Announcements and Upcoming Events

Announcements and Events

Gender Studies Brown Bag Speakers 2015-16 Wednesdays, 12-1pm in MC D326

October 21, 2015 Stephanie Simpson and Ashley Vanstone: Sharing the Emotional Load: Conversation about the Affective Burden, Responsibility and Power of Critical Pedagogy

November 18, 2015 Samantha King: Messy Eating: On Theory, Politics and Animals as Food

January 13, 2016 A.W. Lee title TBA

March 9, 2016 Nancy Butler title TBA

Nia Levy King visit to Queen's October 19 2015 as SXGD Speaker

Nia Levy King presented a talk about her book Queer and Trans Artists of Color on October 19, 2015. She started her writing career with zines and then moved to podcasts. She described how she chose interviews from her podcasts to turn into book chapters and how difficult the book was to edit. One of the themes in the book was how challenging it is for queer and trans artists of colour to make their living from their artwork. Her second book is in the works and will feature more interviews with artists from Canada.

Nia Levy King poster with her reading her book

Convocation June 10 2015

MA 2015 graduates Dana, Angie, Steph and JoanneScott Morgensen and Dana Flowers to welcome graduates to receptionKathy Baer and the reception goodiesSteph McColl modeling her dress made out of her thesis

Stephanie McColl in her thesis dress      Kathy and Jackie after Certificate in Workplace Communication ceremony


Dr. Susan Stryker visited Queen's to give the Dunning Trust Lecture, Thurs Feb 26th, 5:30pm Dupuis Auditorium, reception and signing followed at the University Club, Fireside Lounge.

Leading Queer and Transgender Studies scholar, Susan Stryker is an historian, writer, educator, artist, documentary filmmaker, and human rights activist. With an interdisciplinary approach to academia and social justice, Dr. Stryker’s work focuses on the relationship between Queer theory and Transgender Studies. Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, she is currently the Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona, she is a multiple award-winning author, editor, and filmmaker whose works include the Emmy-winning documentary Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria (2005), the break-through two-volume Transgender Studies Reader (2006), the introductory textbook Transgender History (Seal Press, 2008), and popular nonfiction works such as Queer Pulp: Perverse Passions from the Golden Age of the Paperback and Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area. Interlacing scholarship, filmmaking, and grass-root activism, Dr. Stryker demonstrates the kind of dynamic interdisciplinary approach to academia and social justice work that Queen’s University most values.

Gender Studies MA Symposium November 2014

Gender Studies MA Two participants at the Annual Symposium discuss the politics of belonging with topics including access to mental health support at Queen's, Filipina domestic workers, black women's negotiation of safe sex, indigenous dispossession in Canadian prisons, indigenous women's experiences in shelters, mixed race identities in post-racial Toronto and the aesthetic evaluation of indie music blog culture.

Gender Studies Newsletter 2014 - here

Gender Studies Brown Bag Speaker Series 2014-15

Wednesdays, 12-1pm, Mackintosh-Corry Hall Room D326

November 19th - Farah Deeba Chowdhury - Women's Paid Work and Dowry in Bangladesh

December 3rd - Dorit Naaman - The Ethical Dilemmas of a Collaborative Media Project in Jerusalem

January 14th - Asha Varadharajan - Not Merely to Survive but to Thrive: The New Face of Gender

February 25th - Cameron Greensmith - Managing Indigenous Difference and Multicultural Diversity in Toronto's Queer Service Sector

March 18th - Dylan Robinson - Indigenous Ontologies of Song

Gender Studies Open House, October 29, 2014

The Department of Gender Studies hosted its annual open house at the Queen's Women's Association House. A meeting with cross-appointed, core, adjunct faculty and staff was followed by a social time with graduate and undergraduate students.

Gender Studies Annual Colloquium April 25th, 2014

Our third annual colloquium, with keynote speaker, Trish Salah, was held at the Donald Gordon Centre. Poster of the event - here


SXGD Speaker - Marc Epprecht, Wednesday March 12, 2014 12-1pm

Beverley Mullings and Marc Epprecht photo

Dr. Marc Epprecht, Professor of Global Development Studies, gave the annual SXGD Guest Speaker talk "Sexuality and Social Justice in Africa: Five Reasons for Cautious Optimism" in Room 145 SPS in Robert Sutherland Hall. He spoke about his research, experiences with African activists and his reasons for optimism despite the recent news stories from Africa.Poster here



Gender Studies MA Two students at the Annual Symposium, November 1, 2013. Poster with talk titles- here.

