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MARIELLE FRANCO, Jutta Gutberlet and Sharon Diaz
And more
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Greetings from the Chair:
Uvic Women Coming
Together in Solidarity
As the term start to slow (in some ways!), we can
take a bit of time to reflect in our collective
activities, especially some significant achievements,
and we can celebrate the work that academic
women do in our community to foster positive
changes across the campus. We have many UVic
women warriors!
It strikes me in every meeting on equity and human
rights issues I attend, that the room is full of
women. They come from different academic status,
races and generations. Some are in precarious
working conditions as sessionals or adjuncts. They
are there raising not only ‘women’s issues’ but
broader questions around social justice, equity,
transparency, race, religion, labour conditions, and
more. They are committed to making UVic a better
place for all. It is interesting that very few men
attend those meetings. As AWC Chair, I have to say
that these women inspire me. Their work, alas, is
often invisible. It is a shame our performance
documents are still biased toward individual
achievement: these women work in community.
As AWC Chair, I have had the privilege of listening
to many of you. In my conversations with you, I am
reminded of the challenges we still face regarding gender, race, sexual
orientation, worldviews, etc. I also witness a great deal of resilience and
solidarity on this campus. While working and liaising with many
organizations across campus (OFAR, Faculty Association, Minority and
Indigenous Women Instructor Network, Graduate Student Association,
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Equity and Human Rights office, and others) I get a sense of hope. In this
issue, you will hear some of those voices.
Many of the AWC advisory board members and AWC members have been
actively working with the Office of Equity and Human rights (OEHR). In a
collegial and open manner, we have been sharing practices that can be
transformative. The new equity training provided by the OEHR team is a step
in the right direction. It can help to broaden the conversation on these issues
across campus.
I have heard a great deal of concern among women faculty members about
taking care of children, taking care of elder parents and wishes for extended
benefits. We are working with the Faculty Association on their equity portfolio
as they prepare to engage in negotiations around a new Collective Agreement.
UVic Women’s Caucus members are working in different spaces to bring
positive social change. It was very encouraging to see so many of our women
faculty members as well as graduate and undergraduate students co-
organizing, speaking, presenting and participating in the women’s downtown
gathering on March 8th. It was also stimulating to look at the photos of women
resisting diverse forms of oppression featured in the Disobedient Women
exhibition; it was gratifying to learn about the launch of the Women’s Science
Club, and to see so many other initiatives where UVic academic women come
together in solidarity. My gratitude to all the co-organizers and catalyzers of
events like these that give momentum to causes that matter to us all.
In this issue of Purple Prose, you will see many contributions focusing on the
struggle for racial equity, activism and solidarity. The visible instances of
Indigenous, Mestizo and black women being persecuted, criminalized and
killed for defending their lands, dignity and their livelihood in the rural and
marginalized urban areas are intolerably large, and behind them lie many
more that are hidden from view. Jutta Gutberlet and Sharon Diaz (Geography)
document the murder of a human rights activist black woman, Marielle
Franco in Brazil. As the authors note, this is only one of many such events.
The agency and strength of Black women were highlighted by Jessica Gordon-
Nembhard (CUNY University) in her lecture ‘African American Cooperative
Movement: Economic Justice and the Role of Black Women’. She brought us
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into the lives of many women who were not only building cooperative
economies, but also took part in the Black Panther movement.
Susan Boyd (Faculty of Human and Social Development) reminds us of a dark
chapter in Canadian history concerning the treatment of black people, in her
review of Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to
the Present, a book authored by Montreal-based feminist and community
organizer Robyn Maynard. The Open Forum Against Racism (OFAR) is a
new coalition on campus which has been very active. In this issue we present
an update of its activities highlighting our own challenges and work against
racism at UVic.
Lynne Marks (History, and Executive Committee member of the Faculty
Association) shares her thoughts on working towards a new collective
agreement for faculty and librarians. Along with Victoria Wyatt (Art History
and Visual Studies and Executive Committee member of the Faculty
Association) she is leading conversations on equity for the new agreement.
