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What’s Inside... Beyond the Centre Newsletter of the Centre for Research in Women’s Studies & Gender Relations The University of British Columbia, Canada The Newsletter of the Centre for Research in Women’s Studies & Gender Relations The University of British Columbia 1896 East Mall Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z1 Canada (604) 822-9171 tel (604) 822-9169 fax wmst1@interchange.ubc.ca www.wmst.ubc.ca Spring 2004 Congratulations to the Stephanie Raoul and Jay Grewal on the birth of their son Dhillon on March 14, 2004.  Stephanie is a former Women’s Studies student and Valerie Raoul is now a proud grandmother. Alain and Melanie Raoul are with Stepha- nie and Dhillon above. Update from the Director Sneja Gunew There is no doubt that one of the high- lights this term was the party we held on International Women’s Day. Bal- loons in the suffragist colours (purple, green and white) adorned the building and inside Jane and Wynn co-ordinat- ed the volunteers (led by Jade Boyd) to set out a wonderful spread of food and drink. Many faculty associates, students and two deans (Dean Granot and Dean Gallini) turned up as well as Professor Herbert Rosengarten from the President’s office. The hit of the party was undoubtedly Wynn’s kara- oke machine and we hope to make this a regular feature at future such events. A more serious note was the fact that I took the opportunity at the party to launch a new category of af- filiation to the Centre, that of Research Associate. We honoured our longest serving Sessionals: Ann McKinnon, Marina Morrow and Dorothy Seaton who have been central in building up the Undergraduate Programme and have been wonderful colleagues to many of us over the years. In the future we will add many others to this category since colleagues in other uni- versities and colleges in the region, as well as colleagues in the community, are precluded from being Faculty As- sociates because they do not hold full- time faculty appointments at UBC. On the other hand, the Centre owes much of its energy and pioneering bridge- building between the community and the university to these individuals and it is crucial that they be acknowledged as part of our wider networks. I was reminded of the importance of such affiliations as I was putting together the MCRI - SSHRC applica- tion ‘Women and Food’ together with Cynthia Andruske (and the help of colleagues such as Nikki Strong-Boag) over the Xmas break. Such projects are predicated on multi-directional links: international, national and regional as well as the kind of interdisciplinarity and collaboration which Women’s Studies has pioneered over many decades. Not surprisingly, institutions such as SSHRC, and universities themselves, now feature such research paradigms Farewell from WMST Chair (un)knowable violences conf. Lecture Series UBC Scholar 03-04 report News from Grad Advisor Celia Kitzinger report UBC Scholar 02-03 report Faculty publications UBC Scholar Program Visiting Scholar Program Advisory Committee 3 3 4 6 5 7 8 9 10 11 11 2     Beyond the Centre Beyond the Centre     3 as the most efficient and effective ways of gathering and disseminating knowledge. Another highlight over the last few months was the graduate student conference: “(un)knowable violences: non-innocent conversations” (see re- port within). The organizing committee were exemplary in raising money for this event, including the chaotic and wonderful junk sale held at the Centre. Amazing how recycling our detritus raises everyone’s spirits! Congratula- tions to the various people whose books were published (see list within) and particular kudos for the graduate students whose ‘ampersand’ volume of last year’s graduate conference pa- pers is an aesthetically elegant addi- tion to the Centre’s publications. Sam Semper is the moving force in this proj- ect and we hope it launches a series of such publications in the future. Our visitors at the Centre, UBC Scholars Susan Boyd and Erin Hurley added to the energy, as did Celia Kitz- inger from the UK and others whose reports will be featured in the next newsletter. News from former visitors included Neelu Kang who was award- ed a Commonwealth Fellowship at the Centre for South Asian Studies, Cam- bridge University. We would also like to congratulate Anne Martin-Matthews, on SAGA’s Advisory Committee, for Congratulations & Good Luck to our Graduating Students! May 2004 Kimberly Book Katherine Buffington Maren Hancock Sedi Minachi being appointed Scientific Director, CIHR Institute for Aging. On a slightly sadder note, we will be saying goodbye to Tineke Hellwig who steps down as Chair of the Un- dergraduate Programme but who will, we fervently hope, continue to be a part of our flourishing network. Tineke has been a superb colleague and we will miss her. Stepping down as well at the end of June is Gerry Pratt who has been the Graduate Advisor for this year. Her style and wit have definitely lifted our collective game and we hope that she too will continue her close association with the Centre. Finally, congratulations to Sunera Thobani who was awarded a SSHRC grant for her project “Television representations of women and the war on terrorism”, and to Valerie Raoul for her HSS grant to research “Oral life history of two women in Brittany, France”. Foundation Research Associates Ann McKinnon and Marina Morrow. The Graduate Conference Organizing Committee:  Kim Snowden, Sam Semper, Cecily Nicholson, Heather Latimer, Katherine Buffington, and Melanie Scheuer. 