2019-20 Past Events

2018-19 Past Events

Le sujet du féminisme est-il blanc?

November 23, 2018


Always a Zero-Sum Game?

Exploring the Tensions Between Academic Freedom and Anti-oppression

September 24-25, 2018


Muslim Women: Identities, labels and lived experiences

November 14, 2017


FEMINIST SEX WARS: Sexual Representation as Threat and Empowerment

Richcraft Hall, Carleton University

 February 27, 2017

9:00am – 6:30pm

This full-day bilingual symposium engages with historical and current controversies relating to sexual representation.  Experts in the feminist pornography debates of the 80’s and 90’s will provide historical, cultural and legal context, and consider how those debates inform contemporary struggles over issues like ‘sexting’, ‘revenge porn’ and ‘rape culture.’

Blending critical analysis with creative expression, the symposium also features artist-scholars who will offer performances and insight on the role of erotica as empowerment, pleasure and resistance.  The day will conclude with a video-viewing and conversation with members of the Kiss & Tell collective, whose sexually explicit photographic exhibition, Drawing the Line, made a key intervention into the Canadian sex wars.

Panelists include Brenda Cossman (University of Toronto), Karen Busby (University of Manitoba), Trish Salah (Queen’s), Lara Karaian (Carleton University), Patricia Gentille (Carleton University), Lizard Jones (Kiss & Tell), Susan Stewart (Kiss & Tell), Tracy Bear (University of Alberta), Geraldine King (Queen’s) and Ummni Khan (Carleton University).

This event is sponsored by the Joint Chair in Women’s and Gender Studies, the Faculty of Public Affairs, and Sexuality Studies

1991 Kiss &Tell Susan Stewart (Photographer) in collaboration with Persimmon Blackbridge and Lizard Jones | 1991 Kiss & Tell Susan Stewart (photographe) en collaboration avec Persimmon Blackbridge et Lizard Jones

1991 Kiss &Tell Susan Stewart (Photographer) in collaboration with Persimmon Blackbridge and Lizard Jones | 1991 Kiss & Tell Susan Stewart (photographe) en collaboration avec Persimmon Blackbridge et Lizard Jones


An Evening with Trey Anthony

Playwright/Actor/Executive Producer of the theatrical production Da Kink in My Hair

November 1st, 2016 4-6pm


Trey Anthony Writer/Exec Producer/Actor

The Joint Chair in Women’s Studies at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa will be hosting an evening with Trey Anthony, the award-winning playwright, actor, executive producer, and director of the theatrical production “Da Kink in My Hair”.

Anthony was the first Black Canadian woman to write and produce a television show of the same name for the Global Television Network and has been a writer and producer for the W Network, Comedy Network and CTV. Anthony volunteers with Black Queer Youth Group in Toronto, mentoring female adolescent girls and in 2009, she founded a woman-focused wellness facility The Trey Anthony@One Centre in Toronto.


“Thinking of the body  as territory and liminal space”
« Réflexions sur le corps comme territoire et comme espace liminal »

November 24, 2015 at Carleton University

Affiche Bil Poster 24 Nov2015 Conf CU

Featuring: Art Exhibit: Body Mapping with Robynn Collins, University of Ottawa

Speakers: Greta Hofmann Nemiroff, former Joint Chair in Women’s Studies at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa; Mythili Rajiva, Alexandre Baril, and Hayley Crooks, University of Ottawa; Lara Karaian, Carleton University; Mary Bunch, McGill University; Djenabou Sangaré, Réseau d’action pour l’égalité des femmes immigrées et racisées du Québec (RAFIQ); Readings of creative writings on the body performed by graduate students of the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies, Carleton University, with novelist Michèle Vinet

Partners: Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, University of Ottawa and Pauline Jewett Institute of Women and Gender Studies, Carleton University



“Suspect bodies, deviant bodies”
« Corps suspects, corps déviants »

March 16, 2015 at the University of Ottawa

CCEF Affiche JCWS Poster 16 mars March 2015

Featuring: Photo exhibition Unarmed by Olivia Johnston

Speakers: Amnesty International, Aboriginal Women’s Groups, The Stephen Lewis Foundation (the Grandmothers campaign for children orphaned by AIDS in Africa), Academics, Researchers, Graduate Students and  Activists (on topics ranging from torture, social profiling, self-mutilation in prison, to the representations of women’s bodies in Orange is the New Black and Unité 9

Creative Writing Workshop with Michèle Vinet on the body

Partners: Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, University of Ottawa and Pauline Jewett Institute of Women and Gender Studies, Carleton University



“Dancing Around the World for Social Justice”
« Danser à travers le monde pour la justice sociale »

November 12, 2014 at Carleton University

Featuring: Art Exhibit, Dance performances, Gender, Confinement and Creativity” Video from Carleton University

As a part of their course WGST 4812A/WGST 5901A/SOWK 5703F “Gender, Confinement and Creativity”, given at the Carleton University by Sylvie Frigon, incumbent of the Joint Chair in Women’s Studies of the University of Ottawa and the Carleton University, students attended contemporary dance workshops with the Parisian choreographer, Claire Jenny. A video was shot in tunnels and a live performance of the choreographed worked was presented at the «Dancing around the World for Social Justice» conference held in November, 2014.

