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Co-Sponsored by the Centre for Feminist Research:

2 Years Later, at York U: Responses to The Equity Myth

Wednesday, November 13th , 2:00pm-3:30pm
Ross South 802, York University

with

Dr. Frances Henry, FRSC and Professor Emerita, Anthropology
Dr. Carl James, FRSC and Professor, Education and Sociology
Dr. Ena Dua, Interim Director of the Centre for Feminist Research and Associate Professor, Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies
Discussant: Dr. Shirin Shahrokni, Department of Sociology, Glendon

The university is often regarded as a bastion of liberal democracy where equity and diversity are promoted and racism doesn’t exist. A landmark study on racism in Canadian universities, published in 2017, draws on a rich body of survey data and i terviews to examine the everyday workplace experiences of racialized and Indigenous faculty members across Canada, and 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. In this panel session, three York authors of The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities will reflect on how their work has mobilized equity efforts at York U and in institutions across Canada. They will reflect on whether and why certain themes, concerns, and questions have garnered response while others have received less engagement. Finally, Frances, Ena, and Carl will consider the work that needs to be done to address racialization and fulfill the promise of equity in higher education.

Dr. Frances Henry, FRSC and Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, is considered to be one of Canada's leading experts in the study of racism and anti-racism. Since the mid-seventies when she published the first study of attitudes towards 'people of colour' she has consistently pioneered research in this field. Notable books include The Equity Myth (co-authored), The Colour of Democracy, and Racism in the University: Demanding Social Justice and Inclusion. Professor Henry is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and is the Canadian delegate to the Inter-American Network of Academies of Science's 'Women for Science'

Dr. Carl James, FRSC and Professor, holds the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora at York University, where he is also the Affirmative Action, Equity & Inclusivity Officer. He teaches in the Faculty of Education and the Graduate Program in Sociology. An educational background in sociology, his research interests include examination of how race, ethnicity, gender, class and citizenship intersect and mediate opportunities in education and employment for racialized and marginalized youth.

Dr. Ena Dua is Interim Director of the Centre for Feminist Research, and Associate Professor in School of Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies at York University. Her research covers the historical construction of the categories of nation, race, and gender in Canada; immigration processes; women and health; equity and anti-racism policies; and the racialization of masculinity and femininity, globalization, and biodiversity. Her notable publications include: Scratching the Surface: Canadian Anti-Racist Feminist Thought, The Hindu Woman’s Question,  Decolonising Anti-Racism, and Theorizing Anti-Racism: Linkages in Marxism and Critical Race Theories.

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All are welcome.The Global Labour Speaker Series is organized by the Global Labour Research Centre at York University and is co-sponsored by the School of Social Work, Faculty of Education, Department of Equity Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology, Department of Geography, Social and Political Thought Program, Department of Philosophy, Department of History, Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law program, Department of Politics, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Department of Social Science.

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The Centre for Feminist Research Indigenous Women’s Speakers Series & the Faculty of Health Indigenous Lecture Series on Decolonising Health Present:

JOYCE GREEN SYMPOSIUM

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2019

Co-organized by Drs. Elaine Coburn (International Studies, Glendon) and Sean Hillier (Health)

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10-11AM: workshop

Open to graduate students and junior faculty; space no longer available
York University – Keele Campus. You will receive your attendance confirmation from the CFR Coordinator via email
Click here to request to attend the workshop

1-3PM: Dr. Joyce Green keynote + Q&A

Enabling Reconciliation or Enabling Colonialism?
Transforming in Conditions of Colonialism and Ecological Crisis

The justification for depriving Indigenous peoples of land, resources, jurisdiction, sovereignty, and respect relies on racist ideology, theology and views of development, inevitability and superiority. In what is now called the settler state of Canada, the solution to the imposition and continuation of colonialism on Indigenous nations has been deceptively marketed as reconciliation - not decolonization.

The practice of colonialism has led to destructive approaches to the ecosystems in which we are all located. While the situation is dire for both Indigenous peoples and our climate, there is hope and transformation to be found in solidarities emerging across communities, countries, and generations.

