CFR Newsletter: Upcoming Events and Opportunities, April 17th, 2017



  1. CFR Co-Sponsored: Forty Years of LGBTQ+ History Collection Launch: (April 23rd/17)


  1. Undergraduate Communications Research Assistant with CFR (May 1st/17)



  1. YUBSA Video and Statement on Anti-Black Racism at York:
  2. Demeter Press is Honoured to Announce the Upcoming Publication of After the Happily Ever After: Empowering Women & Mothers in Relationships:
  3. Summer hours in the York University Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies office:


  1. Information Session: Developing A Successful SSHRC Insight Grant Application: (April 18th/17)
  2. The Muslims Are Coming! (April 18th/17)
  3. Female Freedom Seekers: Exploring Dress and Self-Care in the Canadian Fugitive Slave Archive Lecture: (April 18th/17)
  4. Is a Progressive Leftist Party Possible in a Divided Nation? The Case of the Labor Party in South Korea: YCAR event: (April 19th/17)
  5. Women of Color Leaders Series: In conversation about the perils and possibilities of leadership in higher education- Uncovering the racialization of leadership: (April 21st/17)
  6. Unity in Diversity: Fusion of Communities in Canada: YCAR event: (April 24th/17)
  7. "Indigenous Youth, Indigenous Voices" Department of Equity annual Symposium: (April 26th/17)
  8. Nathanson Guest lecture "Protests, Counter-Terrorism, and Sovereignty: Reflections on Ethiopia's State of Emergency": (April 26th/17)
  9.  Inaugural Bernard H.K. Luk Memorial Lecture in Hong Kong Studies | Should Chinese Language be Taught in Putonghua? Contested Identities in the Linguistic Arena in Post-1997 Hong Kong with Choi Po King: YCAR event: (April 27th/17)
  10. Toronto Group conference: (April 28/29th/17)


  1. Call for Papers: Mothers, Mothering, Motherhood in Today's World: Experience, Identity, Agency, And Institution: (Deadline: May 1st/17)
  2. Call for Papers: Special Section of Ethnicity & Disease Critical Race Theory in Public Health (Deadline: May 1st/17)
  3. Call for Submissions from Canadian Deaf, Mad and Disability- Identified Artists at Tangled Art Gallery: (Deadline: May 5th/17)
  4. Call for Papers: Bordering on Crisis: Citizenship, Borders and Forced Displacement: (Deadline: July 15th/17)
  5. Call for Papers: Demeter Press- Thriving Mothers/ Depriving Mothers: Mothering and Welfare (Working Title): (Deadline: July 31st/17)
  6. Exhibition Call: January 2018: NASTY GRLS: Community (in) Action: (Deadline: October 15th/17)


  1. Seeking PhD Students: ‘Caribbean Literary Heritage’ Project
  2. Heritage Minutes Officer (2 Positions): (Deadline: April 28/17)
  3. 2017-2018 Gender Wage Gap Grant Program / le Programme de subventions pour les projets visant l'équité salariale entre les sexes



1.            CFR Co-Sponsored: Forty Years of LGBTQ+ History Collection Launch:(April 23rd/17)

Forty Years of LGBTQ+ History Collection Launch:

Please join us for the launch of the Nancy Nicol collection at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives:

WHEN: Sunday April 23rd, 2017 AT 4-6 PM.

WHERE: 34 Isabella Street, Toronto ON.

April 3, 2017 – On April 23rd, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, the world’s largest independent LGBTQ+ archives, will be celebrating the launch of the Nancy Nicol digital video collection. Over many years documentary film director, author and activist, Nancy Nicol, interviewed activists, community leaders, and human rights lawyers across Canada, and documented a rich resource of rarely seen events and demonstrations. The collection includes the original interviews filmed by Nicol, and showcases shorts and excerpts from Nicol’s award-winning documentary series From Criminality to Equality, that brings to life 40 years of lesbian and gay movement history in Canada. This acquisition is part of the CLGA’s longer-term strategy to become a more active resource for the Canadian and LGBTQ+ communities and to help increase access to LGBTQ+ heritage.

The collection includes many watershed moments: the birth of gay liberation in the 1970s; the Toronto bath raids in 1978 and 1981; the struggle for human rights protection provincially and nationally; opposition to gay rights from the 1970s to the 1990s; the growth and increasing diversity of LGBT organizing; the role of the labour movement in queer rights; the Campaign for Equal Families in Ontario; the Lesbian Mothers’ Association struggle to win queer parenting rights in Quebec; key charter litigation cases and advances for relationship recognition, same-sex parenting, same-sex pensions, and same-sex marriage.

Filmmaker Nancy Nicol commented that, “in this body of work I focused on documenting a period of intense change in lesbian and gay rights in Canada between 1969-2009, tracing the histories of gay liberation and struggles for human rights protection, relationship recognition, same-sex parenting rights and same-sex marriage. It is a moving history, charged with optimism and resilience in the face of prejudice and ignorance. I hope the collection will contribute to remembering and celebrating this history, and provide fertile ground for queer history students and researchers; as well as inspiration for generations to come.”

During the collection launch speakers will include Rachel Epstein, LGBTQ parenting activist, researcher and educator, Board member of the CLGA; Mona Greenbaum, founder and Directrice générale Coalition des familles LGBT; Tom Warner, prominent queer activist and author of Never Going Back, A history of queer activism in Canada,  and Nancy Nicol, project lead of Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights. Community partners of the launch include the Centre for Feminist Research, Inside-Out LGBTQ+ Film Festival, and V-Tape.

For media accreditation, photos or interview requests, please contact:

Jade Pichette, Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator CLGA.

p: 416.777.2755, e:

About the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives:

The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) is the largest independent LGBTQ+ archives in the world. With a focus on Canadian content, the CLGA acquires preserves and provides public access to information and materials in any medium. By collecting and securing important historical records, publications, magazines, newspapers, photos, films and other paraphernalia, the CLGA cares for LGBTQ+ histories now and for generations to come.


