CFR Newsletter: Upcoming Events and Opportunities, January 11th, 2018



1. CFR Presents: BOOK LAUNCH! The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities (January 12th/18)
2. CFR Co-Sponsored: School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Anniversary: Feminist Times, Feminist Futures (January 16th/18)
3. CFR Presents: 2018 Business and Society Forum: Black Women Resisting Social & Business Exclusion in France, Canada and Brazil (February 1st/18)



1. Nightwood Theatre & Sulong Theatre present world premiere of Audrey Dwyer's Calpurnia
2. Oxford Women's Leadership Symposium Conference Dates for 2018
3. Trans Fund deadline approaching, January 31


1. CRS Seminar: Monitoring the UN Convention on The Rights Of Persons With Disabilities: The Constructive Dialogues of The CRPD Committee and the Simplified Reporting Mechanism (January 16th/18)
2. Rethinking the Heart of Empire: Stories from Indigenous London with Coll Thrush (January 24th/18)
3. Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night) (January 30th/18)
4. Lillian Allen & Joanna Black: Learning for Social Change (February 5th/18)
5. Putting Trials on Trial: Sexual Assault and the Failure of the Legal Profession. (February 9th/18)


1. CERLAC Call for proposals: Navigating Hot Water: Defiant Pathways through the Next Millennium. March 16-17, 2018, York University (Deadline: January 26th/18)
2. Call for papers: Racialized Refuge, Reception Contexts and the Status-Labelling Space (Deadline: February 1st/18)
3. Call for Papers: Tropicália: movements in society: Brazil Week 2017-2018 (Deadline: February 12th/18)


1. Canadian Voice of Women for Peace: National Coordinator Position (Deadline: January 22nd/18)
2. Univ. of Winnipeg: Assistant Professor Specialist in African Literatures and/or the Black Diaspora (tenure track) (Deadline: January 24th/18)
3. York University: Black Diaspora Studies Full Time Professor Position in Humanities (tenure stream) (Deadline: January 31st/18)
4. First Intensive Course on Gender and Women's Studies (Iran, March 2018)



  1. CFR Presents: BOOK LAUNCH! The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities (January 12th/18)

The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities
By Frances Henry, Enakshi Dua, Carl E. James, Audrey Kobayashi, Peter Li, Howard Ramos and Malinda S. Smith
UBC Press, 2017

When: Friday, January 12, 2018, 2-4pm
Where:519 Kaneff Tower, York University

The university is often regarded as a bastion of liberal democracy where equity and diversity are promoted and racism doesn’t exist. In reality, the university still excludes many people and is a site of racialization that is subtle, complex, and sophisticated. While some studies do point to the persistence of systemic barriers to equity and diversity in higher education, in-depth analyses of racism, racialization, and Indigeneity in the academy are more notable for their absence. The Equity Myth is the first comprehensive, data-based study of racialized and Indigenous faculty members’ experiences in Canadian universities.

A landmark study on racism in Canadian universities, The Equity Myth shows how the goal of achieving equity in higher education has been consistently promised, but never realized for racialized and Indigenous faculty members. It further reveals that the policies and diversity initiatives undertaken so far have only served to deflect criticism of a system that is doing little to change itself.

Copies of the book will be available at the event. To purchase the book online, please click here

Frances Henry is a professor emerita of anthropology at York University.
Enakshi Dua is the director of the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University.
Carl E. James teaches in the Faculty of Education and is the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora at York University.
Audrey Kobayashi is a professor of geography at Queen’s University, Kingston.
Peter Li is a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Saskatchewan.
Howard Ramos is the associate dean of research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and a professor of sociology at Dalhousie University.
Malinda S. Smith is a professor of political science at the University of Alberta.

Celia Haig-Brown is the Associate Vice-President Research at York University.
Alissa Trotz is a Professor of Caribbean Studies/Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto.

Co-Sponsored by the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora, the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, and the Tubman Institute.

Questions? Email


  1. CFR Co-Sponsored: School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Anniversary: Feminist Times, Feminist Futures (January 16th/18)

“Feminist Times, Feminist Futures”
A series of events celebrating its 20th Anniversary

On January 16th, 2018, 2:30 pm
Founders College Room 305

“Embracing Intersectionality”
with Dr. Sirma Bilge (University of Montreal) and two spoken word artists, Andrea Thomson and Kanwal Rahim, curated by Ilene Sova
This experimental academic-cultural performance will focus on Dr. Bilge’s new book, 'Intersectionality,' co-authored with Patricia Hill-Collins (Polity Press)
Book copies available at the event (20% student discount)

Sirma Bilge is a Professor of Sociology whose work engages with the intersections of social formations of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class and examines how notions of of national/ethnic sameness and otherness articulate themselves through gender and sexual regulation.