Keynote information:

Light refreshments provided starting 12.45PM
Open to all. Second Student Centre, Second Floor Convention Hall.
York University – Keele Campus. Click here to RSVP

Directions:

Google Maps Directions to York University
York University campus map
Directions to the Second Student Centre from the York University subway station

Questions?

Please contact CFR Coordinator Julia Pyryeskina at juliapyr@yorku.ca.

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About the speaker: 

Dr. Joyce Green is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Regina.

She has taught in the fields of Canadian politics, women and politics, and Native studies. Her research interests have focused on issues of decolonization in Canada, and of democracy in Canada. Most recently she has been preoccupied with the project of Indigenizing the university and with reconciliation problematics. Her published work has dealt with Indigenous-state relations; Indigenous feminism; citizenship, identity, and racism in Canada’s political culture; Indigenous human rights and with reconciliation in Canada. She is the editor of Making Space for Indigenous Feminism (Fernwood Publishing and Zed Books, 2007; 2nd. ed 2017) and of Indivisible: Indigenous Human Rights (Fernwood Publishing 2014).

Dr. Green is of English, Ktunaxa, and Cree-Scottish Metis descent, and her family’s experiences have provoked much of her scholarly and political work. She currently lives in ʔa·kiskaqⱡi?it, in ʔamak̓is Ktunaxa  (Cranbrook, B.C., in Ktunaxa territory).

Event co-sponsors:

Department of Equity Studies, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Office of the Dean-Faculty of Graduate Studies, Graduate Program in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought, York Indigeneity in Teaching and Learning Fund-Office of the Vice Provost Academic, Glendon Indigenous Affairs Council.

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The Centre for Feminist Research, in collaboration with the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies, Presents:

State Surveillance, Muslim Subjects and Islamophobia symposium

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Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019          

Time: 10am-3.30pm

Location: 109 Atkinson College (Harry Crowe Room), York University, 4700 Keele St         

Link to Facebook event
Directions to York University
York University campus map
Accessible entrance on the north-east side of the building
Gender Neutral Washroom: Room 119A
Wayfinding signs will be posted on the day of the event

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How do contemporary practices of governmentality shape Islamophobia? Bringing together international and Canadian scholars, activists and emerging scholars, the symposium explores the implications of British and Canadian state national security strategies for the civil liberties of Muslim subjects, and the ways these regulations shape and reinforces the discourses of Islamophobia.

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DETAILED SCHEDULE

10am-12pm:  'Meek', 'Mother', 'Monster': Sur(veil)ling Muslim Women by Dr. Nisha Kapoor

Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies Annual Lecture and Q&A

12-1pm: catered lunch

1-3.30pm: Panel and Q&A with Dr. Jasmin Zine, Khadija Cajee, and Hawa Mire

 

Click here to RSVP for the symposium. Questions? Contact juliapyr@yorku.ca

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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

“Meek', 'Mother', 'Monster': Sur(veil)ling Muslim Women” by Dr. Nisha Kapoor

Dr. Nisha Kapoor is the author of Deport, Deprive, Extradite: 21st Century State Extremism (2018, Verso). She is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at University of Warwick. Prior to that, she held appointments at the University of York (UK) and Duke University, where she was 2012-13 Samuel DuBois Cook Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences (REGSS) and at Manchester Metropolitan University. She was awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders Award, 2015-18 entitled ‘Race, Citizenship and the State in the Context of the War on Terror’.

“Deemed High Profile: Kids on the No Fly List" by Khadija Cajee

Khadija Cajee is an entrepreneur and the co-founder of No Fly List Kids (@noflylistkids), a grassroots advocacy group whose work compelled the Federal Government to legislate changes to Canada’s Secure Air Travel Act after she discovered her infant son had been falsely flagged as a security risk.

