body. Paper moved to
        10:30, Session 1

Susan Ferguson - The cultural location(s) of bodily pain

Session 2 - “Thinking Trans-Masculinities: National. Gender. Diaspora.”

Bobby Noble - Gender Panicked: Trans- Disciplined. Meditations on Feminist Fundamentalism

Ruthann Lee - Post-Queer Feminist Diasporas? Thinking Through Intersectionality and the Production of
Racialized Female Masculinities

Laine Hughes - Men in the Cities of Ladies

Nael Bhanji - Trans/scriptions: Ambivalent Masculinities, Diaspora Space and Transsexual Citizenship

Session 3 - “Transnational Mobilities: Bodies and Minds on the Move”

Jennifer Johnson - Gender and Nation: Elite Spaces of Work as Regulatory Nodes in the Global Economy
         I argue that the process of free trade negotiations function as a regulatory node in flows of global
         capital. The constitution and maintenance of elite spaces of work at the FTAA and dissident,
         public spaces in which the negotiations were challenged are discussed through reference to the
         media images of these spaces.

Laura Stefanelli - Women on the move: the transnational migration of domestic caregivers in Italy
         This is a case study on the living conditions of the transnational move of women domestic
         workers in Italy. The migration of women as domestic worker responds to the need of “care” and
         reproductive labour. Women can be considered as transnational welfare provider in the receiving
         country and in the country of origin. The concept of the TWP is twofold: the impact of migrants
         women on the families-employer in the country of destination, as well as the impact of TWP on
         the families in the country of origin, where a “care chain” is established.

Maryam Kiani - Female Body and Immigration: The Case of Young Immigrant Iranian Women in

Oana Petrica - Gendering Capitalist Formations and Highly Skilled Eastern European Postcommunist
Migration: the Case of the Romanian Migration to Canada

Young-Hwa Hong - Creating Social Capital Through Cyber Community : The Case of Korean Immigrants

Session 4 - “Disrupting Othered Bodies: Perspectives from Teachers and Artists”

Marianne Parsons - Fat, Feminist and Fed Up: Making the Fat Body Visible
       I explore the acute deepening of the obsession with the body in western culture within the
       context of sizism and fat phobia. Media attention focusing on the "plight" of the "obese" has

                       served to reinforce the prevalent view of fatness as ugly, dysfunctional, and pathological.

              Kate Bride - “As long as you eat well and exercise!”: Fatness, Photos and Epistemic Rupture
                       When introduced to fatness as a form of social difference, many students conflate fatness with
                       health as a “common sense” way of mis/understanding pervasive forms of fatphobia. I examine
                       how the use of images and other media can unsettle student’s medically charged views of the fat

              Pariss Garramone - Aging bodies, aging minds: Threats to the health of a nation
                       In this time of unprecedented growth of Canada’s aging population, my research focuses on the
                       important link between autobiography and visual representation to our social understanding of
                       the aging body as a health threat. This presentation will examine how visual texts interpret the
                       materiality of intersecting discourses on aging.

10:15-11:45   Session 1 – Cancer & Context: Social Diagnoses

              Eva Karpinski - Dreaded Embodiment: The Private/Public Split in Breast Cancer Memoirs

              Michelle Wynhdam-West - Risk, biological citizenship & gender: negotiating Ontario’s HPV vaccination
                      I will discuss my research regarding Ontario’s cervical cancer prevention policy, including the HPV
                      vaccine. I am focusing upon the “traffic” (Rapp, 2000:185) between the risk discourses of the
                      medical establishment and individual lived experience of women negotiating this policy for
                      themselves and their daughters. In exploring women’s experiences, I analyze how
                      “objectification” can be tapped as a source of agency and a continually unfolding sense of self
                      (Cussins, 1996).

              Melissa Strowger - The engendered story of anxiety and its narrative appearances
                      While anxiety most often gets represented as naturalized and feminine, my work counterpoises
                      this reading of anxiety and observes it as a phenomenon being collectively produced through
                      embodied expression. Utilizing newspaper representations of anxiety, my paper will critically
                      engage with taken-for-granted media assumptions about the disabled body.

