CFR Newsletter: Upcoming Events and Opportunities, February 8th, 2018


  1. CFR Co-Sponsored: The costs and benefits of legal activism: Reflecting on the aftermath of Canada v Bedford, Lebovitch and Scott (February 13th/18)
  2. CFR Co-Sponsored: Community Screening of Variety Survival Talk show (March 10th/18)



  1. WGSRF Statement on Academic Freedom
  2. Demeter Press is honored to announce the Upcoming Release of Everyday World-Making: Toward an Understanding of Affect and Mothering
  3. Registration is open for the 3Voices in Child Welfare: the Sally Pearch Palmer Conference Series
  1. The Philippines: A Human Rights Calamity Under President Duterte (February 23rd/18)
  2. Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night) LX (February 27th/18)
  3. Honouring Our Students Pow Wow 2018 (March 11th/18)
  1. Call for Proposals: The Complexities and Diversities of the Black/African Diaspora - K'jipuktuk (Deadline: February 22nd/18)
  2. Call for Chapter Proposals: Indigenous Women and Girls (Deadline: February 28th/18)
  3. Call for Chapter Proposals: Women in Popular Culture in Canada (Deadline: March 1st/18)
  4. Call for Abstracts: Oxford Women's Leadership Symposium Conference 2018 (Deadline: March 5th/18)
  5. Call for Papers: Interdisciplinary Grad Conference on Biopolitics (Deadline: March 8th/18)
  6. Call for Submissions: 2018 Decolonizing Conference (Deadline: March 30th/18)
  7. Call for Abstracts: Space, Race, Bodies III: Walls (Deadline: April 1st/18)
  1. Master class with Filmmaker Deepa Mehta: Open to Undergrads & Grads, Alums, Faculty & Staff (February 9th/18)
  2. Duke Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies Postdoctoral Position 2018-2019 (Deadline: February 20th/18)
  3. Univ. Of British Columbia Okanagan: Gender-Focused Sociology Lecturer Position (Deadline: February 20th/18)
  4. Univ. Of New Brunswick: Wendy J. Robbins Professorship in Gender and Women Studies (full time tenure-track position) (Deadline: March 16th/18)



  1. CFR Co-Sponsored: The costs and benefits of legal activism: Reflecting on the aftermath of Canada v Bedford, Lebovitch and Scott (February 13th/18)

When: February 13, 2018 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: IKB 2027, 4700 Keele St, North York, ON M3J 1P3

Featured speaker: Valerie Scott

In this talk, longtime sex worker rights activist and former sex worker Valerie Scott will give her personal account of the struggles, strategies, process, and aftermath of the constitutional challenge to Canada’s prostitution laws, Canada v Bedford, Lebovitch and Scott (2013). In particular Ms. Scott will discuss the work done by sex worker activists, and their disagreements over and decisions in regard to adopting a ‘winnable’ strategy that highlighted how the criminalization of prostitution exacerbated the risks faced by sex workers. This strategy was not without costs: even as it was effective in winning the case, focusing on danger reproduced tropes of victimization and trafficking that were later invoked in the legislative response that in effect recriminalized similar aspects of sex work. Ms. Scott will reflect on this unfortunate, yet unsurprising, outcome, and how it has forced activists to rethink their strategies toward attempting to dislodge the victim discourse – and abandon ‘winnable’ legal arguments amidst continuing political discomfort with prostitution.

Light refreshments provided.
RSVP link:

The Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode (IFLS)
Centre for Feminist Research at York University (CFR)
York Department of Social Science – Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies Programs


2. CFR Co-Sponsored: Community Screening of Variety Survival Talk show (March 10th/18)

Community Screening of Variety Survival Talkshow 버라이어티 생존토크쇼 & Conversations with the Director JO Se-young and Korean feminist activist-scholars

Time: Saturday, March 10 at 2:15 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave., Toronto, ON
*Open to Public; Tickets are free of charge; Bilingual (English subtitle & Korean-English interpretation for the panel is provided) (감독과의 대화: 한국어/영어 통역)