2     Beyond the Centre Beyond the Centre     3 On July 1, 2004 I will complete my term as Chair of the Women’s Studies Un- dergraduate Program. For three years the Women’s Studies Centre has been my main “home” on campus, and when I will vacate my office in June to return full time to Asian Studies, I know I will do so with a sense of sadness. I will miss the community of feminist schol- ars and students as part of my daily surroundings. As WSP Chair I have come to un- derstand what is at stake in running and representing a Program, how important it is to communicate at all levels, attend meetings, participate in events and activities to be informed and involved. As an interdisciplinary program with cross-appointed faculty the Chair needs to liaise and consult with other units constantly, and ensure that procedures are transparent. In the past three years the Women’s Studies Program offered eleven new courses with their own course numbers, one of which is cross-listed with Computer Science, and one with Law. And while we expanded and strengthened the un- dergraduate curriculum, the graduate program at the CRWSGR came into full bloom. It has been a delight to see the growing numbers of graduate students fill the Centre, and to work with them as Teaching Assistants and sessional in- structors. Their academic pursuits and enthusiasm positively affect all of us. I realized, when I accepted the position, that the most challenging part would be facing the unexpected, anything one cannot prepare for. There were definitely issues I had never anticipated, but with a steep learning curve and the helpful assistance of colleagues we would collectively find ways to resolve what was at hand, and move on. I have learned a great many things during my position as Chair, in- valuable experiences which have given me a more insight in the administrative levels of the university. But I could never have fulfilled my duties if it were not for the collegiality and the strong moral support I received from Women’s Studies faculty, instructors and staff. To all of them I want to express my deep- est personal thanks, and, in line with Indonesian tradition, I want to ask their forgiveness for my shortcomings and mistakes. Although I will physically move back from the East to the West Mall, I will remain involved in the activi- ties of the Women’s Studies Program and the CRWSGR in the future. Farewell from the Women’s Studies Program Chair, Tineke Hellwig Program Chair Tineke Hellwig (second from left) with Women’s Studies undergraduate students at the End-of-Term Celebration, April 2004.  “I will miss the community of feminist scholars and students as part of my daily surroundings.” Members of the Centre’s Advisory Commitee Sneja Gunew, Director Vernonica Strong-Boag, Ed. Studies Valerie Raoul, Director, SAGA Sunera Thobani, Women’s Studies Judy Mosoff, Law Deirdre Kelly, Educational Studies Margery Fee, Assoc. Dean, Arts Angela Henderson, Nursing Geraldine Pratt, Geography Madeleine MacIvor, Assoc. Director, FNLH Anne Condon, Computer Science Tineke Hellwig, Chair, Women’s Studies Kim Snowden, PhD Student, WMST Heather Latimer, M.A. Student, WMST 4     Beyond the Centre Beyond the Centre     5 Heather Latimer On March 13th, 2004 the UBC Wom- en’s Studies Graduate Student Asso- ciation, in collaboration with the Cen- tre for Research in Women’s Studies and Gender Relations (CRWSGR), hosted the first ever student run and organized Women’s Studies confer- ence entitled (un)knowable violences: non-innocent conversations. Planning for the conference began in the summer of 2003 when several Women’s Studies graduate students (Melanie Scheuer, Sam Semper, Ce- cily Nicholson, Katherine Buffington, Heather Latimer, Bianca Rus and Kim Snowden) got together to talk about hosting a graduate conference which would address structural, discursive and epistemic violence from a feminist perspective  The aim of the confer- ence was to gather together emerg- ing scholars and students, engaged in feminist and/or gendered analysis, in order to talk about these issues as Graduate Student Conference (un)knowable violences: non-innocent conversations Melissa Brittain of the University of Alberta, who spoke on ‘Imperialist Violence in Iraq’, with PhD student Marilou Carrillo and Professor Becki Ross at the Conference. “Some of the topics covered....were discursive violence, bodies and power, pedagogy, and violent representations.” well