Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Intersectionality: What is it and why does it matter? 

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: Humanities Centre 3-95 (Salter Room)

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Hosted by: Research at the Intersections of Gender (RIG) - Dr. Susanne Luhmann, Director and Dr. Dia Da Costa, Associate Director

Light lunch will be provided

In the Fall of 2018, Research at the Intersections of Gender (RIG) was named as one of the University of Alberta’s first three Signature Areas of research and teaching.  Intersections of gender impacts everyone at the university and beyond.  They are our identities, formed at the intersections of race, Indigeneity, class, gender, language, location, (dis)ability, age, religion, and more.  They are the complexities of who we are and the differences in how each of us experience the world around us.

The RIG team is excited to introduce the signature area and the concept of intersectionality to you through the viewing and discussion of a seminal TED Talk lecture by Dr.  Kimberlé Crenshaw, who first coined the term. We will explore how it relates to your individual jobs, work teams, and/or learning environment and we will seek input on how intersections of gender impact all roles at the university.

Are you intrigued? Please join us in conversation - all are welcome.  We look forward to meeting you!


Dr. Susanne Luhmann is Director of RIG, as well as an Associate Professor and former Chair in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. Susanne was one of four Principal Investigators on the same-named RIG KIAS-funded project, and was recognized along with this team as AWA Women of the Year in 2018. Susanne has research interests that traverse a number of topics and fields, including trauma and cultural memory, queer and feminist pedagogy, sexuality studies, and the (ongoing) formation of academic Women's and Gender Studies. Susanne's guiding philosophy in shaping RIG is to work towards a RIG that the University of Alberta and wider communities envision. Most recently, Susanne has been developing a rich array of RIG programming, including a research collaboration workshop.

Dr. Dia Da Costa is Associate Director of RIG and a Professor of Social Justice and International Studies in the Faculty of Education. She is trained in various traditions of social theory and research received on three different continents, and brings this transnational lens to questioning the power inherent in 'development', nationalism, and colonialism. Her recent research focuses on the ways in which South Asian communities in Canada name, challenge, and reproduce colonial state violence. Most recently, Dia has been at the forefront of developing new RIG programs such as the intersectionality reading group>BIPoC student mentoring group.