Title: Variety Survival Talkshow 버라이어티 생존토크쇼
Director: JO Se-young
Genre: Documentary
Production: South Korea 2009
Running time: 72 min (panel and open Q&A the director will follow screening)
Doors Open: 2:15pm
Screening Starts: 2:30pm
Audio: Korean (English subtitles)

Variety Survival Talkshow 버라이어티 생존토크쇼, an award-winning documentary, follows the narrative of South Korean women who have come together to break the silence about sexual violence. It is a story of survival and resilience, but also desires, intimacy, and collective solidarity for social change. On the International Women’s Day in 2018, in the #MeToo moment across national borders, we hope this documentary and the discussion with the Director Jo Se-young, together with feminist activist-scholars Youn Joung Kim and Hae Yeon Choo, will inspire us think through what women’s citizenship means, reminding us how the personal is ever more political.

Hosted by the Centre for Study of Korea (CSK) at the University of Toronto, this event is co-sponsored by: Hope21: Korean Progressive Network in Canada; Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF); the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto; the Cinema Studies Student Union (CINSSU) at the University of Toronto; the Centre for Feminist Research at York University; the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist, & Women's Studies at York University; and the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR).

Director JO Se-young has directed numerous critically-acclaimed feature documentaries with a focus on gender and sexual politics in South Korea. She made her debut in film directing in 2005 with . She received the Jinbo Award at the Seoul Independent Documentary Film and Video Festival with (2009). She also won the White Goose Award at the DMZ Korean International Documentary Film Festival and other awards with , on women’s experiences with abortion.

Youn Joung Kim is a feminist activist-scholar and Ph.D. student in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University. She appears in this documentary as a member of the feminist group against sexual violence in South Korea. Her research interests revolved around sex work and U.S. militarization in South Korea.

Hae Yeon Choo is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Affiliated Faculty of the Asian Institute and the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Decentering Citizenship: Gender, Labor, and Migrant Rights in South Korea (Stanford University Press, 2016) on labor and marriage migration and the question of migrant rights and citizenship in South Korea.

Women who have been victims of sexual violence join a group called Small Talk and begin to reveal their experiences. By talking to others, they bare their hearts and rediscover themselves and help each other grow. And as they collide with the outside world, they grow stronger. With wit and courage, they deconstruct the stereotype of victims, and therein lies the beauty of their survival talk.




1. WGSRF Statement on Academic Freedom

As members of the Executive Committee of Canada’s Women's and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes, we write to express our deep concern over the ongoing and unprecedented attacks on the academic freedom of feminist scholars in the name of “freedom of speech.”

In agreement with the Canadian Association for University Teacher’s 2011 Policy Statement on Academic Freedom, we believe that “post-secondary educational institutions serve the common good of society through searching for, and disseminating, knowledge and understanding and through fostering independent thinking and expression in academic staff and students. Robust democracies require no less. These ends cannot be achieved without academic freedom.”

As such, we unequivocally believe that “academic freedom is fundamental to the mandate of universities to pursue truth, educate students and disseminate knowledge and understanding. In teaching, academic freedom is fundamental to the protection of the rights of the teacher to teach and of the student to learn. In research and scholarship, it is critical to advancing knowledge. Academic freedom includes the right to freely communicate knowledge and the results of research and scholarship” (Universities Canada, Statement on Academic Freedom). It is therefore imperative to make it be known widely that academic freedom includes “the right, without restriction by prescribed doctrine, to freedom to teach and discuss; freedom to carry out research and disseminate and publish the results thereof; freedom to produce and perform creative works; freedom to express one's opinion about the institution, its administration, and the system in which one works; freedom to acquire, preserve, and provide access to documentary material in all formats. Academic freedom does not require neutrality on the part of the individual” (CAUT, “Academic Freedom” 2017).

Women's and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes Executive Committee stands in solidarity with all those who continue to teach and speak out on university and college campuses in an increasingly chilly climate where boundaries of academic freedom are marked at the intersection of so-called “freedom of speech.”


2. 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 upcoming release of Everyday World-Making: Toward an Understanding of Affect and Mothering, Edited by Julia Lane and Eleonora Joensuu (January 2018).

Everyday World-Making: Toward an Understanding of Affect and Mothering

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.