1.            Undergraduate Communications Research Assistant with CFR (May 1st/17)

Undergraduate Communications Research Assistant with the Centre for Feminist Research, York University

Applications accepted until: May 1, 2017  

Duration: Summer 2017

Approximate hours per week: 5-7

Job type: Part-time, on campus, Work/Study

Hourly wage: $16/hr

Eligibility: This position is for undergraduate students. Please make sure you are eligible for RAY and W/S positions before applying - thank you.

Job Description: The candidate will provide support to Centre for Feminist Research communications, knowledge mobilization and outreach strategies, including newsletter and social media, and support to the organization of CFR events. Tasks will include (1) compiling a biweekly newsletter of internal and external feminist events and conferences, calls for proposals, and job opportunities; (2) compiling the Annual Newsletter; (3) outreach and event dissemination via internal networks within the Centre and York University, as well as to external networks, through social media and the Centre website and Facebook page; and 4) logistical support to CFR events.

The student will have an opportunity to meet and engage with feminist faculty, community activists, and other students.

This work will be done under the supervision of the Coordinator of the Centre for Feminist Research.

Qualifications required:

Background in Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies preferred.

3rd or 4th year undergraduate student preferred.

Experience with word and data management (Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel) necessary. Experience with website management (WordPress), as well as familiarity with social media and fast typing skills necessary.

Desired skills: Social Media, Design, Email, Events Organization, Graphic Communication, Communications, Website Updating, Hosting Events

How to apply: Please apply via the Career Centre website at and searching for the position title, or job # 96077.



1.            YUBSA Video and Statenment on Anti-Black Racism at York:

*TW: Anti-Black Racism Black Students at both Keele and Glendon as a collective have faced 4 major incidences of anti black racism in the month of March alone. 1st incident:

On March 1st around 8pm Black community member and former YorkU/Seneca student was met with multiple police officers who were called upon by York Security. Students in the community arrived at the scene and were told the black student was detained due to allegations of harassment but failed to see why an overwhelming amount of Toronto Police Officers was required at the scene. The situation quickly escalated well beyond reason in what turned to a triggering scene for many black students. In attempting to assess his mental health once an ambulance arrived sedation was discussed as a method to 'calm down' the student even though he was able to articulate quite coherently that he wanted to go home

2nd incident:

The York United Black Students' Alliance wanted to offer CPR Certification training to Black students on campus. As a Community Service Group that prioritizes Black Students on campus we create initiatives, programs and services dedicated to our members. The Executives were faced with anti-black racism and anti-black sentiments not only within Canada but even abroad from the United States and the United Kingdom. In our attempts to address the violence perpetrated by York students and internationally to the University we were met with silence and a lack of support.

3rd Incident:

On March 14th and March 15th, York University received reports from various students on Glendon regarding anti-black and anti-semitic graffiti. At the Glendon Townhall Students expressed that on both campuses anti-black incidences of this nature are not known to each other and creates a safety concern for the student communities that were affected by this violence. It is impossible for students to stand in solidarity, a united front and with a positive response if they and the rest of our student community are left unaware.

4th Incident:

An Incident occurred on March 24th with a student named Tayjun Rodney who sustained an ankle injury as well as torn ligaments by a Loss Prevention Officer at Shoppers Drugmart. This incident was made aware to the students by being posted on YUBSA's Facebook Page.

New video highlight the four instances of anti-black violence in march

Gofundme campaign for the student whose leg got injured

YUBSA demands to the university:

Please share widely and donate.

2.      Demeter Press is Honoured to Announce the Upcoming Publication of After the Happily Ever After: Empowering Women & Mothers in Relationships:

Demeter Press is honoured to announce the upcoming publication of After the Happily Ever After: Empowering Women & Mothers in Relationships, By Linda Rose Ennis (August 2017).

Save 40% off, using coupon code MOTHERS until April 20, 2017!

This book is about the two-tiered system and invisible imbalance that operates within the framework of the family. It is about the fantasy of the "happily- ever- after", which the wedding industry promotes and Western society reinforces. Why are we hanging onto this faux happiness at the expense of our future well-being? Why don't we wonder what happened after "they lived happily ever after" and if, in fact, they really do?

What I hope to achieve by writing this book is to rattle the cage of young brides, about to embark on this journey, to talk about these issues with their future partners and to set the system up in a more equal way, so no one is caught off guard if and when things crumble. It will be difficult to achieve this task because no one wants to think about things falling apart even before it begins and most certainly it sours the sweetness of the fantasy of the "happily ever after", as we know it. What we don't realize is that there will be less bitterness and upset for the family, especially the children, if we pursue this line of thinking and isn't that the real "happily-ever-after"?

Linda Rose Ennis, Ph.D, is a psychoanalytic therapist in private practice, a family mediator, an author, lecturer, affiliated with York University. Her education includes the following; a Ph.D. in Psychology and Education; a Masters in Education; a Diploma in Child Study and a teaching degree from the University of Toronto. She has written and spoken extensively on her research in her area of expertise, "On Combining Motherhood With Employment", which was the first qualitative piece done in this area. She has written contributions in the Encyclopedia of Motherhood, discussing the "empty nest", the "mommy track", and has contributed a chapter entitled "Contract-Faculty Mothers: On The Track To Nowhere" in O'Brien Hallstein & O'Reilly's book entitled Academic Motherhood in a Post-Second Wave Context (Demeter Press: 2012). Most recently, she has published her edited collection, Intensive Mothering: The Cultural Contradictions of Modern Motherhood (Demeter Press: 2014).

3.   Summer hours in the York University Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies office:

Hello, all,

Please note that effective April 10th, we begin our summer hours schedule:

Monday to Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm.


1.      Information Session: Developing A Successful SSHRC Insight Grant Application:(April 18th/17)

Information Session: Developing A Successful SSHRC Insight Grant Application.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 18, 2017. 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

WHERE: 280N York Lanes.

