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The Centre for Feminist Research presents: “A Piece of Paradise” Film Screening

Followed by a Q&A with Director and Cast

Film by Dr. Patrick Alcedo (Department of Dance)

*Jury Awards–National Bank Best First Feature Film and Centennial Best Canadian Film, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, 2017

Date: Monday, February 25, 2019
Time: 2.30-4.30pm
Location: 626 Kaneff Tower, York University
Film Trailer: https://player.vimeo.com/video/242928309
Accessibility: Accessible space. Wheelchair-accessible and gender-neutral bathroom nearby. Coffee and tea provided. Everyone welcome. RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca.
Link to Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1008123282710262/

Canada is a nation of immigrants, and it comes as no surprise that many Canadians share more than one homeland. For many Filipinos, family members living and working overseas is commonplace, and yet the strain of being apart is never easy. When your heart is torn between two places you love, how do you find your piece of paradise?

The film captures the everyday life of Norlyn, Em-Em, and Betsy as they navigate living and working in Toronto while dreaming of the day they can visit the Philippines again. Their struggles are real but the women are resilient, knowing that their faith, community and especially their sense of humor will help them through the challenges.

CAST: Norlyn, Em-Em, Betsy, Darrell, Bimboy

PRODUCTION: WRITER-DIRECTOR Patrick Alcedo PRODUCER Patrick Alcedo CINEMATOGRAPHY Fruto Corre MUSIC Peter Alcedo, Jr. EDITING Phoebe Sequino

Co-sponsored by: The Department of Dance, the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), and York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR).

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The Centre for Feminist Research Presents:

“The Time Has Come: Why Men Must Join the Gender Equality Revolution"

Book Launch with author Dr. Michael Kaufman

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Time: 12-1.30pm
Location: 305 Founders College, York University
Accessibility: Open to all. Accessible space. Founders College is wheelchair-accessible. Gender-neutral bathroom on 1st floor. Single-stall, accessible bathroom on 3rd floor. Light refreshments provided. RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca.

Copies of the book available for purchase!

The Time Has Come explores how a patriarchal culture that has given power and privilege to men comes at a huge cost to women, children, and, surprisingly to men as well. It details how very achievable changes in our workplaces and families, in the ways we raise boys to be men and dismantle rigid gender binaries, and in the movement to end men’s violence will bring significant rewards to communities all around the world.

Michael Kaufman is the cofounder of the White Ribbon Campaign―the largest international network of men working to end violence against women―and for decades has been an advisor on gender equality to the United Nations, governments, NGOs, schools, and workplaces around the world. With honest storytelling, compassion, and hard-hitting analysis, The Time Has Come is a compelling look at why men must take a stand in the fight for general equality.

Co-Sponsored by: Founders College, The School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and the Department of Sociology.

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The Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies & the Centre for Feminist Research present:

The Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies Annual Lecture

“Queer Archives, Regional Archives: The Unruly Visions of Sheba Chhachhi and Akram Zaatari”

By Dr. Gayatri Gopinath

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time: 3-5PM
Location: 626 Kaneff, York University
Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible space, gender-neutral & gender-segregated washrooms. Light refreshments provided. Please advise of allergies/dietary needs with RSVP. Kaneff is not a scent-free environment. FREE event. All are welcome.
Please RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca.
Link to Facebook eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/328198364419455/

Summary: In this talk, Dr. Gayatri Gopinath draws on her forthcoming book Unruly Visions: The Aesthetic Practices of Queer Diaspora, to identify a “queer regional imaginary” in the works of contemporary artists Akram Zaatari and Sheba Chhacchi. Dr. Gopinath foregrounds the category of the region --in both its sub-national and supra-national senses-- in a queer diasporic frame in order to produce a new mapping of space and sexuality; this alternative mapping rejects dominant cartographies that either privilege the nation-state or that cast into shadow all those spaces, and gender and sexual formations, deemed without value within the map of global capital.

Dr. Gopinath discusses the Beirut-based queer artist Akram Zaatari’s excavation of subnational regional photographic archives, in conjunction with Delhi-based artist Sheba Chhacchi’s installation Winged Pilgrims(2007), which disrupts area studies framings of “Asia” by mapping supranational histories of encounter and exchange that entirely provincialize the global north.  Both works represent a queer incursion into area studies, where a queer regional imaginary instantiates alternative cartographies and spatial logics that allow for other histories of global affiliation and affinity to emerge.

Bio: Gayatri Gopinath is Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, and the Director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University. She works at the intersection of transnational feminist and queer studies, postcolonial studies, and diaspora studies, and is the author of Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures (Duke UP, 2005), and Unruly Visions: The Aesthetic Practices of Queer Diaspora (Duke UP, 2018). She has published numerous essays on gender, sexuality, and queer diasporic cultural production in journals such as Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, GLQ, Social Text, and positions.

