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 2015 Department of Gender Studies Speakers' Series.


Friday, 18 September, 12:00 p.m.

Julia Temple Newhook, Postdoctoral Fellow, Medicine/Pharmacy, Memorial University

Children’s Gender Diversity: Beyond the Myths

There is a long history of pathologizing research on gender diversity. Transgender and gender diverse people have been profoundly marginalized in Canada and much of the world, and their experiences of are still poorly understood in the general public as well as within the healthcare system. Although transgender adults have often described awareness of their gender identity from a very young age, the existence of transgender and gender diverse children has only recently been acknowledged in North American society. As the dominant culture slowly shifts towards increasing acceptance of gender diversity, growing numbers of parents appear to be affirming, rather than repressing, their children’s gender identities, and searching for health and social supports.
In this presentation, I review the research literature on children’s gender diversity, and dispel widespread myths surrounding gender diverse children and youth. I will also discuss local and national supports and resources for transgender and gender diverse children, youth and their families.

Friday, 9 October, 12:00 p.m.

Emily Pottie, Master of Gender Studies Candidate, Memorial

Feminist Focus: Exploring Feminist Evaluation with Second Story Women's Centre

In 2009 Master of Gender Studies Candidate, Emily Pottie was employed by Second Story Women’s Centre (SSWC), a non-profit feminist organization in her hometown of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. In 2015, after six years, she returned to the organization to conduct a 13-week internship, with an intended focus on feminist evaluation models. In this presentation, Emily will reflect on her experiences with SSWC, highlighting her involvement with policy analysis, feminist and community impact evaluation models, and survey development, while additionally noting the advantages and challenges that accompany interning at a feminist non-profit organization.

 20-24 October Annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival

Over 80 films with workshops and panels on the film and broadcasting industries, with appearances by guest filmmakers and producers.

For more information on Festival passes and tickets, call 754-3141 or email info@womensfilmfest.com.
See also http://www.womensfilmfestival.com

 Friday, 13 November, 12:00 p.m.

Christina Doonan, Postdoctoral Fellow, Gender Studies, Memorial University

Anti-Trafficking Legislation as Victim Rescue: How the United States Adopted its Current Frame

Human trafficking as a contemporary humanitarian issue is as provocative as it is popular. In the United States, scholars and activists have critiqued the state’s approach to human trafficking as being too narrow in scope, confused in focus, and punitive in practice. While the state’s policy approach has garnered much critical response, there has been minimal scholarly attention to how that approach was adopted. Looking at the legislative process that led to the U.S. Victims of Violence and Trafficking Protection Act of 2000, this presentation illuminates three mechanisms by which the state adopted a framing of human trafficking that is heavily focused on women and child victims of sex trafficking.

 Tuesday, 8 December, 12:00 p.m.

Judit Lovas, Master of Gender Studies Candidate, Memorial University

“Because You're Worth It”: Gender Equality at L'Oréal

L’Oréal, the world’s largest corporation in the beauty industry, employs approximately 52,000 female workers in over 130 countries. Although the corporation claims that it is engaged in socially responsible corporate practices, including those related to gender equality, women’s empowerment, and gender diversity, few critical analyses of these claims exist. This presentation, based on research for the Master of Gender Studies thesis, employs a content analysis of a select body of corporate documents to examine L'Oréal’s claims, and to locate these claims in existing, feminist scholarly analyses of the beauty industry and its transnational reach.

 6 December

Vigil to Mark the Anniversary of the Montréal Massacre
Location and time to be announced.