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What’s Inside... Newsletter Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, UBC Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies The University of British Columbia, Canada The Newsletter of the Centre for  Women’s and Gender Studies 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 Celebrations mark 35th anniversary of Women’s Studies courses at UBC Community Scholar Report Graduate Advisor Report News from SAGA Centre Community Scholar Report Muslim Identities conference WSGSA Report Spring Lecture Series WAGS Program Update WAGS Career Panel 3 12 7 8 9 12 13 15 16 Spring/Summer 2008 Gillian Creese, Director Spring has arrived amid the cherry blos- soms and daffodils that signal renewal (I am trying to ignore the snow coming down as I write!). Renewal is also on the agenda for the College for Interdis- ciplinary Studies (CFIS) with the ap- pointment of a new Principal, Michael Burgess, and our own Sneja Gunew (past CWAGS Director) in the post of Associate Principal.  Congratulations Sneja! This can only signal better times ahead for CFIS and for CWAGS. The Centre has had another busy term with speakers, visitors, and co-hosting a number of events on campus.  Our term began with the very successful series “Manufacturing Islam: Muslim Identities in the 21st Cen- tury” co-hosted with St. John’s College. The series was opened on January 11 with a talk and film screening by Zarqa Nawaz, creator of the CBC television program, “Little Mosque on the Prairie”. Three panels followed in consecutive weeks: Gendering Muslims on Janu- ary 19 (with Jasmine Zine, Amina Jamal and Roksana Bahramitash), Managing Muslims on January 26 (with Saeed Khan, Omid Safi and Salman Sayyid), and Islam and Law on Feb- ruary 2 (with Mohammad Fadel and Asifa Quraishi).  Special thanks to Itrath Syed, graduate of our Masters program, for her hard work in organiz- ing the series. Our main activities this term co- alesced around International Women’s Day (March 8). Together with Nikki Strong-Boag, I co-authored a report for the B.C. Federation of Labour Women’s Bureau that was released at an International Women’s Day breakfast on March 7.  Still Waiting for Justice: Provincial Policies and Gender Inequality in BC 2001-2008 examines the effects of government policies that have increased the gap between rich and poor in ways that particularly Continued on 2... Dr. Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Iranian Lawyer and Human Rights Activist, at a round table discussion co- sponsored by CWAGS and the Liu Institute for Global Studies, March 4, 2008. 2     Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies     3 disadvantage women.  The report can be downloaded from the websites of CWAGS http://www.wmst.ubc.ca/ publicationsFWCBCReports.html or the B.C. Federation of Labour http: //www.bcfed.ca/publications ‘Still Waiting for Justice.pdf’.  We expect to produce an updated report on the gen- dered effects of provincial policies in the run-up to the next election in May 2009, and we welcome any reports, publications or other information that readers might wish to send to our at- tention. March 7 also marked the second in our celebrations of 35 years of feminist scholarship and teaching at UBC.  “Teaching Women and Gender at UBC: 35 Years of Creating Commu- nities of Learners”, co-sponsored with the WMST undergraduate program and Access and Diversity, was very well attended as we heard from a pan- el of undergraduate researchers and bid a fond farewell to Yvonne Brown. (For more details about this event see the Update on the Women’s and Gen- der Studies Undergraduate Program in this newsletter.) Other events co-hosted by CWAGS included the following: Ella Sho- hat, March 3, “Forget Baghdad” and March 4 “Taboo Memories, Diasporic Voices”, co-sponsored with the Post- colonial Research Cluster.  A round table discussion with Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and Iranian Lawyer and Human Rights Activist, March 4, co-sponsored with the Liu Institute for Global Studies. Ann Laura Stoler, March 13, “Impe- rial Dispositions of Dis-regard”, co- sponsored with Law and Society.  The conference, “Body Spaces: Corporeal Topographies in Literature, Theatre, Dance and the Visual Arts International & Interdisciplinary Workshops”, March 14-16, co-sponsored with the Liu Insti- tute for Global Studies.  We are also co-sponsoring “Peace Girl: A Fund- raiser for Northern Uganda”, an action research and youth leadership initiative organized by Erin Baines (now at the Liu and CWAGS), on April 10.  In addi- tion to these special events the Centre continued its weekly speakers’ series of noon-hour lectures on Wednesdays (the list of speakers for this term ap- pears elsewhere in the newsletter). We marked the publication of our 15th Views From the Edge with papers from the 2007 Graduate Student Confer- ence, and we eagerly look forward to this year’s event, “Shifting Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Feminist Research”, on April 25th. The Centre also welcomed our first two Community Visitors after reinstat- ing a Community Visitors Program that fell on the cutting block many budgets ago.  Maria Escolan from Vancouver Status of Women, and Stephanie Rei- fferscheld from Women Against Vio- lence Against Women spent much of February and March pursuing their own research at the Centre (see their re- ports in this newsletter).  We expect to welcome two Community Visitors each year.  Our Visiting Scholars Program is also up and running (after temporarily suspending it due to budget cuts earlier in the year).  Priti Singh, from Jawahar- lal Nehru University, arrived at the end of March to spend a month with us.  We are now preparing to welcome 5 new Visiting Scholars next fall. As always we continue our practice of hosting social events.  Our main so- cial events this term were the wine and cheese following the March 7 celebra- tion for International Women’s Day and 35 years of feminist teaching, and the end-of-term wine and cheese reception on April 11 from 4:00-6:00 at the Cen- tre.  We hope you will all join us at the end-of-term reception. I would like to thank all the members of the CWAGS Advisory Committee, Nora Angeles our Graduate Advisor, CWAGS Community Scholar Maria Escolan (right), of Vancouver Status of Women, and Begum Verjee at the celebration  March 7, 2008 held at the Graduate Student Centre. ...continued from 1 2     Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies     3 Convocation May 2008 Congratulations to our graduating students! MA Laurie Parsons Susie Roman BA Kirsty Marie Allen Sonia Basra Adrianne Davidson Nimerta Kaur Dhami Lara Dawn Rene Hine Aliya Nazir Hirji Alison Joy Leong Catherine Anne Lomas Jennifer Maureen McColl Sara Malkin Marjan Najafi Jennifer Maureen McColl Saranya Natasha Tharmarajah Reneta Yik Ching Tse Alina Maria Villa Cardona Lauren Eleanor Wetmore Jane Charles our Administrator, Wynn Archibald our Graduate Secretary, Wendy Frisby, Chair of the WMST Undergraduate Program, and Sneja Gunew, past Director of CWAGS and new Associate Principal for CFIS, for their support over the past term.  I am grateful to Emilia Nielson, Jenny Fawcett and Gemma Hunting, this year’s Graduate Research Assistants, for invaluable assistance on so many projects over the past year.  I would also like to thank all our graduate students who bring renewed energy, enthusiasm and ideas when we need them most.  