Audrey Yap (Philosophy, and co- chair of MIWIN) reflects on the formal and
informal ways academic women’s work is valued. She addresses the
hidden emotional and caring work that mostly academic women have to
Annalee Lepp (Gender Studies) helped organize, as member of the
Knowledge and Place Taskforce in the Faculty of Humanities, an event on
one of the most controversial current issues in higher education: diversity and
freedom of speech. She shares her learning and reflections from that event.
Janni Aragon (Political Science) from the tech corner reports on some of the
upgrades to CourseSpaces. Marina Bettaglio (Hispanic and Italian Studies)
tells us, in Graphic Women: Beyond Stereotypes?’, about discussions she
has had with her colleagues concerning the representations of women in
comics and graphic novels. Taiwo Afolabi’s (Faculty of Fine Arts in his piece
titled In the Footsteps of our Immigrants inspires us with how theater can
be a powerful tool for promoting inclusion and diversity. Barbara Whittington
(Professor Emerita, School of Social Work) offers us a glimpse into Life after
UVic retirement. Barb as she is known to us! continues to be an
inspiration to all of us.
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Penultimately (I think that is a word), thanks you to all the contributors and
Taiwo for your support with this report. Last and certainly not least, my
gratitude to the AWC advisory committee for the inspiration they continually
provide me.
Let us all keep working in whatever spaces we have, toward a more diverse,
humane, just and inclusive campus.
Ana Maria
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For Marielle Franco
By Sharon Diaz & Jutta Gutberlet
Photo: Marielle Franco during the Women’s Day parade, by Midia Ninja, Brazil.
What happened to a black woman who grew up in the periphery, a Favela in
Rio de Janeiro, became a city council member and decided to take part in a
commission to investigate the recent military occupation in the city? She got
brutally murdered! Her name is Marielle Franco, a courageous woman who
was killed last Wednesday, March 14th, in Rio de Janeiro with four shots in her
head. Her driver Anderson Pedro Gomes was also killed. Marielle Franco
became a reference in politics in Brazil and has been recognized for her
orientation and action on seeking human rights for women, the marginalized
and the poor, particularly the black population in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Marielle Franco was the reporter at the city council, in the commission for
investigating the military intervention in Rio de Janeiro. The city of Rio has
recently experienced a military intervention, approved by the federal
government, using as a justification the high levels of violence in the city. The
fact is that the militarization of Rio de Janeiro has opened a door to amplify
abuses and power dynamic against those who are living in vulnerable
situations. Marielle Franco had been denouncing controversial actions, and
had shed light on how violent the military force has been against local
communities, particularly against black people, indigenous, lower income
families, women, children and youth. Marielle’s death also represents an
attempt to kill Brazil’s democracy.
Due to these facts, we are calling our community to learn about the recent
brutal circumstances that Brazilians are facing in their everyday lives. This one
is not one more murder among thousands. Marielle Franco represented civil
engagement, contestation, commitment, and because of that she was killed.
She was a very important person in the fight against racism and particularly
in the struggle against the social exclusion of black women, among other
social struggles! Her legacy must me acknowledged and her example for
determination in claiming our human rights and social justice in an uneven
society needs to be celebrated and followed. Brazilians are in pain right now.
All solidarity is still not enough, but it is necessary and urgent. So, we are
calling our community to get engaged, and be a part of the movement to
denounce the current militarization process in Brazil.
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Economic Justice and the Role of Black
By Ana Maria Peredo
In her lecture ‘The African
American Cooperative Movement:
Economic Justice and The Role of
Black Woman” Jessica Gordon-
Nembhard documented the long
and strong participation of Black
women in civil rights and
economic justice in the USA. It is a
history hidden by structural
economic and racial discrimination
and white supremacy violence.
In their search for economic
solutions to address discrimination
and inequality, women such as
Fannie Lou, Ella Jo Baker, Estelle
Witherspoon engaged in creating
co-operatives as strategy for
survival and liberation. It was
interesting that co-ops were seen
not only as a survival mechanism to
respond to basic need but also as an
instrument for achieving freedom.
