Feminist Research Speaker Series

All events will be wheelchair accessible and hybrid. For access needs, contact chloe3@ualberta.ca

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Alexis Hillyard, “Disability in the Kitchen: Who Needs a Juicer When You Have a Stump?”

Monday, February 27 @ 3:00 – 4:20 pm MST
Tory Building 12 -15 and Zoom

This presentation will immerse participants in Alexis's stories and experiences related to existing as a queer, disabled human in an ableist world, and espose how her disability serves to disrupt the stale and oppressive ideologies that harm our most vulnerable. Alexis will share her embodied cooking techniques as she prepares a vegan, gluten free meal with one hand, one stump, and lots of love. Oh, and Alexis may or may not be wearing a bra and sweatpants because, f#%k it ;)

Alexis Hillyard (she/her) is a queer and disabled YouTube Creator, self-taught vegan chef, entrepreneur, and a parent of an energetic toddler. Born without her left hand, Alexis uses her stump as a kitchen tool - from spatula to juicer - while expanding the vocabulary of what's possible in the kitchen each week on her YouTube show ‘Stump Kitchen.’ Stump Kitchen is a YouTube series that celebrates body diversity, gluten free vegan cooking, and the amazing, unique ways we move through the world. In 2016 & 2018, Stump Kitchen won Best Food Blog in VUE Magazine’s Best of Edmonton, Canada. In 2017 Alexis was named the first Canadian Ambassador to the Lucky Fin Project, an organization dedicated to limb difference awareness, education, and celebration. Alexis was also awarded the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada for her Stump Kitchen work, which is one of the highest honours that Canada can bestow on its citizens.

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Lana Whiskeyjack, “Rematriation through Art”

Monday, March 13 @ 3:00 – 4:20
Tory Building 12 -15 and Zoom

In "Rematriation Through Art," Lana Whiskeyjack will share how she has reclaimed, remembered, and dug up matriarchal stories of the land and language through her art to help confront and resist normalized patriarchal violence and toxic traditions.

Dr. Lana Whiskeyjack is a multidisciplinary treaty scholartist from Saddle Lake Cree Nation. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies in the Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta. Her research, writing, and creativity is grounded in nêhiyaw ways of knowing and being that guides her creativity, scholarship, research, and community support heArt work.

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Joycelyn Moody, Beauty, Spirit, and Ecology in Early Black American Women’s Life Writing

Monday, March 27 @ 3:00 – 4:20
Tory Building 12 -15 and Zoom

This talk applies Black feminist historical and historiographical scholarship to an exploration of ways African American women auto/biographers reveal both their spirituality and its intersections with the natural environments they inhabit. In private and public life writings, Black women represent perceptions of environmental beauty using a variety of sensory images that often simultaneously reflect their spiritual or religious practices. By inscribing aesthetic sensitivity and spiritual reflections, pre-1900 Black women life writers challenged Eurocentric myths of African savagery and aesthetic numbness. This talk argues that by underestimating Black women life writers’ perspicacity and their multidimensional appreciations of beauty, we undervalue these authors’ full humanity, their complex subjectivity, and their textual powers. Moreover, we too often underestimate the extent of their cultural literacy within Eurocentric contexts despite the eloquent familiarity with rhetorical conventions their auto/biographical discourses endorse.

Joycelyn K. Moody is the Sue E. Denman Distinguished Chair in American Literature and Professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio (US). Her research and teaching concentrate on Black life writing and auto/biography, Black feminisms, and Black print cultures. She earned her MA in English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her PhD in English at the University of Kansas (1993, Lawrence). Moody earned tenure at the University of Washington-Seattle and has taught college and university students since 1984 at various institutions, including South Georgia College, Hamilton College, and the Harvard Divinity School. Besides numerous articles and book chapters, she is author of Sentimental Confessions: Spiritual Autobiographies of Nineteenth-Century African American Women and the second edition of the teacher's handbook for the Norton Anthology of African American Literature. She served as Editor of African American Review while on faculty at Saint Louis University (2004-2009). Most recently, she edited A History of African American Autobiography (Cambridge UP, 2021). She is Series Editor of the 17-volume series African American Literature in Translation (Cambridge UP) and since 2009, she has served as Co-Editor with John Ernest of the ongoing series Regenerations: African American Literature and Culture (West Virginia UP), to which she contributed an edition of Memoirs of Elleanor Eldridge (2014). Moody serves on various academic advisory boards. In 2022, she concluded 12 years as Founding Director of UTSA's African American Literatures and Cultures Institute, a pipeline program to guide underrepresented college students to enter the professoriate. (Many of the 50 students who participated since 2010 have earned an MA and at least 5 have earned the PhD; these five are all educators around the US.) Moody’s current project is the formation of a residential research center devoted to the study of transnational Black life writing and auto/biography; she has begun this work as a 2022-2023 Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Society and Culture at the University of Alberta.

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