A daughter of the Indus River and the Sindhu people, Kanwal Rahim weaves dance, storytelling and humour into her artistic expressions and performances. She explores new body wisdom practices and healing traditions to deepen awareness and connection, while honouring the integrity of the body.

Andrea Thompson is a writer and educator who has performed her poetry across the country for over twenty years. She is the author of the novel 'Over Our Heads' and co-editor of 'Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out.'

Co-Sponsored by: the Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost, LA&PS Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, the Office of the Principal of Glendon, the Department of Humanities and the Centre for Feminist Research.


  1. CFR Presents: 2018 Business and Society Forum: Black Women Resisting Social & Business Exclusion in France, Canada and Brazil (February 1st/18)

2018 Business and Society Forum: Black Women Resisting Social & Business Exclusion in France, Canada and Brazil

When: February 1, 2018, 2:30pm
Where: 519 Kaneff Tower, York University

In the U.N. Decade of the Year of Persons of African Descent 2015-2024, it is important to examine the extraordinary socio-economic contributions of Lusophone and Francophone Black women.

Many Black women in France and Canada have come as immigrants with the hopes of seeking a better way of life for their families. Dr. Felix Germain examines the isolation and economic hardship Caribbean women face in France when they cannot find decent work nor easily integrate into French society.

Similar to the French experience, Black French-speaking Canadian women are left to their own devices to create their own social economies. In Canada the Anglophone culture dominates, and the Black Francophone community is referred to a ‘minority within a minority’ in which they experience the double-whammy of being French-speaking and Black. Dr. Gertrude Mianda shares more about the life experiences of Black women in Ontario who are marginalized along racial, gendered and linguistic lines.

Brazil, the country to receive the largest number of slaves in the Atlantic slave trade era, has an important Black population in the Americas – and the largest African diaspora in the world. Dr. Simone Bohn introduces the powerful use of cooperatives called Quilombos, in which Afro-Brazilians seek to meet their economic and social needs, and to push against systemic racial bias in the country.

About the Presenters:
Francophone African Immigrant Women in Toronto and Ottawa: The difficult quest for economic integration.
Dr. Gertude Mianda is an Associate Professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies program at Glendon College, York University. She is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her research focuses on gender and post-colonialism, particularly on Congolese women, gender development, globalization and immigration. She is currently working on the rape of girls and women in Kinshasa, the informal sector and women in Kinshasa, and children born of war in the DRC. Her research on immigration focuses primarily on francophone Africans in the minority francophone community in Canada (Toronto and Ottawa), examining their economic as well as social integration.

Decolonizing the Republic: African and Caribbean Migrants in Postwar Paris (1946-1974).
Dr. Felix Germain is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and he specializes in transnational and cultural history, with an emphasis on France, the Caribbean, West Africa, and the United States. He grew up in New York City and is from Martinique. Dr. Germain’s first book, Decolonizing the Republic: African and Caribbean Migrants in Postwar Paris (1946-1974), chronicles the evolution of Paris from a space fertile for Black literary and artistic production to a city where Caribbean and African labor migrants lived in quasi “exile,” often protesting for better working and living conditions. He is currently working on two projects: (1) Black French Women and the Struggle for Equality (1848-2015), an anthology that he is co-editing with Silyane Larcher, Université Paris 7-Denis Diderot and (2) an exploration of how women in Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Francophone Africa, and France experienced French colonialism, decolonization, and postcolonial migration.

The Quilombolas’ Refuge in Brazil: Social Economy, Communal Space and Shared Identity
Dr. Simone Bohn is an Associate Professor of Political Science at York University, where she specializes in Comparative Politics with a focus on Latin America. Her studies have focused on party politics, gender and politics, and more recently, the heterogeneity of poverty in Brazil. Originally from Brazil, Dr. Bohn’s research focuses on political parties in South America, gender and politics in Brazil, and the study of political tolerance and attitudes towards corruption in Latin America. She is currently working on a SSHRC-funded project entitled “Evaluating Strategic Political Partnerships: The Case of the Women’s Movement and the State in Contemporary Brazil.”

About the Discussant:
Dr. Melanie Knight is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University. Dr. Knight’s research interests are primarily focused on race, gender and the labour market economy with a specific focus on entrepreneurship. She currently has two research projects. The first is a SSHRC Insight grant project entitled “The Making of the Enterprising Self” she explores how entrepreneurship is socially constructed and how students “in training” are interpolated within the discourse of enterprise. She also examines the subtext of race and racism in popular media sources on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship training documents and curriculum. For the past 15 years, Dr. Knight has researched the business life-cycle progression of racialized women entrepreneurs, the barriers that these women face; their unique assets (social, financial, human, personal and physical); and the ways in which they develop these assets in an effort to create successful businesses and sustainable livelihoods.

