2015-2016 Events

<2014-2015>     <2016-2017>

Back to Events - Home


Co-Sponsored: Theorizing Anti-Racism: Linkages in Marxism and Critical Race Theories

Book Launch

 

Date: Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
Time: 2:00-4:00pm
Location: Nexus Lounge, 12th Floor, OISE 252 Bloor St West (at St. George subway station)
Event Summary:

Panel discussion followed by refreshments and book signing
Join us to celebrate the launch of the edited volume, Theorizing Anti-Racism Panel discussion with Abigail B. Bakan and Enakshi Dua (editors), and Sedef Arat-Koç, Himani Bannerji and Anthony Bogues (contributors)

From University of Toronto Press:

"Over the last few decades, critical theory which examines issues of race and racism has flourished. However, most of this work falls on one side or the other of a theoretical divide between theory inspired by Marxist approaches to race and racism and that inspired by postcolonial and critical race theory. Driven by the need to move beyond the divide, the contributors to Theorizing Anti-Racism present insightful essays that engage these two intellectual traditions with a focus on clarification and points of convergence. The essays in Theorizing Anti-Racism examine topics which range from reconsiderations of anti-racism in the work of Marx and Foucault to examinations of the relationships among race, class, and the state that integrate both Marxist and critical race theory. Drawing on the most constructive elements of Marxism and postcolonial and critical race theory, this collection constitutes an important contribution to the advancement of anti-racist theory."

Co-sponsored by Department of Social Justice Education (SJE), OISE, University of Toronto; Centre for Feminist Research (CFR), York University; and UofT Press.

12

Dr Enakshi Dua

9

Dr Abigail Bakan

27

Dr Anthony Bogues

View Poster Here


Archive, Freedom, History, and the Radical Imagination

Graduate Workshop with Dr. Anthony Bogues

 

Introduced By: Dr. Enakshi Dua
Date: Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
Time: 1:00-2:30
Location: 626 Kaneff Tower,  Keele Campus, York University
Event Note: RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca by August 31st, 2015.
Event Summary:

Dr. Anthony Bogues is an ASA Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory, Professor of African and African Diaspora Art and affiliated Professor of Political Science at Brown University, where he is currently the inaugural Director of the Centre for the Study of Slavery and Justice. His scholarly work includes: Empire of Liberty: Power of, Desire, and Freedom; The George Lamming Reader: The Aesthetics of Decolonization; After Man Towards the Human: Critical Essays on Sylvia Wynter; Black Heretics, Black Prophets: Radical Political Intellectuals, and From Revolution in the Tropics to Imagined Landscapes: The Art of Edoudard Duval Carrie.

This is an opportunity for graduate students to discuss Professor Bogue's work in a workshop setting. An assigned reading will be distributed prior to the workshop. Limited space available.

Co-sponsored by the Graduate Program in Political Science, Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist, and Women's Studies, CERLAC, Faculty of Environmental Studies, and the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, York University.

Light refreshments served.

View Poster Here


Co-Sponsored: Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights: Is Canada a Safe Haven?

Asylum Report Launch

 

Date: Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: The 519, Ballroom, 2nd Floor – 519 Church St
Event Summary:

Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights is proud to announce the launch of our new report on issues facing LGBT asylum seekers. The report examines the experiences of LGBT refugee claimants and refugees living in the Greater Toronto Area, and the experiences of community service providers who work with them. It offers 37 recommendations for developing policies and improving services. The report will be presented by a panel of members of the Envisioning research team, LGBT refugees and representatives of Envisioning’s community partners.

The question of whether Canada offers a safe haven to refugees is a very timely one. Our report focuses on LGBT asylum seekers; however, it locates their experiences in the context of recent significant immigration and refugee policy changes in Canada.The research is based on focus groups that took place in 2012-2014. Focus groups with 92 asylum seekers were organized by Envisioning’s community partners and four other focus groups were held with service providers.

View Event Here


Journey to Find Myself Again

Film Screening

 

Date: Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm
Location: Harry Crowe Room, Room 109 Atkinson, York University
Event Note: Film screening and Q&A with producers Dr Srabani Maitra and Dr. Tania Das Gupta. For more information, please contact Julia Pyryeskina juliapyr@yorku.ca.
Event Summary:

Journey to Find Myself Again is a short documentary film that presents the employment trajectories of three highly educated immigrant women from South Asia.

Looking at the Canadian labour market from their perspective(s) and through a race/gender/class lens, the documentary aims to present how the complex interplay of racial and gendered processes affect immigrant women’s employment trajectories and produce complex relations of domination and subordination.

Dr. Tania Das Gupta is a Professor at the Department of Equity Studies at York University.

Dr. Srabani Maitra received her PhD in Adult Education and Community Development from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She teaches in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Waterloo.

Co-sponsored by York Centre for Feminist Research, Department of Equity Studies, York University.