We have all accomplished a lot over the past year in very uncer- tain times, and I look forward to more certainty and new opportunities next year.UBC President Stephen J. Toope speaking on Jan. 11th at the lecture series “Manufacturing Islam: Muslim Identities in the 21st Century” which CWAGS co-hosted with St. John’s Col- lege. Community Scholar Report Stephanie Reifferscheid, WAVAW Women Against Violence Against Women Rape Crisis Centre (WAVAW) was recently privileged to participate in the Community Visitor Program at the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, along with Vancouver Status of Women. Time and space to reflect, explore, research and write are rarely available for front-line feminists. This program provided just that opportunity to assist us in developing our organi- zation’s perspective and approach to the dialogues on prostitution currently in process in Vancouver. The time and expertise graciously given by several UBC scholars, along with the many re- sources of the university added immea- surably to the foundation of the project. As the agency’s researcher, I end my time at the Centre much richer for the experience as a result of the critical re- lationships we began to forge and with a clearer direction for our project. WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre advo- cates for women who have experienced sexualized violence and advocates for social transformation of the conditions Continued on 16... 4     Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies     5 Graduate Advisor’s Roundup Leonora C. Angeles Attending a workshop for all Gradu- ate Program Advisors and Associ- ate Deans/Directors for Graduate Students, organized by the Office of Dean Barbara Evans of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FOGS) in January 2008, made me realize even more the significance my office, the importance of trust and trusteeship in that office, and the invaluable role its plays in stewardship and mentoring of the next generation of academic researchers, educators, and other professionals. At the workshop, the Graduate Advi- sors spoke of common woes that now seem perennial – the lack of funding to recruit top students and support them in their research, overcrowded spaces and facilities, especially in the humani- ties; the lack of support for internation- al graduate students; and the lack of professional and career development opportunities for graduate students. Our own Graduate Program in Wom- en’s and Gender Studies has certainly been affected by these problems, and no amount of strategic planning on our part could do much to alleviate them unless matched by broader transfor- mation at the budgetary and adminis- trative levels of the University and the provincial and federal governments to increase support for Higher Education, particularly Graduate Education and Research. Many Graduate Advisors at the workshop further lamented the lack of training of new Graduate Student Supervisors and Graduate Advisors to make them adjust to their new roles and policies governing their work, and the lack of recognition of graduate advisor workload for merit salary increases and administrative leaves.  They argued for the need for more sustainable, long- term transparent mechanisms to fund graduate students; more transparency, information and clarity in the state of current funding, especially from the Deans; and more resources to recruit students and support the growth of graduate programs, such as hiring of new faculty, secretaries, and increas- ing current work spaces for graduate students. For their part, a parallel Graduate Students Needs Assessment was made in a recent survey released by FOGS, where more than 30% of UBC graduate students surveyed ranked the University as Fair to Poor in these areas: 1.  Developing Professional Skills: a)  Career Options – 50% of Masters students rate UBC Fair/Poor on providing advice on career options, while doc- toral students ranked UBC even lower: academic careers 47%; non-academic careers 64%; research careers 55%. b)   Writing – academic research writing and proposals – 40%. 2.  Advice on Financial Support: 45% of Masters and 35% of doc- toral students rank UBC as Fair/ Poor at providing advice on finan- cial support 3. Childcare -  Masters - 45%;  Doc- toral - 56% 4. Housing – assistance with housing - 40% 5.   Office Space – 43% One area of Graduate Advising and Mentoring where we could indeed do better is in the field of professional de- velopment skills. From the same work- shop noted above, the FOGS Dean circulated handouts on the "Qualities and Skills expected of Doctoral Gradu- ates." Generally, PhD graduates must be able to: • Demonstrate academic leadership, increasing independence, creativity and innovation in their research • Encourage the acquisition of a wide range of advanced and transfer- able skills, as professional doctoral studies provide advanced training designed to enhance knowledge in a specialist area. Largely based on the example of the University of Melbourne’s list, it will only be a matter of time before UBC and other Canadian Universities make a similar list guide the benchmarking of graduate students’ quality. From list, we see that the University expects its doctoral graduates to have the follow- ing skills and qualities: • An advanced ability to initiate re- search and to formulate viable re- search questions; • A demonstrated capacity to design, conduct and report sustained and original research; • The capacity to contextualized re- search within an international cor- pus of specialized knowledge; • An advanced ability to evaluate and 4     Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies     5 synthesize research-based and scholarly literature; • Highly developed problem-solving abilities and flexibility of approach; • The ability to analyze critically with- in and across a changing disciplin- ary environment; • The capacity to disseminate the results of research and scholarship by oral and written communication to a wide variety of audience; • A profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the eth- ics of research and scholarship; • An advanced facility in the manage- ment of information, including the application of computer systems and software where appropriate to the student’s field of study; • An understanding of the relevance and value of their research to na- tional and international communi- ties of scholars and collaborators; • An awareness where appropriate of issues related to intellectual prop- erty management and the commer- cialization of innovation; • An ability to formulate applications to relevant agencies, such as fund- ing bodies and ethics committees. Graduate students and supervisors implicitly and intuitively know the above lists of qualities and skills expected of doctoral students, but it is another thing to see these elements explicitly put together in a list, much more used as for benchmarking purposes. One can easily ask feminist questions re- lated to values and ethics involved in higher education, research, pedagogy and training as gleaned from the above list. There is mention of the commit- ment to truth, intellectual integrity and ethics, but what if these principles run contrary to dominant practices in intellectual property management and commercialization of research inno- vations. There is talk of communities of scholars and collaborators at the national and international scales, but what about the real, grounded commu- nities of people and their organizations that these research communities must ultimately serve? Are we producing PhD graduates whose research does not have to matter to public interests and the interests of these local orga- nized communities that at best appear as part of the "wide variety of audi- ences" to which their research results must be disseminated? And don’t bother to mention ethical responsibility and accountability to these communi- ties by researchers, funding bodies and research ethics committees, for that will require a whole new column. As I become more familiar with my roles as Graduate Advisor, I become more conscious of the above needs of graduate students and graduate advisors/ supervisors. I also wonder of my own time, ability, and capacity to address these needs, especially in the field of professional skills development related to writing and career options. The Peer Review of Manuscripts initia- tive being led by Kristi Engle-Folchert for MA and PhD students, as well as similar initiatives in WAGS 500, and our