Roxana Ng Seminar Series: “Embodied Writing and Decolonizing Knowledge Production”

We recently completed our year-long seminar series in honour of Roxana Ng, who was the CWSE’s Head from 2009-2013. She passed away January 2013.

This has been one of the most successful series in recent memory at the CWSE, with presentations on subjects ranging from breast cancer, decolonizing yoga, intersectionalities, and mothering. Thank you to everyone who participated in this series!

Above is the recording of Susan Ferguson’s event in the series on February 25th: “Embodied Writing and Decolonizing Knowledge Production: The Social Production of Pain in Lata Mani’s Interleaves

Susan explores the possibilities of embodied writing for social research and its implications for decolonizing knowledge production about and of the body, bringing together disability studies, feminist autobiography, phenomenologically-informated interpretive sociology. Through a close reading of Lata Mani’s memoir of pain and disability, Interleaves, Susan explores the potential for transnational health knowledge to shape embodied knowledge production that treats the experience of pain as a social activity.

Thank you especially to Lata Mani, for allowing the use of the clip in the recording.


Embodied Approaches to Immigrant Labour

We’re a little behind, but here’s the recording of our January 27th event with Adam Perry in our ongoing series in honour of Roxana Ng, on “Image Theatre: Embodied Approaches to Immigrant Labour”.

In this presentation Adam Perry discusses the use of an embodied approach to qualitative research with migrant farm workers. He explores how he engaged with the practice of “Image Theatre” to facilitate counter-discursive stories shaped by workers’ invitation to play in the space between aesthetic representation and social reality. Expect to move around a bit during this presentation.

This event was part of a year-long series of lunch time events in honour of CWSE Head Roxana Ng, who passed away in January 2013. Roxana was a prolific and dedicated feminist whose work focused on globalization, migration, and labour relations; immigrant women and Canadian institutions; Institutional Ethnography; anti-racism; Qi Gong and alternative holistic health and healing; embodied learning; and critical feminist pedagogy.

More information about the series.

We have only one more event in this series, taking place April 3rd at the CWSE. Come check it out.

“The ‘Comfort Women’ & Contemporary Forms of Sexual Violence Against Women”

Next week our own Angela Lytle, director of the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute will be speaking in Vancouver at UBC on the former “comfort women”. Check it out if you can!

The week after that we’ll be hosting the final event in our Brown Bag Series in Honour of Roxana Ng. April 3, with Krista Maxwell & Bonnie McElhinny, on “Racial Hierarchies, Imperial Circuits and Health Care in Canada: Indigenous and Immigrant Nurses in Historic Indigenous Communities”.


Congratulations to everyone who participated in this series. We’ve had amazing turnouts, and really great speakers and discussions. This series emphasized the truly broad scope and far-reaching impact of Roxana’s work.

Jasjit Sangha: Motherhood, Embodiment and Adult Learning

The next recording from our Brown Bag series in Honour of Roxana Ng is Jasjit Sangha’s discussion of Motherhood, Embodiment and Adult Learning, recorded November 5th, 2013.

This presentation was more informal than the previous two events in the series, and created some interesting dialogue among attendees.

More information about upcoming events in the series here.

Nora Gold: What is Jewish Feminist Art?

CWSE Associate Scholar and Writer-in-Residence Nora Gold has a new article published over at Haaretz, about Jewish feminist art. You can check it out here.

Nora is also the facilitator of our Wonderful Women Writers series, and the next event in that series is next week:


February 27th, 5–6:30pm, free. ¬†Room 2-212, OISE (252 Bloor St W, Toronto).¬†Elizabeth Ruth and Ayelet Tsabari will speak about their work.


Putting Intersectionality to Work: Theory, Research, & Praxis

We’re slowly but surely uploading the recordings of the Brown Bag series in Honour of Roxana Ng. This is the second event in the series, back in Oct 2013: “Putting Intersectionality to Work: Theory, Research, & Praxis”, a panel facilitated by OISE professor Roland Coloma and featuring 5 OISE graduate students:

Panel Presentations:
Ken Huynh — Embodied and Hidden Discomforts: Power and Marginality in Intersectionality
Marissa Largo — Rendering Difference: Identities in Filipino Canadian Contemporary Art
David Pereira — Stretching Beyond Categories that Constitute the “At Risk” Youth Subject
Sophia Papastavrou — Decolonizing the Cypriot Woman
Fritz Pino — What Difference Does it Make: An Intersectionality Perspective in LGBT Aging Studies

You can listen to the previous event in the series here (a discussion of “Journey to Find Myself Again documentary”).