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Book launch for David Murray's book Flaming Souls: Homosexuality, Homophobia, and Social Change in Barbados

September 6, 2012, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Latinada Restaurant, 1671 Bloor St. West

While there has been increased attention to issues of sexuality in the Caribbean over the past decade, there continue to be very few in-depth ethnographic studies of sexual minorities in this region. A timely addition to the literature, Flaming Souls explores public discourses focusing on homosexuality and the everyday lives of gay men and ‘queens’ in contemporary Barbados.

David A.B. Murray's dynamic study features interviews with government and health agency officials, HIV/AIDS activists, and residents of the country's capital, Bridgetown. Using these and records from local libraries and archives, Murray unravels the complex historical, social, political, and economic forces through which same-sex desire, identity, and prejudice are produced and valued in this Caribbean nation-state. Illustrating the influence of both Euro-American and regional gender and sexual politics on sexual diversity in Barbados, Flaming Souls makes an important contribution to queer studies and the anthropology of sexualities.

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Dynamic Resistances: Complicating, Screwing and Perpetuating Structures in our World

September 14-15, 2012

A Graduate Student Conference presented by York University's Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies.

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A screening of Sathima's Windsong

September 20, 2012; 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Nat Taylor Cinema

Sathima's Windsong is about the life and times of South African jazz singer Sathima Bea Benjamin whose musical creations were often in the shadow of her husband, jazz musician Abdullah Ibrahim. The film is shot primarily in New York, Cape Town but opens with short of the Island of St Helena, birthplace of Sathima's grandmother. It returns to the ocean to signal travel, 'routes' and jazz as metaphors for her life-history. In her apartment of the Chelsea Hotel Apartment, Sathima's home for more than thirty years, she patches together her journeys from apartheid South Africa, and its 'patterns of brokenness', to Europe, and a chance meeting and a recording with Duke Ellington in Paris in 1963, to the highs and lows of making a life for herself and family in New York. The narrative of her journeys is interwoven with her music and the reflections of folks in South Africa and New York who know her work thus making this film both a celebration of Sathima's music as well as a reflection on the historical context that helped shape it. The film takes its title from Sathima's haunting composition, “Windsong,” which, like this film, is itself is a reflection upon displacement, exile, belonging and longing.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring:

  • Daniel Yon, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and the Department of Anthropology and former Director of the Graduate Programme in Social Anthropology at York University;
  • Richard Fung, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University; Liam Rodrigues, Alternative Educator and independent scholar;
  • Alissa Trotz, Associate Professor, Caribbean Studies at New College and Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto.

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Plastic Visibility, Visible Plasticity: On the Sexualization of Girlhood

October 17, 2012, 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

A lecture by Catherine Driscoll

Vanier College Senior Common Room

The emergence of modern girlhood can be mapped onto changing ideas about sex. These changes are certainly always relative to new distinctions demarcating sexual difference and gender roles, but the modern idea of girlhood is not only a set of ideas about how one becomes a woman. And, as with girlhood’s legislative, pedagogical and psychological formations, girlhood as a popular cultural formation is very often centered on sex. This talk explores some fraught current public debates about the idea of girl sexuality and its developmental periodization.

Catherine Driscoll is Associate Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Girls (Columbia UP 2002), Modernist Cultural Studies (UP Florida 2010), Teen Film: A Critical Introduction (Berg 2011), and The Australian Country Girl: Image, History, Experience (Ashgate 2012) as well as numerous essays in journals and collections. Her research interests include modernity and modernism, cultural theory, popular culture, girls studies and youth culture, ethnography, and rural cultural studies.

Co-sponsored by Children's Studies Program (Department of Humanities), Vanier College and the Centre for Feminist Research.

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CFR Meet and Greet & Council Meeting

October 18 2012, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

626 York Research Tower

New and returning CFR Associates are invited to come mix and mingle with each other and learn what CFR has planned for 2012-2013. Following the Meet & Greet, the Annual Council Meeting will be held for CFR Associates.

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A book launch for Bonita Lawrence's book Fractured Homeland: Federal Recognition and Algonquin Identity in Ontario

October 24, 2012, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Aboriginal Student Centre, 246 York Lanes

With Bonita Lawrence (Mi’kmaw), Equity Studies, York University.