Journey16

Audience at film screening of 'Journey to Find Myself Again'

Journey12

Left - Dr. Srabani Maitra and Right - Dr. Tania Das Gupta

View Poster Here


Engendering Transnational Voices Studies in Family, Work, and Identity

Book Launch

 

Date: Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Harry Crowe Room, Room 109 Atkinson, York University
Event Note: Conversations with the editors (Drs. Guida Man and Rina Cohen) and contributors (Drs. Tania Das Gupta, Carl James, Ann Kim, and Leanne Taylor) followed by refreshments and book signing. For more information, please contact Julia Pyryeskina juliapyr@yorku.ca.
Event Summary: 

Engendering Transnational Voices examines the transnational practices and identities of immigrant women, youth, and children in an era of global migration and neoliberalism, and addresses such topics as family relations, gender and work, schooling, remittances, cultural identities, caring for children and the elderly, inter- and multi-generational relationships, activism, and refugee determination.

In both theoretical and empirical essays , the contributors explore expressions of power, resistance, agency, and accommodation in relation to the changing concepts of home, family, and citizenship. Specifically, the essays critically analyze transnational experiences, discourses, cultural identities, and social spaces of women, youth, and children who come from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; are either first- or second-generation transmigrants; are considered legal or undocumented; and who enter their adopted country as trafficked workers, domestic workers, skilled professionals, or students.

Guida Man is an associate professor and a member of the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. She is also a research associate at the York Centre for Feminist Research and the York Centre for Asian Research. Her research intersects im/migration and transnationalisms, families, and women and work in the context of global economic restructuring.

Rina Cohen is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and a member of the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies at York University. Her areas of interest include diaspora engagement, transnationalisms, immigrant women, the sociology of families, cultural identities, and qualitative research methods.

Co-sponsored by York Centre for Feminist Research; York Centre for Asian Research; Centre for Refugee Studies, York University; Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, OISE; and WLU Press

Engender07

Dr. Philip Kelly, YCAR

Engender14

panel with [R to L]: Drs. Tania Das Gupta, Guida Man, Rina Cohen, and Leanne Taylor

View Poster Here


Women In/On The Street: From SlutWalks to #StreetHarassment

A Talk by Dr. Elisabeth Mercier

 

Introduced By: Dr. Sheila Cavanagh
Date: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
Time: 2pm-4pm
Location: 626 Kaneff, York University
Event Note: Light refreshments provided.
Event Summary: 

This presentation offers a critical discourse analysis of the comments and controversies raised by the SlutWalk and the online denunciation of street harassment, in the mainstream media and within the feminist movement. It examines the current issues and tensions surrounding the street as a means of protest as well as an apparatus of sexual control of women’s bodies, at the intersection of new media and social networks.

Elisabeth Mercier is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Université du Québec à Montréal and a Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar at the Centre for Feminist Research, York University. Her research interests include the cultural and political aspects of gender and sexuality, at the intersection of other axes of social differentiation (class, age, ethnicity).
She’s a collaborator to the Testimonial Cultures project, an action research group working on the use of testimonials as a social and cultural intervention strategy for sexual and gender minorities, sex workers, and people living with HIV/AIDS. Her work has been published in Commposite, Féminétudes, and Heteropolis.

First Photo - Dr. Elisabeth Mercier

Dr. Elisabeth Mercier

 [L to R] - Dr. Elisabeth Mercier and Dr. Sheila Cavanagh

[L to R] - Dr. Elisabeth Mercier and Dr. Sheila Cavanagh

View Poster Here


The Black Social Economy: Banker Ladies and Money Pools in the Americas

A Talk by Dr. Caroline Shenaz Hossein

 

Introduced by: Dr. Alison Crosby
Date: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
Time: 2:30pm-4pm
Location: 626 Kaneff, York University
Event Note: This event is co-sponsored by The Harriet Tubman Institute.
Event Summary: 

Millions of Black people in the Americas participate in informal banks (or ROSCAs) – money pools managed by women known as “banker ladies”. In her talk, Dr. Caroline Shenaz Hossein will explain that the banker ladies organize money pools as a form of contestation against the commercialized banking systems, and explore the deliberate nature of the banker ladies’ work in the social economy, and the ways in which women are building socially conscious money systems.

Dr. Caroline Shenaz Hossein  is an Assistant Professor of Business and Society in the Department of Social Science, and is a CFR Research Associate, as well as an executive member at the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diaspora at York University. Dr. Hossein’s research interest is squarely in the social economy, where she writes on community economic development in urban communities and examines issues of exclusion in business. She has conducted extensive field work in Africa, as well as in the African diaspora in Canada and the Caribbean. She holds a PhD in Political Science and Gender and Women Studies from the University of Toronto, an MPA from Cornell University, an LL.B from the University of Kent at Canterbury and BA from Saint Mary’s University (Halifax). Previously, she was a U.S Fulbright Fellow at the Caribbean Policy and Research Institute and at the University of West Indies-Mona, Jamaica.  Her first book,  Politicized Microfinance: Power, Politics and Violence in the Black Americas  is under review with the University of Toronto Press.

