Janet Conway

Professor, Sociology

Office: STH 419
905-688-5550 x4196

PhD, Political Science, York University, 2002
MA, Political Science, York University, 2000
MA, Theology, University of St. Michael’s College, 1990
BA Hons., History, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1984

Informed by transnational feminist and decolonial critique, Janet Conway’s research agenda focuses on contemporary transnational social justice movements and their significance for democratic social and political life in the face of multiple crises of the present.

With PI Dominique Masson and Pascale Dufour, she is concluding a SSHRC-funded collaborative project focused on solidarity-building in transnational feminist organizing around food sovereignty.  This research pointed to new solidarities emergent between urban and rural women, but also tensions between such ‘popular’ feminisms and those which foreground an intersectional politics, particularly around race or indigeneity.  This is the subject of a forthcoming special issue of Latin American Perspectives, co-edited with Nathalie Lebon on “Popular feminism(s): past(s), present(s) and possible future(s).”

With Masson and Dufour, Conway is currently working on an edited collection, Cross-border solidarities:  feminist perspectives and activist practices.  For Conway, this builds on two decades of research on anti-globalization movements, the World Social Forum process, and transnational feminist and indigenous activisms focusing on tensions between the politics of difference and solidarity, and on the problem of colonial difference in transnational social justice movements.

New eco-feminist discourses in Latin American popular feminism link women’s bodies and gendered labour with their defense of land, water and other environmental resources.  Although overlapping in substance, they are politically distinct from Indigenous feminist discourses.  With Principal Investigator Isabel Altamirano-Jimenez, Conway will be working over the next several years on a collaborative SSHRC project entitled “Body Land and Contsent” exploring these connections in the context of resources extraction on Indigenous territories.

She is also presently developing a new collaborative project with Jakeet Singh, working on the global politics of free expression as it is currently being weaponized by the right to discredit claims of historically marginalized constituencies.

Her most recent sole-authored book, Edges of Global Justice:  The World Social Forum and Its ‘Others’, was published by Routledge in 2013.  She is also author of Identity, Place, Knowledge:  Social Movements Contesting Globalization, Ferwood, 2004, and Praxis and Politics: Knowledge Production in Social Movements, Routledge, 2006.

Janet Conway is Full Professor of Sociology.  She served as Canada Research Chair in social Justice at Brock University from 2008-18.  She is currently on leave from Brock to take up the Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University.