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Dr. Ayesha Chaudhry on NEWS 1130: Minority groups working to assess reality of Trump presidency

December 21, 2016

Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Gender Studies at UBC Ayesha Chaudhry believes Trump’s win will be difficult. “I think though for a lot of people of colour, the rhetoric was not surprising. This was rhetoric they’ve heard before. They were aware of this type of deep, simmering white racism that they have experienced in […]


Meet Jalini: A Leader Empowering Women All Over Campus

October 24, 2016

While standing in the queue of UBC’s Loafe, I met the fierce and fashionable Jalini Paramsothi, AMS’s Equal Voice president. We had our introductions, grabbed our drinks, and as if by a twist of fate, a table opened up for us in the busy café. Jalini is a fourth year student majoring in GRSJ (Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social […]


Metro News: Sexual assault panellists ‘disappointed’ as UBC nears end of input phase

October 5, 2016

University extended consultations until end of month, but some members of an expert panel concerned about “confidence” in process. For Lucia Lorenzi, an invitation to sit on UBC’s “expert” UBC sexual assault panel seemed like a chance to make an impact — and bring her voice to the table as a survivor of sexual violence […]


The Photography of Ahmad Issa: Exploring Afghan identity through my grandfather’s pictures

October 4, 2016

Guest post by our MA student, Noal Amir. “Growing up I knew two different Afghanistan’s: the one presented to me through my grandfather’s pictures and my families stories, the other presented to me on the television screen… Throughout my life I tried to use my grandfather’s photographs to illustrate how Afghanistan used to be; not […]


Video: Jodi A. Byrd on Indigeneity, Financialization, and the Logics of Dispossession

September 27, 2016

We live in a moment completely saturated with neoliberalism’s intimate enthrallment with capital. It is a moment also defined by the enduring dispossessive logics of settler colonialism that continue to inform our relationships to space, bodies, and to each other. Drawing upon recent scholarship in critical ethnic studies, indigenous critical theory, and settler colonial studies, […]


Dr. Jodi A. Byrd on Roundhouse Radio

September 23, 2016

Dr. Jodi A. Byrd, first speaker of The Social Justice Institute’s Noted Scholars Lecture Series, is interviewed by Minelle Mahtani on Sense of Place, Roundhouse Radio.


Oralia Gomez-Ramirez on The West End Sex Workers Memorial

September 23, 2016

In 1982 a local by-law expelled sex workers, many of them trans sex workers, from the area where they worked the on-street sex trade in Vancouver’s West End. Many of them were fined as they sought to continue carrying out their work. Pushed further out into Vancouver’s Eastern side, this forced displacement of sex workers […]


DailyXtra: Sex workers to be honoured with West End monument

September 23, 2016

After years in the making, a sex worker memorial in Vancouver’s West End will finally be unveiled this Friday. The monument will honour the sex workers who once were part of a flourishing community before being expelled from the area and pushed aside to Yaletown and parts further east, after a July 1984 Supreme Court injunction […]


National Post: Vancouver memorial recognizes sex-trade workers and ‘golden age of prostitution’

September 23, 2016

It was an era of “unrelenting hooker-bashing,” UBC sociology professor Becki Ross wrote in a 2010 academic paper. A group of “disaffected citizens … launched a crackdown on ‘sex deviance’ with the most exercised throwing eggs, tomatoes and beer bottles at community meetings and during public altercations.”


Vancouver Sun: West End sex workers honoured with memorial

September 23, 2016

“The early 1980s marked the full-fledged anti-prostitution crusade to purge sex workers from the West End,” said Becki Ross, a University of B.C. sociology professor who has specialized in the sex trade. “Davie sex workers built the foundation of what would become this city’s first Gay-bourhood, and yet hookers on Davie have never been honoured […]