Co-Sponsored by: SSHRC Insight Development Grant [IDG] "African Origins in the social economy: A study on the banker ladies and economic collectives in Canada," Business & Society [BUSO] Program; Department of French Studies; Department of Humanities; Department of Politics; Department of Social Science; Faculty of Education & the Jean Augustine Education and Community Chair; the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies; Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, Glendon College; and the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation at York University.

Click here for directions to York University - Keele Campus:
Light refreshments provided.
Questions? Email No RSVP necessary.

Forum Agenda
2.30pm-2.40pm: Welcome by CFR Director Dr. Alison Crosby
2.40pm-3.00pm: Introduction by Dr. Caroline Shenaz Hossein, York University & BUSO Coordinator
3pm-3.20pm: Dr. Felix Germain, University of Pittsburgh
3.20-3.40pm: Dr. Gertrude Mianda, York University
3.40-4.00pm: Dr. Simone Bohn, York University
4pm-4.20pm: Dr. Melanie Knight, Ryerson University (Discussant)
4.20pm-4.45pm: Q &A
4.45pm-5.00pm: Wrap up



  1. Nightwood Theatre & Sulong Theatre present world premiere of Audrey Dwyer's Calpurnia

A classic novel turned on its head. A dinner party gone wrong.
A Nightwood Theatre and Sulong Theatre Co-production Written and directed by Audrey Dwyer January 14 – February 4, 2018 (Toronto) Nightwood Theatre is thrilled to partner with Sulong Theatre in the World Premiere of Audrey Dwyer’s Calpurnia, onstage at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre from January 14 – February 4, 2018

A hilarious and provocative look at class, race, and appropriation, Calpurnia invites us into an outrageous and unexpected evening at the home of a wealthy Jamaican-Canadian family. As Justice Lawrence Gordon (Andrew Moodie) prepares for an important dinner to introduce his son Mark (Matthew G. Brown) to a Senior Partner at a prominent law firm (Don Allison), his daughter Julie (Meghan Swaby) grapples with her new screenplay. Seeking to redress To Kill a Mockingbird through the perspective of Calpurnia – the Finch family maid – Julie, privileged and disconnected from domestic work, turns to her long-term Filipina caregiver Precy (Carolyn Fe) for research on servitude. But as Julie examines mammy culture from the inside out, her tactics are met with explosive results.

Starring Don Allison, Matthew Brown, Carolyn Fe, Natasha Greenblatt, Andrew Moodie and Meghan Swaby Lighting Design by Bonnie Beecher | Sound Design by Johnny Salib | Set Design by Anna Treusch | Costume Design by Jackie Chau

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre | 12 Alexander Street
Media call: Friday, January 12, 2018
Performance schedule: Tuesday – Friday at 8pm | Saturday at 2:30pm & 8pm | Sunday at 2:30pm Opening Night: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Tickets: $35 | $25 Artsworker/Seniors/Under 30 | $25 Previews (January 14 at 2:30pm & January 16 at 8pm) Available at or at 416.975.8555


  1. Oxford Women's Leadership Symposium Conference Dates for 2018

Our meeting dates for 2018 are:
21, 22 & 23 March – St John’s College, Oxford
1, 2, & 3 August 2018 – Somerville College
5, 6, & 7 December 2018 – Somerville College

-You are welcome to present a paper on any aspect of Women's Studies, or you may wish to participate as an observer or panel member.
-The abstract submission deadline for the March Conference is 5 March. Abstracts are reviewed on a rolling basis and notifications are sent within a week of submission.
-The early registration deadline is February the 5th and the regular registration deadline is 7 March.
-Symposia Participants may submit complete papers (six weeks after the conclusion of the meeting attended) to be peer-reviewed by external readers for possible inclusion in Symposium Books or sponsored academic journals.
-The Symposium is interdisciplinary and seeks to cover a broad reach of women's leadership issues in both the public and private sectors. The expectation is that much of the discourse will be concerned with cultural, religious, social, and economic conditions of women and the initiatives that may be most effective in the remediation of the various forms of gender discrimination.
-See our website for suggestions on topics and abstract/registration deadlines and accommodation.
-Follow us on Twitter @OxfordSymposia3 for updates on keynote speakers and other information.


