CFR Events Calendar

Moving Images: Visual Storytelling and Transnational Filipino Family Reunification
Nov 13 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Moving Images: Visual Storytelling and Transnational Filipino Family Reunification

2-4pm, Monday November 13th, 2017

280N York Lanes, York University

Thousands of Filipinos have come to Canada under auspices of the Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP) to undertake care work in private homes. After fulfilling their obligations under the Program, former LCP workers were able to apply for permanent residency status in Canada and be joined by their family members from whom they have been separated for many years. To learn more about the reunification experiences of former live-in caregivers and their family members, I invited a group of Filipino youth and a former LCP worker to tell their stories using photography and text. In this presentation, I will share their stories and discuss the process of participatory visual methods. I argue that visual storytelling opens up conversational space beyond national, generational, and professional boundaries providing a substrate for enhancing family relations, community activism, and policy change.

Dr. Denise L. Spitzer is a Full Professor and Acting Associate Director and Graduate Studies Coordinator with the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa. She was the Canada Research Chair in Gender, Migration, and Health and a Principal Scientist with the Institute of Population Health from 2005-2015. Dr. Spitzer has more than twenty years of experience in community-based research with immigrant, migrant, and refugee women and men in Canada and internationally, exploring the impact of marginalization on health and well-being. Her work focuses on factors that mitigate the relationship between social exclusion and health, including social support, identity, and human agency.This event is part of the Gender, Migration and Contemporary (Im)mobilities in Asia Lecture series at the York Centre for Asian Research.

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Alula for Posterity: Autobiography of Translation-A Talk by Nathanaël
Nov 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Alula for Posterity: Autobiography of Translation

A Talk by Nathanaël

6:30-8:30pm, Tuesday November 14th, 2017

A301 York Hall, Glendon College, York University

Translation is a name by which a name falls into competition with itself.
Such is one of the claims of this talk which proposes itself as a (disobedient) taxonomy of screaming, in which the cinema is summoned to its mute appeal.

Co-sponsored by: The Mark Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies (University of Toronto) and the Centre for Research in Language and Culture Contact (Glendon College)

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CFR Co-Sponsored: Indo-Caribbean Feminist Thought. Genealogies, Theories, Enactments
Nov 15 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Indo-Caribbean Feminist Thought. Genealogies, Theories, Enactments

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
280N York Lanes

12:30pm - 2:30pm

All are welcome!

Bringing together three generations of scholars, thinkers and activists, this book is the first to trace a genealogy of the specific contributions Indo-Caribbean women have made to Caribbean feminist epistemology and knowledge production. Challenging the centrality of India in considerations of the forms that Indo-Caribbean feminist thought and praxis have taken, the authors turn instead to the terrain of gender negotiations among Caribbean men and women within and across racial, class, religious, and political affiliations.  Addressing the specific conditions which emerged within the region and highlighting the cross-racial solidarities and the challenges to narratives of purity that have been constitutive of Indo-Caribbean feminist thought, this collection connects to the broader indentureship diaspora and what can be considered post-indentureship feminist thought. Through examinations of literature, activism, art, biography, scholarship and public sphere practices, the collection highlights the complexity and richness of Indo-Caribbean engagements with feminism and social justice.

Dr. Gabrielle Jamela Hosein is Head of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at The University of West Indies (IGDS), St. Augustine Campus and Associate Editor of the Caribbean Review of Gender Studies. Her M.Phil., from the IGDS, explored Indo-Trinidadian girlhood and her Ph.D., in Anthropology from University College London, was an ethnography of Trinidadian conceptions of authority. Her current research areas are politics and governance, Caribbean feminisms and Indo-Caribbean feminist theorizing. She is co-editor of the collection, Negotiating Gender, Policy and Politics in the Caribbean: Feminist Strategies, Masculinist Resistance and Transformational Possibilities (Rowman and Littlefield 2016). Part of Caribbean feminist movement building for two decades, she writes a weekly column, Diary of a Mothering Worker, for the Trinidad Guardian.

Dr. Lisa Outar is an independent scholar who researches Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean literature. From Port Mourant, Guyana, she has a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Literature from The University of Chicago. She publishes in the areas of Indo-Caribbean literature, feminist writing and the connections between the Caribbean and other sites of the indentureship diaspora. Her work has appeared in the journals Small Axe, South Asian Review, Caribbean Journal of Education, South Asian History and Culture, Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, South Asian Diaspora, Cultural Dynamics, in Stabroek News and in the edited book collections South Asian Transnationalisms (Routledge 2012) and Beyond Windrush: Rethinking Postwar Anglophone Caribbean Literature (University Press of Mississippi, 2015). She serves as a Senior Editor of the Journal of West Indian Literature.

Event co-sponsored by the Department of Humanities, The Centre for Feminist Research and the York Centre for Asian Research.


Challenging Trafficking in Canada Policy Brief Launch
Nov 21 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Centre for Feminist Research and the Centre for Refugee Studies Present:

Challenging Trafficking in Canada

Policy Brief Launch

4-5:30pm, Tuesday November 21st, 2017

519 Kaneff Tower, York University

Join us for a conversation with community organizers about the Brief and how issues of labour exploitation, criminalization, and precarious migration status impact local and migrant workers across multiple industries.

Challenging Trafficking in Canada presents information about human trafficking interventions as they impact sex workers, Indigenous women, migrants, youth, and other marginalized groups. Drawing from established research and consultations with organizations around the country, the policy brief analyses how anti-trafficking policies, laws and practices often cause violence and harm to those they are intended to help, especially Indigenous, racialized and migrant sex workers. It offers an alternative to misinformation, exaggerations and unfounded claims that often circulate through the media and public discussion.

You can access the policy Brief at the following link.

Lead editors of the policy brief:
Dr. Kamala Kempadoo & Nicole D. McFadyen (PhD Candidate), York University

Elene Lam, Director, Butterfly: Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network
Syed Hussan, Coordinator, Migrant Workers Alliance for Change
Evelyn Encalada Grez, Organizer and co-Founder, Justicia for Migrant Workers
Andrea Sterling, Board Chair Maggie's Toronto Sex Workers Action Project (*pending confirmation on description)

About the panelists:
Elene Lam (LLM, LLB, MSW. BSW) Master of Law is the founder and executive director of Butterfly (Asian and migrant sex workers support network) and Migrant Sex Workers Project (MSWP). She has been involved in the sex work, gender, migrant and labour movement and activism for more than 17 years.

Evelyn Encalada Grez is co-founder of the award-winning collective Justicia for Migrant Workers. She was part of the films "Migrant Dreams" and "El Contrato" directed by Min Sook Lee that features the injustices lived by migrant workers in Canada. She is contract faculty at York University and a PhD candidate in Social Justice Education at OISE of the University of Toronto.

Andrea Sterling is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. She is currently the Chair of the Board of Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Workers’ Action Project, and has been involved with sex working communities in Montréal and Toronto since 2006. Andrea was involved in the development of the policy brief as a contributing member of the editorial and research teams representing Maggie's Toronto. Her research examines sex work and modes of regulation and is guided by the lived realities of sex workers in her community.

Supported by: Maggie's Toronto

Co-sponsored by: Centre for Refugee Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Social Science & International Development Studies at York University

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