Speakers' Series

Speakers' Series

The Advisory Committee on Speakers, Department of Gender Studies, organizes public talks by local and visiting speakers on topics of interest to the university and St. John's communities.

The series runs in the Fall and Winter semesters of each academic year.


All lectures are open to the public and unless otherwise noted are held in the Sally Davis Seminar Room, SN 4087.

The following speakers are confirmed for the Fall 2016 Department of Gender Studies Speakers' Series.


Thursday, 22 September, 12:30 p.m.

Max Liboiron, Department of Sociology, Memorial University

How to titrate like a feminist: Bringing values of equity and justice into the laboratory

Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR) is a feminist science and technology lab at MUN. More than just a women-run lab, we incorporate the values of equity and justice into every aspect of our scientific and technological research, including how we design and share technology, how we aim to make science place-based, how we determine author order in academic papers, how we share data, and who should be part of “peer review.” At every stage of scientific research, we ask, "how can we do this as a feminist?" Dr. Max Liboiron, Director of CLEAR, will share some of the methodologies and challenges of conducting feminist science.

Thursday, 20 October, 12:30 p.m.

Bridget Clarke, Master of Gender Studies Candidate, Memorial

Interning with the St. John's Status of Women Council: Feminism is Necessary

FemFest NL was a four day community feminist festival, celebrating and highlight feminisms in Newfoundland and Labrador from August 25-28, 2016. Throughout my twelve week internship with the St. John's Status of Women Council, I took on the Conference Coordinator role on the FemFest NL Organizing Committee. Safety, accessibility, and inclusion were primary goals shaping my work on the FemFest NL Organizing committee, and my internship as a whole. I will discuss the successes and challenges of these goals, of doing committee work, and of community organizing with a non-profit feminist organization.

19-23 October;  Annual St. John's International Women's Film Festival

Thursday, 17 November, 2:00 p.m.

SN 2101 (please note room change)

Byron Lee, Critical Writing Program, University of Pennsylvania

Grindr: A Queer Counterpublic and Some Discontents

This presentation examines the role of mobile dating apps in reframing ideas about public sex. Grindr, a GPS-based social media app for men, serves as an example of how media technologies facilitate the construction of visible queer communities. Beginning with a structural and phenomenological approach, this presentation examines the possibilities and limits for self-identification, and what constitutes public sex. Situating Grindr in a history of gay men’s queering mediated communication practices, I also consider how geolocation dating apps commoditize and capitalize queer identities and relationships. Shifting to an analysis of UB-based media images and coverage of Grindr and similar mobile dating apps, this presentation will raise questions about what happens when a queer counterpublic becomes visible, and the tensions that arise from its interacting with the public sphere.

Thursday, 1 December, 12:30 p.m.

Courtney Moddle, Master of Gender Studies Candidate, Memorial University

Knit Together: A Study of Late Nineteenth-Century Knitting Patterns through Contemporary Eyes and Hands

The research for this presentation studies knitting pattern books written in the late nineteenth century using a contemporary and feminist lens. I look at what types of knit items were being made, the designs used, and what this can tell us about the knitting culture of nineteenth-century urban Canada. While there is often an effort among younger women knitters today to differentiate between their work and “grandmother knitting,” this research seeks to build connections between generations rather than emphasizing the differences. The research also involves an autoethnographic component, as I work through historic knitting patterns, recording my observations in yarn and text.

6 December

Vigil to Mark the Anniversary of the Montréal Massacre

Location and time to be announced.