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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Simone de Beauvoir Institute - Upcoming Events

Upcoming at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Montreal

Research Associates' Speakers Session

"It's actually very normal that I'm different: discursive constructions and
performative strategies of Dutch disabled youth regarding their body/self"

Noortje van Amsterdam,

Ph.D. candidate at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 2pm
Simone de Beauvoir Classroom
2170 Bishop, MU 101, Concordia University
Montreal, QC
This event if free. All welcome!

> Upcoming community events & news
> 1) First Spring Grass Fire Monday November 05
> 2) She Had a Laugh Like a Beefsteak Tuesday November 06
> 3) How sustainability and girls' education can co-exist in the
developing world
Thursday November 08
> 4) midi-conférence sur les réalités intersexes Tuesday November 12
> 5) Islamic Law, Women's Rights, and Popular Consciousness in Malaysia
November 15
> 6) The Construction and Performance of Masculinity in Early Twentieth
Dance Theatre Friday November 16
> 7) Whose Business Is Risk? Friday November 16
> 8) CALL FOR RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS: Edgy Colloqium: Art/Sports /Gender
> 9) CALL FOR PAPERS: Counter or Parallel Narratives to Twenty-First-Century
Commemoration of Genocide and Atrocity
> 10) CALL FOR PAPERS AND PANELS: Social Transformation and the Digital Age
> 11) CALL FOR PAPERS: Visual Communication Journal, DIFFERENCE AND
> 12) Job posting (University of Saskatchewan)
> 1) First Spring Grass Fire
> Nov 5, 2012
> 7 p.m.
> Concordia Coop Bookstore (2150 Bishop)
> Transgender indie electronica singer‐songwriter Rae Spoon will be
closing this
years edition of the Local Legends Reading Series, reading from their
first book,
First Spring Grass Fire. This first book by Rae (who uses "they" as a
pronoun) is
a candid, powerful story about a young person growing up queer in a strict
Pentecostal family in Alberta.
> "The thing about Rae Spoon's storytelling style is that it sneaks up on
powerful and plain-spoken, but sly and subtle as well. It wasn't until the
end of
many of Spoon's sentences that I realized I had just been emotionally
stomach‐punched, and from the side, too. This book is brave and
blasphemous, and
shines just like Rae Spoon's songwriting does: beautiful, haunting words
by a truly one-of‐a‐kind voice."
> —Ivan E. Coyote, author of Missed Her
> Rae Spoon is a transgender musician/writer/workshop facilitator
originally from
Calgary. Rae has been nominated for a Polaris Prize, toured
internationally, and
released six solo albums. They were recently published in the Arsenal Pulp
anthology Persistence and composed the instrumental score for the National
Board film Dead Man. Rae will soon be the subject of a National Film Board
documentary. Rae lives in Montreal.
> 2) She Had a Laugh Like a Beefsteak
> Nov 6, 2012
> 5:30 p.m.
> McGill Department of Art History and Communication Studies
> Arts building, room w-215
> Susan Silton
> Los Angeles based artist
> Los Angeles-based artist Susan Silton activates the multivalent space of
the voice
in this performative lecture, drawing from diverse artistic, theoretical, and
anatomical sources to contextualize her multi-disciplinary practice. The
title of
Silton's presentation, She Had a Laugh Like a Beefsteak, refers to a
of Gertrude Stein's laugh by biographer M.D. Luhan in 1935.
> The piece begins before the artist appears, in a sequence of dissolving
about the voice from a variety of sources. Silton, who does not utter a sound
throughout the piece, begins the performance by typing in RT while the
watches her "speak" through writing. The artist subsequently shifts from
RT typing
to a series of Powerpoint slides: in these she refers to the voice
offering a brief explanation and visuals for how vocal sound is produced; she
incorporates work by other artists whose work is informed by the framework
of the
voice, including Alvin Lucier, VALIE EXPORT, and Gary Hill; and introduces
theoretical discourses about the voice as it relates to gender, language,
> Silton then presents her own work through the participation of other
voices. Prior
to the lecture, the artist arranges for a facilitator to hand scripts to
audience members, explaining to each participant that the script is to be
read at
specific times. Each of these scripts—written by the artist in
first-person—describes one of the artist's bodies of work; a third voice
in the reading of each script by a different audience member.