Banker04

The Black Social Economy event audience

Banker39

Dr Caroline Shenaz Hossein at 'The Black Social Economy'

View Event Poster


Working Memory: Women and Work in World War II

Book Launch

 

Date: Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
Time: 2:30-4:30pm
Location: 305 Founders College, Keele Campus, York University
Event Note: Co-sponsored by the Department of Humanities, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca by November 3rd, 2015.
Event Summary:

Working Memory: Women and Work in World War II speaks to the work women did during the war: the labour of survival, resistance, and collaboration, and the labour of recording, representing, and memorializing these wartime experiences. The contributors follow their subjects’ tracks and deepen our understanding of the experiences from the imprints left behind. These efforts are a part of the making of history, and when the process is as personal as many of our contributors’ research has been, it is also the working of memory. The implication here is that memory is intimate, and that the layering of narrative fragments that recovery involves brings us in touching distance to ourselves.

These are not the stories of the brave little woman at home; they are stories of the woman who calculated the main chance and took up with the Nazi soldier, or who eagerly dropped the apron at the door and picked up a paintbrush, or who brazenly bargained for her life and her mother’s with the most feared of tyrants. These are stories of courage and sometimes of compromise— not the courage of bravado and hype and big guns, but rather the courage of hard choices and sacrifices that make sense of the life given, even when that life seems only madness. Working Memory brings scholarly attention to the roles of women in World War II that have been hidden, masked, undervalued, or forgotten.

Link to the publisher website here: http://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/Catalog/kadar-perreault.shtml

IMG_0403

Dr Eva Karpinski

IMG_0415

[L to R] Drs Marlene Kadar and Patrick Taylor

View Poster Here


Deleuze and Guattari, Feminism, and Queer Theory

Workshop with Dr. reese simpkins - #1

 

Date: Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
Time: 12-2pm
Location: 626 Kaneff Tower, Keele Campus, York University
Event Note: Co-sponsored by Sexuality Studies, York University. To RSVP, contact reese simpkins at reese.simpkins@gmail.com and Julia Pyryeskina at juliapyr@yorku.ca by October 28 with a brief explanation about your interest in the topic. Two suggested readings will be provided.
Event Summary: 

Ever wanted to name drop Deleuze and Guattari? Or even incorporate their work into your own? Well, now you can!

In this introductory workshop, we will discuss the basics of Deleuzo-Guattarian theory in an accessible manner, and assess their potential for feminism and queer theory. We will focus on Deleuze and Guattari’s work A Thousand Plateaus, including their discussion of rhizome and becoming. We will also cover topics of embodiment and affect, as well as the political implications of Deleuzo-Guattarian based frameworks.

Already familiar with Deleuze and Guattari?

This workshop is a great chance to come and discuss your ideas, as participants at all levels of familiarity are welcome to have their writing incorporated into the discussion.

reese simpkins received his PhD in Political Science from York University in 2012. His work uses a Deleuzo-Guattarian framework to explore the intra-relation of matter, space, and time within the context of trans*politics.

Dr reese simpkins at 'Deleuze and Guattari, Feminism and Queer Theory' workshop

Dr. reese simpkins

View Poster Here


Bottomhood is Powerful

Talk and Video Screening with Dr. Nguyen Tan Hoang

 

Introduced By: CFR 2015-16 Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar Dr. Dai Kojima
Date: Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
Time: 2-4pm
Location: 626 Kaneff Tower, Keele Campus, York University
Event Note: Co-sponsored by Sexuality Studies program at York University and York Centre for Asian Research. RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca by November 10th, 2015.
Event Summary: 

The presentation examines the ways that anal erotics and bottom positioning refract the meanings of race, gender, sexuality, and nationality in Asian/American visual culture.    Dr Hoang argues that “bottomhood” simultaneously enables and constrains Asian American men in moving-image media. Conceived as a sexual position, a social alliance, and an aesthetic form, bottomhood affirms a politics that embraces risk, receptivity, and vulnerability. Gay male video pornography and sex cruising websites constitute case studies. The talk will be supplemented by a short video screening.

Nguyen Tan Hoang  is a videomaker and academic. His videos, including K.I.P, PIRATED!, and Forever Bottom!, have been screened at MoMA, The Getty Center, and The Pompidou Center, and numerous film and media festivals. Hoang’s writings have appeared in Porn Studies, Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular, Resolutions 3: Global Networks of Video, and Porn Archives. His book A View from the Bottom: Asian American Masculinity and Sexual Representation   was recently published by Duke University Press in the Perverse Modernities series. He is Associate Professor of English & Film Studies at Bryn Mawr College.

IMG_1870

Dr Dai Kojima introducing 'Bottomhood is Powerful [Talk and Video Screening]'

IMG_1874

Dr Nguyen Tan Hoang speaking at 'Bottomhood is Powerful'

View Poster Here


Co-Sponsored: The West Indian Domestic Scheme: Racialized Labour, Migration & Gender, 1955-1985

Workshop

 

Date: November 28, 2015
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Location: Founders Assembly Hall, 152 Founders College, York University
Event Note: Organized by the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and Its Diasporas
Event description
: To commemorate the 60th anniversary of “The Scheme” launch, The Harriet Tubman Institute is proud to present a workshop titled The West Indian Domestic Scheme: Racialized Labour, Migration & Gender, 1955-1985.

