Toronto Book Launch: Feminist City

Feminist City: How to Build a More Just, Sustainable Toronto

November 26, 6pm Banting Institute on the University of Toronto Campus (Banting Institute (BI 131), 100 College Street) Toronto, ON


Who is the city of Toronto built for? How does our city actively re-enforce social inequalities? And, most importantly, how do we revolutionize urban life in the name of social equality and justice?

Esteemed community leader Kavita Dogra (Founder, We Talk Women) joins Human Rights activist Akio Maroon (Pride Toronto, Maggie’s Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, Toronto Childcare Collective, Grind Toronto) and author and Associate Professor of Women’s Studies (Mt. Alison University) Leslie Kern for a galvanizing discussion, exposing how our city is a site of ongoing gendered struggle. Together, they’ll lead a fiery exploration on how women and marginalized persons of all backgrounds can push back against systemic barriers designed to keep minorities “in their place,” and re-imagine a more sustainable, just Toronto that supports all of us.

Join us for a powerful, barrier-breaking discussion on how we can transform Toronto into a more feminist, inspiring and vibrant community.

This is event is generously co-hosted by the University of Toronto’s Geography and Planning Department.

Free entry. All welcome. Books available to purchase from Between the Lines.

  • Moderator: Leslie Kern, Author of Feminist City: A Field Guide and Associate Professor at Mount Allison University
  • Panelist: Kavita Dogra, Founder of We Talk Women
  • Panelist: Akio Maroon, Activist and Community Organizer (Pride Toronto, Maggie’s Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, Toronto Childcare Collective, Grind Toronto)

About Feminist City

“Feminist City: A Field Guide” combines memoir, feminist theory, pop culture, and geography to expose what is hidden in plain sight: the social inequalities built right into our cities, homes, and neighbourhoods. Focusing on gendered experiences of the city, the books grapples with the challenge of claiming urban space amongst barriers designed to keep women “in their place.” From the geography of rape culture to the politics of snow removal, the city is an ongoing site of gendered struggle. Yet the city is perhaps also our best hope for shaping new social relations based around care and justice.

Taking on fear, motherhood, friendship, activism, and the joys and perils of being alone, Kern maps the city from new vantage points, laying out a feminist intersectional approach to urban histories and pathways towards different urban futures. Feminist questions about safety and fear, paid and unpaid work, and rights and representation prompt us to dismantle what we take for granted about cities and open space to ask how we can build more just, sustainable, and care-full cities together.

Accessibility information Washrooms are located on the lower level, second, third, and fourth floors. The venue has a gender-neutral washroom, available on the second floor in the east hallway. All floors within the building, including the venue and washrooms, are wheelchair accessible and serviced by elevators. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if we can make this event more accessible for you.

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