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What’s Inside...NewsletterCentre for Women’s and Gender Studies, UBCCentre for Women’s and Gender Studies  The University of British Columbia, CanadaThe Newsletter of the Centre for  Women’s and Gender StudiesThe University of British Columbia 1896 East MallVancouver, BC  V6T 1Z1Canada(604) 822-9171 tel(604) 822-9169 faxwmst1@interchange.ubc.cawww.wmst.ubc.caCWAGS’ renewed Community Visitors program supported by Vancity grantGraduate Advisor ReportRemembering the CentreNews from RAGA CentreVisiting Scholar ReportsCongratulationsVisiting Scholar ProgramWAGS Program UpdateWSGSA ReportFall Lecture Series 3564/8/10911121315Fall/Winter 2008-09Gillian Creese, DirectorThe November rains have arrived in earnest and I am pleased to report that repairs to our roof and exterior walls were finished just before the deluge. The CWAGS building was scheduled to be painted last May – prettied up in advance of hosting the Canadian Wom-en’s Studies Association (CWSA) annu-al conference as part of the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences. But alas, when the awnings were removed for painting serious rot was discovered in the wood panelling underneath, and things only got worse as a closer inspection revealed that the roof was also in need of significant repair. With repairs now done, we look forward to finally painting the building next spring!The CWSA conference went off with-out a hitch in early June, in no small part thanks to the tremendous efforts of Kim Snowden, our UBC CWSA coordinator (and CWAGS Ph.D. grad and current WAGS instructor). Thank you Kim – we Director Gillian Creese with poet and novelist Dionne Brand and Women’s Studies Program Chair Wendy Frisby.2     Centre for Women’s and Gender Studiescould not have done it without you. The conference also afforded CWAGS the opportunity to host an all-day meeting of the coordinators of Women’s Stud-ies programs across the country.It was a productive and enjoyable event; get-ting to know more of our colleagues in other parts of the country, and hearing about the accomplishments and chal-lenges facing our sister institutions, reminds us how we all manage to run successful programs on a shoestring.The main CWAGS/WAGS public event this fall coincided with UBC’s Celebrate Learning week and women’s history month. We sponsored a public lecture by celebrated poet, writer and scholar Dionne Brand on October 3. Dionne spoke to well over 100 people who ventured out on a dark and rainy evening to hear an inspirational talk en-titled “Inventory”. While at UBC Dionne also ran a workshop for CWAGS grad-uate students, and gave a lecture in a WAGS introductory course. Dionne’s talk was also the third and final event (following the research forum on  “En-gendering Social Justice” in November 2007 and the International women’s Day event, “Teaching Women’s and Gender Studies at UBC”, in March 2008) to mark 35 years of research and teaching in women’s and gender studies at UBC. Proceedings from the first two events are now available. Please contact CWAGS if you would like a copy of Celebrating Women’s & Gender Studies at UBC: 35 Years.CWAGS was delighted to co-spon-sor the performance artist ORLAN on October 6 (brought in by the Vancou-ver Art Gallery as part of the WACK exhibition), a full day symposium orga-nized by our graduate students, Creat-ing Resistance: Arts Practice/Political Praxis (with the Gender Performances Research Group) on October 24, and Louis-Georges Tin on “Deconstructing Homophobia: Asserting LGBT Rights in a Globalized World” on November 20 (with the Consulate General of France and Arsenal Pulp Press). We have also helped to co-sponsor a number of other events, including Kunqu Chinese Opera on June 16-17 (with Asian Studies), Aihwa Ong on Septem-ber 16 (with the Centre for Cross-Faculty Inquiry), a conference on Two Concepts of Liberty (with Po-litical Science), Erlinda Palaga-nas on Novem-ber 5-6 (with Me-tropolis, Liu, and IAR), and events Commemorat-ing a Century of South Asian Presence in Canada from November 17-23 (with RAGA). In addition to these events, we have welcomed a diverse and in-teresting range of speakers in our Wednesday noon CWAGS speak-ers’ series. (The list for this term ap-pears elsewhere in this newsletter.)In collaboration with Wendy Frisby (Chair of WAGS) we are editing a book on Feminist Approaches to Commu-nity-Based Research that will highlight various kinds of feminist community re-search undertaken by CWAGS Faculty Associates and Research Associates. The book is a collaborative project, with chapters designed to speak to each other across a range of disciplines, substantive topics and social and spa-tial geographies. A half day workshop in October will be followed by a full-day symposium next February and a com-pleted book at the end of the summer.CWAGS has been a hive of activity this fall. We were delighted to begin the fall term with a book launch on Septem-ber 10 for Chris Shelley, our first Ph.D. graduate. Chris’ dissertation is now a book with the University of Toronto Press, entitled Transpeople: Repudia-tion, Trauma, Healing. Congratulations Chris! We welcomed 5 new graduate students adding to a total complement of 25 (see the Graduate Advisor’s and the Graduate Students’ reports for more details). We are continuing CWAGS tradition of welcoming Visiting Scholars from all over the world. Visiting Schol-ars this fall include Valentina Marines-cu (University of Bucharest, Romania), and Nanette Garcia Dungo (University of the Philippines, Quezon City); in addi-tion to Susana Rosano (University Na-cional de Rosario, Argentina) funded by the International Council for Canadian Studies, and Shastri Scholar Upasana Mahanta (Jawarharlal Nehru Univer-sity, India ). Visiting Scholars’ individual reports appear later in this newsletter.Author and CWAGS PhD Chris Shelley (right), with Professor Becki Ross at the launch of Chris’s book Transpeople: Repudiation, Trauma, Healing on Sept. 10th.Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies     3The renewed tradition of welcoming Community Visitors to CWAGS will also continue this year. The call for propos-als has already gone out and we hope to have two community researchers from local non-profits conducting research at the Centre next term. The deadline for applications is January 5, 2009. We wish to thank the Vancity Community Foundation for its generous support for this program, and Nancy Cardozo (CFIS) for helping us attain this funding.With new leadership at the College for Interdisciplinary Studies – Principal Michael Burgess and Assoc. Principals Tim Cheek and Sneja Gunew (past di-rector of CWAGS) – we have entered a period where we feel both heard and valued for the interdisciplinary and col-laborative feminist research and teach-ing we help to foster. Although CFIS re-mains ‘challenged’ in terms of resourc-es we do anticipate better times ahead (the fiscal crisis notwithstanding) and hope that initiatives in the works may soon result in more resources for our graduate program and other activities.As always, I am very grateful to mem-bers of the CWAGS advisory commit-tee for their support and council, to Nora Angeles, our Grad Advisor, for her many, varied, and always cheerful contributions, to Wendy Frisby, Chair of the WAGS undergraduate program for so generously sharing her expe-rience and insights, and most of all, to Jane Charles, our administrator, and Wynn Archibald, our grad secre-tary, for holding the Centre together and always going above and beyond what we have any right to expect.Graduate Advisor’s Report...We were delighted to begin the fall term with a book launch on September 10 for Chris Shelley, our first PhD graduate.....Leonora C. AngelesAnother term is over; another year ends. Where did time go? In a few months, we will be preparing for the next April 2009 Graduate Student Seminar, to be led by four new M.A. students  -- Andrea Carlson (Women’s Studies and Sociology, U of Regina); Sarah Leamon (Political Science and Women’s Studies, U of Calgary and Law, Bond U); Michele Murphy (Cul-tural and Classicial Studies, UWO and B.Ed, Queen’s); and Soni Thindal (Sociology, SFU). They are joined by our only new PhD student, Bjorg Hjar-tardottir who studied in Iceland and the Netherlands.  These five dynamic women have been moderating the CWAGS Fall Lecture Series. We have a very good success rate of 87.5% in the last years’ UGF-SSHRC competition. This fall, we put forward to FOGS three PhD and two MA grant applications, which all qualified for SSHRC consideration. We look for-ward to another stellar record when the results are announced in March.Acting on students’ recommenda-tions at the April Grad Student Forum, we have introduced some new innova-tions to support students. One is an optional mock “departmental defense” to help our students prepare for their PhD oral examination.  We had also recommended that PhD students who were unable to meet their supervising committee in the summer or fall term request their primary supervisor to pro-vide a one paragraph progress report for the Spring Review. This is also a good way to keep everyone on track after some hiatus in the writing stage. The FOGS has been assisting Grad Advisors and Research Supervisors in providing high-quality supervision of graduate students at UBC. When I arrived as a junior faculty member ten years ago, I was immediately put in the roles of PhD thesis supervisor and Uni-versity Examiner. There was very little support provided to new and existing faculty members interested in honing their supervisory skills, other than those given as part of the general mentoring offered either through the Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth (TAG) and the now-defunct Faculty Mentor-ing Circle. My on-the-job training was provided by observing colleagues and by asking myself, what would have I wanted my research supervisor to do when I was a graduate student. I real-ized later that many colleagues, junior and senior alike, were also not men-tored, and also learned by observation, trial-and-error, and learning-by-doing. The development of faculty in gradu-ate supervision had been identified as a key need across 34 graduate pro-grams on campus at a January 2008 workshop. This need resonated with the recent Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey Report that between 10-24% of respondents did not rate their supervisors well in the 13 indicators of effective mentoring.  ...Cont’d on 94     Centre for Women’s and Gender StudiesVisiting Scholar ReportPriti Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityMy visit to the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Brit-ish Columbia as a Visiting Scholar was one of my most refreshing and invigo-rating research trips in recent years! The prime focus of my study there was to attempt a comparative analysis of the issues pertaining to indigenous/ tribal self-government in Canada and India. Looking at these issues from a public policy perspective, I sought to examine the role of the state in promot-ing Aboriginal/First Nations community participation in the evolution of self-government in Canada and the strate-gies that indigenous peoples’ organiza-tions should evolve to sustain the inter-est of its constituents. More particularly, I was interested in addressing issues with regard to Aboriginal women within indigenous organizations and their role in self-governance.The Centre for Research on Wom-en’s and Gender Studies proved to be ideal for my research and to orient and familiarize myself with Canada and its people and their “Canadianness”. Be-ing my first visit to Canada it was es-sential for me to be able to do so. The ethnic diversity of Vancouver and of the faculty, staff and students of the Centre was my first exposure to Canada and it made a deep impression on me. Peo-ple to people interactions make for a much better understanding of any sub-ject than pure library research. Dr. Gillian Creese, Director of the Centre made me feel completely at home in the Centre and we had a dis-cussion on some of the current Aborigi-nal issues and my research concerns. I met briefly some of the other associ-ated faculty members at the Centre like Dr. Wendy Frisby, Dr. Nora Angeles and Dr. Veronica Strong-Boag. I had a num-ber of useful meetings with Dr. Sunera Thobani, CWAGS who gave me a list of the people and Aboriginal Women’s associations and groups that I could meet with and contact. She steered me in the right direction. Dr. Sneja Gunew and Dr. Margery Fee have been very supportive and encouraging. Their warmth and hospitality, not to mention their academic inputs and comments on one of my research papers on In-digenous activism has been very useful for me. Their invitation to a talk by Will Kymlicka on the evolution of the policy of Multiculturalism in Canada was one of the highlights of my visit.I am indebted to Dr. Valerie Raoul, Director of the Centre for Studies in Au-tobiography, Gender and Age (SAGA) who took it upon herself to take me through a crash course on the ‘Brit-ish Columbia experience’. Interactions