Intersections of Gender Launch Celebration

A day of events celebrating intersectional gender excellence on UAlberta campus

Emily Friedrich - 28 March 2019

The Launch Celebration of Intersections of Gender

Join us for a full-day of lineup of exciting events celebrating gender intersectional excellence!

March 28, 2019 | 134 Telus International Centre

Intersections of Gender is one of the first three newly minter University of Alberta Signature Areas of Research and Teaching. As a signature area, we will contribute to making the U of A an internationally recognized leader in intersectional, gender-themed research that advances innovation and collaboration across disciplines, deepens equity and inclusion, and responds to global challenges.

Intersections of Gender starts from the premise that research strengths at the intersections of gender (including race, class, indigeneity, disability, language, immigration status and many more vectors of identity) are found across all fields and corners of the U of A. Recognizing and developing these strengths stands to benefit individual researchers, community partners, collaborative teams, and the university as a whole.

9:30 - 11:50 a.m. - Senior Leaders Panel

How will Intersections of Gender unite strategic and institutional priorities across the University of Alberta and stakeholder communities, addressing local, national, and global challenges?

Join us for a series of short talks from senior leaders to learn more about what Intersections of Gender means for the future of research, teaching, and academic excellence.

Speaker Lineup:

- Matthias Ruth, VP Research
- Wendy Rogers, Deputy Provost
- Lesley Cormack, Dean, Faculty of Arts
- Jennifer Tupper, Dean, Faculty of Education
- Chris Andersen, Dean, Faculty of Native Studies

12:30 - 1:50 p.m. - Stewardship of Intersectionality: Creating Cross-Generational Knowledge Practices

Dr. Ange-Mari Hancock Alfaro, Dean's Professor and Chair of the Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies, University of Southern California

While prior scholarship has rightly identified intersectionality's vulnerability to cooptation and misinterpretation, the explosion of interest in intersectionality over the past three years of renewed women's social movements has heightened the need for scholars of intersectionality to hone their public intellectual skills. At the same time, the institutionalization of intersectionality as an interdisciplinary and explicitly critical approach gathers powerful sociopolitical capital to the field of study. Accounting for the ways in which intersectionality as a field of study is both vulnerable and powerful captures the heart of what intersectional analysis is all about.

2:00 - 2:50 p.m. - Graduate Student Intersectional Research Showcase

Showcasing the intersectional pursuits of U of A graduate students, participants will learn about the pursuits of the next generation of scholars.


- Abbie Schenk, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, & Recreation - "Exploring trans and non-binary experiences of travel through an intersectional lens"
- Oluwakemi (Kemi) Amodu, Faculty of Nursing, - "Access to healthcare for internally displaced women in Nigeria"
- Gwendolyn Villebrun, Counselling Psychology, Faculty of Education - "A Collective Story of Indigenous Women Who Have Not Had Children"
- Kevin Laxamana, Anthropology, Faculty of Arts - "Entangled Trans-Form-Asians, (Trans)Gendered Connections: An Anthropological Study of Transwomen Sex Workers in Singapore and Bali, Indonesia"
- René2 Beausoleil, Political Science, Faculty of Arts - "Home in the City: Principles and Processes in Urban Housing Governance"

3:00 - 3:50 p.m. - Intersectional Research Showcase

Hear from some of the University of Alberta's leading faculty members who are addressing the needs for intersectionality in their research.


- Bukola Salami, Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing - "The Influence of Intersecting Social Locations in the Parenting and Mental Health Promotion Practices of African immigrants in Alberta"
- Carla Hilario, Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing - "Exploring the Mental Health and Well-Being of Newcomer Young Men in Canada through and Intersectional Lens"
- Sheena Wilson, Associate Professor, Faculté Saint-Jean - "Why is Energy Transition a Feminist Issue?"
- Jessica Eisen, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law - "Animals and the Law: Lessons from a Feminist Theory"
- Cressida J. Heyes, H.M. Tory Chair and Professor, Political Science, Faculty of Arts - "Sleep is an Intersectional Feminist Issue"
- Dia Da Costa - Professor, Faculty of Education - "Caste-ing Intersectionality under Multiple Colonialisms"

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Reception

Join the Intersections of Gender team as they celebrate the launch of this interdisciplinary program.