CFR Newsletter: Upcoming Events and Opportunities, January 25th, 2018


  1.  CFR Presents: 2018 Business and Society Forum: Black Women Resisting Social & Business Exclusion in France, Canada and Brazil (February 1st/18)
  2. CFR Presents: Socio-Legal Studies speaker series "Reflections on Prairie Rising" with Jaskiron Dhillon (February 5th/18)



  1. Demeter Press is Honoured to Announce the Upcoming Release of Everyday World-Making: Toward an Understanding of Affect and Mothering
  1. Shining a Light:  A conversation with Renu Mandhane Chief Commissioner of the OHRC (February 2nd/18)
  2. CERLAC Event: Casa en Tierra Ajena. A documentary about forced migration in Central America by Carlos Sandoval Garcia (February 7th/18)
  3.  Book Launch: Putting Trials On Trial: Sexual Assault and the Failure of the Legal Profession (February 9th/18)
  4. Transgender challenges: identity, equality and community Sharon Cowan, Edinburgh Law (February 13th/18)
  5. CNPC and "Special Works School" by Bambitchell at Gallery TPW (February 14th/18)
  1. Call for Participants: Sexuality and Parenting Research
  2. Call for Proposals: CERLAC -Navigating Hot Water: Defiant Pathways through the Next Millennium (Deadline submission extended to: January 26th/18)
  3. Call for Papers: Women in International Security-Canada, 11th Annual Workshop (Deadline: February 1st/18)
  4. Call for Papers: Strategies of Critique XXXII: Great Black North: Study, Resistance, and Existence in Black (Graduate Conference at York) (Deadline: February 16th/18)
  5. Call for Concepts: Gender Based Violence (GBV) program (Deadline: March 1st/18)
  6. Call for Papers: International Conference on Contemporary Women's Studies (Deadline: March 3rd/18)
  7. Call for Papers: Women’s Health & Urban Life special issue on women and precarious employment (Deadline: March 31st/18)
  8. Call for Papers: Demeter Press- Mothering and Social Work (Deadline: April 15th/18)
  1. Call for Applications – Research on the Responsible Conduct of Research (Deadline: March 9th/18)
  2. SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants (Deadline: March 1st)
  3. Summer Queer and Oral History Seminar at Simon Fraser University (Deadline: March 31st/18)



  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: 2.30pm, February 1, 2018
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
2.00pm: Drum Performance
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. CFR Presents: Socio-Legal Studies speaker series "Reflections on Prairie Rising" with Jaskiron Dhillon (February 5th/18)

When: Monday, February 5, 2018, 2.30pm
Where: 519 Kaneff Tower, York University

This talk offers a unique opportunity to think through the arguments of Jaskiran Dhillon’s new book Prairie Rising: Indigenous Youth, Decolonization, and the Politics of Intervention (University of Toronto Press, 2017).

Prairie Rising provides a series of critical reflections about the changing face of settler colonialism through an ethnographic investigation of Indigenous-state relations, with a careful and deliberate focus on the lives of Indigenous youth, in the city of Saskatoon, Canada. The book uncovers how various groups including state agents, youth workers, and community organizations utilize participatory politics in order to intervene in the lives of Indigenous youth living under conditions of colonial occupation and marginality. In doing so, Prairie Rising sheds light on the changing forms of settler governance and the interlocking systems of education, child welfare, and criminal justice that sustain it. Moreover, Dhillon’s analysis exposes how the push for inclusionary governance ultimately reinstates colonial settler authority and raises startling questions about the federal government’s commitment to justice and political empowerment for Indigenous Nations, particularly within the context of the everyday realities facing Indigenous youth.

This discussion will also offer a space to deliberate critical questions about the production and circulation of knowledge with respect to Indigenous youth, and provide insights on the implications of this work for the fields of youth studies, Indigenous studies, anthropology, and social work as well as implications for direct action and political organizing.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

