Catherine Clune-Taylor
Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University

Talk: “Securing Cisgendered Futures Via Parental Rights in the Eugenic Present”

Thursday, March 21, 2024, 4:00 - 5:30 pm MDT
Tory 12-15

In the talk, attention is drawn to how the gendered futures of children are increasingly framed in both the trans and intersex cases in terms of a conflict between the rights of parents to choose or direct those futures, and the rights of children themselves. The rights and interests of trans-skeptical parents are presumed and protected in this framing, while the state as parens patriae emerges in legislation that attempts to extra-medically pathologize not only trans and intersex kids, but also supportive parents, teachers, and clinicians. These political interventions are situated as part of what is referred to as "The Eugenic Present." This concept connects the overturning of Roe v. Wade, ableist policies amid the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, as well as anti-migrant legislation.
Respondent: Dr. Cressida J. Heyes, Henry Marshall Tory Chair and Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, University of Alberta
Moderator: Dr. Kristin Rodier, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Athabasca University
Supported by the HM Tory Chair endowment and the Department of Political Science

Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark
Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria

Talk: "Suturing the Rupture: Anishinaabe Legal Responses to Harm and Repair"

Thursday, April 4, 2024, 4:00 - 5:30 pm MDT
Tory 12-15

Abstract: Gender based violence is endemic across the globe. While we have seen significant shifts in discourse around consent, there still remain persistent gaps in practice and in law. Looking to Anishinaabe stories and community-responses to harm, this paper explores what an Anishinaabe legal response to sexual assault may look like. It is part of a larger project that asks how we repair harm and conflict? What are the processes we use to restore relationships? To have processes in place to address harm and conflict when it occurs.

Bio: Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark is a Turtle Mountain Anishinaabekwe and an associate professor in the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria. She is the director of the Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE). She has a PhD in American studies from the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include Indigenous law and governance, Treaty rights and Indigenous politics in the United States and Canada. Focused on both Anishinaabe and US/CA law, her recent work explores the criminalization of Indigenous sovereignty, conditions of consent, and gendered violence.

This is a joint CRC in Comparative Indigenous Feminist Studies & Political Science Speaker Series event.