WGS Research Seminar

The 2019-2020 seminar series is scheduled monthly on a Wednesday, from 4:00–6:00 p.m. The WGS Research Seminar is a monthly forum for interdisciplinary research in feminist and gender studies. Directed at both faculty and graduate students within the WGSI and across the campus as a whole, the seminar’s goal is to foster intellectual engagement with key theoretical, social and political questions touching on gender and feminism and their many intersections through the presentation of cutting-edge work by leading researchers both within and beyond the University of Toronto.

All University of Toronto faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend these seminars. WGSI Master’s and Ph.D. students and graduate students enrolled in the WGS Collaborative Specialization are required to attend 80% of the research seminars. Please ensure that you sign the attendance sheet that is circulated at each seminar.

Fall 2020 Schedule (TBA)

Fall 2019 Schedule

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Adelle Blackett, McGill University

Everyday Transgressions:  Domestic Workers’ Transnational Challenge to International Labour Law

In this book, Blackett tells the story behind the ILO’s 2011 Decent Work for Domestic Workers’ Convention No. 189, and its accompanying Recommendation No. 201 – they created the first comprehensive, international standards to extend protections and rights to domestic workers laboring in homes around the world.  As the principal legal architect of these instruments, Blackett takes us behind the scenes to show us how they transgress the everyday law of the household workplace to embrace domestic workers’ human rights claims to be workers like any other – and like no other. Read more.

JHB100A, Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Richa Nagar, University of Minnesota

Hungry Translations in Search of Justice

Richa Nagar’s transgenre and multilingual scholarship, creative writing, and cultural work in English, Hindi/ Hindustani, and Awadhi blurs the borders of academia, arts, and activism to build alliances with people’s struggles and to engage questions of ethics, responsibility, and justice through knowledge making. She is Professor of the College in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, USA, where she holds a Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence and a Beverly and Richard Fink Professorship in Liberal Arts. Richa has worked closely with the Sangtin movement of farmers and laborers in India. Read more.

JHB100A, Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street.

Winter 2020

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Kandice Chuh, City University of New York

Pedagogies of Il/liberal Humanism

Can the humanities be oriented toward the ends of proliferating imaginaries and sensibilities disidentified from the ideologies and logics of liberalism and derived instead from attention to the entangled histories of and ongoing connection among the impoverishment of peoples and worlds, enslaved and gendered labor, Indigenous dispossession, developmentalism, and knowledge work? What pedagogies and practices afford the generation of imaginaries organized by the radical, irrevocable relationality of these connections? Kandice Chuh engages such questions in this talk as she proposes as a collective project for the humanities the elicitation of subjects and social structures capable of reckoning with these entangled conditions. Read more.

JHB100A, Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street

Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Adelle Blackett, McGill University

Andrea Allen, University of Toronto

Andrea Allen is conducting an ethnographic research project about LGBT evangelicals in Brazil and the Brazilian diaspora. They are also interested in looking at the experiences of Afro-Brazilians who are members of inclusive (LGBT-led) churches and will be discussing the project broadly and then perhaps focus on one or two major findings thus far. Andrea S. Allen research has addressed matters of race, sexuality, gender, violence, and religion in Brazil and the African Diaspora. Through a focus on LGBTQ Brazilians, especially Afro-Brazilian lesbian women, her work explores the effects of marginalization from an embodied perspective. Dr. Allen has conducted ethnographic research related to the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé, same-sex sexuality, and gender. Read more.

JHB100A, Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street.