Students share critical and creative responses to ending sexual violence as part of research forum

January 28, 2021 | Society

For the fourth year in a row, the Office of Sexual Violence Prevention, Education and Response teamed up with the Office of Research Services to host the Ending Sexual Violence (ESV) Research Forum.

The forum is an opportunity for students and recent graduates from all disciplines to submit and, if selected, present their papers, projects and creative works relating to sexual violence.

"Every year, I come away with having learned something new or thinking about new questions," says Roxanne Runyon, MacEwan's Sexual Violence Prevention and Education coordinator. "This year was no exception. The students impressed us with their creativity and sophisticated work on this topic."

This year's recipient of the Student Research Award was Lindsey Gartner, an English major in the Bachelor of Arts program, for her abridged English Honours thesis, Intersectionality and Empathy in Afrofuturist Feminist Dystopian Narratives.

"During the process of writing my thesis, my intention was to produce work that is relevant and challenges people to perhaps think a bit differently about the world around them," says Gartner. "Winning the award reinforces that my work contributes to conversations in English studies and narrative theory, but is also accessible, relevant and interesting for audiences beyond those fields."

Works and research presented included:

  • Emma Ash, Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology)
    Alberta Eugenics

  • Beverly Michel Baluyot, Bachelor of Social Work
    Violence Against Aboriginal Women, an infographic exploration of Canada's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

  • Lindsey Gartner, Bachelor of Arts (English Honours) alum
    Intersectionality and Empathy in Afrofuturist Feminist Dystopian Narratives

  • Shantel Heit, Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music
    "Broken Hearts of Us All" – marking the first time that a music composition has been part of the research forum

  • Leyla Seyidova, Bachelor of Arts (English) alum
    Politics of Gender in Azeri-Russophone Literature

Gartner adds that she was inspired by the intersectional approach that the other students took in their presentations. "An intersectional approach allows us to widen our lens on how we perceive people’s social position and their experiences," she says. "This lens enables a deeper understanding of the topics we discussed and the overlapping social factors that impact an individual's experiences."  

Ending Sexual Violence: Student Research Forum

If you're a MacEwan student who has completed a paper, project or creative work that engages with the topic of sexual violence, you are invited and encouraged to submit your work to the Ending Sexual Violence: Student Research Forum.

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