regular SSHRC-UGF workshops led by Nikki Strong-Boag, and our feminist pedagogy workshop series are small steps towards this direction. I welcome all WAGS MA and PhD students, candidates, and Faculty As- sociates to join the Office of the Gradu- ate Advisor in thinking about how we can more systematically plan and work for the future professional development of our graduate students in Women’s and Gender Studies. Admissions Update This year, as in the past, our Gradu- ate Program has attracted high-quality applicants from all over the world, and like in the previous years, we have lost some of our top-ranked candidates to other universities that offered them more generous scholarship packages with paid teaching and research assis- tantships to boot. Still, may I have the liberty of prematurely announcing that we nevertheless received acceptance of graduate placement offers from one of our top-ranked PhD applicants, and about four from our  top MA applicants. I am expecting more MA applicants to come forward and accept our place- ment offer with no guaranteed funding. These brave and intelligent students have decided to come to UBC despite the meager support we have given to only a few of them mainly because of the quality of our faculty, the matching of their research interests with our fac- ulty associates, and the environment and amenities the University and the City have to offer. Thank God for our weather, our waters and our moun- tains, or we might have lost these stu- dents as well. Spring Review and Annual Open Forum Oh, that time of the year again! Along with pollen allergies, the showers, and end of the term chase to the finish, our graduate students cannot escape the annual Spring Review where the Director and the Graduate Advisor meet individually with our students to discuss their review forms signed by their supervisors, their overall progress in the Program, future plans, and other concerns. How this process can hap- ...The workshop was truly enriching in opening our minds to the possibilities of using cases and problems to motivate our students.... Continued on 6... 6     Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies     7 pen all in 15 minutes is a big mystery to me, but as this is my first time to do the Spring Review round on April 16 and 17, I think I am lucky and open to any mysterious, even divine, intervention, to make the reviews meaningful and a little exciting, I hope. Mark your calendars as well for the upcoming Annual Graduate Students’ Forum on April 22, from 2:00-3:30 pm at the Centre. We promise we won’t be boring. Kudos and Thanks Our congratulations are due to our PhD students – Sanzida Habib for passing her comprehensive exams and PhD research prospectus (she is now officially a PhD Candidate!) and Jade Boyd for submitting the final copy of her dissertation now under review by her External and University Examiners (thesis defense date is May 8th). The dissertation, they say is like giv- ing birth to a baby. Our indefatigable PhD student Manola Valle has decided to have a baby before her dissertation. (See the Baby Shower event in the Grad Students Report). Congratula- tions to Manola and her partner Po- cholo for bringing another life to this planet! We look forward to the next baby, or the dissertation, whichever comes first. Three cheers for Naomi Lloyd whose conference paper received a Honour- able Mention at the Graduate Student Essay Competition of the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies. Lisa Forman Cody (Department of History, Claremont McKenna College), one of the three members of the Adjudication Committee (the other two were Jenny Andersen, Department of English, California State University of San Ber- nardino and Simon Devereaux, Depart- ment of History, University of Victoria), wrote to her saying, "Congratulations! The competition was quite fierce this year with several outstanding essays, but we were very impressed by your creative engagement and original, ana- lytical insight into relationship between Constance Maynard and Marion Wake- field in your essay." For her part, Naomi is obviously thrilled by this honor. She wrote to me and Gillian, "I'm especially encouraged by this because the paper was an early stab at the first chapter of my dissertation." You made proud, Naomi! I would like to use this space to thank our PhD Candidate Hui-ling Lin for organizing another year of our Wednesday lunch hour Lecture Series for the Centre and WAGS 500. I can’t believe she has already single-hand- edly prepared the speakers’ line-up for the Fall Lecture Series on top of her teaching, community volunteering and writing her dissertation. Thank you, Hui-Ling! My thanks go as well to my three amazing WAGS 500 students – Jenny Fawcett, Gemma Hunting and Emilia Nielsen – who moderated the seminars and introduced our speakers through- out the school year. They are also the brains, brawns and beauties behind the coming Graduate Students Conference on April 25 (see Grad Students Report for details). I must thank the three of them for making WAGS 500 a welcome breeze. I also want to thank Wendy Frisby and Gillian Creese for providing the funds to make another Pedagogy Sem- inar possible this year. The February 29 workshop on "Using Problems and Cases to Engage Learners in Women's and Gender Studies Courses" was led this time by the dynamic duo of Alice Cassidy, Associate Director, and Judy Chan, Educational Developer, of the Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth (TAG). The workshop was truly enriching in opening our minds to the ...continued from 5 From left, Graduate Students Jenny Fawcett, Gemma Hunting, Jane Lee, Manuela Valle and Eunkyung Choi at Manuela’s baby shower, Apr. 16, 2008. 6     Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies     7 News from the SAGA Centre Studies in Autobiography, Gender and Age possibilities of using cases and prob- lems to motivate our students, make them work collaboratively, and encour- age higher-order analytical thinking. Thanks to TAG, particularly Alice and Judy, in leading us down the path of problem or case-based learning. We look forward to the results of the research being done by our MA Can- didate Jane Lee for TAG on samples of cases and problem-based learning exercises being used in the social sci- ences in general and in Women’s and Gender Studies in particular. Lastly, life at the Centre and my work as Grad Advisor would not be easy, if not for the tremendous support of our incredible super-administrators, Jane Charles and Wynn Archibald. I could not thank you enough. I look forward to working with each and everyone of our students, faculty associates and staff, for making the next school year as bright and wonder- ful as this one. Valerie Raoul, Director This term SAGA organized two events with visiting speakers. The first was a presentation at the CWAGS Centre by Ann Thomson, author of Winning Choice on Abortion. How British Co- lumbian and Canadian Feminists Won the Battles of the 1970s and 1980s (Victoria BC: Trafford: 2005). This was held the week of various celebra- tions marking the anniversary of Dr Henry Morgentaler’s 1988 victory in the Supreme Court, when Canada’s restrictive abortion law was struck down.   This was an excellent oppor- tunity for cross-generational sharing of experiences, as Ann recounted her own memories of the fight for access to choice. We were reminded how much we owe to people like her who have taken great risks for this cause – one which may be coming back to fight once again.  