It’s a beautiful time of year in some of Canada’s best wine country, and thousands of scholars descend on it next week for the 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Brock University next week.
For me, the week will start with the Women and Gender Studies Association (WGSRF) conference. While I didn’t submit a paper this year, I was honoured to serve on the Undergraduate Essay Prize Committee. We read eight strong papers from women and gender studies students across the country, and the winner and honourable mentions will be presented on Sunday. There is so much diverse and thoughtful scholarship being done by undergrad students. It was rewarding to have a chance to highlight some of the best, and celebrating it this weekend will be a pleasure.
Then I’ll be moving over to the Canadian Political Science Association, where I’m participating in two workshops in two different areas. On Tuesday, I’ll be presenting a paper in the first session of the Intersectionality in Austere Times workshop, which is being presented by the CPSA’s Women and Gender Studies section and its Race, Ethnicity, and Indigenous Peoples and Politics section. My paper is called “In Intersectionality’s Shadow: Tracing Feminist Theories of Privilege, and it builds on the work in feminist theory I’ve been doing over the last year.
On Wednesday, I’ll join the Local and Urban Politics section for a session in their workshop on The Just and Diverse City. I’m presenting a paper entitled “The Good Fight and the Usual Suspects: A Case Study of Community Transit Advocacy,” which aligns more closely with my current work. The paper looks at the Light Rail Transit debate in Waterloo Region over the last five years, in which I’ve been involved, and the questions it raises around privilege and participation in local government decision-making.
I hope to see many of you next week at Congress. If you can’t make it, follow along on Twitter with #congreSSH, and with the political scientists at #cpsa2014. And if you come to see my LRT paper, I just might have a cardboard train for you.