Official CSA-SCS Statement

Sep 13 2015

To members and friends of the Canadian Sociological Association,

As many of you are aware, public threats against women and feminists at the University of Toronto were posted anonymously online recently; the comments included statements urging violent actions oriented against persons teaching and taking feminist-related courses in Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies classrooms (please see

http://news.utoronto.ca/police-investigating-online-threats-targeting-women-feminists-u-t 

and

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/violent-online-threats-against-women-put-university-of-toronto-police-on-alert-1.3223590). 

The Executive Committee of the Canadian Sociological Association has prepared a statement (see below) condemning these and other violent and misogynist threats,  expressing its solidarity with members of the two Departments.

Professor, Meg Luxton, has shared a message which you can download and post in your department.  "A Feminist Professor Works Here - Stand Up to Violence Against Women"  and "EN SOLIDARITÉ AVEC NOS COLLÈGUES DE L’UNIVERSITÉ DE TORONTO"

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Terry Wotherspoon, President

 

September 14, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

The Canadian Sociological Association is alarmed and saddened by the news of violent and misogynistic threats against feminist faculty and students affiliated with and teaching in the Women and Gender Studies Institute and the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto.

Such threats are unacceptable in an open and democratic society and fly in the face of the pursuit of knowledge. Differences in perspective should be met with debate and reason, not violence.

The Canadian Sociological Association stands in full solidarity with the students and faculty of the Women and Gender Studies Institute and the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto.

Endorsed by the Executive of the Canadian Sociological Association:

Terry Wotherspoon, President

Howard Ramos, President Elect

Linda Gerber, Past President

Jim Conley, Treasurer

Mervyn Horgan, Secretary

Tracey Adams, Canadian Review of Sociology Managing Editor

Elke Winter, Chair - Equity

Catherine Corrigall-Brown, Chair - Policy, Ethics and Professional Concerns

Janet Siltanen, Chair - Research Advisory

Louise Birdsell-Bauer, Chair - Student Concerns

Tina Fetner, Communications Officer

Official Statement - English

français

 

14 septembre, 2015

La Société canadienne de sociologie est alarmée et attristée par les nouvelles sur les menaces violentes et misogynes contre les professeur.e.s et les étudiant.e.s féministes affilié.e.s et enseignant à l’Institut d’études des femmes et du genre et au Département de sociologie de l’Université Toronto.

Des telles menaces sont inacceptables dans une société ouverte et démocratique. Elles vont à l’encontre des principes mêmes de la quête de connaissance. Les différences de perspective sont à traiter à l’aide du débat et de la raison, et non par la violence.

La Société canadienne de sociologie se déclare entièrement solidaire avec les étudiant.e.s et les professeur.e.s de l’Institut d’études des femmes et du genre et du Département de sociologie de l’Université Toronto.

Approuvé par le Comité exécutif de la Société canadienne de sociologie.

Terry Wotherspoon, Président

Howard Ramos, Président élu

Linda Gerber, Président sortant

Jim Conley, Trésorier

Mervyn Horgan, Secrétaire

Tracey Adams, Rédactrice en chef de la Revue canadienne de sociologie

Elke Winter, Directrice - Équité

Catherine Corrigall-Brown, Directrice – Politique, éthique et affaires professionnelles

Janet Siltanen, Directrice – Conseil en recherche

Louise Birdsell-Bauer, Directrice – Affaires étudiantes

Tina Fetner, Agente de communications

Official Statement - French

 

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