Many used the ‘freedom’ word in
naming the co-operatives initiated
for these purposes. For example,
Fanny Lou Hammer led a ‘Pig
Banking and Freedom Farm Co-op’
in the 70, Estelle Witherspoon led
the ‘Freedom Quilting Bee’ in the
60”s. Most of these co-operatives
began as study groups.
We also learned that Black women
and their co-ops were an integral
part of the Black Panther
movement. The Panther Co-
operatives and their women leaders
continued to play an important role
in the Black Lives Platform in 2016,
and their demands for social,
political and economic justice.
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Jessica’s visit coincided with the
Canadian ‘Black American Month’
in February, and it was gratifying to
see many black women from the
larger community participating in
this event. It was clear from our
discussions that there is a gap in our
knowledge about Canadian Black
history. Robyn Maynard’s book on
Policing Black Lives is an important
contribution, see Susan Boyd’s
review in this edition.
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Book Review Corner
by Susan Boyd
Policing Black Lives
By Robyn Maynard
Fernwood Publishing, 2017
Recently, I was introduced to Robyn Maynard’s new
book, Policing Black Lives: State violence in Canada
from slavery to the present. For those faculty
members who are not familiar with Robyn
Maynard’s work, she is a Montreal-based writer,
feminist and community organizer. Many Canadians are still unaware that
slavery was legal in Canada. Maynard argues that the legacy of slavery
continues to impact Black people in Canada today. A recent United Nations
Human Rights Council report concurs, revealing how Black people in Canada
experience systemic discrimination and racism that is entrenched in
institutions, policies, and practices.
Exposing state and institutional violence
is at the center of Maynard’s new book.
Robyn Maynard explores the history of slavery in Canada. She writes that
from the 1600s onwards, Black people began to be brought to Canada as slaves,
and from the mid-1700s to the mid-1800s, a large number came fleeing slavery
in the United States. Although Canada did not develop an economy based on
slavery, like the U.S., slavery was legal until 1834. Following the abolition of
slavery, Black Canadians continued to be socially and economically
marginalized. Black people in Canada were subject to segregated education,
housing, employment, and movie theatres. They were banned from some
restaurants and hotels. In some areas of Canada, hospitals refused to treat
Black Canadians. In both World Wars, Black Canadians had to serve in
separate battalions than White people.
UN Human Rights Council. (2017). Report of the Working Group of Experts on People of
African Descent on its mission to Canada. Retrieved August 16, 2017 from,
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Immigration policy also excluded most Black people from making Canada
their home. It was not until the 1960s, when immigration policy was reformed,
that Black people were more formally allowed to migrate to Canada. Today,
Black people make up only 2.9 percent of the Canadian population. However,
they are overrepresented in the criminal justice system. It is not that Black
people in Canada are more “criminal” than their White counterparts, but that
they are criminalizedsystemic racism shape their criminal justice
encounters at every level (policing, arrest, sentencing, prison, and release).
Maynard argues that one of the legacies of slavery is the linking of Black
people with criminality. In fact, she notes that the first linking of crime and
Black people began in fugitive slave advertisements by White slave owners.
Freedom seekers were depicted as criminals rather than as brave individuals
escaping from White slaveholders and the institution of slavery. The
surveillance of Black people and communities to round up fugitives became
normalized. Maynard argues that the legacy of slavery continues, and today,
Black people in Canada are “subject to invasive police surveillance that makes
it difficult to exist in public space.” Maynard writes that Blackness continues
to be imagined as dangerous and as a threat to White people in Canada.
One of the themes of Maynard’s book that I greatly appreciated was her
attention to Black women. I can remember reading U.S. writer Michelle
Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the age of color
blindness, and being astonished that she literally had nothing to say about
Black women in the U.S. even though they too are overrepresented in U.S.
prisons, and continue to be victims of gendered violence. In Policing Black
Lives, Maynard, writes about the devaluation of Black womanhood in Canada,
the overrepresentation of Black women in federal prison, and the
overrepresentation of Black children in foster care. She also highlights the
many Black women who strove for economic, racial, and gender justice
throughout Canada’s history.
