Centre for Feminist Newsletter - October 29, 2020

Mary McEwan Memorial Award - Call for Nominations Now Open
Named in honour of Dr. Mary McEwan, a feminist psychiatrist, this annual award of $1,000.00 will be awarded to one PhD dissertation produced in the 2019-2020 academic year at York University in the area of feminist scholarship. An Awards Committee of faculty affiliated with the Centre for Feminist Research will choose the winners.
Deadline: November 30, 2020
Submission Details: https://cfr.info.yorku.ca/call-for-nominations-mary-mcewa-award/
Join the Trans Feminist Action Caucus (CUPE 3903 Members)!
The Trans Feminist Action Caucus (TFAC) is an autonomous body of CUPE 3903 that consists of all women, trans, gender queer and gender variant members of the Local. We welcome and strongly encourage involvement of persons with one or more disabilities, lesbian, bisexual, two-spirited, queer and trans persons, persons from racialized groups, and Indigenous persons.
We have a long history of activism to try and make changes in the union to address traditional and oppositional sexism, cissexism, transmisogyny, ableism, racism, and other forms of oppression that we've had to deal with. TFAC works in coalition with other relevant critical feminist organizations on campus in an effort to improve the position of all women, trans, gender queer and gender variant people at York University and within the labour movement.  We're a member-driven group. Our agenda is largely based on the needs of those who attend. With two new coordinators serving this year, we have different agendas from previous years. We want a space to talk about the issues we're facing at York and work to address them.
TFAC also administers two funds: the Sexual Assault Survivor Support Fund and the Trans Fund – you can find details here: https://3903.cupe.ca/SASSF/ and https://3903.cupe.ca/410-2/
To join the TFAC Listserv, email us at tfac.cupe3903@gmail.com. We hold monthly meetings over Zoom which are advertised on the TFAC listserv and on the CUPE list-serv.
Congratulations to CFR Graduate Associate, Zahra Nader, who’s story was published in Open Canada! Read Zahra’s personal piece here: https://opencanada.org/leaving-finding-home-zahra-nader/
The Centre for Feminist Research Presents the launch of Social Reproduction and the City: Welfare Reform, Child Care, and Resistance in Neoliberal New York by Simon Black
The transformation of child care after welfare reform in New York City and the struggle against that transformation is a largely untold story. In the decade following welfare reform, despite increases in child care funding, there was little growth in New York's unionized, center-based child care system and no attempt to make this system more responsive to the needs of working mothers. As the city delivered child care services "on the cheap," relying on non-union home child care providers, welfare rights organizations, community legal clinics, child care advocates, low-income community groups, activist mothers, and labor unions organized to demand fair solutions to the child care crisis that addressed poor single mothers' need for quality, affordable child care as well as child care providers' need for decent work and pay. Social Reproduction and the City tells this story, linking welfare reform to feminist research and activism around the "crisis of care," social reproduction, and the neoliberal city.
Date: November 5, 2020
Time: 3:30-4:30pm
Registration: https://yorku.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0rcu6rpzojH9z2qAwj_LQ4jn1nC0lFOgUW
Ethnographic Praxis: Reflections on Ethics, Boundaries and Social Change in Research with Rohingyas by Dr. Ishrat Sultana, North South University, Bangladesh
Presented by The Resource Centre for Public Sociology, York Centre for Asian Research and the Centre for Refugee Studies
Methodological issues and challenges around maintaining ethics, ensuring credibility of research, drawing boundaries to balance between subjectivity and objectivity have always been part of the ethnographic praxis. Such issues and challenges deserve extra attention when the research focuses on a vulnerable population in a South Asian country. Doing ethnography with vulnerable people, such as refugees, both limits and opens up the scope of fieldwork for a researcher. This presentation reflects on ethics, boundaries, and social change in research with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Based on my experience of conducting ethnographic research between 2014 and 2016 in the refugee camps at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, I discuss my expectations as well as the gap between expectations and reality, access to camps, making decisions on setting boundaries, guarding my subjectivity in order to understand their point of views, and building a relationship of trust and confidentiality with research participants who are stateless, uprooted, and vulnerable.