In 1992, the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan, the only federally recognized Algonquin reserve in Ontario, launched a comprehensive land claim. The claim drew attention to the reality that two-thirds of Algonquins in Canada have never been recognized as Indian, and have therefore had to struggle to reassert jurisdiction over their traditional lands. Fractured Homeland is Bonita Lawrence's stirring account of the Algonquins’ twenty-year struggle for identity and nationhood despite the imposition of a provincial boundary that divided them across two provinces, and the Indian Act, which denied federal recognition to two-thirds of Algonquins.

Drawing on interviews with Algonquins across the Ottawa River watershed, Lawrence voices the concerns of federally unrecognized Algonquins in Ontario, whose ancestors survived land theft and the denial of their rights as Algonquins, and whose family histories are reflected in the land. The land claim enabled many Algonquins to openly speak about their identities for the first time; however, it also heightened divisions as those who launched the claim failed to develop a more inclusive vision of Algonquinness. This path-breaking exploration of how a comprehensive claims process can fracture the search for nationhood among First Nations also reveals how federally unrecognized Algonquin managed to hold onto a distinct sense of identity, despite centuries of disruption by settlers and the state.

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Phone Clones: Authenticity Work in the Transnational Service Economy

October 25, 2012, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Peace Lounge, 7th Floor, OISE 252 Bloor St. West

A lecture by Carla Freeman

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Graduate Seminar with Carla Freeman

October 26, 2012, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The following is a description taken from the Emory University website:

Carla Freeman is Winship Distinguished Research Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies and is associated faculty in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Emory University. Freeman earned her AB in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College in 1984 and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Temple University in 1993. Her publications include High Tech and High Heels in the Global Economy: Women, Work, and Pink Collar Identities in the Caribbean (Duke University Press, 2000), Global Middle Classes: Ethnographic Particularities, Theoretical Convergences (SAR Press, edited with Rachel Heiman and Mark Liechty), and articles on gender, globalization, labor, and identity in the Caribbean, in such journals as American Ethnologist, Signs: Journal of Women, Culture and Society, Feminist Studies, Critique of Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology. Her new book Enterprising Selves: Respectability, Gender and the Making of a Neoliberal Middle Class in the Caribbean is forthcoming from Duke University Press. Her new research focuses on Indian IT professionals in new circuits of transnational labor. Her general areas of research are: culture and political economy of globalization and development; feminist anthropology; transnational migration; the Caribbean region.

Space is limited for the Graduate Seminar, so please RSVP to cfr@yorku.ca

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Developments in Collective Workplace Bargaining and Gender Equality: Evidence from the Bargaining Table

October 30, 2012, 2:30 p.m.

Ross S701

A lecture by Sue Williamson

"Equality bargaining" involves collectively bargaining for claims which progress equality in the workplace, including gender equality. Equality bargaining theories focus on identifying and explaining factors which aid or prevent bargaining for claims to advance gender equality in the workplace. There is scope to build on these empirically based theories to offer a broader theory of equality bargaining. This paper goes some way towards achieving this, drawing on six case studies of collective bargaining which examine how parties bargained for a range of family provisions, predominantly paid parental leave. The case studies show that there are different types of equality bargaining, which form a continuum ranging from "narrow", where only one or a few gender equality items are negotiated, to "transformational", which seeks to achieve substantive equality for a range of equal opportunity target groups, including women. While most of the case study union negotiators engaged in a narrow form of equality bargaining, there is emerging evidence that some unions are showing the way on how to move further along this continuum, to successfully negotiate family provisions and other equality measures for employees.

Sue Williamson was awarded her PhD from the University of Sydney (Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies) in 2011. Sue's thesis examined five case studies of collective enterprise bargaining, across both private and public sectors. Sue examined the extent to which unions engaged in 'equality bargaining,' that is, negotiating for improved gender equality provisions for employees for inclusion in collective enterprise agreements. This outcomes of this research have been published in Australian journals, and Sue is currently working on an international collaborative anthology on equality bargaining. Sue has also researched and published on industrial relations policy developments in Australia over the last few years and their impact on women. Sue has also worked on women and industrial relations policy issues for government departments for the last decade, including contributing to the development of Australia?s paid parental leave scheme.

This presentation is a collaboration of: the Centre for Research on Work & Society (CRWS); Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy; Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender & Work, Work & Labour Studies Program; and LAPS. Co-sponsors of the presentation are: the Centre for Feminist Research; Department of Social Science; LAPS School of Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies; and Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies.

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Rum and Roti Lime

November 10, 2012, 6:00 p.m.

The Monarch Festival Hub, 12 Clinton St.