              Session 2 – “Intersectional Moments: Shifting the Theories, Methods & Subjects of
              Women’s Studies? “(Roundtable)

              Catherine Orr, Alison Piepmeier, Ann Braithwaite, Annalee Lepp & Diane Lichtenstein
                      This roundtable contemplates intersectional moments—theories, methods, subjects—in the field,
                      exploring both the emergence of intersectionality as a requisite term that Women’s Studies uses
                      to describe itself and some of the consequences that arise from that self-definition. For example,
                      does intersectionality demarcate the discipline to be about identities only? If intersectionality
                      rejects the notion of complicating our analyses by simply adding “other” identity categories to
                      gender, then a genuine embrace of intersectionality by Women’s Studies would require a genuine
                      paradigm shift: where is that paradigm shift occurring? What new theoretical breakthroughs have
                      been achieved? What does solid intersectional work in Women’s Studies really look like in its

              Session 3 – “Mapping Literary Lengths & Limits”

              Leah Claire Allen - Postnationalism in Practice: Space in the Canadian Literary Landscape
                       The distinctions between geographic space, landscape, and spatial territoriality are crucial to
                       understanding Canadian literary postnationalism, which is characterized by its neo-colonial
                       political relations. In this paper, I read Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing and Wilderness Tips

                      alongside her critical anti-NAFTA work to illustrate how the Canadian post-nation is
                      metaphorically articulated with regard to bordered space.

             Amanda Lim - Speaking of Feminist Poetics: The Provisional and Positional Conversations of Lisa
             Robertson, Rita Wong, and Rachel Zolf
                     This paper explores the politics, aesthetics, and representational modes in the work of Canadian
                     experimental poets Lisa Robertson, Rita Wong, and Rachel Zolf. Playing with conventions of
                     gender and genre, they demonstrate that language is a site of ethical negotiation, and invite
                     conversations amongst different artistic strategies and political interventions.

             Nancy Martin - Embodying the “Fallen”: An Exploration of the Female-authored Nineteenth-century
             Dramatic Monologue and the Sexually Transgressive Woman
                    This presentation will discuss the Nineteenth-century “fallen woman’s” unconventional
                    representation by female poets in the form of dramatic monologue. It asserts that the form’s
                    playing of self against content was fundamental to those who desired to challenge their society’s
                    view of the fallen woman, a figure who endured associations with demons, disease, and death.

             Sonja Boon - Epistolary Embodiment: Autobiographical Negotiations in Medical Consultation Letters to
             Samuel-Auguste Tissot
                      This presentation considers medical consultation letters addressed to Samuel-Auguste Tissot
                     through the lens of Tissot’s own writings on the nature of female corporeality and the theoretical
                     framework of corporeal autobiography. The letters offer new ways of assessing the relationships
                     between medical and scientific understandings of the suffering body, on the one hand, and
                     subjective experiences and understandings, on the other.

             Session 4 – “Mediating Queer Affect”

             Jasmine Rault - Queer Happiness and the Politics of Positive Affect
                     This paper acts as an introduction to the role of positive affect in recent feminist and queer
                     theory, which the subsequent papers concretize with specific examples. I inquire after those left
                     out by U.S.-based feminist and queer theory which situates positive affect as backward,
                     delusional or hegemonic.

             T.L. Cowan - Picking up at Take Back the Night: Feminist Anti-Violence Performance and the Erotics of
             Community Protest and Mourning
                     Reading Take Back the Night rallies and December 6th Vigils as sites of feminist performance, this
                     paper considers these events as sites of mixed affect(mourning, celebration, arousal) and asks
                     what this mixed affect tells us about contemporary feminist publics.

             Dina Georgis - Queer Affect: Autobiography of Red in Pictures
                     Working with Eytan Fox’ film The Bubble (2006), a love story set in Palestine and Israel, this paper
                     explores “queer” as not simply sexual orientation but the affects/perversions of sexual
                     differences and the discarded bodies of empire, not easily demarcated into categories of
                     sexuality, gender, and race. In this vein, I ask: Might we think about queer as the affect of loss,
                     injury and difference when one experiences one’s body as the outsider, the monster, the
                     perverse, the ugly?

12:00-1:15   Marie Lovrod – Next Steps for CWSA/ACEF: Changing Environments, New Possibilities – Roundtable
                      As the project/s of Canadian Women's Studies become increasingly visible to wider publics, the
                      opportunity to reconsider the scope and possibilities of our association’s activities presents itself.
                      How would you like to influence and become involved in shaping the national/public face of our
                      collective project? Join our lunchtime discussion.

1:30-2:45   Session 1 – “Body Slices: Sampling the Disciplined Body”

            Fiona Barnett - Turning the Body Inside Out
                    As bodies are cut open, something other than a map of their innards is produced and transmitted.
                    This paper focuses on two autopsies: the 1815 dissection of Saartjie Baartman (Hottentot Venus)
                    and the 1836 public autopsy of Joice Heth. Race and gender were two of the ‘discoveries’ inside
                    their bodies.

