Nov 112013
Schedule and Location: Monday, May 26 3:30pm-5:00pm Concordia Seminary

Primary Session Category: Sociology of Family
Session Code: SoFam2
Session Format: Panel Discussion

Session Description: In 2014, the United Nations twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family, there will be a flourishing of conversations across the globe on family theories, policies, and challenges faced by contemporary families and family members.  At least a decade before this international recognition of the importance of researching family lives, Canadian feminist sociologists were – quietly or loudly – making critical scholarly and activist contributions to everyday family lives, theories, practices, and policies. This panel draws together an esteemed set of Canadian voices that have made seminal contributions to feminist and family sociologies. Each panelist is invited to reflect on: key challenges they faced in their early work; positive changes they have witnessed in family theories, policies and/or lives; their view on their most important contribution to the field; and a key issue facing families in the second decade of the 21st century.

This session is co-sponsored by the Brock University Social Justice Research Institute.

Session Organizers:
Andrea Doucet, Brock, Sociology,
Patrizia Albanese, Ryerson, Sociology
Kate Bezanson, Brock, Sociology


  • Meg Luxton, York University – Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
  • Bonnie Fox, University of Toronto – Sociology
  • Margrit Eichler, OISE/University of Toronto – Sociology and Equity Studies in Education
  • Tania Das Gupta, York University – Equity Studies
  • Ann Duffy, Brock University – Sociology

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