From my book review so far, you might assume that Maynard’s book, Policing
Black Lives, is a difficult read; however, it is not. Her book is accessible and it
is a page-turner. Robyn Maynard’s focus is on racial justice and understanding
how liberation movements in Canada (and elsewhere) are interconnected. She
also writes about the vibrancy of the Idle no More and Black Lives Matter
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Movements. Robyn Maynard concludes that although her book is about
oppression, her message is also about the affirmation of life and the quest for
economic, race, and gender justice.
Open Forum Against Racism (OFAR)
An update from the OFAR Networking Event Committee
The Open Forum Against Racism
(OFAR) is a grassroots group of
faculty, instructors, students and
staff and diverse UVic organizations
and offices (SJS, AWC, GSS, UVSS,
MIWIN, LTSI, OEHR and others).
The OFAR organizing committee
convened after the first open forum
in April 2017 and now meets on a bi-
monthly basis.
“Teaching Social Justice on
W̱SÁNEĆ and Lekwungen
Territory” was OFAR’s first
instructors’ networking event, held
on Monday, December 4 2017 at
the Division of Learning and
Teaching Support and Innovation.
It was intended for any instructor
on campus already teaching anti-
oppression either formally or
informally. With no existing list of
instructors teaching anti-
oppressive material, invitations
were sent by email through the
organizing committee’s networks.
This resulted in an invitation list of
140 people, with 44 attendees on
the day.
Over the course of two hours,
attendees participated in a
networking exercise, heard opening
remarks from event organizers and
broke into eight small groups for
facilitated discussion. All attendees
then reconvened for a final plenary
and reporting session, followed by a
supportive closing exercise.
Following the event, all attendees
had the chance to fill in a general
feedback form on the event itself
and the work ahead. Nearly half of
all attendees submitted feedback
a very strong response for a
feedback request.
The networking event was
organized in response to two
perceived needs identified through
the initial open forum.
First, the need for mutual support
among teaching staff responding to
racist events on campus within the
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parameters of their roles as
instructors. Second, the need to
consult instructors already teaching
anti-oppressive content on how to
increase the reach and impact of
anti-racism education on campus.
The event was intended to begin
meeting these needs by forging a
network for support and strategic
organizing among instructors
teaching anti-oppressive material
on campus. The organizers hoped
to come out of the event with a
sense of appetite among instructors
for such a network to exist (b)
Priorities for actions and next steps.
This event did produce the
desired outcomes and OFAR
continues to work together on
initiatives identified by the
Thoughts on Working Towards a New
Collective Agreement for Faculty and
An update from Lynne Marks
I am writing to inform those readers
of Purple Prose who are members of
the Faculty Association about some
upcoming issues related to our
collective agreement.
As most of you know, the Faculty
Association unionized and
bargained its first collective
agreement in 2014, for a five-year
term, ending at the end of June
2019. That means that the Faculty
Association will be starting to
bargain with the administration for
a new collective agreement in
February of 2019. Right now we’re
doing our best to find out what
issues members of the Association
would like us to focus on in this new
round of bargaining. We’re in the
process of visiting all departments
on campus to talk about the
upcoming bargaining, and to ask
faculty members and librarians
what issues related to the current
collective agreement create the
most difficulties for them, so that
we can try to bargain to make
There are some things we can
bargain to improve, and there are
others that are outside the mandate
of the collective agreement. In
listing those issues that are
“bargainable” salaries and
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benefits are of course high on the
list. Other issues include:
Evaluation for merit (very
much part of our salary)
Processes for reappointment,
promotion and tenure
Study leave
Other leaves, including
maternity, parental and
adoption leave
Sick leave and return to work
Research support
Governance practices at the
faculty and unit level
Management rights vs
Association rights
Discipline language
Equity issues
Retirement and phased in
Dispute resolution
Some of these categories of course
overlap. For example, CES scores
are part of our evaluation system for
tenure, promotion and merit. But
an increasing number of academic
studies have concluded that these
surveys are biased by gender, race
and age. As a result, can we see
reliance on these surveys as an
equity issue?