The Office of Research Services (ORS) is coordinating a SSHRC Insight Grant (IG) Information Session for those faculty members who are considering preparing an application to the upcomingfall SSHRC Insight Grant competition. All eligible researchers across campus who are interested in applying are encouraged to attend this session.  This session is intended to provide researchers with a general overview of the IG funding opportunity, its peer review process, and tips and techniques on how to write a successful application.

This session includes the following speakers:

Kristin Andrews, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of LA&PS. Successful recipient of SSHRC Insight Grants (2013-2016 and 2016-2021).


Deanne Williams, Department of English, Faculty of LA&PS. SSHRC Insight Grant Selection Committee Member, 2016-17 (435-1E committee – covering Literature).  Recipient of SSHRC Insight Grant (2013-19).

Dr. Kristin Andrews will discuss tips and strategies for preparing a winning proposal (methodology, budget etc.,) by using her application as a sample.  Dr. Deanne Williams will talk about her general experience as a Selection Committee Member, including how the adjudication and scoring systems work.

Please confirm your attendance by contacting ORS at ext. 55055 (

2.   The Muslims Are Coming! (April 18th/17)

This event is the second in a series which aims to create a critical conversation space for people who have some connection to Muslim identity including through family, history, and/or culture. People who identify as practicing, non-practicing, or something in between are all welcome.

Using short video clips of poetry, prose, comedy and documentaries, we will discuss the multifaceted experiences of growing up and living in migrant Muslim families/communities and the politics of being Muslim in our current times. Our conversation willcentre the experiences of black and racialized Muslims and in particular the voices of queer, trans, disabled and mad people.

The Muslims Are Coming! is part of a monthly discussion series organized by SBA and CWTP.

WHEN: Tuesday April 18, 2017, 1:30pm-3:30pm.

WHERE: 569 Spadina Ave (Accessible entrance via Bancroft Ave), Multifaith Centre / Koffler Building, Room 208, Main Activity Hall.

Access Info: Wheelchair accessible building. Accessible, gender-neutral washroom onsame floor as event. TTC tokens available. Video clips will have captioning or will be accompanied by written text of the dialogue. Family-friendly space. Please arrive scent-free. Snacks including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.

If you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at

Allies, we appreciate your support in helping us maintain this closed conversations space for people who have connections to Muslim identity and by sharing this event info with your networks.

3.      Female Freedom Seekers: Exploring Dress and Self-Care in the Canadian Fugitive Slave Archive Lecture: (April 18th/17)

The Graduate History Students’ Association Presents Historian’s Craft: “Female Freedom Seekers: Exploring Dress and Self-Care in the Canadian Fugitive Slave Archive”.

Dr. Charmaine Nelson, Professor of Art History, McGill University.

WHEN: April 18th/17, 2:30-4:00 PM.

WHERE: 2101 Vari Hall (Sociology Common Room).

Light lunch will be served.

Found throughout the Transatlantic world, fugitive slave advertisements demonstrate the ubiquity of African resistance to slavery. Produced by white slave owners seeking to recapture their runaways, standardized images of male and female slaves became a staple of such print advertisements. However, the more complex textual descriptions were also fundamentally visual. This paper positions these advertisements as “portraits” of the enslaved, which can disclose evidence of their creolization- their transformation from African to African-Canadian. The gendered descriptions of hairstyles and slave dress shall be explored as a means of understanding if, how, and to what degree enslaved blacks preserved their African cultures.

Contact Kevin Burris,  

4.      Is a Progressive Leftist Party Possible in a Divided Nation? The Case of the Labor Party in South Korea: YCAR event (April 19th/17)

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 | 3 to 4:30pm | Room 802, South Ross Building | Keele Campus

The division between capitalist and communist Koreas has made difficult the development of progressive politics in South Korea due to the spread of a so-called red complex. This is compounded by internal division in which the National Liberation faction (i.e. the nationalist leftist faction) has held sway over other factions. The problem of the hegemony of the nationalist left was most acutely felt within the Democratic Labor Party in the 2000s. This undermined the progressive bloc’s power to fight the neoliberal system in the country and consolidate itself in the form of a progressive leftist party. Saihwa Hong (Sehwa Hong), one of the most prominent figures in progressive movement in South Korea, will discuss the dilemmas of progressive politics in South Korea by reflecting on the Labor Party’s (former New Progressive Party) work in the last few years.

This talk is part of YCAR’s Research’s Korea in Asia series.

5.      Women of Color Leaders Series: In conversation about the perils and possibilities of leadership in higher education- Uncovering the racialization of leadership:  (April 21st/17)

Women of Color Leaders Series: In conversation about the perils and possibilities of

leadership in higher education- Uncovering the racialization of leadership.

WHEN: April 21st/17, 4:00-5:30 PM.

WHERE: Video Zoom Panel.

This series is part of Relational’s social change innovation studio. More information about Relational on our website.

This panel explores how race structures leadership for women of color and the possibilities and perils of being a leader in higher education today.

This dialogue is hosted by Relational: Global Institute for Research, Consulting and Education. A woman of color led organization that partners with and provides services to higher education institutions in realizing their equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice goals and initiatives.

For those interested in being on the panel, please get in touch with Dr. Salima Bhimani at

6.      Unity in Diversity: Fusion of Communities in Canada: YCAR event: (April 24th/17)

Monday, 24 April 2017 | 9:30am to 11:30am | Curtis Lecture Hall L | York University

The launch of this Canada 150 project includes a plenary address by The Honourable Dr Vivienne Poy on ‘Finding Your Heritage’ as well as performances by TCDSB and TDSB students and local spoken word artists. The event is funded in part by Canada 150 funds from the Government of Canada and York University.

