The IGR believes that we must challenge ourselves with new ways of knowing so as to conduct research on the edge: that is, research that shifts, expands, or balances between existing paradigms. We are, therefore, committed to pursuing and exchanging knowledge in ways that range from standard to taboo and with knowledge-seekers who traverse all walks of life and ways of knowing. This is a diverse and daring form of community engagement, a process of sparking innovation in the fields of gender and sexuality, and a search for new questions and better answers.
The processes of transformative research and the knowledge generated through them must in some way be tools for long-term, self-sustaining praxis. We must support a search for knowledge that becomes useful to us as researchers, the communities we are investigating, and, ultimately, the world, in creating positive change. Transformative research begets greater innovations. Once it has been conducted and its findings applied the researcher is free to move on to the next, equally powerful, project.
The Institute for Gender Research goals, priorities, and central beliefs consistently flourish from, and integrate, the University of Calgary Eyes High Vision and Strategy. Please feel free to inquire or check back for more details.
More details coming soon.
We are looking for more participants in Diversity Discourse Night on March 28th 6-9 pm, including student clubs and community partners! Please register and participate for free here. This event, just like the rest of the Symposium, is free and open to the public.
Currently, the IGR is working on its website, setting up social media accounts, looking for grad students that are doing work in gender and sexual diversity studies, putting together advisory boards, compiling related campus and community group listings, and looking forward to continued support from the Faculty of Arts, as well as the greater University community and it stakeholders! We're also stoked and busy with our upcoming events, and have already successfully hosted Kevin Allen's ever-popular talk on Queer History in Calgary and Courtney Trouble's groundbreaking work in Queer Porn Behind the Scenes with Courtney Trouble in addition to many other events.