Gender Studies Brown Bag Speaker Series 2013-14

Come hear our invited speakers on Wednesdays from 12-1pm in Mac-Corry D326.

Wednesday October 16th Reena Kukreja, Department of Film and Media - Unpacking the trafficking discourse: The construction of cross-region brides in India as victims needing rescue.

Wednesday November 20th (note time change 12:15-1:15) Sarita Srivastava, Jointly appointed to Gender Studies and Sociology - "You're calling me a racist?".

Wednesday February 12th Maria Rethelyi, School of Religion, Cross Appointed to Gender Studies - Baby bump in the grey zone: The view of pregnant woman in the Jewish sources.

Gender Studies Open House - October 17, 2013

The Department of Gender Studies hosted its annual Open House with over 30 faculty, core, cross appointed and adjunct, staff, DSC representatives and graduate students.



Lorraine Segato to visit Queen's as the 2013 George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund Visitor

Lorraine Segato, filmmaker, event producer, artistic director, social justice activist (co-founder and lead singer of The Parachute Club) will be at Queen's September 26-27th. 2013. She will present her documentary work, Queen Street West: The Rebel Zone with Q&A to follow (Thursday September 26th, from 6-8pm, Watson Hall 217), visit a Gender Studies class (GNDS 428, Gender Performance) and perform a concert of her show, Get Off My Dress (Friday September 27th, from 7-9pm at The Mansion, 506 Princess Street). Lorraine Segato's visit is sponsored by the Departments of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and Gender Studies.


How to Bake a Pie - Play by GNDS MA Dan Vena, directed by GNDS cross-appointed faculty, Kim Renders.

The Chipped Off Theatre Collective presented their first production, "How to Bake a Pie", June 12-14th in the Gordon Vogt Studio Theatre at Queen's University.

Below are photos by H. Buist of the Cast and Crew (L), Aarzoo Singh as Betty (M) and Jim Puckalo and Olivia Groleau as Boberella and Cindy (R)

Gender Studies Annual Colloquium

Our second annual Colloquium, with keynote speaker Dina Georgis, was held April 26, 2013 at the Donald Gordon Centre. For the poster from the event, click here.

Gender Studies Display Case Mackintosh-Corry

The Gender Studies display case has been dismantled but here are some photos to show you the very popular project that was in Mackintosh-Corry from February 15th to April 5th, 2013.


Dan Vena, Gender Studies MA student, wins 2013 Positive Space Award

Terrie Easter Sheen and Dan Vena at the Positive Space ceremony

The Positive Space Award is presented to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student who has demonstrated leadership in the Queen’s and/or Kingston community in promoting the recognition and celebration of sexual and gender diversity. For those of you who know Dan, he meets this criterion (and more) and is so deserving of this special recognition!!!!

Congratulations Dan! You make us proud!

Fall 2012 Newsletter - link here

Brown Bag Speakers Series

The annual Gender Studies Brown Bag Speakers Series will meet monthly in 2012-13, on Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00, in Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D326.Our fall term events are described below.

Winter Series

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

"Theorizing OxyContin: Women, Painkillers and the Racial State". Dr. Sammi King, Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Cross-appointed Gender Studies. The subject of an intense public panic in Ontario since 2009, the prescription painkiller OxyContin provides a rich site through which to explore connections between pharmaceutical consumption, economic marginalization, state regulation, and gendered and racial embodiment. Rejecting widely held notions of OxyContin as either panacea or plague, this research is guided by the notion that the reality of painkilling and drug use lies in the cultural contexts that give meaning to the transmutations and pluralities of these practices.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 

"Music and the 'Feminized' Peacekeeper at the Canadian War Museum". Dr. Kip Pegley,Associate Professor, School of Music, Cross-appointed to Gender Studies, Researcher, Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research. All museums are designed to shape public opinion and the Canadian War Museum's programme is no exception. Here, music is carefully implemented in seven sites that move chronologically through the exhibits. Kip Pegley explores how sound contributes to a compelling and particular narrative of Canadian history, designed to persuade visitors that we are singular, benevolent, and critically needed on the international scene, thus justifying the government's decisions to send its military into dangerous conflict zones.