7.      "Indigenous Youth, Indigenous Voices" Department of Equity annual Symposium: (April 26th/17)

The Department of Equity Studies is hosting its annual Symposium:  "Indigenous Youth, Indigenous Voices"

Wednesday, April 26, 2016
Vanier College VC135 registration

Register HERE

Workshop offerings during the day include the following:

Learning from the land
Treaty rights
Indigenous identities
Pipelines 101
Criminal injustice


Jesse Thistle, Governor General Medalist, Vanier Scholar, P.E. Trudeau Scholar: His story here!

Samantha Craig-Curnow, Ryan Neepin, Stephanie Pangowish, Chelsie John, Candice Jacko and Onika Forde

8.      Nathanson Guest lecture "Protests, Counter-Terrorism, and Sovereignty: Reflections on Ethiopia's State of Emergency"(April 26th/17)

Dr. Awol Allo, Keele University APRIL 26 @12:30 in room 2027 Osgoode Hall Law School

"Protests, Counter-Terrorism, and Sovereignty: Reflections on Ethiopia’s State of Emergency"

Dr. Awol Allo, Keele University

On 9 October 2016 the Ethiopian government declared a nation-wide state of emergency in response to a yearlong protest by the Oromos and the Amharas – the two largest ethnic groups in the country. Despite the formal proclamation of the emergency designed to provide a juridical framework for escalating repression, this emergency is merely the latest manifestation of the de facto emergency in force since the Constitution came into force. In this talk, I explore the ambiguous relationship between protest, counter-terrorism, and sovereignty as played out in Ethiopia’s state of emergency. Drawing on Georgio Agamben and Michel Foucault, I argue that the state of emergency, the defining feature of which is the temporary suspension of the norm, where the rule of man replaces the rule of law and the Leviathan reigns supreme, has been a central paradigm of government in Ethiopia for decades. I will then extend this theoretical insight to advance the proposition that (a) the global war on terror and national narratives of development provided the discursive background for the blurring of the normative distinction between the rule and the exception; enabling the government to exercise power in increasingly violent ways, and (b) ethnic domination forms the hidden under-side of the terrorism/state of emergency nexus in Ethiopia.  The talk will conclude with some reflections on the systemic, structural and legitimating implications of the global war on terror, by showing how its labels, ideological censures, cultural referents and resonances provided Ethiopia with a normative umbrella, cloaking the government’s violent exercise of power with a mantle of legitimacy and legality.

This talk is based on an article that will be published on The Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, volume 19.

Awol Allo (PhD) is Lecturer at Keele University, School of Law, where he teaches advanced international Law, human rights and International Humanitarian law. Before joining Keele, Allo taught at the London School of Economics (LSE) and was the Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Scholar at Glasgow University. Allo’s research interests are in the areas of the sociology of law, critical social and legal theory, law and resistance, performativity, human rights, and international law.

Light lunch will be served.  Kindly RSVP:

9.      Inaugural Bernard H.K. Luk Memorial Lecture in Hong Kong Studies | Should Chinese Language be Taught in Putonghua? Contested Identities in the Linguistic Arena in Post-1997 Hong Kong with Choi Po King: YCAR event: (April 27th/17)

Inaugural Bernard H.K. Luk Memorial Lecture in Hong Kong Studies

Dr Choi Po King, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Should Chinese Language be Taught in Putonghua? Contested Identities in the Linguistic Arena in Post-1997 Hong Kong

Thursday, 27 April 2017 | 2:30pm to 4:30pm | Executive Dining Room, Schulich School of Business, York University

In China, the promotion of the standardized national language (putonghua) has been greatly accelerated by centralized state power and universal education since 1949. In this context, Hong Kong is a linguistic (and cultural) anomaly, as a haven for Cantonese and the only Chinese city where a local ‘dialect' is still officially adopted as the teaching medium in schools. Since 1997, the official line has been surprisingly gentle, with individual schools free to decide whether to switch to putonghua as a medium of instruction. Nevertheless, 70 per cent of primary schools and more than a third of secondary schools had made the change by 2013. This might be explained by a utilitarian stance adopted by parents and schools in face of China’s economic power, and by a tacit acceptance of the superiority of putonghua over Cantonese among some sectors of the population. These views are not, however, uncontested, with resistance from a small number of language scholars and teachers, and from the younger generation. This resistance, particularly that coming from students is certainly related to the Umbrella Movement in 2014, yet its agenda lies in a different sphere.  It represents a contest of identities (national versus local) as well as a debate over what constitutes good practice in the teaching of modern Chinese language.

Dr Choi Po King was trained as a sociologist at the University of Hong Kong and completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford. Until her retirement in 2016, she taught at the Faculty of Education, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and, for six years, she was Director of CUHK’s Gender Studies Programme. Her research interests and publications revolve around gender and education, masculinity studies, education policy, the history of the women's movement, as well as life histories of workers in Hong Kong. Her current projects include an ethnography of masculinities among teenage boys in Hong Kong.

10.   Toronto Group conference: (April 28/29th/17)

It’s my pleasure to invite you all to this year’s 10th annual Toronto Group conference. We are delighted to welcome Prof. Balakrishnan Rajagopal from MIT as this year's keynote speaker. Prof. Rajagopal's Friday April 28 evening talk will start with opening remarks by Toronto Group Co-founder Prof. Umut Özsu at 4:30pm at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law's Jackson Building, in the Prof. AV Dicey room. As an expert on international law, development, and critical approaches, he will provide a very interesting talk that will provide an engaging start to the conference and subsequent presentations. We have a number of excellent panels from doctoral student presenters and Professors acting as discussants that will continue throughout Saturday April 29 at U of T Law's Falconer Hall. The conference schedule is available on our website.  

On the tenth anniversary of the Toronto Group Conference, we ask what the future of international and transnational law could be in resolving divisions within global society.  We aim to re-imagine the practice of international and transnational law as, above all, a space for reconciliation, collective action and robust participation – one that responds to and is inclusive of critical, but neglected voices.  As a community of young legal scholars from across the globe, we will explore several questions that are profoundly relevant to the future of international and transnational law. For example, how can we foster new relationships in international law, while connecting the values, norms and expectations of diverse groups?  How can we redress injustices and be forward looking?  Is it possible to address unequal power in international law and the exclusion of a variety of voices and stakeholders?  Is it possible to maintain self-determination and identity, while finding common ground? And how to ensure the law’s resilience and sustainability, through true participation?