3. Registration is open for the 3Voices in Child Welfare: the Sally Pearch Palmer Conference Series

Registration is now open for the 3Voices in Child Welfare: The Sally Pearce Palmer Conference Series organized by the School of Social Work in the Faculty of Social Sciences. The goal of the conferences is to address emerging research and approaches in the field of child welfare, particularly developments that give voice to the children, families and communities receiving child welfare services. The intended audience includes faculty, students, social workers, allied professionals, service users and community groups involved in child welfare issues.

Registration is required.
Registration link is:



1. The Philippines: A Human Rights Calamity Under President Duterte (February 23rd/18)
When: Friday, 23 February 2018, 11am to 1pm
Where: Room 956, Ninth Floor, Kaneff Tower, York University

Since taking office on June 30, 2016, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has carried out a “war on drugs” resulting in the deaths of over 12,000 suspected drug dealers and users. The government has attributed nearly half the killings to the Philippine National Police, and the remainder to “unidentified gunmen.” Among those killed are children, often caught in the cross-fire or, in several instances, specifically targeted by the killers. Cases investigated by the media and human rights groups invariably found unlawful executions by police or agents of the police acting as “death squads.” Duterte himself has been outspoken in support of the anti-drug campaign and has sought to silence its critics. No meaningful investigation into the killings has been undertaken.

But the drug war is only the tip of the iceberg in the spectre of impunity and human rights violations in the Philippines, including the extrajudicial killings of activists, environmentalists and journalists.

Carlos H. Conde will talk about these issues and the work that Human Rights Watch does in the Philippines.

Carlos H. Conde is the Philippines researcher for Human Rights Watch’s Asia division. Before joining Human Rights Watch, he worked as a journalist for 20 years, mainly as the freelance correspondent in Manila for The New York Times. Before that, he worked as a reporter and editor for various publications in the Philippines, writing about politics, human rights, the communist and Islamic insurgencies, terrorism, labor migration, among other subjects. Conde has served as secretary-general of the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines and has been a fellow at the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility. He was also a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center of the University of Hawai’i.

This event is presented by the The Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security and the York Centre for Asian Research. Mr Conde’s visit is made possible thanks to Human Rights Watch.


2. Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night) LX (February 27th/18)

Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series
When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Where: Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College St, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2N8

Featured poets: Susie Berg and Joshua P’ng
Host: Bänoo Zan

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

Joshua P’ng writer of poetry and short stories in a speculative setting, published in the filling station, untethered, Daily Science Fiction, Sewer Lid, and the Great Lakes Review

Susie Berg former co-curator of Plasticine Poetry reading series, member of 7 O’Clock Poets group, 2 poetry collections, How to Get Over Yourself and All This Blood, & 3 chapbooks

Twitter: @BanooZan & @ShabeSherTO
Instagram: @banoo.zan


3. Honouring Our Students Pow Wow 2018 (March 11th/18)

The Indigenous Studies Students' Union welcomes you to our 2nd Annual Honouring Our Students Pow Wow at the University of Toronto on Sunday, March 11th, 2018. We are excited to announce this year's traditional pow wow will be hosted at the bigger and brighter Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport (Bloor/Devonshire in Toronto)!

We invite you to join us as we celebrate all the Indigenous communities that call Toronto home, with special guests from across Turtle Island. It's a day to celebrate our academic journeys, Indigenous communities, and cultures.

This year's event will feature a *much* larger, state-of-the-art venue, over 50+ food, craft, and information vendors, giveaways, and some of the best drum groups and dancers from across Turtle Island!
Everyone is welcome.
Follow us on Twitter at for updates!

The event details are as follows:
Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: Doors Open @ 10AM | Grand Entry @ 12PM
Location: 100 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON (Bloor/Devonshire), Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport

This location is fully accessible to wheelchairs and other accessibility devices.
Parking and directions will be provided closer to the date.

DANCERS & VENDORS: Registration will become available in the next week - we will share a link to registration on this page as soon as it is made available

INTERESTED VOLUNTEERS: Applications will be made available in the coming weeks - we will share a link to our application on this page as soon as it is made available

Please contact us if you have any questions @ ! Miikwec, nia:wen - we can't wait to see you this year!

