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CAUT Bulletin Archives

September 2003

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, 2003; 112 pp; paper $13.95 CA.
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. With anti-racist feminism as a theoretical framework, 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 her reclaiming of hope as a form of resistance in the university. Finally, Joanne St. Lewis shows us how systemic racism in the university is demonstrated in the way we do our scholarship, our teaching, our interaction and in every area of our historical and present existence "in the belly of the beast." This book concludes with a summary of the major themes and calls for "a new beginning," guided by the analysis and strategies presented.
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