  1. Trans Fund deadline approaching, January 31

Apply to the CUPE 3903 Trans Fund!
Trans Fund Deadline January 31:

CUPE 3903 has a fund available to members from the broadest diversity of gender identifications and orientations, including but not limited to gender queer, transsexual, gender variant, intersex, and transgender. Current CUPE 3903 members are encouraged to apply to the fund for any trans* related necessities and surgeries. Please see the application form for possible items covered. The Trans Fund will be administered three times a year (May 31, Sept. 30, and Jan. 31) except in emergency situations where members can apply to the committee on an on-going basis. Members can draw on this fund to an annual maximum of $5,000 and a lifetime maximum of $15,000. Priority will be given to first-time applicants. Provided applicants were members at the time expenses were incurred, applications for past expenses will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Members whose previous claims were adjudicated by Ways and Means will also be reconsidered. If the total expense of a members claim has not been met, they can reapply in subsequent years.

How to Apply: Application forms can be downloaded from the 3903 website.
Click on 'Trans Fund Application' under 'Useful forms and documents'


  1. CRS Seminar: Monitoring the UN Convention on The Rights Of Persons With Disabilities: The Constructive Dialogues of The CRPD Committee and the Simplified Reporting Mechanism (January 16th/18)

Please join us for a talk and book launch with
Prof. Ron McCallum & Dr. Mary Crock

Monitoring the UN Convention on The Rights Of Persons With Disabilities: The Constructive Dialogues of The CRPD Committee and the Simplified Reporting Mechanism

as well as the Canadian book launch of:
The Legal Protection of Refugees with Disabilities: Forgotten and Invisible?

When: Tuesday, January 16th, 2018, 2:30 pm - 4:30pm
Where: Helliwell Centre, Osgoode Hall Law School
4700 Keele, York University, Toronto

RVSP at:
CART & ASL will be available.

(Co-sponsors: Osgoode Hall Law School, Centre for Refugee Studies, Faculty of Health, York University, Faculty of Law, Western University)


  1. Rethinking the Heart of Empire: Stories from Indigenous London with Coll Thrush (January 24th/18)

History of Indigenous Peoples (HIP) Network: Winter Workshops 2018
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM on Wednesdays

When:Jan 24, 12:30- 2pm
Where: Osgoode Room 1004, York University
Coll Thrush
Hist, U British Columbia

Rethinking the Heart of Empire: Stories from Indigenous London

Lunch served with RSVP to Signa Daum Shanks at

Co-sponsored by HIP & Osgoode Hall Law School


  1. Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night) (January 30th/18)

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LIX
Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series
Featured poets: Canisia Lubrin and David C. Brydges

Host: Bänoo Zan
Time: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Place: Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College St, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2N8

Doors open: 6:15 pm
Open-mic sign-up: 6:30 pm
Show: 7 pm
Admission: $5

Canisia Lubrin writer, critic, teacher, community arts administrator, editor at Humber Literary Review, advisor to Open Book Ontario, Consulting Editor for Buckrider Books/Wolsak & Wynn, book:  Voodoo Hypothesis

David C. Brydges League of Canadian Poets member, Ontario Poetry Society branch manager Cobalt, artistic director of Spring Pulse Poetry Festival, organizer of Ontario’s first painting/poetry competition, PoeARTry North

St-Stephen-in-the Fields accessibility information:
The venue has a wheelchair ramp entrance and is all on one level; however, the wheelchair ramp door does not yet have a pushbutton, so someone needs to hold the door open. There is one fully barrier-free washroom.
All washrooms are gender-neutral.
Twitter: @BanooZan & @ShabeSherTO
Instagram: @banoo.zan


  1. Lillian Allen & Joanna Black: Learning for Social Change (February 5th/18)

Opening Feb. 5, 5.30 - 7 pm. Conversation 6 pm
CWSE Hallway Gallery
OISE/UT, 252 Bloor Street West (just east of St. George & Bloor), 2nd Floor, Toronto
FREE and accessible.

Curator: Pam Patterson
Associate Curator & Installation: Leena Raudvee
Designer: Julia Pereira

While socially engaged art, as a category of practice, is still a working construct, the artist who identifies as such is an individual whose specialty includes working professionally with/in society. Writes Pablo Helguera (2011) in Education for Socially Engaged Art, “Standard education practices – such as engagement with audiences, inquiry-based methods, collaborative dialogues, and hands-on activities – provide an ideal framework for process-based and collaborative conceptual [creative] practices (p. xi).” “Students” facilitated by socially engaged artists/educators become aware of why they are acting and learn how to act in an effective way.

Toronto, dub poet, activist and writer Lillian Allen and Manitoba artist, researcher and educator Joanna Black, as socially engaged cultural workers, facilitate artists'/educators' creative work that deals with diverse issues. Both women are professors at universities and value partnerships, process, and collaboration toward action-in-community. Their students’ creative activity has been animated, shared and presented locally and internationally.