Jaskiran Dhillon is a first generation academic and organizer who grew up on Treaty Six Cree and Metis Territory in Saskatchewan, Canada. Committed to the tenets of public intellectualism, Jaskiran’s scholarship is intimately connected to, and informed by, on-the-ground advocacy and direct action. Her work spans the fields of settler colonialism, anthropology of the state, anti-racist and Indigenous feminism, youth studies, colonial violence, and Indigenous studies and has been published in The Guardian, Cultural Anthropology, Truthout, Public Seminar, Feminist Formations, and Decolonization among other venues. Her new research focuses on developing an anti-colonial critique of the environmental justice movement by examining Indigenous political movements working against the extractive industry, including the resistance at Standing Rock. She is also the guest editor of a special issue of Environment and Society that foregrounds Indigenous resistance to, and theorizing of, climate change and co-editor, along with Nick Estes, of #NODAPL and Mni Wiconi:  Reflections on Standing Rock, to be released in 2018 with University of Minnesota Press. Jaskiran is an assistant professor of global studies and anthropology at The New School in New York City and a member of the New York City Stands with Standing Rock Collective.

Co-Sponsored by: The Departments of Sociology and Anthropology, the Faculty of Environmental Studies, the Indigenous Environmental Justice Project at York.
Light refreshments provided.
No RSVP necessary.
Questions? Contact



  1. Demeter Press is Honoured to Announce the Upcoming Release of Everyday World-Making: Toward an Understanding of Affect and Mothering

Demeter Press is honoured to announce the official release of Everyday World-Making: Toward an Understanding of Affect and Mothering, Edited by Julia Lane and Eleonora Joensuu (January 2018).
Save 40% off using coupon code MOTHERS until February 7, 2018!

This cross-disciplinary collection considers the intersection of affect and mothering, with the aim of expanding both the experiential and theoretical frameworks that guide our understanding of mothering and of theories of affect. It brings together creative, reflective, poetic, and theoretical pieces to question, challenge, and re-conceptualize mothering through the lens of affect, and affect through the lens of mothering. The collection also aims to explore less examined mothering experiences such as failure, disgust, and ambivalence in order to challenge normative paradigms and narratives surrounding mothers and mothering. The authors in this collection demonstrate the theoretical and practical possibilities opened up by a simultaneous consideration of affect and mothering, thereby broadening our understanding of the complexities and nuances of the always changing experiences of world-making.


  1. Shining a Light: A conversation with Renu Mandhane Chief Commissioner of the OHRC (February 2nd/18)

When: February 2nd, 2018, 12:30PM
Where: Room 2027, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
Lunch provided.

Since being appointed Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission in October 2015, Renu Mandhane has worked tirelessly to shine the bright light of public attention on human rights issues long ignored by mainstream discourse here in Ontario.   A former Executive Director of the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and holder of an LL.M in international human rights law from NYU. Renu began her practice focused on criminal law, and in that capacity she represented many survivors of sexual violence and prisoners.

Join us for a wide ranging conversation, followed by audience Q&A.  We will cover some of the recent campaigns and reports by the OHRC, think about relationships between law, lived experience, advocacy and social change, discuss the work of lawyering for change, and more.


  1. CERLAC Event: Casa en Tierra Ajena. A documentary about forced migration in Central America by Carlos Sandoval Garcia (February 7th/18)

CERLAC Upcoming event:

This event is part of York University Refugee Awareness Week 2018, details and schedule are available at and<>
Casa en Tierra Ajena. A documentary about forced migration in Central America by Carlos Sandoval Garcia.
When: Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7:00pm
Where:Nat Taylor Cinema - Ross Building 102 North - York University
All are welcome!

Casa en Tierra Ajena, is a documentary based on Carlos Sandoval's book Exclusion and Forced Migration in Central America: No More Walls (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Each year, thousands of Central Americans leave their countries and walk across Mexico, seeking to reach the United States. The author explores the dispossession process that drives these migrants from their homes and argues that they are caught in a kind of trap: forced to emigrate, but impeded to immigrate. This trap is discussed empirically through the analysis of immigration policies implemented by the United States government and ethnographic fieldwork carried out in some of the “albergues” (shelters).

Carlos Sandoval Garcia, is a professor of Communications at the Universidad de Costa Rica.


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

When: February 9th, 2018, 5:30PM
Where: Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street, Toronto
Light Refreshments

What's wrong with sexual assault trials?  Can we make them better?    What ethical responsibilities do judges,Crowns & defence counsel have? Are these being honoured?
Dr. Elaine  Craig (Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University) takes on these questions and more in her new book, 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.


