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Postgraduate workshop (CGWS & Sociology) with Dr. Sirma Bilge, Université de Montréal

Date: 29 February 2012 Time: TBC

Venue: TBC

How does gender relate to other social categories of inequality, such as class, sexuality, race, disability, age?

This workshop aims at exploring this question and at considering how to conceptualise this form of 'intersection'. 'Intersectionality' is one concept (among others) that has acquired increased currency in social and cultural theory, particularly feminist theory, as a means to capture how gender relates to other social categories.

All welcome! - whether you examine gender or gender relations in your own research 'on their own', as it were, or whether you consider how they 'intersect' with or relate to other categories, you are welcome to participate in this workshop.

Details of the format and the nature of your contribution will come in due course. We could say at this stage that participants well be expected to do a short presentation on their PhD. More details will follow

The event is *free of charge* for all participants, however registration is required by 1 February 2012 as spaces are limited.



About Sirma Bilge

Sirma Bilge is Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at Université de Montréal and was the director-founder of the Intersectionality Research Unit at Centre for Ethnic Studies of Montreal Universities (CEETUM) between 2005-2010. Her Ph.D. thesis, Post-migratory Ethnic Communalisations: The Case of 'Turks' in Montreal, published in French (2004), won the inaugural Best Doctoral Thesis Award in Canadian Studies, given by the International Council for Canadian Studies.

Her current work engages with the intertwined politics of gender, sexuality and race within the context of nationalism, what she tentatively calls: the new politics of racialized sexualities and sexual(ized) nationalisms. Her research projects deal with the intersections of social formations of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class, and examine precisely how notions of national/ethnic sameness and otherness articulate themselves through gender and sexual regulation. The empirical field of this inquiry has been carried out through her funded projects dealing with conjugal aspirations and matrimonial practices among Montreal youth of migrant background. She has recently obtained new funding for a research project entitled "Migrant Masculinities and Western Imaginaries: An Intersectional Study of a Contemporary Representational Regime".

She has published on feminist theorizations of intersectionality; judicial treatment of the violence against racialized women; the conceptualization of minority women's agency; the analysis of Canadian jurisprudence on intersectional discrimination; and the racialisation of minority gender and sexualities in the context of Quebec. She has also co-edited (with Ann Denis) a thematic issue for the Journal of Intercultural Studies (February 2010) on "Women, Intersectionality and Diasporas", and (with Barbara Thériault) a special issue for Sociologie et Sociétés, on "Border-crossers". SEE her webpage: for further details on my research, publications and teaching activities.


Who can attend: Internal


Further information

Associated staff: Anne-Marie Fortier

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Sociology


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