Tuesday, November 26, 2019 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Banting Institute, Room 131 | 100 College Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 1L5 (map)
Feminist City Book Launch:
Feminist City: How to Build a More Just, Sustainable Toronto
Who is the city of Toronto built for? How does our city actively re-enforce social inequalities? And, most importantly, how do we revolutionize urban life in the name of social equality and justice?
Esteemed community leader Kavita Dogra (Founder, We Talk Women) joins Human Rights activist Akio Maroon (Pride Toronto, Maggie’s Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, Toronto Childcare Collective, Grind Toronto) and author and Associate Professor of Women’s Studies (Mt. Alison University) Leslie Kern for a galvanizing discussion, exposing how our city is a site of ongoing gendered struggle. Together, they’ll lead a fiery exploration on how women and marginalized persons of all backgrounds can push back against systemic barriers designed to keep minorities “in their place,” and re-imagine a more sustainable, just Toronto that supports all of us.
Join us for a powerful, barrier-breaking discussion on how we can transform Toronto into a more feminist, inspiring and vibrant community.
This is event is co-hosted by Between the Lines Books, ZG Communications, and the University of Toronto’s Geography and Planning Department.
Free entry. All welcome. Books available to purchase from Between the Lines.
Room 131, Banting Institute (BI 131), 100 College Street, Toronto
Leslie Kern, “Feminist City: A Field Guide” Author and Women’s Studies Professor at Mt. Alison University
Kavita Dogra, Founder of We Talk Women
Akio Maroon, Executive Board Member at Pride Toronto, Maggie’s Toronto Sex Workers Action Project; Founding Director of Toronto Childcare Collective and Grind Toronto
ABOUT “FEMINIST CITY”
“Feminist City: A Field Guide” combines memoir, feminist theory, pop culture, and geography to expose what is hidden in plain sight: the social inequalities built right into our cities, homes, and neighbourhoods. Focusing on gendered experiences of the city, the books grapples with the challenge of claiming urban space amongst barriers designed to keep women “in their place.” From the geography of rape culture to the politics of snow removal, the city is an ongoing site of gendered struggle. Yet the city is perhaps also our best hope for shaping new social relations based around care and justice.
Taking on fear, motherhood, friendship, activism, and the joys and perils of being alone, Kern maps the city from new vantage points, laying out a feminist intersectional approach to urban histories and pathways towards different urban futures. Feminist questions about safety and fear, paid and unpaid work, and rights and representation prompt us to dismantle what we take for granted about cities and open space to ask how we can build more just, sustainable, and care-full cities together.
Washrooms are located on the lower level, second, third, and fourth floors. The venue has a gender-neutral washroom, available on the second floor in the east hallway. All floors within the building, including the venue and washrooms, are wheelchair accessible and serviced by elevators. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if we can make this event more accessible for you.
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