Centre for Feminist Research Newsletter - December 9, 2020

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Visiting Scholar in Sexuality Studies, Dr. Andi Schwartz!
Andi Schwartz has a PhD in Gender, Feminist, and Women's Studies from York University. Her research interests include femme subjectivities, critical femininities, online subcultures and counterpublics, and radical softness. Andi also holds a Master's in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies from York University and a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University. Her academic work has been published in Psychology & Sexuality, First Monday, Feral Feminisms, Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology, and the anthology On the Politics of Ugliness, edited by Sara Rodrigues and Ela Przybylo. She co-authored a chapter on Carly Rae Jepsen for the anthology, The Spaces and Places of Canadian Pop Culture, edited by Neil Shyminsky and Victoria Kannen.
CFR Visiting Scholar Prof. Yvette Taylor’s edited and illustrated collection, Feminism in Our Times: Crisis, Connections & Cares was recently published!
The provocation to think 'in our times', often becomes an anticipation of certain, better, fairer futures beyond the times – and places – we currently inhabit. In this illustrated collection, contributors write in urgent times, presenting feminist insistences, which are still felt and held close. These times might not be 'ours' at all, still subject to insecurity despite all feminist work, pushed back into precarity, seen as out-of-time and place. Here, singular, plural, possessive, and collective intermingle in the illustration and designing of feminism – and feminism in our times. Access the edited collection.
Call for Proposals – Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies Annual Graduate Conference Canada in Conversation: Crisis, Challenge and Change, April 2021
As the nation moves into the new decade, 2021 sees the country navigating a shifting landscape that is coming out of crisis, confronting new challenges and undergoing change. So, what are the conversations Canada and Canadians are having? How are these conversations changing (especially in a COVID and post-COVID era)? Where are they taking place? Who is changing them? What kinds of changes are occurring and/or what changes need to occur? Where is the conversation headed—and where should/could it be going?
Deadline:250-word proposals due January 29, 2021
Call for Submissions and Registration – Disruptions and Eruptions, Conference sponsored by the Graduates in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, February 26 & 27, 2021
This interdisciplinary colloquium seeks to interrogate the places of feminism in a society “unhinged,” when the compass-needle fingers no longer pretend to point true north when asked who’s to blame for such “destruction.” Mobilized by these dubious times, we broadly investigate: how can feminist inquiry disrupt systemic norms and institutional barriers that have been reified in contemporary political and societal landscapes? And how do active engagements with intersectional feminist methods promote a liberatory politics in times of crisis that erupt into the present?
Deadline: December 15, 2020
Call for Papers - Canadian Anthropology Society / La Société Canadienne d'Anthropologie
CASCA’s annual conference on the theme of Engagements and Entanglements/Engagements et Enchevêtrements will be held (virtually) at the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, from May 12-15, 2020. CASCA 2021 invites the submission of individual posters, papers, and sessions (panels, symposia, or roundtables). We encourage panels/sessions that bring together presenters engaging with the conference theme, and other emerging and critical issues
Deadline: February 1, 2021
Call for Proposals – Teach Afrofuturism: Race, Erasure, and Corona
This cluster issue of Radical Teacher, “Teaching Afrofuturism: Race, Erasure, and Corona,” seeks innovative essays, poems, personal narratives, and creative non-fiction on teaching Afrofuturism as a means to counter various forms of Black erasure, including but not limited to literal, representational, and material erasure(s), during coronavirus. Radical Teacher, founded in 1975, is a socialist, feminist, and antiracist journal dedicated to the theory and practice of teaching. It serves the community of educators who are working for democratic process, peace, and justice.
Proposals and Ideas: Please contact Belinda Deneen Wallace (bwallace@unm.edu), Joseph Entin (jentin@brooklyn.cuny.edu) and Jesse Schwartz (jwschwartz@gmail.com)
Full Manuscripts Due: May 3, 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 impactful films produced by racialized diasporic, indigenous, and Queer BIPOC independent women filmmakers in Canada. This collection charts the cinematic visions and perspectives of first and second generation diasporic and indigenous filmmakers and Queer BIack, Indigenous, Women of Colour Canadian Independent Women Filmmakers working from 1990-2020. Works considered can be shorts or features that are independent Canadian productions.