Reel Asian is excited to include a preview of Andil Gosine's Wardrobes art-fashion project in support of the North American premiere of Richard Fung's Dal Puri Diaspora. In his film, director Fung introduces Canadian audiences to Gosine's work, and filmgoers will get the chance to travel deeper into the art-fashion project at a special "Lime" (Trini slang for a "hangout") event after Dal Puri’s North American premiere at Reel Asian. A special $30 film-and-event package ticket gets you admission to both the Dal Puri Diaspora screening (4:30 PM at the Royal, 608 College St) as well as the Rum and Roti Lime (6:00 PM at the Monarch Festival Hub, 12 Clinton St), the post-screening art experience. Attendees enter to a carefully curated selection of Trinidadian calypso, soca and chutney music, and pick up their free rum-based welcome cocktail at the bar (non-alcoholic alternative available).

After watching a film about roti, you’ve got to have one – and event co-producers Lettie Gariba and Adam Barnes will be serving up yours (vegetarian available upon request) from a customized “Roti Shop” created with industrial designer-artist Kara Springer. This “Roti Shop” will also showcase two items from Gosine’s collection, the “Cutlass” brooch and “Rum and Roti” – a bag Gosine designed with Skinny Vinny of Brooklyn that appears in the film! This will be the premiere exhibition of the bag in Canada, and the first time its limited run of 25 will be on sale.

Gosine describes Wardrobes as an exploration of how migration impacts experiences of intimacy. “It’s a longer story of desire,” he says, “a story about living in between the feeling that no where is home, and everywhere might be home.” Richard Fung’s search for roti, he adds, “is about his living in this space.” Wardrobes began life as a series of art objects Gosine created and premiered at the New York Institute of Fashion, and later developed into a series of art performances and a play that elaborate each object’s story. Rum and Roti is the second of four art happenings to take place in Toronto over 2012-13.

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Racism in Academia seminar

November 21, 2012, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

YRT, Room 519

This seminar will offer a forum for discussing racism in the academy. Speakers will address the challenges of identifying and naming multiple forms and experiences of racism among differently located individuals and groups in university settings. Speakers will draw on personal experience and scholarship to engage the audience in a process designed to include consideration of how variously racialized actors and academic institutions contribute to the normalization of racism and racialization. Co-sponsored by CFR, YCEC, CRW, CERIS and others.

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Graduate Student Seminar with Sevasti Trubeta

November 21, 2012, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.,

YRT, Room 830

Dr. Sevasti Trubeta is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of the Aegean in Greece. Her research interests include issues of Humanitarianism, biopolitics, eugenics, Roma, Refugees, with a regional focus on South Eastern Europe.

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Social Inequality in Eugenics and New Reproductive Technologies (IVF) – Beyond the question of continuity

November 21, 2012, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., YRT, Room 830

A lecture by CFR Visiting Scholar Sevasti Trubeta

The socio-historical conditions that helped the emergence and flourishing of eugenics have changed to such a degree that equating eugenics and new genetic technologies might be a simplification which (a) masks the historical character of social phenomena and (b) impedes tracing both the dynamics and boundaries of each one. On the one hand, eugenics flourished within in a type of society in which welfare state and institutions were creating; it drew arguments from the necessity to buttress these institutions and based its proposals and practices on the supposed priority of the “common well” against individual rights. On the other hand, new genetic technologies operate in a type of society in which individualism gains more and more significance in shaping social relations, welfare state is weakening whereas commercialization of social and health services is increasing. In terms of social inequality, if eugenics provided suggestions for treating social stratification in terms of managing biological capital and consolidating state authority, now, the question of social inequity expends the limits of an individual society and raises questions related to a global order.

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Intersections of Identity, presented by the South Asian Women’s Action Collective

November 22, 2012,  6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Bendale Library (1515 Danforth Road, Scarborough)

In commemoration of the United Nations’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Nov. 25th), CASSA will be hosting a forum to discuss the impacts of violence against South Asian women here in Scarborough. We aim to bring together women of all ages in the Scarborough region to come together and discuss effective ways of mobilizing this very important issue while maintain an anti-racist, anti-islamaphobic, anti-oppressive framework.