            Rachel Hurst - The Textility of Skin
                     This paper explores how skin is conceptualized as a textile in cosmetic surgery through three
                    examples that highlight the gendered, racialized and sexualized dimensions of this phenomenon. I
                    argue that there is a Western cultural preoccupation with thinking about skin as analagous to
                    fabric that increasingly repudiates the violence implicit in this understanding of cosmetic surgery.

            Nairra Tariq - Pharmaceutical Corporations and the Indian Female Body as a Site for Neo-Colonialism:
            Profiting off Indian Women’s Bodies through Clinical Drug Trials

            Omisoore Dryden - ‘It’s in you to give’: Race, Sexuality and the Respectable blood donor body
                   I explore the construction of the African blood/body as a threat to national safety, by exploring
                   the narratives reflected in the public understanding of the proper blood donor body. I interrogate
                   how African bodies are positioned as always already diseased and how this construction
                   demonstrates an anxiety about blackness in heter/homo normative Canada.

            Session 2 – “Should Feminist Pedagogy be Information Literate?”

            Joanne Muzak - Is Community Engagement Gendered?: Community Service-Learning and Gendered
            Practices of Engagement
                     This paper explores the gendering of university-based community engagement, using community
                     service-learning (CSL) at the University of Alberta as a case study. How do female students and
                     instructors’ ways of engagement conflict or align with existing institutional cultures? What
                     opportunities for feminist activism does the gendering of community engagement represent?

            Susie Breier - Should Feminist Pedagogy be Information Literate?
                     If feminist pedagogy is to realize its aim of fostering students’ critical consciousness and
                     involving them as active agents in the discipline’s discourse, then finding ways to impart a
                     grounded and contextual understanding of the academic research process becomes an evident
                     prerequisite. This presentation will argue the case and propose strategies for integrating
                     information literacy into women’s studies assignments.

            Wendy Peters - Social Justice and Social Services: Community Service Learning, Digital Storytelling and
            the Engagement / Critique of Practices of Normalization
                    This paper explores how and whether students employed a critique of the social construction and
                    maintenance of normalcy in their work in a recently offered Community Service Learning course
                    in Gender Equality and Social Justice, even as many of their placements were in agencies that
                    maintain a focus on “helping,” and sometimes even regulating, marginalized groups.

            Lynda R. Ross & Carla Atherton - Distance to Digital/Canada to the Caribbean: Athabasca University’s
            Counselling Women Programme
                     The University Certificate in Counselling Women (UCCW) programme provides Canadian women
                     with the opportunity to complement and enhance their counselling skills. The opportunities for
                     connection and collaboration with Caribbean scholars and the challenges faced by the UCCW
                     programme as it moves into the international sphere are explored.

            Beverly Bain - Neo liberalism, Women Studies and Critical Feminist Pedagogy

Session 3 – “Politics & Practices of Looking”

Michelle Meagher - Do You See Me Now? Looking at Suzy Lake’s Body
        In this paper, I take up self-representational images produced by Toronto-based photographer
        Suzy Lake in order to explore an ethics of the visual that is organized around the experiences of
        being seen and offering one’s body to be seen.

Tara Snape - Women in the Audience: Complexities, Contradictions and Pleasure in Women’s Use of
         With growing pressures on women to have both sexual knowledge and sexual confidence, more
        women are turning to pornography. Using qualitative interviews conducted in a western Canadian
        city in 2009, this paper explores how women of various sexual orientations embody, contest,
        resist and enjoy mainstream, heterosexual pornography.

Pam Patterson - Gender/TROUBLING
       As presentation, reflects on an artist/activist’s collective complex engagement with Judith
       Butler’s early work on performative acts and gender constitution in building an exhibition and
       accompanying public events, and on their desires, as feminists, for playful transgression.

Shiling McQuaide - The New Generation of Chinese Women in the Age of Internet
         China has a total 338 million internet users in 2009, over 40% of whom are women. All major
         websites created female WebPages, discussing topics related to women, especially young
         women. How have emergence and spread of internet affected gender relations? Through
         examination of female WebPages created, owned and run by four major Chinese websites, this
         paper tries to offer answer to the question.

Victoria Bromley & Aalya Ahmad - “Hello World”: Activist Technology and Feminist Activism
         We discuss virtual feminist activism and ask whether such activism translates into real social
         change. Do mouse clicks and online petitions replace bodies on the streets? We contend that the
         politics of "diss'embodiment" have a real potential to reinvigorate feminist movement.

Session 4 - “Careful Considerations: Theorizing Tensions and Treatments”

Manuella Ferrari - eHealth and Women’s Bodies: A case study of Eating Disorders
       eHealth drastically shaped theinteraction between health, body, and technology. This paper
       addresses the question: How does eHealth
       shape Eating Disorders patients’ lives and bodies? Through electronic monitoring of weight and
       eating patients’ bodies are medicalized. However, the absence of their bodies allowed them to
       receive a “safe” treatment.

