I will be giving a talk at the University of British Columbia as a part of the Social Justice @ UBC Noted Scholars Lecture Series. The talk, “Public Poetics, Public Women,” will take place from 4:00 – 5:30pm in Buchanan Tower, room 599.
Hook & Eye: Fast Feminism, Slow Academe SPECIAL ISSUE on Violence.
CALL FOR POSTS
December 6 is the Canadian National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
On December 6 we remember Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte, and Barbara Klucznik-Widajewiczthe – the fourteen women murdered on December 6, 1989 at the École Polytechnique in Montreal. We also remember all the missing and murdered women in Canada. We live in a country in which violence against women is systematic, institutionalized, and pernicious: it happens on campuses, it happens in communities, it happens in this country every day.
This fall, we’ve had two more reminders of the importance of addressing violence against women. We’ve seen university students singing out rape chants as a part of first-year orientation. This September, we have also seen the Canadian government reject the United Nations’ call for a national review to end violence against Aboriginal women. Indeed, a recent study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives concludes that “Canada lacks [a] coherent response to end violence against women” altogether. http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/news-releases/canada-lacks-coherent-response-end-violence-against-women-study
With but two recent examples in mind we ask: what does it mean, in this context, to participate in a National Day of both “Remembrance” and “Action”?
This December, feminist blog Hook & Eye will host a collection of posts that address this question. Posts might reflect on the the Polytechnique massacre directly, investigate the intersections of gender/violence/academia, and/or denounce gender-based violence elsewhere and everywhere. The December 6 series will be curated by Erin Wunker and Andrea Beverley, two feminist scholars currently based at Mount Allison University. We invite 500-700 word texts (in French or English) or non-text pieces (video, photomontage, visual interventions). Please send submissions to ewunker [at] mta [dot] ca and abeverley [at] mta [dot] ca by Monday, November 18.
Interview with Mount Allison Public Relations specialist Laura Dillman
Interview and informational piece about CWILA on rabble.ca
CBC’s Tori Weldon interviewed me about CWILA, the 2012 Count, and equity and activism in Canadian literary culture: Interview about CWILA on CBC
I participated in an Idle No More teach-in at Dalhousie University in January 2013, we had more that 400 people in the auditorium. You can see my presentation here.
I have moved! As of July 1st I am an Assistant Professor (limited term) in the Department of English at Mount Allison University in beautiful Sackville, New Brunswick. You can read about my transition from Dalhousie to Mount Allison here.
Why Does It Matter? is a new blog that I am co-curating with Bart Vautour. It is a series of guest posts articulating various aspects of the import of diverse Humanities scholarship. The notion for this blog first emerged from a collaborative undertaking at the TransCanada Institute in Guelph, Ontario in the spring of 2013. The event in Guelph made apparent a need for a forum for brief articulations of diverse aspects of the humanities project.
Public Poetics continues! The editorial collective is hard at work.