Join us for an open conversation about gender, moderated by Public Scholar and doctoral candidate Maxine Iannuccilli, psychology researcher specialized in the acquisition of gender stereotypes and their effects on behavior.
Everyone has their own unique experience with gender. This conversation creates a space that encourages active participation, inviting attendees to share their experiences and perspectives on the intricate tapestry of gender and its societal implications. We seek to bridge gaps, connect with lived experiences, and stimulate discussions that challenge existing notions about gender.
Guest speakers will facilitate the discussion in the aim of fostering a co-constructed dialogue among all attendees. The goal is for everyone to leave with a fresh perspective informed by shared insights, ultimately contributing to a deeper understanding of how society constructs the meaning of gender and perpetuates stereotypes that influence our lives and wellbeing.
How can you participate? Join us in person or online by registering for the Zoom Meeting or watching live on YouTube.
Celeste Trianon is a transfeminine jurist and activist located in unceded land traditionally in the custody of the Kanien’kehá:ka. Her work is centered notably around tackling the administrative and juridical barriers trans people consistently face in day-to-day life, all while facilitating trans joy and the celebration of queerness in its various forms. Legal clinic for trans people (name and gender marker changes).
Fabien L'Amour (he/him) is the drag king alter ego of Felicia Latour (she/her), a journalist, educator and performer based in Montreal since 2021. The name Fabien L'Amour is a French play on words meaning « makes love well » and as a character, he's the ultimate incarnation of the "sadboi" trope and an imperfect answer to toxic masculinity.
Performing around the village, the city and the province, including Montreal Pride, Fabien enjoys combining theatre, danse and the art of lip-sync to create powerful numbers that tackle gender, mental health, geopolitics and our shared histories.
Francesco MacAllister-Caruso (he/they) is a Ph.D. student in political science at Concordia University, where they study the political representation and citizenship of trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people in Québec and Canada. Beyond his studies, Francesco works as a Francophone Content Strategist for the Community-Based Research Centre.
In this role, he helps produce knowledge mobilization products on the health and well-being of 2S/LGBTQ+ people geared toward French-speaking audiences across the country. Francesco has over ten years of experience in the non-profit sector, currently serving as Co-Chair of Capital Pride in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Their lived experience and academic training inform their perspective on and enthusiasm for grassroots political movements for equity-deserving groups.
Dalia Elsayed is a PhD candidate in the Department of Education at Concordia University. Dalia’s research focuses on race, identity, intersectionality, and feminist epistemology. Her scholarship seeks to understand blackness in a global perspective focusing particularly on the experiences of Black graduate students in Canadian institutions.
In doing so, Dalia is interested in understanding the different narratives and frameworks that contribute to the construction and articulation of Black identity/identities globally.
Mumbai born Keith Trevor Fernandez is a multifaceted artist having worked primarily in the realm of theater creation and performance. Channeling his drag persona KAJOL, he is developing a new piece of interdisciplinary theatre shaped around his nomadic lifestyle and the understanding of his hybrid identity - a combination of Drag, LipSync, Musical Theatre and South Asian Folk dance.
In his short time in Montreal, Keith has worked as a performer, director, dramaturg, EDI & artistic associate and stage manager at The Segal Centre for the Performing Arts, Imago Theatre, Infinitheatre and Montreal Arts Interculturels. In 2024, KAJOL brings her sustainable drag practice to the general public with a series of workshops in partnership with the Centre for Creative Reuse.
Sandy Donald (she/they) is a transfeminine multimedia creator and community organizer, working primarily in the spheres of queer issues and substance abuse prevention. They ran for city council in 2021 as an openly non-binary candidate, alongside their job of content creator. Since, she has been involved in the Defund the Police coalition, as well as volunteer work with sober communities as well as the seemingly part time job of funding and coordinating a physical and medical transition.
2024 promises to be a year of development and discovery for Sandy, where she aims to get more involved with her community and self.
Ann-Louise Howard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University where she focuses on organizational development and change. Her doctoral research focuses on women engineers’ experience of suffering in the workplace and illuminates the sometimes dangerous, covert, gendered dynamics of engineering that help maintain the status quo. Before shifting to academia, she worked in the high-tech sector in the fields of engineering, program management, ethics, and organizational development. In addition to her Doctor of Philosophy from Concordia University, she holds a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University and a Master of Arts in Human Systems Intervention from Concordia University.
Gabrielle Brassard-Lecours est journaliste, productrice de podcasts et cofondatrice du média Pivot. Elle a publié des reportages dans la plupart des médias québécois, a présidé l’Association des journalistes indépendants du Québec et a enseigné le journalisme à l’Université Concordia. Elle a aussi co-dirigé un ouvrage sur le journalisme, Prendre parole, publié chez Somme Toute en 2021. Avec Femmes Expertes, elle s’appuie sur son expérience dans les mondes académique et médiatique pour mieux faire entendre la voix des femmes dans les médias francophones.