> Silton returns at the end of the piece to RT typing, at which time she
asks that
the audience follow her outside to a designated area to collectively
perform a
voice-driven activity. Audiences proceed to follow the still silent artist
outside. In past presentations of the piece, Silton has handed out lyrics to
audience members and led a sing-along; she has also engaged viewers in
Whichever activity the artist engages, this is the first and only record
of the
artist's actual voice in the piece.
> Susan Silton resides in Los Angeles. Her practice engages multiple
strategies to mine the complexity of perception and to interrupt—through
combinations of humor, discomfort, and subterfuge—the "othering" that often
results from distorted perception. She works across diverse media including
photography/video, installation, performance, text, audio, offset
lithography, and
internet technologies, and within diverse contexts, such as public sites,
network platforms, and traditional galleries and institutions.
> Silton's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at Feigen
Contemporary, New York; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los
Angeles; SITE
Santa Fe, New Mexico; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Australian Centre for
Art, Melbourne; bank gallery, Los Angeles; Natural History Museum, Los
Angles Gallery, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Los
County Museum of Art; ICA/Philadelphia; Hammer Museum; and Allianz
Zeigniederlassung, Berlin, Germany, among others. In 2010 she was one of
twenty-one artists commissioned by the MAK Center for Art and
Architecture, Los
Angeles to conceive a billboard for the large-scale exhibition, How Many
Billboards? Art in Stead. Silton has received fellowships and awards from the
Getty/California Community Foundation, Cultural Affairs Department of the
City of
Los Angeles, The MacDowell Colony, Banff Centre for the Arts, Durfee
and Clockshop Foundation. Her work has been featured in Artforum, Art in
X-TRA, ArtLies, Flash Art, Cabinet, and in Self/Image by art historian Amelia
Jones. Silton's women's whistling group, the CROWING HENS, launched SHE HAD A
> 3) How sustainability and girls' education can co-exist in the
developing world
> Thursday November 8th
> 6 to 9 pm
> l'Ermitage (3510 Côte des Neiges)
> Fundraising conference
> A cocktail and silent auction will precede the keynote address which
will be given
in English.
> Limited number of 25$ tickets for students, regular tickets 100$
> To purchase: or (514) 933-6346.
> Tax receipts will be issued for $75.
> 60 million girls is pleased to welcome Roxanne Joyal and Jackson Kaguri
as our
keynote speakers for our 7th annual conference.
> Ms. Joyal is a founding member of Free the Children (FTC), a partner to
60 million
girls on past projects in Kenya and India. FTC is the world's largest
network of
children helping children, supporting them in 45 developing countries,
education and other programs to more than 55,000 children every day. A Rhodes
Scholar and graduate of Oxford University, Roxanne Joyal is co-CEO of Me
to We, a
social enterprise which provides alternative lifestyle choices for a
better world,
and founder of Me to We Artisans, an initiative that empowers over 500
women and
their families in Free The Children countries through financial literacy and
employable skills. Roxanne was a "Faces of the Future: 100 Young Canadians to
Watch" in Maclean's magazine, is an Action Canada Fellow.
> Mr. Kaguri founded the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project: a response to the
effects of AIDS in his hometown of Nyakagyezi, Uganda. This organization
free education, a farm and nutrition program, medical facilities and
support for
children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. 60 million girls is
supporting the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project this year through our partner The
Stephen Lewis Foundation. While studying at Makrere University, Jackson
co-founded an organization that helps Ugandan victims of human rights
and educates the public about their rights. He wrote A School for My
Village – an
inspiring book that tells the story of building the Nyaka Primary School.
He has
been named a CNN Hero, a Heifer International Hero and was recognized in Time
Magazine's 'Power of One' Series.
> 4) midi-conférence sur les réalités intersexes
> 12 novembre
> 12h30 à 14h
> Université du Québec à Montréal (20, rue Sainte-Catherine Est)
> Pavillon J.-A.-DeSève, salle DS-1950
> L'entrée est libre et aucune réservation n'est requise!
