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CFR Research Cluster:

Girls' Studies Research Network Launch: Snapshots From the Field

At conferences, we often meet other York colleagues working on girls and girlhood, but rarely have the chance to chat about the intersections of our research at length. What is happening in girls' studies at York University? Come to the Girls' Studies Research Network's inaugural launch event and find out!

We invite you to come share a small snapshot of your research with other girls' studies scholars on Friday, September 13, 2019 between 2 - 4 PM in 626 Kaneff Tower, York University.


Instead of formal paper presentations, we invite participants to highlight three succinct main points. Our goal is to get a sense of what we are researching, across career stage, department, and discipline! Examples of this structure might include:

- past, current, and future research goals
- 3 problems you've encountered in your research
- 3 new questions your research raises
- 3 texts or case studies you are working with
- 3 different real life girls that your research engages

If you don't want to present, no problem! Please come join us for the afternoon and enjoy talks from our confirmed speakers: Natalie Coulter, Deanne Williams, Clara Chapdelaine-Feliciati, Anuppiriya Sriskandarajah, Marlis Schweitzer, Sarah Flicker, Mary Grace Lao, and Lisa Sandlos.

To also present, please fill out this form by September 6, 2019.

Co-Sponsored by: Department of English and the Institute for Research on Digital Learning (IRDL) at York University.

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Co-sponsored by the Centre for Feminist Research:


Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies Master's Symposium

With support from the Gender, Feminist, and Women's Studies Department and the Centre for Feminist Research, this symposium will highlight the theoretical adventures and scholarly interventions of GFWS MA students as they work through their MRP or thesis.

Purpose of this symposium is to provide Master's students with:
- experience presenting in an academic setting
- feedback for their research projects
This symposium is open to past or present MA students with relevant work related to gender, feminist, and women's studies.

If interested, please submit a 250 word paper abstract + title to mawomensymposium@gmail.com by Friday September 13th. The conference date is Tuesday October 1st.

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CFR Co-sponsored:

Book launch: Disciplining Coolies: An Archival Footprint of Trinidad, 1846 (Peter Lang Publishers, 2019)


Exhibition Launch: Coolie hauntings

(October 24 – November 5, 2019)

By Amar Wahab

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Canadian Language Museum, Glendon Gallery, Glendon Campus, York University 2275 Bayview Avenue

Co-Sponsors: Canadian Language Museum, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Events Fund, Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, York University.


Lancement: Disciplining Coolies: An Archival Footprint of Trinidad, 1846 (Peter Lang Publishers, 2019)


Vernissage: Spectres de coolies

par Amar Wahab

Le jeudi 24 October 2019, de 18 h 30 à 20 h 30 (Exposition du 24 octobre au 5 novembre 2019)

Museé canadien des langues, Galerie glendon, Campus Glendon, Unviersité York, 2275 av. Bayview

Commanditaires: Museé canadien des langues, le Fonds de soutien aux événements de la Faculté des arts libéraux et études professionelles, le Bureau de la vice-présidente – recherche et innovation, l’École de genre, sexualité et études des femmes, à l'Université York.

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Co-sponsored by the Centre for Feminist Research:

Announcement of Upcoming Workshop:

Decolonization, Social Movements and Performance in the Caribbean and Canada 1968-1988

October 24-26, 2019

York University

In response to increased inequality, dispossession and violence, scholars, artists, students and community members from the Caribbean and North America discuss decolonization between 1968-88 through the lens of performance and ask what this period’s repertoire of knowledge has to offer decolonial visions and struggles in the present.

Hands-on Performance Workshops with Diane Roberts, Anique Jordan and Camille Turner

October 24, 10:00-16:30.

Opening Reception and book launch of The Coup Clock Clicks by Brian Meeks and featuring readings by Carole Lawes, Lillian Allen, Canisia Lubrin and more

October 24, 18:30-21:30, A Different Booklist, 779 Bathurst St.

Keynote by Erna Brodber, Jamaican writer and activist “After the Looking Glass” 

October 25, 18:30-20:00, Jackman Humanities Building, University of Toronto, 170 St. George St. Room 100

Panels and Roundtables  (Program Available)

October 25-26, 09:00-17:00, 205 Founders College, York University

**All Events Are Free and Open to the Public**

Sponsored by:

Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora, York University; Deans, Faculty of Environmental Studies and Education, York University; Chair, Department of Humanities, York University; CERLAC, York University; CFR, York University; African and African Diaspora Knowledge Initiative Project, Brown University; Humanities Research Institute, Brock University; Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto, Reclaiming Justice: Memory and Memorialization of Violence.

For More Information Contact:

Heather Evans (Coordinator) heevans@yorku.ca

Organized by:

B. Anthony Bogues, Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice, Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory, Brown University. barrymore_bogues@brown.edu

Ronald Cummings, Associate Professor, English, Language and Literature, Brock University. rcummings@brocku.ca

Honor Ford-Smith, Associate Professor, Cultural and Artistic Practices for Social and Environmental Justice, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University 3jamaicanplays@gmail.com

Co-Sponsored by the Centre for Feminist Research:

Reclaiming Justice: Memory and Memorialization of Violence conference

باز خواهی عدالت: یاد و یادمان سازی از خشونت

October 25­‐27, 2019

University of Toronto

Organizer: Shahrzad Mojab, The Art of Resistance in the Middle East: Women Political Prisoners
Contact: Shahrzad.mojab@utoronto.ca
This event is generously funded by the New College Initiative Funds (NCIF)