Define the Line

Welcome to the Define the Line projects at McGill University. Our 7-year partnership grant, supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), engages law and policy, arts and media sector partners, academics, community partners, and collaborators to address sexual violence in universities. 

The goal of this project is to propel universities into reclaiming their central role in research and education as it relates to deeply embedded intersecting forms of misogyny, sexism, homophobia, and related forms of discrimination – often described as “rape culture”. Our research aims to understand and systemically dismantle the processes through which universities, arts, media and culture reproduce and condone rape culture. In our effort to enact meaningful and measurable change, our project will develop evidence-based policies, practices, and curricula to counter sexual violence in university campuses. 

Our dynamic multidisciplinary team consists of researchers from 5 faculties at McGill University, 10 university partners in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., and 14 community partnersUnlike current efforts that occur in isolation, this partnership is the first of its kind to address, dismantle, and prevent rape culture by means of a systemic collaborative solution between the fields of law, education, arts and popular culture, and news and social media. We will undertake three separate but integrated projects, to clarify complex policy, legal, and educational questions that contribute to the current debates surrounding rape culture:

  1. Role of Universities (policies, law and educational responses)

  2. Role of Arts and Popular Culture

  3. Role of News and Social Media

We hope you take the time to browse through our website to gain the benefit of the range of articles that our team of academic and research experts, law students and education graduate students share with you. We also welcome your comments on our Facebook page and encourage you to follow our Twitter feed.

Our Director

Professor Shaheen Shariff, Associate Professor with the Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE) at Faculty of Education, Director of Define the Line Projects at McGill University has been awarded a $2.6 million Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant to address sexual violence on university campuses across Canada and internationally.