  1. Transgender challenges: identity, equality and community Sharon Cowan, Edinburgh Law (February 13th/18)

When: February 13th, 2018, 12:30PM- 2:30pm
Where: Room 2027, Osgoode Hall Law School, Ignat Kaneff Building

This talk will describe preliminary findings from Professor Cowan’s comparative socio -legal project looking at the impact of law on transgender people in three jurisdictions Sharon will be visiting Osgoode and the IFLS February 9 to March 3 2018.

Light lunch will be served.  Kindly RSVP:


  1. CNPC and "Special Works School" by Bambitchell at Gallery TPW (February 14th/18)

The Canadian Network of Psychoanalysis and Culture invites you to engage with three responses to "Special Work School"--a solo project by Bambitchell at Gallery TPW.

Each invited respondent will speak for 10 minutes about the work. There will then be an opportunity to engage as a group about the work, and the each of the responses. Join us! Free!

The respondents are:
Nicole Charles is an Assistant Professor of Feminist Studies in Culture and Media in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Her research engages transnational feminism and science and technology studies with an emphasis on cultures of biomedicine, health, and the politics of race and biotechnologies in the Anglophone Caribbean.

Nael Bhanji is a PhD candidate in the graduate program in Women’s Studies at York University. His research draws upon psychoanalysis and affect theory in order to explore articulations of necropolitics, racialization, and counter-terrorism within an increasingly globalized trans movement. Nael’s work appears in Transgender Migrations: The Bodies, Borders, and Politics of Transition, The Transgender Studies Reader 2, Trans Studies Quarterly 4.1, Canadian Ethnic Studies , and The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities.

Dr. Silvia Tenenbaum holds a postdoctoral fellowship at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health with the University of Toronto, where she is providing institutional research on the topic of the praxis of Indigenous Reconciliation in mental health. A registered clinical psychologist in the province of Ontario, Dr. Tenenbaum provides therapy for Indigenous trans-youth and Syrian refugees, as incoming young adults fragmented by sexual and/or cultural diversity, including the refugee/othering experience and geographic dislocation, and informed by diasporic studies. Silvia has been working with youth since her own youth in Montevideo, Uruguay, and under military dictatorship. Silvia routinely researches and presents at international venues on the topic of her doctoral thesis: gender non-conforming youth, acknowledging the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.

Here’s the link to the facebook invite.
And here’s a description of the “Special Works School” exhibit at TPW


  1. Call for Participants: Sexuality and Parenting Research

My name is Abbey Berghaus, and I am a graduate student in the Sociology Department at the University of California, Davis. I am conducting research on the relationship between sexual orientation and parenting strategies. There is currently a lack of research on bisexual, pansexual, and other non-monosexual identities, particularly as they relate to the family. I would love for you to help me fill this gap of knowledge by participating in my survey.

Participation in this research includes taking a survey about your sexuality, your family history, and your thoughts on parenting, which will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. You may also volunteer to participate in a follow-up interview, which will take approximately one hour to complete.

Thank you so much! If you have any questions, I can be reached at:


  1. Call for Proposals: CERLAC -Navigating Hot Water: Defiant Pathways through the Next Millennium (Deadline submission extended to: 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: Women in International Security-Canada, 11th Annual Workshop (Deadline: February 1st/18)

WIIS Canada’s 11th Annual Workshop: “Gender & Security, from the Bottom Up”
University of Alberta, Edmonton AB, May 2-4 2018

Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada is an organization that aims to advance women’s leadership an scholarship at all stages of their career in international defense and security. It engages members of academia, government military, private, and non-profit sectors in that endeavor.

The 11th Annual Workshop is entitled Gender & Security, from the Bottom-up. In global politics, security is a strategic concern involving power politics between macro-players, such as nation-states and militaries. Yet, (in) security is experienced by individuals, and groups, in local spaces, and intersects with various identity markers such as gender, race, ethnicity, indigeneity, sexuality, and class. Thus, the theme asks participants to think about the ways (in) security is, and can be, shaped in the every-day with a particular focus on gender and intersecting identities.