Fall Series

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

“Economy and Survival of the Hidjra Community”. Dr. Sylvat Aziz, Associate Professor, BFA Program, Cross-appointed Gender Studies. Dr. Aziz’ research draws upon Islamic material culture and the visual intersections of art and science. This presentation will address the social, religious and political status of the urban hidjra population in Pakistan.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

“Slavery and Its Afterlife: The Case of Trayvon Martin”. Dr. Barrington Walker, Associate Professor, History, Cross-appointed Gender Studies. His most recent publication is a collection of essays titled, The African Canadian Legal Odyssey: Historical Essays (Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History and University of Toronto Press).Influenced by the ideas of Saidiya Hartman and David Austin, this paper examines the Trayvon Martin shooting as a case study of  issues of race, gender, and the rule of law in early twentieth century North America. The paper will take up Trayvon’s story in the context of slavery’s long afterlife and the many ways in which the history of slavery shapes the present by challenging abstract notions of formal legal equality and framing and delimiting the life chances of the descendants of the enslaved.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

“Women, Law, and Equality in the 21st Century”. Dr. Kathleen Lahey, Professor of Law, cross-appointed Gender Studies. This talk outlines the history of women’s efforts to eliminate sex discrimination in Canada and elsewhere and identifies the greatest challenges for today. It also discusses potential strategies.

Gender Studies Colloquium a great success.
April 27th, 2012 at the Donald Gordon Centre

Rinaldo Walcott, Terrie Easter Sheen and Abdi Osman

News release of the event

Colloquium Poster

Beckham Ronaghan wins Positive Space Award!
Gender Studies congratulates Beckham Ronaghan, a fourth year Gender Studies Major in the SXGD Certificate Program, who is the winner of the 2012 Positive Space Award.

SXGD Invited Speaker Viviane K Namaste Wednesday March 14, 2012 2pm Robert Sutherland Hall (formerly SPS) Room 202 Keeping it Real: Critical Social Science Research on Trans' Peoples' Everyday Lives

Gender Studies Brown Bag Series 2011-12
Thursdays 12-1pm in a NEW room Mackintosh-Corry Hall D326

Winter Series  
January 12 From Compassion to Social Justice? Elaine Power
February 2 "Out on the Streets They Call it Murder": Gendered Citizenship and the Right to the City in Jamaica's Garrison Communities Beverley Mullings
March 8 Talking the Unspeakable: The Gender-Race Conversation Audrey Kobayashi
Fall Series  
October 4

Deterritorialised Intimacies: Gender , Citizenship and Cinema

Maria Caridad Cumana and Susan Lord

November 8

How Babies Rule the World: The Global Iconography of the Poster Child

Karen Dubinsky

November 29

"From 'why?' to 'why not?'": re-interpreting the reasons why women read self-help books Patricia Neville, Visiting Scholar in Gender Studies

2010-2011 Events

Best Before Date - Struggles with Childlessness & Infertility
A film by Reena Kukreja
Public Screening Wed 15 June @ 7 pm Dunning Hall, Rm 14

Gender Studies Brown Bag Series 2010-11
12-1pm in Mackintosh-Corry Hall B204
September 24
"Feminist Solidarity and the Question of Palestine" Dr. Dana Olwan

October 29
"Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick avec Winnicott's Squiggle: Toward a New Queer Ethics of Psychoanalysis" Dr. Michael Snediker

November 26
"The White Trashing of Britney Spears" Dr. Jennifer Musial.

February 18
"Waltz with Bashir: New Masculinity in Israeli Cinema" Dr. Dorit Naaman

March 25
"Mourning Gender, Troubling Identification, Responding to Judith Butler"
Dr. Eleanor MacDonald
Winter Term Events in the Department of Gender Studies:
Anne Kustritz
showing her film of fanvids, an aspect of remix culture, which deals with questions of queerness, gender, sexuality and embodiment
Public Lecture and FanVid Show Tuesday Feb 8th, 6:30-8:30pm Mac-Corry E230
Fandom, Fanvidding: Consumer Participation in Popular Culture

Theresie Tungilik
An Inuit art historian and artist who is a Visiting Scholar co-sponsored by the Departments of Art and Gender Studies
Lecture and Reception Thursday February 10th, 5:30pm Agnes Etherington Art Centre
History of Inuit Art: A Personal Reflection

Daniel Heath Justice
A scholar in the field of Indigenous Studies and a creative writer will present a public lecture and guest lectures on the topics of gender and sexual diversity, focused on perspectives drawn from Indigenous cultures and politics.
Public Lecture Tuesday February 15th, 6pm Chernoff Hall Room 117