Feminist Institute for Social Transformation: A New Name for PJIWGS!

As one of the last phases of our curricular changes over the past few years, the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies will become the Feminist Institute for Social Transformation in Fall 2022. We wanted a name change that would signal our new identity as the home base not only for Women’s and Gender Studies but for Sexuality Studies and Disability Studies, which joined the Institute in 2018, as well as Critical Race Studies which was launched this past year. We will continue to use all of those names for our Major, Minors, and MA degree programs in Women’s and Gender Studies, but the new name will serve as an umbrella that reflects the Institute’s history as the hub for feminist research, teaching, and institutional work at Carleton, as well as our commitment to social justice and social transformation.

We note also that, while we will no longer be using Pauline Jewett’s name as part of the Institute’s name, her important legacy continues to be represented in the Pauline Jewett Award for undergraduate students that was created by the Institute, and we will continue to honour her achievements, including her role as Chancellor at Carleton, along with the generation of feminists like her who did so much to make changes to institutions across Canada.

Stay tuned for the rollout of these changes, including on our website, which will start to take place over the course of the summer. We expect to have a launch event in the fall to celebrate the new name.