Copies of Ann’s book are available at CWAGS and SAGA. The second event was held at my house, when I had the privilege of welcoming an extraordinary overnight guest, Hilaria  Supa Huaman, a Que- chua woman from Cusco, Peru, who was on her way home after 10 days in the interior of BC and Edmonton. I first met Hilaria four years ago at a plan- ning event for the World Peace Forum. At that time she was one of 1,000 out- standing women from around the world nominated collectively for the Nobel peace prize, for her campaign against the forced sterilization of indigenous women undertaken by then President Fujimori. She had already started an indigenous healing centre in her own mountain community, and a project to bring water to that area. Since then, she was elected to Congress, one of only two indigenous women to be of- ficially representing their communities, and plays an active role as Chair of the Aboriginal Affairs section. You may have seen a photo of her (from behind, showing her impressive braids) chew- ing coca leaves in Congress, as part of a protest against government moves to forbid its cultivation for personal use by indigenous people. Hilaria is crippled by painful arthritis, but says that this illness actually made it possible for her to become literate and to spend her time being a political activist for women and her people, since she was not able to raise her children herself. I’m sure that the many people who came to meet her and hear her speak were as inspired as I was. Thank you to Manu- ela (of CWAGS) and Carmen (from Hispanic Studies) for interpreting, and to all those who purchased her book, Threads of My Life, which has recently been published in English by a BC First Nations press (Theytus Books). A copy of this moving and beautifully produced testimonio is also available at SAGA, and I can obtain further copies if any- one would like one. In terms of community involvement, this term I have been meeting every other week at the Carnegie Centre with a group of six graduates of Humanities 101 (a UBC programme in the DES) who want to write about their lives. This has been a valuable experience for all of us in the group, and I hope it will continue. I shall be spending some time at SAGA over the next few weeks, mak- ing sure that everything is in order for Sunera Thobani to take over as Direc- tor at the end of May. I hope she will find SAGA to be a great resource to share, as I have.  Many thanks, as always, to Hui-Ling Lin for keeping things running smoothly. Congratulations! Sunera Thobani, Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender studies, has been selected for the Peter Wall Senior Early Career Scholar program.  She is one of six faculty members at UBC chosen for 2008-09. Paola Arboleda, who completed her MA at CWAGS in 2007, has been admitted to the PhD program in Spanish at the University of Florida and awarded an “Alumni Fellowship” for four years. Sarah Burns’ first novel “Jackfish, The Vanishing Village” has been published by Inanna Publications. Sarah completed a Women’s Studies Major at UBC in 2000. 8     Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies     9 Community Scholar Report Maria Escolan, Vancouver Status of Women I recognize and give thanks for my study, work, and community visit to the traditional Musqueam land on which UBC stands. As a participant in the first initiative of the Community Visitors Program, being at the CWAGS this spring was a good chance to both work on Vancouver Sta- tus of Women’s research project on the Racialization of Poverty as well as to connect and re-connect with people do- ing work around women’s/anti-oppres- sion issues on and off-campus. At the beginning of January this year when I had just returned from the First International Zapatista Women’s Gathering in La Garrucha, Chiapas, Mexico, I began my position at Vancou- ver Status of Women (VSW) as Project Coordinator of the Racialization of Pov- erty Project (ROP). It was at this time when I learned about the CWAGS new initiative with the Community Visitors Program and VSW saw an opportunity in this program for our ROP project. For me, participating in the program also meant a returning to the CWAGS almost a year after my graduation from the Undergraduate Program in Women’s and Gender Studies.  In fact, it was through my WAGS undergrad practicum placement that I became in- volved with VSW, since I did my place- ment with VSW last year. As an organization, VSW is a feminist collective, non-profit, commu- nity based organization with a vision of freedom and self-determination for all through responsible, socially just, healthy and joyful communities both locally and globally.  VSW works to en- sure women’s full participation in the social, economic and political life of our communities and was founded in 1971 to ensure that the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women were implemented.  This year, VSW celebrates 37 years of feminist organizing.  VSW also strives to under- stand that marginalized women face individual, systemic, and institutional struggles and exclusions on multiple fronts. It is through this understating that the Racialization of Poverty proj- ect emerged as a multi-year project (2005-2008).  Forming out of VSW’s previous Women and Welfare Project (2004), which looked at the deepening of the feminization of poverty in BC, the ROP project extends its analysis into the racialization of poverty. The ROP project examines the deepening of poverty experienced by racialized women (Indigenous women & women of colour) as a result of pres- ent and historical social and economic policies, including provincial and na- tional policies.  The ROP uses inter- sectional anti-oppression frameworks and methodologies to map the complex impacts on racialized women facing multiple and simultaneous oppres- sions including:  land, ability, language, immigration, childcare, education, employment, prison history, sexual- ity, family status and other locations of identity and experience. The ROP finds that poverty disproportionately impacts racialized women who occupy these multiple positions and also ana- lyzes how the processes of occupation, re/settlement, nation building, slavery, disenfranchisement, labour migration, and employment regulation in Canada continue to contribute to the depth of poverty and criminalization experi- enced by racialized women. During my time at the CWAGS this spring, the particular document I worked on as part of the ROP is a forth- coming timeline of legislated racism in Canada, titled History in Our Faces on Occupied Land: A Race Relations Timeline, for which I found the UBC library online databases very useful. The Race Relations Timeline seeks to update and expand a first edition of the timeline by Benita Bunjun and Marian Gracias, published in 1997 as part of Sisters: The UBC Women of Colour Mentoring Network Newsletter.  The ROP Race Relations Timeline seeks to serve as a community resource and education piece for ongoing knowledge sharing around the historical and cur- rent formation of racialized categories through Canadian legislation.  Also as part of my community visit to the CWAGS, I presented with Benita ...the particular document I worked on ... is a forthcoming timeline of legislated racism in Canada.... 8     Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies     9 Bunjun on the ROP Project in two of Sunera Thobani’s WAGS classes. I also presented with Angela Sterritt for Realities of Race Week on the ROP project, which included Angela Sterritt presenting on a piece she has authored for the ROP project titled Racialization of Poverty: Indigenous Women, the Indian Act and Systemic Oppression, REASONS FOR RESIS- TANCE (2007)*.  