CFR meet n greet, September 27!
Date: Sept 27, 2017
Time: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM
Location: 626 Kaneff Tower
Come and meet members of our Executive, as well as our Visiting Scholars, graduate assistants, and Associates. This is also an opportunity to hear about upcoming events, projects and activities, and to meet feminist faculty, students and community members across York University. We are also excited to hear about your own initiatives, and suggestions for projects or events you'd like to host at CFR.
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The Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies and the Centre for Feminist Research present:
The Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies Annual Lecture
From Resistance to “Reconciliation”: Ruminations on Decolonization from a Feminist Metis Academic
With Dr. Emma LaRocque
WHEN: October 5, 2017
WHERE: 519 Kaneff Tower, York University
Welcoming and opening remarks by Dr. Ruth Koleszar-Green, the Chair of the Indigenous Council at York University
The current trend to conflate “reconciliation” as decolonization threatens to obscure and obstruct Indigenous decolonization efforts. In particular, race and gender power imbalances continue to figure large in our society. The question arises: how can we resist colonizing forces under the pressure of reconciliation? And can feminist analysis (and allies) assist in shattering colonial lenses and in the rebuilding of Indigenous cultures and presence?
About the Speaker
Dr. Emma LaRocque is a scholar, author, poet and professor in the Department of Native Studies, University of Manitoba, and one of the most recognized and respected Native Studies scholars today.
Dr. LaRocque has been a significant figure in the growth and development of Native Studies as a teaching discipline and an intellectual field of study. She has developed most of the core undergraduate courses and contributed to the development of graduate studies in the Native Studies Department at the University of Manitoba, where she has been teaching since 1977.
Dr. LaRocque’s work has focussed on the deconstruction of colonial misrepresentation and on the advancement of an Indigenous-based critical resistance theory in scholarship. Her prolific career includes numerous publications in areas of colonization/decolonization, racism, violence against women, and First Nation and Metis literatures and identities. Her poems are widely anthologized in prestigious collections and journals. She is frequently cited in a wide variety of venues and has lectured locally, nationally and internationally on Indigenous/Re-settler, or colonizer/colonized relations.
In 2005, Dr. LaRocque received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award. She is author of Defeathering The Indian (1975) and of When the Other Is Me: Native Resistance Discourse 1850 - 1990 (2010), which won the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction.
LaRocque is originally from a Cree-speaking and land-based Metis family and community from northeastern Alberta.
Co-sponsored by: Centre for Aboriginal Student Services, Faculty of Education, Department of Equity Studies, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode, Department of Politics, Social and Political Thought, Department of Social Science, and Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation (VPRI) at York University; the Department of Social Justice Education at OISE and the Chair for Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University.
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CFR co-sponsored: Radical Black Political Thought in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Guest keynote speaker: Professor Anthony Bogues
Date: Oct 19, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM-8:00 PM
Location: OISE Library, 252 Bloor St. West (at St George)
Working with and through a black radical/critical intellectual and political tradition, this talk will map another genealogy of critical theory which posits that the central issues of our time are our modes of production of the human and freedom. It will argue that contemporary black radical political thought (including the contributions of WEB DuBois, Sylvia Wynter, Frantz Fanon and Aimé Césaire) opens up spaces for the reframing of current critical theory.
Professor Anthony Bogues is an Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory; Professor of Africana Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ), Brown University. He is an associate director of the Center for Caribbean Thought, University of the West Indies, Mona; a member of the editorial collective for the journal boundary 2 and honorary professor at the Center for African Studies, the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Professor Bogues's major research and writing address intellectual, literary and cultural history, radical political thought, political theory, critical theory, Caribbean and African politics as well as Haitian, Caribbean, and African Art.
Organized By: the Department Of Social Justice Education (SJE)
Supported By: OISE Associate Dean, Research International and Innovation; Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office; Centre For Diaspora and Transnational Studies; Centre For Ethics; Centre For Feminist Research (CFR), York University;
Date: October 19-20, 2017
Time: Thursday 1 PM - 6:15 PM, Friday 9 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: Archives of Ontario, 134 Ian MacDonald Blvd
Event Note: This event is organized by Dr. Ann Shteir in conjunction with the Centre for Feminist Research
Who shaped access to knowledge of plants in 19th-century Canada? A two-day workshop "Women, Men, and Plants in 19th-Century Canada: New Resources, New Perspectives" will be held at the Centre for Feminist Research at York University, Toronto, October 19-20, 2017, to address this question.