as stimulate conversations which interrogated the problems inherent in academic, analytical, theoretical and institutional frameworks. Participants at the conference came from as far a Germany and Massa- chusetts and as close as our own de- partment, with the above-mentioned conference organizers and other volunteers acting as Chairs, cater- ers, hosts, MC’s and AV techs. The conference took place at the Graduate Student Society Centre and consisted of six panels running consecutively, two key-note speakers, and dinner and drinks. The conference was only possible through the generous funding from the CRWSGR, the Walter Gage Memorial Fund and the UBC Innova- tive Projects Fund. This funding was used to provide travel bursaries and ensure that the conference was free to any students or public who wanted to come or participate. Some of the topics covered at the conference were discursive violence, bodies and power, pedagogy, and violent representations. The papers stimulated critical and thoughtful discussions and responses and received extremely positive feed- back from the attendees and Chairs. The two key-note addresses came from Dr. Becki Ross and author Hiromi Goto and covered issues around pedagogy, sex-trade work, race, class, literature and the importance of collaborative feminist research. Those who stayed for dinner had a chance to relax and socialize with Hiromi, as well as meet the presenters and organizers. Overall the conference was so well at- tended and supported, with both orga- nizers and presenters thrilled with the day, that the Women’s Studies Gradu- ate Student Association hopes to plan a similar event for 2005. The organiz- ers would again like to thank all of the presenters, the volunteers, the faculty, the CRWSGR, the Walter Gage Memo- rial Fund, the Innovative Projects Fund and all of you who made this exciting event possible. 4     Beyond the Centre Beyond the Centre     5 January 7: Geraldine Pratt, Geography, UBC The Live-in Caregiver Program as a Space of Exception January 14: Jennifer Hyndman Geography, Simon Fraser University Beyond Gender: Towards A Feminist Analysis of Humanitarianism and Development in Sri Lanka January 21: Nancy Nisbet, Art History, Visual Art and Theory, UBC Surveillance, Identity and Subversion: A Look at a New Media Art Project January 28: Laura Marks Dana Wosk University Professor of Art and Culture Studies, Simon Fraser University Enfoldment and Infinity: Islamic Histories of New Media Art.  February 4: Aiko Ogoshi Kinki University, Osaka, Japan The Women’s Tribunal on the “Comfort Women” issue as an achievement of Asian feminists February 11: Susan C. Boyd, Policy and Practice, University of Victoria Drug Trafficking, Women, and the Law WMST 500 Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Studies Spring Lecture Series January - April 2004 February 25: Cindi Katz City University, New York Co-sponsored with Geography, UBC The State Goes Home: Social Reproduction and the Ter- rors of Hypervigilance in Contemporary US Childhood March 3: Sharon Wall Postdoctoral Fellow, Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine Only Natural: Heterosexuality and Co-education at Ontario Summer Camps, 1920-1955 March 10: Patricia Elliot Sociology and Women’s Studies, Wilfred Laurier University Complex Bodies: Feminist Encounters with Transsexuality March 17: Sneja Gunew English / Centre for Research in Women’s Studies and Gender Relations, UBC Transcultural Improvisation: Feminist Perspectives March 25: Gaye Chan Art, University of Hawai’i Co-sponsored with Department of Anthropology and Sociology, UBC March 31: Benita Bunjun Women’s Studies, UBC and SFU A ‘New Era’: Deepening the Feminization of Poverty April 7: Rocio Davis American and Post Colonial Literatures, University of Navarre, Spain Graphic Selves: Lynda Barry’s and Marjane Satrapi’s Visiting Scholar Rathi Menon (right) from St. Xavier’s College, (Aluva) Kerala, India, with PhD student Bianca Rus Aiko Ogoshi, from Kinki University, Osa- ka, who spoke on “The Women’s Tribunal on the ‘Comfort Women’ issue as an achieve- ment of Asian Femi- nists” at the Centre in February. 6     Beyond the Centre Beyond the Centre     7 I presented a paper that explored the problematic images of feminism that have been presented in the law reform debates and suggested that these im- ages in turn may negatively influence the direction of law reform. One of the great bonuses of being a UBC Scholar last fall was that I was able to attend far more of the Women’s Studies lunchtime lectures than usual. These stimulating talks were well at- tended and the audience typically of- fered fascinating questions and com- ments, sometimes the most interesting emanating from graduate students. In attending these lectures, I also had the opportunity to meet with other Centre visitors. For instance, Bronwen Levy’s work on “Seeking the Feminist Public Voice in Canada”, written about in the previous newsletter, resonated with my own work on resistance