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North American speaking tour and book launch with Selma James

A Conversation with Selma James (Brown bag lunch session)

November 26, 2012, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Peace Lounge, OISE/University of Toronto, 7th Floor, 252 Bloor Street West

Sex, Race and Class: The New Terms of Unity

November 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm

George Ignatieff Theatre, Trinity College (15 Devonshire Place)

Graduate Student Seminar for York University Graduate Students

November 27, 2012, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

YRT, Room 956

Selma James is an anti-sexist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist campaigner and author. Raised in a movement household, she joined CLR James’s Johnson-Forest Tendency at age 15, and from 1958 to 1962 she worked with him in the movement for Caribbean federation and independence.  In 1972, she founded the International Wages for Housework Campaign, and in 2000 she helped launch the Global Women's Strike which she coordinates.  She coined the word "unwaged" to describe most of the caring work women do, and it has since entered the English language to describe all the work without wages of women, children and men, in the home, on the land, in the community.

In 1975 she became the first spokeswoman of the English Collective of Prostitutes.  She is a founding member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (2008).  She has addressed the power relations within the working class movement, and organizing across sectors despite divisions of sex, race, age, etc., South and North. She spoke to packed audiences at Occupy in London, England, as well as Los Angeles, Oakland, Philadelphia, and SF.


Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto; Centre for Feminist Research, York University; Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies, York University; CUPE 3902, University of Toronto; Equity Studies, New College, University of Toronto; Caribbean Studies, New College, University of Toronto; Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, OISE/University of Toronto; CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, Ryerson University.

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A Conference: Critical Perspectives on Canadian Anti-Trafficking Policy

November 30-December 2, 2012

Ryerson University

"Critical Perspectives on Canadian Anti-Trafficking Policy" is intended as a site for engaged dialogue on the contemporary legal ordering of sexual and migrant labour. The workshop offers a unique opportunity for academics, sex workers, migrant labourers, and front line service providers to advance critical and strategic dialogue and research about the realities of human trafficking in Canada.

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­­­­­­­­­­­­Unbearable Blackness

December 5, 2012,  2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

YRT, Room 519

A lecture by Jared Sexton

The lecture will be followed by a reception at 4:00 p.m.

The heading of this talk addresses itself broadly to the psychic life of black freedom struggle in the political culture and cultural politics of the post-emancipation United States. The myriad figures of racial blackness at work across the spectrum of practical-theoretical activity - from claims to emergent mixed race identities to calls for progressive multiracial coalition to "pro-life" pronouncements of the Christian Right - raise questions about the material-symbolic persistence of modern slavery in and as the discourse of terror in the contemporary milieu. This persistence is obscure in a profound sense and its obscurity is inflected by but not accounted for in the recent ascendance of neoliberalism and its attendant pieties of racial justice under capital. It involves, rather, a more fundamental misrecognition of the political ontology enabling modern slavery, requiring of us at once a more thorough analysis of structural conditions and a deeper historical sense commensurate with the longue durée.

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Graduate Student Seminar with Jared Sexton

December 10, 2012, 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.

YRT, Room 626

Professor Jared Sexton is visiting York this fall as a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturing Chair. He comes to us from the University of California, Irvine, where he is Associate Professor and Director of the Program in African American Studies and teaches in the Department of Film and Media Studies and the Ph.D. programs in Visual Studies and Culture and Theory. He also holds affiliations at UCI with the Critical Theory Institute and the Center for Law, Culture and Society. Professor Sexton's research examines the political culture and cultural politics of the post-civil rights era United States, focusing on matters of race and sexuality, policing and prisons, multiracial coalition, and contemporary film. While in residence at York, Professor Sexton is teaching an undergraduate course on black feminist thought for the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies and continues work on the manuscript for his next book, The Shadow of a Color Line: Racial Politics beyond Coalition.

Launch for Feminist Dialogues, a special issue of Canadian Woman Studies

December 13, 2012,  2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Founders Senior Common Room

Edited by Susan Braedley, Jacinthe Michaud and Leah Vosko

Canadian Woman Studies is a feminist quarterly which was founded with the goal of making current writing and research on a wide variety of feminist topics accessible to the largest possible community of  women.

Susan Braedley is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work, Carleton University.

Jacinthe Michaud is an Associate Professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, York University.

Leah Vosko is a Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender & Work, York University.

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Nursing Labour Process and the Demand for Temporary Foreign Nurses in North America

Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Ross, Room S701

As a part of the Dispatches from the Global Labour Movement Winter 2013 Speaker Series, Salimah Valiani will present "Nursing Labour Process and the Demand for Temporary Foreign Nurses in North America"

Salimah Valinai is an economist and policy analyst. She is also a part of the Ontario Nurses' Association.