At a time of urgent concerns about nature, climate, and the environment, it is important to encourage historical perspectives on our relationships to plants. It is likewise important to cultivate understanding about how and why individuals and institutions were involved with plants in 19th-century Canada.
Emphasis in this workshop will be on the women and the men who involved themselves in the world of plants in 19th-century Canada. Colonial, imperial, and comparative dimensions of this history will be apparent, as will the intersecting social formations of gender and class that brought plant-related activities into the lives of women and men at that time. The workshop's focus on new resources signals scholarly commitment to searching out materials about the role of plants in 19th-century Canada.
Speakers: Ann Shteir (York University), David Galbraith (Head of the Science Department), Deborah Reid (University of Edinburgh), Dawn Bazely (York University), Jacques Cayouette (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), James Pringle (Royal Botanical Gardens), Juanita Rossiter (Archives of Ontario), Karen Stanworth (York University), Kristina Huneault (Concordia University), Michael Peterman (Trent University), Ruby Heap (University of Ottawa), Sarah Maroske (Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria, Melbourne, Australia), Suzanne Zeller (Wilfred Laurier University)
The event is supported by a generous Connection grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Centre for Canadian Historical Horticultural Studies at Royal Botanical Gardens, and York's Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation, the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, and the Centre for Feminist Research.
CFR Co-Sponsored: Against Islamophobia
Date: Monday, October 23rd, 2017
Location: 280N York Lanes, York University
Decolonial Strategies for Anti-Islamophobia Education
Dr. Jasmin Zine is a Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has developed international guidelines for educators and policy-makers on combating Islamophobia and discrimination against Muslims. Dr. Zine is affiliated with the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at U.C Berkeley and serves on the editorial board of the critical Muslim Studies journal Re-Orient.
Islamophobia and (Lack Of) Intersectionality: Some Theoretical Reflections (With Political Consequences)
Dr. Sirma Bilge is a Professor at the Department of Sociology at Université de Montréal. She has co-published a book on Intersectionality in the Polity Press, Key Concepts series. Her current research deals with the incorporation of minority knowledge fields within the neoliberal academic industrial complex and the emergence of academic entrepreneurial, as well as resistant subjectivities.
Islamophobia in French Public Schools: Faith, Fashion and Strategies of Subversion
Roshan Arah Jahangeer is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Political Science at York University, and a research fellow at the Tessellate Institute, a Toronto-based research institute that explores and documents the lived experiences of Muslims in Canada.
Not My Islamophobia: Beyond the Brown Oriental Subject
Nadiya Nur Ali is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at York University, specializing in Critical Race, Critical Muslim Studies and Social Theory. Nadiya has been part of a range of community-based research initiatives in the GTA - Including The Black Experience Project and currently part of a multi-city Migrant Resilience research initiative.
Co-sponsored by: Canada150@York, York University Faculty Association (YUFA), School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, Department of Humanities, Department of Social Science, Social and Political Thought & the Centre for Feminist Research at York; Women & Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto.
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CFR Co-Sponsored: Life on the line: Women Strike at Eaton’s 1984-85
Date: Friday, October 27
Location: Fred Thury Studio Theatre, Vanier College, York University
Life on the Line, a play by Patricia McDermott with Vrenia Ivonoffski, follows the course of a six month strike by Eaton’s workers in 1984-85. The play engages wider themes of precarity, class exploitation, gendered work, and racialization in the retail sector.
The strike highlighted the need to reform first contract legislation and was an integral episode in the struggle to form unions in the service sector, themes which have continuing relevance today.
All are welcome. Admission is free. Seating is limited.
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This performance of Life on the Line is presented as part of the GLRC’s 3rd Annual Graduate Symposium. The symposium is made possible through financial support from the following York University bodies: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Vice President Research & Innovation, Vice President Academic & Provost, Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender and Work, Centre for Feminist Research, Osgoode Hall Law School, Graduate Program in Geography, Graduate Program in Public Policy and Administration, the Spaces of Labour in Moments of Urban Populism Project, as well as the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies and the LIUNA Enrico Henry Mancinelli Professor in Global Labour Issues at McMaster University.
