Program (2017-2018)

Spring 2018
Sex and the City

  • January 25: Panel: Social Justice and Sex-Work in the City of Victoria

    Panelists include Bobby Dick, Breanne Gornall, and Sarah Smith, facilitated by Rachel Phillips (Peers Victoria Resources Society)

    Image of Peers Panelists include Bobby Dick, Breanne Gornall, and Sarah Smith, facilitated by Rachel Phillips (Peers Victoria Resources Society)

    Panel: Social Justice and Sex-Work in the City of Victoria

    Abstract

    What is the relation between social justice movements and the sex-work industry in the Canadian city? This first City Talks event of the Spring 2018 series will explore this question and more through a panel discussion on social justice and sex-work in the City of Victoria, facilitated by Rachel Phillips, Executive Director of the Peers Victoria Resources Society.

    Thursday, January 25, 7:30 PM

    Legacy Art Gallery ~ 630 Yates Street, Victoria

    Free Public Event
  • February 22: Sex Workers Organizing for Change: Self-Representation, Community Mobilization, and Anti-Trafficking Work
    Annalee Lepp
    Associate Professor, Department of Gender Studies, University of Victoria

    This City Talk is co-sponsored by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union through the Jean Monnet EU Centre of Excellence at the University of Victoria.
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    Image of Annalee Lepp Annalee Lepp
    Associate Professor, Department of Gender Studies, University of Victoria

    Sex Workers Organizing for Change: Self-Representation, Community Mobilization, and Anti-Trafficking Work

    Annalee Lepp is an Associate Professor in Gender Studies at the University of Victoria and a founding member of the Canadian branch of the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW). GAATW, whose international secretariat is located in Bangkok, is a network of over 80 non-governmental organizations worldwide, including migrant rights organizations, self-organized groups of migrant workers, domestic workers, sex workers, and survivors of trafficking. The Alliance promotes and defends the rights of all migrant workers in the formal and informal work sectors in an increasingly globalized labour market and supports the decriminalization of sex work.

    Abstract

    In December 2017, the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) issued a statement in response to the European Union’s new priorities on trafficking in persons. Growing out of its recently released seven-country study on sex work organizing, GAATW maintained that there is one critical stakeholder – sex worker rights organizations - that have consistently been excluded from such high level discussions. Their work in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of everyone engaged in sex work has gone largely unrecognized, and they have more often than not been vilified by the anti-trafficking community. This talk will share the findings of GAATW’s seven-country study, which considered sex work organizing and anti-trafficking work in cities in Canada, Mexico, Spain, South Africa, India, Thailand, and New Zealand.

    Thursday, February 22, 7:30 PM

    Legacy Art Gallery ~ 630 Yates Street, Victoria

    Free Public Event

    This City Talk is co-sponsored by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union through the Jean Monnet EU Centre of Excellence at the University of Victoria.

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  • March 22: Sex-Work, Social Citizenship, and the Ethics of Care in the Contemporary City
    Ebru Ustundag
    Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Tourism Studies, Brock University

    This City Talk is co-sponsored by the BC Council for International Cooperation and the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union through the Jean Monnet EU Centre of Excellence at the University of Victoria.
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    Image of Ebru Ustundag Ebru Ustundag
    Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Tourism Studies, Brock University

    Sex-Work, Social Citizenship, and the Ethics of Care in the Contemporary City

    Ebru Ustundag is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies at Brock University. Ebru's primary fields of study include urban geography, citizenship studies, feminist geographies, geographies of sex-work, geographies of health and addiction, and scholarly-activism. Ebru is currently researching questions of social citizenship and the microgeographies of street-level sex workers in contemporary cities.

    Abstract

    Feminist geographers’ contributions to understanding power relations in relation to self, identity, subjectivity, and knowledge production currently shape contemporary theoretical and methodological discussions in geographical thought. Questions especially around the politics of social reproduction and struggles regarding the microgeographies of everyday life have been crucial topics of inquiry for the field where various debates have highlighted the contested constitutions of political subjects, subjectivities, and subjections in and through various spaces and across scales. Within these discussions, there has been a specific emphasis on understandings of the symbolic, physical, and legal violence that have marked women’s bodies and have profoundly changed the materiality of their everyday lives in the contemporary city. Urban feminist scholars have highlighted the marginalization and exclusion of any political subject that doesn’t fit into political imaginaries of particular dominant discourses. By incorporating debates around sex-work and social citizenship, this talk aims to map out the social geographies of contemporary cities—from North America to the European Union, and beyond—within the context of an ethics of care and scholarly activism.

    Thursday, March 22, 7:30 PM

    Legacy Art Gallery ~ 630 Yates Street, Victoria

    Free Public Event

    This City Talk is co-sponsored by the BC Council for International Cooperation and the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union through the Jean Monnet EU Centre of Excellence at the University of Victoria.

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