We will be updating our guests and features as they are confirmed:
Elders: Alex McKay, Jacqui Lavalley
Master of Ceremonies: Bob Goulais
Arena Director: Austin Mixemong
Host Drum Group: Smoke Trail
Guest Drums: Old Mush, Young Creek
Head Male Dancer: TBA
Head Female Dancer: Ziigwen Mixemong
Special Features: TBA



1. Call for Proposals: The Complexities and Diversities of the Black/African Diaspora - K'jipuktuk (Deadline: February 22nd/18)

The 2nd Annual Critical Indigenous, Race and Feminist Studies Student Conference
Call for Proposals (CFPs)
The Complexities and Diversities of the Black/African Diaspora
Saturday March 31st, 2018
University of King’s College
K’jipuktuk (Halifax), Mi’kmaq Territory

Deadline for Submission: February 22nd, 2018

After the success of its first installment in April of 2017, the Critical Indigenous, Race, and Feminist Studies Student Conference returns, with a focus on the Black and African diaspora. The conference provides a space and lens for critical scholarship wherein differently positioned Black/African descended undergraduate and graduate students from post-secondary institutions in K'jipuktuk (Halifax), Mi'kmaq Territory may engage with and theorize the Black/African diaspora and its complexities in this contemporary moment of global circulations. The gathering is a critical and rare academic space that ensures students further develop their theoretical vision based on intersecting identities, histories and struggles while promoting their overall well-being individually and collectively. The conference is organized by SOCI 4849/WGST 6852 (Community Organizing) & The Racialized Student Academic Network at Saint Mary's University in partnership with King’s Students’ Union.

We are interested in proposals from undergraduate and graduate students attending any post-secondary educational institutions in K'jipuktuk (Halifax), Mi'kmaq Territory. Although we welcome all submissions, those from individuals who identify as Black/African will be prioritized. We encourage panel presentations that bring forth a critical intersectional / interacting analysis of identity, hybridity, community, transnationalism, citizenship, Blackness, gender, and other social locations with the following conference themes.

Proposal themes for consideration include Black/African and diasporic identity (hybridity, dual consciousness); mixed-race identity; Black/Indigenous relations; Black feminism; establishing connections to ancestral land; interrogating relations/tensions across diasporic and continental African communities; Black/African cultural appropriation; diversity of the Black/African diaspora; transnational community; representational politics in the academy; slavery; racism; forced migration and resettlement; ethnic conflicts; home away from home; colonization; identity politics; the politics of local and global citizenship; racialization; critical Blackness.

To submit a proposal, send the following information to
(1) Full name, email contact, and phone number (optional)
(2) Name of post-secondary institution; department & program; year of study
(3) Title of presentation
(4) Description of presentation (max. 175 words)
(5) Include a few sentences on how you identify and how your work relates to the above conference themes
(6) Biography (max. 50 words)

With thanks,
CIRFS 2018 Organizing Committee


2. Call for Chapter Proposals: Indigenous Women and Girls (Deadline: February 28th/18)

Canadian Scholars are exploring the potential of publishing an edited textbook that examines the lives of Indigenous women and girls from a perspective based on strength and resilience. Contrary to current literature trends that examine the lived experience of Indigenous women and girls from a position of deficit, this textbook aims at creating space for Indigenous knowledge that celebrates the lives of Indigenous women and girls from a traditional perspective. The textbook will be organized into four sections and invites abstracts that encompass the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of Indigenous women and girls. While papers examining all aspects of Indigenous women and girls will be welcome, we are particularly interested in papers that focus on health and wellbeing, social justice, resistance, self-determination, decolonization, environmental justice, parenting, relationships, sexuality, cultural revitalization, cultural continuity, and cultural identity and that explore the intersections of Indigeneity and gender from a traditional perspective.