For more information about the symposium and the program of activities, please visit: http://glrc.apps01.yorku.ca/2017symposium/
CANCELLED - CFR and YCAR present: Dr. Vanaja Dhruvarajan’s “Crossing the Laxman Rekha: One Woman 's Struggles Against Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Bias”
Date: Wednesday, November 8th
Location: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building (DB) 0010, York University
The “Laxman Rekha,” from the ancient Indian epic Ramayana, was a line drawn to protect Prince Rama’s wife, Sita, from the dangers of the outside world. In Hindu culture today, the notion of the Laxman Rekha has shifted from protecting women to actually circumscribing their conduct; it has become a metaphor for the proper behavior of Hindu women.
Women have always struggled to stretch these boundaries so as to enjoy more autonomy. This book is about one woman’s struggle to transcend the multiple constraints placed on her due to gender, racial, and ethnic biases—from her 1940s childhood in India, to her working and mothering years in the US, Canada, and India from the 1970s to today. Dr. Dhruvarajan’s story also draws parallels between the pains and pleasures experienced by other women of that era, when gender roles were in flux around the world. It was an exciting time, but it was also rife with disappointment. It seemed that for every successful attempt to push past the metaphorical Laxman Rekha, there was a price to pay—and women paid it.
But human nature is resilient. Author Vanaja Dhruvarajan’s story of upheaval and hope—of courage in the face of continual censure and discrimination—opens a window on what it means to survive crossing the Laxman Rekha.
Vanaja Dhruvarajan is an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University. A native of Bangalore, India, she completed her BA in India and her Master’s and PhD at the University of Chicago. She has done research in India and Canada and has published several books and articles, including Hindu Women and the Power of Ideology, and Gender, Race and Nation: A Global Perspective, coauthored with Jill Vickers. Besides serving as the president of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, and the Canadian Women’s Studies Association, she held the Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair of Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.
Co-Sponsored by: Department of Equity Studies, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies.
CFR Co-Sponsored: Moving Images: Visual Storytelling and Transnational Filipino Family Reunification
Speaker: Denise Spitzer (University of Ottawa)
Date: Monday, 13 November, 2017
Time: 12:00 to 2:00pm
Location: Room 280N, Second Floor, York Lanes
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.
CFR Co-Sponsored: Alula for Posterity: Autobiography of Translation
A Talk by Nathanaël
Date: Monday, 14 November, 2017
Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm
Location: York Hall A301, Glendon College
Translation is a name by which a work 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.
This event was made possible by the generous contributions of The Mark Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies (University of Toronto), The Centre for Feminist Research (York University) and the Centre for Research in Language and Culture Contact (Glendon College)
Poster by Amanda Jose
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CFR Co-Sponsored: Indo-Caribbean Feminist Thought. Genealogies, Theories, Enactments
Date: November 15, 2017
Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: 280N York Lanes
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.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Humanities, The Centre for Feminist Research and the York Centre for Asian Research.
TRANS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
Date: November 20, 2017
Location: Student Centre, ACE013
In remembrance of those who have died due to violence towards trans, Two-Spirit and gender non-conforming people. All people have a right to inclusion, safety, respect and belonging at York University, regardless of their gender, gender identity or gender expression.
12:00pm - 1:00pm
2:00pm – 4:30pm
CFR and CRS Present: Challenging Trafficking in Canada
Policy Brief Launch
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
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.
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.
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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CFR Presents: The Equity Myth:
Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities
By Frances Henry, Enakshi Dua, Carl E. James, Audrey Kobayashi, Peter Li, Howard Ramos and Malinda S. Smith
UBC Press, 2017
Time: 2-4pm, 519 Kaneff Tower
The university is often regarded as a bastion of liberal democracy where equity and diversity are promoted and racism doesn’t exist. In reality, the university still excludes many people and is a site of racialization that is subtle, complex, and sophisticated. While some studies do point to the persistence of systemic barriers to equity and diversity in higher education, in-depth analyses of racism, racialization, and Indigeneity in the academy are more notable for their absence. The Equity Myth is the first comprehensive, data-based study of racialized and Indigenous faculty members’ experiences in Canadian universities.