Each woman mentors young adult students: Lillian Allen works with artists, designers and writers in liberal studies at OCAD University and Joanna Black facilitates emergent teachers in visual art teacher education at University of Manitoba. Their teaching encourages students to focus not only internally in critical and creative making, but also outward among each other and in company with community. A complex dialogue ensues where social critique, understanding, and engagement are valued.

Black’s digiART project provides a venue where emergent teachers, mostly young adults, can examine human rights issues through the creation of new media texts ranging from photographs, videos, and animations to graphic novels and performance art; while Allen’s students develop and facilitate interactive creative writing and art workshops to connect youth to their creative power in context of developing a collective voice. Allen's projects are in collaboration with the Winsom Foundation in Belize and the Hamilton Youth Poets.

These education–as–art projects aim to democratize viewers, making them partners, participants, or collaborators in the construction of the works. “This is a powerful and positive re-envisioning of education that can only happen in art, as it depends on art’s unique patterns of performativity, experience, and exploration of ambiguity (Helguera, 2011, p. 81).” It is a productive and transformative activity.


  1. Putting Trials on Trial: Sexual Assault and the Failure of the Legal Profession. (February 9th/18)

IFLS Book Launch: Friday February 9th 530-730 PM
Glad Day Books 499 Church Street

PUTTING TRIALS ON TRIAL: Sexual Assault and the Failure of the Legal Profession.
What are the ethical responsibilities of Judges,Crowns & defence counsel?
Are these being honoured?

Dr. Elaine Craig (Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University) takes on these questions and more in her new book (MQUP 2018), based on close readings of trial transcripts. Join us to launch this important attempt to create a different conversation about  sexual assault, trials, rights, professional responsibility for lawyers, and the things we can do better.

Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Osgoode Institute of Feminist Legal Studies


  1. CERLAC Call for proposals: Navigating Hot Water: Defiant Pathways through the Next Millennium. March 16-17, 2018, York University (Deadline: January 26th/18)

The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean at York University welcomes submissions for its 5th International Graduate Student Research Conference:

Navigating Hot Water:
Defiant Pathways Through The Next Millennium
March 16-17, 2018, York University, Toronto

At the beginning of the twenty-first century--a new millennium--we find ourselves in hot water in the Caribbean and Latin America, and around the world. From inequality, poverty and discrimination; to migration, globalization and urbanization; to corruption, violence and insecurity; to extractivism, exploitation and neo-colonialism; to deforestation, ecosystem degradation, and flooding, we must navigate these uncertain times in order to secure a more prosperous and equitable future for our peoples and our environment. Despite these challenges, we find hope in the emergence of many defiant movements, counter-movements, initiatives and experiences, charting the way through this still-new millennium.

“Although the future is not open, it offers openings. And although the final destination may not be clear, the sense of direction is: toward justice, equality, freedom, diversity, and social and ecological harmony. The Left has no map, but it has a compass.”
Coronil, Fernando. “The Future in Question: History and Utopia in Latin America” (2011)

CERLAC’s 2018 Graduate Student Conference aims to explore contemporary challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean, including their historical contexts, and innovative pathways through these challenges moving forward. We welcome submissions from various disciplines, perspectives, narratives and expressions, for papers, panels, workshops, performances and artwork. Guide our collective compass, as we engage with a diversity of praxis to imagine and build upon a future of hope, defiance and determination!

The deadline for submissions has been extended to January 26, 2018. Please submit your proposals here<>.

We welcome submissions in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. Feel free to contact us at with any questions or concerns.


  1. Call for papers: Racialized Refuge, Reception Contexts and the Status-Labelling Space (Deadline: February 1st/18)

Racialized Refuge, Reception Contexts and the Status-Labelling Space
Special issue of Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees
Guest Editors: Christopher Kyriakides, Dina Taha, Rodolfo D. Torres, Carlo Handy Charles

The interplay between racialization and the ‘figure of the refugee’ remains under-explored in refugee studies. Forced migration scholars recognize that the acquisition of refugee status – being deemed legally eligible for ‘refuge’ in ‘Western’ reception contexts – carries the conditionality of negative social and cultural signifiers. Yet, that ‘refugee status holders’ must negotiate negative signifiers as a condition of their ‘displacement’ and ‘resettlement’ denied or accepted, requires a fuller understanding of  racialized reception contexts. By the latter, we refer to status-labelling spaces informed by orientalist and primitivist racisms. This is particularly evident in the post 9/11 context where global military and ‘humanitarian’ interventions and local surveillance policies/procedures are linked to threat constructs, including ‘war on terror’, ‘security,’ ‘bogus asylum seeker’, and those various ‘Western rescue’ tropes once mobilized around 'saving the Third World’.