Potential areas for submission include:
- Identity
- Cultural continuity/ revitalization
- Sex and sexuality
- Coming of age ceremonies
- Parenting
- Relationships
- Family Dynamics
- Social Justice
- Health and well-being
- Youth suicide
- Education: traditional, land based
- Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
- Self-determination
- Health and well being
- Mental health
- Youth suicide
The editor, Dr. Brigette Krieg invites individual and co-authored abstracts and chapters from both established and emerging scholars, including graduate students. Expected length of abstract: 200-250 words. Deadline: February 28, 2018. Expected length of final chapter: 6000 words. Proposed deadline for full chapters: late Summer/early Fall 2018. Please submit chapter proposals to:


3. Call for Chapter Proposals: Women in Popular Culture in Canada (Deadline: March 1st/18)

The Canadian Scholars / Women's Press is considering publishing a volume that explores women in popular culture in Canada. The volume is particularly interested in intersectional analyses of settler colonialism, racialization, and transgender representations and experiences in pop culture.

There is a growing mainstream interest in gender inequities in media and everyday life—evident from the #Metoo and #TimesUp movements— but there is relatively little published on the historical and contemporary achievements and struggles of women in popular culture in Canada. This volume is not only a way to celebrate women’s work in this country, but also to create an alternative archive and “canon” of Canadian culture. With this in mind, we invite chapter proposals for timely, critical, and interdisciplinary accounts of women in popular culture in Canada.

Potential areas for submission include:
- Questioning and dismantling a “Canadian canon”
- Indigenous women in popular culture in Canada
- Black Womanhood in popular culture in Canada
- Trans and gender non-conforming characters in Canadian media•(Dis)Ability and accessibility in media development and reception
- Queer women of Canadian comedy, television and/or film
- Depictions and/or experiences of Women in hijabs, sheitels, and religious attire
- Gendering physical landscapes of / in popular culture
- American or international depictions of Canadian women in media
- “This is what a Feminist Looks like” Activism and Representation in Canadian culture
- Women in web-series, YouTube, Instagram, and social media
- Women and fandom
- Women in tech
- Women in Canadian folk music

The editor, Dr. Laine Zisman Newman, welcomes individual and co-authored proposals and chapters from both established and emerging scholars. The intended audience are undergraduate humanities and social science students in Canadian universities and colleges.

Deadline: March 1, 2018. Expected length of abstract: 250 words.

Expected length of final chapter: 7000 words. Proposed deadline for full chapters: September 1, 2018. Please submit chapter proposals to:

Kerrie Waddington
Acquisitions Editor
Canadian Scholars | Women's Press
1066 W Hasting St., 20th floor
Vancouver, BC V6E 3X2


4. Call for Abstracts: Oxford Women's Leadership Symposium Conference 2018 (Deadline: March 5th/18)

We are pleased to invite you and your institution to participate in the OXFORD WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM<>
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.


5. Call for Papers: Interdisciplinary Grad Conference on Biopolitics (Deadline: March 8th/18)

Call for Papers
Interdisciplinary Graduate Student
Conference on Biopolitics
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, ON
Friday April 13th. 2018
Hosted by Techne: Wilfrid Laurier University Biopolitical Research Group &
Cultural Analysis and Social Theory MA Program

Biopolitics is a predominant paradigm in the social sciences and humanities, which begins from the premise that life is central to modern politics. In the early nineteenth century, biopolitics emerged alongside concerns with overpopulation, public hygiene, pseudo-scientific theories of ‘race,’ and into state institutions such as the socio-biological regime of the Nazis. More recently, contemporary issues such as combating climate change, prevention of the global spread of infectious diseases, as well as rethinking the meaning of being human (given biomedical advances in such areas as genetic engineering, reproductive technologies, and even prosthetics), life has become a central issue for politics.

In our “biopolitical” era governing means to manage, regulate, control, and protect life in all its forms. This line of thinking first gained prominence in the mid-1970s with Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish (1995), The History of Sexuality, Volume 1 (1990), and his famous lectures at the Collège de France (2003, 2007, 2008).

We are accepting proposals on any topics that relate to biopolitics from across the social sciences and humanities. Contributions from graduate students from all disciplines and critical perspectives are welcome.

