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Ayesha Chaudhry featured in “The Sisters Project”

December 5, 2017

In The Sisters Project, Alia Youssef uses photography to challenge a one-dimensional image of Muslim women. Whether she is a kinesiology student considering medical school, an ESL teacher who eases new immigrants into Canadian life, or the program manager at Ecotrust, working tirelessly to preserve the British Columbian rain forest, each one of these women […]


Ayesha Chaudhry interviewed Globe and Mail article, “Women need to play a role in ‘restoring’ Saudi Islam”

December 5, 2017

In her groundbreaking book “Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition,” UBC Professor Ayesha Chaudhry makes it abundantly clear that the “Islamic tradition” – beginning a few centuries after the Prophetic era to the precolonial era – reflected worldwide patriarchy of the times. The hierarchical paradigm was unambiguous: God (or Allah) at the top, followed by men below, […]


Dr. Becki Ross on Prime Minister Trudeau’s Apology

November 30, 2017


“LGBTQ2 apology is a good start, but it’s not enough” by Dr. John Paul Catungal

November 28, 2017

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to make a formal apology on behalf of all Canadians to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people who have been imprisoned, fired from their jobs or otherwise persecuted in the past because of their sexuality. Some of those who lost their jobs as part of the so-called “gay purge” are seeking […]


Congratulations to the class of 2017!

November 27, 2017


JP Catungal and Mary Bryson on the significance of Trudeau’s apology to LGBTQ Canadians

November 22, 2017

Mary Bryson, professor in the UBC faculty of education, and JP Catungal, professor in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at UBC, discuss the significance of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s formal apology on behalf of all Canadians to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people.


Denise Ferreira da Silva on e-flux: 1 (life) ÷ 0 (blackness) = ∞ − ∞ or ∞ / ∞: On Matter Beyond the Equation of Value

October 12, 2017

What if blackness referred to rare and obsolete definitions of matter: respectively, “substance … of which something consists” and “substance without form”? How would this affect the question of value? What would become of the economic value of things if they were read as expressions of our modern grammar and its defining logic of obliteration? Would this expose […]


Reaffirming GRSJ principles amid emboldened public white supremacy

September 5, 2017

By: Emmanuelle Andrews and JP Catungal September 7, 2017 In light of recent, highly publicized declarations of white supremacy, in Coast Salish territories as in Charlottesville, we at the Social Justice Institute affirm our commitment to anti-racist, feminist, trans, queer and anti-colonial politics, placemaking and knowledge production. We firmly denounce the violent, misogynistic, settler colonial, […]


Channels of Change in South Sudan: Youth Civil Society Organizations and Critical Empathy in Nation-Building

August 29, 2017

By: Amel Eldihaib. In a context of ethnically divided society, where state is under formation and nation-building is still in the making (like in South Sudan), political and ethnic violence become the order that threat the body politics of the nation. Youth in south Sudan who are always mobilized and labelled by politicians as “defenders […]


Dr. JP Catungal quoted in Macleans article: Same-sex marriages triple in decade since legalization, census finds

August 2, 2017

While same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada for more than 10 years, it’s still relatively new, which may partly explain its growth, said John Paul Catungal, an instructor at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. It has also been a touchstone in the fight for lesbian and […]