1.      Call for Papers: Mothers, Mothering, Motherhood in Today's World: Experience, Identity, Agency, And Institution:  (Deadline: May 1st/17)

CALL FOR PAPERS: The editorial board is seeking submissions for Vol. 8.1 and 8.2 of the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (JMI).

This double issue will be published in fall/winter 2017.

Mothers, Mothering, Motherhood in Today's World: Experience, Identity, Agency, And Institution.

We welcome submissions from scholars, students, activists, artists, community workers, bloggers, mothers and others who research in this area. Cross-cultural and comparative work is encouraged. We are open to a variety of types of submissions including academic papers from all disciplines and creative submissions including art and literature.

These two issues celebrate Canada's 150th year in 2017 and examine why mothers, arguably more so than women in general, remain disempowered despite forty years of feminism. Motherhood is the unfinished business of feminism. Motherhood scholars argue that motherhood, as it is currently perceived and practiced in patriarchal societies, is disempowering, if not oppressive, for a multitude of reasons: the societal devaluation of motherwork, the endless tasks of privatized mothering, the incompatibility of waged work and care work, and the impossible standards of idealized motherhood. Many of the problems facing mothers-whether social, economic, political, cultural, or psychological-are specific to their role and identity as mothers. What is needed therefore is matricentric feminism: a feminism that is fashioned from and for women's particular identity and their work as mothers. These issues position mothers' needs and concerns as the starting point for a new politic and theory of feminism to empower mothers in Canada and around the world and explore what mothers in the 21st century need to adequately care for their children while living full and purposeful lives. Over the last forty years, motherhood research has focused on the oppressive and empowering dimensions of mothering and the complex relationship between the two. Stemming from the above distinction, these issues will examine 21st century motherhood under four interconnected themes of inquiry: motherhood as experience, identity, agency, and institution. They consider what changes are needed in public-social policy, health, education, the workplace, the family, and the arts to create full and lasting gender equality for mothers in the 21st century.

Submission Guidelines:

Articles should be 15-18 pages (3750 words) including references. All should be in MLA style, WordPerfect or Word and IBM compatible.

Please see our style guide for complete details:

Submissions Must Be Received By May 1, 2017! To Submit Work One Must Be A Member Of MIRCI.

Please direct your submissions to: Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI). 140 Holland St. West, PO Box 13022, Bradford, ON, L3Z 2Y5 (905) 775 9089.

2.      Special Section of Ethnicity & Disease  Critical Race Theory in Public Health (Deadline: May 1st/17)

Guest Editors Chandra Ford and Collins Airhihenbuwa invite submissions for a special section of Ethnicity & Disease. Submissions must report empirical findings of health equity studies that are based on Critical Race Theory (CRT). The studies may involve qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods approaches.

SUBMISSION TYPES. The following types of submissions are encouraged:

1. Empirical studies that use Public Health Critical Race Praxis (PHCRP) to examine health

inequities. Submissions of this type should explain exactly how PHCRP and/or CRT was used.

2. Empirical studies that examine ethnicity as a social construct as Ford and Harawa recommend in the second paper below. Submissions of this type should focus on the relational dimension of ethnicity.

3. Intervention studies linking PHCRP and the PEN-3 model for health promotion. Submissions of

this type should explain how key concepts from the two models were linked, and how PEN-3

informed the intervention.

The following types of submissions will not be considered:

Editorials and commentaries
Conceptual papers
Review papers. Note: although literature reviews will not be considered, both meta-analyses and literature-based content analyses are invited.

RESOURCES. Additional information about PHCRP, the two-dimensional ethnicity construct, and PEN-3 is available in the following publications:

Ford CL, Airhihenbuwa CO. The public health critical race methodology: praxis for antiracism research. Soc Sci Med. Oct 2010;71(8):1390-1398.
Thomas SB, Quinn SC, Butler J, Fryer CS, Garza MA. Toward a fourth generation of disparities research to achieve health equity. Annu Rev Public Health. 2011;32:399-416. Ethnicity & Disease: Special Section on CRT – 2

The Two-Dimensional Ethnicity Social Construct
Ford CL, Harawa NT. A new conceptualization of ethnicity for social epidemiologic and health equity research. Social Science & Medicine. Jul 2010;71(2):251-258.

Airhihenbuwa CO. Health and culture: Beyond the western paradigm. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications; 1995.
Airhihenbuwa CO. (2006/7) Healing Our Differences: The Crisis of Global Health and the Politics of Identity. New York. Rowman and Littlefield. 215 pp.
Iwelunmor J, Newsome V, Airhihenbuwa CO. Framing the impact of culture on health: a systematic review of the PEN-3 cultural model and its application in public health research and interventions. Ethn Health. Feb 2014;19(1):20-46.


Authors are invited to submit abstracts of their work related to Critical Race Theory in Public Health. Authors of high-scoring abstracts will be invited to submit a complete manuscript that will enter peer review conducted by the journal’s review panel who will subsequently recommend: acceptance, revisions required, or revise and re-submit. If needed and when revisions are completed satisfactorily, the manuscript will enter editorial review and production; it will be scheduled for the journal’s winter issue, Volume 28, Number 1 to be released in January 2018.


Date Activity

May 1, 2017                   Deadline for Abstracts. Structured abstracts of no more than 250 words (Background; Purpose; Methods; Results; Conclusions) should be submitted directly to: Chandra Ford ( Authors should include a title page that provides: co-authors, corresponding author information, 3-6 keywords, complete contact information, and expected word count, tables and figures for the full manuscript.