Maurice Hammington - Corporeal Resources for Empathetic Knowledge in Patient Relations: John
Gregory and Feminist Care Ethics
        Applying care ethics, this paper suggests health professionals can foster habits of care to create
        epistemologically effective patient relations. To this end, a notion of “embodied care” is
        developed and the care “genealogy” is extended to John Gregory (1724-1773), a pioneering
        ethicist who suggested that medical practitioners develop habits of sympathy.

Shihoko Nakagawa - How Can Care Work Be Valued in Social Welfare Policy?: Single Motherhood for
Women’s Autonomy
        This paper explores how care work can and should be valued in social welfare policies,
        reconsidering its intersectionality for women’s autonomy, particularly in terms of single
        motherhood. Universal Caregiver model suggested by Nancy Fraser (1997) and the principle of
        doulia suggested by Eva Feder Kittay (1999) will be examined.

             Kristine Klement - Anxious Bodies: Towards a New Feminist Politics of Hysteria
                       This paper argues that anxiety is a side-effect of the contemporary moment. I call on feminists to
                      politicize anxiety not only as a symptom of
                      our discontent but also as the expression of something in each one of us that resists the systems
                      of knowledge and capital which shape our social world.

             Didi Khayatt - The Problems of Emotions in Qualitative Research
                     In 1993 and 1996 respectively, I was awarded two SSHRC grants which allowed me to study same
                     sex behaviour in Egypt. This paper examines how, after six years of research, I was unable to
                     complete and publish on the topic, even though I continued to publish on other topics.

                                  Monday May 31st 2010 / Lundi le 31 mai 2010
9:00-10:15   Session 1 - “Scales of Embodied Identity”

             Jade Boyd – Authenticating Embodied Canadian Subjecthood: So You Think You Can Dance?
                     This talk draws upon performance theory to investigate the ways performance and spectacle
                     articulate intersecting myths about the dancing body, citizenship, and nation-building on
                     primetime television. Interestingly, performance (and dance in particular), as a body-based
                     creative practice, is associated with expressions of freedom, authenticity and truth. These themes
                     are explored through a preliminary analysis of the reality television series So You Think You Can
                     Dance (SYTYCD).

             Jamie Magnusson – I Embody My Politics as a Karate Dyke

             Vannina Sztainbok – Rosa Luna: Exposing her Body, Revealing the Nation
                     This paper examines the iconic figure of Rosa Luna (1937-1993), an Afro-Uruguayan dancer who
                     symbolized Montevideo Carnival and the nation. Drawing on performance, critical race, and
                     feminist theory, I argue that her image tapped into powerful archetypes of black femininity
                     revealing the centrality blackness in the articulation of the nation.

             Session 2 – “Representations of Blackness, Sexuality & Gender in the Era of Obama,
             Afrodite Superstar & ‘Precious’”

             Rachel Gorman - ‘Obama’s my dad’: Mixed race suspects, political anxiety and the new imperialism

             Darcelle Bullan - How to (Be)Come: Negotiating Black Female Sexual Expression as Subjectivities of
             Becoming in Black Feminist Erotic Film Afrodite Superstar

             Onyinyechukwu Udegbe - Disciplining the threat of the Black Feminine—Critical Interrogations Okri’s
             Madam Koto, Sapphire’s Precious and Morrison’s Sethe

             Session 3 – “Territories of Struggle: Politics of Knowledge Production in Qualitative
             Research, Art, & Culture”

             Marnina Gonick - The Teaches of Peaches: Performance, Hybridity and Resistance
                    Peaches, artist and gender provocateur. I am interested in how her work questions social norms
                    and conventions around gender, sexuality, and the body. I argue that Peaches provokes her
                    audience into considering the sexist double standards that continue to organize expressions of
                    pleasure, desire and sexual aggression.

             Janice Hladki - Occupation, Survival, and Commemoration: Re-installing Women’s Territories
                      Contemporary visual culture theorists underline the significance of artworks that may be

                       understood as “visual philosophy” in their quality of generating public interventions and counter
                       discourses (Bennett, 2005). I explore how two feminist installations function on these terms and
                       how they problematize territories, including those of colonized space, conflict zones, and the

              Margot Francis - 'Reconciliation' in the Contact Zone: Intercultural Theatre Re-membering Indigenous
              Claims to Land in Canada
                       Based in an Anishinaabec script by Alanis King titled Treaty Daze, and qualitative interviews with
                       the actors & audience members in Garden River First Nation, my writing explores the limits and
                       possibilities of theatre for opening up more democratic futures.

