Past News

See How She Runs: Feminists Rethink Fitness

Samantha Brennan and Tracy Isaacs write about Feminist and Fitness in this journal article in the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (IJFAB). 

Baruah and Gaudet: Confronting the Gender Gap in Canada’s Green Transition

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The article done for the Hill Times on women and energy by Prof Bipasha Baruah and WSFR PhD student Crystal Gaudet has been reposted to the Western News and the Leap Blog. 

Three Women's Studies Students win Highly Commended in the Undergraduate Award 

From left to right: Naciza Masikini, Rebecca Meharchand and Angel Leung

Continued from front page: Highly Commended Entrants are outstanding academics at the international level. This year, the UA received 5,514 submissions from students in 243 universities across 40 countries. Our three students made it to the top 10% of all submissions in the Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies and Social Policy categories, after being assessed by a panel of academics from universities around the world.

In addition to being highly commended, Naciza was also named the highest-performing Highly Commended Entrant in her region and therefore the Regional Winner from the US and Canada Region in the Social Sciences: Social Policy category. Rebecca was named the highest-performing Highly Commended Entrant in her region and therefore the Regional Winner from the US and Canada Region in the Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies category. 

All three winners will be attending the award ceremony in Dublin this November. 

Awards celebrate teaching excellence

Congratulations to Bipasha Baruah to be one of Scholars to be recognized for her significant achievements in teaching or research. The recipients are considered all-around scholars and will hold the title of Faculty Scholar for two years and receive $7,000 each year for scholarly activities.Read More

Emma Donoghue's Oscar nomination for best adapted screen play for Room

Congratulations to Emma Donoghue, past Western writer in-residence, for her Oscar nomination for best adapted screen play, for Room. Emma was also nominated for Read more

There's A Gender Gap In the Global Renewable Energy Workforce

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Concerns about environmental sustainability and fossil fuel insecurity have convinced many countries to transition to solar, hydro, bioenergy, wind and other renewables. Since producing and distributing renewables is more labour-intensive than producing and distributing fossil fuels, this shift is creating new employment opportunities and also addressing energy poverty in remote and under-served communities. Read more

Awards celebrate teaching excellence

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Congratulations to Professor Wendy Pearson for winning the Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching! Read more

More than just "women's issues"

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Throughout history, stigma towards women’s studies has been slow to fade. In the past, many people were opposed to the idea of women’s studies, seeing it as too radical, anti-intellectual or political. But today, Western is experiencing a boom in the enrolment of this traditionally polarizing department. Read more

PhD candidate leverages research to create path

It didn’t take Sarah Saska long to realize academia was not for her. Currently in her last year of a Women’s Studies and Feminist Research PhD at Western, Saska knew her future wasn’t inside the Ivory Tower from the start. While she didn’t know where she was heading at the time, she knew it was up to her to forge the path. Read more

Cultivating a comfortable environment as an academic advisor

Deep within Lawson Hall on the third floor, a kind academic advisor welcomes students into the women’s studies and feminist research department. This coordinator is a fan favourite among students and faculty alike. She goes by the name of Alicia McIntyre. Read more

Congratulations to inductees to The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

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Congratulations to Bipasha Baruah, WSFR, and her Western colleagues Joanna Quinn, Antonio Calcagno, and Chantelle Richmond on being named among the 48 new members of The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists at the Royal Society of Canada Awards held in Victoria in November. Read more

Bipasha Baruah - The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

Bipasha Baruah is the Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues, and a professor of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research. Baruah conducts innovative interdisciplinary research on gender, development and globalization; women and work; and social, political and economic inequality. Her research on women and property ownership and women’s employment in renewable energy and resource efficiency has influenced policy within governments, financial institutions and non-governmental organizations.

Barauh is one of four Western professors and a King’s University College professor who have been named among the 48 new members of The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Those named to the College, part of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), represent the emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada.

Together, the members of the College will address issues of particular concern to new scholars, artists and scientists, for the advancement of understanding and the benefit of society, taking advantage of the interdisciplinary approaches fostered by the establishment of the College.

Bipasha Baruah contributes to Huffington Post blog

We Need To Change How We Define Success In Development
Huffington Post Blog, November 26, 2015

I was asked recently to reflect on the changes I would like to see in the Canadian development sector, and the international development community at large, over the next decade. Here is my wish list. Read more

Women's Studies students honoured at Undergraduate Awards

Congratulations to WSFR students Curtis Sell, Allison Taylor, and Tamara Spencer who were named recently among the international winners of The Undergraduate Awards, a worldwide competition recognizing top undergraduate work. They will be joining other Western students at the Undergraduate Awards Summit in Dublin this November. Read more

Women present, no ‘second fiddle’ in Roman military

Adela Talbot, Western News, February 5, 2015

Elizabeth Greene, a Classical Studies professor and Women's Studies Affiliate, has identified figures of women present in the Roman military on Trajan’s column, a triumphal monument in Rome, commemorating emperor Trajan’s victory in the Dacian Wars (courtesy Western News). Read more

Bipasha Baruah: Of Nobel Prizes and pyrrhic victories

Bipasha Baruah for Western News, October 16, 2014

The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”

When the news of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded jointly to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi reached me Friday, I let out a groan. Since I have pursued a reasonably successful career researching, teaching and writing about global social justice issues, more broadly, and gender justice issues, more specifically, my response may be considered surprising. The fact that I am, much like the awardees, a person of South Asian origin probably makes my response even more odd.