Within the contemporary racialized space is situated the ‘global refugee crisis’, a crisis discourse through which racialized refuge situates its targets as ‘passive victim’ to be saved and/or ‘pariah’ to be suspected. Scholarship which has questioned the passivity and agency framed through ‘forced/non-forced’, ‘voluntary/involuntary,’ ‘active/proactive’, ‘economic/non-economic’ binaries, alerts us to some of the difficulties which arise when attempting to develop a counter-narrative to negative constructs. ‘Recognizing’ refugees as ‘resilient’, ‘stoic’, ‘inventive’ and particularly of-late, ‘not economically motivated migrants’, or as part of more complex/heterogeneous ‘mixed movements’, must also recognize that ‘the positive’ is contextually delimited by historical and political factors which define the parameters of valid representations, all of which can be actively contested by the recipients of ‘victim/pariah’ constructs.  Three substantive areas related to racialization and ‘the global refugee crisis’ merit deeper exploration and extended discussion:

  1. What are the global-local (social, political, cultural and economic) processes of racialized reception that connect ‘official status’ with ‘unofficial label’? How and why do racialized reception contexts manifest and how do these manifestations connect with ‘refugee status’?
  2. How might the racialized reception of refugees from ‘Global South’ and ‘Global East’ ‘sending’ contexts converge/diverge? What are the temporal and spatial parameters of positive and negative representations within the racialized status-labelling space? Are the parameters permanent/fixed? If not, how might changing signifiers reflect contemporary racialized reception hierarchies in ‘the West’?
  3. Do racialized reception contexts ‘determine’ the ‘refugee status holder’ indefinitely? Or is a ‘subaltern’ or some other form of life constructed through subjective contestation inside/outside racialized reception contexts? If so, how and by whom is the extra-spatial determined?

Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees invites the submission of papers that explore one or more of these substantive points. Papers from scholars working in any discipline are welcome. ‘Pure’ theory papers will be considered; however, contributors should endeavor to include and reflect on empirically generated data (whether qualitative or quantitative or mixed), developed in their own work or from the previously published works of other scholars. We have no preference for specific regions or localities and we recognize that ‘resettlement’ is not confined to ‘Western’ reception contexts. We also recognize the multiple conflict-informed status-labelling spaces of ‘displacement’ and ‘camp life’ where ‘refugees’ often require the recognition of fellow civilians (displaced or not), military groups and militias, international NGOs, charities, agencies such as UNHCR and second-country ‘host’ populations and governments, and that these may conflict and/or converge with the status-labelling spaces of third country resettlement. We therefore welcome contributions which examine the production, negotiation and contestation of racialized reception relevant to ‘displacement’ and/or ‘resettlement’.

Issues and concerns to be considered in this special issue might include (but are not limited to):
- Nationalism, immigration and racialized belonging
- Racialized securitization
- Racialized crisis: Refugee crisis or nation-state crisis?
- War on Terror, islamophobia and anti-immigration
- The carceral state
- Border walls and American Greatness
- Canadian multiculturalism
- Fortress Europe
- The colonizer and the colonized
- Reception contexts of the ‘Global South’ and ‘Global East’
- Imperial interventions, infrastructures and racialized refugee production
- Villanization and victimization
- Subjects of Force: War, violence and conflict constructs
- ‘Welfare’ states and ‘asylum cheats’
- Trauma narratives: Medicalization and psychologization
- The role of ‘meaning-makers’ in racialized label production (e.g. media, politicians, NGOs, international institutions, social media participants, etc…
- Racialized label contestation, subversion, inversion, resistances
- The racialized ‘refugee industry’
- Power, hegemony and the racialized construction of law
- The language politics of racialized representation

Submission deadline: 1 February 2018
Please carefully read the author guidelines prior to submission.
Papers will first undergo an editorial review, followed by a double blind peer review. Expected publication date: early 2019.


  1. Call for Papers: Tropicália: movements in society: Brazil Week 2017-2018 (Deadline: February 12th/18)

Call for Papers – Brazil Week 2017-2018
March 22, 23 and 24, 2018
Harvard University
Tropicália: movements in society

Tropicália - 50 years + 1. Only co-memoration unites us. Socially. Economically. Philosophically. Brazil Week 2017-2018 extends an invitation to revisit possible escape routes from totalitarian aesthetic and political regimes. We would like to promote discussions that update our perspectives on issues current in the 1960s and 1970s, attempting to deviate from the monolithic ideas on the Tropicália Movement that exist today. During that moment of questioning limits, the body was a privileged place of anthropophagic cultural practice, functioning as an antidote countering the horrors and violence from all sorts of repression. It was no longer a matter of choosing between a revolution or spectacle, but of imagining possible revolutions in a world in which images prevail and borders become porous. Considering the current resurgence of authoritarian and oppressive ideologies (in the United States, Brazil, and elsewhere), Tropicália interests us by helping us understand our situation as a melting pot of effects and affections: in particular, of the effects and affections that cross the images, the subjectivities, the objects and the bodies in transit.