> La Chaire de recherche sur l'homophobie vous invite cordialement à un
midi-conférence en compagnie des professeures Janick Bastien Charlebois de
et Morgan Holmes de l'Université Wildfrid-Laurier.
> «Pour le propre bien de l'enfant» - Raisonnements médicaux légitimant la
médicalisation des enfants intersexes
> La médicalisation «corrective» des enfants intersexes a été
institutionnalisée et
légitimée sur la base du bien-être de l'enfant et de ses parents.
Produites sous
le paradigme de Money, les raisons évoquées se déclinent en l'incapacité
pour les
parents de composer avec leur naissance et d'entrer en lien avec l'enfant,
du développement identitaire sexué positif pour l'enfant, les risques de
rejet et
de discrimination par les pairs, puis sur l'impossibilité de connaître une
relationnelle et sexuelle épanouie. Dans cette présentation, nous
examinons chacun
de ces raisonnements et en dégageons les bases et a priori.
> Janik Bastien Charlebois, Ph.D.
> Professeure au Département de sociologie, UQAM
> Chercheure associée à la Chaire de recherche sur l'homophobie, UQAM
> Membre de l'équipe de recherche Sexualités et genres :
vulnérabilité, résilience
> Youth as a Time of Legal Limbo: implications for intersexualized youth
> Giving consideration to the Canadian context for children to exercise
their rights
as "mature minors", and to the UN Declaration of the Rights of Child,
with their status as "infants" (in the legal sense), I will discuss the
limits of
turning to the courts to secure rights of consent, bodily autonomy and the
protection of bodily integrity for intersexed children and youth. I will
instead for the informal shifting of knowledge paradigms and attitudinal
toward children and youth who have been intersexualised via the medical
institutional apparatus.
> Morgan Holmes, Ph.D.
> Université Wilfrid-Laurier (Waterloo, ON)
> Auteure de «Intersex : A Perilous Difference»
> Directrice de «Critical Intersex»
> 5) Islamic Law, Women's Rights, and Popular Consciousness in Malaysia
> Nov 15, 2012
> 12:00 p.m.
> Concordia Hall building
> H1220
> I amir Moustafa
> Associate Professor of International Studies
> Stephen Jarislowsky Chair at Simon Fraser University
> This study examines how lay Muslims in Malaysia understand foundational
in Islamic law, based on original survey research. The survey finds a
disjuncture between popular legal consciousness and core epistemological
commitments in Islamic legal theory. In its classic form, Islamic legal
theory was
marked by its commitment to pluralism and the centrality of human agency in
Islamic jurisprudence. Yet in contemporary Malaysia, lay Muslims tend to
understand Islamic law as being purely divine, with a single "correct"
answer to
any given question. The practical implications of these findings are
through examples of efforts by women's rights activists to reform family law
provisions in Malaysia. The examples illustrate how popular misconceptions of
Islamic law hinder the efforts of those working to reform family law codes
strengthening the hand of conservative actors wishing to maintain the
status quo.
> 6)The Construction and Performance of Masculinity in Early Twentieth
Century Dance
> Nov. 16
> 2:00 p.m.
> J.W. McConnell Building (1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West )
> LB 646
> CISSC presents:
> Charles R. Batson (Union College, USA)
> The 1909 arrival of Serge de Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in Paris marked the
beginning of two decades of collaboration among littérateurs, painters,
and choreographers, many not native to France. These collaborations were
to the formation of modernism and avant-gardist aesthetics. In his book,
Desire, and Anxiety in Early Twentieth-Century French Theatre" (Ashgate,
Dr. Batson explored the performances of the celebrated Russians and equally
innovative but less-known Ballets Suédois. In his talk, he shows how
bodies in
performance, the site where anxieties, drives, and desires of the French
were worked out, significantly influenced the direction of much artistic
expression in the twentieth century and subsequent thought about it. More
information on Charles R. Batson
> 7) Whose Business Is Risk?
> Nov 16, 2012
> 5:30 p.m.
> McGill University (downtown campus)
> At Thomson House (3650 McTavish)
> Free registration is required, lunch will be provided.