Possible topics include, but are not restricted to:
- Disrupting biopolitical borders (immigration, (de)colonization, settlement, and globalization)
- Epidemics, eugenics, bioethics
- Humanism, anthropocene, or post-humanism
- Affirmative biopolitics, Negative biopolitics, the politics of death (thanatopolitics, necropolitics), immunization, or vitalism
- Governmentality, debt, state of exception, crisis management, total institutions
- Bare life (zoē) versus political life (bíos)
- Immaterial labour, the precariat, or the biopolitical economy
- The extent the discourse of biopolitics possessing emancipatory educational practices
- The biopolitics of social inequalities (gender, race, sexuality, and etc.)
- Theories of biopolitical resistance and social justice

These events are taking place on the Haldimind Tract. Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario is located on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnawbe and Haudenosaunee peoples.

We welcome submissions from all graduate students at the Masters and PhD levels. Paper proposals of 200 to 250 words, accompanied by a short biography (including name of program/school), should be submitted to by no later than the March 8, 2018.
Notifications of acceptance will be given by March 15, 2018.

Greg Bird (Coordinator, Techne: WLU Biopolitical Research Group):
Mustafa Nasirzadeh (MA. Cultural Analysis and Social Theory):


6. Call for Submissions: 2018 Decolonizing Conference (Deadline: March 30th/18)

CIARS is pleased to announce that it is holding its XI Decolonizing Conference for critical dialogues on the theme of “Dialoguing and Living Well Together: Decolonization and Insurgent Voices”. Using a Decolonizing perspective, the conference hopes to explore new meanings of “living well together” outside of White mythology (in Derrida’s terms) and the capitalist paradigm. We ask: how do we bring non-Western epistemologies to a terrain that has existed through a long-exercised White Mythology? What Indigenous experiences speak to the possibility of living well together in new futures? What additional dimensions of the above can be gleaned from the constant mobility of bodies, identities, subjectivities and relations?

Proposals should clearly connect to the conference theme and contribute to the advancement of Indigenous and decolonial studies, anti-colonial thought and practice, critical race and anti-racism theory, practice, methodology, and/or community organizing. Please see format, word limit, and deadline below:
Your abstract should adhere to the following guidelines:
5 Key Words
Research question
Aims and Objectives
Methodology/Theoretical Framework (such as method of data collection, modes of inquiry, conceptual framework)
Results/conclusion (even if they are preliminary at the time of submission)
Word Limit:
Individual Papers: 250 words
Group Panels: 500 words
Other Work/Contributions: 250 words
Bio: 50 words

Submission Deadline:
The submissions portal opens on January 30, 2018. The deadline for submissions is May 30, 2018.
Accepted proposals will be contacted by July 30, 2018.


7. Call for Abstracts: Space, Race, Bodies III: Walls (Deadline: April 1st/18)

Space, Race, Bodies III: Walls
June 30th-July 1st, 2018
University of Otago/ Te Whare Wānanga o Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand/ Ōtepoti, Aotearoa

Featuring keynote speakers: Associate Professor Leonie Pihama (University of Waikato) and Professor Alexander G. Weheliye (Northwestern University)

Space, Race, Bodies III: Walls is an academic and activist conference that addresses contemporary geographical and cultural practices premised on the construction and maintenance of walls, fences, barriers, and borders of all kinds. The conference is scheduled to take place on June 30th-July 1st, 2018, at the University of Otago.

The construction of walls for security practices related to migration, asylum and refuge, and domestic prisons has significant human rights and social justice implications. Such practices are inextricably tied to social forms of exclusion and discrimination that create barriers to social, political, and economic well-being. The purpose of this conference is to facilitate engagement between academic researchers, criminal justice organisations, and migrant advocates on the local as well as trans-national connections between practices of security and social exclusion as they effect communities of colour, migrants, and Indigenous peoples. The conference invites abstracts, panels, and workshop proposals that address, but are not limited to, the following themes:
the human rights implications of security practices, particularly in terms of intersections between border exclusions and disability, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity
the historical connections between geographies of exclusion and contemporary geopolitical forms of migration management
alternatives to violent forms of border management and other creative and activist ways of tearing down walls!
Indigenous sovereignties, climate change, and migration
carceral politics and practices
social forms of inclusion and exclusion premised on race, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, and class
barriers to health and education in policy and political communication
capitalism and socio-economic forms of inclusion and exclusion
the military-industrial complex
dataveillance and new technologies of surveillance
biotechnologies, race, and racisms
geodata and new technologies of mapping and cartography
resource commodification and barriers to land and sea for public and Indigenous communities
media biopower