              Kari Dehli - “This could be dangerous:” feminist media education and neoliberal politics of (in) tolerance.
                      Media education classrooms provide lessons that “could be dangerous” for feminism: detached
                      aesthetics and deconstruction; making the self through production; and preparing for critical
                      participation in democratic society (Bray 2009). I ask whether self-governing neoliberal subjects -
                      responsible and assertive individuals with capacity for critical reflection and tolerant dispositions
                      toward difference – are recognizable as feminist subjects in media education.

              Session 4 - “Physical & Political Anatomies of Violence, Pain & Suffering”

              Annette Blum - The Body And Em-Bodiment In Contemporary South African Visual Culture:
              Representation Of Body And Self In Body Maps As Visual Narrative And ‘Social Memory’
                      This paper addresses visual narrative and social memory through an examination of the body
                      mapping artworks of the Bambanani Women’s Group in Cape Town, where marginalized black
                      South African women employ visual representation of their biological and metaphoric knowledge
                      of past and present experiences of trauma, violence and HIV/AIDS.

              Mebbie Bell - The Political Anatomies of Women’s Homelessness
                     Women’s embodied experiences of homelessness are entrenched in the intersectionalities of
                     homelessness, invisibilization and the feminization of poverty. Yet women escaping violence resist
                     their invisibilization in ‘private’ space, and threaten idealized constructions of domesticity, the
                     ‘healthy’ body and normative femininity, thereby challenging the political anatomy of the social

              Joan Simalchik - Women’s Torture and Transgression in Pinochet’s Chile
                      The Pinochet dictatorship in Chile employed repression to impose its concept of a neo-liberal
                      society where women were subjected to torture both for resistance and for transgression of
                      gender roles. This paper discusses how the dictatorship constructed the role of politically engaged
                      women as health hazards to the body politic.

10:30-11:45                        International Keynote Speaker / Conférencière Principale
                     Co-sponsored with the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development
                 Made possible with a CFHSS ‘aid to interdisciplinary research’ grant and a grant from Dr. Ron Rudin,
                                          Academic Convener of Congress at Concordia

                     Cynthia Enloe - Picking Up the Pieces: Making Feminist Sense of Post-War Politics

              Feminist historians remind us how long "post-war" goes on: as long as people debate public memorials,
              photos of dead soldiers fade on mantles, children try to resolve wartime trauma, families struggle to care
              for survivors, and politicians assert lessons from the last conflict. Each depends on women's privatized care
              and selective silences, the heroization of some masculinities, the denigration of others. Without multi-
              disciplinary feminist curiosities about post-war lives and politics, we underestimate
              the costs of abuses of power in our world.

12:00-1:15   Katherine Side - Graduate Programmes: How Are We Growing? – Roundtable discussion
                     This roundtable session takes stock of graduate programmes in Women’s and/Gender Studies.
                     What are the various models we are developing (i.e., course/thesis, one/two- year Masters
                     programmes, etc.)? Who are they being developed for? How arethey shaping Women’s
                     and/Gender Studies? Graduate Programme Directors/Coordinators are encouraged to attend.

1:30-2:45    Session 1 - “Regulated, Abject, Disciplined Bodies”

             Jennifer Gartner – Abject Bodies: Who Qualifies as Human within the Sex/Gender Paradigm
                      Drawing on the work of Judith Butler and contemporary transgender theory, this paper explores
                      the utility of reconfiguring notions of “the human.” By focusing on the freedom of gender
                      expression, gestures of “inclusion” are replaced by a fundamental critique of what it means to be
                      human, who is valued as human, and why.

             Sharon Woodill – Systems Biology and Sexuality: Matters for the Material Feminist Theory
                    Essentialism and reductionism in biology has been problematic for feminist theories. Systems
                    biology, however, offers a new ontology. In the context of human female sexuality, for example, a
                    systems approach may indeed offer a new way forward, but there is significant philosophical
                    work to be done prior to a full endorsement.

             Session 2 – “Critical perspectives on representation, HIV & bodies”

             Anna-Louise Crago – Look At the Scars on My Face: The Political Economy of Violent Repression Agains
             Sex Workers in Lusaka and Kabwe Zambia between 2004-2008
                    Sex workers interviewed in Kabwe and Lusaka, Zambia recount mounting police repression
                    starting in 2000 and peaking between 2004 and 2008. In 2004, a national curfew was passed
                    which many sex workers understood as part of government policy to fight HIV by cracking down
                    on sex work. Sex workers described how the intersection of policies seeking to eliminate
                    prostitution intersected with prostitution laws and how together these have resulted in the
                    fomenting of violent repression by state actors and the scapegoating of sex workers for HIV.