to feminist law reform initiatives. Bronwen in turn attended several of the lectures in my own Centre for Feminist Legal studies lecture series. I was thrilled to meet Celia Kitzinger and to learn about her work on same sex marriage (with Sue Wilkinson), as I too am working on that topic. We immediately exchanged pa- pers and began to cite each other’s re- search, and to discuss questions such as how social science evidence (e.g. Professor Susan B. Boyd, Chair in Feminist Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, UBC The Centre for Research on Wom- en’s Studies and Gender Relations gave me a lovely gift in fall 2003: it released me from my teaching obliga- tions by making me its UBC Scholar in Residence. Although I missed my classroom interactions with students, the gift was the gift of time: time to research and to write without the conflicting demands of course prepa- ration, student office hours, and the like. I fell into the trap of failing to break the psychic link with my home Faculty (I spent too much time on administrative responsibilities there, and indeed I was much more often “in residence” in Law than I was at the Centre!), something that future UBC Scholars might want to try to avoid. Still, being released from one of the three key responsibilities of university professors, and one to which women especially tend to devote consider- able time, allowed me to finish some writing projects, generate new col- laborations in Women’s Studies, and to expand my horizons. Much of my research has focused on feminist analysis of child custody law and providing a basis for under- standing the current, fraught debates concerning child custody law reform, often characterized as “gender wars”. A key argument in my book Child Custody, Law, and Women’s Work (2003) was that women’s caregiv- ing labour has been undervalued throughout the history of custody law, and that women who depart from the normative ideal of motherhood, for instance by reason of their sexuality or their race, encounter greater dif- ficulties within the legal system. Dur- ing my time at the Centre, I placed the debates over child custody law reform within the context of resistance to pro- gressive social change for women, and to feminist discourse. Many scholars have conceptualized law as a site of struggle or contestation over meaning. Some commentators also describe custody law debates as a battle be- tween the sexes. This ‘battle’ does not occur on a level-playing field; the inter- ventions of fathers’ rights groups and women’s groups are not received into public debate on an equivalent basis. Rather, a non-level playing field exists that tends to discredit the arguments and submissions of women’s groups, particularly those viewed as ‘feminist’. Fathers’ rights advocates have argued that women have gained too large a piece of the pie in family law in relation to both money and children (child sup- port and child custody laws). I explored whether this argument has merit against the backdrop of a social con- text that reveals that women still carry the main workload in relation to caring and household labour in Canadian families. At the Centre lecture series, Strengthening the Women’s Studies/ Law Link at UBC “...women who depart from the normative ideal of motherhood, for instance by reason of their sexuality or their race, encounter greater difficulties within the legal system.” 6     Beyond the Centre Beyond the Centre     7 from psychologists) influences judicial decision-making. I was also pleased to meet Karin Wilderberg from Norway, who knew some of the Scandinavian feminists who initiated early research on women’s law. By coincidence, I met Karin just minutes before a talk in An- thropology and Sociology by Sherene Razack. We attended the talk together, and again, by happenstance, Sherene addressed some repressive law reform initiatives in Scandinavia regarding im- migrant women. I was left with a sen- sation that if only there were more op- portunities and time for informal talking between academics, the connections between our research would be even more apparent, and the opportunities for collaboration endless. Finally, although I have sat on Women’s Studies committees for most of my career at UBC and already knew many of the wonderful women who do such brilliant work nurturing the schol- arly atmosphere for Women’s Studies at both undergraduate and graduate levels, being a UBC Scholar allowed me to strengthen my relationship with them at both collegial and scholarly levels. For instance, I learned what a wonderful sense of humour Centre Director Sneja Gunew has, having previously been a little intimidated by her intellectual stature! And I had the opportunity to talk about connections between my work on backlash and resistance to feminist discourses with Sunera Thobani. Those conversations culminated in Sunera agreeing to be a keynote speaker at my upcoming workshop on May 7, 2004: Feminism, Law and Social Change: (Re)Action and Resistance. Check the website below for the official notice of this event, which will soon appear. I hope it will attract interest from feminist scholars across campus and thus con- tinue the collaborations that were en- hanced by my time as a UBC scholar at the Centre: PWIAS website (http: //www.pwias.ubc.ca). News from our Graduate Advisor On March 13, Women’s Studies gradu- ate students staged a very successful day-long conference: (un)knowable violences: non-innocent conversa- tions, which drew graduate students from as far as Germany.   