with her were not restricted to verbal exchanges on themes of mutual inter-est but were more a case of “show and tell”. Ms. Jane Charles and Ms. Wynn Archibald at the Centre were very help-ful with any request that I had.It was my good fortune to meet with Dr. Rose Charlie, member of the Union of B.C. Chiefs and the Grand Chief of B.C. She is also a founder member of the National Indian Brotherhood, now the Assembly of First Nations and has helped found the National Associa-tion of Indian Rights for Indian Women and the Native Women’s Association of Canada. I could also establish con-tacts with others at University of Brit-ish Columbia like the First Nations Law Professor June McCue, Dr. Madeleine MacIvor, Associate Director of the First Nations House of Learning, and Dr. Garth Greskiw, Manager of Aboriginal Initiatives, Forest Sciences Centre. I found the library and the librarians at UBC very warm and welcoming. In-deed, I must mention Ms. Kim Lawson at the First Nations House of Learning Library who spent her valuable time making sure that the time I spent in the library was very fruitful.It was also possible for me to visit the University of Victoria where I had very useful interactions with academ-ics at the Indigenous Governance Pro-gram—its Director Dr. Taiaiake Alfred; Dr. James Tully; Dr. Avigail Eisenberg and Mr. Johnny Mack. My presentation at the Centre on “Issues of Gender, Socio-Economic Equity and Justice for Governance of Tribals in India” was the last in the se-ries for the semester. Yet, it was well ...I was interested in addressing issues with regard to Aboriginal women within indigenous organizations and their role in self-governance....Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies     5attended and the discussions follow-ing the presentation were useful for me. I could also interact with students outside the Centre who were there for the presentation and get to know their themes of interest and research.My visit to the Centre has resulted in enhancing my understanding of Ca-nadian Aboriginal women’s issues, an aspect that I have not yet brought out in my research and writings on issues of Aboriginal governance. For that I will always be grateful to the Centre.Ms. Rupa Bagga, a research schol-ar at the Centre in the final stages of her PhD took personal care to see that I had no adjustment difficulties and that I could work unhindered. What made my visit a grand success for me was what I can only describe as “a wom-an’s touch” of care and concern!Congratulations to our graduating students!Jade Boyd, PhD and Kristi Engle Folchert, MANov. 19, 2008Veronica Strong-BoagAs I was helping to organize our cel-ebration of 35 years of Women’s Stud-ies at UBC, I was constantly reminded of how much we have done and how much we can do to advance research, teaching, and community outreach in women’s and gender studies.  CWAGs has existed  for almost 20 years (since 1991) and has a sterling record in  encouraging research and graduate teaching that will make a difference  to women in BC and beyond. Under four directors, the Centre has brought in international speakers and  experts, hosted workshops and conferences, and coordinated efforts with grassroots communities in Canada and abroad. Our collective efforts have  been rec-ognized by numerous honours to fac-ulty and students, by a growing en-dowment, and also an endowment in honour of the Canadian novelist, Jane Rule, to the  Critical Studies in Sexuali-ties program associated with the Cen-tre and the undergraduate program.  Today  faculty, graduate students, and community associates under the lead-ership of the Director Gillian  Creese pursue important questions ranging from public policy and women’s and children’s well-being to literary expres-sion and  creativity that deserve our full support.I have contributed a monthly dona-tion to the Centre’s endowment since  I became the inaugural director. More recently, as I have begun to  con-sider retirement, I also realized that I wanted to make a further  contribution to an initiative that means so much to the advancement of  women at UBC and to research and scholarship more generally.  While ensuring that the ed-ucational needs of my three sons are met, I  have organized my will to help guarantee that others in less fortunate circumstances are  helped as well. I’ve provided for a  portion of my estate to benefit the Centre’s future initiatives on  behalf of women and children. It has given me a great deal of pleasure  to imagine that others will be assisted by the provision that I make  today.I know there are many demands on us for money and time but I hope that  many of you might be interested in considering a donation that promises to  benefit women and children over the long term.  .For more information about making a current gift to support CWAGS, please contact Nancy Car-dozo at 604-822-1313 or  nancy.car-dozo@ubc.ca.  If you are interested in learning more about gift and estate planning, please contact Cheryl Ste-vens at 604-822-1232 or cheryl.ste-vens @ubc.ca.Remembering the Centre6     Centre for Women’s and Gender StudiesNews from the RAGA CentreRace Autobiography, Gender and AgeSunera Thobani, DirectorThe Race, Autobiography, Gender and Aging studies Centre (RAGA) will pro-mote critical race feminist studies and activism, with a focus on autobiogra-phy, oral history, artistic expression and the experiences of women at various stages of the lifespan.  The Centre will foster innovative academic and com-munity based research projects and promote the sharing of knowledge, re-sources and expertise between post-secondary educational institutions and community organizations.  The Centre provides space and other resources to graduate students and Visiting Schol-ars and is also committed to providing opportunities to students to enhance their links with grassroots women’s or-ganizations.   As the incoming Director of the RAGA Centre, I am currently working with a coalition of academics and com-munity activists to organize a week-long series of events Commemorating Over a Century of South Asian Presence in Canada (November 17-23, 2008).  