About the book...
Known colloquially as “Stampede City,” Calgary’s national and international identity is inextricably tied to its annual Stampede. Held every July, the ten-day event draws upwards of one million people and features a parade, carnival midway, stage shows, agricultural exhibits, rodeo competitions, trade shows, and First Nations cultural programming. Ranked as among the top ten best Canadian festivals by Lonely Planet and About Travel, the Stampede is Canada’s oldest and largest western heritage festival—and the City of Calgary’s premier tourist attraction.
There is, however, a general recognition on the streets of Calgary that the annual Stampede is also a ten-day excuse for profligate revelry, contributing each year not only to the existence of a robust consensual adult sex industry, but also to the high rates of STIs, men’s violence against women, and sex trafficking in a city already considered by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives as among the worst urban areas in Canada to be a woman.
By turning an intersectional feminist lens on this beloved and popular event, my forthcoming book on the Calgary Stampede (1) unpacks the gendered, racialized dynamics at the heart of the settler colonialist rhetoric used to celebrate and advertise this annual event and (2) exposes the ways in which the Stampede contributes to and sustains an urban environment that normalizes sexual harassment, assault, and other forms of gender-based violence.
Forthcoming in 2021
from Fernwood Publishing.