Co-Sponsored by: The Department of Anthropology, the Department of Social Science, the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, the Sexuality Studies Program, and the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR).

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CFR Co-Sponsored: Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights: (Neo)colonialism, Neoliberalism, Resistance and Hope

Book Launch

Date: Thursday September 13, 2018
Time: 6:30 – 8:30PM
Location: Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St, Toronto
Accessibility information: Glad Day Bookshop is wheelchair accessible. Gender neutral and wheelchair accessible washrooms.
Event Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/events/2095244394129208/ 
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Customers based in North America can pre-order the book from the University site here: https://www.sas.ac.uk/envisionthisAmerica
Customers based everywhere else (UK, EU, Caribbean, Australasia, Asia, Africa) can pre-order from here: https://www.sas.ac.uk/envisionthis

It will also be available on Amazon worldwide and Open Access (via this link: https://www.sas.ac.uk/humanitiesdigital) from September 13th.

Book summary: On the brink of global change, Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights, (Neo)colonialism, Neoliberalism, Resistance and Hope, is bursting with invaluable first hand insights from leading activists at the forefront of some of the most fiercely fought battlegrounds of contemporary sexual politics in India, the Caribbean and Africa. As well, authors from Canada, Botswana and Kenya examine key turning points in the advancement of sexual orientation and gender identity issues at the United Nations, and turn a critical eye on LGBT asylum in Canada. Authors speak to a need to reorient and decolonise queer studies, and turn a critical gaze northwards from the Global South.

Published by: Human Rights Consortium, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London http://humanities-digital-library.org/index.php/hdl/catalog/book/envisioning

This anthology (edited by Nancy Nicol, Adrian Jjuuko, Richard Lusimbo, Nick J. Mulé, Susan Ursel, Amar Wahab and Phyllis Waugh) is an outcome of a five-year international collaboration among partners that share a common legacy of British colonial laws that criminalise same-sex intimacy and gender identity/expression. The project was unique, combining research and writing with participatory documentary filmmaking. This visionary politics infuses the pages of the anthology.

In light of the British Prime Minister’s recent acknowledgement of the legacy of British colonialism on LGBT human rights in contemporary Commonwealth states and her expression of regret for introducing those laws – this volume is particularly timely. It is a book for activists and academics in a range of disciplines from postcolonial and sexualities studies to filmmaking, as well as for policy-makers and practitioners committed to envisioning, and working for, a better future.

A PDF of the book is available to media in advance of the launch, on request. For more information contact: Nancy Nicol, nnicol@yorku.ca.

The resulting volume captures history in the making. Highlights include:

India: on the brink of repealing a 157-year-old British colonial era law

Arvind Narrain, a human rights lawyer in the challenge to the law in India, examines the case against Section 377, the 1861 British colonial law that criminalises "carnal intercourse against the order of nature”. A decision on the case by the India Supreme Court is expected by Oct. Should the Court strike down Section 377 – which is likely, given legal developments in the case - it will transform LGBT rights in a country of 1.3 billion people. As well, the ruling will have huge repercussions in other countries, particularly in the Commonwealth, where there are similar legal battles against colonial-era laws that were modeled on Section 377.

Africa: expanded criminalisation and incremental change

Botswanan and Ugandan human rights lawyers, Monica Tabengwa and Adrian Jjuuko write about ‘expanded criminalisation’ to describe a process in post-independence African countries to further criminalise same-sex conduct across Africa today. Adrian Jjuuko and Fridah Mutesi, lawyers for the Constitutional case against the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) in Uganda, provide a detailed first-hand case study of the successful challenge to the Act. Complementing their chapter, Richard Lusimbo and Austin Bryan examine the growth of LGBTI organising in Uganda in the context of the struggle against the AHA, including the formation of the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law, which brought together 50 civil society organisations to oppose the AHA. Kenyan Justice Monica Mbaru, lawyer Monica Tabengwa and ARC International Executive director Kim Vance discuss recent litigation and significant incremental gains in case law based on constitutional protections that guarantee freedom of association in Botswana, Kenya and Uganda. Kenya activists, Jane Wothaya Thirikwa, Guillit Amakobe, Kat Dearham and Po Likimani, examine LGBT organising in Kenya, probing into questions of intersectionality, class, poverty and donor culture with regard to organizing work.

