I am Dr. Carole Roy, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Adult Education at St Francis Xavier University. I received a BA in Women’s Studies and Liberal Studies (University of Victoria), an MA in Women’s Studies (York University), and a Ph.D. in Adult Education (University of Toronto). I was the recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant (2008-2011). I also received a Doctoral Fellowship (SSHRC) as well as a Postdoctoral Fellowship (SSHRC). I taught at Trent University, Peterborough, and was a member of a multinational interdisciplinary research team, Hidden Costs/Invisible Contributions of Older and Dependent Adults (SSHRC-funded Major Collaborative Research Initiative).

I have extensive experience as an educator with international, community-based, cross-cultural development education programs and worked with exchanges in Tunisia, Thailand, Uruguay, and various parts of India. My research interests include women/older women activists, the use of arts in social movements and community development, intergenerational learning, experiential education, qualitative and arts-informed research. My doctoral thesis was published by Black Rose (2004), The Raging Grannies: Wild Hats, Cheeky Songs, and Witty Actions for a Better World, which was selected for the 2005 Amelia Bloomer Award by the Feminist Task Force of the American Library Association. I have recently completed a documentary film on the French-speaking Raging Grannies with award-winning filmmakers Magnus Isacsson and Martin Duckworth (2010), which was shown on Canal Vie, a French-speaking television network. Another documentary film titled Granny Power was launched in 2014. I am currently doing research and working on a book on documentary film festivals as well as working on a collected edition on the use of arts with community groups.


Since 2005 I have initiated and coordinated community-based documentary film festivals in Peterborough (ON), Antigonish (NS), Sydney (NS), and Inverness (NS) as well as mini-film festivals at academic conferences and at the Nova Federal Prison for Women. I am now doing research on documentary film festivals as sites of citizenship education and community building.


Dr. Carole Roy, Associate Professor
Chair, Department of Adult Education
St Francis Xavier University
4545 Alumni Crescent, Antigonish,
Nova Scotia Canada, B2G 2W5

: 902-867-3765

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Antigonish International Film Festival
- 2009


Working with Carole