May 1 – June 1, 2017       Abstracts reviewed by guest editors

June 1, 2017                  Authors invited to submit full manuscript (not a guarantee of


Wed, Aug 1, 2017           Deadline to submit article to be included in special issue; articles

submitted to Ethn Dis online manuscript tracker

Aug 1 – Nov 1, 2017                 Peer review, revisions, as needed, of manuscripts

Nov 1 – Dec 15, 2017      Editorial review of manuscripts

Dec 15, 2017 – Jan 18, 2018 Production

Jan 18, 2018 Vol 28, 1     carrying CRT-themed articles released

3.      Call for Submissions from Canadian Deaf, Mad and Disability- Identified Artists at Tangled Art Gallery: (Deadline: May 5th/17)

Call For Submissions From Canadian Deaf, Mad & Disability-Identified Artists:

Tangled Art + Disability is boldly redefining how the world experiences art and those who create it. We are a not for profit art + disability organization dedicated to connecting professional and emerging artists, the arts community and a diverse public through creative passion and artistic excellence. Our mandate is to support disability-identified artists, to cultivate disability arts in Canada, and to enhance access to the arts for artists and audiences of all abilities. We are currently accepting applications from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists to create new work for an upcoming series of exhibitions which will run from September 2017 to April 2018 at Tangled Art Gallery in Toronto.

Tangled Art + Disability invites proposals for projects in any artistic discipline that reflect the expansive dimensions of disability arts and culture. We seek creative works that explore Canada’s past, present and future, centering the experiences of Deaf, Mad and disabled people, and responding to the following questions: • In what ways has Canada historically included or excluded us? • How do we navigate the current realities of living and being in this country? • How might we shape a future that truly embraces us?

We welcome responses that relate to crip theory, intersectional identities and community driven moments.

Tangled Art + Disability intends to reveal, celebrate and promote the work of diverse Canadian artists from Deaf, Mad and disability communities, and to bring attention and visibility to the contributions these artists are making to Canadian arts and culture. We will support artists in developing thoughtful community-centered interactions and integrating inclusive practices of access and accessibility. We encourage submissions from diverse communities and cultural backgrounds including Black, Indigenous, POC & LGBTQQIP2SAA.

We are interested in projects that: -Fit within the Tangled Art Gallery space (an 800 sq. ft. gallery). We encourage multidisciplinary work and creative use of the space. Tangled has the capacity to screen film and media works, and to host performances that do not exceed the limitations of the space. -Embrace a creative approach to accessibility. We encourage multi-sensory work, interactive and tactile pieces. All exhibits to include audio description, captioning, and ASL interpretation, as needed. -Reflect intersectional experiences and perspectives of Deaf, Mad and disability cultures.

Budget Selected artists will receive an exhibition fee of $2,000 and a budget of $3,000 for creation/materials. Tangled will additionally cover the cost of installation (up to $1,500), accessibility, shipping, and promotion. For selected artists who reside outside Toronto, we will provide round-trip travel and housing for an agreed upon duration based on the needs of the project.

Applications must include: -A completed application form. -An artist CV or biography. -A budget indicating how the $3,000 would be spent. -Artist samples, ideas, sketches, or documentation of past work Applications will be assessed based on: -Artistic merit. -Overall value to the field of disability arts and community at large. -The viability of the proposed project and budget. -Accessibility of the project to audiences with wide-ranging disabilities, Deaf and Mad communities. Applications will be accepted between March 8 and May 5, 2017. Only submissions from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists will be considered. We will accept written applications, as well as ASL video responses. We can also provide assistance for filling out the written application form or, as needed, applicants can respond to the questions in person. Info Session – March 21, 2017 at Tangled Art Gallery, 5:30 - 7 PM EST An Information session will be held at Tangled Art Gallery on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 for interested applicants to ask questions and view the space. We will begin at 5:30pm and go until 7pm. ASL interpreters and attendant care will be provided. Tangled Art Gallery is wheelchair accessible. We ask for everyone to support a scent-free environment. Service animals are welcome. This session will be live streamed via Facebook. It will also be recorded and made available to those who are unable to attend. Artists outside of Toronto may email questions to, prior to March 21st, so they may be responded to within the session.

Completed applications can be sent by mail to: Tangled Art + Disability Attn: Call For Submissions Suite S-122, 401 Richmond Street West Toronto M5V 3A8 Or by email to: Contact Sean Lee at (647) 725-5064 to schedule an in person application or to book application writing assistance.

4.      Call for Papers: Bordering on Crisis: Citizenship, Borders and Forced Displacement: (Deadline: July 15th/17)

12th Annual Center for Refugee Studies Student Conference

October 12-13, 2017

Room 519 Kaneff Tower, York University, 4700 Keele St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Bordering on Crisis: Citizenship, Borders and Forced Displacement

Keynote Speaker: TBD

Deadline for submissions: July 15, 2017

Conference registration and participation is free but registration required

The CRS student caucus invites contributions from junior scholars, practitioners, academics, civil society groups, artists and activists to examine and re-imagine the contradictory and contested meanings of crisis in relation to themes such as citizenship, borders and forced displacement. We encourage participants to reflect on the production of knowledge around refugees, asylum-seekers, migrants and migration, and the question of whether and how this process contributes to and/or problematizes the dominant discourse of crisis.

We welcome submissions on a range of topics, including but not limited to the following themes:

• Problematizing the ‘migrant/refugee crisis’ and challenging hegemonic perspectives

• Resettlement, asylum and the crisis of displacement

• Historicizing forced displacement, dispossession and expulsion

• Indigenous worldviews, settler societies and decolonizing knowledge-production

• Post-colonialisms, imperialisms and decolonizing refugee studies

• Bridging theory and practice, advocacy and research

• Critical methodologies and methods

• Crisis of citizenship, cessation and denationalization

• Deportation, detention and crisis

• Securitization of migration, xenophobia and populism

• Canadian/American exceptionalism and crisis

• Trauma, exile and narrative

• Territory, borders and deterritorialization

• Crisis of the nation-state, borders and the international refugee regime

• Development, humanitarianism and regional/global governance

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: Individuals, groups, or panels wishing to present at the conference should submit a title and 250-word abstract to by July 15, 2017. Submissions will be assessed on a rolling basis. It is recommended that international applicants submit their proposal(s) as soon as possible.