Decriminalisation in the Caribbean: Belize and Guyana

Litigant in the first case to successfully challenge a British colonial-era law that criminalises same sex intimacy in the Caribbean, Caleb Orozco, gives a first person account the struggle for decriminalisation in Belize. In August 2016, the Supreme Court of Belize struck down Section 53 of the Criminal Code, thus decriminalising same-sex intimacy. This legal victory was a result of years of community building locally and from across the region. Pere DeRoy and Namela Baynes Henry examine LGBT rights in Guyana in the context of the cross-dressing law and the challenge to this colonial-era law. Currently a case challenging the cross-dressing law is under consideration by the Caribbean Court of Justice.

Advances in Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) recognition at the UN

Vance, Mulé, Khan and McKenzie map the progress of SOGI initiatives at the United Nations and the engagement of civil society. The authors trace key developments such as: the first resolution on sexual orientation and human rights in Geneva in 2003: the development of the Yogyakarta Principles of 2006 and their ongoing relevance and influence; the adoption of the first resolution on human rights and SOGI by the UN Human Rights Council on 17 June 2011; and the appointment of the first ever independent expert on SOGI issues in September 2016.

(Neo)colonialism, neoliberalism and borders

The impact of colonial, neo-colonial and neoliberal policies on sexual orientation and gender identity issues and rights in Canada and internationally is a cross-cutting theme throughout the volume. Kinsman gives a critical perspective on national identity and border security, raising questions with regard to the current asylum regime in Canada. Mulé and Gamble offer critical perspectives on LGBT refugee issues in Canada focusing on the refugee determination system and mental health. Wahab contextualises the Envisioning data from Saint Lucia, and provides a critical examination of neocolonialism, noting that homophobia and human rights cannot be separated from the broader tensions of the struggles for self-determination in the context of neoliberal globalisation. Mbaru, Tabengwa and Vance provide a detailed legal-activist historical overview of the debate on ‘traditions’ at the African Commission and at the UN through the lens of Africa.

Participatory documentary

Participatory documentary was a key part of the Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights project, working with community partners and human rights defenders who are engaged in efforts to transform society and advance lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights in Africa, the Caribbean and India. Envisioning project lead, Nancy Nicol, contributes a chapter on the methodology and outcomes of this work, which includes such films as No Easy Walk To Freedom (2014) on the struggle against Section 377 and the growth of queer organising in India and And Still We Rise (2015) on the impact of and resistance to the Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda.

Book Launch Panel:

Nancy Nicol is the principal investigator of the Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights project and the lead editor of the anthology. Nancy is a documentary filmmaker and Professor Emeritus, York University. As part of the Envisioning project, she coordinated the project internationally and contributed principally to the Canada research team, the India research team and the Africa research team. As part of that work, Nancy worked closely with community partners on the participatory documentary work, directed No Easy Walk To Freedom (90 min. 2014) and co-directed And Still We Rise (68 min. 2015) with Richard Lusimbo.

Maurice Tomlinson is a member of, and contributed to, two Envisioning research teams, the Law and Human Rights Mechanisms research team and the Caribbean research team. Currently Maurice is a senior policy analyst with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. He acts as counsel and/or claimant in a number of current cases that challenge anti-LGBT laws in the Caribbean.

Jane Wothaya Thirikwa is a social justice activist with more than eight years’ experience in LGBT organising efforts in Kenya. She provided expertise and insights to Envisioning’s Africa research team. She participated in advocacy programmes at both the Gay Kenya Trust and the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya, coordinating grassroots initiatives as well as building partnerships with the wider social justice movement in Kenya. Currently Jane is the global partnerships coordinator at KAIROS Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, Toronto.

Amar Wahab is an Associate Professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University. He is a co-investigator with Envisioning and a member of its Caribbean research team. His research interests include: sexual citizenship in liberal multicultural and postcolonial nation state formations (mainly related to the Caribbean and Canada); race and queer transnational politics; critiques of queer liberalism; and race, gender and the politics of representation.

CFR Co-Sponsored: Indian Migration and Empire: A Colonial Geneology of the Modern State (Duke University Press, 2018) by Radhika Mongia

Book Launch

Presented by Another Story Bookshop

Date: Thursday September 13th, 2018
Time: 7pm
Location: The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St West
Accessibility information: Fully wheelchair accessible; barrier free washrooms;
main entrance down a ramp straight from Queen Street. FREE event. Refreshments provided.

Link to the event on Facebook

Copies of the book available for purchase!