As we’ve gone around to the
departments, and heard from FA
members at Faculty Feedback cafes,
we have heard of a number of
“points of pain” with the current
collective agreement. Many faculty
members are concerned about
increasing workload. The number
of students being taught per faculty
member has increased in many
units. Service work and the
invisible “shadow work” of filling
out endless paperwork has also
increased dramatically. Many
female faculty, and particularly
racialized and Indigenous female
faculty, face particularly onerous
(unacknowledged and unrewarded)
responsibilities for providing
emotional support for students.
The current merit process is also
of concern to many. While the
principle of merit pay may be
accepted by the majority, there is
some interest in changing the
mandatory and zero sum” merit
approach we currently use, and
trying to address perceived
inequities in the current system. In
some departments there is also
concern that while the university
claims to value community-
engaged research, that such work is
often not adequately valued for
merit and promotion.
The limited nature of a number of
UVic benefits is of concern, and at
all of the department meetings I
have attended thus far, at least one
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and often more faculty members
have raised the issue of the lack of a
tuition waiver for dependents, a
benefit that almost every other
university in Canada offers to its
faculty members and librarians. In
addition, UVic is the only university
in Canada that does not provide free
tuition for employees themselves.
This means that librarians, who are
mostly women, and who are often
pursuing additional graduate
degrees, are forced to pay many
thousands of dollars to take these
degrees, although further education
enables them be even better
employees of UVic. This is
obviously an issue both of equity for
female employees and of UVic’s
non-competitive benefits policy.
We have heard of many other
concerns, ranging from UVic’s lack
of adequate research support, to
the unreasonable workload
expected of Chairs, to the long
waiting lists for childcare. And
many more issues have been raised.
As Chair of the Collective
Agreement Committee, which is
working to develop our bargaining
priorities for the next round of
negotiations, I would love to hear
from you.
We’ll be sending out a formal
bargaining survey in the fall, as we
always do, but right now if you
could let us know what issues you
would really like to have improved,
that would be very helpful. At this
point in the process, we’re asking
you to think big. As we know,
bargaining is a process in which one
never gets all one asks for, but it’s
important that we find out what the
major issues are for faculty
members and librarians.
Please send your concerns and
your suggestions to the Faculty
Association at, or
directly to me at
Minority and Indigenous Women
Instructor Network (MIWIN) Reflection
An update from Audrey Lepp
As we move towards the end of the
school year, we might reflect (with
relief) upon the work that we have
done since September. Though as
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we do so, we might also think about
the ways in which our work is
valued. There are generally formal
mechanisms for recognizing the
work we do in teaching and
research, and in serving on
committees. But typically, a lot of
gendered labour, like the ways in
which we care for each other and
our students, is both expected of us
and uncompensated.
Many women, particularly queer,
indigenous, and racialized women,
find ourselves in positions of
informal mentorship for students or
more junior colleagues. We are also
often involved in initiatives whose
aim is making the institution more
inclusive or diverse. As we do so, we
often find ourselves doing hidden
emotional labour - perhaps
nurturing good relationships with
communities. Or trying to help
marginalized students find ways of
negotiating environments that were
not made with people like them
(like us!) in mind. Or finding the
right balance of provocativeness
and diplomacy in our work on
equity committees. This
transformative work can be as
exhausting as it is rewarding. As bell
hooks puts it in Teaching to
The academy is not paradise.
But learning is a place where
paradise can be created. The
classroom, with all its
limitation, remains a location
of possibility. In that field of
possibility we have the
opportunity to labor for
freedom, to demand of
ourselves and our comrades,
an openness of mind and heart
that allows us to face reality
even as we collectively imagine
ways to move beyond
boundaries, to transgress.
This is education as the
practice of freedom.
I hope that as the university
celebrates its success in
diversifying, internationalising, and
indigenizing according to its
various strategic plans, it also
acknowledges the hidden labour
which enables such success.
