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Welcome to the Centre for Feminist Research at York University

The Centre for Feminist Research/ Le centre de recherches féministes promotes feminist activities and collaborative research at York University and works to establish research linkages between York scholars and local, national, international and transnational communities. Feminist research is conceived of in broad terms, as being concerned with issues of  women, gender, class, ‘race’, sexuality, ability and feminism.

Upcoming Events, Fall/Winter 2014-2015

Visiting Scholar Dr. Barbara Baird’s talk

“Endangering Life: The Raced Politics of Gender in an Australian Case of the Criminalization of Exposure to HIV” 
introduced by Professor David Murray
Wednesday, October 8, 3-5pm, 280N York Lanes

Please RSVP to this event by emailing

Refreshments provided.

This paper tells a story of the criminalisation of exposure to HIV in recent times in Australia. It concerns John Chan, an Australian citizen of Sudanese background living in Adelaide, South Australia. Mr Chan came to Australia as a refugee in 1999. In 2004 he was diagnosed with HIV and, after first coming to the attention of the South Australian Health Department authorities, in 2009 he was arrested on a charge of ‘Endangering Life’ for having unprotected (consensual) sex with three women and thus exposing them to the virus. In mid 2011 he was sentenced to five and a half years in gaol. The paper uses John Chan’s story as a case study through which to analyse some aspects of contemporary gender relations in Australia. Its focus is on the position of white women in a cultural and political environment characterised by both conservative and neo-liberal discourses of gender and sexuality.

Barbara Baird is an Associate Professor in Women’s Studies at Flinders University in South Australia. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Feminist Research at York. Her research focuses on histories and cultural politics of sexuality and reproduction in contemporary Australia, with particular attention to their shaping by discourses of race and national identity. She is particularly interested in the politics of abortion and is currently embarking on a cultural history of the provision of abortion services in Australia since 1990. She is also part of a collaborative project to historicise sexual citizenship in Australia. Her work is widely published in journals of history and gender and sexuality studies.

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Click here to find out details on our recent conference “Women’s Quests for Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Contestations, Complexities, Contradiction”!

Now available: From Bleeding Hearts to Critical Thinking

2012-2013 Annual Newsletter

Meet our Visiting Scholars


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Canadian Woman Studies launch December 13, 2012

A Lecture by Jared Sexton December 5, 2012

Human Trafficking What's Going On November 30, 2012

Selma James November 26-27, 2012

Intersections of Identity November 22, 2012

Graduate Student Seminar by Sevasti Trubeta November 21, 2012

Social Inequality in Eugenics and New Reproductive Technologies November 21, 2012

Racism in Academia November 21, 2012

Rum and Roti November 10, 2012

Developments in Collective Bargaining Gender Equity in Australia Lecture by Sue Willamson October 30, 2012

Phone Clones Book Lauch and Lecture by Carla Freeman October 25, 2012

Book Launch by Bonita Lawrence October 24, 2012

Catherine Driscoll October 17, 2012

Screening of Sathima's Windsong September 20, 2012

Call for papers Dynamic Resistances September 14-15, 2012

Book Launch by David Murray September 6, 2012

Cutlass August 29, 2012

Brown Canada Showcase June 27, 2012

Hate Speech Lecture May 10, 2012

Women in science why so few May 1, 2012

Stories of the City April 17, 2012

Book Lauch Meg Luxton and Mary Jane Mossman March 23, 2012

Creative Methodologies March 20, 2012

From Bleeding Hearts to Critical Thinking March 19 & 20, 2012

Lecture Dr. Jacinta Muteshi March 8, 2012

Thinking women and health care reform February 14, 2012

Jane Gallop February 8, 2012

Cross for Dressing Empire January 30, 2012

Gender Imbalance and Social Development in China January 26, 2012

Book launch for Undesirables November 1, 2011

VIVA Workshop October 27-31, 2011

Waiting for Mentors October 26, 2011

Sexuality and Queer Politics the Indian experience October 7, 2011

Book Launch Bettina Bradbury September 28, 2011

Check out Prof. Rusty Shteir’s Timeline of Women’s Studies History at York

The Centre for Feminist Research presents the Mary McEwan Memorial Award annually to an outstanding completed Ph.D. dissertation.