Date: November 24, 2020
Time: 1:00-2:30pm
Registration and Details: https://ycar.apps01.yorku.ca/event/ethnographic-praxis-sultana-november-2020/
Fly Me to the Moon: Imagining a Future Beyond Extraction – with director Esther Figueroa, Donna Ashamock (Indigenous Climate Action), Rachel Goffe (University of Toronto), Rob Connell (University of California, Davis), and Andil Gosine, Ali Kazimi and Tameka Samuels-Jones (all from York University)
Presented by CERLAC, York University
The remarkable Jamaican film Fly Me to the Moon examines the deep ecological and racialized geopolitical connections between the polluted landscapes left by bauxite mining in Jamaica (and other Caribbean countries) and the sleek icons of space travel and modernity. Esther Figueroa, director of the film, joins a panel of activists, artists, and scholars to discuss toxic mining and to envision viable and valuable lives and environments beyond extractivism.
Date: November 11, 2020
Time: 7:00pm
Registration: https://yorku.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMrd-iurDIqE9Bsao84woCRVLEorwUkHMDK
Behind the Paradise of Cottage Country: Treaties, Indigenous Wellness and Applying Anthropology – Lecture in Public Anthropology with Darrel Manitowabi (Northern Ontario School) and discussant Naomi Adelson (Ryerson University)
Presented by the Department of Anthropology, York University
Date: November 13, 2020
Time: 11-12:30pm
Registration: https://yorku.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlfu2hqzsrHNP2sMU-afrDFp6dyleUhqgp
Theft is Property! Dispossession and Critical Theory – Robert Nichols (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
Drawing on Indigenous peoples’ struggles against settler colonialism, Theft Is Property! reconstructs the concept of dispossession
Presented by the Department of Politics, York University
Date: November 2, 2020
Time: 2:30-4:00pm
Join Via Zoom: https://yorku.zoom.us/j/99639558354?pwd=VHo0Tm43SWlCM2ErK2o0V1hYcGZyUT09
Zoom Passcode: 074246
Green Crime in the Blue Mountains: Regulatory Law, Environmental Governance and State Accountability by Dr. Tameka Samuels-Jones (School of Administrative Studies)
Presented by CERLAC, York University
Dr. Samuels-Jones’ talk is a synopsis of her work on environmental regulatory challenges in the protected Blue Mountains of Jamaica (a UNESCO World Heritage site). She will also discuss her career trajectory/ her journey to being a faculty member at York and the talk will be followed by a Q&A session.
Date: October 30, 2020
Time: 10:00-11:30am (EST)
Registration: https://yorku.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcof-yprTIvEtL9IWojEiV6XTkyj5yNg6FU
Kurdish Women’s Studies Network
Shahrzad Mojab - Moderator/Organizer
Handan Caglayan - Women in the Kurdish Movement: Mothers, Comrades and Goddesses
Susan Benson-Sokmen - The Poetry of the Past: Resistance and Remembrance in the Kurdish Borderlands of the Modern Middle East
Date: November 13, 2020
Registration: contact Professor Shahrzad Mojab at shahrzad.mojab@utoronto.ca
CFPs, Grants and Awards
Call for Papers – Contemporary Vulnerabilities, Plans Unraveled: Reflections on Social Justice Methodologies 
(Edited Collection by Claire Carter and Chelsea Temple Jones)
Exploring the many vulnerabilities that come with research committed to social change, this collection seeks critical stories, reflections, and analyses about innovative interdisciplinary methodologies that engage with unconventional and unexpected spaces of research that we inhabit and share, encouraging us to collaborate, reflect, and confront the frictions of social change drawing on the territories and regions across
parts of Turtle Island (Canada). We are open to submissions that include languages and storytelling modes other than written English and/or dominant/Western storytelling traditions. We invite intersectional and interdisciplinary scholarship from across Indigenous studies, community-engaged disciplines, disability and crip theory, deaf studies, mad studies, performance and arts-based disciplines, child and youth studies, Black studies, and anti-racist, queer, trans, and feminist theories.
