Women & Gender Studies Institute


GSU BLM Statement of Solidarity

On behalf of the Women and Gender Studies Graduate Students’ Union, we would like to publicly reiterate our solidarity with Black communities in Canada and abroad in the fight against anti-Blackness and racism. To read our full Statement of Solidarity, … Read more

Department Offices Physically Closed

Due to Covid-19, the WGSI department offices are physically closed.  Staff and the faculty admin. team are working remotely and accessible via email or phone during regular office hours, M-F 9-5.  If you need to reach us see contactsRead more

City of Toronto WGSI Scholarship 35th Anniversary Party!

PLEASE SAVE THIS DATE: MARCH 27, 2020; 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.; WILSON HALL, NEW COLLEGE.  2020 marked the 35th anniversary of the City of Toronto Women’s Scholarship award (established in 1985). Join us for an intergenerational celebration, where this year’s awardees will be … Read more

WGSI Study Group

The WGSI Study Sessions are open to all WGSI MA and PhD students. These WGSI Study Sessions are meant to be a safe and accessible space for cohort members (at any stage of their degree) to gather and work. … Read more

Congratulations to Professor Trimble

Professor Trimble’s first book, Undead Ends: Stories of Apocalypse, was published by Rutgers in May. The first launch was held on Friday, September 13 at TYPE books in the Junction and the second will be a joint event with … Read more

Gwen Benaway featured in the UofT news

As the first in her family to attend college or university, Gwen Benaway struggled with feeling a sense of belonging in higher education. “I didn’t have the financial or social supports to continue my education after I completed my undergraduate … Read more

WGSI Welcomes Postdoctoral Fellows

We are thrilled to welcome Debby Wilson Danard and Nikoli Attai, who were recently chosen as two of 8 recipients of the 2019-2021 University of Toronto Provostial Postdoctoral Fellows Programme for Black and Indigenous Scholars.   DR. DEBBY WILSON DANARD is  Anishinaabe, sturgeon clan, born … Read more

Fleck Prize 2019: Michelle Murphy

Congratulations to Michelle Murphy for recently being awarded the Fleck Prize for her book The Economization of Life from the Society the Social Studies of Science, which is the main book prize for works in the field of science and … Read more

WGSRF National Essay Awards

Students enrolled in the joint undergraduate/ graduate seminar Challenging Coloniality: Caribbean Sexualities in Transnational Perspective took home first prize at the Graduate and Undergraduate levels for the 2019 annual Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes (WGSRF) essay awards. Congratulations … Read more

National Magazine Award

GWEN BENAWAY won the gold medal in the personal journalism category at the 42nd annual National Magazine Awards for her essay A Body Like a Home, Hazlitt, May 30, 2018. Gwen has just completed her first year in the … Read more

Inaugural Brianna O’Connor Hersey Scholarship

On November 28, 2018, WGSI celebrated the life of Brianna O’Connor Hersey, a PhD student in WGSI who died on March 31, 2018, with the awarding of the inaugural Brianna O’Connor Hersey Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded annually to … Read more

Congratulations to Professor Rinaldo Walcott

Professor Rinaldo Walcott of the Department of Social Justice Education has been promoted to the rank of Professor, effective July 1, 2018. Professor Walcott is an innovative and internationally influential interdisciplinary scholar in the areas of Black studies, cultural studies, … Read more

Brianna O’Connor Hersey – March 31, 2018

At the age of 36, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, at home in Toronto from end stage bowel disease. Brianna was an activist, a leader, a rebel, a voice for gender equity. She was born and schooled in Toronto (Oriole … Read more

Black and Caribbean Diasporic Feminisms Research Workshop

April 6-7, 2018 Political Science Conference Room, Room 3130 Sidney Smith, 100 St. George Street, University of Toronto Sponsors: Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto; Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga; Caribbean Studies, University of Toronto; Geography and Planning … Read more

MENA Women: From Street Protest to Online Activism

Please join the Women & Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto for a two-day International Conference on “MENA Women: From Street Protest to Online Activism”, March 22nd and 23rd, 2018. Scholars, academics, researchers, feminist activists, gender rights advocates, public … Read more

Congratulations Dr. Lisa Yoneyama

It is with great pleasure that WGSI congratulate Dr. Lisa Yoneyama for winning the 2018 Association for Asian American Studies Award for Best Book for Humanities and Cultural Studies (Literary Studies) for Cold War Ruins: Transpacific Critique of American JusticeRead more