For panel proposals please include a rationale for the panel as well as a title and brief description of each paper.

Travel subsidies may be granted for a selection of successful submissions.

5.      Call for Papers: Demeter Press- Thriving Mothers/ Depriving Mothers: Mothering and Welfare (Working Title):  (Deadline: July 31st/17)

Call For Papers: Demeter Press Seeking submissions for an edited collection entitled:

Thriving Mothers/Depriving Mothers: Mothering and Welfare (Working Title):

Co editors: Karine Levasseur, Stephanie Paterson and Lorna Turnbull. Publication Date: 2019.

The year 2017 has ushered an important political trend in which right leaning forms of populism appear to be displacing pluralism. The examples supporting this trend are numerous including the election of Donald Trump, Brexit and continued rhetoric and aggression against minorities in many places around the world. At the same time, some states continue to advance supports for mothers and families, and ideas like basic income are gaining public and political attention. What remains unclear in the face of these trends is the impact they will have for the welfare of women and mothers, many of whom often need additional protections from unwavering capitalism, unyielding patriarchy and other racialized and gendered forms of structural violence.

While welfare is generally conceived as the provision of programs and supports in response to material needs, welfare can also be understood as the well-being of citizens to manage their responsibilities and build a meaningful productive life. For women and mothers, especially those located at the intersection of race, class, sexuality, and ability, welfare policy has not meaningfully responded to their needs as evidenced by continued lower earnings, precarious employment, state surveillance of their mothering through the child welfare systems and little in the way of programs to support the care of children and/or other dependent family members.

This volume explores the intersections of welfare, gender and mothering work given this new political reality. Topics of interest include but are not limited to: workfare, social assistance, child care, tax policies, basic income, role of voluntary sector in supporting women and mothers, Indigenous issues and structural racism, welfare and the media, comparative analysis of welfare and mothering, welfare and race, paid and unpaid work, the care economy, Nordic models and mothers, international law and mother’s welfare, queer and transgender parents, and human rights/equality rights. Contributions from all disciplines and backgrounds, both theoretical and practically oriented, focused on policy, law, or social science evidence, as well as creative works of poetry, visual art and short stories are welcomed.

Deadline for article and essay abstracts, fiction, visual art and poetry submissions: July 31st/17.

For articles and essays: Send an abstract of 250-500 words and a biography of up to 100 words.

For fiction: Send completed stories of 1,500 to 3,000 words, and a biography of up to 100 words.

For poetry: Send completed poems of up to 250 words, and a biography of up to 100 words.

For visual art: Send a jpeg file, and a biography of up to 100 words.

Deadline for full articles and essays: March 1st/18.

Articles and essays submissions must be 3,000 to 5,000 words (including references and endnotes). All article and essay contributors are responsible for ensuring their manuscripts adhere to MLA style.

To submit: Please send all inquiries, abstracts and submissions to the editors at

6.      Exhibition Call: January 2018: NASTY GRLS: Community (in) Action: (Deadline: October 15th/17)

January 2018: NASTY GRLS: Community (in) Action

We are calling for images of socially-engaged community work. What do you do as a feminist, artist and researcher in your own communities?

Exhibition Call:

WIAprojects at Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto is showcasing women’s – and especially feminist – socially-engaged community activity in an exhibit in the CWSE Hallway Gallery this coming Jan. 2018. Our expectation is that the works will specifically explore where we, nationally, as women and/or as feminists are situated after Canada 150.

Who are you – Individual? Group? Collective? Are you from a rural area or urban center? How do you respond to and enliven the hopes, wishes, and activities of/in your communities? Who do you work with and how? How have you spoken to or/and facilitated in assisting with meeting the needs of a diverse population or a specific group? Do you have a powerful image that speaks to this work that you do?

We are asking for submissions of printed colour images on good quality photo paper in 4” x 6” (vertical or horizontal) format. You may send up to three images (indicate an order of preference) and we will try and show them all but, if space becomes limited, we may have to choose one. In order to defray costs we are asking for an administrative fee of $25 for the submission of one image ($10 for each individual image beyond the first one – up to total of $45 for 3 images) to cover framing, hanging, advertising and administrative costs. The image and cheque should be sent to: Nasty Grls, WIAprojects, 22588-264 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1V8.

Please send as well in an email to biographical information on yourself or your group or project, a description of your activity using the questions above as a framework and a 300 dpi jpg copy of your image(s) for publicity or catalogue purposes. Please send your text as a one page word file for us to use to accompany your image(s) – maximum 200 words please for all! We suggest approximately 100 word bio and 100 word statement. This text will be oriented, printed and shown beside your image(s).

Once we receive your email and mailed submission, we will contact you via email to acknowledge receipt.

DEADLINE: Oct 15, 2017


1.      Seeking PhD Students: ‘Caribbean Literary Heritage’ Project

A new research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust on Caribbean literary heritage is looking for collaborations with authors, researchers and archivists.

The Anglophone Caribbean’s reputation for outstanding creative writers has established itself globally since the late twentieth century, most prominently with St Lucian Derek Walcott’s Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992 and Trinidadian V. S. Naipaul’s just short of a decade later, in 2001. More recently still, a cluster of major international prizes has confirmed the extraordinary standing of Caribbean-born writers on the world literary stage. The prestigious Forward Prize for Poetry was awarded to Jamaican Kei Miller in 2014, Jamaican-born Claudia Rankine in 2015 and Trinidadian Vahni Capildeo in 2016. In 2015 a Caribbean writer – Jamaican Marlon James – also won the coveted Man Booker Prize. Such accolades speak of individual talents but they also intimate something of a regional context for literary innovation and excellence. Despite this glittering present, the region’s literary history and the future of its past remain fragile.

