Centre for Media, Culture and Education (CMCE)

Call for Proposals

Sexual, Racial and (Trans)Gender-based Violence Prevention in Higher Education: Possibilities and Limitations

Conference organized and hosted by the Centre for Media and Culture in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto 

November 1-3, 2019

City of Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

The Centre for Media, Culture and Education (CMCE) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto is pleased to announce a call for proposals for participation in a conference dedicated to violence prevention in higher education. The intertwined issues of sexual, racial and (trans)gender-based forms of violence are urgent issues locally and globally, calling for knowledge exchanges, research, and actions exploring the relational, intersectional, interdisciplinary, and globalized aspects of these phenomena.

This call for proposals invites explorations of the limitations and possibilities of violence prevention. By possibilities, we mean both practiced and yet to be imagined prevention approaches that stop sexed, (trans)gendered, and raced violence on college and university campuses world-wide. What can we learn from these successful practices? Are they transferable, expandable, and sustainable? By limitations, we mean those local, global, social, cultural, political, educational and institutional factors that inhibit, curb, or counter violence prevention initiatives rendering their aims unattainable. What are such inhibiting forces or structures? How can we overcome them?

This call arose from our desire to have conversations incorporating a diversity of experiences and standpoints so we can share and think through the most pressing challenges together. We are interested in individual papers, panel proposals, artistic/creative projects, poster presentations, or workshops that take up questions such as: 

  • How and who should determine the success or failure of violence prevention approaches enacted on college campuses? What tools are being used or needed to assess the effectiveness of campus-based violence prevention efforts?
  • What violence prevention initiatives have and could target cultural, material and behavioural aspects of sexual, gender-based and racial violence?
  • What is the role of media and popular culture in sexual, gendered and racial violence prevention in educational spaces?
  • How could violence prevention in tertiary education challenge racial, colonial, and ableist power structures and narratives that are root causes of violence?
  • How have critical race and feminist theories, Indigenous and decolonial epistemologies, queer theories, transnational feminism, and/or disability studies informed (or not) prevention interventions and approaches enacted by faculty, students, administrators, activists, and front-line support worker in and outside university and college campuses
  • How are state policies and structures working to further or inhibit violence prevention?
  • What are major barriers to violence prevention on college campuses?
  • How is prevention affected by local and global trends in higher education (e.g. intense internationalization and globalization, neoliberalism and privatization, digitalization, postcoloniality, and other forces shaping contemporary tertiary education)?
  • What is the relationship between ‘consent education’ and higher education where all participants prosper? What are the limitations not addressed in consent education?

We also welcome proposals outside the scope of the questions above that pertain to violence prevention in higher education.

The conference will take place in November 1-3, 2019 at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto in downtown Toronto, Canada.



Featured Speakers

Dr. Hijin Park

Dr. Hijin Park is Associate Professor of Sociology at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. She is an anti-racist, feminist legal scholar who specializes in an intersectional and structural analysis of violence, migration and the law. Dr. Park is one of the limited number of scholars who have published research that centres racialized sexual violence in the lives of international students and English as a Second Language students in Canada. Her research explores how violence occurs along an interconnected continuum and how everyday individual violence is structurally connected to systemic, institutional and national violence. Her most recent work is on how race, gender and madness shape legal constructions of racialized women charged with homicide in Canada, and on the various forms of everyday and structural violence experienced by racialized international students at Brock University. In doing so, Dr. Park theorizes all relations in Canada within the broader framework of white settler nationalism and neoliberalism.

Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez

Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez, National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow (2019) and Ford Fellow 2015-16; 2018-19) earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 2017 from University of Oregon. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child & Family Development at Wayne State University. Dr. Gómez has published over 45 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, scholarly writings, and pieces for the general public. Additionally, she is the lead co-editor of the upcoming special issue of Journal of Trauma & Dissociation—Discrimination, Violence, & Healing in Marginalized Communities (submissions deadline: 1 December 2019). Stemming from her cultural betrayal trauma theory, Dr. Gómez’ research examines the differential impact of violence and oppression in Black and other minority youth and young adults in the U.S., with a specific focus on college students’ experiences of sexual assault. She is dedicated to contributing work that has implications for youth who are subjected to both discrimination and violence.

Website: http://jmgomez.org . Twitter: @JenniferMGmez1

Suzanne Smoke

Suzanne Smoke, Ginew Kwe, Golden Eagle Woman is a member of Mississauga’s of Rice Lake, Alderville First Nation and she sits with the Bear Clan. Her most important role in community is being a life giver and Mother to her daughter Ogimaa Geeziko Kwe , Cedar Smoke, Head Woman of the Skyworld.

Suzanne works as Area Outreach and Program Coordinator for the Muskoka/ Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services working to stem the tide of violence against Indigenous women and girls. Currently she works in Anti Human Trafficking with Simcoe Muskoka AHT Coalition as well as U.S. Consulate Greater Toronto Area AHT Strategy. Currently she is working towards developing a 24 hour response protocol model to all Stakeholders working with both Indigenous and Non Indigenous agencies and service workers.

