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Visiting Speaker/Livestream - Dr. Tonya Callaghan, U Calgary

Thursday, September 27, 2018
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
John George Althouse Faculty of Education Building (FEB)
Room: 1010

"Homophobia in the Hallways: Heterosexism and Transphobia in Canadian Catholic Schools"

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Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to by Sept 21/18 if you would like to attend.

Abstract of the 2018 UTP book Homophobia in the Hallways
Clashes between Catholic canonical law and Canadian common law regarding gender and sexual minorities continue to be played out in Canadian Catholic schools. Although Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms ensures same-sex equality in Canada, gender and sexually diverse individuals experience a form of doctrinal disciplining in Canadian Catholic schools. Catholic doctrine that impacts lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (lgbtqi) people, who are referred to in Catholic parlance as “persons with same-sex attraction,” can be distilled down to the colloquial Christian expression: “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” This irreconcilable concept underlies curricular and policy decisions regarding gender and sexual diversity in Canadian Catholic schools. This problem is examined via document analysis, narrative interviews with lgbtqi participants, and by using the following critical theories: Gramsci’s (1971) notion of hegemony, Althusser’s (1970/2008) concept of the Ideological State Apparatus, and Foucault’s (1975/1995) theory of disciplinary surveillance.

Speaker Biography
Tonya Callaghan is an Associate Professor with the University of Calgary Werklund School of Education. She taught secondary English for over ten years in Canadian and international schools, in rural and urban settings, and in Catholic and non-Catholic systems. Her second book, Homophobia in the Hallways: Heterosexism and Transphobia in Canadian Catholic Schools was published in 2018 with the University of Toronto Press. Callaghan’s doctoral thesis Holy Homophobia: Doctrinal Disciplining of Non-Heterosexuals in Canadian Catholic Schools was recognized with the following awards: The American Educational Research Queer Studies Dissertation of the Year Award; The Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal; and The Canadian Association for the Study of Women and Education Doctoral Award for Outstanding Dissertation. Her research explores Catholic resistance to anti-homophobia/transphobia education in both curriculum and educational policy.

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