CRC ReParE's projects focus on the dynamics of oppression experienced by vulnerable young people, as well as their empowerment. The Chair's work focuses on three areas:

Axis 1: Confronting oppression and developing empowerment through research.
This axis seeks to observe and understand the dynamics of oppression, and how these are maintained by power structures, individual and institutional actions and processes, whether voluntary or not, in order to maintain a position of domination over discriminated groups. Living at the intersection of several factors of oppression amplifies the prejudice experienced by individuals. Faced with these situations, people often develop individual and collective strategies of resistance, which fosters a sense of empowerment. The Chair aims to observe and amplify these processes of resistance, notably by involving communities in research so that its projects can have a real impact on them.
Axis 2: Developing empowerment through partnership research.
Involvement in research is one of the ways in which young people confront the oppression and exploitation experienced by their communities. In this way, research can help them regain the power to act, confront social inequalities and oppressions, and ultimately bring about social change, especially when conducted from a social work perspective. The Chair mobilizes methodologies aimed at empowering participants, such as social action research, the self-managed approach, and collaborative autoethnography. Other methodologies may be employed, but they must include communities at every stage of the research.

Axis 3: Research challenges for vulnerable populations
Few writings specifically examine the methodological processes to be put in place with the groups concerned to foster their empowerment. The CRC-ReParE therefore aims to initiate ethical and methodological reflections on partnership research and the inclusion of participants in research. The projects carried out will provide an opportunity to question the positional stakes of researchers in relation to the populations studied, for example by reflecting on the implications of an "insider" position (the researcher is concerned by the research object) compared with an "outsider" position (the researcher is not concerned by the research object).

Funded research

Growing up as a trans youth:


Researchers Annie Pullen Sansfacon, Denise Medico, Shuvo Ghosh, Nicholas Chadi, Lyne Chiniara, Sabra Katz-Wise, Damien Riggs, Anna Carlile, Vincent Barras, Frank Suerik Gullick F. Edward Lee in collaboration with Organisme Jeunes Identités Créatives; Mermaids; Transcend; SAYFTEE; Fondation Agnodice, funded by CIHR - Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH) (transitional funding)

The aim of this project is to produce longitudinal, prospective and contextualized knowledge about trans and non-binary young people's experiences and changes in their gender identity, affirmation and medical needs, with particular attention to their relationships with family and social dynamics.
The aims of the study are: 1) to produce a nuanced and contextualized portrait of these young people's experiences, as well as of the evolution of their gender identity during the crucial period of puberty and the onset of medical transition; 2) to track how family and social dynamics and gender-affirming care experiences affect the young person's gender identity and ability to affirm it; and 3) to understand how their well-being evolves throughout these experiences. Research is taking place in Canada, England, Switzerland, Australia and the UK.

Becoming oneself through surgeries:


Researchers Claude Amiot, Annie Pullen Sansfacon, funded by the Fond de Recherche du Québec (FRQ)

The Fonds de recherche du Québec's engagement project (also known as question citoyenne) is an initiative rooted in a training approach by citizen researcher Claude Amiot to answer her research question, which is to better understand the types of medical interventions prioritized by young and not-so-young trans and non-binary (TNB) people who are currently undergoing medical transition or who have questions about it. To date, research has focused mainly on one type of surgery only, and the literature on this subject deserves to be expanded. The project is also supported by Annie Pullen-Sansfaçon, holder of the Canada Research Chair on Transgender Children and their Families (CRCetf). Through duo meetings between Ms. Amiot and Ms. Pullen-Sansfaçon, the first phase of the project introduced Ms. Amiot to scientific research and familiarized her with the environment that needed to be put in place to answer her research question, and bring to fruition this project that fascinates her. Drawing on her vast experiential knowledge, Ms. Amiot's research project is intended to guide the medical interventions that should be prioritized for young trans people throughout Quebec, as well as eventually guiding other research projects to be carried out within the CRC-ReParE.

Researchers Annie Pullen Sansfaçon, Denise Medico, Alexandre Baril, Mélanie Millette, Olivier Turbide in collaboration with Organisme Jeunes Identités Créatives; funded by SSHRC

Over the past decade, we've heard more and more about young people who self-identify as trans (whose gender does not correspond to the one assigned at birth). In order to live in accordance with their gender identity, some young people make a legal, social or medical transition. While most young people seem to be continuing with these transitions, a small proportion say they have or want to "de-transition" or discontinue the transitions they have begun. This phenomenon, although poorly documented in scientific research, is widely reported in social media, blogs and press articles. Rooted in a fluid and intersectional trans-affirmative approach, the study offers a fresh look at the notion of desistance, taking into account the dynamic and fluid aspect of the gender affirmation process, as well as the multiple factors of oppression that can interweave and interact with the experience of young trans people.

From practices to discourses on "de-transition":


Memoir & Thesis

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