Please join us to welcome the Honourable Jean Augustine (keynote speaker: "Reflecting on The Scheme that Plotted My LIfe's Direction"), Jamaica's Consul General Lloyd Wilks, two panels of distinguished scholars ("Reflections on our Scholarship on The West Indian Domestic Scheme"; "Caribbean and Caribbean-Canadian Women versus the Canadian State"), and a special lunch honouring the pioneering Caribbean who changed the face of Black immigration to Canada.

This workshop is sponsored by SSHRC MCRI “Slavery, Memory, and Citizenship”; The Gender & Sexualities Research Cluster in the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and Its Diasporas; Office of the Master - Founders College; Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean; The Jean Augustine Chair in Education in the New Urban Environment; Department of History; Centre for Feminist Research; Work and Labour Studies Program; Global Labour Research Centre.

View poster here

View  West Indian Domestic Scheme – Final Program here


Scholarship & Cultural Production

A Workshop on Academic Research and Documentary Film Practices with Dr. Lilia Topouzova

 

Date: Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
Time: 12-2.30pm
Location: 519 Kaneff Tower, Keele Campus, York University
Event Note: RSVP to Julia Pyryeskina at juliapyr@yorku.ca and Lilia Topouzova at lilia.topouzova@utoronto.ca by November 30, 2015.
Event Summary: 

This interdisciplinary workshop examines the interactions between documentary filmmaking and scholarly inquiry. Participants will scrutinize the ways in which scholarship and film seek to foster an understanding of current political events and historical processes. The workshop comprises brief pre-circulated readings and the screening of selected film sections during our meeting.

Dr. Lilia Topouzova is a historian and an award-winning documentary filmmaker, whose interdisciplinary practice addresses the representation of trauma and forms of remembrances across different historical and contemporary settings. She is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS) at Concordia University. Dr. Topouzova is currently in pre-production of her third film, “Anaanaga: My Mother,” supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Art Council. Workshop participants may elect to have their own projects, be they written or visual, incorporated in the discussion. You may email your project description with your RSVP, or bring it up in the workshop.

Workshop participants at Scholarship & Cultural Production [A Workshop on Academic Research and Documentary Film Practices]

Workshop participants at Scholarship & Cultural Production [A Workshop on Academic Research and Documentary Film Practices]

DSC03689-edit

Dr Lilia Topouzova at Scholarship & Cultural Production [A Workshop on Academic Research and Documentary Film Practices]

View Poster Here


Co-Sponsored: Digging Roots – Music, Love, Politics and Nourishment

Talk and Performance with Raven Kanetakta and ShoShona Kish

 

Date: February 1, 2016
Time: 2:30-4:30pm
Location: 519 Kaneff, York University
Event Note: Organized by the Department of Political Science. Co-Sponsored by the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies  and the Centre for Feminist Research.
Event Summary:

A talk by the Juno-award winning duo of Digging Roots – Raven Kanetakta and ShoShona Kish, of Digging Roots. Digging Roots are musicians who explore, among other themes, questions of the political. They are the recent and inaugural winners of the Maple Blues Cobalt Prize for contemporary blues composition presented to them for ‘Hwy 17′, which speaks to the issue of the near 1200 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Other songs explore the politics of residential schools, aboriginal communities, political activism and the connections between thought, politics, the natural world and urban spaces. They will speak about their artistic practice in writing politically-oriented songs, they’ll also perform a few tunes for us, and of course will answer questions.

View Poster Here


Co-Sponsored: Real Queer? Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Refugees in the Canadian Refugee Apparatus

Panel Discussion and Launch for Dr. David A.B. Murray

 

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: 626 Kaneff Tower, York University
Event Note: Co-sponsored by the Sexuality Studies Program, Graduate Program in  Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies, and the Centre for Feminist Research. Link to event on the Centre for Refugee Studies website: Click Here
Event Summary:

An ethnographic exploration of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) refugee claimants’ experiences of navigating the complex discourses, protocols, practices and personnel of Canada’s refugee determination system.

“How do I prove I’m gay?” This is the central question for many refugee claimants who are claiming asylum on the basis of sexual orientation persecution. But what are the inherent challenges in obtaining this proof? How is the system that assesses this predicated upon homonormative frameworks and nervous borders? What is the impact of gender, race and class? What is an ‘authentic’ sexual or gender identity and how can it be performed?Real Queer? is an ethnographic examination of the Canadian refugee apparatus analysing the social, cultural, political and affective dimensions of a legal and bureaucratic process predicated on separating the ‘authentic’ from the ‘bogus’ LGBT refugee. Through interviews, conversations and participant observation with various participants ranging from refugee claimants to their lawyers, Refugee Protection Division staff and local support group workers, it reveals the ways in which sexuality simultaneously disrupts and is folded into the nation-state’s dynamic modes of gate-keeping, citizenship and identity-making, and the uneven effects of these discourses and practices on this category of transnational migrants.