South Asians first arrived in Canada at the end of the nineteenth century, and by 1908, approximately 5,000 were reported to be resident in British Co-lumbia. That year, the Canadian gov-ernment introduced the Continuous Journey requirement to prohibit further South Asian migration into the country. A group of South Asians chartered the Komagata Maru in 1914 to challenge this racist law, and although the 376 passengers on board were forced to re-turn to India, they dealt a serious blow to the ‘Keep Canada White’ policies of the settler society. In the mid-twentieth century, a grow-ing demand for labour in Canada, as well as the activism of immigrant com-munities for non-discriminatory immi-gration policies and family reunifica-tion, led to a significant transformation in immigration and citizenship policies. The introduction of the point system in the 1960s resulted in a dramatic in-crease in immigration from South Asia, including that of women. Citizenship was also liberalized, and with the new economic opportunities available to the community, South Asians created an indelible presence in Canadian society.  This week-long series of events will promote research on the South Asian diaspora, pay homage to the struggles waged by South Asian communities, celebrate their achievements and build alliances to face the challenges of the 21st century. ------COMMEMORATING OVER 100 YEARS OF SOUTH ASIAN PRES-ENCE IN CANADAPaying homage to the struggles waged by South Asian communities, celebrating our achievements, and building alliances for the challenges of the 21st century.Schedule of EventsMONDAY NOVEMBER 17, 8PMOpening Reception Desi Downtown, 911 Denman StreetIncluding performances by Bass Poetry Music and more. Cosponsored by Desi Downtown. MON NOVEMBER 17, 1-7 PMOver a Century of South Asian Presence in CanadaUBC RAGA Centre, Thea’s LoungeGSS Building (6371 Crescent Road).TUES NOVEMBER 18, 7-9PMRepresenting South Asians in the Media: A Round TableRoundhouse Community CentreModerator: Prem Gill (Telus TV)WEDS NOVEMBER 19, 6-8South Asian Women on Violence: Resist-ing and Speaking OutLecture Hall A130,  100 West 49th AveContact and Moderator: Indira Prahst, So-ciologist THURS NOVEMBER 20, 6-9Film Screenings of Continuous Journey and Rex vs. SinghFollowed by discussion with filmmaker Ali Kazimi. Cosponsored by Raja Cinema.Raja CinemaFRI NOVEMBER 21, 10AMCommemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Continuous Journey LegislationDebate, Discourse and Discussion at Uni-versity House Centre for Indo Canadian StudiesUniversity of the Fraser Valley, AbotsfordFRI NOVEMBER 21Public Forum and Exhibition of Community Publications Vancouver Public LibraryCosponsored by Siraat and VPL. SAT NOVEMBER 22, 1:30-5Marking 100 Years of the Continuous Jour-ney Regulation: Surrey Community ForumKwantlen College, SurreyFilm Screening of Continuous JourneyCentre for Women’s and Gender Studies     7 SAT NOVEMBER 22, 6:30-8:30PM An Evening of PoetryKwantlen College, SurreyContact and Moderator: Surjeet Kalsey SAT NOVEMBER 22, 10 AMChildren’s Book Reading/ Dance Work-shops.  6667 Main St. Cosponsored by SAFASUN NOVEMBER 23, 7-10PMJashan: A Night of South Asian Perfor-mance ArtsMassey Theatre, New WestminsterFeaturing some of the most prominent and groundbreaking South Asian performance artists. Cosponsored by CFIS/UBC. THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS: AMS Colour Connected Against Rac-ismAMS-RGACAsian Studies UBCA-Town ProductionsBangladesh Student AssociationCFLS-UBCCISAR-UBCCWAGS-UBCDelhi 2 DublinDesi DowntownGender Performances ProjectHarinder ToorHerb DhaliwalKamal’s Video PalaceKomagatamaru Heritage FoundationKwantlen Faculty AssociationLaw and Society UBCMOSAICNo One is IllegalPabla’s Himalaya RestaurantProgressive Inter-Cultural Community Services Punjab Food CentreRadical Desis NetworkRoundhouse Community CentreSANSADSAFASarup MannSchool of Journalism UBCSiraat CollectiveSt Johns College UBCSurrey Urban Youth ProjectTelus-TVVancity PrintersVancouver & Lower Mainland Multicul-tural Support ServicesVancouver Status of WomenVPLVIRSAWAGS-GSA and WAGS-UBC8     Centre for Women’s and Gender StudiesVisiting Scholar ReportNanette Garcia Dungo Miriam College, Women and Gender Institute, PhilippinesAcademe draws its life from the con-stancy of ideas generated by the ten-sions and issues of everyday reality.  No one can ever take away the excite-ment of being able to birth new strands of ideas from what appears to be so ordinary and taken for granted, yet at closer and intent gaze, a novel insight conjures and opens a new discourse.  The chance of discovery does not hap-pen everyday for it takes a deeper re-flection of  ordinary  happenings driven by a certain discomfort or suspicion that something needs to be unravelled be-neath the face of an  external appear-ance. This motivation to search for new meanings intensifies even more in a new environment that refreshes the drive to discover more, and grow in one’s capacity to expand the horizon of  academic experience.  Coming to UBC has brought such a wonderful and stim-ulating opportunity  to enrich my aca-demic engagement,  meet and dialogue with new people with differing perspec-tives, deepen one’s understandings of certain events as differences provoke new reflections of prevailing ideas, from which may come variant spaces to traverse. Conversations with people from other cultures fertilize images and notions of things. They bleed with new meanings and add texture to a prevail-ing mode of reflection. It has been a chance to renew an enduring friendship which for many years has been mostly mediated by  memory, but which this visit objectified and revived with all the rich emotions of coming together again. Reunited with Dr. Nora Angeles, a most cherished Graduate Adviser of the Centre, and treasured friend capped the glow of this encounter.   Most of all,  the wealth of new materials, journals, books provide such a fertile source and stimulation to engage the class-room anew,  and share the changing texture of  literature as new interpreta-tions from young minds rise to render new levels and directions in the search and production of ideas.  The limit of  time, given just two weeks,  made the experience more intense as every mo-ment was carved to contain as much substance never encountered before to maximize the gains of a cross cul-tural  experience.  From all angles,  lim-ited time sharpens focus and engages more. Facing a new culture amidst the many other exposures before is always a way of sharpening one’s sensibilities.  Novelties of language, gestures, articu-lations are materials for rising perspec-tives of how to visualize the form and content of realities and  imaginaries.  They constitute the seedbed  of  rup-tures that reveal crevices  from where beginnings can be born.  