The inaugural lecture of the Shirley Greenberg Annual Lecture in Women’s Studies.

About the lecture

The inaugural lecture of the Shirley Greenberg Annual Lecture in Women’s Studies took place as part of the official launching of the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies on November 3, 1999. Established thanks to a generous donation from the Minto Foundation Development Funds, each year the conference showcases a distinguished speaker who played a significant role in the promotion of women. In keeping with the principle of alternating the language of presentation, the Shirley Greenberg Annual Lecture is given in one or the other of Canada's official languages.

2023 - Impérialisme et hétérosexualité: réflexion sur un angle mort
Joao Gabriel, PhD student in History, Johns Hopkins University

2022 - What is Anti-Colonial Notion of Literature?
BIlly-Ray Belcourt

2021 - Introduction à l'abolition de la prison et de la police,
Nathalie Batraville

2020 - Policing Black Lives
Robyn Maynard

2019 - Le droit à la sécurité chez les femmes autochtones : un droit vraiment acquis? 
Michèle Audette, Commissioner with the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).  
The 2019 conference in photos (PDF, 367KB).

2018 – Savage States: Settler Governance in an Age of Sorrow
Audra Simpson, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

2017 – La liberté ne pointait pas vers le Nord
Délice Mugabo, member of the Third Eye Collective and PhD candidate City University of New York

2016 – Archival Turns and Queer Affective Methods
Ann Cvetkovich

2015 – Alanis Obomsawin : une femme Wabanaki. Les temps d'une vie
Alanis Obomsawin, film director and engraver
The conference in photos (PDF, 800KB)

2014 – Willfulness: A Feminist History
Sara Ahmed, professor, Race and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London

2013 – Combat de la femme écrivain
Marie-Claire Blais, novelist

2012 – Homonationalism Gone Viral: The Affective Politics of Sensation
Dr. Jasbir Puar, professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University

2011 – Apparence ou réalité?
Anne Claire Poirier,producer, director, screenwriter and editor

2010 – Decolonizing Social Justice: The Anti-Violence Movement and the Non-Profit Industrial Complex
Dr. Andrea Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside and co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color against Violence and the Boarding School Healing Project

2009 – Les femmes du monde
Céline Galipeau, newscast anchor Téléjournal, Radio-Canada

2008 – Three Shots Heard ‘Round the World: HPV Vaccines and the Politics of Women’s Health
Dr. Abby Lippman, professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health at McGill University and Chair of the Policy Advice committee, Canadian Women's Health Networ.

2007 – L’instrumentalisation des religions menace-t-elle la démocratie et les droits des femmes
Fatima Houda-Pepin, Députée de La Pinière de l’Assemblée nationale du Québec

2006 – Mother Earth/Earth Mother: The Relationship of Feminists, Eco-Feminism and the Environment
Elizabeth May, lawyer, environmental activist, Officer of the Order of Canada and Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada

2005 – Des terrains à labourer pour les féministes
Monique Simard, producer and executive director of Virage Productions

2004 – HIV/AIDS in Africa: Gender Inequality is Fatal
Stephen Lewis, UN Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa, Companion of the Order of Canada, feminist activist and creator of the Stephen Lewis Foundation

2003 – Montée de la droite et droits des femmes : doit-on s'inquiéter?
Françoise David, militante du mouvement des femmes au Québec

2002 – Cultural Nationalism and the Woman as the Subject of the Nation
Dr. Himani Bannerji, professor in the Department of Sociology at York University, she teaches in the areas of anti-racist feminism, Marxist cultural theories, gender, colonialism and imperialism and is involved in anti-racist and feminist activism

2001 – Nature géante des mots et du silence. Autour de l'identité
Nicole Brossard, feminist, poet, novelist and essayist

1999 – Re-Rooting Feminism. Eyes on the Campus; Arms Out to the Community
Michele Landsberg, Award-winning Staff Columnist for the Toronto Star. Author and activist in the Canadian feminist community