Open to all who are interested, our conference will feature round-table discussions, performances, poetry readings, and other cultural activities. Our keynote speakers will be Professor Suely Rolnik (PUC-SP, Brazil), who will also facilitate a workshop organized by the editor and curator Josy Panão; and poet and translator, Angélica Freitas, author of Rilke Shake (2007) and Um útero é do tamanho de um punho (2012), who will lead a conversation about her creative process.

We welcome presentations that touch upon the transitory and hybrid character born within the counterculture experiences during the end of the 1960’s to the early 1970’s.

In the area of art, literature and cultural practices, possible topics of research include but are not limited to: 1) art, censorship, dictatorship: deviations and chaos; 2) archives of repression; 3) Tropicália: exile and displacement; 4) Tropicália: emplacement, madness; 5) the spectacle of revolution/ revolution in the spectacular; 6) contemporary developments in the tropical movement.

Proposals will be accepted in both Portuguese and English. Participants will have twenty minutes to present their work, along with allocated time for panel discussions. To submit a proposal, send an email to: and include your name, e-mail, affiliation, brief biography (100 words or less), abstract (300 words, including the title), keywords and area of interest.

Final date for abstract submissions: February 12, 2018.


  1. Canadian Voice of Women for Peace: National Coordinator Position (Deadline: January 22nd/18)

Established in 1960, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) is a non-partisan Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) comprised of a network of diverse women with consultative status at the United Nations ECOSOC. For 55 years, VOW has tirelessly advocated for a world without war.

We are a part of a growing and select number of NGOs that provide women the opportunity to appeal to national government and international diplomats, attend conferences at the United Nations including the UN Commission on the Status of Women, and to write and present briefs and statements to political heads of state and nations worldwide on women and peace issues. We readily respond to calls for guidance and research on peace and women’s issues locally, nationally, and internationally. VOW is a non-partisan, non-religious organization that values women in all their diversities.

Job posting: National Coordinator
Job type: Part-time  (10 hours, possibly more, per wk.)
Salary: $20 – $22/hr. Based on experience
Starting date: Thursday Feb 1st (or as arranged)

Job description: Reporting to the Board of Directors via Board Liaison, the National Coordinator is responsible for administration, communications management, fundraising, volunteer/internship coordination, and program development, planning and implementation.

Job duties include:
Receive and record all incoming membership fees and contact information from individuals and chapters in the membership database.
Send receipt for every donation/membership payment by email and post.
Photocopy all cheques, maintain petty cash, track Paypal contributions and submit expense receipts to Treasurer.
Coordinate and negotiate rent, internet and telephone providers, and general maintenance.
Prepare a monthly report to the Board of Directors.
Archive the minutes of the Board of Directors meetings.
File annual registration and maintenance of the registration information (office address and names of BOD) with Industry Canada.

Communications Management
Facilitate volunteers for website design and development as required.
Update website content regularly with posts, blogs and events.
Proactively solicit information about Board Members’, Chapters’ and Members’ peace activities, and publicize to the membership and the public at large.
Send out media releases to Sources, VOW media lists, Rabble and NOW magazine etc.
Receive and respond to inquiries about VOW.
Post petitions and administer results follow-up.
Coordinate annual report for Annual General Meeting.
Maintain and coordinate VOWs social media presence on such platforms as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Flicker.
Maintain and increase email lists (MailChimp) and send out regular emails.

Solicit donations and PAC participation from membership.
Support a minimum of two fundraisers per year.
Ongoing survey of potential grants.
Support preparation of and/or prepare grant proposals and follow-up reports.

Volunteer Coordination
Solicit and supervise volunteers.
Program Development, Planning and Implementation
In collaboration with the Board of Directors, support the following events by collecting fees, booking venue, finding volunteers. i. Gala ii. Annual General Meeting iii. United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Delegation to New York each March iv. PEACE exhibit v. Ontario Summer Camp
Support projects in response to world events in collaboration with the Board of Directors (if and when time permits)
Encourage, liaise and support emerging and existing chapters and groups.