A landmark study on racism in Canadian universities, The Equity Myth shows how the goal of achieving equity in higher education has been consistently promised, but never realized for racialized and Indigenous faculty members. It further reveals that the policies and diversity initiatives undertaken so far have only served to deflect criticism of a system that is doing little to change itself.
Copies of the book will be available at the event. To purchase the book online, please click here
Frances Henry is a professor emerita of anthropology at York University.
Enakshi Dua is the director of the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University.
Carl E. James teaches in the Faculty of Education and is the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora at York University.
Audrey Kobayashi is a professor of geography at Queen’s University, Kingston.
Peter Li is a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Saskatchewan.
Howard Ramos is the associate dean of research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and a professor of sociology at Dalhousie University.
Malinda S. Smith is a professor of political science at the University of Alberta.
Celia Haig-Brown is the Associate Vice-President Research at York University.
Alissa Trotz is a Professor of Caribbean Studies/Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto.
Co-Sponsored by the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora, the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, and the Tubman Institute.
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CFR Co-Sponsored: Feminist Times, Feminist Futures, January 16, 2018
A series of events celebrating the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies' 20th Anniversary
Date: January 16th, 2018
Time: 2:30 pm
Location: Founders College Room 305
with Dr. Sirma Bilge (University of Montreal) and two spoken word artists, Andrea Thomson and Kanwal Rahim, curated by Ilene Sova
This experimental academic-cultural performance will focus on Dr. Bilge’s new book, Intersectionality, co-authored with Patricia Hill-Collins (Polity Press)
Book copies available at the event (20% student discount)
Sirma Bilge is a Professor of Sociology whose work engages with the intersections of social formations of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class and examines how notions of of national/ethnic sameness and otherness articulate themselves through gender and sexual regulation.
A daughter of the Indus River and the Sindhu people, Kanwal Rahim weaves dance, storytelling and humour into her artistic expressions and performances. She explores new body wisdom practices and healing traditions to deepen awareness and connection, while honouring the integrity of the body.
Andrea Thompson is a writer and educator who has performed her poetry across the country for over twenty years. She is the author of the novel 'Over Our Heads' and co-editor of 'Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out.'
Co-Sponsored by: the Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost, LA&PS Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, the Office of the Principal of Glendon, the Department of Humanities and the Centre for Feminist Research.
CFR Co-Sponsored: 2018 Business and Society Forum
Black Women Resisting Social & Business Exclusion in France, Canada and Brazil
Date: February 1, 2018
Location: 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.
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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
CFR Presents: Reflections on 'Prairie Rising: Indigenous Youth, Decolonization, and the Politics of Intervention'
Socio-Legal Studies speaker series
Date: Monday, February 5, 2018
Location: 519 Kaneff Tower
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.
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CFR CO-Sponsored: The costs and benefits of legal activism: Reflecting on the aftermath of Canada v Bedford, Lebovitch and Scott
Featured speaker: Valerie Scott
Date: Tuesday February 13, 2018
Time: 2:30 to 4:00pm
Location: IKB 2027, Osgoode Hall Law School
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: www.osgoode.yorku.ca/research/rsvp
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
CFR Co-Sponsored: New Frontiers: Canada’s largest and longest-running graduate history conference
New Frontiers Graduate Conference in History
Date: February 22-24, 2018
Time: 4:30 to 5:30pm
Location: Vari Hall & Schulich Dining Hall
New Frontiers is Canada’s largest and longest-running graduate history conference. Over the years, hundreds of graduate students from Canada, the United States and Europe have presented their research on a range of issues ranging from the social influence of football to the coevolution of environment and culture, from the broader ramifications of movement itself to images of youth in popular culture. Our theme this year is “(Un)mapping Histories”. We are seeking papers that examine mapping, broadly construed, as an integral part of contextualizing, visualizing and knowing. The subject of mapping questions how acts of naming and defining by various historical actors create maps and networks – some visible and tangible, others covert and imagined. Unmapping highlights the tension between theory, discourse and materiality. These broad themes can be applied to a variety of subjects and geographic fields. New Frontiers allows both national and international graduate students the opportunity to share their research with their peers on any geographic location and on a wide range of themes and topics including but not limited to:
- History and Theory
- Public Memory and Commemoration
- Law, Politics, and Protest
- Science, Medicine, Technology and Environment
- Sovereignty and the State
- Religion and Society
- First Nations, Métis, and Inuit
- Race, Ethnicity, and Identity
- Gender, Sexuality, and the Body
- Empire and Nation
- Popular Culture and Consumerism
- Migration and Diaspora
- Work, Class, and Community
For more information about the conference please visit: https://yorknewfrontiers.wordpress.com/
CFR Co-Sponsored: From Eunuchs to Transsexuals: (Un)mapping Histories of Science and Sexuality in Modern China
Keynote for the New Frontiers Graduate Conference in History 2018
Date: Friday February 23, 2018
Time: 6:00 to 8:00pm
Location: Schulich Dining Hall, York University
Dr. Chiang received his PhD in the History of Science program at Princeton University in 2012. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Davis. His monograph, titled After Eunuchs: Science, Medicine, and the Transformations of Sex in Modern China, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press. He is currently working on two projects: one on global transgender theory and another on the history of psychoanalysis in global Chinese culture. His recent publications include Transgender China (2012), Queer Sinophone Cultures (2013), Psychiatry and Chinese History (2014), Historical Epistemology and the Making of Modern Chinese Medicine (2015), and Perverse Taiwan (2016).
