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Gender and Macroeconomic Policy Rules: The Case of the IMF Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility

October 8, 2009, 2:30pm

Founders College 305, York University

Diane Elson

Co‐sponsored by International Development Studies and the Graduate Program in Women’s Studies, the School of Women’s Studies. The lecture focused on the gendered biases in the rules attached to a particular IMF loan facility, the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF) which was ostensibly implemented to “make the objectives of poverty reduction and growth more central to lending operations in its poorest member countries.”

Diane Elson is Professor of Sociology and member of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, UK and Affiliated Professor in Feminist Development Economics at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. She has published widely on gender and development and women’s rights and government budgets. 

CFR Open House and Meet & Greet

October 29, 2009

YRT Conference Centre, 6th floor, York University

Ena Dua, Meg Luxton

CFR Grant Writing Workshop

October 29, 2009

YRT Conference Centre 956, York University

Barbara Crow, Sarah Whittaker, Barbara Cameron

Sexual Diversity in a Cosmopolitan Perspective

November 12, 2009

Founders Assembly Hall, Founders College, York University

Elizabeth Young Bruehl: View Podcast

Professor Young‐Bruehl considers the globalization of sexology and the fundamental changes that have come about since the early 20th century in categories for the study of sex. Elisabeth Young‐Bruehl, Ph. D., a member of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society, is the author of many books, including Hannah Arendt: For Love of the World, Anna Freud: A Biography, Creative Characters; The Anatomy of Prejudices; Subject to Biography; Cherishment: A Psychology of the Heart (with Faith Bethelard); Where Do We Fall When We Fall In Love?; and Why Arendt Matters. Funded through the U50 series.

One Hundred Years of Psychoanalysis: A Timeline

November, 12 2009

6th floor YRT, York University

Elizabeth Young Bruehl

Ethnosexualities: Sexual Identities and the Politics of Belonging in Croatia

November 24, 2009, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

YRT Conference Centre 636, York University

Katja Kahlina

Katja Kahlina is a Ph.D. candidate at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. Her past and current research interests comprise of (materialist) feminist and queer theoretical perspectives on non‐heterosexual identities and practices and the notions of citizenship; critical social theory; nationalism studies; narrative studies; feminist knowledge production in the post‐state socialist contexts. Her recent publications include ‘Nation, State and Queers: Ethnosexual Identities in the Interface between Social and Personal in Contemporary Croatia’, in Anna G. Jónasdóttir, Valerie Bryson and Kathleen B. Jones (eds) Sexuality, Gender and Power: Intersectional and Transnational Perspectives, forthcoming; ‘Lesbian‐ness/Gay‐ness: The Prospects of Combining Macro and Micro Perspectives in Sexual Identities Research’, Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture 6(2/3), 2008; ‘“Straight Mind” of Croatian Feminism: How to Voice the Lesbians?’, Časopis za kritiko znanosti, 229/230, 2008.

Of Indigeneity and Frail Democracies: Tribal Women’s Questioning of the State in India

November 26, 2009, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

YRT Conference Centre 764, York University

Nilanjana Deb

Dr. Nilanjana Deb teaches postcolonial literatures in the Department of English, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India. She is an internationally recognized scholar of Postcolonial Literatures and Orature, Diaspora and Migration Studies, Translation Studies, and Fourth World Literatures (including Australian and North American Aboriginal Writing, Indian Dalit and Adivasi Writing). She was a British Academy South Asia Visiting Fellow to King’s College, London in 2009, and is currently Shastri Indo‐Canadian Institute Faculty Research Fellow at the University of Toronto. She has helped research the literary histories of the Anishnaabe peoples of North America, and the Nyoongar community of South‐West Australia.

