This session of Waterloo Women's Wednesdays features talks by two faculty members whose research explores women's use of writing machines and bilingualism in narratives to navigate against invisibility and marginality.
Lai-Tze Fan will uncover how writing machines (typewriters, word processors, and computers) have been associated with women's invisible labour since the late 19th C and will briefly discuss how women have since used them as communication tools to empower themselves through creative output, community building, and critical intervention.
Nicole Nolette will talk about women in Franco-Ontarian literature and their often invisible use of French and English. She will focus on a seminal work of Franco-Ontarian literature, the bilingual poetic narrative L’Homme invisible/The Invisible Man by Patrice Desbiens.
W3 events for the 2019-20 year are sponsored by Faculty Association of UW, Staff Association, the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Department of English Language and Literature, Department of Communication Arts, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Department of French Studies, Faculty of Engineering, and the Office of Research.
Vegetarian/vegan lunch from Copper Branch provided. Please bring a donation for the Period Purse (newly updated wish list includes: disposable or sustainable tampons/pads/cups, granola bars, washcloths, bar soaps, and wipes).