The Centre for Feminist Research Presents:
Rethinking the Role of the Critical Intellectual:
Liberating or Colonizing?
Talk by Dr. Elaine Stavro, Trent University
Introduced by Dr. Jacinthe Michaud, York University
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Location: 305 Founders College, York University
Accessibility: FREE event! Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments provided. Founders College is wheelchair-accessible. Gender-neutral bathroom on 1st floor. Single-stall, accessible bathroom on 3rd floor. Wayfinding signs will be posted. Please RSVP with dietary needs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the Algerian War (1954-62), Djamila Boupacha, a member of the Algerian independence movement Front de Libération Nationale (FLN), was tortured and raped by French soldiers to gather information. In protesting her torture, Boupacha’s lawyer solicited Simone de Beauvoir’s assistance to mount her defense. De Beauvoir’s intervention raises the question of whether an intellectual can represent a marginal group or, whether it is impossible to escape appropriating minority voices and thereby contributing to their disempowerment.
Bio: Dr. Elaine Stavro is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Trent University. She has recently published "Emancipatory Thinking: Simone de Beauvoir and Contemporary Political Thought" (2018) with McGill-Queen's University Press.
Copies of the book available for purchase!
Co-Sponsors: Founders College, Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, and the Department of Politics at York University.