‘Caribbean literary heritage: recovering the lost past and safeguarding the future’ seeks to analyze the current extent and character of the region’s literary heritage and to investigate how the recording of a literary past profoundly influences who is read, how they are read, by whom and in what venues. The project aims to transform understandings of what is lost but might yet be recovered, and of what literary archives might look like in the digital age. It will work with contemporary authors to encourage and support the preservation of their papers, and with critics to help develop an open access register of authors’ papers globally [including those held in private hands], as well as a timeline of literary production.

Alison Donnell and Kei Miller, the academic leads on this project, are both looking to recruit fully-funded PhD students to work on recovery research projects. As part of the project team, both students will join in presenting the project findings at the Bocas Literature festival, Trinidad in 2020 and will be involved in other project events and publications, as well as original archival research.

Applications for studentship 1, based at University of East Anglia, under the supervision of Professor Alison Donnell closes on 30 April with interviews on 16 May at UEA:

Details of studentship 2, based at the University of Exeter, under the supervision of Professor Kei Miller, will be found at

Please do spread the word and contact us if you want to help or find out more about the project. Contact

An update with the project website, events and an author questionnaire will follow in the autumn.

2.      Heritage Minutes Officer (2 Positions): (Deadline: April 28/17)

Position details:

Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship.  Some of Historica Canada’s signature programs are: Encounters with Canada, The Heritage Minutes, The Memory Project, The Citizenship Challenge and The Canadian Encyclopedia. For more information, visit

The Heritage Minutes Officer will be an individual who is passionate about Historica Canada’s work, has had experience working with a team to achieve deliverables in a timely fashion and is enthusiastic about creating a legacy for all Canadians. The successful candidate is creative, driven and has a deep knowledge of the Heritage Minute collection and its role in Canadian culture.

The responsibilities of the Heritage Minutes Officer include:

Providing support to Project Manager and Coordinator, including clerical and research support
Responding to requests and inquiries from the public
Distributing Heritage Minutes to broadcasters and other partners
Liaising with production partners and historical consultants, as needed
Processing permission requests
Media outreach and promotions support, as needed
Coordinating outputs and metadata for distribution
Outreach to schools and teachers to create promote HM use in classrooms
Writing promotional materials including press releases and web descriptions
Launch planning and execution including events, social media campaigns and
promotional campaigns
Researching new platforms for Heritage Minutes distribution including community screenings
Monitoring and updating Heritage Minutes online presence
Minor editing and sound recording for sample use
Other duties as assigned


A degree in Canadian Studies, History, Journalism, Film or equivalent;
Excellent organizational skills, ability to multi-task;
Excellent communications skills including writing and editing;
Knowledge of Canadian history;
Knowledge of film production and/or broadcast industry an asset;
Video editing skills an asset;
Bilingualism (English/French) an asset;
Professional working experience in the non-profit, heritage or education sector an asset;
Excellent attention to detail;

This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required by the incumbent. Incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required.

This position is contract with potential for renewal after March 31, 2018. Hourly salary range is $19.50-$20.50. Work is to be done in the Toronto Office, Monday to Friday.

Interested candidates should forward their application in PDF or other Microsoft application to: no later than Friday, April 28 at 5 pm. Please refer to this posting in the subject line. Successful candidates will be contacted directly. Phone calls or solicitations from agencies and candidates will not be accepted.

Historica Canada is an equal opportunity employer. Historica Canada welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Application closing date:

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 17:00

3.     2017-2018 Gender Wage Gap Grant Program / le Programme de subventions pour les projets visant l'équité salariale entre les sexes

The Pay Equity Office’s Gender Wage Gap Grant Program (GWGGP) launched on April 11, 2017. The Program intends to:

·                     advance action to promote equality between women and men that support efforts to close Ontario’s gender wage gap; and,

·                     support the Government’s priority of economic growth by understanding how the earning potential of Ontario’s working women can be maximized.

The program seeks proposals that may include: actions or research exploring gender wage gap and pay equity issues for members of racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants and youth; or actions or research exploring compensation issues and gender inequality in Ontario’s emerging workplace conditions. The Pay Equity Office will fund successful initiatives through a transfer payment. For more information, or to apply for the grant program, please visit our website. Since 2014, the Pay Equity Office’s Gender Wage Gap Grant Program (GWGGP) has funded eight projects that add to our understanding of pay equity, the gender wage gap, and how the earning potential of Ontario’s working women can be maximized.

Learn more about previous recipients

Please circulate this email to any interested individuals or organizations.

Le lancement du Programme de subventions pour les projets visant l’équité salariale entre les sexes du Bureau de l’équité salariale a eu lieu 11 avril, 2017.

Le programme a pour but de :

·                     faire avancer les mesures de promotion de l’équité entre les hommes et les femmes, qui soutiennent les efforts visant à éliminer la disparité salariale entre les sexes en Ontario;

·                     appuyer la priorité du gouvernement en matière de croissance économique en sachant comment on peut maximiser le potentiel salarial des travailleuses en Ontario.

Les propositions recherchées peuvent comprendre des initiatives ou recherches visant à explorer l’écart salarial entre les sexes et les questions d’équité salariale chez les membres des minorités raciales ou ethniques, les immigrants et les jeunes ou des initiatives ou recherches visant à explorer les questions liées à la rémunération et l’inégalité entre les sexes dans les nouvelles conditions de travail en Ontario. Le Bureau de l’équité salariale permettra de financer des initiatives réussies par le biais d’un paiement de transfert. Pour obtenir plus de renseignements ou pour faire une demande de subvention, veuillez consulter notre site Web. Depuis 2014, le Programme de subventions pour les projets visant l’équité salariale entre les sexes du Bureau de l’équité salariale a versé de l’aide financière pour huit projets contribuant à une meilleure compréhension de l’équité salariale et de la disparité salariale entre les sexes et de ce qui pourrait être fait pour maximiser le potentiel salarial des travailleuses de l’Ontario.

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