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Friday, May 13, 2016

CASCA: Conferences, Calls for Papers, Events/Colloques, Appels à communication, Évènements

Conferences and calls for papers/Colloques et Appels à communication:

*Les colloques et appels à communication suivants viennent d'être ajoutés à
notre page web:
*The following conference announcements and calls for papers have just been
added to our web page:

-Registration open for Caribbean Societies conference 2016

-Call for Abstracts-Pilgrim economies at University of Sussex

-Registration now open for 'Anxiety in and About Africa', 15-16 June
2016, University of Cambridge

-IAIA Water symposium in August/September

-CFP - Portraiture and Self- Portraiture in Canada, University Art
Association of Canada (UAAC)

See them and others on our website:

Consultez-les ou voyez toute la liste en visitant notre site web:


Upcoming Talks

Research Associates Seminar
Simone de Beauvoir Institute
Concordia University, Montreal
Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Public health and at-risk girls:
HPV vaccination campaigns as ill-conceived rescue missions
Activism and the Queering of Cancer Knowledge

Public health and at-risk girls:
HPV vaccination campaigns as ill-conceived rescue missions

Abstract While human papillomavirus (HPV) and HPV vaccination
(HPVV) campaigns have stirred heated debates on safety, effectiveness,
cost, and ethics, public HPVV campaigns are present across Canada.
Our qualitative study investigates the deployment of HPVV discourses
and their impact on Canadian girls, parents, nurses, and physicians.
The study includes conversations (N=139) with participants from four
provinces and diverse sociocultural locations. Using poststructuralist
discourse analysis, we first look at how girls, parents and health
professionals make sense of, and discursively construct HPVV. Second,
we examine the transcripts for traces of discourses recited by youth
and adults when discussing HPVV. We are interested in how they
appropriate and/or resist such discourses, and how they constitute
themselves as subjects of/to such discourses. Our results speak to the
discursive construction of mothers as responsible biocitizens who act
upon their daughter's risk, and of health professionals as
biopolitical agents of the State and the pharmaceutical industry who
spread fear of HPV and manufacture consent for HPVV among girls and
mothers. Our analysis interrogates the rhetoric and praxis of "rescue
missions" put in place to "save" girls from cervical cancer.

Brief Bio Luisa Molino is a Research Associate at the Simone
de Beauvoir Institute. She has an M.A. in Psychology from the
University of Turin, Italy, and an M.Sc. in Transcultural Psychiatry
from McGill. She has experience in qualitative research techniques,
with a focus on: multi-site global health projects, women's
reproductive health, health promotion among youth, and mental health
in Aboriginal communities.

Activism and the Queering of Cancer Knowledge

Abstract Canadian surveys on health behaviors and outcomes for
sexual minority sub-populations provide evidence of persistent breast
and gynecological cancer-related health disparities and knowledge
divides. This signals the particular need for "culturally" appropriate
cancer health knowledge. My objective is to investigate what
knowledges inform cancer screening, diagnosis, surgery and treatment
decision-making by breast or gynecological cancer patients who are
members of a sexual minority. The poststructuralist-informed project
aims to document and analyze the complex intersectional relationships
between gender/sexuality, cancer experiences, and knowledge access,
sharing and mobilization. In this presentation, I focus on the
preliminary results from the analysis of over 100 interviews carried
out with a diverse sample of queer, lesbian or bisexual women (QLB)
and trans* (T) persons from Canada diagnosed and treated for breast or
gynecological cancer.

Brief Bio Dr Geneviève Rail, is Professor at the Simone de
Beauvoir Institute. She is a feminist critic of body-related
institutions (e.g., health industries and systems, media) and favors
poststructuralist, postcolonial and queer approaches. With funding
from CIHR, she is conducting projects on women from varying sexuality,
race, ethnicity, ability, and socioeconomic milieus. Interested in
these women's discursive constructions and embodied experiences of the
body and health, she investigates discourses and issues related to
fatness, HPVV, and breast and gynaecological cancer care for LBQ women
and trans persons.

Simone de Beauvoir Institute,
2170 Bishop Street,
Montreal H3G 1M8

Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Time 2:00 PM

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