Honouring International Women's Day Conference 2024: Refocus and Recenter

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Conference Details

The Community Engaged Scholarship Institute (CESI) at the University of Guelph is pleased to support the 7th annual free one-day virtual format conference in honour of International Women’s Day 2024, taking place on Friday, March 8th, 2024 from 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM EDT.

This year's conference highlights interdisciplinary and intersectional research addressing challenges faced by women*, girls and genderfluid communities. The theme, "Refocus and Recenter", aims to amplify the voices, expertise, and achievements of women in research and beyond. It encourages a re-evaluation of traditional methodologies, urging participants to explore how diverse perspectives reshape our understanding.

The day will include keynote presentations from Nneka MacGregor (WomenatthecentrE & U of G Activist in Residence) and Layla Staats (activist, musician, film maker, change artist) and student research presentations exploring topics such as: 

  • the impact of minority women in science, technology, arts, politics, and social movements;
  • awareness about the intersectionality of feminism and womanism;
  • celebration of achievements within underrepresented and marginalized communities;
  • and calls to action to accelerate gender parity.

"Refocus and Recenter" is more than just a theme; it's a call to action. We invite researchers, practitioners, and participants from all backgrounds to exchange ideas that challenge the status quo, broaden our horizons, and pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable future. 

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Conference Program

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Opening Remarks & Land Acknowledgement

Dr. Elizabeth Jackson, Director, Communiy Engaged Scholarship Institute


Keynote Address from Nneka MacGregor

WomenatthecentrE & University of Guelph Activist-in-Residence


Breaking Silence: An Ethnographic Inquiry into the Reproductive Healthcare Challenges Faced by South Asian Women in Ontario

Natasha Rayman, Queen's University


Your Name Will Become a Code: Emblematization of Victims in the Iranian Feminist Movement

Navid Jalali Asheghabadi, McMaster University


Cultural Catalysts: Black Women's Political Impact in Canada

Hailey Cameron, University of Guelph

12:15-1:30pm Lunch Break

Keynote Address from Layla Staats

Filmmaker, Land and Water Activist


Ties and Women's Work: Women Navigating Gender Expression at Work Through the Necktie

Jonathan Clancy, York University


Spaces of Discomfort: Photographic Depictions of Domestic Violence in Visual Culture

Caitlin O'Keeffe Almond, York University


Unveiling Forgotten Narratives: Women's Voices in Hong Kong's Graphic Design History, A Focus in Winnie Wai-kan Kwan

Wendy Wong, York University


Scrappy Feminism: What Crafting Teaches Me About Queer Literature

Denise Springett, York University


Chaa da Cup with Harnaaz Kaur Grewal: Reshaping Research to Honor Marginalized Voices

Naaz Kaur Grewal-Greeno, University of British Columbia - Okanagan

3:30-4:30pm Giveaways and Closing Remarks

*Our definition of women encompasses cisgender women, transgender women, genderqueer women, and two-spirit, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people who are woman-aligned.

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