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Dr. Amanda Coles - Thursday, October 18th @ 2:30 L.R. Wilson Hall, Room 5001


Dr. Amanda Coles will speak about "Gender at Work: The Status of Women in the Canadian Arts and Cultural Industries" Thursday, October 18th, 2:30-4pm, L.R. Wilson Hall, Room 5001

Oct 12, 2018

A growing body of scholarly and industry research demonstrates that gender inequality is a defining feature of work in the creative economy. However, the majority of this research is sector-specific (film, dance, theatre, visual arts, etc.). This approach has been determinate in focusing industry and scholarly attention on the dynamics, and pressure points/change levers to promote gender equity specific to the sector under study (#metoo, #oscarsowhite, #oscarsomale). However, sector-specific approaches have two key shortcomings. First, sectoral studies fail to capture commonalities and/or differences in the gendered dynamics of work and careers for professional artists and cultural workers across sectors. Secondly, and consequently, we fail to capture the systemic nature of the ways in which gender shapes the individual and collective experiences of artists and cultural workers as a whole.