This was followed closely by the annual gradu- ate student presentation day on April 16, this year titled: Critical Directions in Feminist Graduate Studies. Congratulations to Maren Hancock, Kimberly Book, Katherine Buffington and Sedi Minachi who have completed their Masters degrees and are gradu- ating this spring. We had a large number of truly ex- cellent applicants for our graduate program this year (over 70 students applied).  Unfortunately we have been able to accept only a fraction of these. We are expecting an incoming class of 10-12 students in September (almost evenly split between the MA and PhD degrees) and very much look forward to welcoming these new students. Graduate Advisor Dr. Geraldine Pratt International Women’s Day at the Centre, March 8, 2004 8     Beyond the Centre Beyond the Centre     9 ology, at the invitation of Becki Ross. Regular attendance at the seminar series was one of the highlights of my time at the Centre: I found the sessions extremely stimulating and informative, and a valuable reminder - to someone located within Sociology - of the im- mense benefit of interdisciplinarity to feminist scholarship.   I was also im- pressed by the liveliness, commitment and acuity of the students at UBC.  I enjoyed both the intensity of one-on- one meetings and small group discus- sions with graduate students, and the intellectual curiosity and engagement of the undergraduate class. The period was also very produc- tive for my own research and writing. I made substantial progress with the book I am currently writing on Feminism and Conversation Analysis; continued to develop my analyses of several data sets (e.g. calls to a ‘birth crisis’ helpline; ‘everyday’ conversations between non- heterosexual people); and wrote two journal articles (see below), as well The seven months (June-December 2003) I spent as Visiting Scholar in the Cen- tre for Research in Women’s Studies and Gender Relations were extremely productive and fulfilling - personally, politically and professionally.  I made the most of every opportunity - for work and for play - provided by my time at UBC! My period of ‘residence’ was bounded by two keynote conference addresses: I arrived via the annual Canadian Psychological Association Conference in Toronto (just as the SARS scare ended); and left via the bi- ennial Murdoch Symposium on Talk-in Interaction (with the theme of ‘Talking Health’) in Perth, Western Australia.  I also visited the USA twice during the summer: to deliver an invited address to the International Gender and Lan- guage Association/Linguistic Society of America Conference in Lansing, Michi- gan; and to attend the two-week Con- versation Analysis Advanced Summer Institute in Los Angeles, California. I gave two talks at UBC: one - on the reproduction of normative heterosexu- ality in ‘after hours’ calls to the doctor - in the CRWSGR seminar series; and one - on qualitative methods in feminist research - in the Department of Soci- as revising others; and preparing a number of short reports and ‘opinion pieces’.  Time out from the routine de- mands of teaching and administration is a precious resource for any scholar, and I am especially grateful to the Cen- tre for providing the opportunity - and the context - for me to use mine to the best advantage. I also made good use of the unparal- leled opportunity for tourism and out- door activities.  The exceptionally fine summer saw me hiking Grouse Moun- tain and Lighthouse Park, vacationing in the Rockies (highlight: the Lake O’Hara region); swimming in Kits Pool; kayaking Indian Arm; and whalewatch- ing and beachcombing on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island.  Early winter snow took me showshoeing and cross-country skiing up Seymour and Cypress Mountains; as well as into the fine museums and galleries. The most important personal and political consequence of my visit was the most unexpected one.   If anyone had told me when I arrived in British Columbia that within three months I would be legally married to my long- term lesbian partner, Sue Wilkinson, I would simply not have believed them. But the province of Ontario made hu- man rights history on 10 June when its courts found the restriction of marriage to heterosexual couples in violation of the equality provisions of the Cana- dian Charter, thereby enabling the first legal, same-sex marriage in Canada; and British Columbia followed suit on 8 July.  