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Featuring a panel discussion with Radhika Mongia (York University), Bhavani Raman (University of Toronto), Nandita Sharma (University of Hawaii) & Alissa Trotz (University of Toronto)

How did states come to monopolize control over migration? What do the processes that produced this monopoly tell us about the modern state? In Indian Migration and Empire, Radhika Mongia provocatively argues that the formation of colonial migration regulations was dependent upon, accompanied by, and generative of profound changes in normative conceptions of the modern state. Focused on state regulation of colonial Indian migration between 1834 and 1917, Mongia illuminates the genesis of central techniques of migration control. She shows how important elements of current migration regimes, including the notion of state sovereignty as embodying the authority to control migration, the distinction between free and forced migration, the emergence of passports, the formation of migration bureaucracies, and the incorporation of kinship relations into migration logics, are the product of complex debates that attended colonial migrations.

By charting how state control of migration was critical to the transformation of a world dominated by empire-states into a world dominated by nation-states, Mongia challenges positions that posit a stark distinction between the colonial state and the modern state to trace aspects of their entanglements.

Radhika Mongia is Associate Professor of Sociology at York University.

Co-sponsored by: York Centre for Asian Research, Centre for Feminist Research, Centre for Refugee Studies, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Graduate Program in Sociology, and the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies (Osgoode Hall Law School).

CFR Co-Sponsored: "Strategies of Critique: Great Black North"

SPTH Graduate Student Conference

Date: October 11-13, 2018
Time: full day
Location: Senate Chamber, N940 Ross Building

York University’s Social and Political Thought Graduate Program is pleased to announce its 32nd annual conference:

Strategies of Critique: Great Black North: Study, Resistance and Existence in Black from October 11th- October 13th 2018 in Senate Chamber, N940 Ross Building.

We organize this conference with an aim to understand and affirm Black experience in/of Canadian contexts where ideas of a Great White North too often prevail. Intending a scholarly intervention within an academic landscape shaped by neoliberal governance and racial capitalism, we know that we must look to challenge the academic industrial complex’s entanglements with white supremacy, settler-colonialism, enslavement, patriarchy and neoliberal logics of domination, as well as other regimes and instances of violence to understand its own “underground” constituted by Black Canadian experiences. Such modalities function to pacify or make invisible anti-racist and anti-colonial resistances within the academy. This year’s Strategies of Critique responds to the absence of a Black Canadian Studies stream as one such instance of invisiblity and pacification, which must be interrogated and denaturalized. Thus, it asks: what is at stake in the ongoing production of new forms of collectivity and struggle, the making and re-making of a Great Black North that exceeds the idea of Canadian experience? Under what constraints do anti-racist and anti-colonial resistances labour within the academy over questions of justice and collective liberation, and what are the forms of intervention, academic or otherwise, through which people take up these political struggles?

Please check our website https://strategiesofcritique.wordpress.com for more details regarding our programming.

The Centre for Feminist Research Presents:


I Am Rohingya

A Genocide in Four Acts

Welcome by Dr. Eve Haque

Film Screening and Q&A with cast of the film and director Yusuf Zine

Date: Thursday, October 25th, 2018
Time: 3-5pm
Location: Nat Taylor Cinema (Ross North 102) York University
RSVP to: juliapyr@yorku.ca (attendance purposes only)

Accessibility information: FREE EVENT. Open to all. Accessible entrances to Ross: Student Centre South + Vari Hall South entrances. Accessible and gender-neutral washroom on Vari Hall 1st floor. Accessible and gender-segregated washrooms in Ross South. Transit directions to York University: http://maps.info.yorku.ca/transit-driving-directions/


They will not be erased. They will not be silenced.

I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts chronicles the journey of fourteen refugee youth who take to the stage (in front of a live audience) to re-enact their families’ harrowing experiences in Burma and beyond; before, during, and immediately after the escalation of military violence in their native homeland, Rakhine state; their unforgiving escape by foot and by boat to makeshift camps in Bangladesh; and their eventual resettlement in the strikingly unfamiliar Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.

There, the children resolve to raise awareness for a conflict that has increasingly resembled a cruel and systematic ethnic cleansing campaign.


To view the trailer for I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts, click here: https://youtu.be/g7XXolxFKi0
Website: https://www.IAmRohingyaFilm.com
Facebook: @IAmRohingyaOfficial or click here: https://www.facebook.com/IAmRohingyaOfficial/
Twitter: @IAmRohingya  or click here: https://twitter.com/iamrohingya?lang=en
Instagram: @IAmRohingya  or click here: https://www.instagram.com/iamrohingya/?hl=en

Co-Sponsors: The Department of Politics, the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR), the and the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS), and the Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation (VPRI).

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You are invited to the Centre for Feminist Research (CFR) meet n greet!

Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018
Time: 2.30-4pm
Location: room 626 Kaneff
Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible space, gender-neutral & gender-segregated washrooms. Light refreshments provided. Please advise of allergies/dietary needs with RSVP. Kaneff is not a scent-free environment. FREE event. All are welcome.