We invite paper proposals from graduate students on international security, broadly defined. Specific paper topics may include, but are not limited to:
-Indigenous engagements and scholarships in International Relations (IR), including implications of the field’s key concepts, such as sovereignty, for theorizing security
-Identity Politics and international movement ( borderes, travel, migration)
-Security and sovereignty of the body in International Relations
-Intersectional approaches to the Women, Peace & Security Agenda
-Local and individual engagements with international, and human security
-Feminist methodologies for IR, approached from the “bottom-up”

Please send your abstract of a maximum of 300 words, together with a short bio of 150 words, to by Fridat February 1, 2018. Up to 30 graduate students will be selected to present their research and take part in skill-building, networking, and mentorship exercises with included professionals from academia, government, and the non-profit sector.


  1. Call for Papers: Strategies of Critique XXXII: Great Black North: Study, Resistance, and Existence in Black (Graduate Conference at York) (Deadline: February 16th/18)

Call for Proposals: Strategies of Critique XXXII, 2018
Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought, Annual Conference, York University
April 27-28, 2018

York University’s Social & Political Thought Graduate Program is pleased to invite papers and creative works for presentation at its 32nd annual conference, Strategies of Critique: Great Black North: Study, Resistance and Existence in Black. 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 invisibility 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 various forms of intervention, academic or otherwise, through which people take up these political struggles?

The organizing committee welcomes individual and panel proposals critically engaged with Canadian experiences of Blackness, both in and outside the university contexts. We also welcome proposals from activists and community members. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Black Canadian Studies; Black Studies; Cultural Studies; Black Feminist Thought; History of Social and Political Thought; Critical University Studies; Diaspora Studies; Interdisciplinary Scholarship; Theories of Black Collectivity and Resistance; Critical Pedagogy; Queering Blackness; Carceral Studies; Afro-Indigenous Struggles and Contestations; Caribbean Studies; Anticolonial Thought ;Afropessimism; Youth Studies, Black Canadian Literatures, Theatre and Art; Security and Surveillance Studies.

The organizing committee pays credit to Lewis R. Gordon, Stefano Harney, and Steve Moten for their scholarship, around which these conference theme coheres. Strategies of Critique: Great Black North will be held April 27-28, 2018 at York University in present-day Toronto, Canada on the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. We acknowledge other Indigenous nations who have long-standing relationships with this territory, such as the Huron-Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Métis nations, and welcome suggestions for unsettling the coloniality of our academic conference practices.

Submit to:
Submission Deadline: February 16, 2018
Individual submissions (2 attachments):
1) Abstract (max. 300 words)
2) Brief bio (max. 50 words)
Panel submissions (2 attachments):
1) Panel rationale & individual proposal abstracts (max. 1000 words)
2) Bios for each presenter (max 250 words)

Please specify if your presentation will require special equipment or venue specifications. For those coming from out of town and needing overnight accommodations, please let us know. We may be able to arrange for you to stay with someone in the program.

Accessibility is a priority at our conference; venue, audio-visual equipment, written information, and food provided have all been chosen so as to facilitate all conference-goers’ full participation. If you require further accommodation, please let us know.

Inquiries can be directed to the organizing committee at:.

Please visit our website for more information:


  1. Call for Concepts: Gender Based Violence (GBV) program (Deadline: March 1st/18)

[From the Status of Women Canada (SWC) website ]

The Government of Canada is committed to furthering its partnership with civil society and recognizes the important role of advocacy in furthering shared goals. As the federal agency that promotes equality between women and men in all aspects of Canadian life, Status of Women Canada (SWC) is responsible for exercising leadership and working in partnership to promote and advance equality. By supporting community-based action and innovation for women and girls in Canada, including ending violence against women and girls, SWC creates conditions for success for all Canadians.

The Government is taking action to end gender-based violence (GBV) through It's Time: Canada's Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence. The strategy builds on current federal initiatives, coordinates existing programs and lays the foundation for greater action on GBV, and is based on three pillars:
Support for survivors and their families; and
Promotion of responsive legal and justice systems.
SWC is launching a call for concepts for projects to address gender-based violence (GBV) in Canada. This call for concepts supports the second pillar, namely to develop promising practices to support survivors and their families. Through the GBV Program, SWC will strengthen the GBV sector to address gaps in supports for two groups of survivors:
Indigenous women and their communities, and
Underserved populations, such as those who are more at risk of GBV and/or who are facing barriers to accessing services. These include, but are not limited to: children and youth, ethno-cultural women, LGBTQ2 communities and gender-non-binary people, non-status/refugee/immigrant women, seniors, women living in an official language minority community, women living in northern, rural and remote communities, and women living with a disability.