These presenta- tions along with attendance at other Realities of Race Week events and gatherings at the CWAGS like the career panel, as well as the day-to- day contact with others in the centre were good opportunities to build and create relationships of community and knowledge sharing. It was also lovely to meet and connect with Stephanie Reifferscheid, Community Visitor from WAVAW. I thank the CWAGS centre kindly for initiating the Community Visi- tors Program and creating moments and spaces of community connections through it. *For this or any other VSW publica- tion or more information please visit: www.vsw.ca check it out. thirdspace the journal for emerging feminist scholars www.thirdspace.ca Manufacturing Islam: Muslim Identities in the 21st Century Almas Zakiuddin If a title alone can denote the impact of an event, this series was loaded with meaning. One could not be faulted for wondering what the notion of “manu- facturing” Islam was meant to imply. It was meant, as I recall, to resonate with and convey the depth and diversity of ideas, forces and movements, that are shaping and reshaping Muslim identi- ties in this 21st Century. In the end, and despite many challenges and a fair number of obstacles, the series lived up exceptionally well to these ambi- tious aims. The series was launched with a very successful public event, “An Evening with Zarqa Nawaz” on January 11 which attracted a capacity crowd at the Chan Centre UBC. This was followed by three well attended panel discus- sions over the next three consecutive weeks, each drawing on the scholarly perspectives of contemporary experts in their respective fields from Canada, the USA and the UK. The panels were on the following themes, “Gendering Muslims” (January 19), “Managing Muslims” (January 26) and finally, “Is- lam and Law” (February 2). The talks were held at St John’s College, UBC, the initiator, primary organizer and main funding source for the Symposium. One of the striking features of this Symposium, to my mind, was the range of perspectives presented. The keynote event with Zarqa Nawaz was humourous, light-hearted, representa- tive of youth and popular culture, yet also evocative in its reflection of deeper fissures and conflicts both local and global. Nawaz, who is the creator of the CBC’s popular new series entitled “Little Mosque on the Prairie” has in- troduced diverse Muslim identities into mainstream western media -- identi- Keynote speaker Zarqa Nawaz, creator of CBC’s “Little Mosque on the Prairie”. Continued on 18... 10     Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies     11 35 years of Women’s Studies at UBC and Dr. Yvonne Brown’s retirement photos from the celebration held March 7, 2008 Sunera Thobani and Yvonne Brown Becki Ross and Yvonne Brown Noga Gayle (left), Sociology Professor at Capilano College, Yvonne Brown, and Barbara Binns, retired Sociology Instructor, Langara College. Audience members listen to Yvonne’s talk entitled, “Personal Reflections of a Mother Teacher on Gender, ‘Race,” Sexual Orientation, Disability, and Indig- enous Struggles for Equality at UBC from 1977-2007.” 10     Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies     11 Graduate students Kristi Engle Folchert and Jenny Fawcett Gladis Lemus, Yvonne Brown and Benita Bunjun. Valerie Raoul (front left) and Choir Director Tom Graff with the Solidarity Notes Labour Choir which performed at the event. Undergraduate students Claire Haddock, Anoushka Ratnarajah, She- anthi De Silva, and Sheelah Ziajka. Chandraveer and Neelu Kang with Valerie Raoul 12     Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies     13 Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association report Hello from Jenny Fawcett and Manu- ela Valle, the new WSGSA MA and PhD reps, respectively! We thank Jane Lee and Sally Mennill, outgoing reps, for their work over the past year, from conducting the equity survey to organizing social events. We welcome Kristi Engle Folchert as the Academic Events Coordinator, Gemma Hunt- ing as the Social Events Coordinator, Sam Semper as the Special Projects Coordinator, and Emilia Nielsen as the Treasurer. Congratulations and thanks to newly elected representatives. The WSGSA has hosted and or- ganized a number of events and re- sources over the past few months, and worked enthusiastically to continue to advocate graduate student interests, promote graduate student research, and foster community among grad students, despite our always busy schedules. Faculty and staff joined the WSGSA for an abundant dinner in celebration of the Lunar New Year at Bo-Kong Restaurant. A few grads came together at Manuela Valle’s house in early February for what we plan to be the first of many craft nights. Kristi Engle Folchert developed an electronic editing circle so that WSGSA members can circulate drafts of papers and abstracts to peers for review. The editing circle has been not only a wonderful practical tool, but also an important venue for sharing our re- search and creating community. Any- one interested in becoming involved with the editing circle can email Kristi at kristijef@hotmail.com. Women’s Studies grads are commit- ted to work together with the Centre’s outstanding faculty and administration to make our program and research more visible, and hence, better funded. At the most recent major Centre event on March 7th, “Celebrating 35 Years of Teaching,” Almas Zakiuddin, Rupa Bagga, Sirijit Sunanta, Sanzida Habib, Naomi Lloyd, Cecily Nicholson, and Sally Mennill displayed posters high- lighting their PhD research, and Jenny Fawcett chaired the Undergraduate Re- search Panel. This event also coincided with this year’s commemoration of International Women’s Day, March 8th. Kristi Engle Folchert, Jenny Fawcett, and Manuela Valle collaborated with Gillian Creese, Wendy Frisby, and Jane Charles to write an article outlining the Centre’s marginalization on campus for Access and Diversity’s publication Think Equity. WSGSA members also met to brainstorm ways to better highlight our program on campus and secure fund- ing, and shared those suggestions with Director Gillian Creese, who was incredibly receptive and welcomed our ideas. The WSGSA will continue to look for ways to enhance our visibility and make our graduate program eco- nomically sustainable. The Gender Performances Re- search and Reflection Group has become an active part of UBC’s academic community. Manuela Valle is organizing an ongoing film screen- ing series followed by discussion. In addition, members of the Gender Performances Group plan to bring to- gether academic research on gender and sexuality across campus, as well as a prominent scholar to UBC this fall to deliver the keynote address of a research colloquium in conjunction with W.A.C.K., the feminist art retro- spective collection that will visit the Vancouver Art Gallery. If you want to become part of any of these initiatives you can email either Manuela Valle ...members also met to brainstorm ways to better highlight our program on campus and secure funding.... Karaoke madness at the end-of term party: Left, Manuela and baby Ramona with their version of “Like a Virgin”, right, Jane Lee brings the house down with “I will Survive.” Continued on  14... 12     Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies     13 CWAGS Spring Lecture Series 2008 Tara Fenwick Leslie RomanDorothy Christian Donica Belisle Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, UBC Pleasure and Power: Shopping in Canada’s Largest Stores Before 1940 Jan 16, 2008 Dorothy I. Riddle Service-Growth Consultants Inc, Vancouver What Is Feminist Spirituality, and Why Should We Care? Jan 23, 2008 Siwan Anderson Dept of Economics, UBC Missing Women and the Epidemiological Transition Jan 30, 2008 Leslie Roman Dept of Educational Studies, UBC Troubling Intersections:  Bridging Anti- racist and Anti-Ableist Feminist Pedagogies and Politics Feb 6, 2008 Tara Fenwick Dept of Educational Studies, UBC Women Learning in Garment Work: Solidarity and Sociality Feb 13, 2008 Dorothy Christian Independent filmmaker, Vancouver A Spiritual Land Claim Film screening (27 min) following a talk (10 min) and Q & A session Feb 27, 2008 Ellen L. Ramsay Assistant Professor on leave, Div. of Hu- manities, York University Emily Carr: The Artist and the Historiography Mar 5, 2008 Bonny Norton Dept of Education, UBC Identity and Language Learning: Insights from Feminist Theory Mar 12, 2008 Ann Laura Stoker Imperial Dispositions of Dis-regard Note different time & location: 3-7pm, Law Building 101-102 Mar 13, 2008 Tsering Wangdu Shakya Anthropology and Historical Studies, The New School for Social Research in New York City Institute of Asian Research, UBC Writing Tibet, Auto/biographies of