Minding the Gaps: Identifying strategies to address gender-based (cyber)violence


Please register ASAP to keep your free spot

Email Eric Craven at dlp@atwaterlibrary.ca


Minding the Gaps: Identifying strategies to address gender-based (cyber)violence

An Invitational SymposiumSaturday, May 2, 2015, 9:30am - 4:00pm

organized by the Atwater Library and Computer Center

co-hosted by the Participatory Cultures Lab, McGill 

Dear Collaborators, Friends, and Stakeholders of the Atwater Library Project on cyberviolence,


With great enthusiasm, we invite you to the first symposium of our project, Helping Communities Respond: Preventing and Eliminating Cyberviolence directed at Girls and Young Women, funded by Status of Women Canada. The symposium is co-hosted by McGill University's Participatory Cultures Lab, with additional support from the Technoculture, Art & Games Research Centre at Concordia University. The symposium promises to be a very lively and engaging event with good food, good company, and interesting information presented in an accessible and interesting manner. Registration is free and includes food.


About the symposium

This symposium will bring together a diverse group of people who share an interest in issues related to cyber-violence and its impacts on girls and women. We will share with you the results of our consultations with a broad segment of the Montreal Anglophone community: young people (mostly but not exclusively girls and women), college students and faculty, high school students, librarians, counselors, teachers, video game community, technology/digital culture scholars and other academics, university students, School Board personnel, video game industry, law enforcement, community organizations.


The purpose of the symposium is to report and solicit feedback on the project's findings from year one and to focus on collectively developing strategies to address issues of gender-based cyberviolence. During the symposium, stakeholders will have opportunities to meet each other, get updated on the project, share information and insights into issues of cyber violence, and learn about new opportunities for participation and collaboration in the coming year.


Speakers & Panelists include: Dr Mia Consalvo, Hayley Crooks PhD Candidate, Dr Shanly Dixon, Lina Gordoneer, Lukas Labacher PhD student, Dr Claudia Mitchell, Natalie Zina Walschots PhD student and Dr Sandra Weber among others to be announced.


We very much hope to see you there and look forward to deepening and strengthening our collaboration. 


Please confirm your attendance by emailing Eric Craven at dlp@atwaterlibrary.ca. Registration is by invitation only and spots will be allotted on a first come, first served basis.



Participator Cultures Lab of McGill University (McGill University 3715 Rue Peel, Montréal, QC H3A 1X1



May 02, 2015 from 9:30am-4:00 pm

Minding the Gaps Symposium Schedule:  DRAFT ONLYsubject to change

9:00-9:30         Registration, coffee and bagels


9:30-9:45         Welcome, Introductions, and Housekeeping


9:45-10:45       Examining Cyberviolence: Whats this all about anyway?   

What issues seem important to various segments of the Montreal community? How might we better understand this issue from youth perspectives and provide support? Where are the gaps in service? What are the barriers to positive action? What needs to be done? (Research  Methodology & Findings)


10:45 11:15   Youth Speak Out on Cyberviolence!   LOVE Documentary Film


11:15-12:00     Panel One. Where are the Gaps? Reflecting on and responding to the findings


12:00 13:00   LUNCH (provided for all participants)


1:00-1:30         Panel Discussion 2:  Gender matters Video Games & Gender


1:30  2:30      Panel Discussion 3: Bridging the Gaps and Identifying Strategies for Technologies of Nonviolence


2:30  3:30      Strategy Development  and Networking Activity


3:30  4:00      Looking forward/ Wrap Up

                        Wine & Cheese