This event is a collaboration of: Centre for Reseach on Work and Society, Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy, Work & Labour Studies Program, LAPS, Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender & Work. The co-sponsers are Centre for Feminist Research, Department of Social Science, LAPS, Department of Sociology, LAPS and York Institute for Health Research.

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Launch for Eva Karpinski's book, Borrowed Tongues: Life Writing, Migration and Translation

February 14, 2013, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Founders Senior Common Room

Borrowed Tongues is the first consistent attempt to apply the theoretical framework of translation studies in the analysis of self representation in life writing by women in transnational, diasporic, and immigrant communities. It focuses on linguistic and philosophical dimensions of translation, showing how the dominant language serves to articulate and reinforce social, cultural, political, and gender hierarchies.

Drawing on feminist, poststructuralist, and postcolonial scholarship, this study examines Canadian and American examples of traditional autobiography, autoethnography, and experimental narrative.

As a prolific and contradictory site of linguistic performance and cultural production, such texts challenge dominant assumptions about identity, difference, and agency. Using the writing of authors such as Marlene NourbeSe Philip, Jamaica Kincaid, Laura Goodman Salverson, and Akemi Kikumura, and focusing on discourses through which subject positions and identities are produced, the study argues that different concepts of language and translation correspond with particular constructions of subjectivity and attitudes to otherness. A nuanced analysis of intersectional differences reveals gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, culture, and diaspora as unstable categories of representation.

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New Frontiers Graduate History conference

February 21 - 23, 2013

This year represented the 17th annual New Frontiers Graduate History conference.

The conference is designed to provide a forum for graduate students to present their work in a cordial environment and to gain professional experience in conference presentation. We encouraged papers from a wide range of national, regional, thematic, and methodological backgrounds spanning: History and Theory; Public Memory and Commemoration; Law, Politics, Protest and the State; Science, Medicine, Technology and Society; Religion; Race, Ethnicity, and Identity; Gender, Sexuality, and the Body; Empire and Nation; Popular Culture and Consumerism; Environment and Society; Migration and Diaspora; Work, Class, and Community.

Queering Heterosexism in the Social Form of Legal and State Formation: National Security and Homonationalism

February 25, 2013, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Ross, Room S701

Part of the The Socio-Legal Studies 2012-2013 Speaker Series.

This presentation critically analyzes the heteosexist social form of legal and state formation in the 'Canadian' context through brief examinations of the national security campaigns against queers, the 1969 criminal law reform, the same-sex marriage debates, and the current generation of an orientalist homonationalism against queer Palestine solidarity activists.

Arguing that we need to move beyond formal legal equality and rights which lead to integration within existing legal and state formation we need to challenge the very social form of law and state formation itself -- including its heterosexist character -- to open up more transformative possibilities. The class and racialized basis for the generation of both settler-based and orientalist forms of homonationalism will also be explicated.

Gary Kinsman is the author of The Regulation of Desire: Homo and Hetero Sexualities, co-author (with Patrizia Gentile) of The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation, and editor of Whose National Security? and of Sociology for Changing the World. He is currently working on a new book project called The Making of the Neo-Liberal Queer. He is a long-time queer liberation, anti-poverty and anticapitalist activist. He is a member of the Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty (S-CAP), and is one of the 'S-CAP 11,' arrested for converting his local MPP's office into an emergency homeless shelter as part of an anti-poverty protest. He teaches sociology at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, on the historic territories of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek nation.

Generous Support provided by the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies, Centre for Feminist Research and Social Science.

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The Contemporary Urgencies of Audre Lorde's Legacy

March 7 - 21, 2013

Community Arts Practice, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, in association with Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto, invite you to The Contemporary Urgencies of Audre Lorde's Legacy, a series of events, including:

Medicines for Survival: Indigenous Knowledge and the Sacred

March 7, 2013 at 6:00 pm

HNES 140, FES, York University

A lecture by M. Jacqui Alexander

Litanies for our Survival: Visual and Performative Conversations with Audre Lorde and inaugural exhibition in new Community Arts Practice Space

March 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm

  • HNES 283, and throughout the building
  • York University

 March 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

  •  Film screening, Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984-1992 (directed by Dagmar Schultz)
  • William Doo Auditorium, University of Toronto, 45 Willcocks Street
  • Followed by panel discussion with Dagmar Schultz, Marion Kraft, Gloria Wekker, M. Jacqui Alexander, Carol Allain, Farrah Khan, Susan Blight
What’s (Homo)Sexuality got to do with it?