Whether these are mental concepts or person-al growth potentials, matters little,  for  they eventually constitute a synergy that gives a new spirit that  invigorates the mind.Departures are “breaks” but they are breaks which we leave enriched by that which we leave behind as we move on. Life is moving on; there’s no stopping, for  “lost time will never be re-covered” as they often say.  Certainly, one carries the past into the present, and together  they configure  a more enhanced academic future, refreshed  with new life. An old place becomes reinvigorated,  a new burst of energy powers the mind, and the creation of ideas throbs with new insights. No language can capture  the depths of  my gratitude  to Dr. Gillian Creese, to the faculty and staff of the Centre,  who have all provided  so much com-fort, presence,  and a steady support  that made staying in the Centre a great experience.Christmas Raffle ResultsCongratulations to Andrea Carlson who won a $100 Lon-don Drugs Gift Certificate -- and kindly donated it to a needy fam-ily.  The raffle raised $152 for the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.  Thanks to all of you who bought tickets!Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies     9Congratulations!Dr. Margery Fee was the recipient of the 2008 Dean of Arts Award, acknowl-edging her many contributions over the years as teacher, graduate mentor, author, chair of Canadian Studies, Edi-tor of Canaadian Literature, and Asso-ciate Dean for Students.Dr. Chris Shelley’s book Transpeople: Repudiation, Trauma, Healing was published by University of Toronto Press in Summer 2008.Emilia Nielsen, CWAGS PhD student, was this recipient of the 2008 Michelle Lynn Rosa Memorial Prize.Dr. Becki Ross was the winner of the Sociology Student Teaching Prize for 2007-08.Dr. Kartik Roy’s book Institutions and Gender Empowement in the Global Economy (World Scientific Studies in International Economics) was pub-lished by World Scientific Publishing in Aug. 2008.  Professor Roy (University of Queensland) prepared the proposal for the book during his time as a Visit-ing Scholar at the Centre.Emilia Nielsen was awarded a 3-year SSHRC doctoral scholarship in the amount of $35,000/year beginning 2008-09.Sally Mennill was awarded a SSHRC doctoral fellowship in the amount of $20,000/year beginning 2008-09.Jenny Fawcett, Manuela Valle, and Sanzida Habib were all recipients of one-year University Graduate Fellow-ships for 2008-09.Graduate Advisor’s Report....cont’d from 3Left: PhD student Rupa Bagga and Benoit Roulx at their wedding reception, Dec. 7, 2008.  Above: PhD student Manuela Valle with baby Ramona, born June 4, 2008..To address this need, FOGS Associate Dean Cindy Prescott has announced a number of initiatives, including the ap-pointment of a new FOGS Associate Dean in charge of Professional Devel-opment, at a recent October workshop for Grad Advisors. There are also a number of half-day workshops offered to all UBC faculty members this com-ing year, with topics ranging from “Get-ting Started” and “Building an Effective Student-Supervisor Relationship” to “Preparing for the Future.” FOGS has also circulated two excellent manuals for dissemination to interested faculty supervisors: the 25-page On the Right Track: A Manual for Research Mentors by Margaret King (Council of Graduate Schools, Washington D.C. 2003), and the 50-page Eleven Practices of Effec-tive Postgraduate Research Supervi-sors by Richard James and Gabrielle Baldwin (University of Melbourne, 2006).  These two booklets are at the CWAGS front desk for all interested faculty supervisors and graduate stu-dents.  Many of our students will be-come future graduate research su-pervisors themselves. A good way of mentoring our own graduate students in research supervision is leading by example. As King said in On the Right Track:Directing the research of graduate students is the primary point at which the research and teaching missions of the university intersect. Nowhere is in-struction more individualized, nowhere is the potential for both satisfaction and frustration greater, and nowhere are the stakes higher. Through their research training, graduate students internalize the norms of their discipline – intellectual, methodological, and ethi-cal. Thus the future health of the disci-pline, as well as the professional future of the student, depends on the success or failure of this enterprise (p. 1).Since students have other career mentoring needs, the PhD disserta-tion writing group has now evolved into contributing to professional develop-ment of graduate students, as well as sessional lecturers in the Undergradu-ate Program. One proposed activity is an early January workshop on career search and job talk preparation when short-listed for a tenure-track position. We will have this as an opening work-shop in 2009, along with others lined up by the Undergraduate Program: the now- regular February Pedagogy Workshop (this year’s topic is on Class-room Assessments), and possibly an-....cont’d on 1110     Centre for Women’s and Gender StudiesVisiting Scholar ReportValentina Marinescu, University of Bucharest, RomaniaMy two months of visiting fellowship at the Centre for Women and Gender Studies have been a rich and extremely useful period for me.  I have had the opportunity to meet special people and to take part in various scientific events. From the first day in which I arrived I was helped to accommodate with the rules of University of British Columbia by Jane Charles and Wynn Archibald. It was a first proof of the excellent or-ganization at the Centre for Women and Gender Studies. In the same day I met with Gillian Creese, the Director of CWAGS, and Leonora Angeles -- the Graduate Student Advisor -- who pro-vided me with the first contacts for my research project on gendered diasporic identities and communication. The huge amount of information available at the UBC Libraries – both in “traditional” (book and printed materi-als) and electronic shape – offered me an opportunity to refine and correct the research project. The flexible and interdisciplinary ap-proach to gender studies issues is, per-haps, the main striking characteristic of the scientific activity at the Centre for Women and Gender Studies for some-one from another country. What seems important in this case is not the “formal” shape of the meeting but the ways in which ideas are presented and the real dialogue is stimulated. The weekly presentations from the seminar series are, in my opinion, a good example of this form of “scien-tific commitment”. During my visiting period the issues debated have var-ied from the analysis of the violence against women in India case to the study of the reshaping of social identi-ties