Speakers: Propeller Dance (Ottawa), Dance United (London), Point-Virgule (Paris), Les Grands Ballets Canadiens of Montreal

Poster – Dancing Around the World for Social Justice


“Under My Skin”: The Politics of Flesh

April 5 and 6, 2014 at the University of Ottawa

Carleton University & University of Ottawa Graduate Colloquium

Under my Skin Poster

Under my Skin Program


“Sex Work After Bedford:  Legal Reform in Canada”

March 26, 2014 and March 27, 2014 at the University of Ottawa

Speakers: Catherine Healy, National Coordinator, New Zealand Prostitutes Collective, New Zealand Valerie Scott, Legal Coordinator of SPOC (Sex Professionals of Canada), one of the three plaintiffs who brought forward the Bedford case Robyn Maynard, Outreach Worker at Stella, l’Amie de Maimie (Montreal organization providing support to sex workers) Frances M. Shaver, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University Alan N. Young, Professor, Osgoode Law School, York University, the lawyer who argued the Bedford case before the Supreme Court Maria Nengeh Mensah, Professor of Social Work, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Emily Symons, POWER (Prostitutes of Ottawa/Gatineau Work, Educate and Resist) Zhaawanongnoodin (Colleen Cardinal), Families of Sisters in Spirit, Ottawa Megan Rivers-Moore, Professor, Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies, Carleton University Kristen Gilchrist, Families of Sisters in Spirit, Ottawa Libby Davies, Member of Parliament for Vancouver East, British Columbia (NDP) Chris Bruckert, Professor of Criminology, University of Ottawa – and Member of POWER (Prostitutes of Ottawa-Gatineau Work, Educate and Resist) Sheri Kiselbach, Violence Prevention Coordinator, PACE Society, Vancouver

JCWS Conference UO March 2627 Eng


“A Place Between: The Story of an Adoption” Film

November 16, 2013 at Carleton University

The film was followed by an informal discussion moderated by Dr. Karen March, Sociology Professor at Carleton University.



“2013 Student Conference”

April 11, 2013 at the University of Ottawa

Link to poster

Link to program – English

Link to program – French


“Gender, Liberation and Futures in South Africa: Women’s Art Practice as Alternative Political Arena”

March 28, 2013 at Carleton University

Talk by Annie E. Coombes, professor of Material and Visual Culture, in the of School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media, Birkbeck, University of London

When the Monument to the Women of South Africa was unveiled in Pretoria in August 2000, much was riding on the ability of the monument to invoke the presence and necessity of women for the country’s past and for securing its success in the future.  The Monument was designed to recall not only the crucial role played in the liberation struggle by women from all constituencies (and across class and colour lines) but also the ways in which such a past can work to enable a new vision of the future.

This lecture argued that while the conventional political terrain in South Africa appears to be stalling on delivering the fruits of a democratic process, a new space for effective political activism on the ground has been opened up by women makers and artists. The lecture explored some of the extraordinary projects which have effectively taken the initiative to transform complex social environments still blighted by the devastating legacy of the apartheid years and the economic and health challenges presented by years of official denialism in the face of the AIDS/HIV pandemic. It argued that gender is a critical component in these art projects’ success.


“Where are we now? Women, Race, and Class in Academic Life” 

November 8, 2012 at Carleton University



“Student Conference on Gender-Culture-Society” 

March 30, 2012 at Carleton University

Student Conference on Gender-Culture-Society


“Feminists, Scholars, and Activists at the Pivot Point”

March 21, 2011 at the University of Ottawa

How scholarship and activism came together in our work. This is an issue of great interest to women’s studies students who frequently wonder why all this scholarship matters or ask if it is possible to be a passionate advocate and scholar at the same time. There are many areas where this kind of tension of particularly keen, where debates about neutrality, distance, and engagement are particularly strong.


 “Prostitution and the Criminal Code”

November 29, 2010 at Carleton University

The panelists discussed the impact of the recent Superior Court decision that struck down three key sections on the criminal code on prostitution. Valerie Scott, one of the three women who launched this legal challenge, and Alan Young, their lawyer who argued the case, two key figures in this recent land mark ruling on prostitution, are among the speakers.