Please RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca. RSVPs for catering purposes only.

Join us for light refreshments, meet feminist faculty, students and community members across York University, and learn about upcoming events, projects and activities - or suggest your own!

CFR Graduate Caucus meeting

Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018
Time: 4-5pm
Location: 626 Kaneff
Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible space, gender-neutral & gender-segregated washrooms. Kaneff is not a scent-free environment.

CFR Graduate Associates are invited to attend for the first 2018-19 meeting of the CFR Graduate Caucus: a space for graduate students to meet each other and brainstorm, collaborate, and propose events, research projects, and activities they want to spearhead through the CFR.

Please RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca. (RSVPs for attendance numbers only)

CFR Co-Sponsored:

The School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies invites you to

Feminist Times, Feminist Futures

A series of events celebrating its 20th Anniversary

The Problem with Work?: Strategies for De-commodifying Everyday Life

DATE: Friday, November 2, 2018
TIME: 9:30 am to 4:00pm.
LOCATION: 305 Founders College

Accessibility: FREE event! Everyone is welcome. Lunch provided. Founders College is wheelchair-accessible. Gender-neutral bathroom on 1st floor. Single-stall, accessible bathroom on 3rd floor. Wayfinding signs will be posted. Please RSVP with dietary needs to cirvin@yorku.ca.

  • 9.30am: Registration, Introductions and Land acknowledgement
  • 10am-12.30pm: “Income Security and the Materiality of Precarious Life” panel

Panel Chair:

Kiké Roach (Ryerson University)


Dr. Ruth Koleszar-Green (York University)
AJ Withers (York University)
Pierre-Luc Junet (Concordia University)

  • 12.30-2pm: Lunch
  • 2-4pm: “Unconditional Basic Income” Lecture by Dr. Kathi Weeks (Duke University)

as developed in Dr. Weeks’ book, The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics and Postwork Imaginaries (Duke University Press)



Dr. Sedef Arat-Koç (Ryerson University)

Dr. Ethel Tungohan (York University)

Participant bios:

Dr. Sedef Arat-Koç (Ryerson) teaches in the Department of Politics and Public Administration and in the graduate program in Immigration and Settlement Studies. In the Canadian context, her work has focused on social reproduction, gender, racialization, immigration and citizenship. In relation to the Middle East, she has written on the politics of imperialism and Turkish society and politics in the context of neoliberalism and post-Cold War geopolitics.

Dr. Ruth Koleszar-Green (York) is a citizen of the Mohawk Nation from the Haudenosaunee confederacy. She is Turtle clan. She was a member of the Income Security Working Group of the Ministry of Community and Social Services. The Working Group developed "Income Security: Roadmap for Change."

Pierre-Luc Junet (Concordia) has a BFA in Film Studies and is now concluding his studies in Film Production. He is a member of the student organization, Student Work Unitary Committees (SWUC), currently organizing the first interns’ strike in Quebec. Fighting not only unpaid internships, SWUCs are also defending the idea of wages for students.

Kiké Roach (Ryerson) currently holds the UNIFOR National Chair in Social Justice and Democracy at Ryerson University. A practicing lawyer, Kiké is a long-time advocate and community organizer for racial, gender and economic justice.

Dr. Ethel Tungohan (York) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and the Canada Research Chair in Canadian Migration Policy, Impacts and Activism. Her book manuscript, From the Politics of Everyday Resistance to the Politics from Below: the Migrant Domestic Workers Movement in Canada, won the 2014 National Women’s Studies Association First Book Prize. Ethel is a strong proponent of socially-engaged research and has developed research partnerships with Gabriela-Ontario, Migrante-Alberta, and other migrants advocacy organizations.

Dr. Kathi Weeks (Duke) is a Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies. Her primary interests are in the fields of political theory, feminist theory, Marxist thought, utopian studies, and the critical study of work.  She is currently working on a genealogy of U.S. Marxist feminist thought.  She is the author of Constituting Feminist Subjects (Cornell UP, 1998) and The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics and Postwork Imaginaries (Duke UP, 2011).

A.J. Withers (York) is an organizer with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and a PhD candidate at York University School of Social Work. They are the author of “Disability Politics and Theory” (Fernwood, 2012), “A Violent History of Benevolence: Interlocking Oppressions in the Moral Economies of Social Working” (co-authored with Chris Chapman, U of T Press, forthcoming) and stillmyrevolution.org.

Co-Sponsors: Office of the College Head-Founders College, the Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation, the Office of the Vice-Provost Academic, LA&PS Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, the Office of the Principal of Glendon, the Departments of Humanities, Human Rights and Equity Studies, Social Science, Sociology, Politics, Global Labour Research Centre, The Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, and the Centre for Feminist Research.

