Word from the Director

Dominique Bourque

Welcome to the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies of the University of Ottawa

In addition to its educational mandate, the Institute generates and promotes interdisciplinary research on women, aboriginal peoples and other minority or marginalized groups, from a social justice perspective and a cosmopolitan bilingual framework. In order to do this, it counts on the rich production of feminist, postmodern and postcolonial works. It does so at the local, national and international levels, while respecting the feminist legacy of linking theory and practice.

Our unit, made up of nine professors, is recognized nationally and internationally for its research and expertise in a wide range of fields. These areas include women's health, human rights, social movements, public policy, migration, globalization, international development, gender, artistic or political representations of marginalized people, feminist theories (materialists, Queer or transnational), as well as anti-racist and postcolonial studies.

The Institute hosts each year a wide range of conferences and seminars, including the Feminist Café series and the Annual Shirley Greenberg Conference. The latter features inspirational speakers such as the Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, who has documentaries on the realities of Aboriginal peoples; Sara Ahmed, migration, gender and inclusion thinker; or Marie-Claire Blais, a writer whose frescoes embrace individuals both in their singularity and in their different belongings (class, sex, culture, sexuality, etc.) and interactions.

Founded in 1999, the Institute has offered innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. Its courses and seminars deal with discrimination (racial, sexual, Queer, Trans, capacity, class, etc.), their intersections, their impacts and the ways of countering them. They address the social, political and economic contexts of their emergence and retention, as well as the questions of representations of citizens, media and art that play a role in their renewal or questioning.

The Institute consists of one major and one minor, three joint bachelor's degrees (with criminology, political science and sociology), an autonomous master's degree, a multidisciplinary master's program and an autonomous doctorate in feminist and gender studies. Since 2013, at the postgraduate studies level (master's degrees and doctorates), alone, we have awarded more than seventy diplomas.

In 2012, we launched our new undergraduate programs; these include a series of new courses and specialties that reflect the dynamism of feminist and gender studies. These changes highlight three cutting-edge themes that build on and reinforce the strengths of our faculty:

• Feminism and transnationalism

• Intersectional feminist analysis

• Gender, body and sexuality

The Institute continues to grow with demands for feminist and critical-gender education at the graduate level and the need to offer programs in French in these areas. For students, the location of the Institute in Canada's Capital provides a rich context in which they can work and interact not only with Anglophone and Francophone researchers, but also with members of political parties and the federal government, as well as activists from various women's organizations and NGOs.

If you would like to know more about our programs, do not hesitate to contact us, we will be pleased to inform you.

Dominique Bourque
Acting Director

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