(Women's and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes is managed by an Executive, composed of elected members of the association. Executive officers are elected for two-year terms at the Annual General Meeting, which is held each year during the association's annual conference, held in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation (CFHSS).
For executive positions job descriptions, see here.
Current Executive Members
President: Allyson Jule, Trinity Western University (2016-2018)
President Elect: Connie Guberman, University of Toronto Scarborough (2018-2020)
Secretary: Ilya Parkins, University of British Columbia Okanagan (2015-17)
Treasurer: Heather Latimer, University of British Columbia (2016-2018)
Member at Large #1 – Coordinators’ Liaison: Annalee Lepp, University of Victoria (2016-2018)
Member at Large #2 – Conference Liaison: Marie Lovrod, University of Saskatchewan (2016-2017)
Member at Large #3 - Membership: Ann Braithwaite, University of Prince Edward Island (2016-2018)
Communications: Corinne Mason, Brandon University, Shannon Stettner, University of Waterloo and Tatjana Takseva, Committee Coordinator, Saint Mary’s University (2017-2019)
Conference: University of Regina (May 26-June 1, 2018)
Conference Program Chair: Kathryn Trevenen (2017-2019)
Conference Local Organizer: Darlene Juschka
PRESIDENT: ALLYSON JULE (term: 2016-2018)
Allyson.Jule@twu.ca, PhD, is Professor of Education and Co-Director of the Gender Studies Institute at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC, Canada. Allyson Jule is the author of Gender, Participation and Silence in the Language Classroom: Sh-shushing the Girls (Palgrave 2004) and A Beginner’s Guide to Language and Gender (Multilingual Matters 2008), as well as editor of five edited collections of sociolinguistics: Gender and the Language of Religion (Palgrave 2005), Being Feminist, Being Christian: Essays from Academia, edited with Bettina Tate Pedersen (Palgrave 2006), Language and Religious Identity (Palgrave 2007), Shifting Visions: Gender and Discourse (Cambridge Scholars Press 2015), Facing Challenges: Feminism in Christian Higher Education and Other Places, also with Pedersen (Cambridge Scholars Press 2015). She has published in journals such as Gender and Education, Women and Language, Canadian Children, and the Journal of Contemporary Religion and is the recipient of
3M Canada’s Teaching Fellowship (2016). She is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford at Lady Margaret Hall’s International Gender Studies Centre. She has been particularly active in the International Gender and Language Association (IGALA) and now serves as President of Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes (WGSRF). She hopes to contribute to the warm and generous atmosphere she enjoys as part of the WGSRF network, embracing new members, connecting with new associations and investing in political engagement.
PRESIDENT ELECT: CONNIE GUBERMAN (term: 2018-2020)
Connie Guberman teaches in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Her research interests focus on issues related to violence against women, specifically the impact of violence on learning, institutional responses to violence, and personal safety and urban design. She has been a consultant to municipalities, transit systems and university and college campuses internationally on safety and design. She was a partner in the community/campus project “Engaging Young People to Prevent Violence Against Women on Campus” funded by Status of Women and is a member of the Advisory Committee to the President and Provost on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence. She developed the original Women’s Campus Safety Audit Guide, and co-edited No Safe Place. Violence Against Women in Canada. Connie was the University’s Status of Women Officer from 2002-2011 and the Special Advisor on Equity Issues from 2005-2010, responsible for developing policies on equity, diversity and inclusion. She is active in the community and was recognized as a ‘Canadian Diversity Champion’ by Women of Influence Magazine in 2012, has received the Urban Leadership Award from the Canadian Urban Institute, and the Constance E. Hamilton Award, City of Toronto for her work toward “equitable treatment for women in the areas of planning and violence against women.”
TREASURER: HEATHER LATIMER (term: 2016-2018)
Heather Latimer is a 12-Month lecturer at UBC in the Coordinated Arts Program, and at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice. Her research focuses on fictional explorations of reproductive technologies and politics and how they connect to citizenship, biopolitics, and post-modernity. Her book, Reproductive Acts: Sexual Politics in North American Fiction and Film was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2013. She has also published in a number of international journals including Feminist Theory, Modern Fiction Studies, and Social Text. Her current research project involves a detailed examination of how the figure of the fetus functions in comparison to the figure of the refugee in our cultural and political imagination, especially as both figures intersect with conversations about citizenship and human rights.
SECRETARY: ILYA PARKINS (term: 2017-2019)
Ilya Parkins is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Gender and Women’s Studies, and Associate Head of Community, Culture and Global Studies, at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus. Her research is focused on feminist theories, early twentieth-century cultural formations, femininities, and fashion. She is the author of Poiret, Dior, and Schiaparelli: Fashion, Femininity, and Modernity (2012) and the co-editor of Cultures of Femininity in Modern Fashion. Her work appears in Australian Feminist Studies, Feminist Review, Women’s Studies, Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, and other venues. She is currently at work on a SSHRC-funded project about the transnational politics of feminine unknowability from 1910-40.
