Halifax, NS-- Atlantic Waves, a student-led conference aimed at connecting community and academic feminists, while furthering women's equality in Atlantic Canada, will take place October 13-15, at Saint Mary's University.
The conference will focus on women's challenges and projects in the Atlantic provinces, and how they intersect with or differ from the experiences of their feminist allies in this region and across Canada.
In giving voice to, and listening to the experiences of those who are engaged in the grassroots and academic feminist communities, the conference will provide the opportunity to make connections,
establish partnerships, integrate, and ultimately strengthen the Atlantic feminist networks.
On-site registration will begin on the Friday at 5pm, with a Potluck and a Coffee House hosted at the Gorsebrook Lounge later that evening. The conference opens Saturday morning, with workshops and presentations running throughout the day Saturday and Sunday. The presentations will address a broad range of topics including the experiences of criminalized women in the Atlantic provinces, postpartum depression in rural mothers and strategies for influencing policy change. Workshops, presentations,
and social events on campus are open to all registered participants.
Scheduled alongside the conference is the 2nd annual FemFest - a music, performance and visual art celebration of Atlantic Canadian female talent. There will be an opening reception for the FemFest Art Show on Saturday the 14th at 6:30pm at the Khyber Centre for the Arts. Following the reception, the festivities move to Reflections Cabaret for a night of burlesque, drag, folk, rock, hip hop, spoken word and dance,
with performances by Amelia Curran, Tanya Davis and Feral Bliss among many others.