This event is the keynote for the New Frontiers Graduate Conference in History 2018, (UN)MAPPING HISTORIES, which will be held at York University from 22-24 February 2018.
The conference is co-sponsored by CFR.
Dr. Chiang will also give a workshop on his paper titled "Castration: A Moving Target in Queer Sinophone History" on Friday, 23 February from 1 to 3pm at Robarts Library (Room 14353) at the University of Toronto. This event is co-presented by the Critical China Studies Group and the York University Graduate History Association. Registration is not required, but to receive the pre-circulated paper, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CFR Co-Sponsored: REDress Project, March 5-8 at YorkU on Glendon and Keele Campuses
The Indigenous Students Association of Glendon is organizing a REDress Project at York University (both Glendon and Keele campuses) to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit persons in Canada.
Glendon Campus: Glendon Cafeteria on March 5, 3-4 pm
Keele Campus: Vari Hall on March 6, 1-2 pm
Keynote speakers are:
Maya Chacaby, Glendon's Anishinaabe Linguistics Professor; March 7, 6-8 pm @ The Ballroom, Glendon Hall (Glendon Campus)
Jaimie Black, a Winnipeg-Based Métis artist who created the REDress Project; March 8, 6-8 pm @ The Underground (Keele Campus)
the volunteer sign-up doodle poll
the event sign-up form
Please note that this event is postponed until Fall 2018.
CFR Co-Sponsored: The Problem with Work?: Strategies for De-commodifying Everyday Life
20th anniversary for Feminist Times, Feminist Futures
Date: Tuesday March 6, 2018
Time: 9:30am to 4:00pm
Location: 305 Founders College, York University
Dr. Kathi Weeks (Duke University) will present a lecture on the Unconditional Basic Income, as developed in her book The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics and Postwork Imaginaries (Duke University Press)
Dr. Sedef Arat-Koç (Ryerson University) and Dr. Ethel Tungohan (York University) will speak following Dr. Weeks' lecture.
The conversation will continue in the afternoon with a panel composed of a community of scholars and activists on income security and the materiality of precarious life.
Kiké Roach (Ryerson University) -- Panel Chair
Dr. Ruth Koleszar-Green (York University)
AJ Withers (York University)
Pierre-Luc Junet (Concordia University)
Dr. Sedef Arat-Koç (Ryerson) teaches in the Department of Politics and Public Administration and in the graduate program in Immigration and Settlement Studies. In the Canadian context, her work has focused on social reproduction, gender, racialization, immigration and citizenship. In relation to the Middle East, she has written on the politics of imperialism and Turkish society and politics in the context of neoliberalism and post-Cold War geopolitics.
Dr. Ruth Koleszar-Green (York) is a citizen of the Mohawk Nation from the Haudenosaunee confederacy. She is Turtle clan. She was a member of the Income Security working group of the Ministry of Community and Social Services. The working group developed "Income Security: Roadmap for Change."
Pierre Luc Junet (Concordia) has a BFA in Film Studies and is now concluding his studies in Film Production university. He is a member of the student organization Student Work Unitary Committees (SWUC), currently organizing throughout Quebec the first interns strike. Fighting against not only unpaid internships, SWUC are also defending the idea of wages for student.