She is also the Executive Director of Biindigen Healing and Arts, a Not for profit Grassroots Agency serving the off-reserve population of Southern Ontario providing Culturally sensitive and culturally appropriate programming and healing.

Her knowledge base is in Women’s Traditional Teachings, Seven Stages of Life Teachings and she is also a Pipe Carrier and Sundancer with the Gathering of Sacred Pipes in Pipestone Minnesota. She is a Proud member of the American Indian Movement and Her extensive knowledge in Harm reduction, Trauma Informed healing methods come from over 30 years walking the Red Road with many Elders and teachers.

General Information for Panel and Round Table Presenters

  • Sessions are 75 minutes long.  If you are on a panel with 4 presenters, plan to speak for 10-12 minutes to allow time for discussion and questions at the end. If your panel has 3 presenters, plan to speak for no more than 16-17 minutes to allow for discussion.
  • Know the time and location of your session. If possible, visit the room prior to your talk so you have a sense of the space.
  • Inform yourself about slide projection and other equipment available in the room if you are using power point slides, images or audio. Make sure your presentation is formatted accordingly.
  • Arrive at the assigned room as early as you can and set up quickly to allow the session to start on time.
  • End your session on time – exceeding time makes it harder for the next set of presenters to prepare for their session, and causes your attendees to arrive late to their next session.
  • When presenting, try to speak out rather than read your paper so that your presentation is engaging and avoids the monotonous pace of reading a text.
  • Respect the other presenters and the audience and do not exceed your allotted time – doing so negatively impacts the others in the session. Practice your presentation prior to the conference to ensure that you are able to cover desired material in the allotted time.

Poster Session Information

Poster sessions present research or analysis on a topic by combining graphics and text on a “40”x 90″ board. The poster session presenter is available during an assigned session time in order to interact on a one-on-one basis with the attendees viewing the poster. A well-planned poster communicates its message in a visually and textually powerful way, allowing the attendee to grasp the information quickly.

You will be assigned a concurrent session time slot for presenting your poster; plan to set up your display 15 minutes before the session is to begin. The presenting author should be available throughout the session and be prepared to have the display removed no more than 10 minutes after the end of the session.  Keep in mind that all your text and illustrations will be viewed from a distance of more than three feet. All lettering should be at least 2/3″ high, 1″ for more important information, and preferably in bold font. Think of the images on your poster as a focal point of your work. Do not use images for filler. Avoid trite clip art and look for clear images to convey complex ideas. Photos with contrast (versus monochromatic images) will draw more attention. Be careful with web images. When enlarged and printed they can become pixelated or blurry. Test the quality of web images by zooming them 200- 300 % on your poster layout.

Moderator Information

Tips for Moderators

Please arrive early and make sure presenters are in the room and the A&V equipment is functioning. In case of technical issues, please contact a conference organizer.  

  • Sessions are 75 minutes. Time should be equally allotted between the presenters with time to spare at the end once everyone has presented, for audience Q & A.
  • Please start and end the session on time.
  • Open the discussion by introducing yourself and thanking the panelists for coming. Introduce each panelist by name, professional status (student, professor, etc.) and organization or institutional affiliation. (See program book, and check with them to ensure correct pronunciation if in doubt.)
  • Explain your role as moderator and time-keeper, be firm and tell each presenter that they have a specific amount of time for their presentation. Describe how the discussion will be organized, the general time frame, and the need to answer questions taken from the audience at the end. This will ensure that everyone gets a chance to present his or her research.
  • Make sure presenters do no exceed their allotted time.
  • End the presentation son time and invite questions or comments from the audience. Make sure no one dominates the Q&A session so as many individuals as possible have a chance to participate.

Canadian Visa Information for International Travelers

Please consult the official site of Government of Canada if you will require a visa to enter Canada. You can apply for visa on-line or by mail bit online application; however, the online application is free and processed faster. Make sure to check the visa application process in advance to allow time for processing and making sure you receive the visa on time for your travel. The fee for visa applications is $100 and higher depending on the country. Visit Canada Government official website for detailed information and the application form(s) at:



Wheelchair accessible and gender-neutral washrooms are available at multiple locations throughout OISE. An Accessible ramp can be found at the front entrance of the building. Accessibility requirements can be communicated at the time of registration.

If any additional accommodations are needed, please contact preventiontoronto2019@gmail.com. Request should be made as soon as possible.

Travel and Accomodation

The CMCE has reserved room blocks at both the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto ($179/night) and the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel ($219/night).


To book with the Courtyard by Marriott at 475 Yonge Street, please call 1-800-847-5075 and provide the code CHP. You can also book online here. This rate is valid until October 7, 2019.


To book with the Sheraton Centre Toronto at 123 Queen Street West, please call 1-888-627-7175 with the group name OISE Symposium Room Block. You can also book online here. This rate is valid until October 15, 2019

Conference Fees

Fee for community members and employees of organizations: 25$

Fee for students: $40

Fee for faculty members: $80

Unemployed and precarious workers: free