SRB III builds on the momentum and opportunities enabled by the first two Space, Race, Bodies conferences in publicising and disseminating scholarship and activism on the intersections between geography, racism, and racialisation. SRB I: Geocorpographies of City, Nation, Empire took place in December, 2014, at the University of Otago and featured keynotes included: Professor Joseph Pugliese (Macquarie University), Professor Jacinta Ruru (University of Otago), Professor Susan Stryker (University of Arizona), and Professor Jasbir Puar (Rutgers University). SRB II: Sovereignty and Migration in a Carceral Age took place in May, 2016, and included: Fadak Alfayadh (RISE: Refugees, Survivors, and Ex-Detainees), Associate Professor Stephanie Fryberg (University of Washington), Tame Iti, Moana Jackson, Crystal McKinnon and Emma Russell (Flat Out), Suzanne Menzies-Culling and Marie Laufiso (Tauiwi Solutions), Professor Margaret Mutu (University of Auckland), Teanau Tuiono, Emmy Rākete (No Pride in Prisons), and Annette Sykes. More information on these events can be found at:

Interested participants should send 200w abstracts and proposals, including a 50w bio, to Abstracts will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 1st, 2018.
All queries and questions can be sent to



1. Master class with Filmmaker Deepa Mehta: Open to Undergrads & Grads, Alums, Faculty & Staff (February 9th/18)

York AMPD Cinespace Studio & Chandrasekar Foundation Presents:
Master Class with Filmmaker DEEPA MEHTA
When: Friday February 9th, 1pm
Where: York's Cinespace Studio, 777 Kipling Ave. (south of Bloor)

Space limited, pre-registration required:
Open to Undergrads & Grads, Alums, Faculty & Staff

Join Toronto writer/director Deepa Mehta for a master-class case study of her extraordinary 2016 feature Anatomy of Violence, in conversation with Regent Park Film Festival Director Ananya Ohri. Mehta is an award-winning filmmaker whose thirteen celebrated features include Midnight’s Children, Heaven on Earth and the Elements trilogy (Fire, Earth, Water). Anatomy of Violence uses extensive improvisation with her ensemble of actors to explore the root causes leading to the notorious 2012 Delhi bus gang rape, becoming an unforgettable study of this horrific crime. Screening clips and analyzing scenes, Ohri and Mehta will explore how Anatomy both radically departs from but also continues Mehta’s profound explorations of gender, culture and power.

1pm: Screening of Anatomy of Violence
3pm: Ohri & Mehta in conversation


2. Duke Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies Postdoctoral Position 2018-2019 (Deadline: February 20th/18)

The Duke University Program in Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies invites applications for a residential postdoctoral fellow in Feminist Environmental Studies for the 2018-2019 year. Through research, teaching, and service, the fellow will contribute to the overall work of the GSF Program.
We seek candidates with interdisciplinary experience in Gender/Women's/Sexuality Studies and a record of scholarship in environmental studies (broadly conceived). Postdoctoral fellows are expected to design and teach an undergraduate course in this field and to support the integration of feminist environmental studies through a variety of potential activities across the fellowship year (e.g., outreach to student groups, mentoring graduate students, participating on panels). The fellowship includes a stipend, health insurance, and shared office space. Applicants should have PhD in hand by July 1, 2018 and be no more than three years past the PhD. In addition to your letter of application, please include a 1000 word project proposal (with 1 page bibliography), a C.V., and names and contact information for three references. Please submit application electronically by February 20, 2018 through<>.
Please note that finalists will be asked to submit three reference letters, a writing sample, and course proposal. GSF program information is available at Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Duke values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.


