Unsettling the University: Activism, Scholarship and the Political Inspirations of Mary-Jo Nadeau
Join us to celebrate the legacy of our colleague, comrade and friend
Date: Friday, April 8, 2022
Time: 10:30 am - 3:30 pm ET
Unsettling the University honours the intellectual and political legacy of Dr. Mary-Jo Nadeau (1965-2021). It is inspired by her work in three areas: scholarship, activism, and unionism.
These are the three inter-related areas of praxis in Mary-Jo’s world view and reflect the impact she left on many of us. The university was the site of much of her work, although not exclusively so, and extended into anti-poverty advocacy and Palestinian solidarity organizing both on and off campus. Ultimately, Mary-Jo’s political work alerts us to how institutions shape our social relations across space, time, race, class, gender and community.
This event consists of three panels each focusing on an aspect of Mary-Jo’s activism and scholarship: her dedication to anti-racist feminisms, Palestinian solidarity, as well as labour and academic freedom at the university.
For this event, we have assembled a group of scholars, activists, friends, colleagues and comrades to discuss the current moment across theory and practice in order to reflect Mary-Jo’s exemplary integration of scholarship and activism. Panelists will use the broad themes in her work as a basis to launch urgent conversations in relation to their own work—conversations Mary-Jo came back to repeatedly—about the transformation of social and political justice in contemporary planetary life.
10:30 am - 12:00 pm ET
Anti-Racist Feminism at the University and Beyond
Eve Haque - Opening Remarks
Muna-Udbi Ali - Living and Writing Anti-Racist Feminism: Reflections on the Works of Mary-Jo Nadeau
Sue Ferguson - Anti-racist Feminism, Social Reproduction and Racial Capitalism
Rinaldo Walcott - Undoing the University; Or Whatever Happened to Antiracist Feminism
Moderator: Gary Kinsman
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm ET
Lunch and Cultural Event
Moderator: Vannina Sztainbok
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm ET
The University as a Site of Struggle for Palestinian Solidarity and Freedom
Rafeef Ziadah - Disrupting settler-colonial solidarities in the neoliberal university
Alan Sears - Building Transformation from Below: Activism, Analysis and Effective Solidarity
Sheryl Nestel - Revisiting the "Palestine Test": How Suppression of Speech on Palestine is Experienced by Canadian Academics, Students and Activists
Moderator: Cynthia Wright
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm ET
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm ET
Working the University: Academic Labour and Academic Freedom
Saira Chhibber - Building capacity from within: precarity and solidarity in post-secondary labour activism
Bryan Palmer - Principled Politics and the University: Mary-Jo Nadeau at Trent
Steve Tufts - 'Meeting of the Lines': Lessons from a Lived Labour Life
Moderator: David McNally