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CAUT Bulletin Archives

September 2001

Seen But Not Heard: Aboriginal Women and Women of Colour in the Academy

Rashmi Luther, Elizabeth Whitmore & Bernice Moreau, eds. Ottawa: Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, 2001; 103 pp; paper, non-members $13.95CA; members $10.95CA.
This book, the proceedings of a symposium, focuses on the experiences of women of colour and aboriginal women scholars with issues of equity in the academy. The discussion begins with a summary of the editors' research on the experiences of faculty of colour and aboriginal faculty in Canadian universities. The presentations of four invited speakers follow. Patricia Monture-Angus describes her struggles with the process in securing tenure, as an aboriginal woman. Sherene Razack analyzes the role of the 'Native Informant' and the spaces that racialized immigrant women are allocated in the university. Wanda Thomas Bernard shares her personal struggle with the daily obstacles, the visible and invisible demands on her time and Joanne St. Lewis shows us how systemic racism in the university is demonstrated in the way we do our scholarship, our teaching, our interaction. This book calls for a 'new beginning' guided by the analysis and strategies presented.

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