2013 Presenters

Panel Presenters

Panel #1 (10:00-11:15am) Please choose one of the following:

Speakers Series: Feminist Pedagogies 
Irving K. Barber Learning Center 155
Moderated by Dr. Becki Ross

Patricia Louie
“Whose Body Matters? Representations of Race & Gender in Medical Textbooks”
Patricia is graduating with her Honours in sociology in May of 2013. She will present original research on the representations of race and gender in medical textbooks. Patricia’s other research interests include immigration, consumption and sexuality. In her free time, Patricia likes to play field hockey, do yoga, blog about social issues and go on leisurely bike rides.

Jamie Driscoll
“Trans* Bodies and the Regulation of Spaces”

Lina Shokry
“Sex, Race, & Mathmatics Achievement”
Lina Shokry is a first year student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She is on a track to complete a double major in political science and economics. She would one day like to become the (first female) president of Egypt, and if not that, then an advocate for women’s rights in the Middle East.

Speaker Series: Critical Race
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Room 460
Moderated by Dr. Brandy Wiebe

Nicole Wayara
“Bootylicious: a song, anthem, & ideology”
Nicole was born and raised in Vancouver and is a third year GRSJ student at UBC. She is interested in the ways black music cultures such as hip hop implicate and reproduce sexualized violence against women, and the movements of resistance that emerge within this same music culture. Nicole’s joys include Beyonce, WAVAW, bell hooks, and experimental cooking.

Katie Zalazar
“Vocabularies of the In-Between”
Katie Zalazar is a mixie pinay femme and settler on Coast Salish Territory. She is involved in various communtiy collectives and organizing, primarily focusing on queer of colour organizing, migrant justice, anti-racism, and food sovereignty. After living (surviving) a true mixie diasporic childhood of not knowing which way is home, she is dedicated to finding a different, and increasingly comedic, answers for each time she is asked “what are you?” She firmly beleives in the power of Pilipino cooking, karaoke, and story-telling, and is convinced that time is a social construct out to get us.

Cicely Blain & Marianne Mesfin
Lost in the Mosaic: challenges of contemporary black feminism”
Cicely is a first year international Arts student from the UK with mixed cultural heritage from Gambia (West Africa) and Jamaica. She has been interested in politics and social justice since volunteering for a youth group in London that aimed to combat prejudice and discrimination against young people from deprived backgrounds. This experience led her to join the Equity Ambassadors on arrival at UBC which helped to develop a keen interest in social inequality and feminist activism. Cicely aspires to work in politics, with a specific focus on improving education and youth empowerment.

Marianne is a first year international Arts student from Ethiopia but born in Uganda and raised in Rwanda, East Africa. She is a passionate, self-proclaimed feminist who believes that everyone should endeavour to take a Women’s Studies class because we can all benefit from educating ourselves about gender and social inequality. She is a prominent member of the Africa Awareness initiative and enjoys promoting the importance of Africa in the development of global citizenship. She has been elected as a member of the executive team for the Caribbean African Association, starting in September.

Panel # 2 (1:30-2:45pm) Please choose one of the following:

Speaker Series: Transnational Feminisms
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Room 155
Moderated by Dr. Ayesha Chaudhry

Sasha Langford
“Unsettling Engagement: Mapping the Everyday”
Sasha Langford is an interdisciplinary artist and academic. Her recently completed Honours Thesis in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University traced themes of discontinuous time and the corporeal in the work of contemporary artist Jin-me Yoon. Other research interests include critical/anti-colonial approaches to Canadian landscape art, media phenomenology, and queer and post/colonial applications of psychoanalysis.

Sarah Romeih
“Do They Really Hate Us? A Critical Look at Women’s Rights in Egypt”
Born in Cairo, Egypt raised in East Lansing, Michigan and currently finishing up her two B.As at UBC. Her research interests include globalization, citizenship, migration, postcolonial theory, the politics of development work and the law and Society.

Marina Classen
“I, Marina Classen, a Young Activist in Guatemala”
Marina is a recent addition to the Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice community at UBC and has never felt more at home! She is a second year student at UBC and intends to enter into the social work program with a minor in women studies. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to share the story of one of her heroes, Guatemalan indigenous rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Rigoberta Menchu interwoven with her personal narrative of gaining her voice as an activist in solidarity with local and global struggles. She is so excited to collaborate with the passionate community that congregates each year around the F-Word Conference!