Guest Panelists:

  • Amar Wahab, Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
  • Wenona Giles, Professor, Department of Anthropology and CRS Resident Scholar
  • Enakshi Dua, Associate Professor, School of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies
  • David A.B. Murray (author), Professor, Department of Anthropology

The panel will be followed by book sales and reception in the adjacent resource centre.

View Poster Here


Chroniques D’une Musulmane Indignée

Lancement de livre / book launch for Asmaa Ibnouzahir

 

Date : 8 février,  2016 / February 8, 2016
Time:  16 h 00-17 h 30 /  4-5.30pm
Location: Collège Universitaire Glendon  / Salon Albert Tucker 3e étage, Pavillon York 317 Glendon College  / Room Albert Tucker 3rd floor, YH 317
Event Note: Veuillez confirmer à / Please RSVP to Julia Pyryeskina at juliapyr@yorku.ca by February 1 / au plus tard le 1er février, 2016.
Co-parrainé par / Co-sponsored by Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies and the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, York University.
Event Summary:

Présenté par Dr. Amélie Barras / Introduced by Dr. Amélie Barras
Asmaa Ibnouzahir partage un récit autobiographique racontant des défis qu’elle a relevés en tant que jeune immigrante musulmane d’origine marocaine arrivée au Québec en 1994. Elle présente également une analyse éclairante sur des questions qui reviennent souvent dans les médias québécois au sujet de l’islam, des femmes et de la société: les musulmans-es «modérés», les crimes «d’honneur», le foulard, le féminisme islamique et bien d’autres. Engagée dans les débats sociopolitiques qui ont traversé le Québec au cours de la dernière décennie, sur la religion, l’immigration et les valeurs québécoises, Asmaa Ibnouzahir livre un témoignage essentiel qui donne un accès sans précédent aux coulisses de ces débats.

Depuis une dizaine d’années, Asmaa Ibnouzahir est engagée dans la réflexion et les débats sociaux autour des droits de la personne, notamment sur les questions touchant autant à l’immigration et à la religion dans la sphère publique qu’au statut des femmes dans l’Islam. Elle a également voyagé et travaillé dans plus d’une quinzaine de pays en tant que spécialiste de la nutrition d’urgence humanitaire.

Asmaa Ibnouzahir shares an autobiography recounting the challenges she faced as a young Muslim Moroccan immigrant arriving in Quebec in 1994, as well as an illuminating analysis on issues that come up in the media about Islam, women and society: “moderate” Muslims, “honor” killings, headscarves, Islamic feminism, etc. Engaged in the Quebec sociopolitical debates related to these issues over the last decade, Asmaa Ibnouzahir offers an important testimony that gives unprecedented access to the corridors of these debates.

Asmaa Ibnouzahir is a feminist human rights activist who has been engaged for ten years in the social debates in Quebec on issues of immigration, religion and women. She has also worked in more than fifteen countries as a specialist in humanitarian emergency nutrition.

View Poster Here

16

Asmaa Ibnouzahir at the launch of Chroniques D’une Musulmane Indignée [Lancement de livre / book launch]

2

Chroniques D’une Musulmane Indignée book by Asmaa Ibnouzahir


Co-Sponsored: Envisioning LGBT Asylum in Canada: Is Canada a Safe Haven?

Asylum Report Launch

 

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Time:  11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Location: 280N York Lanes, York University
Event Note: Organized by the Centre for Refugee Studies. Co-sponsored by the Centre for Feminist Research.
Event Summary:

Presentation of findings based on the various themes which emerged from the research regarding the experiences of LGBT refugee and asylum seekers populations to Toronto. The research is based on qualitative interviews and focus groups with the mentioned populations as well as service providers working in the resettlement sector. Additionally, the presentation will include recommendations Envisioning is calling for to address the numerous issues and concerns presented.The report is available on-line at:

Speakers:

  • Nancy Nicol, Principle Investigator – Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights;
  • Nick Mulé, Chairperson, Canada Research Team for Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights;
  • Kathleen Gamble, PhD Student;
  • Junic Wambya, former ED of Freedom and Roam Uganda, forced to flee Uganda due to persecution. She was accepted as a protected person in Canada in 2014.

View Poster Here


Deleuze and Guattari, Feminism, and Queer Theory

An Introductory Workshop with Dr. reese simpkins - #2

Date: Thursday, February 25th, 2016
Time: 12-2pm
Location: 626 Kaneff Tower, Keele Campus, York University
Event Note: Co-sponsored by Sexuality Studies, York University. To RSVP, contact reese simpkins at reese.simpkins@gmail.com and Julia Pyryeskina at juliapyr@yorku.ca by October 28 with a brief explanation about your interest in the topic. Two suggested readings will be provided.
Event Summary: 

Ever wanted to name drop Deleuze and Guattari? Or even incorporate their work into your own? Well, now you can!