Please refer to the GBV Program page for information on principles that should taken into account when developing the concept.

The development of a concept is the first stage in this application process. SWC will review all concepts submitted. Those that meet the assessment criteria will be invited to develop and submit a full proposal, for which pre-operational funding (up to $30,000 will be available). All full proposals will be assessed, and approved projects will be eligible to receive up to $1,000,000 in project funding.


  1. Call for Papers: International Conference on Contemporary Women's Studies (Deadline: March 3rd/18)

The Association of Science, Education and Technology (TASET), Governors State University, Near East University, Istanbul University  and Sakarya University are pleased to invite you to the "International Conference on Contemporary Women’s Studies " to be held at Istanbul University on University Campus in Istanbul, Turkey on March 08-09, 2018.

The main aim of this congress is to bring scholars, researchers, educators, students, professionals and other groups interested in women studies to present their works. Prospective presenters are encouraged to submit proposals for oral, poster and video presentations that offer new research and theoretical contributions in the field of women studies and gender.

All accepted papers will be published in the Proceeding Book.  Modified version of selected papers will be published in peer reviewed journals such as TOJNED and TOJDEL.
Abstract Submission: March 03, 2018
Registration Deadline: March 03, 2018
Full Paper Submission: March 30, 2018
All accepted papers will be published in the Proceeding Book with ISBN.
Conference Venue
IWSC 2018 will be held at Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey.

For more information about  IWSC 2018, please check our website:
For all conference information kindly contact us via


  1. Call for Papers: Women’s Health & Urban Life special issue on women and precarious employment (Deadline: March 31st/18)

Women’s Health & Urban Life (WHUL) was founded at University of Toronto Scarborough in 2002. The journal was established to provide a platform for critical social science research and other work on urban women’s health. WHUL was initially funded by Wellesley Institute, and then under the journal program of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The journal is now an on-line journal published at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Two issues are published each year.

To access the first on-line issue of the journal, please go to:
Back issues of the journal 2002 to 2012 can be accessed at:

Papers are invited for a special issue edited by Leslie Nichols (Wilfrid Laurier University) on women and precarious employment for the on-line journal, Women’s Health & Urban Life.  We invite manuscripts that address a full range of health topics as they pertain to women’s, children’s, and LGBTQ health, in Canada and other countries.  We particularly welcome papers that address the structural and social determinants of health and the gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, national affiliation and other social locations. We also welcome manuscripts that address issues relating to public education, health care programs, and services that address (or fail to address) the specific needs of diverse groups living and working in urban or urbanizing areas and engage the aims of the journal – to inform policy change that promotes social justice.

Author Guidelines:
The submission is original work and does not infringe on any third party’s copyright.
The author(s) submitting the work is/are the actual author(s) of the work, not a third party.
The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
The text is 1-inch margins, double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

Please submit by March 31, 2018
To submit a manuscript, please register at:
For more information, you may also contact the editors:
For this special issue: Dr. Leslie Nichols, Wilfrid Laurier University, Email:
Dr. Toba Bryant, General Editor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Email:
Dr. Elizabeth McGibbon, Co-Editor,  St. Francis Xavier University, Email:


  1. Call for Papers: Demeter Press- Mothering and Social Work (Deadline: April 15th/18)

Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection entitled:
Mothering and Social Work
Co-editors: Dianne Fierheller and Kelly MacCready

The social construction of motherhood informs and permeates the field of social work through practice, research, and education, yet mothering experiences are often silenced in course curriculums, practice settings, and research agendas. Social work theory, policy and practice, often position social workers as "experts" to families with children, reinforcing societal expectations of mothers and assumptions of maternal responsibility, blame and shame.  This collection will contribute to an analysis of the relationship between motherhood and social work and an understanding of the social construction of each. We aim to highlight the voices and unique experiences of both mothers and social workers.

This volume will explore the intersection between mothering and social work in its many manifestations. Some of the many ways they intersect are through: child welfare, mental health (women's and children's), work with families, health and well-being, community based work, death dying and bereavement, fertility, aging and gerontology. We are actively seeking out voices of women who have been marginalized, absent or under-represented in the literature on social work and mothers. Experiential, arts-based and academic submissions are all welcome.

