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Working-class women’s activism, the right to the city, and intergenerational storytelling


Mardi, mars 5, 2019 - 16:00 to 17:15
Cynthia Hammond

"Working-class women’s activism, the right to the city, and intergenerational storytelling" as part of Vanier College's events for International Women's week.

Special events are held in the college at various times to commemorate specific women’s issues. In March, the college has an entire week of activities dedicated to celebrating International Women’s Day (March 8).

"Working-class women’s activism, the right to the city, and intergenerational storytelling"

In this talk, Dr Cynthia Hammond will speak about the Right to the City pedagogical initiative (2014-17), which focused on Pointe-St-Charles, one of Montreal's most important post-industrial neighbourhoods. Using oral history, the expertise of local residents, and the physical environment of the neighbourhood itself, students learned first-hand about the local history of activism and resilience, much of it led by working-class women. These women organized around issues of education, housing, and access to food, and in the process developed a feminist consciousness that was specific to this neighbourhood. The lecture will explore how, in particular, working-class women played a central (but often forgotten) role in preserving the built environment of the Pointe - today one of its most important forms of heritage.

About Cynthia:

Cynthia Imogen Hammond's research-creation addresses situated knowledge and unexpected agencies within the city. Cynthia uses her art and writing to make visible the roles that women, elders, animals, and even plant life play in the shaping of urban environments. Her interdisciplinary, place-based work explores the right to the city through the its occupants. Her work has resulted in numerous publications, university-community partnerships, and collaborative, public art. She is Professor of Art History at Concordia University, and the Lead Co-Director of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling.

Photo credit: Brian Merrett, Fire Station no. 15, Pointe-Saint-Charles, c. 1970

Vanier College Auditorium A103 845 Ave. Sainte-Croix, Station Côte-Vertu

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