> Day-long graduate and post-graduate conference:
> Speakers include: Jason Behrmann, Goksen Can, Li Cornfeld, Emily Field,
Haiven, Pamela Lamb, Sabine Lebel, Dr. Bertrand Lebouché, David Lessard,
MacEntee, Nancy Mauro-Flude, Dylan Mulvin, Rae Rosenberg, Rafico Ruiz, Dr.
Thomas, Anne Vassal, Valerie Webber and Ardath Whynacht.
> Jointly organized by the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist
(IGSF) at McGill University, Media@McGill, The HTMlles 10 and Studio XX.
> Registration and Updates: (514) 398-3911
> 8) CALL FOR RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS: Edgy Colloqium: Art/Sports /Gender
> For 20 years, the annual Edgy Women Festival has presented politicized,
experimental and playful performance pieces, as well as workshops and
addressing evolving issues around gender and/or feminism. This year's
running from March 1-10, 2013, focuses on the theme ART/SPORTS/GENDER. In
addition to workshops and performance art pieces, the organizers of Edgy are
hoping to host a research colloquium where academics working on topics
related to
gender, sexuality, and feminism could present their research about art,
and gender. We hope that you might be interested in participating in
such a colloquium. Edgy would likely be able to provide a venue for the
either at the Blue Cat Boxing Club, or Studio 303. If you have research on
topic of art, sports, and gender and would be interested in a forum to
present it,
please send a short reply introducing yourself and your ideas for a research
> Danielle Barkley <>
> 9) CALL FOR PAPERS: Counter or Parallel Narratives to Twenty-First-Century
Commemoration of Genocide and Atrocity
> The deadline for sending in applications is December 1, 2012.
> Socialist Studies will be holding its 2013 conference from June 5-8 as
part of the
Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Victoria,
Victoria, BC, Canada
> This panel calls for papers from multi-disciplinary, feminist, and
perspectives that highlight obstructions to the efforts of individual and
remembrance after genocide and atrocity, ranging from national denial, to
political opposition, to personal rejection. We also welcome work that
draws on
insights and frameworks gleaned from previous genocidal crimes to construct
effective tools to investigate and commemorate other instances of extreme
inflicted on a group.
> Please send a a brief 100 word abstract & paper title to Session
> Dr. Karin Doerr (Simone de Beauvoir Institute and Montreal Institute of
Studies, Concordia University)
> and
> Dr. Sima Aprahamian (Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University)
> Sima Aprahamian, Ph.D.
> 10) CALL FOR PAPERS AND PANELS: Social Transformation and the Digital Age
> The deadline for sending in applications is January 15th 2013.
> The International Social Science Association is pleased to announce the
next World
Social Science Forum to be held in Montreal, 13th - 15th October 2013, on the
theme of "Social Transformation and the Digital Age".
> Further information can be found at the WSS Forum 2013 website
> 11) CALL FOR PAPERS: Visual Communication Journal, DIFFERENCE AND
> The deadline is 31 March 2013.
> Co-edited by GIORGIA AIELLO (University of Leeds) and LUC PAUWELS
(University of
> This special issue investigates the nexus of globalization and visual
communication through a rich discussion of the significance of national,
gendered, classed, countercultural, embodied and emplaced identities-among
It will interrogate a variety of visual communication texts and contexts,
including but not limited to those found in popular and consumer culture, web
design, social media, advertising, photography, branding and public
tourism and urban place-making.
> The visual is an especially privileged and in fact crucial mode of
in contexts of globalization thanks to its perceptual availability and
cross-cultural potential. The rise of global capitalism has been
associated with the increasing 'loss' of difference in cultural
production. As a
central issue in global interconnectivity, the key tension between
and heterogenization has generated interest and apprehension over the
and disappearance of difference across cultures. Less attention has been
given to
how cultural and social difference may be mobilized for symbolic and material
profit in global(izing) communication contexts, while also being a
factor in the production and reception of texts. Although a critique of
globalization as a homogenizing process is important and based on compelling
evidence, it is therefore necessary to account for the increasingly complex,
powerful and indeed heterogeneous ways in which contemporary communication is
realized in everyday life.
