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Communal Conversations: A Roundtable Symposium on the Future of Knowledge-Making

May 6, 2022 — May 7, 2022
Time: 9:30 AM — 3:30 PM

Location: Zoom


The Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies will be hosting Communal Conversations: A Roundtable Symposium on the Future of Knowledge-Making, a two-day event that aspires to examine what it would look like to move beyond institutionalized (academic, governmental, religious, medical, etc.) methods of inquiry and knowledge-making. This symposium is made possible in part thanks to the contributions of the following: Joint Chair in Women’s and Gender Studies, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Department of English Language and Literature, School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, Institute of Political Economy, and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Land Acknowledgement and Welcoming Remarks

Counter-Mapping and Arts-Based Approaches to Urban Futurities: (Re)Imagining the City Roundtable

Presented by Alix Aylen, Bria Hamilton, and Farida Rady from (Re)Imagining the City Collective

Education, Communication, and Discourse

Comparing Social Discourse on TikTok and Reddit: The Value of Seeing the Whole Person, by Andy Zubac

Sharing the Stories of the Black Diaspora in Canada and in a Digital Era: The Use of Podcasts for Knowledge-sharing, by Channon Oyeniran

La Chismosa: Gossip as Means of Survival, Knowledge Production and Information Exchange, by Davina McCormack-Andia

Migration and Refugees: Immigrant Non-Native Novice Teachers of English Professional Identity Formation, by Dina Zaid Kilani

Sex Ed with Daniella Noël

Daniella has passionately and enthusiastically devoted her life’s work to Queer advocacy and the empowerment of underrepresented and systemically harmed communities. On an adventure that started off with her drive to be the next Sue Johanson, community has transformed her vision. Daniella’s passion and mission is to empower individuals of ALL ages to own and celebrate their (and others’) unique and intersectional identities….cause there is nothing sexier than being your authentic selves.

Body Politics

Baited Futures: Queer Baiting, Race, and Queer Futurity, by Rachel Kashul

Liberation or Compulsory Able-Bodiedness: Cripping Health at Every Size, by Faith Stadnyk

Violence Against Who? Analyzing Underlying Systems of Knowledge Within the Conceptualization of Gendered Violence, by Jessica McCarthy

Closing Remarks

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Opening Remarks

Filipino Student-Activists Roundtable

Presented by Charlene Herrera, Jezreel Morales, and Alyssa Schenk

Familial Storytelling

“The Family” as Resistance: Disentangling Social Reproduction from Capitalism Towards Prefigurative, Post-Colonial Futures, by Kenya Thompson

So I Stayed: Narratives of Agency from Punjabi Canadian Women in Forced Marriages, by Sukhi Dhaliwal

Obolo Skulls to my Tears, by Victory Anthony-Nted

Transtrending: A Drag Performance with Anni Elation

The wonderful and talented Anni Elation is gracing our (virtual) stage with two show-stopping drag performances and a special Q&A session about her drag. You don’t want to miss this! And why don’t you give her a follow on Instagram @anni.elation – she would be absolutely, well, elated!

Art and Activism

Counterhegemonic Feminist Art in Sex Workers’ Activism, by Kathleen Cherrington

Drag, Clownery, and Shared Non-Binary Meaning Making, by Jamie Headrick

Colonizing the Civilized World, by Ruwan Pathiranage Dilinika Madumali Rajarathna

Closing Remarks

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