Submissions may consider the following: *Documentary and Narrative features, short films, hybrid films or activist documentaries with thoughtful approaches. Oppositional and Fringe works also welcome. *Cultural identities and diasporic aesthetics: the merging of aesthetics and politics; to explore geographies of space/place, fragmented uprooted identities, home and belonging, intersectional identities, politics of displacement, memory and history, contesting dominant narratives of Canada as a nation etc. *Analyses of intersectional representations of social justice issues or settler nation. *Theorizing and analyzing diasporic works by Canadian racialized women or queer/trans women of colour, black and indigenous women filmmakers from decolonial, post-colonial, queer diasporic or transnational contexts. *Thematic or textual analysis of feature films or (body of short films) by a sole or multiple BIPOC women filmmakers. *Aesthetic/formal approaches in documentary, narrative, experimental, and hybrid films *Historiography of film/video by BIPOC women filmmakers in Canada (1990-2020) *Festivals & Distributors: supporting works by Indigenous women filmmakers & women of colour filmmakers in Canada. *Reception/audience studies of works produced by Indigenous/women of colour in Canada. *The decolonial use of technologies (digital and film) in works by Canadian racialized/queer diasporic and Indigenous women filmmakers. *Queer & Transgender films by Indigenous and women of colour filmmakers in Canada.
Deadline: Abstracts (300 words) & short bios (125 words) due January 15, 2020
Details: Please contact diasporicbiwoc@gmail.com
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
Grants, Awards & Positions
Commonwealth Peace and Reconciliation Challenge Grants
Deadline: Due in ORS December 18, 2020; due at agency January 15, 2021
Value: Up to 2500 GBP
Objective: To support initiatives advancing peace, reconciliation and Indigenous knowledge.  Aimed at academic and professional staff, the grants support collaborative work focused on either of the two main strategic priorities of the Commonwealth Peace and Reconciliation Network:
• Historical memory or trauma
• Institutional reform/Indigenous knowledge
Mitacs Accelerate Program – Indigenous Call
Deadline: Due in ORS January 15, 2021; due at agency January 29, 2021
Value: Minimum of $10,000 for a 4-month project
Objective: Mitacs-Accelerate is a graduate research internship program which connects graduate students and post-docs in any discipline at Canadian Universities with companies through short to medium-term research projects which address a company need. Partner Eligibility:
• The partner organization must be 50% owned by an individual that self-identifies as Indigenous or the selected intern must self-identity as Indigenous
• Not-for-profit organizations are also eligible if their board of directors is composed of at least 50% self-identified Indigenous people, or if the mandate of the organization is Indigenous focused
• All Mitacs Accelerate partner organizations must be Canadian or a Canadian location of a foreign-owned company. They must have an office or site where the intern(s) undertake at least 50% of the internship.
LSE Fellow in Gender and Human Rights (Department of Gender Studies, The London School of Economics and Political Science)
Deadline: December 20, 2020
Definite Term Lecturer- Sociology and Legal Studies (Department of Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo)
Deadline: March 31, 2021
Assistant/Associate Professor – Indigenous Scholarship and Teaching (Western University)
Deadline: January 15, 2021
Professor – Black / Economic Geographies (Department of Geography & Planning, University of Toronto)
Deadline: December 21, 2020
Assistant Professor – Critical Criminology (Department of Sociology, Trent University)
Deadline: January 31, 2021
Assistant Professor, two-year limited term appointment - Criminology (Department of Sociology, Trent University)
Deadline: January 31, 2021
Assistant Professor – Black Studies in Geography and Environment (Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University)
Deadline: January 7, 2021
Call for Designer and Maker - Building the Gallery of the Future (with Dr. Roberta Buiani)
“Emergent: coping with complex phenomena” is an interdisciplinary project sitting at the intersection of art, science and outreach. Its goal is to study and document new emergent, transformed, and adapted forms of life. During these pandemic times, the need to transformation and adaptation affects human beings and their cultural institutions too. As part of this project, I am proposing a mobile gallery featuring new forms of life. The gallery has different functions: its content aims to educate and inform; to stimulate reflection and conversations. The gallery is mobile: it is an alternative to the classic white box, an attempt to transcend the clean and neutral space of the gallery to establish a connection with different urban spaces and the people who inhabit them. At the same time, the gallery will mainly circulate outdoor, making it potentially safer than an enclosed space.
Searching for a designer and/or maker (or both) to collaborate in bringing this gallery to life. The designer will work primarily in the Winter semester and be responsible for:
- discussing different options for a mobile gallery
- help making a potential plan
- explore material options
- discuss feasibility and adaptability/modularity
- create a prototype
- reflect on the features and the potentials of the gallery
Master or PhD or Upper year undergraduate student with design and making experience
Interest and desire to become involved and present their findings in an interdisciplinary activity
Desirable: experience with building functional artifacts/interior design, and material handling of different materials; experience with sustainable material
Deadline: December 15, 2020
Details: Please send your application (a short cover telling me your experience and why you would like to be involved) and two samples of your work to Roberta Buiani atrobb@yorku.ca
Assistant Professor – Black Studies in Geography and Environment (Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University)
Deadline: January 7, 2021
Postdoctoral Fellowship – Native American and Indigenous Women, Genders and Sexualities (Brandeis University)
Deadline: January 15, 2021
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