             Rehana Akhter – Sex worker organizations and HIV/AIDS-related stigma in Bangladesh
                    I will present a paper about sex workers’ community organizing processes to address HIV/AIDS-
                    related stigma in Bangladesh. I will share my MA thesis field findings regarding stigma toward
                    Bangladeshi female sex workers, identify their organizational capacity to ensure their human
                    rights, and include a discussion of best strategies to protect sex workers’ rights. The research
                    results seek to influence public policy and enhance sex workers’ social acceptance and human

             Patrick Charette-Dionne – Barebacking: veut-on un changement du social?”
                      Une des créations récentes dans l’actualité du VIH est inscrite dans l’idée de barebacking chez les
                      hommes gais. L’enquête du phénomène se révèle parfois complexe et aporique dans son
                      observation empirique et dans son retracement scientifique. Autant dans les écrits que dans les
                      pratiques langagières du quotidien, l’on ne peut dissocier l’objet d’un ensemble de pratiques
                      discursives issues du social. Est-il possible de questionner les mécanismes sous-jacents à la
                      production de ces savoirs? À partir de la piste épistémologique pratique discursive - savoir –
                      science suggérée par Foucault (1969), nous argumenterons que les conditions actuelles d’une
                      science du barebacking reproduisent le social sans adresser des conditions de connaissances qui
                      alimenteraient un réel changement du social agissant dans la réalité du VIH.

             Session 3 – “W(h)ither Asian Canadian Feminisms in Theory & Practices?”

Rita Wong - Down to Earth: Some Thoughts on Alliance Building
        How do Asian Canadian feminisms offer a site from which to build alliances with indigenous
        movements and to speak to urgent issues of land, home, environment? Acknowledging how our
        histories form the present moment offers an important grounding from which to creatively and
        critically address decolonization, social justice, and ecology.

Jo-Anne Lee - Possibilities and Challenges of ACF in Theory and Practice
        What contributions might emerging collective consciousness and scholarly research/study of ACF
        make to understanding fractured nationalisms, regionalisms, Indigenisms, and colonialisms in
        Canada, particularly given the ascendancy of Pacific Canada in the 21st century? What
        possibilities can/does ACF have for local and global political agendas in praxis, scholarship, and

Laura Kwak - Implications of the Emergence of Racial Conservatism for Asian Canadian Feminisms
        Explores the philosophical and political possibilities of ACF in light of the historical emergence of
        conservatism in the class of racialized elite. What kinds of subjects, material conditions, and
        realms of (im)possibility are being manufactured in the so-called “post-racial” contemporary
        moment? What are the implications of the rise of racial conservatism for Asian Canadian

Jessica Devi Chandrashekar - The Complexities of Asian Canadian Feminist Organizing within a White
Supremacist Settler State
         What are the imaginative and material possibilities of ACF within the context of Canadian white
         supremacist multiculturalism? What political possibilities does ACF open up for political
         organizing within academia and within racialized communities? How might ACF re-orient various
         Asian diasporas’ relationships to the Canadian state, as well as re-orienting the relationships
         various Asian diasporas might have with each other?

Alice Ming Wai Jim - The “troisième vague” in Quebec and Representations of Women from
Ethnocultural Communities in Art
        What is the current state of feminist scholarship on the "troisième vague" in Québec? Has the
        feminist Quebecois movement had an impact on the ways in which women from ethnocultural
        communities are represented in the province? If so, then, how? What have been the impasses,
        challenges and perspectives? What are the implications/impacts for Asian Canadian feminisms?

Dolores Chew – Quebec and No Choice
        In the last several years Quebec has been in the media spotlight because of debates, commissions
        and now laws that enter into the realm of choice. Predicated on the one hand as observant
        secularism that is informed by the principle of the protection of women's rights, detractors argue
        that the fundamental premise is in reality anti-choice, and hence anti-feminist.

Session 4 - “Creating Knowledge/Disrupting Knowledge: Toward an Intersectional
Theory of Understanding”

Claire Carter - Body Language: Exploring Bodily Connections and Differences in Knowledge Creation
         Analysis of qualitative research involves examination of processes of identification and difference.
         Within my work on women’s body practices I question how my body/knowledge was read and
         how my ‘common sense’ assumptions framed the research. This paper examines my
         interpretation of these relations in the construction of knowledge about gendered subjectivity.

