Intersections Panel Present: Conquering the Divides -¬ Gender "What does a feminist department look like?" Friday, November 17, 2006 SidSmith 2125: 2-4pm Coffee and desserts will be served.This third and final Intersection panel aims to spark discussion in the department on the policies and practices that affect faculty and graduate students as "gendered" workers, as well as the department as a space to conduct feminist scholarship. We hope to have an open and lively discussion on topics such as the "ideal worker" in academia, the department as a gendered workplace with individuals attempting to balance career, family and life priorities, and the constraints and opportunities for theory and action-based feminist research in geography and planning.
Questions tabled will include: - What does it mean to have a feminist department?- How do conceptions of the "ideal academic" complicate the spaces available for diversity and life-work balance? What are some of the concrete possibilities for changing the structures that produce and maintain this ideal?
- Do the opportunities/challenges regarding gender-equality differ for faculty and students within the clusters of the department (physical, human, environmental, planning)? Is this different for graduate students intending to find careers outside the university?
- How is feminist scholarship included in the geography and planning programs that the department offers?
The Panel: Jean Paul Catungal -¬ 1st year MA student Miriam Diamond -¬ Faculty member Emily Gilbert -¬ Faculty member Kate Parizeau -¬ 2nd year PhD student + graduate of planning program Robert Ramsay -¬ 3rd year PhD studentPlease come, listen, and join in the discussion. Theoretical, empirical and personal contributions by panelists and all audience members are welcome and encouraged.
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