The GRSJ Undergraduate Association is proud to host this year’s F-Word Conference. The theme is A Year in Review: Activism, Solidarity and Navigating Oppressions.
Last year, in 2016, many systems of oppression and the ways in which these are operating locally, globally and internationally were brought to light, particularly through various forms of media engagement. All over the Internet, there were (and continue to be) discussions around 2016 being the “worst year ever”. Why is this such a tremendously popular sentiment? This year at the F-Word Conference, we want to unpack this phrase, while also acknowledging that the oppressions and violence that took place in 2016 are not in any way ‘new’ (and have always existed).
What can we learn about the pivotal and controversial events that happened last year both locally and globally? Where do our emotional and bodily reactions fit into this understanding? What social, political and digital tools and actions can we use as methods of resistance to ongoing oppressions? How can we embody resistance through everyday actions and practices? What is the role of digital media and online social justice engagement? Furthermore, what is the role of art, protests and academic work in activism? How do we constructively and proactively move forward from the political landscape of last year without reproducing and continuing to perpetuate harm and the marginalization of certain bodies? How do we navigate ongoing social oppressions that disadvantage particular bodies in violent ways and how do we exhibit our allyship and solidarity? How do we open ourselves up to viewing the world through new understandings and knowledges that are outside of the ‘normative’, Eurocentric, heteropatriarchal structure?
The momentum behind Brexit; the US election (ie. Trump’s presidency); critically analyzing white supremacist discourse and Whiteness amidst ongoing anti-Black racism; US/Canadian nationalism, colonialism and decolonialism/decolonization (ie. through gentrification); the Muslim ban and other executive orders prohibiting movement between ‘borders’; connections between environmentalism and feminism (such as the Dakota Access/Kinder Morgan pipelines); the Syrian Refugee crisis; rights of Indigenous children (ie. the foster care system in Canada); the fentanyl crisis; reproductive rights and infringements on these, as well as access to health services; transfeminisms; transphobia; LGBTQI+ rights; ableism; classism; and cyber-security…
Sunday, April 30
9:45am – 5:30pm
Great Hall, The Nest (2nd Floor)
6133 University Boulevard, UBC
Conference programme coming soon
About: The F-Word Conference showcases student research and community collaboration across activist and academic disciplines. The conference provides a venue for feminist scholars, students, and community members to learn each other’s skills, knowledges, and experiences. The F-Word Conference is a day long conference, and includes presentations from students, community organization workshop, free meals and keynote speeches. The Conference takes place on UBC campus, on the unceded and ancestral territories of the Musqueam Nation. For more information, visit the F Word Conference website: https://grsjconference.wordpress.com/