At the final banquet and graduation ceremony for the Devs 305 Cuban Culture and Society course in Havana in May 2015, two Queen's students had the opportunity to meet the family of the woman who's scholarship they had won to attend the course.
Please join contributing authors Marc Epprecht and two DEVS MA alumni, Sarah Tuckey and Julia Hartviksen, in a discussion of the shift in Canada’s official language since 2006 from “gender equality” to a more paternalistic approach to women, girls, and sexual minorities. This represents a step back from international obligations on gender and development (GAD) which Canada helped craft over the decades. Its discourse frames women, girls and sexual minorities in the South as victims needing Canada’s charity and protection, largely omitting the relations of power and other deeper causes that perpetuate inequalities.
Global Development Studies is happy to announce that graduating student Jennifer Langill has been an awarded the OceanPath Fellowship for her individualized, interest-free micro-finance program that she developed in Laos, Southeast Asia.
Congratulations to Paritosh Kumar who was the recipient of the 2014-2015 W.J. Barnes Teaching Excellence Award. This is an annual award presented to deserving members of the Faculty of Arts and Science who have made a significant contribution to teaching.
Development Studies announces the Sonia Enjamio Award for study in Havana Two awards of $750 each are available to subsidize the program fee for students wishing to enrol in Global Development Studies 305 "Cuban Culture and Society," which takes place January-May 2015 at Queen's and in Havana. The Sonia Enjamio Award is named for former University of Havana professor Dr. Sonia Enjamio, (1945-2010). Dr. Enjamio, a history professor, was one of the founders and original teachers of the Queen's Cuban studies course. Preference for the award will be given to qualified upper year students, in any department.
For a week this August a group of students will live in the woods north of Kingston. Re-indigenizing People and Environments, an experiential learning course in the Department of Global Development Studies, has a small group of students engage with Indigenous theory and practice while learning to forage for food, build shelter and understand their environment. The course, now entering its second year, is taught by Bob Lovelace and Richard Day, professors in the Department of Global Development Studies. While students sleep every night in a structure they’ll build themselves, Mr. Lovelace’s house is nearby in the event of an emergency. Of course, they get some lessons in wilderness safety too. “Our re-indigenization course encourages students to foster a knowledge of their surroundings, which is something that is often lost in modern society,” says Mr. Lovelace. “With this course we hope to foster greater reliance on oneself, one’s community and the land.”
DEVS 305: Cuban Culture and Society Course 2015 Devs 305, an interdisciplinary course 6.0 unit course which also counts towards degree requirements in the departments of Film and Media Studies, Sociology, Languages, Literatures and Cultures and History, will be taught over Winter and part of Spring terms of 2015.
A collection of life experience of ten former and current Wema beneficiaries told in the girls' own words and explained with pictures that she has taken herself or selected to represent her story. Edited by Michelle Johnston, DEVS MA Candidate
Finding Inspiration in Bleak Times: Development Studies Student Perspectives. The following comments are from a panel of Queen’s undergraduate and graduate students who spoke on a panel in March in Professor Karen Dubinsky’s “Introduction to Development Studies: Canada and the “Third World” course, Devs 100. Collectively, they voice the joys, frustrations and difficulties that face many students as they think about the world today, and Canada’s, and their own, place in it. They were asked to reflect on the source of the inspiration for the research and community work they do, despite bleak circumstances. Here they do so with honesty and intelligence.
culty Statement in Support of Feminist Enquiry, Association, and Activism We, the undersigned faculty at Queen’s University, believe in and strongly support feminist enquiry, association, and activism in all societies where people’s status is demeaned on the basis of gender. Feminism has a long and complex history. It, like other political philosophies, has many variants, traditions and streams. Feminists rarely speak with one voice, and they are certainly not only female. But what we have in common is a commitment to equality of all kinds and an abhorrence of violence, both individual and systemic. We see the marginalization of women as complex and intertwined with racialization, colonization, class inequalities, sexual orientation, and global location. Feminists agree that education is key to changing cultures of physical, emotional, and sexual violence and to maintaining hard won rights that must actively be protected. We are outraged at the recent attack on a female Queen's student, as we are at all acts of violence. We write to show our support for feminist students and feminist work at Queen's and for everyone who speaks out against violence, discrimination, and injustice. We are proud to have the chance to work with students who are committed to social justice and equality.
It seems a meme is in circulation, to the effect that DEVS is no longer accepting upper year transfer students from within Arts and Science. That's false. What's on our departmental website is true. This confusion probably arose as some students (I'd say not surprisingly) read the term 'internal transfer' to mean 'internal to Arts and Science', whereas within the world of Queen's administration, it means 'internal to Queen's but external to Arts and Science'.
Congratulations to Professors Alex Da Costa, Karen Dubinsky, and Susanne Soederberg on your successful SARC funding.
Ali Tejpar article on HIVE Prevention Through Empowerment has been published in the Undercurrent Journal (the Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Development Studies) in their issue on gender and development.
Karen Dubinsky's co-edited anthology Habáname, la cuidad musical de Carlos Varela (The Musical City of Carlos Varela) was recently published in Havana by Centro Cultural Pablo de la Torriente Brau.
Stephanie Rudyk and Sarah Cheng awarded a fellowship through the Pathy Family Foundation Community Leadership Program to develop a mentorship program to help migrant children succeed in the international school system in Shanghai, China.
Carolyn Richardson (Artsci’13) is fascinated – no, obsessed – with a region in northwest China that borders Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. For several years, she’s plunged into research about China’s Xinjiang province, intrigued by its blended Middle Eastern and Chinese culture, and the predominantly Muslim Uyghur population.
Sara Korosi, M.A. Development Studies Queen's '13