The Equity Studies Program in partnership with Social Justice Education at OISE invites you to:

A New College Disability Studies Speaker Series event 

It’s All in the Family: University Response to Intra/Intergenerational Trauma and Resilience

A lecture by Dr. Katie Aubrecht, Postdoctoral Fellow
Nova Scotia Centre on Aging, Mount Saint Vincent University

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Refreshments provided
  • Opening remarks and Q&A will have ASL interpretations
  • Scripts of lecture will be available

Please contact for additional information or accessibility concerns.

Lecture abstract:

All in the Family lecture posterThis presentation shares findings from an intersectional disability studies analysis of how universities care for students experiencing intra/intergenerational trauma. National and international university programs and practices related to intra/intergenerational trauma are examined, to understand how the Western cultural mythology of ‘normal family biography’ organizes race, gender and disability-based oppressions. The presentation closes with a reflection on the need for disability studies scholarship and activism which recognizes and engages multiple and contradictory interpretations of the family as a site for the reproduction of inequity, as well as a critical space of renewal and social change.

The title makes reference to Patricia Hill Collins’ (1998) “It’s all in the family: Intersections of gender, race and nation,” published in Hypatia, 13(3), in which she discusses the centrality of the family to intersectional analysis. This work will be discussed in light of representations of the family in university responses to intra/intergeneration trauma. By intragenerational trauma, I am referring to health inequities which occur within a student’s lifetime, which may or may not be related tointergenerational trauma, but which interact with and compound that trauma in deleterious ways. 

Dr. Katie Aubrecht’s Bio: 

Katie Aubrecht, PhD, is Past President of the Canadian Disability Studies Association – Association Canadienne des Études sur l’Incapacité and Associate Editor (Forums) Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal. She holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship at Mount Saint Vincent University, where she also works as Research Coordinator at the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging and teaches with the Department of Family Studies and Gerontology. Katie uses intersectional, postcolonial, and interpretive sociological theories and qualitative research methods to examine the social construction of ‘mental life’. Her research and teaching adopts a disability studies perspective, which privileges the lived experience of disability.

Date: November 17th, 2016
Start Time: 6:00pm
End Time: 8:00pm
Location: OISE Library, 252 Bloor St West