This event is organized and presented by Dr. Cynthia Wright and Dr. Jacinthe Michaud.

The Centre for Feminist Research and the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies Present:

Book launch for Queer Politics in India: Towards Sexual Subaltern Subjects 

by Shraddha Chatterjee (GFWS)

Introduced by Dr. David Murray (Anthropology)

Harshita Yalamarty (GFWS)

Preity Kumar (GFWS)
and Karuna Chandrashekar (SPTH)

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Time: 12-2pm
Location: 626 Kaneff Tower, York University
Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible space, gender-neutral & gender-segregated washrooms. Light refreshments provided. Please advise of allergies with RSVP. Kaneff is not a scent-free environment. FREE event. All are welcome.

Brown bag event – bring your own lunch! Cookies and coffee provided.

RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca. RSVPs for catering purposes only.

SummaryQueer Politics in India simultaneously tells two interconnected stories. The first explores the struggle against violence and marginalization by queer people in the Indian subcontinent, and places this movement towards equality and inclusion in relation to queer movements across the world. The second story, about a lesbian suicide in a small village in India, interrupts the first one, and together, these two stories push and pull the book to elucidate the failure and promise of queer politics, in India and the rest of the world.

This book emerges at a critical time for queer politics and activism in India, exploring the contemporary queer subject through the different lenses of critical psychology, Lacanian psychoanalysis, feminist and queer theory, and cultural studies in its critique of the constructions of discourses of ‘normal’ sexuality. It also examines how power determines further segregations of ‘abnormal’ sexuality into legitimate and illegitimate queer subjectivities and authentic and inauthentic queer experiences. By allowing a multifaceted and engaged critique to emerge that demonstrates how the idea of a universal queer subject fails lower class, lower caste queer subjects, and queer people of colour, the author expertly highlights how all queer people are not the same, even within queer movements, as the book asks the questions, "which queer subject does queer politics fight for?", and, "what is the imagination of a queer subject in queer politics?"

Bio: Shraddha Chatterjee is currently a PhD scholar in Gender, Feminist, & Women’s Studies at York University, Toronto. She has previously trained in psychology, and her work is informed by Lacanian psychoanalysis, critical psychology, feminist and queer theory, and cultural studies. She is involved with feminist queer spaces in New Delhi and Kolkata.

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CFR Co-Sponsored:


Sharing Breath: Embodied Learning and Decolonization

edited by Sheila Batacharya and Yuk-Lin Renita Wong

Date: Saturday, 10 November 2018
Time: 9:00–10:30 am
Location: Room 5–260
University of Toronto
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

Featuring a roundtable discussion that will address the process of generating academic scholarship and critique hegemonic modes of education.

Summary: Treating bodies as more than discursive in social research can feel out of place in academia. As a result, embodiment studies remain on the outside of academic knowledge construction and critical scholarship. However, embodiment scholars suggest that investigations into the profound division created by privileging the mind-intellect over the body-spirit are integral to the project of decolonization.

The field of embodiment theorizes bodies as knowledgeable in ways that include but are not solely cognitive. The contributors to this collection suggest developing embodied ways of teaching, learning, and knowing through embodied experiences such as yoga, mindfulness, illness, and trauma. Although the contributors challenge Western educational frameworks from within and beyond academic settings, they also acknowledge and draw attention to the incommensurability between decolonization and aspects of social justice projects in education. By addressing this tension ethically and deliberately, the contributors engage thoughtfully with decolonization and make a substantial, and sometimes unsettling, contribution to critical studies in education.

Sheila Batacharya completed her doctoral studies in Education, University of Toronto. Her scholarship in embodiment and embodied learning is fueled by her experiences teaching yoga and her curiosity and concern with articulating and practicing attunement to social-sentient embodied experiences in formal education and community contexts.

Yuk-Lin Renita Wong is a professor at the School of Social Work at York University. Her scholarship and teaching aim at deconstructing the power relations in the knowledge production and discursive practices of social work, and in re-centering marginalized ways of knowing and being.

Co-sponsored by: Athabasca University Press and OCAD University.

