Explore Your Space: Gender and Sexuality in Academics

Kicking off the fifth annual Canadian University Queer Services Conference, the Positive Space Network hosted a workshop called Explore Your Space: Gender and Sexuality in Academics.  The workshop explored an inter-disciplinary approach to explore how academic work can and is being diversified through queer and non-traditional approaches.

Keynote: Pamela Brown from Equity and Human Rights.

Panel Discussion:
-Lisa Poole is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at UVic. She has been involved with the Positive Space Network since its conception in January 2009 and is a member of the executive. Her current research focuses on bisexual visibility.

-Lyn Davis is a Senior Instructor in the Faculty of Human and Social Development. When she began to teach university eight years ago, she discovered her true vocational passion. She brings every bit of her lesbian feminist butch self to engaging with learners and the material they study. Her other passion on the UVic campus is CFUV Radio, where she is one of the hosts of Big Broadcast.

-Maureen Bradley is a queer-identified media artist and Associate Professor in the Department of Writing at UVic. She has directed over forty short films that have screened at festivals and galleries around the globe, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Maureen has garnered best film awards from festivals in Santa Barbara, Philadelphia and Akron. She reached her largest audience of over 10 million viewers on the 1992 TV Series, Road Movies. Maureen is currently working on two Canada Council for the Arts Commissions. Many of her recent films are included in the current MacMaster Museum of Art exhibit Fierce: Hot-blooded Women’s Film and Video.

Projects mentioned by Maureen in her presentation:

-Eli Manning is a graduate student in the School of Social Work. Her work in HIV/AIDS and experiences in trans communities has pushed her to continue to delve into sex and gender constructions of Men Who Have Sex with Men in her thesis.

Presentation: ‘Tongues Untied’, a Participatory Action Research group from the Women’s Studies Department

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