November is a few days away, and with it comes two deadlines you should be aware of:
1) CWILA's Critic in Residence competition closes on November 1.
2) Abstracts for Discourse & Dynamics: Canadian Women as Public Intellectuals are due October 31.
Both the Critic in Residence position and the Discourse & Dynamics conference hinge on the fundamental belief that women have a crucial role to play in working towards a more egalitarian future for people living in Canada. If you're reading this blog then I suspect that point isn't one you need to be convinced of; however, it is also almost November. If you're reading this then chances are you have some affiliation with the Academy as well. Whether you're a graduate student, sessional, adjunct, precariously or under employed, tenure track, or tenured faculty member we know that this time of year is busy. It is easy to let deadlines slip by. Here are three reasons to consider speaking in public, whether in an application to CWILA's CIR, or in a proposal for a presentation to Discourse & Dynamics, or simply to circulate these and other opportunities to speak up and speak out.
1) Indigenous women are leading the fight for land rights and environmental protection against a government that does not respect Indigenous peoples and their rights.
2) We live in a country saturated with rape culture: from the chants on university campuses, to the ongoing systematic violence against women, to violently engendered language. For example, I just learned about #rapeface this morning, but apparently it has been in circulation for a few years. Speaking out against violence is one step, speaking with people -- especially young people -- about it is another crucial step towards eradicating rape culture.
3) We need more images like this one of women celebrating the recognition of their lifetime achievements.