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York University’s School of Nursing Invites you to a

TALK and BOOK LAUNCH featuring:

Personal and Political: Stories from the Women’s Health Movement 1960-2010 
With Dr. Lorraine Greaves (Centre of Excellence in Women’s Health)

Event Details

FRIDAY NOV 16TH, 12:00
Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building Room 1005
88 The Pond Rd, North York, ON M3J 2S5
Refreshments Provided.
Books available.
* RSVP by 14 November to owhchair@yorku.ca

This book...
➢ Examines the role of feminism in transforming the healthcare system in Canada
➢ Analyses the "second wave" women's health movement in Canada between 1960 and 2010
➢ Describes how this feminist movement challenged diagnoses, treatments, regulations, policies, laws, and research

Co-sponsored by: The School of Nursing, Women's Health Research Chair in Mental Health Office, Health and Society, LAPS Health Policy & Management, Faculty of Health at York University; The Feminist History Society; and Second Story Press.

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CFR Co-Sponsored:

Community Screening Event of Face, the Other Side 얼굴, 그 맞은편

Film screening: 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM, November 17, 2018
Discussion and Q&A with Director LEE Sun Hee: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
* Event is presented bilingually, in both English and Korean: film screening has Korean audio with English subtitles; Discussion/Q&A will have a Korean/English interpretation
Location: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave, Toronto.
Registration: click "Tickets (FREE)" button or go to https://face-the-other-side.eventbrite.ca

Presented by:
The Centre for the Study of Korea (CSK)
The Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies
Women Initiate New Domains (WIND)

The East Asian Studies Department at the University of Toronto
York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR)
Centre for Feminist Research at York University (CFR)
The Cinema Studies Student Union (CINSSU)

Film Synopsis:
The culture of men watching illegally filmed videos of sexual violence is becoming a huge problem in Korea. Videos of sexual intercourse filmed without the consent of women are publicly shared on illegal sex violence video sites. Female victims of these videos are branded as ‘something-something girl’ and become content products that are bought without copyrights. These transactions have created a huge market. Women can’t help but live in constant fear of getting their exposed bodies or sexual intercourses filmed anywhere, anytime, by anyone. Yet, the police are tepid with investigations and punishments, and consequently, female victims’ lives are destroyed psychologically, socially, and financially. Infuriated by reality, some ordinary women have turned into political feminist warriors. Getting by with part-time jobs, they voluntarily gather together and spend countless hours trying to identify the faces of the consumers of illegal videos so that they can collect enough evidence to report to the police. They also erase the victims’ videos and help them restore their life. Face, the Other Side goes beyond investigative reporting rather than simply unearthing the criminal cartel that consumes, produces, and distributes sexual violence videos. The film is an empowering story of young women growing into feminists and activists to reclaim the control of their bodies. They are the ones who change the world.

Director Bio:
LEE Sun Hee
Femi-tator – it is a word that I coined, as well as a value, and an occupation. My job is to organize and systematize women’s indignation. I write, make speeches, and sometimes bring my camera around to make documentaries, and dream of a world where feminism is common sense.

In a few years, I hope to see NAH Hye-suk, the protagonist of my screenplay, Draw the Light, from long ago, on the screen and saying the line, “Virginity isn’t my hobby.”

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CFR Co-Sponsored:

Winter Clothing Drive for FCJ Refugee Centre- please check your closets and share widely!

As part of the Refugees Welcome Here! campaign for 2018-2019 WUSC Keele is leading and many on-campus student organizations, departments and colleges are collaborating in our 2018 Winter Clothing Drive for clients of the FCJ Refugee Centre,  running until December 7th.

If interested, you can read about last year’s efforts and the spirit of this initiative at this link.

The York U Refugees Welcome Here! Campaign, led by WUSC Keele have organized the:


“In Canada, with winter coming we believe at our centre that the protection of refugees begins with winter clothes to provide a warm welcome. It is beautiful to see York students acting in solidarity with humanity from the earliest years of their post-secondary education.”
-FCJ Refugee Centre Co-Director Francisco Rico Martinez

The following are the on-campus drop off spots and participants to date:

207 BETHUNE COLLEGE (College Head’s Office)
217 FOUNDERS COLLEGE (College Head’s Office)
107 MCLAUGHLIN COLLEGE- Amnesty International at York
106 FIRST STUDENT CENTRE-York Federation of Students (YFS)
1009 IGNAFF KANEFF BUILDING (Osgoode Hall Law School)-Community and Legal Aid Services Program (CLASP)
807 KANEFF TOWER- Centre for Refugee Studies/Syria Response and Refugee Initiative/

WUSC Keele Committee/Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean(CERLAC)/ Centre for Feminist Research

The Refugees Welcome Here! campaign is supported by the Syria Response and Refugee Initiative of York’s Centre for Refugee Studies (www.yorku.ca/refugees). Thank you WUSC Keele for leading this year’s Winter Clothing Drive.

