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2010-2011 Events

A Celebration of Varpu Lindström

June 15, 2010

Students, staff faculty, peers and supporters gathered to celebrate Varpu Lindström and her many contributions to women’s history, to the history of migration, to Finnish studies, as Master of Atkinson College, as the Chair of the School of Women’s Studies, as the Chair of the School of Social Work, and in so many other areas of study and administration at York University.

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Place, Home and the World in Caribbean Women's Writing: A Conversation Between Aida Bahr and Olive Senior

October 6, 2010

Acclaimed Cuban writer Aida Bahr and Jamaican post- colonial writer Oliver Senior engaged in a compelling discussion on the complexity of familial relations expressed in women’s writing.

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Confronting Impunity: Women's Struggles for Justice, Historical Memory and Reparation in Guatamala

October 7, 2010


  • Brisna Caxaj
  • Lucia Morán
  • Olga Alicia Paz Bailey
  • Alison Crosby
  • Karen Hammink
  • Brinton Lykes

This panel brought together psychologists, lawyers, sociologists, and feminist activist researchers who are engaged in struggles for justice and reparations in postwar Guatemala alongside women survivors of sexual violence during the armed conflict.

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The Personal and the Political: Being Muslim in India Today

October 14, 2010

Samina Mishra and Ambarien Qadar, graduates of the prestigious AJK Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC) of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) in New Delhi, joined us in mid-October for a screening of some of their work.

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State of Play: Photography, Multimedia and Memory

October 18, 2010

Roshini Kempadoo, a London based photographer, media artist, and reader in media practice at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of East London, joined us in mid-October for a presentation of some of her recent work.

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Transnational Mapping of the Institutionalization of Women's Studies

November 4, 2010

Featuring Padmini Swaminathan, Himani Bannerji, Shahrzad Mojab, Gertrude Mianda, Kamala Kempadoo and Bettina Bradbury.  Underscoring the varying trajectories in diverse national contexts, this symposium sought to understand the location(s) of Women’s Studies programs within spaces of higher education.

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Queering Bathrooms: Gender, Sexuality and the Hygenic Imagination — A Book Launch

7 November 2010

To launch Sheila Cavanagh's groundbreaking new study, Queering Bathrooms: Gender, Sexuality and the Hygienic Imagination, The University of Toronto Press and Sexuality Studies Program in the School of Women's Studies and the Centre for Feminist Research atYork University presented a celebration of queer culture: featuring a tour of local bathrooms guided by Shawn Micallef, live DJ Sets by Nik Red, a photo exhibit by Andie Shabbar, a dramatic reading of Queering Bathrooms and Cavanagh in conversation with Susan Stryker, co- editor of The Transgender Studies Reader.

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Queer Bollywood: The Wonderful World of Queer Cinephilia  

9 November 2010

A Lecture by Shohini Ghosh.  Caught in the grip of rapid cultural transformations, Bollywood films have become a site of competing discourses around sexuality, providing perceptive, even controversial insights into the articulation of queer desires.

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Rethinking Feminist Interventions into Urban Geography

26-28 November 2010

This urban geography workshop successfully brought together 22 feminist scholars from countries as wide ranging as Taiwan, Singapore, India, Egypt, Greece, the UK, the USA, and, of course, Canada.

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Fact and Fiction: Forms of Writing

2 & 3 December 2010

Authors Sorayya Khan and Naeem Inayatullah joined us in early December for two guest lectures on the act of writing.

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Body Animations (Or, Lullaby for Fallujah): A Performance and Public Talk with Jackie Orr

27 January 2011

In her performative lecture, Associate Professor of Sociology at Syracuse University Jackie Orr provided a sustained mediation on the possibilities of intimately engaging public forms of mourning and re-memory, in the face of an ongoing aestheticization of war, which Walter Benjamin once located at the heart of fascist spectacle.

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Migration, Sex Work, Trafficking: Master Narratives and Critical Perspectives

24 March 2011

An International Symposium featuring: Rutvica Andrijasevic, Elya M. Durisin, Amanda Glasbeek, Synnøve Økland Jahnsen, Sine Plambech, Karlee Sapoznik, and Jessica Yee.  Students, researchers, and community activists gathered to examine key narratives circulating internationally and nationally about the cross-border movement of persons for work in sex industries.

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Our Legacy: Indigenous-African Relations Across the Americas

29 April - 1 May 2011

The "Our Legacy: Indigenous African Relations across the Americas" conference, recently held at York University, saw a collaboration between Indigenous and African scholars as well as members of the Toronto Black Indigenous Community.

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I Won't Be a Slave! Selected Articles in Finnish-Canadian History

9 May 2011

A book launch with Varpu Lindström.  Friends and supporters gathered to celebrate this new collection of writings by Dr. Lindström, who spoke briefly about her work.

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Three Jamaican Plays: A Postcolonial Anthology

6 June 2011

A book launch with Honor Ford-Smith.  A Community of students and supporters came together to help launch this collection containing three seminal plays about plantation society in postcolonial Jamaica. Short excerpts were read from the plays and light refreshments were served.

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Demography and Democracy: Essays on Nationalism, Gender and Ideology 

7 June 2011

A book launch.  Himani Bannerji, accompanied by Roxana Ng, Ena Dua, David McNally, Nahla Abdo, Shahrzad Mojab and Kaushalya Bannerji, celebrated and discussed her new essay collection, Demography and Democracy (Canadian Scholars’ Press). The room was packed with friends, students and supporters; funds were raised for Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and No One Is Illegal.

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