Deadline: Abstracts (300 words) and author bio (100 words) due January 15, 2020
Details: Please contact cjones@brocku.ca or clarie.carter@uregina.ca
Corporate Mapping Project Summer Institute, May 10-28, 2021, University of Victoria
A three week-long course on corporate power, fossil capital and climate crisis, open to social science graduate students across Canada
Deadline to Register: October 30, 2020
Details and Registration: corporatemapping.ca/summer-institute-2021/
Call for Papers - Reframing the Nation: Racialized & Queer Diasporic Women of Colour and Queer Indigenous Canadian Independent Women Filmmakers 1990-2020
Reframing the Nation is the first critical film anthology from an intersectional Canadian context that is dedicated to a close engagement with the films produced by racialized and queer diasporic women and queer indigenous independent women filmmakers in Canada. This collection charts the cinematic visions and perspectives of first and second generation racialized diasporic and Queer BIack, Indigenous, Women of colour Canadian Independent Women Filmmakers working from 1990-2020. Works considered can be shorts and/or features that are independent Canadian productions.
Deadline: Abstracts (300 words) & short bios (125 words) due November 27, 2020
Details: Please contact diasporicbiwoc@gmail.com
Call for Papers – Virtual Student Conference “Recognition, Agency and Deservingness: (Re)framing Refugee, Black, and Indigenous Movements”
Hosted by The Centre for Refugee Studies in Collaboration with The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean at York University
Deadline: Call for proposals due November 6, 2020
Conference Date: February 26-27, 2021
Details: https://crscaucus.info.yorku.ca/crs-cerlac-2021-conference/
SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant
Deadline: Full proposal due to ORS December 3, 2020; due at agency December 17,
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), in partnership with Infrastructure Canada, recently launched a Knowledge Synthesis Grants (KSG) competition to assess the state of research knowledge on the topic of “Mobility and Public Transit.” Knowledge Synthesis Grants are not intended to support original research.  Rather, they are intended to support the synthesis of existing research knowledge and the identification of knowledge gaps. This call is focused on the state of research knowledge emerging over the past 10 years
Value: up to $30,000
Duration: 1 year
Details: https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/programs-programmes/ksg_public_transit-ssc_transport_commun-eng.aspx
Assistant/Associate Professor – Sociolegal Studies (Ryerson University)
Applications Due: November 16, 2020
The area of focus is Socio-Legal Studies, which may include, but is not limited to, research with communities disproportionately impacted by policing and state violence; the over-representation of Black and Indigenous peoples in criminal justice and carceral systems; the ongoing effects of settler colonialism and racial capitalism; the role of Islamophobia, anti-Asian, and anti-Latinx racism in various socio-legal contexts; and activist, policy, and legislative responses to these issues within Canada or at international levels. Ryerson Criminology is an interdisciplinary department with faculty backgrounds in sociology, history, women’s studies, law, political science, geography, social and political thought, and criminology.
Details: https://hr.cf.ryerson.ca/ams/faculty/preview.cfm?posting_id=535362
Assistant Professor – African Literatures in English (Department of English, African Studies Program, University of Toronto)
Applications Due: November 30, 2020
The successful candidate will be joining a department with a historically strong presence in postcolonial literature, committed to strengthening its profile in that area even further. The Department of English and the African Studies Program offer the opportunity to teach and to pursue research at the highest level. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing strengths in the Department of English and the African Studies Program. The successful candidate will be joining a vibrant scholarly community at the University of Toronto committed to anti-racist research and pedagogy. The candidate must be able to teach postcolonial literature, postcolonial theory, or African literature at the intersection of other aspects of literature, theory and African Studies
Details: https://jobs.utoronto.ca/job/Toronto-Assistant-Professor-African-Literatures-in-English-ON/542150817/
Assistant Professor – Decolonial, Intersectional, Anti-Racist Feminisms (Department of Gender Studies, University of Victoria)
Applications Due: December 1, 2020
The Gender Studies Department at the University of Victoria invites applications for a tenure-track position in the theory and practice of decolonial, intersectional, anti-racist feminisms at the Assistant Professor level, commencing July 1, 2021
Details: https://www.uvic.ca/faculty-staff/careers/faculty-and-librarian-postings/current/gndr_250_071.php#uv-header
Assistant/Associate Professor – Critical Indigenous Studies (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University)
Applications Due: November 30, 2020
Critical Indigenous Studies refers to a broad range of topics, including Indigenous-centred approaches to knowledge production, global indigenous decolonial scholarship, the history and legacies of settler colonialism, practices of resurgence and the futures of Indigenous self-determination, the politics of land, urban contexts and development encounters; post-colonial relations and social movements, including Indigenous women’s activism; political economy based on Indigenous critiques of racial capitalism, extraction economies, and new modes of dispossession; issues of policing, incarceration, criminalization; and life in indigenous communities (e.g., relationships, innovation, economies, education, health, organizations, art, spirituality). Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to working with Indigenous communities and students. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, but exceptional candidates at the Associate Professor level may also be considered
Details: https://careercenter.aaanet.org/jobs/14042688/tenure-track-position-in-sociology-and-anthropology-critical-indigenous-studies
Assistant Professor – Afro-Caribbean Thought and African Diasporic Peoples (Department of African Studies, Williams College)
Applications Due: November 15, 2020
The Department of Africana Studies at Williams College seeks to appoint a tenure-track assistant professor who is a social scientist specializing in Afro-Caribbean thought and African diasporic peoples and cultures of the Caribbean. While we welcome a range of areas of expertise, we are especially interested in scholars whose research explores the following topics: Black radical and political movements, transnational connections between circum-Caribbean and African cultures, indigeneity, gender and sexuality, youth and digital cultures, health and medicine, religion, and environmental justice.