There are, however, very good reasons why I have had genuine difficulty sharing in the excitement about the Nobel Peace Prize. Read more

Julia Emberley named to Royal Society of Canada

Western News, October 2014

Six Western scholars have been named among 90 newly elected fellows of the Royal Society of Canada. The newly elected fellows have been elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement. Election to the academies of the Royal Society of Canada is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences.

Julia Emberley (Professor in the English Department and Women's Studies and Feminist Research Affiliate) is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of Indigenous literary and cultural studies. Working at the intersections of aboriginality, gender and decolonization, Emberley has published four monographs, guest edited two journal volumes, and authored over forty articles and book chapters. Her recent books include Defamiliarizing the Aboriginal: Cultural Practices and Decolonization in Canada (2007) and The Testimonial Uncanny: Indigenous Storytelling, Knowledge and Reparative Practices (2014). Read more

Four named as inaugural members of ‘The College’

Western News, September 16, 2014

Valerie Oosterveld is an Associate Dean at the Faculty of Law, and an Affiliate with Women's Studies and Feminist Research. She has published widely in the field of international criminal law, particular on gender issues. Her scholarship has influenced the work of international tribunals, such as the International Criminal Court, and she has been cited by leading scholars in her field. Since joining Western, she has presented 60 papers, including to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Read more

Rita Gardiner, who is the first doctoral graduate in WSFR, has just won the 2014 Values and Educational Leadership Paul T. Begley Award for her dissertation titled "Thinking With Arendt: Authenticity, Gender and Leadership". Congratulations Rita!

Recently Published

Miranda Green-Barteet (ed.) recently published "Female Rebellion in Young Adult Dystopian Fiction" with Sara K. Day, Southern Arkansas University, USA and Amy L. Montz, University of Southern Indiana, USA, Ashgate, 2014. Learn more

Student awarded with prestigious fellowship

Graduate student Sarah Saska-Crozier has been offered the MaRs Discovery District Studio Y Fellowship. MaRS is Canada’s largest innovation centre and one of the leading urban innovation centres globally. The Y fellowship is a social innovation fellowship funded by the federal government and fellows receive a $20,000.00 stipend and are able to pilot ideas for social innovation. Sarah will continue working with MATCH International in Ottawa during her fellowship. She will also explore a few other ideas that have emerged from her doctoral research which focuses on how the emerging field of social innovation can advance gender equality.

The 'messy realities' of internationalizing university curricula

Kate Grantham, a doctoral student in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, shares her experiences and insights regarding how universities can responsibly prepare to respond to the Post-2015 Agenda once the Millennium Development Goals have expired. Kate’s dissertation research examines women’s social and economic empowerment through micro-finance. She conducted her research in affiliation with the Western Heads East program and Western University. Read full article

New lab to capture immigrant experience

By Adela Talbot, Western News, April 17, 2014

A new laboratory exploring immigrant settlement and integration issues will help create a smoother pathway into Canadian society for these vital members of the country’s future economy and labour market, two Western professors say. Read more

First-of-its-kind class explores gender ID and law

By Adela Talbot, Western News, April 17, 2014

nussbaumNicole Nussbaum’s class is new to the academic landscape in Canada.

“I think this is the first course in the country to focus specifically on gender identity and the law,” said Nussbaum of her special topics course, Gender Identity and the Law, offered in the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research (WSFR), for the first time this winter term.  Read more

More than failing a test, Hollywood failing women

By Wendy Pearson for Western News, February 20, 2014

bechdelI suspect by now most people have heard of the Bechdel Test, although few of them will be familiar with the cartoon series, Dykes to Watch Out For!, by Alison Bechdel, in which it originated. Read more

Culture Jamming helps shake off the chill

By Susan Knabe (Women's Studies) for Western News, January 31, 2013 
Feminist culture jamming employs techniques which catch people off guard, unsettle established ideas and erode patriarchal culture by mounting a challenge from within its institutions. The witty, often irreverent, reworkings of patriarchal culture embodied by feminist culture jamming engage audiences to help dispel the tired stereotypes of humourless ‘feminist killjoys,’ channel genuine critique and anger, and engender understanding and insight. Read More