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Contemporary Controversies Event:
Diversity, Freedom of Speech and the
By Annalee Lepp
More than 100 people gathered on February
5, 2018 to listen to a discussion on one of the
most pressing issues of our time: freedom
of speech, diversity and the university. The
event was organized by the Faculty of
Humanities' Knowledge and Place Task
Force, which is mandated to consider the
implications of the University of Victoria’s Indigenous and international plans
for the Faculty of Humanities as well as broad questions related equity,
diversity and inclusion. Co-moderated by Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy, from
Gender Studies, and Neilesh Bose, Canada Research Chair, Global and
Comparative History, the panel discussion included Farhana Sultana,
Department of Geography at the University of Syracuse, Rinaldo Walcott,
Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto, Mary
Bryson, Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of
British Columbia, and Rob Clifford, member of the Tsawout First Nation and
PhD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. The event was
meant to offer the members of the university, and broader communities, an
opportunity to engage in a dialogue on the tensions and complexities
associated with freedom of speech and academic freedom within a post-
secondary context that values equity, diversity, and inclusion. It also
considered how universities, and members of the university community,
might better navigate these intersections or re-think how the issues are
currently being framed. The responsibility of universities to protect academic
freedom and the rise of hate speech masquerading as free speech were among
issues discussed.
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CourseSpaces Upgrade
An update from Janni Aragon
On Thursday, April 26th, CourseSpaces will be upgraded to a new interface
with added features and settings. This upgrade brings a sleek look that is
easier to navigate and works better on your mobile devices. Course content
will not be impacted by the upgrade. Technology Integrated Learning is here
to support you through this change. Please check out for up-
to-date information, register for a new features workshop, email us at, or drop in to see us on the lower level of the McPherson
library, LIB034.
In the Footstep of our Immigrants
By Taiwo Afolabi
The UVic’s Equity and Human Rights Office’s 5 Days of Action featured In the
footstep of our immigrants, a theatre performance originally devised and
performed in commemoration of the 2017 World Refugee Day. It has been
remounted four times around the city of Victoria. The creative approach the
director chose to engage audience on issues of diversity and multiculturalism
is impressive.
The performance explored newcomers, immigrants and refugees’ narratives of
relocation, resilience, settlement and integration. The actors were youth from
various ethnic and culturally diverse background who shared stories of their
lived and living experiences as they learn to live in a new environment. There
are complexities that surround refugees and migrant movements which can
be overwhelmingespecially when we don’t have a clear way to actively
engage with the issues and individual experiences. The 50-minute
performance used various art forms such as dance, drama, music, and spoken
words to explore the process of arriving, belonging, and becoming. Actors’
experiences and stories from refugees, immigrants and newcomers in Victoria
inspired the performance.
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The interactive performance engaged the audience using theatre techniques
to explore issues of diversity. Inclusion, identity, culture, language,
assimilation, psychological needs and other experiences that
refugee/immigrants face. It contributed immensely to the 5 days of actions as
the UVic President Jamie Cassels participated in our performance.
I am currently devising another theatre performance with talented and
amazing youths in Victoria. This theatre project, The Onion Theatre Project
is in collaboration many institutions - Victoria Immigrants Refugee Centre
Society, Municipality of Saanich, City Hall of Victoria and Jasmindra Jawanda,
a cultural planner. The performance will be performed in June 2018 at Saanich
and Victoria city halls, in education institutions like UVic and in high schools.
The project is supported by the British Columbia Arts Council.
“Graphic Women: Beyond Stereotypes?”
By Marina Bettaglio
For many of us, comic books have a
familiar and comforting quality.
They are synonyms for
entertainment, fun, laughter, and
leisurely Sunday afternoons spent
reading and relaxing. Traditionally
peopled with superheroes, villains,
scantily dressed women, and
powerful white heteronormative
men, the North American world of
graphic expression sets strict gender
boundaries, assigning agency,
power, and moral authority to its
male protagonists. Wonder
Woman, with her mythical
Amazonian origin, offers
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adolescents a powerful female role model. But is she an example of feminist
empowerment or a cleverly disguised expression of patriarchy?
This and other questions were at the centre of animated presentations by an
interdisciplinary group of experts, who gathered in the Special Collections
classroom in the McPherson Library on March 6, 2018 to discuss the many-
faceted representation of women in comics and graphic novels. Announced
by a wonderful poster by the Chilean graphic artist Marcela Trujillo (a.k.a.