On 26 August, Sue and I were quietly married at the offices of a BC Law Commissioner, in the presence of Celia Kitzinger Department of Sociology, University of York, UK Visiting Scholar Report “Our marriage has variously evoked amazed delight, passionate repudiation and conflicted longings in the hearts and minds of our feminist, lesbian and gay friends.” Continued on Page 9 8     Beyond the Centre Beyond the Centre     9 During my UBC Scholar term at the Centre, I profited from the range and rigour of the lunchtime speakers series, meeting graduate students in Women’s Studies, some of whom enrolled in my graduate course this past fall, and from working with Sneja Gunew and the Transculturalisms UBC Team on the organization of the “Per- forming Hybridity” conference, held in October 2003.  With the semester off from teaching, I was also able to work on two related research projects:  the first an article on Italo-Quebecois play- wright and cultural activist, Marco Mi- cone’s theatre of “la culture immigrée” (forthcoming in Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada); the second a paper called “Céline Dion and the Production of National Feeling”, which is part of my book project, National Mimesis.  The Céline Dion research focuses on the national community-making effects of Dion’s popular music affects.  It asks, How might pop music (Céline’s in particular) help to produce subjects that experience communal feeling and feelings of community?  In what ways might their uptake, the responses they produce and condition, help create a national subjectivity?  In addition to presenting the research in the CRWS- GR’s speakers series last spring, I have since presented extended ver- sions of the paper at the Association for Canadian Theatre Research and at the UBC Department of Geography’s Speaker Series. I feel lucky and privileged to have spent such a rewarding term at the Centre, working with such fine schol- ars and students.  It is with sadness that I leave this community to pursue new opportunities at McGill Univer- sity in Montreal.  I will be an Assistant Professor of English there, teaching in the Drama and Theatre Program and continuing my research on Quebecois performance.  Thank you for your col- legiality. Erin Hurley, UBC Scholar 2002-3 two witnesses she provided; toasted each other with champagne on Acadia Beach (our illegal act for the day!); and went out to dinner to celebrate, both for ourselves and for British Colum- bia’s contribution to the furtherance of social justice. Our marriage has variously evoked amazed delight, passionate repu- diation and conflicted longings in the hearts and minds of our feminist, lesbian and gay friends.  As feminists, we cannot help but be aware of the sustained critique of marriage as an institution centrally implicated in the subordination of women (even though this does not translate wholesale into the lesbian and gay context); as well as the undesirability of handing over relationships to state control, and of prioritizing the ‘couple’ relationship by making benefits and responsibili- ties contingent on it.  However, in the current international social and politi- cal climate - in the which the issue of same-sex marriage has become sym- bolic of a sea-change in the recogni- tion of LGBTQ rights - we believe it was more politically important to marry than to refuse to do so. During my stay at the Centre, Sue (who is currently the Ruth Wynn Wood- ward Professor of Women’s Studies at SFU) and I co-authored two academic articles on same-sex marriage.  One of these analyses the language of social justice arguments, using mar- riage as a case study, and contrasts the kinds of rights-based arguments used by lawyers (and, increasingly, by sociologists) with the mental health arguments used by psychologists. The other examines the introduction of ‘civil partnerships’ or ‘civil unions’ for same-sex couples - contending that these are essentially a ‘re-brand- ing’ of marriage for the contemporary market, delivering formal equivalence (or near equivalence) without substan- tive equality. Sue and I are British citizens, and the British government is currently in the throes of introducing a ‘civil partnership’ scheme, limited to same-sex couples. We will not be registering our relation- ship under this scheme: instead, we are asking the government to recognize our marriage - as it would any heterosexual marriage made in Canada.  The legal advice we have received so far is that it is unlikely to do so; and we are explor- ing with human rights organizations the possibility of making ours a test case, and of  pursuing it through the courts. With - at the time of writing (February 2004) - significant legal developments in Massachusetts, major civil disobedi- ence in San Francisco, and a Supreme “...How might pop music (Céline’s in particular) help to produce subjects that experience communal feeling and feelings of community?” Continued from Page 8 Continued on Page 10 10     Beyond the Centre Beyond the Centre     11 MA Students Meirong Liu, Sirijit Sunanta and Sara Koopman at the Centre’s Christmas party, December 2003. Court reference pending in Canada, these are exciting times for lesbian and gay rights internationally. In sum, I’ve had a fabulous time! Many thanks to you - Sneja, Tineke, Valerie, Becki, other faculty and staff members, students, and other visitors - for welcoming me so warmly and for your contribution to making my stay such a rewarding one.  