TUFA Updates, calls, and events

Dear Colleagues,

Please note the following:

1.  ReFrame Film Festival, January 25 through February 4.

Peterborough’s ReFrame Film Festival starts tomorrow night with films being screened through the weekend, and the virtual festival running for a week thereafter (January 29 – February 4th). Festival passes are available online or you can purchase tickets for specific shows. TUFA is pleased to be a continuing sponsor of ReFrame and would like to note several connected film panels that may be of particular interest to members.

A Human Picture

The Basic Income Peterborough Network has partnered with ReFrame to show and sponsor a panel discussion following the film on the impact of basic income.

Where: Peterborough Public Library (Community Room downstairs.

When: Friday, January 26th, beginning at 3 3:00 pm.

Admission is free with the encouragement to pay what you can at the door.

Wshkiigmong Dibaajmownan/Curve Lake Storytelling shorts.

After the screening of six short films there will be panel with the filmmakers which will be hosted by Prof. Nadine Changfoot (Political Science, Trent) and Alice Olsen Williams (Trout Lake/Curve Lake)

Where: Market Hall

When: Saturday, January 27th (12:30-2:30pm)

2.  Sociology Department turns 60

TUFA congratulates Trent Sociology which will be celebrating its diamond anniversary with talks and events scheduled from February 5th through the 9th. Please note that there will be a panel discussion of the role of public sector unions on the morning of February 8th. This will be followed by an Equity panel with TUFA’s Member-at-Large, Equity (Prof. Alba Agostino), Prof. Naomi Nichols, and Trent’s Director Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Rona Jualla Van Oudenhoven.


3. Call for Papers: Special Issue proposal for CAUT Journal: “Shaping Equity as Labour Justice: successes, stumbles and setbacks”

The CAUT Journal, a refereed open access publication, is seeking articles for an upcoming special edition titled “Shaping Equity as Labour Justice: successes, stumbles and setbacks”. This special issue will be co-edited by Dr. Alison Hearn, Professor at the University of Western Ontario; and Dr. Momin Rahman, Professor at Trent University.

Over the last few years, EDI issues have taken a more prominent role in the post-secondary sector in Canada, with university and college managements responding to changing priorities from governments and changing demographics in their student and faculty recruitment pools. As well as this institutional change, our public culture has been transformed through the impacts of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report and the more recent focus on systemic racism that spread after the murder of George Floyd. In response to this new emphasis on EDI from funding councils and civil society, university and college managements are beginning to explore best practices for addressing the gap between rhetoric and reality, including the appointment of many senior management positions (Associate Vice-Presidents or above) dedicated to advancing equity institutionally. But how successful have these efforts been? And what role can academic staff associations play in both supporting and criticizing these efforts when they fall short? How are associations dealing with various forms of backlash against EDI, from some politicians and some faculty? A fuller description of the proposed special issue is available online with a listing of potential topics of interest (to guide contributors) and relevant dates and deadlines.

Submissions process:  Please submit abstracts of 150-250 words by January 31, 2024, to CAUT Journal.

In Solidarity,


Marcus Harvey

Executive Director, Trent University Faculty Association