Kiké Roach (Ryerson) currently holds the UNIFOR Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy at Ryerson University. A practicing lawyer, Kiké is a long-time advocate and community organizer for racial, gender and economic justice.
Dr. Ethel Tungohan (York) is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Politics and Social Sciences. Her book manuscript, “From the Politics of Everyday Resistance to the Politics from Below: the Migrant Domestic Workers Movement in Canada” won the 2014 National Women’s Studies Association First Book Prize. Ethel is a strong proponent of socially-engaged research and has developed research partnerships with Gabriela-Ontario, Migrante-Alberta, and other migrants advocacy organizations.
Dr. Kathi Weeks (Duke) is a Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies. Her primary interests are in the fields of political theory, feminist theory, Marxist thought, utopian studies, and the critical study of work. She is currently working on a genealogy of U.S. Marxist feminist thought. She is the author of Constituting Feminist Subjects (Cornell UP, 1998) and The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics and Postwork Imaginaries (Duke UP, 2011).
A.J. Withers (York) is an organizer with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and a PhD candidate at York University School of Social Work. They are the author of Disability Politics and Theory (Fernwood, 2012), A Violent History of Benevolence: Interlocking Oppressions in the Moral Economies of Social Working (co-authored with Chris Chapman, U of T Press, forthcoming) and stillmyrevolution.org.
Amélie Poirier (Université du Québec à Montréal) is a graduate student and activist from the Comité unitaire sur le travail étudiant (Studiant Work Unitary Committee).
Co-Sponsored by: Office of the College Head-Founders College, the Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation, the Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost, LA&PS Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, the Office of the Principal of Glendon, the Departments of Humanities, Social Science, Sociology, and Politics, Global Labour Research Centre and the Centre for Feminist Research.
This event is organized and presented by Dr. Cynthia Wright and Dr. Jacinthe Michaud
The York University Bookstore will be on site to sell Dr. Weeks' book.
CFR Co-Sponsored: Community Screening of Variety Survival Talkshow
Conversations with the Director JO Se-young and Korean feminist activist-scholars
Date: Saturday March 10, 2018
Time: 2:30pm 5:30pm
Location: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave, Toronto
*Open to Public; Tickets are free of charge; Bilingual (English subtitle & Korean-English interpretation for the panel is provided) (감독과의 대화: 한국어/영어 통역)
Director: JO Se-young
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.
Film Notes for Variety Survival Talkshow (버라이어티 생존토크쇼)
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.
“Sexual Violence Survivors Speak Out” is a venue for women to go public about how they were subject to sexual violence. “Incidents” that had been denied recognition and memory - but like a recurring nightmare had refused to be forgotten and had kept themselves alive through the cowering attitude of the victims - are finally given voice.
I was shocked to the core on the day I went to a Speak Out. Most of the participants were crying silently, speaking with their eyes that they too were survivors as the speakers’ words resonated deep in their hearts. As I watched and listened to them, many thoughts began to collide within me as well.
Then as a woman shared an experience that she’d kept a secret for 40 years and people expressed empathy and support and cried with her, I suddenly remembered with shock that I’d had a similar experience. That was when the words “sexual violence” started to take on a new meaning for me.
And now, the Variety Survival Talkshow is going to say it out loud.
Through the behind-the-scenes stories of survivors as they redirect their lives and their perspectives of society, you’ll see that sexual violence is at the center of the collision point of double standards about sex that society imposes on men and women. We’ll begin to challenge the conventions we’d been taught about women’s bodies, how we were supposed to hide our womanhood. You’ll get to meet women in Variety Survival Talkshow who are deeply engaged with sexual violence. And their fellow travelers are all the people who think they have nothing to do with sexual violence. So everyone in for the ride, keep your seatbelts fastened till the end of the show!
