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Thursday, October 10
 

10:10 EDT

Transforming Social Orders at The Margins of Space: The Canadian Women of Alouette I and II Satellites
The Canadian space industry was brought to the attention of the world with the launch of the Alouette I satellite, in 1962. The launch of this satellite and its sister, Alouette II, in 1965 heralded the arrival of Canada as a key player in the burgeoning global space industry. There is increasing concern that expertise and tacit knowledge from previous generations who worked in the Canadian space industry will be lost with the aging of these science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals, and administrative and corporate personnel. Our research is focused specifically on surfacing the gendered histories of Canadian women who contributed to the interdisciplinary work involved in the design, construction, testing, launch and operation of the Alouette I and II satellites. These women’s experiences in the burgeoning space industry must be part of our contemporary and future lexicon in such a way that their experiences are not lost to the past. We specifically look to their discourses, recalling their day-to-day social interactions and their contributions to these two satellite missions. Their stories and narratives are surfaced via fragmented historical genealogies, such as in archives, in present-day interviews with individuals, in photographic images, and in media reports of the time. Our objective is to plausibly retell these gendered histories within the context of Canadian Cold War experiences. To this end, our research includes working on synergies with Concordia University’s EngAGE Centre for Research on Aging as a way to inform the present and future gendered relationships in male-dominated fields of space and of similar industries. We hope to inspire present and future STEM-professional women and corporate/administrative professional women, and to incite them to embrace the rich historical heritage of Canadian women working in space.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Stefanie Ruel

Dr. Stefanie Ruel

Assistant Professor, Concordia University
Stefanie Ruel received her Bachelor of Science from McGill University. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Athabasca University. She is the recipient of Athabasca University’s Convocation Scholarship for Academic Excellence... Read More →


Thursday October 10, 2019 10:10 - 10:30 EDT
Room CR1 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10
 
Friday, October 11
 

15:10 EDT

Public Outreach: Bringing Astronomy to Montrealers - RASC Montreal Centre
The Montreal Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) is comprised of approximately 175 amateur astronomers. As a group we obviously enjoy observing and exploring the night sky in a socially friendly environment, and as a second component of our mandate for over a century we host events and deliver activities in the Greater Montreal Area to share our passion of astronomy with the public. Over the past decades, these free public events provided by RASC Montreal Centre have been joined by a host of initiatives by other local clubs, organizations, and even private individuals…all with an aim to share our wonder, knowledge and experiences in Astronomy and Space Sciences with the general public. In this talk we will present an overview of the RASC Montreal Centre offerings, as well as a look at some of these various initiatives from outside traditional academia. Whether you call it public outreach or sidewalk astronomy, the net effect has been a rebirth of interest in the night sky within the Montreal region and beyond amongst the general public.

Speakers
avatar for Karim Jaffer

Karim Jaffer

Student, John Abbott College
I have been at John Abbott College (JAC) since 2006 teaching a variety of Physics and Pathways courses, and began teaching the Introductory Astronomy course in 2016 - including the coordination of Astronomy observing activities, outreach, and all Astronomy-related projects in various... Read More →
avatar for Morrie Portnoff

Morrie Portnoff

President, RASC, Montreal Centre
I have been the President of the Montreal Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for the past 5 years. Prior that that I was the Treasurer for for 2 years as well as the Editor of the Centre's newsletter, Skyward. Observing the night sky is a passion which I love to share... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 15:10 - 15:30 EDT
Room CR2 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10
 


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