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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

greeneAdela 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

ROYAL_emberleyWestern 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’

oosterveldWestern 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.