Tibetan Women Mar 19, 2008 Sharalyn Orbaugh Asian Studies / Women’s and Gender Studies, UBC Women’s Wear as Weapon in Japanese World War Two Propaganda Mar 26, 2008 Priti Singh Visiting Scholar of the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, UBC Issues of Gender, Socio-Economic Equity and Justice for Governance of Tribals in India Apr 9, 2008 14     Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies     15 The University of British Columbia of- fers a Visiting Scholar Program as an integral part of its Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies. Scholars work- ing 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 collabora- tion among scholars, at UBC and elsewhere. Scholars will be expected to participate in the activities of the Centre and to give a public lecture during their term. The Visiting Scholar programme is open to faculty, both untenured and tenured, as well as to indepen- dent 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 B.C. Lower Mainland. Some funding for travel expenses (to a maximum of $3000) is available for scholars from “developing” countries. In its selec- tion of visitors, the Centre hopes to create a diverse community of junior and senior scholar-researchers. The Centre is particularly interested in ap- plicants who are situated within exist- ing Women’s Studies centres which might be interested in forging future international links. Scholars will normally be pro- vided with shared office space at the Centre or a computer workstation in the SAGA 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 par- ticular interest to scholars who are on sabbatical. 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 assess- ments to: Visiting Scholar Program, UBC Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, 1896 East Mall, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, V6T 1Z1. The closing date for receipt of appli- cations is December 31, 2008. Visiting Scholars Program 2009-2010 Academic Year at manola.valle@gmail.com or Sam Semper at samsemper@yahoo.com. A number of exciting events took place this last term, the Realities of Race Week, the Responsible Consumption Week, and the Resisting the University Conference, where Manuela Valle participated on a panel about graduate students’ apathy, just to mention some. And a number of other events of interest to graduate students are just around the corner. Manuela Valle and Jenny Fawcett will bring graduate students’ input to the Curriculum Development workshop on April 11th. The open forum for graduate students, with Graduate Advisor Leonora Angeles and Director Gillian Creese, to discuss pressing issues will take place on April 24th from 2-3 pm at the Centre. The Shifting Boundaries: Women’s Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference will take place from 9:45am to 4pm on April 25th at Thea’s Lounge in the Graduate Student Centre. WSGSA members are actively involved in the conference as organizers, presenters, and panel moderators. Finally, we wish to celebrate graduate students who beyond their academic research have been working as activists and volunteers both at UBC and in their own communities. We are proud of your commitment and energy! Student Association Report ...continued from 12 Views from the Edge Proceedings of the Women’s & Gender Studies Graduate Student Conference, April 2007 Available at the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies 1896 East Mall 14     Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies     15 Update Women’s and Gender Studies Undergraduate Program Wendy Frisby, Chair Following the highly successfully Women’s and Gender Studies Re- search Forum in November 2007, the second event organized to continue the 35th Anniversary celebrations of our program was held in conjunction with International Women’s Day, on March 7, 2008. The event was entitled: Women’s and Gender Studies at UBC: 35 Years of Creating Communities of Learners and was organized behind the scenes by Dr. Nikki Strong Boag. One of the goals was to highlight the important research done by under- graduate students in their courses, which include two required courses for Majors (WMST 325 – Feminist Qualita- tive Methods taught by Dr. Becki Ross and WMST 422 – Advanced Research Seminar taught by Dr. Nora Angeles). Research projects are also embedded in a number of other WMST courses. Four students made excellent pre- sentations that were very much in keeping with our 35th anniversary and International Women’s Day which cel- ebrate accomplishments made while drawing attention to how much further we need to go to achieve social justice and equality. Katherine Lyon’s talk on Empowering Representations of Femi- ninity? ‘Girl Power’, Sexuality, and Physical Appearance in Mainstream Western Music provided an interest- ing analysis of pop culture using the Spice Girls and other ‘girl bands’ as exemplars. Amina Rai’s analysis of Western Philanthropy and the Con- sumption of Global Poverty was very thought provoking and well argued. Saadia Rai drew, in part, on her own experiences and humor to ad- dress the question: Why do you want to study Bollywood? Sheelah Ziajka spoke about Single Parents Living On the Margins at UBC and highlighted the important work being done by Single Parents on Campus (SPOC). I would like to sincerely thank Sheelah, Katherine, Amina and Saadia for their insightful and highly engaging presen- tations. Other students contributed in important ways to this event including Sheanthi De Silva, President of the WAGS Undergraduate Association, along with CWAGS graduate students Emilia Nielsen and Jenny Fawcett. We also celebrated Dr. Yvonne Brown’s retirement at the 35th anniver- sary event. UBC doctoral student and long time colleague, Benita Bunjun, provided an eloquent introduction that highlighted Yvonne’s many contribu- tions over a 30 year career at UBC. Yvonne developed and taught the WMST 411 – African/Black Women in the Americas course, which is very im- portant to our program. In her Keynote Address, she provided her personal re- flections on the struggles and accom- plishments with respect to equity on campus. We will deeply miss Yvonne and wish her all the best in her next exciting endeavours. Thanks are ex- tended to Access and Diversity and the Centre for Women’s and Gender Stud- ies who co-sponsored the event, and to Jane Charles and Wynn Archibald who assisted in numerous ways. We are having a Curriculum Devel- opment Workshop on April 11 and will revisit our past program offerings with an eye to the next 35 years at UBC. WMST 328 students and instructor Litsa Chatzivasileiou (2nd from left) with class projects. 16     Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies     17 that create the violence.  As a feminist organization grounded in an anti-op- pression analysis, we provide direct services for women, deliver public edu- cation to colleges, universities, schools and community groups and promote social change in our society. In seeking social transformation, the organization works together with other justice seeking organizations and communities. Currently, we are working in collaboration with aboriginal community workers and communities, and a variety of other organizations, to promote social transformation through attitudinal, social and structural change and to re-locate the issues of sexual- ized violence, sexism, misogyny and racism from the invisibility of the mar- gins into the centre of public view and discourse. During the celebration of our 25th An- niversary, we will be highlighting some of our recent work. All members of the public are invited to attend our Celebra- tion Reception at the Vancouver Public Library on April 18th from 3:00 to 8:00. There, we will be unveiling the photo- graphic documentation of the 2007 Ab- original Smudge Ceremony performed in the Downtown Eastside in collabora- tion between the Aboriginal Women’s Advisory to the project, WAVAW and local First Nations communities. We will also be