in the case of the returning migrant Filipina women. On that occasion I had the opportunity to exchange informa-tion and to find common points of in-terest with other researchers. To take only one example, the need for ongo-ing reshaping of social identity I found in the Romanian women from dasporic Canadian communities could be identi-fied also in the case of migrant women from the Philippines who decided to re-turn home – the last subject being ap-proached in her research by Professor Nanette Dungo from Miriam College (Philippines). Nanette was also a visit-ing fellow at the Centre for Women and Gender Studies (UBC) during the same period. The presentation I gave on the Ro-manian women diasporic identities in Canada and communication was, as such, a part of a continuum of scientific interest towards the women and gen-der issues. I took advantage from the above-mentioned access to the new-est information and I prepared a first article to send for review for the book: ”In Transition: Cultural Identities in the Age of Transnational and Transcultural Flux”, Kseniya Fedorova (ed.) [ Ekater-inburg Academy of Modern Art Ural State University, Ekaterinburg, Rus-sia]. The informal further discussions I had with Sneja Gunew and Alexia Bloch pointed out and stressed the new ways in which the research could be carried and refined in the future for more substantial articles that could be published in peer-re-viewed publications. I thank the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies for the fellow-ship offered to me and for the very important and interesting moment I spent here. check it out.thirdspacethe journal for emerging feminist scholarswww.thirdspace.caCentre for Women’s and Gender Studies     11The University of British Columbia of-fers a Visiting Scholar Program as an integral part of its Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies. 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 re-search and to facilitate interchange of ideas and collaboration among schol-ars, at UBC and elsewhere. Scholars will be expected to participate in the ac-tivities of the Centre and to give a public lecture during their term.The Visiting Scholar program 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 work-ing on a higher degree at any institu-tion and who reside in areas outside the B.C. Lower Mainland. Some fund-ing for travel expenses (to a maximum of $3000) is available for scholars from “developing” countries. In its selection of visitors, the Centre hopes to create a diverse community of junior and senior scholar-researchers. The Centre is par-ticularly interested in applicants who are situated within existing Women’s Stud-ies centres which might be interested in forging future international links.Scholars will normally be provid-ed with shared office space at the Centre or a computer workstation in the RAGA Centre, Koerner Library, phone and secretarial assistance.  The University’s academic year runs from September to April; there-fore applicants are encouraged to schedule the majority of their visit to the Centre during these months.  This program is likely to be of particular interest to scholars who are on sabbati-cal.Applications must include:•	 Curriculum	vitae	•	 	A	detailed	statement	of	re-search plans for the time pe-riod•	 	The	 length	 of	 stay	 proposed	and the dates•	 	Estimate	 of	 travel	 costs	 (for	scholars from “developing” countries requesting financial support)The applicant must also arrange to have two referees forward their as-sessments to: Visiting Scholar Pro-gram, UBC Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, 1896 East Mall, Van-couver, B.C., Canada, V6T 1Z1.The closing date for receipt of ap-plications is December 31, 2009.Visiting Scholars Program 2010-2011 Academic YearGraduate Advisor’s Report...cont’d from 9other workshop in March on Technical and Policy-Oriented Writing.We will have a large cohort of gradu-ating students in the coming year and I look forward to grand celebrations in May and November. I will be stepping down come from my post as Grad Ad-visor on June 30, 2009, and I am very happy and proud to announce that Dr Dawn Currie had agreed to take over. As a seasoned Grad Advisor in Soci-ology and former Chair of the Wom-en’s Studies Undergraduate Program, Dawn comes to us with an intimate knowledge of the Centre and several decades of effective graduate supervi-sion experience. Please join me in wel-coming Dawn. Almas Zakuiddin with grandson Zain, Rupa Bagga, and Visiting Shastri Scholar Upasana Mahanta at “Chatting with Chocolates”, a social event hosted by the WAGS Undergraduate Association.12     Centre for Women’s and Gender StudiesUpdateWomen’s and Gender Studies Undergraduate ProgramWendy Frisby, ChairOver the last several months, we have been engaged in a process of cur-riculum review. From January to April 2008, students in WMST 422 – Ad-vanced Research Methods with Dr. Nora Angeles conducted a study of our curriculum. Their research objectives were to: i) contribute to the ongoing WAGS curriculum review by making recommendations based on participa-tory action research; ii) produce knowl-edge on the conduct and outcomes of feminist pedagogies as practiced in WAGS’ classrooms; and iii) dissemi-nate grounded experiential knowledge about how its faculty and students re-late and respond to current socio-polit-ical issues. They concluded the WAGS undergraduate program at UBC is out-standing, even though students still report encountering a “chilly response” when discussing their WAGS Majors and Minors on and beyond campus. Results from the WMST 422 study helped to inform the curriculum review workshop that was subsequently held on April 11, 2008. Dr. Harry Hubbell from Curriculum Studies led an inter-active workshop that was very well at-tended by students and instructors. We worked on developing program learn-ing outcomes and assessment strate-gies to build an overall framework for curriculum development. The WAGS curriculum committee, composed of Sunera Thobani, Nora Angeles, Kim Snowden and Wendy Frisby, then met over the summer to fill in the details. This led to a number of motions for curriculum change that were approved at the WAGS Coordinating Meeting in September, 2008. WAGS Program Learning OutcomesUpon completion of their program, WMST Majors and Minors should demonstrate:1. the responsible use of ethical principles and values of contemporary Women’s and Gender Studies (ability);2. knowledge of diverse feminist theoretical traditions and intersectional frameworks in local, national and glob-al contexts (knowledge);3. a critical consciousness and problem solving skills informed by an interdisciplinary perspective (com-bines knowledge, ability, skills);4. a critical feminist analysis and an understanding of the role of activ-ism in social change (combines knowl-edge, ability);5. the acquisition of critical re-search methodologies and their ap-plication in a wide variety of contexts (combines knowledge, ability, skills); and6. effective verbal and writ-ten communication skills considering voice, diversity, reflexivity, and respect-ful interpersonal relations (combines ability, skills).  