In this introductory workshop, we will discuss the basics of Deleuzo-Guattarian theory in an accessible manner, and assess their potential for feminism and queer theory. We will focus on Deleuze and Guattari’s work A Thousand Plateaus, including their discussion of rhizome and becoming. We will also cover topics of embodiment and affect, as well as the political implications of Deleuzo-Guattarian based frameworks.

Already familiar with Deleuze and Guattari?

This workshop is a great chance to come and discuss your ideas, as participants at all levels of familiarity are welcome to have their writing incorporated into the discussion.

reese simpkins received his PhD in Political Science from York University in 2012. His work uses a Deleuzo-Guattarian framework to explore the intra-relation of matter, space, and time within the context of trans*politics.

Dr reese simpkins at 'Deleuze and Guattari, Feminism and Queer Theory' workshop

Dr. reese simpkins

View Poster Here


Co-Sponsored: Transnational Blood Temporalities and Anti-Black Technologies of Donation Systems

Talk by Dr. OmiSoore Dryden

 

Date: Monday, March 14, 2016
Time: 2.00 - 4.00 pm
Location: Room 626, Kaneff Tower, York University
Event Note: Oranized by the Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought. Co-sponsored by Sexuality Studies Program, Centre for Feminist Research, Department of Humanities, Department of Sociology, Interdisciplinary Studies, Graduate Program in Education, Socio-Legal Studies & Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Event Summary:

In this paper, I focus on the Canadian blood system, and how the concept of safe blood is informed by anti-black narratives of health, citizenship, and nation- making. I use a black queer diasporic analytic to explore the following questions: how are national borders increasingly policed through technologies of blood? how are blood donation systems and discourses of safe blood imperial and "corporatist projects"? And through the creation of global trans/national blood systems, how has the definition of the "tainted/endemic body" as well as the "good donor" travelled globally?

Dr. OmiSoore Drydenis Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at Thorneloe University (at Laurentian). Dryden’s co-edited collection (with Dr. Suzanne Lenon) Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Inclusion was released in September 2015. Currently she is working on a monograph The Complexity of Blood: Canadian Blood Donation and the Queerness of Blackness (UBC Press).

View Poster Here 


 The Hidden Palace: Everyday Practices and Performances of Affinitive Labour in Queer Japanese Migrant Lives

Talk by the CFR 2015-16 Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar Dr. Dai Kojima

 

Introduced by: Dr. David Murray
Date: Tuesday, March 15th 2016
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Location: 626 Kaneff Tower, York University
Event Note: Light refreshments served. RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca
Co-sponsored by Department of Anthropology, YCAR, and Sexuality Studies, York University.
Event Summary:

In this talk, Dr. Dai Kojima discusses formations of queer kinship through his ethnographic engagements with “大奥/Ooku Vancouver,” a self-organized collective of gay Japanese men located in Vancouver, BC. Carefully attending to informants’ identifications with the popularized drama of women who were both emplaced and displaced (Ooku was the secluded living quarters for the wives and concubines of the Shogun in medieval Japan), this presentation traces the economic, affective and pedagogical dimensions of queer immigrant kinship that Ooku Vancouver (OV) enables. Based on two case studies, OV as an im/migrant entrepreneurial node and OV’s regular, private karaoke events, this talk considers these hidden practices of care and kinship as affinitive labours which structure and mediate intergenerational feelings of loss and collective survival. Dr. Kojima argues for a queering of representations and archives of Japanese im/migration experience beyond stereotypes of stoicism, servitude and silence, and towards a reconceptualization of kinship relations and political possibilities in the Japanese diaspora in Canada.

Dr. Dai Kojima is the 2015-16 Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar at CFR. He received his PhD from the University of British Columbia specializing in Migration and Diaspora Studies, Queer Studies and Media Studies. His ethnographic doctoral research examined the cultural politics of mobility in queer Asian diasporas. His current research explores the gendered and queer dimensions of labour practices among Japanese im/migrants and queer entrepreneurs in Vancouver and Toronto. His most recent works appear in Anthropologica and Reconstruction.

View Poster Here

DSC03846-2

Dr Dai Kojima speaking at 'The Hidden Palace: Everyday Practices and Performances of Affinitive Labour in Queer Japanese Migrant Lives'


Co-Sponsored: 2016 Critical Approaches to South Asian Studies Workshop : Intersections of Critical Race and Area Studies

Workshop

 

Date: March 17-18, 2016
Time: 9.30 am - 4.00 pm
Location: Room 512, Kaneff Tower, York University
Event Note: Organized by York Centre for Asian Research.

Description: The annual Critical Approaches to South Asian Studies Workshop (CASASW) brings together scholars to share and engage with works in progress. The 2016 CASASW offers a forum for exploring research on the theme of 'intersections of critical race and area studies' in the study of South Asia and South Asian diasporas. The workshop features roundtables, a movie screening and talkback with Dr Patricia Mohammed and a keynote by Dr Kamala Viswanathan.

