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Women's & Gender Studies

The Women's & Gender Studies Department organizes, or is involved with, different types of events throughout the year. The Institute for Women's & Gender Studies (IWGS) also engages with similar events, usually via sponsorship or more hands-on approach by research affiliates of the Institute. These events include conferences, lectures, meet-and-greets, and workshops. Please check this page regularly for updates.


  • Channeling Wonder: Fairy Tales on Television (Wayne State University Press, 2014) receives the 2014 Recommended Title award! The Edited Book Awards are given annually by the Children’s Literature Association (ChLA) to recognize the contributions of outstanding edited collections of essays in children’s literature history, scholarship, and criticism. Congratulations to Dr. Pauline Greenhill & Co.! Click here for the full story. 

  • Dr. Fiona Green and colleague Gary Lee Pelletier (Ph.D. candidate, York University) co-edited a collection of essays titled Essential Breakthroughs: Conversations About Men, Mothers, and Mothering - more information can be found here

  • October 28, 2015, Book Launch and Library Donation Announcement: Please join us as we celebrate the launch of Fairy-Tale Films Beyond Disney: International Perspectives, co-edited by Jack Zipes, Pauline Greenhill, and Kendra Magnus-Johnston. We will also be announcing a very exciting donation to the University of Winnipeg's library! The fairy tale has become one of the dominant cultural forms and genres internationally, thanks in large part to its many manifestations on screen. Yet the history and relevance of the fairy-tale film have largely been neglected. In this follow-up to Jack Zipes’s award-winning book The Enchanted Screen (2011), Fairy-Tale Films Beyond Disney offers the first book-length multinational, multidisciplinary exploration of fairy-tale cinema. Bringing together twenty-three of the world’s top fairy-tale scholars to analyze the enormous scope of these films, Zipes and colleagues Pauline Greenhill and Kendra Magnus-Johnston present perspectives on film from every part of the globe, from Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, to Jan Švankmajer’s Alice, to the transnational adaptations of 1001 Nights and Hans Christian Andersen. Contributors to the book explore filmic traditions in each area not only from their different cultural backgrounds, but from a range of academic fields, including criminal justice studies, education, film studies, folkloristics, gender studies, and literary studies. Fairy-Tale Films Beyond Disney offers readers an opportunity to explore the intersections, disparities, historical and national contexts of its subject, and to further appreciate what has become an undeniably global phenomenon. We hope you can join us! Let's celebrate!

  • Dr. Roewan Crowe is one of two faculty members who will be honoured at UWinnipeg's Autumn Convocation 2015 for their outstanding accomplishments. She will be presented with the Marsha Hanen Award for Excellence in Creating Community Awareness.

  • Dr. Pauline Greenhill was awarded the Elli Köngäs-Maranda Prize’s honorable mention at the 2015 American Folklore Society’s Annual Meeting for her work with Dr. Diane Tye on their edited text Unsettling Assumptions: Tradition, Gender, Drag (Utah State University Press, 2014). The Prize is given each year by the Women’s Section of the American Folklore Society to recognize superior work on women’s traditional, vernacular, or local culture and/or feminist theory and folklore. Dr. Greenhill also launched another book, co-edited with Dr. Jill Terry Rudy, Channeling Wonder: Fairy Tales on Television (Wayne State University Press, 2014), at the same meeting. Both books were based on research funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and by grants from the UWinnipeg Office of Research.


  • March 28, 2016: Please join us with scholar and UW alumna (BA, English) Leah Allen for a free, public lecture. All welcome! 'How We Look Back Now: Revisiting the Feminist 1970s and 80s' will be taking place in room 1L06, University of Winnipeg from 2:30 to 4:00 pm. More details here.

  • March 18, 2016: 'Still Asking Questions: Reading and Re-reading Di Brandt’s questions i asked my mother' - Join us for a reading by Di Brandt at 2:30 - 4:00 pm in room 1L04 at the University of Winnipeg. The reading will be followed by a panel discussion with poets and scholars on the occasion of the reprinting of Di Brandt’s poetry collection questions i asked my mother. Speakers include Sharanpal Ruprai, Jan Horner, Hannah Green, Demetres Tryphonopoulos, Royden Loewen, and Rob Zacharias. This event is free and open to the public. Everyone welcome!

  • March 6, 2016: The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture (CCWOC, University of Manitoba) and the Institute for Women's & Gender Studies are facilitating a Social Justice Poetry Workshop with Amber Dawn from 2 to 5 pm in room 2M70 at the University of Winnipeg. Registration is required and space is limited, so be sure to contact as soon as possible if you're interested in attending the workshop. More details here.

  • March 5, 2016: CCWOC and IWGS present an evening with author and poet Amber Dawn at McNally Robinson (Grant Park) in the Atrium. The reading and signing session starts at 7 pm - click here for more details.

  • February 26, 2016: Dr. Michelle Owen and Dr. Nadine LeGier will be speaking on "Gender, Disability, and Emotional Labour in the Academy" for this month's DIALOGUES, organized by Dr. Jason Hannan (Rhetoric, Writing & Communications, University of Winnipeg). Please join us for a public forum on gender, disability, and emotional labour in the academy. Brief presentations will be followed by Q&A. All are welcome to join the discussion at 12:30 - 1:30 pm in room 3C12, University of Winnipeg

  • November 20, 2015: Dr. Daniel McNeil (Associate Professor, History, Carleton University) will deliver a public talk entitled “An American film critic, a British intellectual, and a Peruvian bear walk into a bar…: Civility and conviviality in the digital age.” Dr. McNeil is a prominent historian and cultural theorist specializing in twentieth and twenty-first centuries cultural and intellectual history; Black Atlantic Studies; British Cultural Studies; Critical Race Studies and Sexuality; and Migration and Diaspora Studies. His talk addresses the public intellectual work of notorious American film critic Armond White and celebrated British intellectual Paul Gilroy. In order to illuminate the idiosyncratic ways in which these writers both engage with intellectual work produced outside of academia, the talk will be interspersed with clips from the popular family film Paddington (2014).  In doing so, it argues that the slyly subversive film updates the well-known stories of the beloved bear from “darkest Peru,” which first appeared in print in 1958, in relation to post/colonial ideas about English politeness and Caribbean calypso – with the type of political intelligence and irony that has been demonstrated by Gilroy and White throughout their careers as cultural critics. The talk is moderated by Dr. Bruno Cornellier (English, University of Winnipeg). Everyone is welcome. 12:30 pm, 2M70, University of Winnipeg.

  • November 16, 2015: WGS Meet and Greet! 12:30 - 1:30 pm, 2M70, University of Winnipeg. More details here.

  • November 7, 2015: McNally Robinson Booksellers presents An Evening with Eileen Myles, one of America's most celebrated poets, novelists, and essayists, in support of the reissue of her classic Chelsea Girls: A Novel and I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems (Ecco Press) featuring special guest Roewan Crowe; 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium.

  • November 4, 2015: Please join us for the official launch of the special double issue of the Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, titled Caring for Difficult Knowledge: Prospects for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, co-edited by Angela Failler, Peter Ives, and Heather Milne and featuring contributions from 9 members of the University of Winnipeg community. The event will include a panel discussion by the editors with guests Mavis Reimer (Dean of Graduate Studies) and Michael Dudley (University of Winnipeg Library). Light food and beverages will be provided. All are welcome! Where: Convocation Hall, University of Winnipeg. When: 5:30pm-7:30pm, November 4, 2015. This event is sponsored by The President’s Office, The Office of the Associate Vice President of Research and Innovation, The Office of the Vice President Academic and Provost, the Office of the Faculty of Arts, and the Cultural Studies Research Group.

  • October 28, 2015: Please join us for a public lecture with renowned fairy-tale scholar Jack Zipes, as he screens some films and speaks to one of his current areas of research: Warping “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” or How Young People Are Belittled in Fairy Tales Twisted Against Them. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be served before the talk.

  • October 9-22, 2015: IWGS, in conjunction with Winnipeg Film Group, is co-sponsoring screenings of She's Beautiful When She's Angry at Cinematheque. Click here for more information and to buy tickets to a screening.

  • October 8, 2015: Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in partnership with The Institute for Women and Gender Studies, University of Winnipeg present A Full Head of STEAMM - Feminist Interventions in Science Technology Engineering Arts Math and Media featuring Mrs. Trixie Cane LIVE! A talk with artist and academic T.L. Cowan, in response to Plug In ICA’s current exhibition Aleksandra Domanovic: Mother of This Domain. Click here for more information on STEAMM.