launching The Su- per Power project at the event. This is a youth-driven multi-media project, developed by multicultural youth from Vancouver and Aboriginal youth of the Haisla Nation from Kitimaat Village, to create and distribute messages designed to prevent gendered vio- lence. The project is a joint venture of WAVAW and Good Company Com- munications through a grant by the B.C. Ministry of Community Services. I want to extend my appreciation and the appreciation of my organiza- tion for the opportunity to participate in the Community Visitors Program at the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies. For more information about WAVAW, contact 604-255-6228 or www.wavaw.ca ...continued from 3 Stephanie Reifferscheid, Community Scholar Report Cecily Nicholson On Wednesday, March 5th the Centre for Research in Women’s and Gender Studies hosted the second annual Women’s and Gender Studies Career Panel: What Can You Do With a Major or Minor in Women’s and Gender Stud- ies? Panellists included four graduates of the Women’s and Gender Studies programme as well as Carol Nayler, Manger of Careers for the Faculty of Arts new Centre for Arts Student Services. The event was organized and facilitated by the President of the Women’s and Gender Studies Under- graduate Association, Sheanthi De Silva; PhD candidate and sessional instructor Cecily Nicholson, and As- sociate Professor Becki Ross. Beginning with the introduction from Wendy Frisby, Program Chair, the speakers shared an impressive array of professional skills and experience. Krista Riley, AMS Ombudsperson and a recent graduate from the under- graduate programme discussed the relevance of her degree as she begins to shape her career path. Established frontline support workers with Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW), Cherlyn McKay and Dalya Israel, spoke passionately about the critical role their education has played in the context of a feminist organiza- tion working toward the prevention and eradication of violence. Gender analysis, feminist and anti-oppression curriculum they explained, was integral to various aspects of their work includ- ing understanding and negotiating sys- temic factors such as court processes, healthcare and government services. Their education in Women’s and Gen- der Studies also helped prepare them for roles of support and advocacy with marginalized women. Attendees heard from Dr. Amy Salmon, Lead Investigator for the Gen- der, Women and Addictions Research Program at the BC Centre of Excel- lence for Women’s Health; Adjunct Assistant Professor in the University of Victoria’s centre for Community Health Promotion Research and Clinical As- sistant Professor in the Department of Health Care and Epidemiology at UBC. Dr. Salmon agreed that the grounded knowledge she attained in Women’s and Gender Studies was invaluable in forging her career as a researcher – the progressive and interdisciplin- ary nature of her studies providing a distinct, competitive advantage within her field. Panellists all indicated that the rich combination of Women’s and Gender Studies, volunteer and practi- Women’s and Gender Studies Career Panel Continued on  19... 16     Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies     17 Sirijit Sunanta Conferences: Transnational Marriages and the Transformation of Rural Life: Case Study from Thailand’s Northeastern Villages. Poster Presentation at En- gendering Social Justice: Celebrating Women’s and Gender Research at UBC, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Nov 2, 2007. Love and Marriage in “International Villages”: Cross-Border Marriages be- tween Northeastern Thai Women and Foreign Men. The 10th International Conference on Thai Studies, Tham- masat University, Bangkok, Thailand, January 9 – 11, 2008. Transnational Marriages and the Transformation of Rural Life: Case Study from Thailand’s Northeastern Villages. Globalized Asia: The 5th An- nual Graduate Student Conference. Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia. February 28th- March 1, 2008 “Phua Farang” (Foreign Husband) Phenomenon: Transnational Mar- riages and the Transformation of Rural Life in Thailand’s Northeastern Villages. Pacific Worlds in Motion: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Asian Migrations, Green College and St. John’s College, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, March 14-15, 2008. Community Event: Vancouver based women’s organiza- tions community meeting, sponsored by UBC’s Women’s and Gender Stud- ies Center. Status of Women, Vancou- ver, BC, Canada, March 12, 2008. Public speaking: A discussion of the status of women in Thailand.  Langara College. Dec 3, 2007 Sam Semper Conferences: “Social Melancholy and Movement: Krumping hits the Mainstream,” at the joint national Popular/American Cultural Association conference in San Francisco.  PCA/ACA  National Conference, San Francisco California, March 19-22, 2008. “Social Melancholy, Masculinity, and Revolt in the Krump Kings’ Golden Se- ries,”  PCA/ACA National Conference, San Francisco California, Dance and Culture Section, March 19- 22, 2008. “Toni Morrison’s Beloved and the Limits of Testimony,” at the National conference of the College English Teachers Association Conference in St. Louis. CEA National Conference, St, Louis,Missouri, March 27-30, 2008. “Melancholy, Masculinity, and Revolt in the Krump Kings’ ‘Golden Series’,” at the WS Graduate Student confer- ence at Thinking Gender, University of California, Los Angeles California, Feb 1, 2008. Emilia Nielsen Poetry Publications in referred literary journals: “Pass Creek.” Room Maga- zine. Vancouver.  31.1 (2008): 50-61. (12 pages) “Surge Narrows.” Prism International. Vancouver: University of British Columbia. 46:2 (2008): 55-58. (4 pages) “Vernacular Hearts.” The Fiddlehead. Fredericton: University of New Brunswick. 234 (2008): 59-62. (4 pages) “Pay Day.” Descant. Toronto. 140. (1 page) Public Presentations: Invited Featured Reader (Poetry): Prism International Presents.  March 10, 2008 (with Daniel Scott Tysdal) Chez Nous Ballroom, Vancouver, B.C. Kristi Engle Folchert Conference: Institutional propagation of football hypermasculinity: An examination of the University of Colorado’s response to rape. Thinking Gender: The 18th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference. Los Angeles, CA.(2008) Rupa Bagga Guest Speaker: Comfort Women in Korea: Feminist Movement in Post War South Korea to the Present. Undergraduate Class on “Women in the Global South.” Lan- gara College, Vancouver, B.C. Febru- ary 28, 2008. International Adoptions from South Korea and India to Canada. “Introduc- tion to Women’s Studies,” WMST 100 (02) Undergraduate Class, UBC. No- vember 13, 2007 Poster: International Adoptions: Intersections of Class, Gender, and Race in Move From India and the Republic of Korea to Canada. For Engendering Social Justice: Celebrating Women’s and Gender Studies Research, UBC, No- vember 2, 2007. Community Event: Vancouver based Women’s Organiza- tions Community Meeting. Sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies, UBC, at Status of Women, Vancouver, March 12, 2008. Conferences: Revising Race, Gender, Class, and Culture Paradigms: Policies and Attitudes Regarding Intercountry Adoption from South Korea to North America/Canada. Paper presented at the ASK (Adoptees Solidarity Korea) Graduate Students Conferences & Public Presentations Continued on 19... 