The 2016 CASAS workshop is made possible with the generous support of the York Centre for Asian Research, the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, the Centre for Feminist Research, the ‘Visual Arts after Indenture’ project and the Departments of Humanities and Political Science .

View website here


Feminism and Palestinian Women’s Struggles

Talk by Dr. Nahla Abdo

 

Introduced by: Dr. Meg Luxton
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time: 3pm to 5 pm
Location: 305 Founders College, York University
Event Note: Light refreshments served. RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca.
Event Summary:

Palestinian women’s experiences in the anti-colonial struggle is as long as their experiences with settler colonialism.

Still, and not unlike the struggles and very existence of their people in general, women’s struggle has largely been ignored, if not silenced. When Palestinian women began to be involved in the armed struggle against settler colonialism, the West in general and the feminist movement more specifically began to take interest in their struggle. This talk discusses the Western feminist discourse on Palestinian women’s struggle and the responses to such discourse by Palestinian women political activists.

Dr. Nahla Abdo is an Arab Canadian feminist and political activist and Professor of Sociology at Carleton University. She has extensive publications on anti-colonial feminism, racism, nationalism and the State in the Middle East with special focus on Palestinian women.

Co-sponsored by: Department of Anthropology, Department of Equity Studies, Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies, the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, Department of Social Science, Department of Political Science, and the Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought.

View Poster Here

T

Dr Nahla Abdo speaking at 'Feminism and Palestinian Women’s Struggles'

C

Dr Meg Luxton at 'Feminism and Palestinian Women’s Struggles'


Women as Public Intellectuals: An Historical Case Study

Talk by Dr. Marjorie Johnstone

 

Introduced by: Associate Dean Dr. Kathryn McPherson
Date: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
Time: 12:30 – 2:00pm
Location: 626 Kaneff Tower, York University
Event Note: RSVP to Julia Pyryeskina at juliapyr@yorku.ca. Light refreshments provided.
Event Summary:

Intellectuals have traditionally been understood as those with superior rational, analytic and mental reasoning. These attributes were historically identified as masculine traits, and notable identified public intellectuals were men. This raises the question of when women were able to make their voices heard as public intellectuals – either individually or publically. Furthermore, what did they say? How did they engage in civic debate? Margaret Gould made significant contributions to public discourse during the contested formative years of the welfare state in Canada. Unusually well-educated, she was radicalized by a childhood of poverty in Toronto and the influence of the local Jewish school system, and pursued two careers, in social work and then in journalism. As a female pioneer in both fields, she occupied masculine space and sustained an integrated public voice promoting the institutionalization of social rights in Canadian society.

Marjorie Johnstone is currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at York University in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. Her research interests are women’s studies, history of social work, immigration, globalization and international education.

Co-Sponsored: Gender based violence Against Women in Contemporary France

Talk by Dr. Gill Allwood

Date: Tuesday, April 12
Location: Ross S674
Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm
Event Note: Organized by the Jean Monnet Chair and part of the The Jean Monnet Lecture Series. Co-sponsored by Centre for Feminist Research.
Event Summary: 

In 2014, France ratified the Council of Europe’s Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (the Istanbul Convention) and passed the Law for Equality between Women and Men to bring French law into line with it. The Law for Equality between Women and Men situates the fight against violence against women within a broader context of the need to address inequalities between women and men. This is not new at the international level, but it is new to France. To what extent has French violence against women policy moved into line with UN and Council of Europe initiatives, which present violence against women as both a cause and a consequence of gendered power relations? Have internationally accepted concepts of gender and gender-based violence been incorporated into French policy debates and, if so, how? What implications, if any, does all this have for the continued struggle in France and elsewhere to eliminate violence against women?

Dr Gill Atwood, Nottingham-Trent University, UK.


The Protected, the Targeted, the Criminalized: Changing Relationships between Canadian Police Organizations, and LGB, Trans and Queer People

Talk by CFR  2015-16 Visiting Scholar in Sexuality Studies Dr. Alexa DeGagne

 

Introduced by: Dr. Amar Wahab, Coordinator, Sexuality Studies
Date: Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
Time: 3:00 to 4:30pm
Location: 519 Kaneff Tower, York University
Event Note: Presented by: Centre for Feminist Research, Sexuality Studies. Co-Sponsored by: Department of Anthropology.
Light refreshments served. RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca.
Event Summary: 

This presentation examines the history of the relationship between LGB, trans and queer people, and police organizations in Canada in order to consider why and how the recent rapprochement between certain heteronormal LGB Canadian and different police organizations has excluded already marginalized and overly criminalized LGB, trans and queer people, and has at the same time galvanized intersectional social activism among populations that are disproportionately targeted, abused and criminalized by police and the legal justice system.

Dr. Alexa DeGagne is an Assistant Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at Athabasca University. Her research, teaching and community engagement are focused on gender-based and sexuality-based social justice movements and activisms in Canada and the United States.

