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Speakers | Keynote
Keynote: Christl Verduyn (PhD, FRSC, CM)
Intersectionality – commitment and challenge in the (small) classroom
Intersectionality is a term identifying multiple and overlapping forms of oppression on the basis of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, age, ability, and religion, among other elements of identity. It has been used conceptually as an analytical framework for developing critical theory. It has a three-decades old lineage, first articulated in 1989 by American academic and rights advocate Kimberlé Crenshaw.* Today, it is, as Canadian author and activist M. NourbeSe Philip puts it, a “buzzword” – “the nexus of the many ways in which we are and act in the world - we, each of us, are indeed a multitude.”** Beyond a buzzword, intersectionality offers a powerful and empowering pedagogic practice. For many educators, it is a deep commitment as well as a real challenge, especially in the small classroom. This presentation will discuss the opportunities and challenges of intersectionality in the classroom for educators and students alike.
*In a 1989 paper that Crenshaw wrote for the University of Chicago Legal Forum "Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics". Crenshaw argued that a black woman’s experience an could not be understood in terms of being black and being a woman independently, but as the two identities interacting. The term articulated Black feminists’ challenge to a movement predominately associated with white, middle-class women.
** M. NourbeSe Philip, “Jammin’ Still,” Bla_k: essays & interviews. Toronto: BookThug Press, 2017: 16.
Christl Verduyn (PhD, FRSC, CM)
Christl Verduyn (PhD, FRSC, CM) is the Edgar and Dorothy Davidson Chair in Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University.
She joined the Mount Allison faculty in 2006 and was cross-appointed to the Department of English. From 2010-2018 she served as Director of the Centre for Canadian Studies. Her areas of teaching and publication focus on Canadian literature and Canadian studies, in particular Canadian and Québécois literatures; women’s writing and literary criticism; multiculturalism and minority writing; life writing and archival approaches to literature. She has published books, special issues of journals, articles, and reviews in these areas and has been an active participant in and organizer of conferences in them as well. Her research has been generously supported over the years by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada and the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and she has received various awards and recognitions for both her research and teaching alike.
Before joining the faculty at Mount Allison in 2006, Christl Verduyn taught at Wilfrid Laurier University (2000-2006), where she was Director of Canadian Studies; at Trent University (1980-2000), where she was Chair of Canadian Studies (1993-1999) as well as founding Chair of Women’s Studies (1987-1990); and at Queen’s University (1979-1980), following the completion of her Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa (1976-1979). A former president of the national Association for Canadian Studies (2000-2002), Dr. Verduyn is a recipient of the Governor General’s International Award for Canadian Studies (2006) and a past Editor of the Journal of Canadian Studies (2008-2012). She was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1996 and served as President of Academy of Arts and Humanities from 2007-2009. She was named Member of the Order of Canada in 2017 and a 3M National Teaching Fellow in 2018.
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