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UTSC Symposium in Women’s and Gender Studies

2019 Symposium Information

2019 Symposium Schedule

Fresh Voices; Changing Realities
Fourth UTSC Symposium in Women’s and Gender Studies
March 29 2018, Catalyst Centre (IC318), 9:30–3:00


9:30–9:45:  Refreshments

9:45-10:00:  Opening Remarks and Welcome

10:00–11:00:  Session 1. Addressing Practices and Representation

11:10–11:45:  Keynote Speaker Dr. Siham Rayale, "Digital Feminism"

11:45-12:30:  Lunch (All welcome!)

12:30-1:30:  Session 2. Naming and Challenging Gender-based Violence

1:45–3:00: Session 3. What You Can Do With A Degree in WST? Guest Graduates talk about their journeys  


2019 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Siham Rayale

Photo of Dr. Siham RayaleDr. Siham Rayale is a scholar, author, and public speaker. She has worked for over 10 years as a development consultant and expert on women’s political participation in post-conflict societies. She has conducted research for UN agencies and INGOs, and has been involved on research and advocacy around UN Resolution 1325 (women, peace and security) in Africa. She has written op-eds for Open Democracy, LSE Africa and co-authored an influential policy report with Oxfam in East Africa. She has also conducted research with civil society organizations in Toronto on youth violence, anti-Black racism and Islamophobia. Dr. Rayale is currently a Fellow of the Nathanson Centre for Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security at Osgoode Hall and her research interests include, transitional justice, feminist security studies, gender and post conflict reconstruction.  She received her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

2019 Call for Papers

Call for papers

Fresh Voices; Changing Realities

4th Annual Student Symposium in Women’s and Gender Studies

Friday, March 29, 2019



Students and instructors in Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough, are organizing the 4th Annual UTSC Undergraduate Symposium in Women’s and Gender Studies. The conference theme this year is “Fresh Voices; Changing Realities”. We welcome submissions from U of T undergraduate students from all three campuses and across all disciplines. We encourage a wide range of approaches from the breadth of disciplines including literary and arts-based. In addition to academic research, we also welcome auto-ethnographies, critical self-reflection, poetry, and performances/videos, among others. We hope the symposium will provide undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in scholarly discussions about their own research and to engage with their student and faculty colleagues in a broader academic context.

“Fresh Voices; Changing Realities” can be interpreted in many ways. The first component “fresh voices” refers to exploring narratives, experiences, and topics that lack mainstream visibility. It’s about the creation and dissemination of new knowledge that you as an individual believe needs to be seen and shared. It also refers to hearing about “fresh” perspectives on topics that are being revisited, through a lens that is believed to be missing. We believe that a platform for these “fresh voices” can contribute to “changing realities”, as well as understanding that “changing realities” will awaken and inspire “fresh voices.”

Students are invited to submit abstracts (200 to 250 word summaries) of their take on “Fresh Voices; Changing Realities.” Students may submit an abstract based on a paper, poster, or other work they have already written/submitted for a class,or may propose a new idea. Presentations will typically be limited to 10-15 minutes.

Possible areas of exploration might include, but not limited to:

- The Me Too movement

- Missing and murdered indigenous women and girls

- Islamophobia and gender and sexuality

- Gender and sexuality

- Policies and policy recommendations


- Feminism Movement

- Black Feminism

- Feminism and the environment

- Ableism and Disability Justice Movement

- Mental health discourse and Mad Pride

- Violence against women

- The Male Gaze

- Media

- Intersectionality

- Responding to the New Ontario Sex Ed Curriculum

- Rise of the Alt Right and their “feminism”

- Propose your own topic


To submit, please send your 200-250 abstract for a 10-15-minute oral presentations, poster, or performance/video by Monday, March 11, 3:00 pm. Send abstract as an attachment (Word or PDF) to Kamal Hassan Subject line must be: WST Symposium Submission.


Please include your name and contact email, program of study, year of study, university campus, and title. Abstracts will be assessed on relevance to symposium theme and synthesis of ideas.

Students whose abstracts have been selected will be contacted by Friday, March 15. Applications are welcome from students from all three University of Toronto campuses (UTSC, UTM and UTSG).


Not sure how to prepare an abstract? Assistance is available: To help students prepare abstracts for submission, contact Prof. Nancy Johnston ( She is available to set up short appointments on writing abstracts or you can drop in to her office on March 1, 10:00-12:00.

For more information please visit or contact Prof. Connie Guberman

**There will be special recognition for the three best papers/presentations!**