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Scholars Countering Intersectional Racism and Oppression

“The process of ending racism in thought and action is always a mutual enterprise. All our power lies in understanding when we should teach and when we should learn.”

bell hooks (2003)

Focus and Mandate of the Research Cluster: Scholars Countering Intersectional Racism and Oppression

The Scholars Countering Intersectional Racism and Oppression (SCIRO) Research Cluster seeks to focus on anti-racism and anti-oppression scholarship and pedagogy across academic disciplines. More specifically, the cluster highlights and works against blockages to equity experienced by racialized individuals.

Using an intersectional and integrative approach, the intent is to bring together scholarship from the CUE community that promotes equity and inclusion through an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens. The cluster’s work seeks to enhance scholarship and pedagogy in our community with an equitable approach to knowledge creation and mobilization, including explorations of alternative forms of knowledge generating and teaching.

While the focus remains within our CUE community, this work is not done in isolation. We will form partnerships with communities outside of CUE such as other research institutions and community organizations as a means to form collaborative working relationships.

Supporting students is also a goal of the cluster. Student support will look like mentorship through volunteer opportunities, learning at monthly salon or workshop sessions, as well as opportunities to engage in research which aligns with the mandate of our cluster.

Objectives and Intended Outputs

  • Research cluster community for scholars to share and learn from anti-racist, anti-oppressive and related works.
  • Resources and collaborative learning opportunities for the CUE community.
  • Potential for interdisciplinary work amongst the cluster and with the cluster through collaborative research projects.

Group Members

  • Teresa Fowler, Co-Leader and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education.
  • Ian Davidson, Co-Leader and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts.
  • Carmen Arth, Assistant Professor, Psychology, Faculty of Arts.
  • Elizabeth Coker-Farrell, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Management.
  • Mai Hussein, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts.

Friends of the Cluster

  • Simmee Chung, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education
  • Brent Bradford, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Physical Education & Wellness
  • Valerie Henitiuk, Vice-President Academic and Provost
  • Muna Saleh, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education

Relevant Scholarship

Coker-Farrell, E. (In Progress). Working from Home due to Covid_19 Situation; Impact on Employee’s Mental Health.

Coker-Farrell, E. (In Progress). What is the state of your mental health now that you are schooling from home?

Davidson, I. J. (2020). Personal politics: The rise of personality traits during the century of eugenics and psychoanalysis. [Doctoral dissertation, York University].

Davidson, I.J. (2020, June). The libertarian personality: The politics of heredity in the Cold War history of trait psychology. Paper accepted for 2020 Joint Meeting of the European Society for the History of the Human Sciences (ESHHS) and Cheiron: The International Society for the History of the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, USA.

Fowler, T.A. (2020). Sensors, metal detectors, cement barricades, and extra security: How “studying up” reveals the tensions in accessing Whiteness in educational research. Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education, 19(1), 22 – 37. http://www.freireproject.org/taboo/

Fowler, T.A. (2019). A #selfie meritocracy in educator professional development:  Generating complacency through self-reflection. Canadian Journal for New Scholars, 10(2). https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/cjnse/article/view/53057

Hussein, M. (2020). The crossroad of identities in Wajdi Mouawad’s Littoral: a rhizomatic approach of identity reconstruction through theatre and performance. Association of Modern & Contemporary France – Annual conference, Online conference (University of Leeds) – “Exile, Home and Belonging”.

Hussein, M. (2017). “Seuls ou la palette intermédiale du traducteur” , inedited volume on Translating the Postcolonial, PoCoPages (collection “Horizons anglophones”, French university press Pulm. 


Monthly events will include academic salon series to discuss and share key scholarship; workshops to improve scholarship and teaching; and guest events.