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Women's Studies Research Day Celebrates International Women's Week

Trent University faculty present their work in feminist, gender and women's studies

Wednesday, March 2, 2005, Peterborough

Trent University faculty from an array of disciplines will share their work in feminist, gender and women's studies in a March 10 event titled Becoming, Rethinking, Constructing: Feminist, Gender and Women's studies in 2005. The event takes place as part of International Women's Week celebrations, in Champlain College's TIPEC Room, starting at 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Presentations will highlight the range of areas in the field of Women's Studies. Depictions of pregnancy and birth in French and English courtly literature during the 12th and 13th centuries; as well as issues of gender, human security and global human rights in the 21st century reflect the breadth of topics that will be discussed. 

"Women's Studies is a widely diverse but increasingly important field of research. Highlighting the excellent work being done by Trent faculty seemed an appropriate way to celebrate International Women's Week, and bring attention to the reality and ongoing complexity of women's lives both in Canada and around the globe. This is the first time such an event has been held at Trent," says Program Chair Julia Harrison.

International Women's Day (IWS) on March 8, is an occasion marked by women's groups around the world. This date is commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their Day, they can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development. In recent years in some locations, IWD has expanded to International Women's Week, incorporating events in the week in which March 8 falls.


  • 3 p.m.: Welcome Julia Harrison/Elizabeth Brockest
  • 3:10-3:30 p.m.: Becoming the Fat Girl - Carla Rice, WMST
  • 3:30-3:50 p.m.: Gender, Human Security and Global Human Rights - Colleen O'Manique, WMST
  • 3:50-4:10 p.m.: Globalization, Culturalism, Orientalism: "Whiteness" in Turkey and Turkish Feminism as a Culturalist Discourse - Sedef Arat-Koc, WMST
  • 4:10 to 4:30 p.m.: The Limits of the Law: Taking on the Zero Tolerance Response to Domestic Violence - Gillian Balfour, Sociology
  • 4:30 to 4:50 p.m.: Refreshment Break
  • 4:50 to 5:10 p.m.: Rethinking Simone De Beauvoir in 2005 - Elaine Stavro, WMST/Philosophy
  • 5:10-5:30 p.m.: Constructing the ‘Eskimo Wife: White Women's Travel Writing, Colonialism, and the Canadian North - Joan Sangster History/WMST/Frost Centre
  • 5:30-5:50 p.m.: Childbirth and Chivalry: depictions of pregnancy and birth in French and English courtly literature during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries - Fiona Harris- Stoertz, History
  • 5:50-6:00 p.m.: Wrap-Up
  • 6 p.m. Celebratory Reception in LEC SCR: Everyone Welcome


For further information, please contact:

Professor Julia Harrison, chair, Women's Studies, 748 1011, ext. 1515

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