"Islamophobia and the Security Industrial Complex" by Dr. Jasmin Zine

Dr. Jasmin Zine (Wilfrid Laurier University) has developed award winning curriculum on Islamophobia and anti-Muslim racism and worked with the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe the Council of Europe, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on guidelines for educators and policy-makers on combating Islamophobia. She has completed a SSHRC-funded national study on the impact of 9/11, the ‘war on terror’ and domestic security discourses and policies on Canadian Muslim youth and is finishing a book manuscript based on this study tentatively titled: Under Siege: Islamophobia and the 9/11 Generation. She is currently working on a SSHRC funded research project mapping the Canadian Islamophobia industry in partnership with the National Council of Canadian Muslims.

Hawa Y. Mire is a diasporic Somali storyteller, writer, and strategist with more than a decade of experience in high-impact community-based initiatives, as well as the co-editor of MAANDEEQ, a collective of young Somali-demics from diverse fields who write about the Somali territories and the Somali diaspora. She holds a master’s degree in environmental studies from York University, where her research was preoccupied with storytelling as a site of social-boundary making, and is currently completing her PhD in anthropology at Carleton University.

Co-Sponsored by: YUGSA.

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Past events


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.

3 POWERPOINT SLIDES, 3 POINTS, 10 MINUTES MAX

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:

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:

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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* Please note the new date, time and location! The talk will take place on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 12-1:30pm in 280A York Lanes! *

The Centre for Feminist Research presents:

Bearing Witness, Holding Space: Black Caribbean Migrant Women and The Literacies of Belonging

Talk by CFR Visiting Graduate Student and CERLAC Visiting Researcher Warren Harding

Chaired by CFR Director Dr. Enakshi Dua

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Time: 12:00-1:30pm

Location: 280A York Lanes, York University, 4700 Keele St

Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible space, gender-neutral & gender-segregated washrooms. Kaneff is not a scent-free environment. FREE event. All are welcome.

Please RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca.

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Warren Harding speaks to the ways in which late twentieth-century Black Caribbean migrant women use their creative expressions to develop spaces that interrogate meanings for belonging, both on and beyond the page. Caribbean women writers and cultural producers enact “bearing witness” and “holding space” as practices that radically transform literary, performative, cultural, and everyday practices of belonging. Interiority, relationality, imagination, materialization, and mobility are integral themes between these women’s gendered, raced, migrant, and Caribbean experiences.

Four questions guide this research: 1) How do Black Caribbean migrant women writers and cultural producers’ embodiments of “bearing witness” and “holding space” create a radical politics of belonging? 2) How do these embodiments expand what it means to belong in spite of heteropatriarchal, anti-Black, nativist, and colonial enactments on the world? 3) How can fieldwork enhance the study of Black women’s literary and cultural productions? 4) How do Black Caribbean migrant women’s experiences reshape the discourses of language and nation between the African and Caribbean diasporas?

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Warren Harding is a PhD candidate (ABD) in the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University and a Visiting graduate student with CFR.

While pursuing his PhD, he earned an A.M. in Comparative Literature at Brown through the Open Graduate Education Program and an A.M. in Africana Studies. Warren also earned a B.A. with Honors in Africana Studies and History from Oberlin College where he was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. He is currently conducting fieldwork in Toronto on twentieth-century Black Anglophone Caribbean migrant women in Toronto where he is researching the Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection at the Toronto Public Library and conducting interviews with Black Caribbean migrant women writers, publishers, and performers in Toronto.

Co-Sponsors: Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) and the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples at York University.

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Co-sponsored by the Centre for Feminist Research:

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

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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.

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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: Blackspace and Emancipation”

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

Jamaican writer and activist Erna Brodber is a major voice in Caribbean literature whose work addresses the history, memory and identity of the African Diaspora. Her novels include Nothing’s Mat (2014); Louisianna (1997); Myal (1988); and Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home (1980). She has also created blackspace, a place for performances, ceremonies of remembrance and “groundings” which aim to recovery lost histories and engage what she calls “the unfinished task of emancipation.”

**This Event is Free and Open to the Public**

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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)