Speaker Series: Gender & Sexuality Rebellion
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Room 460
Moderated by Helene Frohard-Dourlant

Simon Child Velez
“Problematizing the ‘Coming Out’ Script”
Simon Child Velez is a Third Year Political Science major at the University of British Columbia, and currently starting a minor in Critical Studies in Sexuality (CSIS). Simon writes both in English and Spanish about social justice, narratives, politics, in Colombia and Canada on his blog “The Banana Plutocracy”.

Megan Ryland
“Sherlockian Masculinity”
Megan Ryland loves to talk and write about media literacy, body politics and feminism. She first realized that she was a feminist in high school while writing the book Beauty and the Beast: Ending the Love/Hate Relationship Between Girls and their Bodies. Today, Megan works with several organizations to promote social justice, youth education and body positivity. Her F-Word presentation is the result of an interest in Sherlock Holmes as a fan and as a critical media consumer, based on the closely held belief that you can (and should) analyze the media that you enjoy. Presenting at this conference is an exciting capstone to her degree, as Megan is graduating in May with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science and Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice.

Jane Shi
“Bathroom Horrors: Trichotillomania, Natural Beauty & Sexual Rebellion”
Jane currently edits for the UBC Undergraduate Journal of English – The Garden Statuary – and also writes prose and poetry of her own. She is thrilled to be able to attend and present at the F-Word Conference, where she hopes to learn more about feminism and its practical mobilizations. Her research interests, as a literature major, poet, and involuntary peruser of human culture, include issues relating to transgression, madness, and alienation: in other words, crime, mental illness, and all poetry of the last century.

Panel #3 (3:45-5:00pm) Please choose one of the following: 

Speaker Series: Gender & Pop Culture
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Room 155
Moderated by Dr. Litsa Chatzivasileiou

Conor Wigert
“We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat: An Ecofeminist Reading of Jaws”
Conor Wigert is finishing up his fourth year at UBC with a major in Film Studies and a minor from the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice. He originates from Spokane, WA and first came to love film watching family movies after dinner at his cabin in North Idaho where he saw ‘Jaws’ for the first time. Conor will be presenting his culminating paper from his Film Studies major seminar.

Anna Warje
“I don’t know why I can’t say that (and other queer responses to trauma by The L Word’s Jenny Schecter)”
Anna is a second year Master’s student at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. Her main research interests include cultural studies, gender theory, feminist literary theory, and butch/femme sexualities. Anna is currently working on topics as diverse as Stone Butch subjectivity, post-feminism in Fifty Shades of Grey, and the queer archival work of Jenny Schechter on The L Word. Anna is also a published poet whose work has appeared in numerous national literary journals and anthologies. She is currently at work on her first full-length collection, funded by an Emerging Writer’s Grant from Canada Council for the Arts.

Daniel Swenson
“Neiltopia: Fucking Futurity”
(Daniel didn’t submit a bio because he is a co-chair of the F-Word Conference and therefore an incredibly busy person. He is a fifth-year student at UBC, majoring in both Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and English Literature. He is also completing a minor in Critical Studies in Sexuality. Since I am co-opting his little bio blurb, I will say that he is kind of a genius and is very loved by his Planning Committee and also nearly everyone else in the world.)

Speaker Series: Troubling Gender
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Room 460
Moderated by Dr. Sean Saunders

Syr Reifsteck
“The Double Burden of ‘They’: Site of Gender Neutrality & Gendered Identity”
Syr is 4th year GRSJ student from Texas, who is vastly appreciative of Vancouver’s rain. In their work they seek to critically explore the intersections of trans* and queer activisms, anti-oppressive frameworks and space. Syr is also an avid lover of cooking, crafting, and the imaginative dreaming found in science fiction.

Nick Thornton
“The End of Masculinity: How to Bring Young Men into Feminism”
Nick Thornton is a semi-professional historian and amateur writer. He became a feminist when his parents raised him to think critically. Despite this, like everyone else, he has to navigate the mysteries of gender boundaries. His passions include studying social media, the history of social uprisings, revolutions, sexuality and gender. He writes The Terry Project blog, The Closet Feminist and several other online sources on a freelance basis. You can also check out his free online learning website UnboringLearning.com.

Anne Barringer
“The Roles We Play – Performance of Gender in BDSM Subcultures”
Born and raised in Vancouver, Anne is a UBC undergraduate student who is currently vacillating in her decision to declare her major in Psychology or Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. As a self-described feminist “sex geek,” she has presented several educational workshops on sexuality-related topics and plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Human Sexuality Studies. This will be Anne’s first year attending the F-Word Conference, and she is honoured to be a part of the conversation.

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