WAGS Program Level Assessment How we will know the 6 program learn-ing outcomes are being achieved?1. The learning outcomes begin to be demonstrated in WMST 101 and The Women’s Studies Undergraduate Student Society once again staged a successful “Chatting with Chocolates” event on Oct. 30th.  The popular annual event provides undergraduate and graduate students with a chance to mingle.  PhD student Almas Zakuiddin’s grandson Zain makes friends with Sally Mennill’s dog Finnegan (left) while the grownups chat.....cont’d on 13Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies     13102 and are then built upon in 2nd, 3rd and 4th year courses which, as a whole, are interdisciplinary in nature.2. The learning outcomes are assessed in a variety of ways through-out the curriculum including the use of small group work, presentations, class discussions, case studies, creative works and writing.  3. A capstone graduating port-folio for Majors in 4th year in conjunc-tion with the completion of WMST 422 (Advanced Research Methods) and WMST 480 (Practicum) to demon-strate the learning outcomes, perhaps through a public presentation.Curriculum ChangesBased on the approved program learning outcomes and assessment, the following curriculum changes have been submitted to the Faculty of Arts for consideration.1. That WMST 100 (6 credits) be split into WMST 101 (3 credits) and WMST 102 (3 credits).2. That the title of WMST 101 be Gender, Knowledge, Sex and Power and WMST 102 be Feminist Perspec-tives on Local to Global Issues.3. That WMST 480 (Practicum - Women as Agents of Change) be re-quired for the WMST Major. 4. That WMST 300 (Introduction to Gender Relations) be an elective for the WMST Major and Minor.5. That WMST 405, 403, 440, 410 and 411 be renumbered as 3rd year courses to increase accessibility to these courses for UBC students. Appreciation is extended to everyone who participated in the WAGS curricu-lum review process. Warm regards from your new WAGS–GSA representatives, Gemma Hunting (MA) and Emilia Nielsen (PhD). We are honoured to represent Women’s and Gender Studies graduate students, and thank Jenny Fawcett and Manu-ela Valle, outgoing representatives, for their hard work, advocacy, and positive cheer over the 2007-2008 academic year. This term we are pleased to wel-come our newly elected officers: Mi-chele Murphy, Secretary; Andrea Carl-son, Treasurer; Sarah Leamon, Social Events Coordinator; Manuela Valle, Equity and Climate Representative; Sam Semper, Special Projects Coordi-nator (1); and Jenny Fawcett, Special Projects Coordinator (2). We look for-ward to a productive year working with these fabulous folks.To start off the academic term, both new and returning graduate students enjoyed a meet-and-greet and orienta-tion at the Centre, a campus-tour, and a refreshing beverage at Koerner’s Pub where we had a chance to unwind and chat before all the hard work and end-less multitasking was to begin. Then, during the week of Halloween, we had an opportunity to test our carving skills—and indulge our sweet-tooths—with the annual pumpkin carving con-test. Thank you to all who contributed, especially Bjorg’s lovely kids for help-ing make such spooky jack-o’-lanterns! Also in October, the WAGS Under-graduate Student Association hosted a hugely successful “Chatting over Chocolates” at the Centre. It certainly doesn’t get much better than tea, choc-olate fondue, and addictively decadent cakes and pies while chatting with fel-low students, colleagues, faculty, and friends. Thank you to all who chipped Women’s and Gender Studies Grad-uate Student Association Report...cont’d from 12Women’s and Gender Studies faculty and students at the wedding of PhD student Rupa Bagga and Benoit Roulx on Dec. 7, 2008 at Queen Elizabeth Park Celebration Pavillion.14     Centre for Women’s and Gender Studiesin their time and energy.A large crowd came out to support our own UBC Gender Performances Project in October, first, with an artist talk by internationally-acclaimed femi-nist body performance artist Orlan, on October 6 at Thea’s Lounge and, second, at “Creating Resistance: Arts Practice / Political Praxis” on October 24 at the First Nations Longhouse. After more than a year of planning, “Creating Resistance” a one day sym-posium coordinated by UBC Gender Performances Project, was an event not to be missed! The crowd was es-pecially energetic at midday for the keynote address by Dr. Ann Cvetkov-ich, Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. We were especially pleased to see our own Hui-Ling Lin deliver a top-notch paper “The Audio-visual Textuality, Spatiality, and Queer-ness in A Girl Named Kai (2004)” on the Film/New Media panel. Excellent work Hui-Ling! UBC Gender Performances Project endeavours to continue highlighting the academic, activist, and organizational capabilities of the Centre, our gradu-ate students, and recent MA and PhD graduates. In so doing, UBC Gender Performances Project hopes that its efforts might assist in better linking the Centre with fine arts and queer inter-ests at UBC, not to mention such orga-nizing groups in the larger Vancouver community. Co-sponsors of “Creating Resistance” included: the University of British Columbia’s AMS Innovative Project Funding; Access and Diversity; the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies; Women’s and Gender Studies Program; Critical Studies in Sexuality; the Centre for Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education; the Department of Eng-lish: and the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Organizing Executive of “Creat-ing Resistance,” Sam Semper, Emilia Nielsen, Jenny Fawcett, and Manuela Valle wish to extend sincere thanks for all the needed support in making this event possible, and, of course, to the fabulous volunteers that stepped in to help the day of.In close, congratulations to Jenny Fawcett and Manuela Valle for their success in the University Graduate Fellowship (UGF) competition, and to Sally Mennill and Emilia Nielsen with their success in the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) doctoral fellowship competition. Kudos to Jane Lee who received the 2008 Korean Canadian Scholarship Foundation Award and presented words of appreciation on behalf on all 2008 recipients. Also to Emilia Nielsen who was invited to at-tend The Sage Hill Poetry Colloquium 2008 with Daphne Marlatt. Women’s and Gender Studies Grad-uate Student AccomplishmentsJENNY FAWCETTPublic Presentations “‘Voyeurism is Participation’: Watch-ing John Cameron Mitchell’s Short-bus”.  