2009 The 13th Seoul Human Rights Film Festival
2009 Queens International Human Rights Film Festival
2009 The 1st DMZ Documentary Film Festival
2009 Gwangju Human Rights Film Festival
2009 Seoul Independent Film Festival
2010 Seoul Independent Documentary Film & Festival _ the best film of progressive vision
2011 Festival International du Film Lesbien & Feministe de Paris
2013 Director/Documentary/ 83 minutes
2009 Director/ Documentary/ 72min
2007 Asst. Director / Documentary / 80min
2006 Cinematographer / Documentary / 111min
2004 Director / Documentary / 23min
2001 Asst. Director / Documentary / 70min
지금까지 이런 토크쇼는 없었다!
깨지는 것을 두려워하지 않는 씩씩하고 뜨거운 그녀들의 이야기
성폭력 피해를 당한 후 재판을 진행 중인 메이.
성폭력 예방 강사로 활동하던 중, 오랜 시간 잊고 지냈던 ‘흐릿한 기억’과 마주하게 된 한새.
피해자에서 생존자로, 또 연구자로 7년째 성폭력과 ‘연애 중’인 보짱.
나(감독)는 성폭력 피해를 경험한 여성들의 모임인 ‘작은 말하기’에서 그녀들을 처음 만난다. 세상에서 가장 불행한 얼굴을 하고 있는 피해 여성을 상상했건만, 이 사람들 정말 피해자 맞아? 모든 예상을 뛰어넘는 그녀들의 당당하고 매력적인 목소리를 듣게 된다. 고루한 고정관념과 지독한 편견에 시원한 한 방을 날리는 그녀들의 화끈한 수다 한 판.
그녀들의 ‘생존토크’는 위대하다.
‘성폭력생존자말하기대회’는 성폭력을 당했다는 사실을 비록 제한적이긴 하나 공개된 장소에서 말하는 자리이다. 이 자리에 모인 사람들은 인정하고 싶지 않고, 잊고만 싶었던, 하지만 잊히지 않고, 끊임없이 악몽으로, 저도 모르게 움츠려드는 태도로 되살아나던 그 ‘사건’을 소리 내어 말한다.
그 날을 떠올리면, 충격 그 자체였다.
참가한 대다수의 여성이 숨죽여 울고 있던 모습. 자신의 마음 속 깊은 곳에서 공명을 일으키며 자신도 같은 ‘생존자’의 삶을 살아왔다고 무언의 언어로 말하고 있는 눈빛들. ‘말하기’를 하는 사람들을 보는 내 안에선, 여러 가지 생각들이 충돌을 일으켰다.
그리고 그 속에서 한 여성이 40년간 숨겨온 자신의 경험을 터뜨리고 많은 사람들이 공감과 지지를 표하며 울음을 터뜨리는 순간, 당황스럽게도 나도 저 피해를 말하는 여성과 비슷한 경험을 했었음을 기억한다. 그때부터 ‘성폭력’이란 단어는 나에게 새로운 의미로 다가오기 시작했다.
이제 <버라이어티 생존토크쇼>는 말을 터뜨리기 시작한다.
‘사건’을 통해 삶의 방향, 사회에 대한 관점이 달라져가는 ‘생존자’들의 뒷이야기를 통해 우리 사회가 키워낸 남성과 여성을 향한 성의 이중잣대의 충돌 지점인 성폭력이 드러날 것이다. 여성의 몸으로 늘 감추고 숨겨야만 했던 우리에게 학습되어진 것들에 대한 도전이 시작된다. 당신은 이제 <버라이어티 생존토크쇼>를 통해 그녀들을 만나게 된다. 이 여행의 동반자는 자신은 성폭력과 무관하다고 느끼는 모든 사람들이다. 영화가 끝날 때 까지, 모든 탑승자들, 벨트를 꽉 매고 있으시길.
출처: http://cinemadal.tistory.com/503 [시네마달 cinemaDAL]
Festival & Awards
2009 제 13회 인권영화제
인디다큐 페스티벌 2010
2013년 <자, 이제 댄스타임> 연출
제18회 인천인권영화제, 2013
제16회 강릉인권영화제, 2013
제4회 광주여성영화제, 2013
제5회 DMZ 국제다큐멘터리 영화제, 2013, 국제경쟁 대상(흰기러기상)
인디다큐페스티발2014 올해의 초점 부문, 2014
제19회 서울인권영화제, 2014
제16회 서울국제여성영화제 새로운 물결 부문, 2014
2009년 <버라이어티 생존토크쇼> 연출
제10회 인디다큐페스티발, 2010, 폐막작, 진보상