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 Winter 2016 Department of Gender Studies Speakers' Series.


Wednesday, 20 January, 12:00 p.m.

Marissa Farabod, Master of Gender Studies Candidate, Memorial University

From Hag to Heroine

With two of its recent movies, Frozen (2013) and Maleficent (2014), Disney has made an attempt to portray its female villains in more nuanced ways. The former anti-heroines of the two fairytales, the Snow Queen and Sleeping Beauty, have become the new heroines, revealing their side of the story and rejecting the stereotypical Disney Villain’s one-dimensional portrayal. My presentation will shed more light on the new heroines’ characters and how they have come to be.

Wednesday, 17 February, 12:00 p.m.

Kim Wakeford, Master of Gender Studies Candidate, Memorial

Disavowing Colonialism: Federal Government Reports and Statements about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Through a Foucauldian-influenced discourse analysis of government reports and statements, this thesis explores the Canadian Federal Government’s understanding and representation of the massive overrepresentation of Indigenous women in homicide and abduction statistics. Throughout the presentation, I will present some preliminary findings from my analysis in order to argue for better, more intersectional policy development on this issue.

Wednesday, 16 March, 12:00 p.m.

Erin Mobley, Master of Gender Studies Candidate, Memorial University

Trans- Youth Matter(s): An Exploration of the 'Safe' Space Phenomenon

My research goal is to notice the ways the concept of ‘safe’ space gets talked about in relation to education, particularly by exploring its situatedness in the context of high school spaces in Ontario. Even though safe space is operationalized in school policy in particular ways and with specific intentions, it might mean something very different to the youth navigating actual high school spaces. To accomplish this goal, my thesis research will qualitatively map the spatial experiences of trans-identified youth (ages 19-24) who have recently attended high school in Ontario. Through a kind of critical unravelling of its meanings within the personal experience narratives of young trans- youth, I want to get at safe space with a below-the-surface examination.

 Wednesday, 6 April, 12:00 p.m.

Lesley Derraugh, Master of Gender Studies Candidate, Memorial University

Hegemonic Masculinities and Campus Rape Culture: Sexual Violence in Canadian Universities

My research is prompted by the current crisis in North America of campus rape culture. Grounded in the need to identify solutions to the rate of sexual violence occurring in university communities, I have set out to explore the complexities of modern masculinity. Through interviews with young male-identified individuals I hope to gain insights into the ways in which masculinities are being reproduced, challenged, and/or resisted. It is my belief that contestations of masculinity, when examined in the contact of sexual violence, hold insights for the creation of effective violence reduction programming, and the possibility of a future with significantly less sexual violence.