Upcoming Events

Please join the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies for an author and donor appreciation night. Join current and former faculty members Coleman Nye, Jennifer Marchbank and Claire Robson, Ela Przybylo, and Mary Lynn Stewart (and perhaps a few special guests!) as they celebrate the launch of their latest books. We often don't take the time to celebrate and share our achievements, and so we hope that this evening will allow us to do that, and to spend some time with each other.

We will also celebrate the legacy of two very special community partners. Our long-time supporter Carla Poppen passed away this past May, and her generosity has led to a generous scholarship in her name for our undergraduate students.

We also welcome Patsy George, who will speak about the important legacy of her friend and our former Woodward Chair Rosemary Brown, in whose name we offer two annual Rosemary Brown Undergraduate Scholarships in Social Justice.

There will be appetizers, a cash bar, and plenty of time to socialize and celebrate with each other.
Details are on the poster, and please circulate freely.

Friday, March 23, 2018
7:30 pm
SFU Harbour Centre, room 1430, 515 West Hastings Street

If you can, please RSVP our Department Manager Roberta Neilson at gswsmgr@sfu.ca (for purposes of catering)

The Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies is proud to co-sponsor:


A talk by Asato Ikeda

5-7 pm, Wednesday, March 27, 2018
Room 7000 (7/F, Lohn Policy Room)
SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street


How do we—and can we at all— talk about sex, gender, and sexuality of early modern Japan without imposing contemporary North American values and preconceptions? This question was central to the process of organizing the exhibition A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto in 2016. The exhibition focuses on visual representations of male youths, called wakashu in Japanese, who were the object of sexual desire for both women and adult men in Edo-era Japan.

Presented in the form of an exhibition, the project necessitated engaging the past with the present and the general public with scholarship. In this presentation, Dr. Ikeda explains the process of this engagement and discuss the dialogues the team at the ROM and she had with Toronto’s LGBTQ+ community.

The talk is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Registration recommended.

Register for the event here:  http://www.sfu.ca/itcr/events/third-gender.html

GSWS at SFU invites you to

Should I go to Grad School?

Feminist and Critical Perspectives

Organized by Ruth Wynn Woodward Fellow Ela Przybylo

March 28, 2018, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Room AQ 5119 SFU (Burnaby Campus)



DANIELLE COOPER (Senior Researcher, Ithaka S+R)
Are You Sure You Want To Go To Grad School?

KJ CERANKOWSKI (Oberlin College)
Why You Should Go To Grad School, If You Choose To Go

(New Jersey City University and DePauw University)
Five Year Study on Hiring Trends in Gender, Women’s, and Feminist Studies

Worksheet: Should I go to Grad School?: The Pros and Cons



Workshop Package: SSHRC guidelines, SSHRC proposals from Bahrami, Boulay, and Nathan Flaig,
reference letter how-to, list of useful readings, handout on hiring trends (by Musial and Holmes),
forthcoming article by Kristina Gupta on “The Structural Vulnerability of Doctoral Students,” article by Melissa Autumn White, Carly Thomsen, and Stina Soderling “Critical Mass, Precarious Value?”

GSWS Majors and Minors +
GSWS grad students welcome.

The space is wheelchair accessible.

Please RSVP to gswsmgr@sfu.ca.

SFU is located on unceded Coast Salish Territory; the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Kwikwetlem First Nations.

The Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies proudly presents:

6 Years in Gay Conversion Therapy

Author Peter Gajdics reads from his book,

The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir

Thursday, March 29
7:00 pm

Simon Fraser University
515 West Hastings Street
Room: 1600

Free and open to everyone

Email: gswsmgr@sfu.ca

The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir is the true story of Canadian author Peter Gajdics’ six years in a form of “gay conversion therapy” in Victoria, B.C. Spanning decades and continents, the book details Gajdics’ recovery from the therapy after suing his former psychiatrist for medical malpractice, and touches on the universal themes of generational trauma, childhood sexual abuse, powerlessness in the face of adversity, self-acceptance, identity, and the recognition that we have within each of us a core essence that cannot be killed, or “changed.”

Peter Gajdics is an award-winning writer of essays, memoir and poetry. He is a recipient of a writers grant from Canada Council for the Arts, a fellowship from The Summer Literary Seminars, and an alumnus of Lambda Literary Foundation’s Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices. The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir is his first book.

The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir, nominee for the Publishing Triangle Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction


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