Required Skills:
Must match with responsibilities as outlined above; experience in working with volunteers, working with a non-profit organization, understanding of mission of organization; excellent email and internet skills (website, e-newsletter); excellent communication skills; fundraising experience an asset; French language skills an asset; experience in peace activism an asset; post-secondary education

How to apply?
Please send your resume and cover letter to:


  1. of Winnipeg: Assistant Professor Specialist in African Literatures and/or the Black Diaspora (tenure track) (Deadline: January 24th/18)

Department of English
Tenure Track, Assistant Professor
Specialist in African Literatures and/or the Black Diaspora

The Department of English at the University of Winnipeg invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2018, subject to budgetary approval. The preferred applicant will have completed, or be near completion of, a Ph.D. in English or a related discipline with a research specialty in the area of African literatures and cultures and/or the Black Diaspora. We are specifically interested in candidates who focus on one or more African national literatures, transnational literatures within Africa, and/or Caribbean literatures. The ability to contribute to one or more departmental concentrations, such as cultural studies, screen studies, gender/sexuality studies, and creative writing, would be a benefit. The successful applicant will be expected to teach courses in the Department’s undergraduate programs and will also have the opportunity to teach at the graduate level in the interdisciplinary MA in Cultural Studies, which is housed in the English Department.

The University of Winnipeg is an urban, post-secondary institution on Treaty One land in the heart of the Métis Nation. The University offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Located in Winnipeg’s inner city, the University is committed to improving access to post-secondary education for traditionally underserved populations. Winnipeg is a culturally rich and diverse community with a rapidly growing population of urban Indigenous people and new Canadians.
With its thriving arts scene and access to outdoor amenities, Winnipeg offers a high quality of life.

To apply, please forward:
1.letter of application that indicates clearly the candidate’s research and teaching interests and includes a statement outlining experiences and contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion; 2. curriculum vitae that includes names and contact information for three references 3. sample publication or writing sample (maximum 30 pages)

Applications can be sent via email or regular mail to:
Dr. Brandon Christopher, Chair, the Department of English
c/o Kelly Batson, Department Administrative Assistant
Department of English
The University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3B 2E9
Office Phone: 204-786-9292


  1. York University: Black Diaspora Studies Full Time Professor Position in Humanities (tenure stream) (Deadline: January 31st/18)

Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream - Full Professor
Discipline/Field: Black Diaspora Studies
Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Home Department/Area/Division: Humanities
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2018

The Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, invites applications for a tenure-stream position at the rank of Full Professor in Black Diaspora Studies to commence July 1, 2018. Applicants must have a PhD in the humanities or a relevant discipline. The program seeks outstanding scholars in interdisciplinary Black Diaspora thought and cultures grounded in the humanities. Candidates should demonstrate expertise in multiple approaches, including philosophical and theoretical approaches, visual and material cultures, sexuality studies, and literature. Applicants must have an outstanding record of research, show evidence of undergraduate and graduate mentorship, and have a body of scholarship that has impacted the field. The successful candidate will be eligible for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Pedagogical innovation in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning is an asset.

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA program, which applies to Aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found at or by calling the AA office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Applicants should submit a signed letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier, and a sample of their written work (no longer than 20 pages) and arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Professor Andrea Davis, Chair, Department of Humanities, 206 Vanier College, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3, or by e-mail to (Subject line: "Black Diaspora Studies").

Applicants wishing to self-identify can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the forms found at: . Please select the "Affirmative Action" tab under which forms pertaining to Citizenship and AA can be found.

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2018. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.


  1. First Intensive Course on Gender and Women's Studies (Iran, March 2018)

This is to bring your attention to the First International Course on Gender and Women's Studies orgenized by the "Women and Familily Research Center" located in Qom, Iran (March 3-6 2018).

First Course on Gender and Women's Studies
Organizer: Women and Family Research Center (WRC), Qom, Iran
Visa: Offered by the organizer (WRC)
Workshop: 3-6 March 2018
Tour: 6-9 March, 2018
Venue: Qom, Isfahan, Tehran
Language: English
Fellowship: Partly available
Early registration deadline: 30 December 2017

The Women and Family Research Center (WRC) Qom, Iran, is pleased to offer the first short-term international course on Gender and Women's Studies to be held 3-9 March 2018. This program endeavors to enhance scholarly attention to Gender and Women's Studies based on Islamic Shi’a point of view and seeks to offer an original and insightful image of women in Iran. This immersive course provides 16 hours of supported academic lectures and discussion, along with the chance to take part in reflective events. The program includes guided visits to the local and cultural sites of three important cities of Qom, Isfahan and Tehran in order to provide a view of day-to-day life in Iran. All faculty, students and researchers are invited to apply.

The Women and Family Research Center (WRC) does provide Visa sponsorship for all confirmed applicants. The early registration fee starts from $460 including all local costs (Tuition, accommodation, food, trips, Inter-city transportation, airport pick-up or drop-off, etc.). However, the international flights and the visa costs will be on participants.

The whole program is accredited by the Woman and family research center (WRC) in collaboration with the University of Religions and Denominations (URD). Participants will attend in pre-planned workshops and lectures presented in English and a special certificate will be awarded to each participant upon the successful participation.

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