The Centre is a visiting scholar’s dream - both a vibrant intellectual hub and a facilitative environment in which to work (particular thanks to SAGA for the well-equipped carrel, conveniently located within the excellent Koerner library); and you have a lovely city, a beautiful province, and a wonderful country.  I very much hope I will be able to return. References Kitzinger, Celia and Sue Wilkinson. 2004.  The Re-branding of Marriage, Femi- nism & Psychology 14(1): 127-150. Kitzinger, Celia and Sue Wilkinson. 2004.  Social advocacy for equal marriage: The politics of ‘rights’ and the psychology of ‘mental health’, Analyses of Social Is- sues and Public Policy 4(1).  (Available on-line at: <www.asap-spssi.org>.) Continued from Page 9 Faculty Associate Publications, 2003 Barman, Jean.  Sojourning sisters: The lives and letters of Jessie and An- nie McQueen.  Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2003. Barman, Jean and Mona Gleason, eds.  Children, teachers and schools in the history of British Columbia.  2nd ed.  Calgary, Detselig Enterprises, 2003. Bloch, Alexia.  Red ties and resi- dential schools: Indigenous Siberians in a post-Soviet state.  Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003. Bose, Mandakranta, ed.  The Ra- mayana culture:  Text, performance and iconography.  2nd rev. ed.  New Delhi, K.K. Printworld, 2003. Grace, Sherrill E. and Albert-Reiner Glaap, eds.  Performing national iden- tities:  International perspectives on contemporary Canadian theatre.  Van- couver, Talonbooks, 2003. Gunew, Sneja M.  Haunted nations: the colonial dimensions of multicultur- alisms.  London, Routledge, 2004. Hellwig, Tineke.  In the shadow of change:  Citra perempuan dalam sastra indonesia.  Depok, Desantara, 2003. Orbaugh, Sharalyn, assoc. ed. The Columbia Companion to modern East Asian literature.  New York, Co- lumbia University Press, 2003. Pue, W. Wesley, ed.  Postcolonial legal studies (Law, social justice & global development issue 1).  War- wick, Warwick University, 2003. Strong-Boag, Veronica and Mi- chelle Rosa, eds.  Nellie McClung, the complete autobiography:  Clear- ing in the west and The stream runs fast.  Peterborough, Broadview Press, 2003. Hiromi Goto, author and keynote speaker at the (un)knowable Violences conference March 13, 2004. ampersand Working papers 2003 Featuring works presented as part of the 2003 Graduate Symposium.  Pub- lished with the support of the Centre for Research in Women’s Studies & Gender Relations Copies available at Reception $10 each 10     Beyond the Centre Beyond the Centre     11 Visiting Scholar Program 2005-06 The University of British Columbia offers a Visiting Scholar Program as an integral part of its Centre for Research in Women’s Studies and Gender Relations.  Scholars working in these areas are encouraged to apply to spend leave time (one to six months) in affiliation with the Centre.  The goal of the Centre is to stimulate feminist research and to facilitate interchange of ideas and collaboration among scholars, at UBC and elsewhere.  Scholars will be expected to participate in the activities of UBC Scholar-in-Residence Program 2005-06 the Centre and to give a public lecture dur- ing their term. The Visiting Scholar programme is open to faculty, both untenured and tenured, as well as to independent scholars who are engaged in critical work on women and gender, who are not currently working on a higher degree at any institution and who reside in areas outside the BC Lower Main- land.  Scholars from “developing” countries are encouraged to apply.  In its selection of visitors, the Centre hopes to create a diverse community of junior and senior scholar- researchers.  The Centre is particularly interested in applicants who are situated within existing Women’s Studies centres which might be interested in forging future interna- tional links. Funds are limited and are not available for sal- ary.  Their permanent geographical location and their other forms of supports will determine the level of assistance available to successful applicants.  Normally, no one residing in North America will be eligible for more than $1,000 in assistance.  