March 19, 2013, at 1:00 pm

HNES Room 140, York University

A lecture by Gloria Wekker, with responses from Anna Agathangelou and Jin Haritaworn

Chaired by Ena Dua

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"After the 9-5 in Audre's Livingroom"

March 21, 2013, 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Whippersnapper Gallery, 594b Dundas St. West

An intimate, collaborative poetry marathon recite &r espond multidisciplinary hangout!

Presented by backforward collective.

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Community Arts Practice, Office of the Dean; ACE and the Seminar Series in Equity and Diversity at FES; Faculty of Health; Centre for Feminist Research at York University and Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.


Women and Gender Studies; Principal’s Initiatives Fund at New College; Equity Studies; Caribbean Studies; Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education, OISE; Centre for the Study of the United States; Sexual Diversity Studies; Anti-Racism and Diversity; Status of Women; Cinema Studies; Canadian Studies

Women's Quests for Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Contestations, Complexities, Contradiction

April 5 - 6, 2013

York Research Tower

What has come to be known as the “Arab Spring” is a remarkable turning point in the modern history of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Whatever the outcome of this regional, political earthquake, there is no turning back to the past in the countries that rose for democracy and social justice. However, there are plenty of signs of hard challenges ahead for women in MENA. In particular, the role of Islamists in the movement for democracy and social justice raises the vital question: what is on the immediate horizon for women and rights activists?

This two-day conference will be a forum for scholars and activists in the field to analyze the potential of the Arab Spring for women.

Questions? Please contact cfr@yorku.ca

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The Ghadar Movement: A Living History

April 12 - 13, 2013

On the centenary of the Ghadar Movement, a conference is being called at York University in Toronto to honour and remember its history, and its contemporary relevance to the revolutionary struggle of people of the Indian subcontinent. The conference is being organized in collaboration with the Ghadar Centenary Committee Toronto. It is sponsored by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, South Asian Studies programme, Department of Political Science, York Centre for Asian Research and CUPE 3903, all at York University.

Keynote Speakers:

Maia Ramnath is a visiting scholar at New York University and is author of Haj to Utopia (2011) and Decolonizing Anarchism (2012)

  • Friday, 12 April 2013; 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Founders Assembly Hall, Founders College, York University

Harsha Walia is a grassroots activist, Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, Vancouver Unceded Coast Salish Territories and author of Undoing Border Imperialism (2013)

  • Saturday, 13 April 2013, 4 pm to 5pm
  • Harry Crowe Room (Room 109, Atkinson Building), York University

Film Screening:

Rex vs. Singh, a film by Ali Kazimi, John Greyson, Richard Fung

  • Friday, 12 April 2013, 4pm to 5pm
  • Harry Crowe Room (Room 109, Atkinson Building), York University

Theatrical Performance:

Santaap by Ghadar Centenary Committee Toronto
(Written by: Gursharn Singh and Directed by: Hira Randhawa)

Sex Talk @ York II

May 1, 2013

TEL Building, Room 0010

Sex Talk @ York presents a collection of interdisciplinary faculty scholarship; from LGBTQ narratives of resistance, to queer and transgender cultural production, to psychoanalytic theory, to transnational and postcolonial studies and beyond. This conference demonstrates the growing significance of sexuality studies in Canada and across a variety of geo-political spaces and in relation to identities, power and difference(s).

10:15 – 11:45
Panel One: Homonationalisms: Citizenship, Social Media and ‘White’ Anxieties;

1:15 – 2:45
Panel Two: Sexual Representations: Narratives, Pedagogies and Politics;

3:00 – 4:30
Panel Three: Queer Bio-political Theorizing: Transgendering Diagnostics, LGBTQ Activism and Legal Discourses

Complimentary breakfast begins at 9:30 am

Sponsored by: LA&PS Research Events and Outreach Fund, the Associate Vice- President Research of LA&PS, the Centre for Feminist Research, and the Sexuality Studies Program, History Department, The Law and Society Program and the Film Studies Department at York University.

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An International Conference on the Reality and the Prospects of Gender Equality after “The Arab Spring”

May 30-31, 2013,

Oujda, Morocco

Event sponsored by the Master’s Program on Gender, Society and Human Development and the Research Group “Identity and Difference”, at the Faculty of Letters, Mohammed I University, Oujda, in collaboration with the Centre for Feminist Research, York University and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Syracuse University.

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