Maliki), the Ideafest event “Graphic Women: Beyond Stereotypes?” brought
together professors from the Faculty of Humanities and the library to share
their passion for the sequential art. Questioning the embodied representation
of gender stereotypes, Marina Bettaglio (Hispanic and Italian Studies), Laurel
Bowman (Greek and Roman Studies), Hélène Cazes (French), Justin Harrison
(MacPherson Library), Mary Elizabeth Leighton (English), Sheila Rabillard
(English), Lisa Surridge (English), and Audrey Yap (Philosophy) drew
attention to the political, social, and racial aspects of comics and graphic
novels from around the world.
Ranging from the redoubtable Wonder Woman to the sleuths of Victorian-era
family magazines to Asian-American characters breaking out of their usual
two-dimensional characterization, the event at once celebrated and
questioned the way female characters are created. It explored the complex
strategies used by female graphic artists to challenge generic conventions and
interrogate the reading public. Focusing on a variety of artists from the
English-, French-, and Spanish-speaking worlds, the various talks brought to
life the subversive power of graphic expression, the art form’s capacity to
transgress boundaries, illustrate exile and displacement, and expose the
artificiality of existing gender norms.
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Life after UVic retirement
By Barb Whittington
In the summer of 2017 wildfires tore
through BC, forcing many to
evacuate. For the last few years I have
been part of a professional provincial
emergency response team called
Disaster Psychosocial Response
(DPS). The team consists of
registered psychologists, registered
social workers and clinical
counsellors who assist and support
those affected, when called on by the communities affected by natural
disasters (floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires) and other large-scale
emergencies (multiple accidental deaths, injuries, shootings).
The summer wildfires left folks without their homes, separated from their
communities and families and left to deal with all the trauma such dislocation
and uncertainty causes. In a team of three we “purple people” (we wear easily
identifiable purple shirts) were called to the interior of B.C. to offer support.
We offer to ‘walk with people’ as they navigate their new reality. This can
mean everything from complicated trauma counseling to getting another
volunteer a cup of coffee and listening and laughing together.
I was ‘deployed’ to Kamloops and Ashcroft during the evacuation period. It
was such an exhausting difficult and rewarding personal and professional
experience. I remember one day I met with over 100 people; working with
them individually or in family and friendship groups. Concerns ranged from
finding methadone treatment providers for several, to locating translation
services for a grandmother (her family were recent refugees) and they were
now sleeping or NOT sleeping, just inches apart from total strangers in the
Kamloops Arena.
The members of the Ashcroft First Nations lost all their homes as their land
was scorched in a matter of hours. When they invited the team to meet with
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them at a local motel I was saddened by the losses they’d endured and by the
way, still are. I have had many emergency counseling opportunities but this
experience was by far the most intense AND strangely one of the most fun. I
am still in touch with some folks who are threatening to visit me and I hope
they do.
My ‘work’ post UVic with the Disaster team, plus founding Ravens Crossing
Cohousing where we’re developing an exciting intentional community on the
Saanich Peninsula has left me wondering why I stayed so long as a UVic faculty
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Dr. Natalie Ban, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
appointed Faculty of Social Sciences Lansdowne Early- Career
Scholar Award.
Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, Assistant Professor,
Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Award
for Excellence in Teaching for Experiential Learning.
Dr. Alona Fyshe was named CIFAR (Canadian Institute for
Advanced Research)’s Azrieli Global Scholar for Brain, Mind and
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Awards Cont’d
Dr. Jutta Gutberlet, Professor, Department of Geography,
Faculty of Social Sciences, 2018 recipient of the Provost's
Engaged Scholar Award.
Cheryl Moir van Iersel was awarded HSD Excellence in
Teaching and Educational Leadership Award.
Inba Kehoe, Research Repository Librarian, received the
Award for Excellence in Open Education from BCcampus.
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Awards Cont’d
Dr. Valerie King was name ACM Fellow a few years ago, this
is a pretty big international honour in Computer Science and
she is the only one at UVic.
Dr. CindyAnn Rose-Redwood, Assistant Teaching Professor
at the Department of Geography UVic, won the Faculty of
Social Sciences Teaching Excellent Award, Assistant
Dr. Peggy Storey, a professor in Computer Science became a
member of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New
Dr. Amy Verdun, Professor Political Science appointed
Faculty of Social Science’s Distinguish Fellow.
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Awards Cont’d
Dr. Barbara Whittington, Emerita Professor, Social Work
bags the The Above and Beyond Award’ given for Acts
of Selflessness and Bravery in BC’s 2017 Wildfire and Flood
Season. It was given in recognition of Barbara’s efforts and
selflessness in service to the Province of British Columbia
in the response to the 2017 wildfires and floods.
Dr. Stephanie Willerth is the 2018 recipient of the Award for
Excellence in Undergraduate Research Inspired Teaching -
which is one of the UVic REACH awards.
Dr. Victoria Wyatt, an Associate Professor at the
Department of Art History & Visual Studies, won the
Faculty of Fine Arts Award in Teaching Excellence.
Dr. Wanosts'a7 Lorna Williams, UVic Professor Emerita of
Indigenous education (Curriculum and Instruction), 2018
Inspire Award for her contributions to Indigenous
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AWC Steering Committee Members 2017-2019
Ana Maria Peredo ES & AWC Chair
Janni Aragon POLI
Melia Belli AHVS
Marina Bettaglio HISP
Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier ANTH
Susan Boyd HSD
Maureen Bradley WRIT
Carolyn Butler-Palmer FINA
Jane Butterfield MATH
Gillian Calder LAW
Yvonne Coady ENCS
Rebecca Gagan ENGL
Melissa Gauthier ANTH
Collette Jones EDUC
Anastasia Mallidou NURS
Lynne Marks HIST
Margo Matwychuk ANTH
Jessica Mussell LIBR
Kim Nayyer LAW & LIBR
Trish Rosborough EDUC & MIWIN Co-Chair
Kirsten Sadeghi-Yekta FINA
Christine Sy GEND
Amy Verdun POLI
Victoria Wyatt FINA
Audrey Yap PHIL & MIWIN CO-Chair
Jin-Sun Yoon CHIL
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Associate Professor, Environmental Studies appointed Faculty of Social Sciences Lansdowne Early-Career Scholar Award
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  • Ban
Dr. Natalie Ban, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies appointed Faculty of Social Sciences Lansdowne Early-Career Scholar Award.
Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Award for Excellence in Teaching for Experiential Learning
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Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Award for Excellence in Teaching for Experiential Learning.
Alona Fyshe was named CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research)'s Azrieli Global Scholar for Brain, Mind and Consciousness
  • Dr
Dr. Alona Fyshe was named CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research)'s Azrieli Global Scholar for Brain, Mind and Consciousness. Awards Cont'd
Social Work bags the 'The Above and Beyond Award' given for Acts of Selflessness and Bravery in BC's 2017 Wildfire and Flood Season. It was given in recognition of Barbara's efforts and selflessness in service to the Province of British Columbia
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  • Emerita Whittington
  • Professor
Dr. Barbara Whittington, Emerita Professor, Social Work bags the 'The Above and Beyond Award' given for Acts of Selflessness and Bravery in BC's 2017 Wildfire and Flood Season. It was given in recognition of Barbara's efforts and selflessness in service to the Province of British Columbia in the response to the 2017 wildfires and floods.
Stephanie Willerth is the 2018 recipient of the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Inspired Teachingwhich is one of the UVic REACH awards
  • Dr
Dr. Stephanie Willerth is the 2018 recipient of the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Inspired Teachingwhich is one of the UVic REACH awards.
an Associate Professor at the Department of Art History & Visual Studies, won the Faculty of Fine Arts Award in Teaching Excellence
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  • Wyatt
Dr. Victoria Wyatt, an Associate Professor at the Department of Art History & Visual Studies, won the Faculty of Fine Arts Award in Teaching Excellence.
UVic Professor Emerita of Indigenous education (Curriculum and Instruction)
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  • Williams
Dr. Wanosts'a7 Lorna Williams, UVic Professor Emerita of Indigenous education (Curriculum and Instruction), 2018