Stay tuned for announcements regarding upcoming events and our second project symposium in September 2016.
April 20, and 21, 2016, “Cyberviolence directed at girls and women; a conversation with the social services”, presentation and interactive knowledge mobilization activity for two different Social Service Classes at Dawson College .
April 21, 2016, “Cyberviolence; Community perspectives on digital ethics” a presentation for Le Réseau des répondantes et répondants TIC (Réseau REPTIC), as part of their Learning conference, Fédération des cégeps which was held at Dawson College. The IT REP Network is a community of practice that brings together ICT pedagogical integration leaders from CEGEPS, and colleges in Quebec. They work with faculty members in their colleges to support the pedagogical integration of ICT. They also ensure that the ICT resource partners have a concrete impact in their communities.
April, 13, 2016, “Quality Screen Time…. Empowering Digital Citizens” was a webinar prepared as part of the John Abbott Educational Technology Presentations from John Abbott College Learning & Teaching Resource Center. The presentation was broadcast live on APOP online, for The Association for the Educational Application of Computer Technology at the Post-Secondary Level (APOP). APOP is nonprofit professional association, established in 1982, working to promote the pedagogical integration of IT (Information Technology) into teaching and learning. https://apop.qc.ca/en/perfectionnement-et-animation/diners-causeries/
April 5, 2016, “What is Consent?” The Atwater Library’s Cyberviolence project was part of a panel on consent at the Panel day at Place Cartier Adult Education Center, with representatives from table de concertation en matière de violence sexuelle, AJOI, CALACS and the West Island Women's Center.
March 07, 2016, “Women’s Day Presentation on Sexual & Cyber Violence Directed at Girls and Women” (in collaboration with The Sexual Violence Project: Conducted by the West Island CALACS in partnership with the Table de violence sexuelle dans l’Ouest-de-l’ile de Montreal), Presentation of findings from the cyberviolence needs assessment and the CALACS needs assessment was followed by an interactive activity with students whereby scenarios of sexual and cyberviolence affecting schools were presented. Students responded with feedback regarding policy and definitions. Students responded to a short questionnaire on definitions and policy. John Abbott College.
March 07, 2016, “Women’s Day Presentation on Sexual & Cyber Violence Directed at Girls and Women” (in collaboration with The Sexual Violence Project: Conducted by the West Island CALACS in partnership with the Table de violence sexuelle dans l’Ouest-de-l’ile de Montreal), Presentation of findings from the cyberviolence needs assessment and the CALACS needs assessment was followed by an interactive activity with students whereby scenarios of sexual and cyberviolence affecting schools were presented. Students responded with feedback regarding policy and definitions. Students responded to a short questionnaire on definitions and policy. Vanier College.
February 8, 2016, “The Efficacy of Participatory and Arts-Based Research with Young People in Cyber-Violence Studies” for Child Rights and the Criminal Justice System Class, Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Carleton University.
February 18, 2016, “Is the Internet a useful space for dialogue?” University of the Streets Community Conversation, Shanly Dixon Ph.D. presented the Atwater Library’s Cyberviolence Project as a vehicle to begin a conversation with community participants hosted at The Atwater Library and Computer Centre.
February 17th 2016, “Learning about Cyberviolence directed at Women and Girls – What can we do?” Presentation for training day on cybercrimes and sexual assault, organized by the Table de concertation sur les agressions à caractère sexuel de Montréal at University of Quebec.
February 5, 2016, Screening of the Film LOVE (Leave Out Violence), Documentary Film on Cyberviolence followed by a Presentation of Major Findings from the Needs Assessment and Round table discussion for a group of women and non-binary video game designers.
November, 23, 2015, “Cyberviolence directed at girls and women; An introduction to the issue”, a presentation to Dawson College Students at an event organized in support of Muslim Women, held at The Atwater Library and Computer Centre.
November, 12. 2015, “Cyberviolence and Resistance Strategies for Women.” YWCA Knowledge Exchange in Collaboration with Atwater Library and Computer Centre, held at The Atwater Library and Computer Centre. With presentations by Jessica Rose Marcotte, PhD candidate at Concordia University and game designer, and Sue Montgomery journalist and co-creator of the Twitter hashtag #BeenRapedNeverReported, Jackie Hall du YWCA (Canada)/Project Shift and YWCA Presentation, Shanly Dixon Ph.D. Atwater Library Cyberviolence presentation Followed by a Question & Answer period.
October 28, 2015, "The gendered nature of cyberviolence /le caractère genré de la cyberviolence", while cyberviolence can impact everyone it disproportionately impacts women and girls and the way it manifests towards them is unique, often targeting their very gender and sexuality. This presentation will explore the gendered nature of cyberviolence and will be based upon the findings from the Atwater Library and Computer Centre’s needs assessment for the project Helping Communities Respond: Preventing and Eliminating Cyberviolence directed at Girls and Young Women (funded by Status of Women Canada). The findings emerged from consultations with a broad segment of the Montreal Anglophone community including university, college and high school students, college faculty, school board personnel, video game community and industry, community organizations, law enforcement, etc. This talk will touch upon noteworthy insights and perspectives from the participants.
October 19, 2015, “Researching Cyberviolence Directed at Girls and Young Women as a Social Issue and Film Screening of LOVE (Leave Out Violence)” Documentary Film on Cyberviolence at the Cybercrime Course, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario.
October 15, 2015, “Presentation of the findings from the Preventing & Eliminating Cyberviolence directed at Women and Girls”, project to our neighborhood community followed by a discussion period to obtain community feedback at the Atwater Library and Computer Centre’s Lunchtime Series, The Atwater Library and Computer Centre, Westmount, QC.
May 02, 2015, An invitational symposium, "Minding the Gaps: Identifying strategies to address gender-based (cyber)violence".
- Concept Paper:
University of the Streets: Normalizing Cyberviolence in Video Games: Why is it ok?
Video games are the fastest growing form of mass media today. Traditionally seen as a male pastime, increasing numbers of women and girls are identifying as passionate gamers. At the same time, the cyberviolence directed at these women and girls in video game spaces seems increasingly virulent. This public conversation aims to explore how cyberviolence is enacted in online gamer communities: How is cyberviolence defined? Is there something unique about the online abuse directed at women as compared to the harassment directed at other communities? Do violent and misogynist behaviours in cyberspace risk making such attitudes seem normal in real life? How do we design strategies to prevent and eliminate cyberviolence while also respecting the agency of female gamers and their right to explore and express their sexualities and identities, both on and offline?
Sofia Guerrieri is a graduate from Concordia University, where she obtained a BA in Women’s Studies and Religion. She used to work as video game tester, and currently works as Project Coordinator on a Status of Women Canada funded project at the Atwater Library and Computer Centre where she also teaches computer courses and collaborates with the Digital Literacy Project as Gender Equity Specialist.
Renee Jackson has 15 years of experience in the field of Education, and is a PhD Candidate in Education at Concordia University. Her current area of research concerns video games for social change, and video games and gender. Renee has recently received an award in the name of Senator Nancy Ruth for work related to women and girls.