> We invite both article and visual essay submissions that address one or
more of
the following questions:
> = What do theoretical, critical and/or empirical approaches to social or
difference and diversity contribute to visual communication scholarship on
processes of globalization?
> = How can contemporary discussions of key articulations of difference and
globalization (e.g. transnationalism, postcolonialism, cosmopolitanism) be
enhanced by visual communication scholarship?
> = What are some of the major ways in which global visual communication
integrate, mobilize and/or exploit fundamental dimensions of social and
difference (such as race, gender, sexuality, class, nationality, political
religious beliefs, etc.)?
> = What processes, forms of understanding, and practices are typical or
required of
designers' work in the planning and production of visuals that aim to
generic meanings or, on the other hand, key forms of social and cultural
difference to either global/cross-cultural or local/ specific publics?
> = What are viewers' culturally or socially specific experiences of
global or
cross-cultural visual communication and how do their unique 'ways of seeing'
impact the 'reading' of globalization?
> Please send an extended 1,000 word abstract of your proposed article or
essay describing the focus and content of the proposed contribution to
AIELLO,, by 31 March 2013.
> Proposals will undergo a review process, and a selection will be
shortlisted for
development into full-length articles or visual essays. Shortlisted
authors must
commit to a timeline for revision, resubmission and publication, with full
manuscripts to be submitted by 1 October 2013.
> 12) Job posting (University of Saskatchewan)
> Department of History
> The Department of History in the College of Arts and Science at the
University of
Saskatchewan invites applications for a tenure-track position in Asian
with a specialization in gender and sexualities. The starting date for this
position is July 1, 2013. Geographical specialization (within Asia) and
focus are open. Familiarity with feminist and/or queer theory is a strong
> We seek a scholar who will strengthen and broaden our existing departmental
expertise in histories of gender and sexuality. Additionally, we welcome
to the current areas of research strength in the department, including:
Native-Newcomer relations; the history of science and medicine; environmental
history; twentieth century politics, culture and public policy; and the North
American Great Plains. The successful candidate for this position will also
participate in the Women's and Gender Studies Program (WGSt) located in the
Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity. It is expected that the
candidate would provide interesting new synergies for collaborative
research with
faculty in the WGSt program, which might include: research on sexualities and
race, gender and development, gender and the environment, and sexualities and
medicine. In addition, the University of Saskatchewan offers a variety of
opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations across the College and the
University, including: collaboration with the fifty scholars actively
engaged in
gendered research across the disciplines; with faculty in the International
Studies Program; and with faculty engaged in international study/research
> A completed PhD is required and the successful candidate will be
expected to
develop a vigorous, externally funded research program. Applicants should
demonstrate excellence or promise of excellence in teaching and graduate
supervision. A competitive package of start-up grants for research
purposes will
be available upon hiring.
> The Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan has 20
faculty, strong
research programs in a variety of fields, a graduate program with
approximately 80
students, half of whom are PhD candidates, and an energetic and innovative
undergraduate program.
> The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, a city with
diverse and
thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community, and a variety of leisure
opportunities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching,
research and scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate,
graduate and professional programs to a student population of nearly 21,
000. The
College of Arts & Science offers a dynamic combination of programs in the
humanities and fine arts, the social sciences, and the sciences and is
home to
over 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 325 faculty, including 14
Canada Research Chairs (two of which are located in the Department of
The College emphasizes student and faculty research, interdisciplinary
community outreach and international collaboration. Information about the
Department, the College, the University and the city of Saskatoon can be
found on
the web at and
> Applicants should send a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a teaching
dossier, and
a sample of written or published work, and should arrange for 3 letters of
reference to be sent directly to
> Dr. Jim Handy, Head
> Department of History
> College of Arts and Science
> University of Saskatchewan
> 9 Campus Drive
> Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5
> Canada
> Electronic applications are strongly encouraged (PDF files preferred).
They may be
sent by email to
> The search committee will begin to review applications December 5, 2012,
continuing until an appointment is made.
> The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and
workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All
of the university community share a responsibility for developing and
an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is
practiced. The
university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the
of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however,
Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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