Details: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/6659675/featured-job-tenure-track-assistant-professor-social-scientist
Assistant Professor – Communication Studies (Department of Communication Studies, Wilfred Laurier University)
Deadline: December 1, 2020
Wilfrid Laurier University—The Department of Communication Studies invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level commencing July 1, 2021, subject to budgetary approval. We seek to hire a critical communication studies scholar with demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following sub-fields: feminist media studies, health communication, environmental communication, decolonial media studies, social movements.
Details: https://www.universityaffairs.ca/search-job/?job_id=51355
Early Career Fellowship in Community-Engaged Research (University of Toronto)
Deadline: November 30, 2020
The Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto will accept applications from recent doctoral graduates for a one-year Community-Engaged Early Career Fellowship intended to foster knowledge exchange between the academy and public. The JHI CEHR Early Career Fellow will be a recent Ph.D. who is establishing a track record in their own discipline and working on a project at the intersection of the academy with one or more extra-academic, public and/or non-profit organizations (e.g., museums, galleries, Indigenous communities, archives, libraries, arts organizations, etc.)
Details: https://humanities.utoronto.ca/funding/37809
Postdoctoral Fellowship – Native American and Indigenous Women, Genders and Sexualities (Brandeis University)
Deadline: January 15, 2021
Details: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/6647776/featured-job-postdoctoral-fellowship-native-american-and
Assistant Professor – Critical Race and Decolonization (Glendon College, York University)
Applications Due: December 18, 2020
York University, Glendon College invites applications for a professorial stream tenure‐track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to commence July 1, 2021, subject to budgetary approval. A Ph.D. or a Ph.D. near completion by the start date in a discipline taught at Glendon encompassing scholarship on critical race and decolonisation scholarship with a specialisation in colonialism and post-colonialism in francophone and/or transnational literature or in globalisation and the global south is required. Qualified applicants must be fluent in English and French and be able to teach in both languages in a multicultural context. This selection will be limited to individuals who self-identify as Black
Details: http://webapps.yorku.ca/academichiringviewer/specialads/Critical%20Race%20and%20Decolonisation,%20Glendon%20College%20(Assistant%20Professor).pdf
Assistant Professor/University Instructor – Aboriginal and Northern Studies (University College of the North)
Applications Due: November 18, 2020
Details: https://www.ucn.ca/HR/Employment%20Advertisements/Aboriginal%20and%20Northern%20Studies%20Assistant%20Professor%20University%20Instructor%20Thompson%2020-072.pdf
Assistant Professor – Indigenous Education and Pedagogy (Faculty of Education, York University)
Applications Due: November 30, 2020
The Faculty of Education, York University invites highly qualified Aboriginal (Indigenous) candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in Indigenous Education and Pedagogy at the Assistant Professor level, to commence July 1, 2021. Aligned with the priorities of the Faculty of Education’s Strategic Plan, the successful candidate will deepen the Faculty’s teaching and advance research capacities in one or more of the following specific areas: contemporary Indigenous issues; Indigenous knowledges, tradition and pedagogy; language revitalization; Indigenous art and cultural expression and its technologies; and Indigenous teaching education.
Details: http://webapps.yorku.ca/academichiringviewer/viewposition.jsp?positionnumber=2068