CFR Events Calendar

CFR Presents: SPOTLIGHT on ISLAMOPHOBIA series event, "Islam, Sexuality and Islamophobia" panel (Jan 29, 2020)
Jan 29 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm


The Centre for Feminist Research is pleased to announce the next event in the Spotlight on Islamophobia Event Series:


Islam, Sexuality and Islamophobia

Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Time: 2.30-4.30pm
Location: room TBD, York University, 4700 Keele St

The ground-breaking work of Puar (2005) has illustrated that the discourse of the homophobic ‘other’ has been central to legitimizing the war on terror and justifying post 9/11 racial politics. Dominant narratives construct Western societies as accepting of homosexuality, whereas Islam and Muslim subjects are constructed as homophobic. Contesting such narratives, this panel will explore the ways in which Muslim communities in Canada and Europe are contesting homophobia.

with panelists:

El-Farouk Khaki, co-founder of the Toronto Unity Mosque
Dr. Naveen Minai, Visiting Scholar in Sexuality Studies at the Centre for Feminist Research
Abdullah Qureshi, CFR Visiting Graduate Student

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and coming up:

Blackness and Islam

End of February 2020

By exploring the complex histories and expressions of Islam in Africa and Muslims of African origin, this lecture and workshop considers the intersections between Islamophobia, race and anti-blackness.


Islamophobia in The Francophone Context

End of March 2020

Legislation such as Quebec’s Bill 94, 62 and 21 and France’s headscarf ban in 2004 suggest that Islamophobia in Québec and France have specific roots. This panel will bring together speakers from Francophone communities in Toronto, Quebec and France to explore the ways in which French and Quebec colonialisms and nationalisms are mutually constitutive and constructed through Islamophobia.

about the series:

Islamophobia has become disturbingly prevalent in Canada, United States and Europe, and indeed has become a world wide phenomenon. Often defined as a set of ideologies, discourses and practices that structures fear, hostility and rejection towards Muslims in Canada, substantial scholarship has illustrated that Muslim subjects face harassment, discrimination, and at times, violence, in their daily lives, in schools, in housing, in applying for jobs, and in the workplaces. Particularly since 9/11, Islamophobia has become a subject of considerable scrutiny and interest.

In an attempt to further understand one of the most entrenched form of racism, the Centre for Feminist Research Spotlight on Islamophobia series focuses on key aspects of the social forces that shape and reinforce contemporary practices of Islamophobia.

CFR Co-Sponsored: "Disrupting Deportability: Transnational Workers Organize" Book Launch (Jan 31, 2020)
Jan 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Co-sponsored by the Centre for Feminist Research:

Another Story bookshop cordially invites you to the launch of Disrupting Deportability: Transnational Workers Organize

When: January 31, 2020

Time: 6-8pm

Location: The Centre for Social Innovation, Annex Garage, 720 Bathurst St

Remarks will be shared by:

  • Felix Martinez and Santiago Escobar, National Representatives, United Food and Commercial Workers Union Canada
  • Christina Garbriel, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Carleton University
  • Peter Nyers, ProfessorDepartment of Political Science, McMaster University

There will be a performance by JUNO nominated singer-songwriter Annabelle Chvostek

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Anjula Gogia at

Event is co-sponsored by: York University’s Centre for Feminist Research, the Global Labour Research Centre and the Department of Politics, and United Food and Commercial Workers Union Canada

CFR Co-Sponsored: FILM SCREENING of QueerEdge: From Gay to Queer Liberation (2019)
Feb 6 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
The Centre for Feminist Research and the Sexuality Studies Program present:


QueerEdge: From Gay to Queer Liberation (2019)

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020

Time: 2.30-4.30pm

Location: Nat Taylor Cinema (Ross North 102), York University RSVP:


Accessibility: Accessible space. Everyone welcome. Directions to York University York University campus map Facebook event


Introduced by film director Dr. Nick Mulé

This feature documentary links the principles and tenets of gay liberation in the Stonewall era to today’s queer liberation movements. The interviews, spanning historical and contemporary LGBTQ issues, reveal internal politics, provide a critical analysis of the mainstreaming effects of the LGBT equality movements vs. the progressive, sex-positive views of queer liberation movements, and uncover an internal divide between those who are content with equality and those who continue to fight for liberation.

Followed by Q&A with the director

For more information about the film, visit View the trailer here: