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Presenters

Jane Arscott: Athabasca University: A Women’s University?

Connie Blomgren: News media and digital narratives: Exploring digital stories

Cathy Bray: An exploration of church-school connections in the last residential school to run in Canada

Gloria Filax: Producing Sexual Minority Youth in Alberta: 1992 – 1998

The 1990’s were a significant time in the province of Alberta for ‘queer youth’ because of the challenges faced by sexual minorities from a provincial government that had as its mission statement for K-12 ‘excellence for all students’ while actively challenging the human rights of sexual minority community members. My presentation asks "how do queer youth make sense of their place within a province where contradictory messages about who and what belongs pulse through their schools, homes, and communities".

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Raphael Foshay: overview of present research directions

Fil Fraser: What I have learned through my research in film and media.

Paul Kellogg: The great recession, the North American workplace, and the 1930’s ‘analogy trap’.

This presentation: a) underlined the power of the intellectual frameworks created by the traumatic experience of the 1930s; b) documented the way in which this has permeated approaches to work and the economy during the 2008–2009 Great Recession; c) demonstrated empirically the difficulties with making such analogies (through an examination of wage rates, household size, dependency-ratios, etc.) and; d) suggested some new directions for research that might better deal with the 21st century reality of work during periods of recession.

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Nanci Langford: summary of recent research activity

Reinekke Lengelle: Narratives "at work": Can creative and expressive writing facilitate career development? To be followed by a short reading.

Navigating the world of work is no longer about knowing the market and matching opportunties to a set of skills or aptitudes. One can only survive and thrive in the world of the ‘boundaryless’ career if an awareness of life themes is cultivated and developed. One way to explore this is through writing; writing which is aimed at personal and professional development. At the symposium Lengelle spoke about her own career journey and what led her to the work she is doing now where she facilitates students and others in using expressive and creative writing to know themselves and discover where they ‘fit’ professionally.

Leslie (Main) Johnson: The Ethnobiologist’s Eye and Hand-Weaving: a Tale of Northwest Coast Textile Traditions

Mark McCutcheon: The copyfight; Canadian science fiction and social media

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Karen Nielsen & Ann Marie Dewhurst: Emerging research on reaching for a good life: a group application of the Good Lives Model of offender rehabilitation for men who are abusive in intimate relationships.

This presentation will describe the Good Lives Model of offender rehabilitation applied to men who have been abusive within an intimate adult relationship. Preliminary results and evaluations from the first 6 months of the program will be presented. This program differs from many cognitive behavioural approaches to abuse prevention. These differences will be explained. The program design emphasises the therapeutic alliance, engaging men in a genuine change process, and the arousal-management issues that underlie a man's decisions to be aggressive. A restorative justice approach is integrated. Risk assessment and the effective communication of dynamic risk factors to stake holders is an important part of this program. The effectiveness of the model is evaluated with an ongoing process that begins with the training of program facilitators and includes weekly feedback from group participants as well a pre- and post-testing of participants.

Collette Oseen: "Working together differently: Alternative modes of working/New ways of working." (summary of paper presented at Gender, Work and Organization Conference in June, 2010)

Emma Pivato: An interdisciplinary research project: 30 years to solve a problem

This presentation considered some of the overlap between human and animal abilities, referencing an individual considered to have profound developmental disabilities and a particularly smart dog. It concluded that the resulting overlap between the two in terms of functioning did not diminish the humanity of the former but rather pointed towards the general human insensitivity towards the latter, his kin and other species within the animal realm.

This overlap in functioning would be obvious, and in fact probably is, to many animal lovers, but our awareness is impeded by the communication barrier across species and by the exploitative tendency among all animals, including humans, to use more vulnerable species for food and other benefits. The functioning of individuals with such severe disabilities that they cannot communicate directly highlights the fact that many other species have thoughts and feelings we have willfully dismissed in order to still our collective conscience while we make use of them in various ways.

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Carolyn Redl: Subjectivity in Arctic Women’s Narratives

The study of subjectivity in Arctic women’s narratives includes narratives written by non-indigenous southern women with European roots and those initially told and interpreted through translation but increasingly written by indigenous Arctic women. Not only does the term "Arctic women" apply to vastly different groups of women, but also the term "subjectivity" has two different but somewhat overlapping meanings. In one, it means "based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions," and may be best understood by considering its opposite, objectivity. In literary criticism, subjectivity refers to the "I" that overtly or covertly narratives the story. Five texts set in the Arctic reveal the degree to which the narrative "I" deconstructs and subverts conventions and evades the colonial and patriarchal gaze while, at the same time, perceives and adjusts her own subjective perception of the Arctic and its people: Mary Hitchcock’s Two Women in the Klondike. The story of a journey to the gold-fields of Alaska (1899), Isobel W. Hutchison’s North to the Rime-ringed Sun, being the record of an Alaskan-Canadian journey made in 1933–34 (1934), Helen Thayer’s Polar Dream. The heroic saga of the first solo journey of a woman and her dog to the Northwest Passage (1993), Victoria Jason’s Kabloona in the Yellow Kayak. One woman’s journey through the Northwest Passage (1995), and Dianne Whelan’s This Vanishing Land. A Woman’s Journey to the Canadian Arctic (2009).

Derek Stovin: The new place of adjunct professors in academia

George Tombs: The conflict between evidence based and fluff based journalism

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Updated July 10 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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