Vicki Hallett - ‘Where the Story of my Life is Written’: Place and Identity in the Life Writing of Phebe
Florence Miller
         This paper is an interdisciplinary excavation of the life writing of Phebe Florence Miller, poet and
         postmistress of Topsail, Newfoundland (1889-1979). Feminist geography, postmodern identity,
         and life writing theories are used to interpret the writer’s discursive construction of place and


            LEE Wing Hin - Creation of “The New Canadian”: Ethnic Minorities in the Same-sex Marriage Debates
                    Despite evidence to the contrary, mainstream discussions represented non-white Canadians who
                    joined the same-sex marriage debates overwhelmingly as homophobic and intolerant “new
                    Canadians.” This paper argues that the imagination of a tolerant Canada is heavily dependent on
                    the construction of illiberal “new Canadians” by both white and racialized citizens.

            May Friedman - The Crick in Our Necks and the Kinks in Our Hair: Mommyblogs, Storytelling and
                     Mommyblogs exist at the intersection of resistance and submission with respect to knowledge
                     creation and dissemination. Traditional knowledge about mothering practice is being disrupted in
                     both the content that mothers create through maternal online memoir and in an emergent style
                     that focuses on communality and relationality over "objective" arms-length expert discourse.

3:00-4:45   Session 1 – “Body as Text: Narrating the Nation”

            Allison Burgess - TOPLESS WOMEN!!: Negotiating Bodies and Spectatorship in the Toronto Dyke March
                     Thousands of people gather annually to march in the Toronto Dyke March. Many also gather to
                     watch. Dyke March participants negotiate the relationship between their bodies and the
                     spectators with their cameras, and reveal the ways in which dyke subjectivities are constructed
                     within the nation.

            Marie Vander Kloet - Embodying the Nation: Recreation Bodies as Discursive Terrain
                    Outdoor recreation institutions assert that treks through the wilderness offer a purification of
                    body and mind. These journeys allow recreationists to make claims to health, restoration and
                    most importantly to embody Canadian mythology. I examine how the bodies of recreationists
                    function as discursive terrain where gendered and racialized national myths are played out.

            Amy Gullage - Teaching with the Flesh – Fat Activism as a Pedagogical Tool
                   This paper will explore interventions and interruptions offered by fat activist projects and the
                   potential for using these projects as pedagogical tools. Specifically, I argue that these projects
                   enable educators a means to engage with the social, political and psychic implications of fatness.

            Session 2 – “Fashioning Selves: Time, Space and Gendered Bodies in Consumer

            Beth Pentney - Narratives of Embodiment from Online Audiences of Makeover Reality TV: A Case Study
                    Using content analysis of a random sample of the Fox network’s The Swan web forums from
                    2004-2005, I argue that fans of makeover culture articulate their embodied subjectivities using
                    discourses of makeover culture made available to them through the makeover reality TV genre.

            Ilya Parkins - Women’s Bodies as History: Lessons from Modern Fashion
                     Beginning from contemporary theorizations of the fashionable body and critical conversations
                     about women and modernity, this paper charts the significance of fashion in discourses of
                     feminine embodiment and modern temporality in the early to mid-twentieth century. Ultimately,
                     the body emerges as the materialization of a temporal regime characterized by a tension
                     between the past and the future.

            Donica Belisle - Feminists Go Shopping: Consumerism, Feminism, and the National Council of Women
                    Exploring the National Council of Women of Canada’s various consumer initiatives between 1893,
                    the year that Council was formed, and 1939, the year World War II broke out, this paper offers
                    new perspectives on Canadian feminism's long and complicated historical relationship with

Audrey MacNevin - Old Wine in A New Bottle?: The Holistic Challenge to Technical Beauty
       This paper investigates holistic bodily perspectives, which are purported to contain an aesthetic
       core and practice that, unlike the modernist ideal, uphold a belief in the body’s propensity to
       achieve its own unique expression of health, beauty and balance. Implications for gender, health
       and power in the Western context are explored.

Session 3 – “(Re)Imagining Embodiment: Racialization and Spatial Temporality”

Grace Irving - Border Crossings/Borderlands: Passing, Place, and Embodiment
         This paper explores the relevanceof Gloria Anzaldúa’s landmark work Borderlands/La Frontera to
         developing a theory of passing. I argue that Anzaldúa’s concept of the borderland offers a rich
         theoretical landscape for re-imagining acts of (for instance, gender and racial) passing as both
         performative and temporally and spatially embodied.

Shauna Shiels - Not Missing just Disposable: An historical genealogy of the construction of Indigenous
        By tracing an historical genealogy, this paper contends that in the construction of the North
        American landscape in colonial narratives, Aboriginal women are constructed as part of the
        landscape of the “new world” and, further, that through colonization of Aboriginal women’s
        bodies the colonization of land is made possible.

