The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is a well-established university-wide, interdisciplinary program housed in the Faculty of Arts. We offer approximately 20 courses in the program itself, and students are able to obtain credit in courses offered in a number of other departments on campus. You can earn a BA Honors in Women's and Gender Studies, a combined Honors degree in Women's and Gender Studies with another subject. You can declare a Major or a Minor in Women's and Gender Studies, or you can just take a course in a topic that interests you.
The Department hosts a lively feminist research speakers series and a yearly annual lecture. We also sponsor and co-sponsor a variety of events both on campus and in the wider community.
Core faculty conduct research in the areas of feminist legal studies, gender and development, gender and immigration, sexuality studies, feminist theories of food, feminist philosophy, gender and medieval history, women and religion, visual culture, and memory/trauma studies. In addition, the program draws from a strong, broad-based community of feminist scholars across the University. Faculty members formally affiliated with the program work in the fields of rehabilitation medicine, physical education and recreation studies, philosophy, history, human ecology, business, sociology, visual arts, law, native studies, and modern languages.
Dr Susanne Luhmann, together with Dr Marie Lovrod (University of Saskatchewan), was awarded a 2015 Alberta-Saskatchewan Research Collaboration Grant. Jointly funded by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity (ICCC) the grant will support a multidisciplinary faculty team from the Universities of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Congratulations to Dr Felice Lifshitz, whose monograph Religious Women in Early Carolingian Francia: A Study of Manuscript Transmission & Monastic Culture (Fordham University, 2014) was shortlisted for the 2015 Wallace K. Ferguson Prize. Annually awarded by the Canadian Historical Association, this prize recognizes the outstanding scholarly book in a field of history other than Canadian history.
What do feminists talk about when the lights go out?
Please note that the talk on April 9th, 3:30 to 5:00pm by Heike Schotten (Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Boston), titled, “Queer Biopolitics: Life, Death, Empire, Resistance,” has been moved to Humanities L2.
Tony Luong (WGS and PSYCH) is the recipient of a 12-month part-time Undergraduate Research Stipend. Under the supervision of Dr. Kristin Rodier, Tony will consider the intersection of fat and trans embodiments. Entitled "Fitting In: Swapping Clothes, Sharing Vulnerability, and the Intersection of Fat & Trans Bodies," their project explores how restricted clothing options affect fat and trans peoples' ability to manage stigma and navigate between visibility and invisibility. Research activities include hosting community events (e.g., a plus-sized all genders clothing swap), auto-ethnographical research, and an article for the journal Fat Studies.