CFR Presents: "Rethinking the Role of the Critical Intellectual" Talk by Dr. Elaine Stavro (Jan 17, 2019)

Talk by Dr. Elaine Stavro, Trent University
Introduced by Dr. Jacinthe Michaud, York University

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Time: 3-5pm
Location: 305 Founders College, York University
Accessibility: FREE event! Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments provided. Founders College is wheelchair-accessible. Gender-neutral bathroom on 1st floor. Single-stall, accessible bathroom on 3rd floor. Wayfinding signs will be posted. Please RSVP with dietary needs to juliapyr@yorku.ca.


During the Algerian War (1954-62), Djamila Boupacha, a member of the Algerian independence movement Front de Libération Nationale (FLN), was tortured and raped by French soldiers to gather information. In protesting her torture, Boupacha’s lawyer solicited Simone de Beauvoir’s assistance to mount her defense. De Beauvoir’s intervention raises the question of whether an intellectual can represent a marginal group or, whether it is impossible to escape appropriating minority voices and thereby contributing to their disempowerment.

Bio: Dr. Elaine Stavro is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Trent University. She has recently published "Emancipatory Thinking: Simone de Beauvoir and Contemporary Political Thought" (2018) with McGill-Queen's University Press.


Copies of the book available for purchase!

Co-Sponsors: Founders College, Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, and the Department of Politics at York University.

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Seminar with CFR Visiting Graduate Students Vinícius Santiago and Laura Martello

Chaired by Dr. Anna Agathengelou

Date: Monday, January 28, 2019
Time: 2.30-4.30pm
NEW LOCATION! 519 Kaneff Tower
Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible space, gender-neutral & gender-segregated washrooms. Light refreshments provided. Kaneff is not a scent-free environment. FREE event. All are welcome.

RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca
Link to Facebook event:


“Young feminist protests resisting the conservative reaction and the neoliberal offensive”

Massive street protests against sexual abuse and femicide and in defense of sexual and reproductive rights have taken place in the last years in Brazil, resisting the conservative reaction and neoliberal offensive that coordinated a misogynist coup and the recent election of a ultra-right wing president. Combining elements of festivity and disruption in protests deeply rooted in local popular culture, young feminists are developing self-defense strategies to deal with patriarchal, capitalist and racist violence.

Laura França Martello is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, UFMG, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

“Mothers resisting state violence in favelas of Rio de Janeiro”

Black people who live in favelas are one of the main targets of military violence in Brazil. Military police invasion in favelas has been one of the most outrageous state practices through which the pacification policy has been carried out in the last years in Brazil. The murdering of black people in favelas of Rio, especially black youths, reveals the deadly racism of a country that leads the murder rate of young black men in the world. Due to this devastating context, some mothers have come to the streets to protest this murderous state practice and to mourn publicly their sons’ lives. Public mourning has been a sign of resistance to state violence and a political tool to claim justice in face of the arbitrariness of the state.

Vinícius Santiago is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the Institute of International Relations of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (IRI/PUC-Rio), Brazil.

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The Centre for Feminist Research, Sexuality Studies, and the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies present:

Trans Necrointimacies:
Race and the Chalky Affects of Memorialization

Talk by CFR Visiting Scholar in Sexuality Studies Dr. Nael Bhanji

Introduced by Sexuality Studies Coordinator Bobby Noble

Date: February 5th, 2019
Time: 12-2pm
Location: 280A York Lanes, York University
Accessibility: Accessible space. Wheelchair-accessible and gender-neutral bathroom nearby. Light refreshments provided. Everyone welcome. RSVP with dietary needs to juliapyr@yorku.ca

What sorts of affective worldings emerge from the spectacularization and consumption of ‘ordinary’ racialized death? How can we read projects of memorialization as intimately entwined with the mobilization of national subjects within broader mechanisms of hypervigilance and surveillance against people of colour? What connections can we make between practices of trans memoralization, state-securitization, and counter-terrorism? Tracing the connections between necropolitical intimacy, spectacularized violence, and ‘bare life’ in the circulation of affective belonging, this talk explores the centrality of “necrointimacies” in structuring whiteness as emblematic of contemporary life.

Dr. Nael Bhanji is the 2018-2019 Visiting Scholar in Sexuality Studies at the Centre for Feminist Research at York University and a lecturer at Carleton University. Drawing upon critical race theory, trans studies, psychoanalysis, and affect theory, his research explores articulations of necropolitics, racialization, surveillance, and counter-terrorism within an increasingly globalized trans movement. Nael's work appears in Transgender Migrations: The Bodies, Borders, and Politics of TransitionThe Transgender Studies Reader 2, Trans Studies Quarterly 4.1, Canadian Ethnic Studies, and The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities. He is presently working on his monograph entitled “Trans Necrointimacies: Race and the Chalky Affects of Trans Memorialization.”