Melissa D’Souza - Water and Maternity in Jamaica Kincaid’s Annie John
        This paper examines the relationship between black women’s bodies and water-filled spaces in
        Jamaica Kincaid’s novel, Annie John. In this text, I argue, Kincaid produces water as space in which
        to reclaim the mother-daughter bond, to experience freedom of movement, and to re-member
        the colonial history that underlies the sea.

Session 4 - “Feminist Politics and Obesity Discourses: Multiple Registers”

Annie Pouliot & Genevieve Rail - “I might be blind…but I am not obese”: Avoiding obesity as a way
to “fit in” and controlling the “disabled” body
          In the context of a dominant obesity discourse, we used feminist poststructuralist
          discourse analysis and feminist disability theory to investigate the discursive constructions
          of the “healthy body” among 20 young women living with a visual disability. Our findings
          suggest that our participants’ visual disability does not prevent them from associating
          health with being “not fat”.

Emma Harper & Genevieve Rail - Resistance or Restraint? Young Pregnant Women’s Discursive
Constructions of the Body
        Using a perspective informed by feminist poststructuralist discourse analysis, we explore how 15
        young pregnant women constitute their subjectivities within discourses on obesity, beauty, and
        bodily control. Notably, we discuss how the participants’ narratives reproduce both dominant and
        alternative bodily discourses, leading to possibilities for disruption and transformation.

Shannon Jette & Genevieve Rail - ‘Weighing In’: Pregnant Women’s Discursive Constructions of Physical
Activity and the Body in the Context of the So-Called ‘Obesity Epidemic’
         In this paper, we draw upon a poststructuralist discourse analysis of ‘inter-views’ with 10
         pregnant women to explore their discursive constructions of physical activity and the body, and
         to examine whether and how they are subject of (and position themselves within) the dominant
         motherhood discourse and the dominant obesity discourse.

Zeina Abou-Rizk & Genevieve Rail – “Judging a Body by Its Cover”: How Young Lebanese-Canadian
Women Construct a “Healthy Body”
        Using feminist poststructuralist and postcolonial lenses, this paper investigates the discursive
        constructions of the “healthy body” among 20 young Lebanese-Canadian women. We show how

                       most young women construct the “healthy body” on the basis of being “not fat.” We also discuss
                       the language used by participants to construct their multiple and shifting subjectivities.


                       Canadian Association for the Study of International Development
                       Association Canadienne d’études du développement international

                                 Development in a new world order
                          Le développement dans un nouvel ordre mondial

                                         SESSIONS OF INTEREST, MAY 31ST

11:00 A.M. – 12:45 P.M. PANEL 7 – LOCAL EV6 - 809

Gender and Development Issues in Africa

      Myriam Kabongo Neba – Tshwane University of Technology:

              The African Woman

      Shelly Jones – State University of New York, Potsdam
       Daniel Ahimbisibwe – Uganda Martyrs University, Kampala:

              Young women meeting the needs of young women through ICT and local knowledge:
              Explorations of a grass-roots ICT-facilitated business enterprise

      Theresa Ulicki – Dalhousie University

              Perceptions and Responses: Why Policewomen Behave the Way They Do

1:45 – 3:30 P.M. PANEL 12 – LOCAL LB- 619

Gender and Livelihood issues in Iran, Bangladesh and Cameroon

      Roksana Bahramitash – University of Montreal
       Zohreh Fanni – Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

              Women’s Self-Employment and Cooperative in Low-Income Neighbourhoods in Tehran

      Shah Md Nawaz – Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

              Microfinance and Women’s Empowerment: Evidence from a Village Study in Bangladesh

      Lotsmart Fongjong – University of Buea, Cameroon

              The paradox of Gender discrimination in land ownership and women’s contributions to poverty
              alleviation in Cameroon

3:45 – 5:30 P.M. PANEL 18 – LOCAL EV6- 809

Gender and Environment

      Christine Gibb – University of Guelph

              The Gender of Trees

      Ishara Mahat – University of Western Ontario

              Gender, Energy and Human Freedom in Nepal

      Marie Fall – Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
       Salmata Ouedraogo – Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

              Femmes et changements climatiques en Afrique subsaharienne

                                       SESSIONS OF INTEREST, JUNE 1ST

3:45 – 5:30 P.M. PANEL 22 – LOCAL EV11- 705

Gender and Development in Central and Southeast Asia

      Shama Dossa – University of Toronto

              Troubling Empowerment Narratives

      Aamir Jamal – University of Calgary

              Engaging men for gender equality and girls’ education in the Pashtun tribes of Afghanistan and
              Northern Pakistan

      Maliha Crishti – University of Toronto

              Gender and the Development Battlefield in Afghanistan – Nation-Builders vs. Nation Betrayers

   Bipasha Baruah – California State University, USA

           Minding the Gap: Gender and Property

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