MEMBER at LARGE #1: Coordinators' Liaison: ANNALEE LEPP (term: 2016-2018)
Annalee Lepp is Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Victoria. She has chaired the department since 2005. She was the president of the Canadian Committee on Women’s History (CCWH) in 2000-2001, has been a member of the Executive since 2007, and served on the conference program committee and book prize committee in 2007-2008. She has served as co-editor of Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture, and Social Justice (formerly A Journal of Women’s Studies) since 2007. Her research focuses on Canadian gender, family, and legal history and her next planned historical research project will explore the history of beaches. She also has expertise in the area of trafficking in persons, transnational labour migration, and irregular cross-border movements in the international and especially Canadian context. She was the co-founder in 1996 and is the current director of the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) Canada, a member organization of GAATW whose international secretariat is located in Bangkok, Thailand. Since 1997, she has participated in human trafficking crisis intervention, advocacy, and various funded research projects, including Transnational Migration, Trafficking in Women, and Human Rights: The Canadian Dimension (2002) for which she acted as the project coordinator and co-investigator and which involved researchers in British Columbia, Ontario, St. Petersburg, and Bangkok; and Human Trafficking and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games (2011) which involved 61 interviews with government and enforcement officials, NGO representatives and front-line workers (working with sex workers, migrant workers, Indigenous youth), and legal advocates.
MEMBER at LARGE #2 Membership Coordinator: ANN BRAITHWAITE (term: 2016-2018)
Ann Braithwaite is Professor and Coordinator of Diversity and Social Justice Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. She is the co-author of Everyday Women’s and Gender Studies: Introductory Concepts (with Catherine M. Orr, Routledge, 2017; release date August 2016), co-editor of Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies (with Catherine M. Orr and Diane Lichtenstein, Routledge, 2012), and co-author of Troubling Women’s Studies: Pasts, Presents, and Possibilities (with Susan Heald, Susanne Luhmann, and Sharon Rosenberg, Sumach Press, 2005). She has published in journals such as Feminist Theory, Feminist Studies,and the International Journal of Women’s Studies, and is the recipient of several teaching and educational leadership awards, including the AAU (Association of Atlantic Universities) Ann Marie MacKinnon Educational Leadership Award in 2014. Ann has been active on the executive of WGSRF (and before that, CWSA/ACEF) for many years, serving in almost every position on it, including President from 2004-2006. In this current position, she looks forward to building the membership of this association and strengthening our ties with other related associations.
COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE: CORINE MASON, SHANNON STETTNER and TATJANA TAKSEVA, committee coordinator (term: 2017-2019)
Corinne Mason is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Sociology at Brandon University. She received her PhD (2013) from the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa, a Master’s from the Women’s and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto (2009), and a BAH (2008) from Queen’s University in Global Development Studies. Her work has been published in Feminist Formations, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Feminist Media, Feminist Teacher, Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Surveillance & Society, and Canadian Journal of Communication. She is the author of Manufacturing Urgency: Violence Against Women and the Development Industry (University of Regina Press, 2017) and the editor of the forthcoming collection Queer Development Studies: A Reader(Routledge). Corinne is a faculty advisor for the LGBTTQ and Women’s collectives, and the Gender and Women’s Studies Alliance. She founded and leads Brandon University’s Positive Space campaign.
Shannon Stettner teaches in the Women’s Studies Department at the University of Waterloo. Her research examines women’s abortion rights activism in Canada. She is the co-founder of the Reproductive Activism and Abortion Research Network. She has edited a forthcoming collection titled Without Apology: Writings on Abortion in Canada.
Tatjana Takševa is Associate Professor of English and Women and Gender Studies at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada. She has published in the field of motherhood studies, on a range of topics such as motherhood and consumerism, motherhood and teaching, intensive mothering practices, maternal ambivalence and empowered mothering, as well as in the area of Renaissance literature and multiculturalism, cross-cultural communication and digital media. Her current research is focused on the recent Balkan war and the enforced impregnation of women in the rape camps. In her work, she seeks to de-pathologize the maternal practice of women who are mothering children born of war rape, to critique normative ideologies of motherhood and to analyze the complex constructions of ethnicity in children born of war rape in the Balkans. She is the editor and contributor to Mothers Under Fire: Mothering in Conflict Zones, with Arlene Sgoutas (Demeter Press, 2015), and a long-standing active member of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement. She is a member of a SSHRC-funded research team working on wartime rapes and transgenerational trauma in post-WWII Germany and post-conflict Bosnia, and a member of the Central and Eastern European Studies Research Group – Groupe de recherche en études de l’Europe Centrale et de l’Est at the University of Ottawa. She has presented her research on motherhood and the Bosnian rape camps at a number of national and international public and scholarly forums.
COMMITTEES AND OTHER POSITIONS
Elyse Cottrell, University of Prince Edward Island
CONFERENCE PROGRAM COMMITTEE AND CONFERENCE ADMINISTRATOR
Kathryn Trevenen (email@example.com) -conference liaison on the executive
Connie Guberman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Maral Karimi (email@example.com)
Miglena Todorova (firstname.lastname@example.org
KEYNOTE SPEAKER COMMITTEE:
Ela Przybylo (email@example.com)
Kim Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CONFERENCE ABSTRACT ADJUDICATION COMMITTEE:
Alissa Overend (OverendA@macewen.ca)
Liz Groeneveld (email@example.com)
Alexandre Baril (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tegan Zimmerman (email@example.com)
Jake Pyne (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Susanne Luhmann (email@example.com)
Jennifer Dyer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jennifer Johnson (email@example.com)
OUTSTANDING SCHOLARSHIP PRIZE COMMITTEE
Anne Quema, Hans Rollman, Marie Lovrod, Heather Latimer
UNDERGRADUATE ESSAY PRIZE COMMITTEE
Emma McKenna, Thea Cacchioni, Amber Dean, Jackie Newman, Kathleen Cummins
GRADUATE ESSAY PRIZE COMMITTEE
Wendy Peters, Suzanne Lenon, Shawna Ferriss, Jennifer Musial