3. Univ. Of British Columbia Okanagan: Gender-Focused Sociology Lecturer Position (Deadline: February 20th/18)

This is a 1-year term position with the potential for renewal. The appointment is expected to start on August 1, 2018, and the successful candidate will be a member of the Department of History and Sociology (

Applicants must have a PhD by the time of appointment, in Sociology, Gender and Women’s Studies, or a related discipline. We are particularly interested in applicants with specific expertise and teaching experience in one or both of the following the fields: Gender, Media and Society, including Digital Media; and Gender, Science and Technology. The successful applicant should be prepared to teach undergraduate Sociology courses, including (but not limited to) the following:
SOCI 217 Introduction to Gender
SOCI 216 Media and Society
SOCI 313 Advanced Studies in Sociology of Gender
SOCI 415 Feminist Theory

The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to develop and teach specialized topics courses in their areas of expertise; to assist in further development of the curriculum; and to contribute to the department in other ways, including providing appropriate administrative service.

UBC is one of the world’s leading universities, and is consistently ranked in the top 40. The university has two distinct campuses, one in Vancouver and one in Kelowna. UBC’s Okanagan campus, located in the city of Kelowna, has over 9,000 students in seven faculties, with strong undergraduate and graduate programs. Situated in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, one of the most scenic regions in Canada, it offers an intimate learning environment and excellent opportunities for regional, national, and international scholarly activities.

Sociology, at UBC’s Okanagan campus, is housed in the vibrant Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. The Faculty offers both discipline-based and interdisciplinary programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The collegial learning environment in the Faculty focuses on effective teaching, critical and creative scholarship, and the integration of scholarship and teaching. We are committed to an ethos of local involvement, global engagement, and intercultural awareness and we provide a positive, inclusive, and mutually supportive working and learning environment for all our students, faculty, and staff. To learn about the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Science, go to For more information about UBC resources and opportunities, please visit Information about the surrounding community can be found at:

Please contact the Department Head, Dr. Catherine Higgs ( for additional information.

How to Apply:
To apply for this position, please visit the link – (Job Opening ID# 28724)
Complete applications should include:
i) a cover letter;
ii) a curriculum vitae;
iii) a 1-page statement of teaching philosophy; and
iv) evidence of teaching effectiveness (please provide a complete set of teaching evaluations for courses taught over the last five years).
All documents must be submitted in electronic format using WORD or PDF files with the subject line, “Sociology Lecturer position.”

In addition, applicants should arrange to have reference letters from three referees sent directly to Dr. Catherine Higgs, Head of the Department of History and Sociology at:

The deadline for receipt of applications is February 20, 2018. All appointments are subject to budgetary approval. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.


4. Univ. Of New Brunswick: Wendy J. Robbins Professorship in Gender and Women Studies (full time tenure-track position) (Deadline: March 16th/18)

The Faculty of Arts at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton, Canada) invites applications for the Wendy J. Robbins Professorship in Gender and Women Studies, a full-time, tenure-track, continuing position, to commence July 1, 2018. This position honours the legacy of Dr. Wendy J. Robbins (1948-2017), a long-serving professor and co-founder of the Women’s Studies program (as it was then known), and lifelong researcher and activist promoting women’s equality and autonomy in all areas of life. The successful candidate will teach five courses per year, supervise honours and graduate students, foster Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) activities in the faculty and the community, and contribute actively to curriculum development within the GWS program at UNB.

We seek a scholar with a Ph.D. in Gender and Women's Studies, or in a related Social Science or Humanities discipline, who can teach the core interdisciplinary courses in GWS. Areas of teaching and research specialisation may include, but are not limited to: feminist and intersectional approaches to political, cultural and social representation, reproductive justice, sexual equity and inclusion, critical race studies, feminist and queer activism, and violence against women and marginalized communities.

Candidates should have solid and effective teaching experience, a strong programme of research and publication record, and success in securing research grants. The successful candidate will be hired at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, depending on qualifications and experience, and appointed to a department in the Faculty of Arts according to research interests and expertise. This position is subject to budgetary approval.

By March 16, 2018, interested applicants should submit a cover letter outlining their teaching experience and research interests, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference, sent under separate cover,, with reference to the Gender and Women Studies Program. Please do not send course syllabi, writing samples, or teaching dossiers, unless requested. Questions about this position should be directed to Dr. Lisa Todd, Coordinator of Gender and Women Studies:

The University of New Brunswick is committed to employment equity and fostering diversity within our community and developing an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the broader community that we serve. The University welcomes and encourages applications from all qualified individuals who will help us achieve our goals, including women, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.