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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

TALK: 2.30-4.30PM
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 meet n greet, September 27!

Date: Sept 27, 2017
Time: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM
Location: 626 Kaneff Tower
Event Summary:

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.

Light refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP to Julia at juliapyr@yorku.ca by Thursday, September 21. Please advise if you have dietary or accessibility needs.

 Co Sponsored by CFR: Radical Black Political Thought in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Public Forum

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)
Event Summary:

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;

INFO: ea.sje@utoronto.ca, www.oise.utoronto.ca/sje/

Women, Men, and Plants in 19th-Century Canada: New Resources, New Perspectives


Date: October 19-20, 2017
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
Event Summary:

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.