Scholars will normally be provided with shared of- fice space at the Centre itself, phone, a computer workstation in the SAGA Centre, Koerner Library and secretarial assistane. The University’s academic year runs from September to April; therefore, applicants are encouraged to schedule the majority of their visit to the Centre during these months. Scholars will normally only received funding on one occasion. Applications must include: •    Curriculum vitae • A detailed statement of research plans for the time period • The length of stay proposed and the dates • An indication of required funding The applicant must also arrange to have two referees forward their assessments to: Visiting Scholar Program, UBC Centre for Research in Women’s Studies and Gender Relations, 1986 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1, Canada. The closing date for receipt of applica- tions is December 1, 2004 (late applications will not be considered). The Centre for Research in Women’s Stud- ies and Gender Relations is offering UBC Scholar positions for the 2005-06 session. The Centre stimulates feminist research and facilitates the exchange of ideas and collaboration amongst scholars working in relevant areas at U.B.C. and elsewhere. The choice of scholars each year is de- termined by a variety of factors including, excellence of the research project, repre- sentation from diverse fields, disciplines and faculties, length of time to/from sabbati- cal, and diversity of ranks. In addition, the Centre may have a particular programme need at a particular time. Only full time UBC faculty not on sab- batical are eligible to apply. Up to two one- term (4 months, excluding May to August) positions are available. After completing an appointment as a UBC Scholar, a faculty member will not be eligible to apply again for at least ten years. During their appointment, Scholars are expected to contribute to scholarly activi- ties of the Centre by being present several times a week, interacting with visiting schol- ars and post-docs or graduate students, and participating in interdisciplinary semi- nars or discussion groups. Scholars will also give a public seminar or workshop during their term. The UBC Scholar’s Department will be reimbursed appropriately cover the cost of hiring sessionals for the teaching that scholar will not be doing in the depart- ment. It is hoped that departments will be able to release Scholars from some of their administrative duties while they are at the Centre. It is recognized that the ability of departments to provide such administra- tive release will vary; the details for each Scholar will be worked out by the individual Scholar and her or his Department. The deadline for receipt of applications for the 2005-06 academic year is Novem- ber 15, 2004. Interested UBC faculty must submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of their research plans for their term as a UBC Scholar, the preferred date of their term, copies of recent publications, and letters of approval from their Department Head/Director and Dean. Applicants are also asked to arrange to have two refer- ences forwarded to: UBC Scholar Program, Centre for Research in Women’s Studies and Gender Relations, 1896 East Mall, CAMPUS 1. Visiting Scholar Jiang Qingfeng, Associate Professor of English at Hengyang Normal University in China, with Director Sneja Gunew. CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN WOMEN’S STUDIES AND GENDER RELATIONS The University of British Columbia 1896 East Mall Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z1 Phone:  604-822-9171 Fax:  604-822-9169 Email:  wmst1@interchange.ubc.ca Website:  www.wmst.ubc.ca Sneja Gunew, Director 604-822-9175  sneja.gunew@ubc.ca Gerry Pratt, Graduate Advisor 604-822-1324 gradadv@interchange.ubc.ca Valerie Raoul, SAGA Director 604-822-9487 valraoul@interchange.ubc.ca Jane Charles, Administrator 604-822-9173 jane.charles@ubc.ca Wynn Archibald, Secretary 604-822-9171 wynn.archibald@ubc.ca The Centre for Research in Women’s Studies and Gender Relations is a part of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at The University of British Columbia.  Our primary purposes are to: • Highlight the signifi cance of research in Women’s Studies or Gender Relations and feminist research in all fi elds; • Encourage UBC faculty graduate students and others to meet together in multi-disciplinary groups for discussion and research in these areas; • Bring UBC researchers together with activists and researchers from other institutions in Canada and abroad, and from within the community; and • Communicate support for women’s studies, gender analysis and feminist research to governments, insitutions, community groups and the public in British Columbia, Canada and elsewhere. Beyond the Centre is published by The University of British Columbia’s Cen- tre for Research in Women’s Studies and Gender Relations two to three times a year.  It is distributed free of charge to Friends of the Centre, as well as to interested researchers, educators, community activists, practitioners and stu- dents.  Any part of this newsletter may be reprinted with credit to the source. If you would like to share your feedback with us or for more information about becoming a Friend of the Centre, please contact Jane Charles, coordinator of the newsletter.


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