TOPICS MAY INCLUDE (but are not limited to):
Mother's experiences with child welfare, school social work, social services, or any other interface for social work provisions
Mother's experiences of practicing social work, teaching social work or producing knowledge for social work (research)
The social construction of and role of social work in a changing neoliberal world
The social construction of the "helper" role and the discourse of social worker and mothers as caregivers
Social workers' experience of working with mothers across diverse social work settings (hospital-based, community-based, activist or education oriented, policy-producing, etc.)
Critical, feminist, queer social work theories (and other theories of interest) and mothering
Social workers' experience of mothering and motherhood
Client experiences with both social work and motherhood

Submission Guidelines
For academic articles: 250 word abstracts plus 50 word biography due by April 15, 2018
to Dianne Fierheller at: and Kelly MacCready at
If accepted, papers will be due for submission by September 01, 2018


  1. Call for Applications – Research on the Responsible Conduct of Research (Deadline: March 9th/18) recently announced that the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) and the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) are soliciting applications under the following program: Research on the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).  A summary is provided below.

To solicit applications for projects to conduct innovative research related to the prevention of research misconduct, protection of whistleblowers, and the furtherance of research integrity in the country and internationally.
To further develop the evidence base for ORI and others to create or modify educational programs to encourage the responsible conduct of research.

Specifically, the ORI seeks to:
Identify risk factors that make misconduct more likely;
Create an evidence base for proactive interventions;
Build on lessons learned through previous research and the experiences of those who have been involved in guiding research misconduct proceedings; and
Support the development of tools that can be used to more easily identify research misconduct in images and statistical results.
Value: Up to US$150K
Required Overhead: 10%
Duration: 1 year
Submission to ORS – March 9, 2018
Submission to agency – March 23, 2018, by 5:00 PM

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applicants are advised to register as early as possible in since the registration process can take up to one month.  For information on registering for refer to or contact the Contact Center at 1-800-518-4726 or
For further details on this program, please consult the following link:


  1. SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants (Deadline: March 1st)

The Office of Research Services would like to remind you of the upcoming deadline for the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Engage Grants competition.  These grants were introduced to better address the short-term research needs, challenges and opportunities facing organizations in the not-for-profit, public and private sectors.   A summary is provided below.

To provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision-making at a single partner organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sector;
To respond to immediate needs and time constraints facing organizations in non-academic sectors; and
To allow non-academic organizations and postsecondary researchers to access each other’s unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities on topics of mutual interest.

SSHRC welcomes applications involving Aboriginal research, as well as those involving research-creation.
SSHRC invites all applicants to review Imagining Canada’s Future’s six future challenge areas and subquestions, and to consider addressing one or more of these areas in their research proposal.
Value: $7K - $25K
Duration: 1 year
Submission to ORS: September 1, December 1, March 1, and June 1
Submission to agency: March 15, and June 15, September 15, December 15,
The application and instructions are now available on the SSHRC web site at:


  1. Summer Queer and Oral History Seminar at Simon Fraser University (Deadline: March 31st/18)

As part of our ongoing research project Bridging the Gap, the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony (<>) is holding a 4-day advanced seminar on queer and oral history at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Registration is limited to 20; the deadline to register is March 31st, 2018. All are welcome.

How can we navigate the LGBTQ2 past in the context of collective memory? What does ‘historical explanation’ mean when dealing with lesbian, Two-Spirit, and queer women’s oral testimonies?  Explore these question with historians Laura Doan and Elise Chenier at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, from May 13-16, 2018. Seminar participants will have the option of attending a workshop to learn how to conduct oral history interviews.

The seminar is free, however participants are asked to pay a $250 registration fee, refundable upon completion of the seminar, to secure their place. The deadline to register is March 31st, 2018. Register here:

Find our more about the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony at<>. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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Laura Doan is Professor of Cultural History and Sexuality studies at the University of Manchester, England. She is the author of Disturbing Practices: History, Sexuality and Women's Experience of Modern War (2013) and Fashioning Sapphism: The Origins of a Modern English Lesbian Culture (2001).

Elise Chenier is Professor in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University and Director of the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony. Her work explores the queer twentieth century, and oral history has served as one of her main methodologies. Her most recent publication is “Love Politics: Same-Sex Marriage in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s” forthcoming in the Journal of the History of Sexuality 27:2.