View Poster Here


Co-Sponsored: And Social Justice for All: Human Rights in the Age of Surveillance

Student Conference

Date: May 11, 2016
Time: 8:30am-2:30pm
Location: Founders College, Keele Campus, York University
Event Note: Co-organized by the Department of Equity Studies, Centre for Human Rights, and the Centre for Feminist Research, York University.
Event Summary:
A FREE student conference and fair in Founders College that explores fundamental social justice and human rights issues featuring:-dynamic speakers
-performers
-workshops
-campus tours

Keynote: Desmond Cole, Activist and Journalist

View Event Poster Here


Co-Sponsored: Superbutch, queer fashion show - Lets Talk About Butch

Panel

 

Date:  Saturday, May 14
Time:
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Location: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St W
Event Note: Co-sponsored by The Centre for Feminist Research.
Event Summary:

A panel and space to discuss what “butch” is, what it isn’t, and what it might be. Panelists—including people who do and don’t identify as butch—will talk about female masculinity and trans masculinity, past and present.

Facilitated by Michèle Pearson Clarke. Panelists: Tee Fergus, Kathryn Payne, reese simpkins, and Dinah Thorpe.

Co-presented with Inside Out: Toronto LGBT Film Festival and Shameless Magazine

Thank you to our sponsors:
Alljackedup
Centre for Feminist Research, York University
CUPE/SCFP Ontario
Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto
Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts
McLean Clinic
School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, York University
Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto

View poster here 


Co-Sponsored: Indigenous Environmental Justice Knowledge Sharing Symposium

 

Date: May 26, 2016
Time: 8:00 am - 7.30 pm
Location: Halliwell Centre at Osgoode
Event Note: Co-Sponsored by the Centre for Feminist Research.
Event Summary: 

The Indigenous Environmental Justice Knowledge Sharing Symposium proposes to advance the theory and practice of EJ scholarship by engaging with Indigenous peoples to more fully develop the concept of “justice” and the policies and law necessary to enable just relations. The IEJ symposium creates a forum to share ideas, knowledge and experiences to help us understand what environmental justice means.

By bringing together activists, youth, women, artists, Elders, scholars, leaders, environmental practitioners, advocates and community members, the symposium is intended to initiate and invite dialogue on the following specific questions:

What does EJ mean in Canada, in an Indigenous context and from an Indigenous perspective?
What is currently known about IEJ in Canada?
Sharing and learning at the symposium will take various forms, particularly as there is no single definition of Indigenous justice, nor will there be for environmental justice. Indigenous peoples are diverse and their experiences and knowledge vary significantly across nations, yet similar principles emerge that form the basis for common understandings. One of these is the importance of the role of women and youth in expressing EJ in Canada (both the Idle No More movement and Mother Earth Walks have been led by Indigenous women). As such the symposium will provide ample room for the voices of Indigenous women and youth.

The symposium will consist of remarks and teachings shared by Elders/Grandmothers, women and youth. Knowledge will be shared via panel discussions, roundtables, formal presentations and creative expression (art). See a list of select presenters here

York and Academic/Community Collaborators

  • Dr. Deborah McGregor (Whitefish River First Nation), Osgoode Hall Law School and Faculty of Environmental Studies
  • Dr. Martha Stiegman, Faculty of Environmental Studies
  • Dr. Dayna Nadine Scott, Osgoode Hall Law School and Faculty of Environmental Studies
  • Dr. Mary Ann Corbiere (University of Sudbury)
  • Dr. Brenda Murphy (Wilfred Laurier University)
  • Kathleen Padulo (Chiefs of Ontario)
  • Sue Chiblow (Garden River First Nation), and
  • Nancy Deleary (Chippewas of the Thames)

Co-Sponsored by the Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of
Environmental Studies, York University, and Faculty of Communications, Art & Design, Seneca College, Institute for Feminist Legal Studies, the Centre for Feminist Studies and the Robarts Centre.

View website here 


Co-Sponsored: Black Futures Now Toronto

Conference

 

Date: Saturday, 16 July 2016
Time: 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Location: Technology Enhanced Learning - 88 The Pond Road, York University
Event Note: Organized by Black Futures Now. Co-sponsored by the Centre for Feminist Research.
Event Summary:

The mission of the Conference is to create a space in which Black gender nonconforming folks, youth, and women can come together to discuss and workshop ideas around social and political issues they care most about, ranging from politics around representation in creative and social justice fields. Inspired by movements like Black Girls Are Magic and Black Girls Are from the Future happening stateside, we hope to create a space to address an urgent need within Toronto’s Black communities for Black gender nonconforming folks, youth,women to creatively engage with each other across communities, generations and experiences. In creating this event, our goal is to ferment the ideas and visions needed to help create a more anti-racist and Black feminist Toronto. We also hope to provide an opportunity to develop the social and political strategies needed to realize those visions.

View media coverage of this event on Now Toronto, Toronto Star and Metro News

View poster here

View Program here