Kouri-Towe’s research probes how we can better respond to inequality and violence through social engagement. She is looking forward to interacting with students in a meaningful way.
“I hope that students walk away from my courses with a greater sense of interest and curiosity in some of the topics we’ve examined, rather than a laundry list of facts about a specific subject matter,” she says. “I want the theories and ideas we discuss to help us all think differently about the world around us.”
Additions to the Simone de Beauvoir faculty also include assistant professor Genevieve Renard Painter, whose research examines law’s role in shaping the struggle for justice at local and global levels. Painter appreciated the Simone de Beauvoir’s reputation of connecting with the community. “The institute’s long track-record in women’s studies and feminist activism demonstrate a valuable effort to build bridges between the academy and activist, community and policy circles,” she says.
Painter says she finds her Concordia students to be motivated and hardworking. “They ask smart questions, and they come to the classroom with an open mind.”
Manning points out that the new hires are bilingual or trilingual and that this is an important element of the new vision of the institute.
“Language is world-making,” says Painter. “Being bilingual has opened up worlds for me — and not just the worlds I can access in my second language, but in the insights I gain into worlds in which I am reputed to be a native speaker.”
Kouri-Towe echoed these sentiments. “I’m inspired by the work of Debbie Lunny, who teaches at John Abbot College [in Ste.-Anne-de-Bellevue, Que.] “She recently presented her research at the Unsettling Feminisms conference, calling for the incorporation of more languages into transnational feminist curriculum and the classroom,” Kouri-Towe says.
“I’m hoping that by fostering connections to local, national and transnational groups and organizers, we can develop languages of commonalities across our differences to better respond to the challenges facing the world today.”