We acknowledge that this event is taking place on the ancestral, traditional, unceded and occupied Indigenous territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, and in particular, the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) peoples. The xʷməθkʷəy̓əm territory on which UBC Point Grey campus is located is unceded, that is, it was never surrendered, relinquished, or handed over by xʷməθkʷəy̓əm to Canada or British Columbia through a treaty or other means; it is sovereign and unsurendered.
"Gender and Race in a Capitalist Society" is the first event in the series of roundtable discussions on the "Face of Modern Capitalism" that will be happening this year. The overarching goal of these discussion series is to create alternative discourse spaces for students and scholars to engage in critical discussions about the development of Western capitalism and the contemporary social and economic issues facing us. This event will be bridging the gap between scholarship from Sociology, Geography, Organizational Behavior, Gender and Critical Race Studies to contemplate how gender and racial factors affect individuals living in a hyper-capitalist society.
Some of the other questions that will be explored during the discussion include:
In which ways do systemic racism and sexism continue to exist in the workplace? What are the misconceptions behind reverse oppression (e.g. sexism/racism)?
How does capitalism relate to gender and racial oppression?
Does the global capitalist system create the gendered and racialized division of labour? If so, how?
Do capitalist institutions appropriate feminism and anti-racism in name only through embracing corporate diversity as a PR tactic?
What are the implications of Sheryl Sandberg’s trickle-down corporate feminism?
Format: A round-table format allows students to interact with scholars and experts on a more equal and accessible level compared to speaker panels or lectures.
Elizabeth Bowker (UBC Sauder)
Jennifer Berdahl (UBC Sauder, Gender and Diversity in Organizations)
Sylvia Fuller (UBC Sociology, Work and Labour, Inequality, Gender)
Litsa Chatzivasileiou (UBC GRSJ, Feminist Philosophy and Cultural Theory)
Siobhán McPhee (UBC Geography, International Division of Labour)
Elizabeth Hirsh (UBC Sociology, Sex and Race/Ethnic Employment Discrimination)
John Paul (JP) Catungal (UBC GRSJ, Critical Race Studies and Homonationalism)
Geraldine Pratt (UBC Geography, Labour, Migration and Gender)