2003-2004 Events

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Writers and Artists Without Borders

September 29, 2003

Sikeena Karmali

Sikeena Karmali spoke about her debut novel, A House by the Sea as part of a monthly series of international speakers sponsored by The Faculty of Education, Centre for Feminist Research and Ethics of Development-Induced Displacement Project at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University.

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Girl-Centred Pedagogy in Action at Linden

October 2, 2003

Eleanor Moore, Principal of The Linden School in Toronto


Diaspora, Memory and Silence Conference

October 24-25, 2003

Floya Anthias

Pamela Sugiman

Audrey J. Whitson

Co-sponsored by: MCRI Diaspora, Islam and Gender; the York Centre for Asian Research; and Founders College.

VIew Conference Program


Feminine Finances: Funding the Socialist and Bourgeois Women's movement

November 6, 2003

Pernilla Jonsson, Uppsala University, Sweden

Silke Neunsinger, Uppsala University, Sweden

A discussion of the importance of resources within the women's movements.


Seminar Series on Marginalized Populations
Seminar 1: The Making of Marginality in Canada Symposium

November 7, 2003

Patricia Diaz

Kamala Kempadoo

Janet Mosher

Geraldine Sadoway

Noulmook Sutdhibhasilp

Cynthia Wright

Co-sponsored by the York Centre for Asian Research

Seminar Series on Marginalized Populations
Seminar 2: Gendered Urban Spaces

November 11, 2003

Lisa Drummond, York University

Shubrha Gururani, York University

Co-sponsored by the York Centre for Asian Research


Writers and Artists Without Borders

November 11, 2003

Paulo Da Costa

Paulo Da Costa is a writer, editor and translator and author of The Scent of a Lie spoke as part of a monthly series of international speakers sponsored by the Faculty of Education, the Centre for Feminist Research, and the Ethics of Development-Induced Displacement Project at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University.


Gender and Work Database Session

January 21, 2004

The Gender and Work Databse project is under the directorship of Leah Vosko who lead the discussion of the database and demonstrated its research potentialities.


Seminar Series on Marginalized Populations
Seminar 3: The Colonization of Silence and its Re-reading in the Post-colonial: Sikh
Scripture and Descartes’ Dog

February 24. 2004

Balbinder Singh Bhogal, York University

Co-sponsored by the York Centre for Asian Research

Balbinder is Assistant Professor in South Asian Religions and Cultures in the Division of Humanities, teaching on both the Religion and South Asian issues at York.  Previously he was a Full-time Lecturer/Professor at University of Derby (England) in the Religious Studies Department and taught in the Religion and Philosophy Department at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.  His research is in Sikh Scripture Theory and Method in the Study of Religion: critically evaluating the notion of 'religion' Hindu-Buddhist-Sikh and generally Indic religious philosophies, as well as the constructions of 'mysticism' within the academy and 'mystical teachings' Western Continental Philosophy: poststructuralism and postmodernism Postcolonial and Diaspora studies


CFR Open House

March 10, 2004


Women's Voices of the Middle East (MCRI Project)

March 11, 2004

The second annual symposium “The  Diaspora, Islam and Gender” was cosponsored by: the School of Social Sciences, Atkinson; the Certificate in Anti-Racist Research and Practice; and the Centre for Refugee Studies.


Seminar Series on Marginalized Populations
Seminar 4: More than Comfort Women: The 'Body-Offering' Volunteer Corps and Labor
Mobilization in Wartime Korea: 1937-1945

March 18, 2004

Janice Kim, York University

Co-sponsored by the York Centre for Asian Research

This presentation offers an account of the popular expansion of women's wage work in colonial Korea (1910-1945), linking economic, anthropological and historical research methods with special reference to the evolution of the industrial labor force.


13th Multidisciplinary Graduate Feminist Colloquium and 1st Graduate Women's Studies Symposium

April 22-24, 2004

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Race, Racism and Empire: The Local and the Global Conference

April 29-May 1, 2004

In collaboration with R.A.C.E. (Researchers and Academics of Colour in the Academy) this conference sought to generate debate on the re-articulation of race in the current phase of globalization—misnamed New World Order—and its role in shaping contemporary politics and cultural constructions and practices at the local, national, and global levels.

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The Making of an Islamic Diaspora Conference

May 7-9, 2004

Bringing together prominent scholars in fields of Islam, Middle East, and diaspora studies from disciplines including sociology, politics, economics, anthropology, women's studies, literature, and cultural and religious studies, the conference will include a select group of some 20-30 papers on the social, cultural, economic and political conditions that have led to the movement abroad of populations from the Middle East and the circumstances these peoples encounter in the new societies.  As well, the conference hopes to address as creatively as possible broad transformations in Islamic cultures in the diaspora.  This conference is part of the Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) project funded by Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada on "Diaspora, Islam and Gender" and a Ford Foundation-funded research/training program on Palestinian family dynamics.  These projects, housed at York University, deal with four dislocated communities (Afghans, Iranians, Pakistani, and Palestinians) and focus especially on family and gender relations, including their impact on religiosity.


Violence and Health Conference

May 26, 2004

Co-sponsored by York’s LaMarsh Centre on Violence and Conflict Resolution and the Toronto Woman Abuse Council