18     Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies     19 ties that speak of and to the changes and challenges that confront us in what is often defined as a “post” 9/11 world. Her talk ranged from subjects as thought provoking as domestic violence against women, to wry com- mentaries on the prejudices that mark Canadians of all hues, genders and religious persuasions. Before Nawaz took the stage, folk music by Persian/ Baluchi traditional singers, the Honari Family ensemble, set the tone for the evening, and as part of her talk, Nawaz showed a recent episode of her show, entitled “Jihad on Ice”, to much laugh- ter from the audience. A Q&A session afterwards was equally stimulating. The three panel discussions that fol- lowed this opening event continued to reflect the challenges and complexities of Muslim identities, though of course on a more scholarly level. The speak- ers on January 19th, for the “Gendering Muslims” panel, brought sharp, insight- ful perspectives on women, gender and Islam to their respective presen- tations: Dr. Jasmine Zine from Wilfrid Laurier University, spoke on “Manu- facturing Muslim Women”; Dr. Amina Jamal from Ryerson University on, “Transnational Feminism and Muslim Women”; and Dr. Roksana Bahrami- tash, from the University of Montreal, on “Scattered memories; being a Mus- lim woman in Canada”.  Dr. Sunera Thobani, from Women’s Studies, UBC moderated this event which included a stimulating question and answer ses- sion with a large and actively engaged audience. Our next panel entitled, “Managing Muslims” on January 26th, featured Dr. Saeed Khan, from Wayne State University Detroit, who spoke on “The Politicization of Muslim Identity in a US election year”; Dr. Omid Safi, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who discussed “Beyond the Clash of Civilizations: Muslim cosmopoli- tanism and pluralistic identities”; and finally, Dr. Salman Sayyid, from the University of Leeds, who spoke on the challenging notion, “Are Unicorns Mus- lim?” Moderator  Maged Senbel, from the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC, facilitated the discus- sion session with a capacity audience at St John’s College, UBC. The last panel, held on Feb- ruary 2nd, entitled, “Islam and the Law” presented two cutting- edge scholars of Islamic law, Dr. Mo- hammad H. Fadel, from the University of Toronto, who spoke on  “Islam and the Law: A Historical Perspective”; and Dr. Asifa Quraishi from the University of Wisconsin-Madison whose presenta- tion was entitled, “Islamic Law and the Capacity for Change”. This closing ses- sion, which once again included a very lively Q&A segment, was moderated by Dr Maya Yazigi from the department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies at UBC. As the series closed, it was clear from the range and depth of comments generated that both the overall theme and its separate parts, were valuable for different reasons. For some, there were issues which needed to be ex- plored and researched by scholars and experts.  For others, there were public and general concerns that needed to be aired and explored in intellectu- ally stimulating and insightful platforms such as the series provided, especially as a means of balancing the often dis- torted and caricaturized images and depictions of Muslim identities and Islam in general, in contemporary so- cieties. And finally, there were strong and purposeful commentaries from the scholars who presented, as well as those who were drawn to the events, that Muslim identities in the 21st cen- tury were indeed being “manufactured” in divergent, perhaps even conflicting ways. In the end, this series lived up to its promise. Muslim Identities Conference ...continued from 9 Continued on 19... Audience members at the Chan Centre for a talk by Zarqa Nawaz during the conference Manufac- turing Islam: Muslim Identities in the 21st century. 18     Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies     19 Monthly Forum, KoRoot, Seoul, South Korea, June 17, 2007. (In Publication Process). International Adoptions from South Korea to Canada. Migration Studies Conference, UBC, November 30, 2007. International Adoptions: Intersections of Class, Gender, and Race in Move of Children from India and South Ko- rea to Canada. Canadian Women’s Studies Association (CWSA), UBC, May-June 2008. Revisiting Cultural Paradigms: Gender Issues Related to International Adoptions in Canada from South Korea. Women’s World, Madrid, July 3-9, 2008. As mentioned above, this series was conceived and organised at the initiative of  St John’s College, which was also its primary funding source*. It was supported by a committee drawn from different departments at UBC in- cluding Women’s Studies representa- tives. Among them, our own Women’s Studies alumnus Itrath Syed (M.A. 2006) was a key contributor without whose inputs most of the speakers might never have been tapped, nor consented to participate. *With the collaboration and support of UBC Community Affairs; the Office of the Vice-President, Students; the Inter- national Canadian Studies Centre; the Faculty of Arts; Community Partners for Internationalization; the Faculty of Graduate Studies; the Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies; the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies; the Centre for Femi- nist Legal Studies; the Liu Institute for Global Issues;  the Women’s Studies Undergraduate Program; and the De- partments of History and Sociology. *Organizing Committee: Dr. Timothy Brook, Principal, St. John’s Col- lege and Professor, Department of History Drs. Sneja Gunew and Gillian Creese, Centre for Women’s & Gender Studies Itrath Syed, Langara College and alumnus Centre for Women’s & Gender Studies, UBC Dr. Maya Yazigi, Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies Dr. Henry Yu, Associate Principal, St. John’s College, and Associate Professor, Depart- ment of History Almas Zakiuddin, PhD Candidate, Centre for Women’s & Gender Studies Stacy Barber, Event Coordinator Sandra Shepard, Event Manager Student Presentations ...continued from 17 Muslim Identities Conference . ..continued from 18 CWAGS Advisory Committee 2007-2008:  (back) Gillian Creese, Wendy Frisby, Jane Charles, Manuela Valle, Jerilynn Prior, Sunera Thobani, Anne Condon, (front) Margery Fee, Nora Angeles, Amanda Vincent, Nikki Strong-Boag, Jenny Fawcett, Susan Boyd, Dominique Weis, and Valerie Raoul cum experience were valued attributes of job applicants and potential col- leagues. Forum participants also benefited from the career-savvy expertise of Car- ol Nayler who detailed resources that are available through the Centre for Arts Student Services which includes Academic Advising Services, Co-op- erative Education Program, Student Communications, Careers Services, Student Development, and Alumni. Speakers continued to field questions as faculty, alumni and students en- joyed food and refreshments for the remainder of the event. Thanks to our excellent speakers and to all who par- ticipated in this successful panel! Career Panel ...continued from 16 THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA CENTRE FOR WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES 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 Gillian Creese, Director 604-822-9175  creese@interchange.ubc.ca Leonora Angeles, Graduate Advisor 604-822-4085 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, Graduate Secretary 604-822-9171 wynn.archibald@ubc.ca Members of the Advisory Committee: Gillian Creese, Director CWAGS (Chair) Leonora Angeles, Graduate Advisor Susan Boyd, Law Anne Condon, Computer Science Margery Fee, English Jenny Fawcett, MA Student, Women’s and Gender Studies Wendy Frisby, Chair, Women’s Studies Program Madeleine MacIvor, First Nations House of Learning Jerilynn Prior, Medicine Valerie Raoul, Director of SAGA Veronica Strong-Boag, Educational Studies Sunera Thobani, Women’s and Gender Studies Manuela Valle, PhD Student Women’s and Gender Studies Colleen Varcoe, Nursing Amanda Vincent, Fisheries Centre Dominique Weis, Earth and Ocean Sciences The 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. The Newsletter is published by The University of British Columbia’s Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies twice a year.  It is distributed free of charge to interested researchers, educators, community activists, practitioners and students. To subscribe, e-mail your request to wmst1@interchange.ubc.ca.  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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