Discussions on the Importance of Race and Gender in Canadian Nationalism

Dec 8, 2009

6th floor, YRT, York University

Sunera Thobani

The Ambiguity of Women's Empowerment

Dec 8, 2009

6th floor YRT, York University

Jasordhra Bagchi

Local Food and Food Justice

Jan 19, 2010

HNES 140, York University

Harriet Friedmann (University of Toronto); Lord Abbey (The Stop Community Food Centre); Graham Corbett (Whole Village Community Shared Agriculture; Evelyn Encalada (Justicia4Migrant Workers); Anan Lololi (AfriCan Food Basket) and Sally Miller (West End Food Coop).

Doing Theory: Marxism, Feminism, Critical Race Theory

Dec 11, 2009

Founders Assembly Hall, Founders College, York University

Himani Bannerji, Nahla Abdo, Jasodhara Bagchi, Davina Bhandar, Barbara Godard, Dorothy Smith, David McNally, Shahrzad Mojab, Radhika Mongia, Ananya Mukherjee, Sherene Razack, Sunera Thobani, Judith Whitehead

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Sites of Feminist Knowledge Production: The Academy and Beyond

January 29, 2010, 11:30am - 1:30pm

Accolade East Building 102, York University

Chandra Mohanty: View Podcast

On January 29, 2010, more than 200 people attended a lecture by Professor Chandra Mohanty, hosted by the Centre for Feminist Research. Mohanty needs no introduction as one of the pioneer feminist scholars who laid a foundation to theorize 3rd World Feminisms, and who named white, bourgeois feminism as a seductive but pervasive type of imperialism. Mohanty’s work has inspired many following postcolonial theorists, writers, activists and scholars who have used her ideas to expand the terrain of anti‐racist feminism. Registered: 200.

Managing the Margins: Gender, Citizenship, and the International Regulation of Precarious Employment (Book Launch for Leah F. Vosko)

Feb 25, 2010

The Annex Live, 296 Brunswick Ave.

Leah F. Vosko, Deena Ladd, Kiran Mirchandani, Laurell Ritchie

Beyond the Nation: Race, Diaspora, and Area Studies

March 12, 2010

280 N York Lanes, York University

Pablo Idahosa & Susan Henders

Girls’ Voices, Girls’ Vision

March 15, 2010

Founders College 305, York University

Cheryl van Daalen-Smith, Tatiana Fraser, Jessica Yee, Girls Inc. of York Region, The YWCA Girls Centre

Excavations, Collusions, and Contestations: A Symposium on Violence, Memory, and Memorialization

April 15, 2010

YRT Conference Center 519, York University

Urvashi Butalia (Zubaan Books), Malathi de Alwis (University of Colombo), Alison Crosby (York University), Alissa Trotz (University of Toronto),Honor Ford-Smith (York University)

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Activism and the Academy: Struggles Against Hegemony

April 16-17, 2010

Founders College, York University


The Graduate Women’s Studies Student Association (GWSSA) organised a two-day international interdisciplinary conference to explore the relationships between activism and the academy from a variety of intellectual and applied perspectives.

Sharing Feminist Research on Social Policy and Collective Action/ Partager la recherché feministe sur les politiques sociales et l’action collective

April 29, 2010 –  April 30, 2010

Jacinthe Michaud (York), Sedef Arat-Koc (Ryerson), Ann Porter (York), Sylvie Morel  (Laval), Émilie, Breton, Sandra Jeppesen, Anna Kruzynski et Jacinthe Leblanc, Kate Bezanson (Brock), Leah Vosko (York), Pat Armstrong (York),Susan Braedley, (York Institute for Health Research), Nancy Guberman, (UQAM), John Grundy, Ph.D student,  (York), Barbara Cameron (York), Amber Gazso, (York), Tamara Daly (York), Wendy McKeen, (York), Ruth Rose, (UQAM), Pascale Dufour, (Université de Montréal), Krista Johnston (York), Lucie Lamarche, (Ottawa).

Glendon Hall 102, Glendon College

Kissing in Public Places: Queer Love, Migrant Hate and Racialized Plots of Violence

May 11, 2010

YRT Conference Centre, York University

Jin Haritaworn