WGSI 2017 Doctoral Research Seminar

Please join us for the  WGSI  2017 Doctoral Research Seminar! ***WHEN: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 ***From 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. ***WHERE: Room 2053, 2nd Floor, Wilson Hall, New College ~~~~ PRESENTERS **Afiya Shehrbano Zia: “Faith and Feminism in Pakistan: Religious … Read more

We Are The Land – Last Day Today

Today will wrap up Jaime Black’s Artist Residency.  Below are the details for the Public Workshop Activation and Closing Gathering which we hope you will join us for. Just a reminder that the Silent Auction for the Onaman Collective willRead more

Huda Hassan on the Current

On January 15, 2017, Huda Hassan was on the Current talking about her amazing initiative reaching out to Black women to help with graduate school applications, as part of a longer conversation about institutional discrimination and anti-black racism. Guests included … Read more

Dr. Bonnie McElhinny Receives the June Larkin Award

Dr. Bonnie McElhinny has been selected for the June Larkin Award for Pedagogical Development for 2017-18 for her project “Something in the Water:  Watershed Pedagogies and Teachings about Water in Toronto”.  This award recognizes past achievements, and provides for course … Read more

Faculty of Arts and Science Plan Your Program Expo

Thursday, March 24, 2016 Sidney Smith Lobby, 100 St. George Street 12-3 pm Hello first year students! It’s time to think about selecting your programs of study! Whether you have already made your choice or are still deciding, you should … Read more

In the Spirit of Beth

You are invited to a public gathering to pay tribute to Beth Brant (Degonwadonti) – her life and her groundbreaking work.  Folks will be reading from some of her incredible writings, and we will be honouring Beth in the spirit … Read more

Black+Queer+Human: A Conversation

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 William Doo Auditorium 45 Willcocks Street, University of Toronto, St. George 9:00 am – 8:00 pm Symposium Schedule “Black+Queer+Human: A Conversation” is a one-day symposium that attends to the present urgency of critical conversations from … Read more

Graphic! Sex! Education!

Thursday, September 24, 2015 7:00 – 9:00 pm D.G. Ivey Library – New College – 20 Willcocks Street What does social justice sex education look like?  What does it do? How does it work?   What happens when you cross a … Read more

2013-14 Community Knowledge Event on Cyber-Misogyny Forum

WGS at UTM enabled a very successful 2013-14 Community Knowledge Event on Cyber-Misogyny Forum. Noted Canadian feminists Anne Thériault and Steph Guthrie recently visited U of T Mississauga to talk about online violence and cyber bullying for the monthly Feminist … Read more

Opinion: Silencing charities isn’t the answer

On August 9, 2014, the Edmonton Journal featured  an article written by WGSI graduate Joanne Cave. The Canada Revenue Agency’s political audit crackdown limits charities’ independence, constrains their ideological stances and paralyzes innovation, writes Joanne Cave.  Read the Read more

Congratulations to WGSI PhD Student Sonny Dhoot

Sonny was nominated and chosen for the Canadian Sociological Association Outstanding Graduating Sociology Student Award at the MA level. In the spring of 2013, the CSA-SCS launched an initiative to assist Canadian University and College Sociology Departments in recognizing their … Read more

Our Collective Strength Report – December 11, 2013

On November 7, 2013 the Migrant Mothers Project hosted “Our Collective Strength”, a community event to raise consciousness on the intersections of violence against women, precarious immigration status and human rights.  This event was generously sponsored by the Women & … Read more

Cinematic Translations: The Work of John Akomfrah

November 27 – 29, 2013 This tri-campus 3-day event features the Artist in Residence to include:  keynote by Professor Manthia Diawara (NYU), Conversations and Salons with Cameron Bailey (Artistic Director of TIFF) and Professor Manthia Diawara, a symposium on the … Read more

Our Collective Strength: The Migrant Mothers Project

Date: November 7, 2013 Time: 5:30-8:00 p.m. Location: William Doo Auditorium The Migrant Mothers Project will be hosting “Our Collective Strength”, a community event to raise consciousness on the intersections of violence against women, precarious immigration status and human rights. … Read more

WGSI PhD Launch

Women & Gender Studies Institute, Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto Invites you to celebrate the launch of the Women & Gender Studies Institute PhD Program FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th,  2013 1:00-4:00 PM – Public Lectures: On the PoliticsRead more

Alissa Trotz wins President’s Teaching Award

Dr. Alissa Trotz is an Associate Professor who has taught in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies at OISE and is currently cross-appointed to Women and Gender Studies (WGSI) and the Caribbean Studies Program at New College. Following a … Read more