How Will I Belong? (by Afrouz Tavakoli)

The guest blogger who opens our regular blogging for 2018-19, Afrouz Tavakoli, is a second year Educational Studies PhD student in the Department of Integrated Studies at McGill University. She completed a degree in Women’s Studies at Concordia University and has a BA in International Relations from Webster University of Geneva, Switzerland. Afrouz is interested in the process of identity formation and belonging as relational and social phenomena. Her inspiration in writing a graphic novel, excerpted here (illustrations by M. Ali Ziaie), was to deconstruct how the interplay of social and power dynamics influences the sense of self and belonging of migrants. Through the graphic novel form she has examined the additional challenges for those immigrants who are categorized as Muslim and Middle Eastern in the current Islamophobia era. In her doctoral dissertation, by drawing on critical pedagogy, Afrouz will be studying how educational institutions in Canada can facilitate self-conscious awareness raising of Middle Eastern Muslim women so that they can autonomously craft and integrate their dual identity as Canadian-Muslim women. Continue reading

Histoires de Familles (by Patricia Houde-Leclerc)

L’été est une époque de l’année où les gens au Québec sont beaucoup plus détendus et en profitent pour se reposer et prendre les choses plus relaxes. C’est pour plusieurs l’occasion de sortir de la routine habituelle, de participer à des évènements spéciaux, d’aller passer du temps au chalet, de profiter du beau temps, d’assister à des festivals, de se réunir entre amis et de revoir la famille. L’été au Québec c’est tellement merveilleux! Depuis déjà plusieurs année12042286_10153605550835930_881694497_ns, chaque été c’est la tradition d’organiser un rassemblement familial  sous prétexte de se revoir, tant du coté de ma mère que du côté de mon père. Continue reading