Shifting Boundaries: Women’s and Gender Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference.  UBC.  April 25, 2008.Publications“‘Voyeurism is Participation’: Watch-ing John Cameron Mitchell’s Short-bus” .  Views from the Edge, Vol. 16.  Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, UBC.GEMMA HUNTINGPublic Presentations“‘Culture’ Discourse in Health Re-search: Furthering Health Inequi-ties?” Shifting Boundaries: Women’s and Gender Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference.  UBC.  April 25, 2008.“Women and Meat: We Are What We Eat”.  Women’s Health Research Net-work Summer Institute 2008 . Victoria, BC. May 1-2, 2008Publications“‘Culture’ Discourse in Health Re-search: Furthering Health Inequities?” Views from the Edge, Vol 16.  Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, UBC.  EMILIA NIELSENPublic Presentations“‘Unbecoming Lesbian’: Contingent Queerness in the Heterotopia”.  Shift-ing Boundaries: Women’s and Gender Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference.  UBC.  April 25, 2008“Contingent Queerness in the Het-erotopia: Unbecoming, Dancing, Archiving”. Queer Utopias and Dysto-pias.  2008 Queer Studies Graduate Symposium, University of California, Davis, CA.  May 17, 2008.“Troubling Gender Variance in Ce-reus Blooms at Night”.  CWSA / ACEF (Canadian Women’s Studies Associa-tion) Conference. CONGRESS 2008: University of British Columbia, Van-couver, BC. June 2, 2008.“The Plight to Survive in Cereus Blooms at Night: Transgression and Strategic Conformity”.  ACCUTE (As-sociation of Canadian College and University Teachers of English) Con-ference.  CONGRESS 2008: Univer-sity of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. June 3, 2008Publications“Queerness in the Heterotopia: Un-becoming, Contingency, Archiving”.  Views from the Edge: Vol 17. Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, UBC.Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies     15Sharalyn OrbaughWomen’s & Gender Studies and Asian Studies, UBCOtaku Feminism: Cyborgs, Superflat, and Cute Culture in JapanSep. 10, 2008Maria EscolanVancouver Status of Women & CWAGS Community VisitorThe Racialization of PovertySep. 17, 2008Stephanie ReifferscheldWomen Against Violence Against Women & CWAGS Community VisitorStepping out of the Binary: Deepening the Dialogue on ProstitutionSep. 17, 2008Mukesh EswaranDept of Economics, UBCDomestic Violence in India (a joint pa-per with Nisha Malhotra)Sep. 24, 2008Valentina MarinescuUniversity of Bucharest, RomaniaBetween “homelands”: Romanian women diasporic identities and com-municationOct. 1, 2008Special Event, Friday, October 3Dionne Brand, Poet and NovelistInventoryFree public lecture followed by wine and cheese reception Theatre, AERL BuildingSpecial Event, Monday, October 6Orlan, Performance ArtistThis My Body This is My Software Be-tween Western Art and Non Western ArtFree public lecture and penal presen-tation, Graduate Student CentreUpasana MahantaJNU, India, Visiting ScholarPolitical Participation of Scheduled Caste Women in Panchayati Raj Insti-tutions in India: A Critical Evaluation  Oct. 22, 2008Nanette Garcia DungoMiriam College, Women & Gender In-stitute, University of the PhilippinesWomen Migrant Returnees: The Re-capture of Self, Identity, Home and FamilyOct. 29, 2008Larissa LaiDept of English, UBCOrgan Donor’s Transit Lounge: Race, Gender, Passports and Biopower in Stephen Frear’s Dirty, Pretty ThingsNov. 5, 2008Chris LeeDept of English, UBCMaxine Hong Kingston’s Captive Voice: Re-reading The Woman WarriorNov. 12, 2008Jim PonzettiDept of Sociology, UBCSexism or academic elitism? The mar-ginalization of predominantly female professions in the academyNov. 26, 2008CWAGS Fall Lecture Series 2008Dionne Brand Sharalyn Orbaugh Upasana MahantaTHE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIACENTRE FOR WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIESThe University of British Columbia1896 East MallVancouver, BC  V6T 1Z1Phone:  604-822-9171Fax:  604-822-9169Email:  wmst1@interchange.ubc.caWebsite:  www.wmst.ubc.caGillian Creese, Director604-822-9175  creese@interchange.ubc.caLeonora Angeles, Graduate Advisor604-822-4085 gradadv@interchange.ubc.caSunera Thobani,  RAGA Director604-822-9265 sth@interchange.ubc.caJane Charles, Administrator604-822-9173 jane.charles@ubc.caWynn Archibald, Graduate Secretary604-822-9171 wynn.archibald@ubc.caMembers of the Advisory Committee:Gillian Creese, Director CWAGS (Chair)Leonora Angeles, Graduate AdvisorErin Baines, Liu Institute for Global IssuesSusan Boyd, LawAnne Condon, Computer ScienceMargery Fee, EnglishWendy Frisby, Chair, Women’s Studies ProgramGemma Hunting, MA Student, Women’s and Gender StudiesMadeleine MacIvor, First Nations House of LearningEmilia Nielsen, PhD Student, Women’s and Gender StudiesJerilynn Prior, MedicineValerie Raoul, Director of SAGAVeronica Strong-Boag, Educational StudiesSunera Thobani, Women’s and Gender Studies Manuela Valle, PhD Student Women’s and Gender StudiesColleen Varcoe, NursingAmanda Vincent, Fisheries CentreDominique Weis, Earth and Ocean SciencesThe Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies is a part of the College for Interdisciplinary Studies at The University of British Columbia.  Our primary purposes are to:•	 Highlight	the	significance	of	research	in Women’s Studies or Gender Relations and feminist research in all fields;•	 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.This Newsletter is published by The University of British Columbia’s Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies twice a year.  It is available in electronic form (PDF) on our website: http://www.wmst.ubc.ca/publicationsNewsletters.html.   Any part of this newsletter may be reprinted with credit to the source.  If you would like to share your feedback with us or contribute to the newsletter,  please contact the coordinator of the newsletter wmst1@interchange.ubc.ca.


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