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The Centre for Feminist Research is pleased to announce the next event in the

Spotlight on Islamophobia Event Series:


Anti-Blackness, Islam and Islamophobia

Date: Monday March 9, 2020
Time: 11:30 am -2:30 pm
Location: Founder’s College Room 305;  York University, 4700 Keele St

Link to event: https://www.facebook.com/events/186489802662766/

RSVP to: cfr@yorku.ca

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.

 Sponsored by Jean Augustine Chair & Tubman Centre

with panelists:


Dr. Zulfikar Hirji: Islamophobia and Blackness: the view from Sub-Saharan Africa”

Western European knowledge production has been deeply ambivalent about relationships between ‘Africa’ and ‘Islam’. Much of this scholarship is enmeshed in racialized and orientalized European imperial and colonial frameworks, categories and definitions of ‘Islam’, ‘Muslim’. ‘Africa’, ‘African’, ‘Oriental’ and ‘Black’. Drawing on selected examples from scholarship about sub-Saharan Africa, this presentation considers the ways in which scholarly paradigms continue to be complicit in the production of Islamophobia and racism.

Dr. Zulfikar Hirji is an Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, specializes in the social and cultural expressions of Muslims in historical and contemporary contexts. Zulfikar Hirji is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at York University. He was born in Kenya and lived in Uganda until 1972 when he immigrated to Canada. His scholarly interests are on Islam and Muslims in historical and contemporary contexts. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork and archival research in and related to the East African Coast for the past 20 years focusing on knowledge production, identity formation, and material culture. His most recent publication is an edited volume entitled Approaches to the Qur’an in Sub-Saharan Africa (OUP, 2019).


Dr. Fatimah Jackson-Best: Blackness in Islam, and Anti-Black Islamophobia: Examining Research in Canada” 

 Dr. Fatimah Jackson-Best is a public health researcher with a specialization in mental health and whose work focuses on communities in Canada and the Caribbean. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Currently Dr. Jackson-Best is a lecturer at York University in the Department of Anthropology, and the Project Manager of Pathways to Care where she is designing an intervention to improve access to mental health and addictions services for Black children, youth, and their families in Ontario.


 Hannah Ali: Philosophical Renderings of Black Rage as a Foundational Analysis of Islamophobia”

Graduate Student, Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies, York University. Hannah Ali is a second-generation Somali born and raised in British Columbia, respectively known as the unceeded Musqueam territories. Completing her bachelor degree at UBC in psychology and social justice, she moved to Toronto to start her masters at York University in women studies. Hannah’s theoretical interests are interconnecting psychoanalysis, psychoanalytical feminism, anthropology, decolonized psychiatry, and Somali Canadian studies. She has also has invested a lot of time studying Malcolm X and understanding the complexities of his legacy within Muslim communities.

 Yusra Khogali:  Anti-Black Islamophobia in activism and organizing”

 Yusra Khogali is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto Chapter, artist, community organizer and educator; Yusra Khogali is a 28-year-old daughter of a Sudanese diaspora from Regent Park, Toronto. She is a black feminist multi-disciplinary educator, writer, performance artist, activist, public intellectual, MC and grassroots community organizer. She co-founded the Black Lives Matter Toronto movement that has shifted the current political landscape of Canada by actively working to dismantle all forms of anti-Black racism. Yusra also co-founded the Black Liberation Collective Canada, a Black student movement through its founding chapter at the University of Toronto which works to create infrastructure for Black students around the globe to build power, using an intersectional lens, to eliminate anti-Blackness on campus. Yusra has also performed for 1000+ organizations, universities, colleges, high schools, festivals, and events across the province as a spoken word artist, and has MC’d numerous events across the city for crowds as large as 10,000 plus people. She is a published author and has recently been in conversation with the legendary Dr. Angela Davis.  She currently completed her Master of Arts degree in social justice education at the University of Toronto OISE with a thesis research focus on Black diaspora, Black African, Anti-colonial, Trans*feminist Liberation thought.












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: 3-5pm
Location: Ross South 802, 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

RSVP to: cfr@yorku.ca


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.

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The CFR Research Cluster Girl Studies Research Network (GSRN) and the York University The Institute for Research on Digital Learning (IRDL), with support from the York University and Ryerson University Libraries, present:

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Who is this for?

This is a York and Ryerson University event. All members of the community are welcome, as are all levels of experience with Wikipedia, no previous experience is necessary.

Date: Monday, January 13, 2020

Time: 1:00 - 4:00pm
Location: Kaneff Tower, room 715, York University.

Girls and Girl Studies on Wikipedia

Purpose: Why Edit?

Wikipedia is the largest and most popular general reference work on the internet with over 40 million articles in 301 languages. With about 500 million visits a month, it is important that we work together to fix the critical gaps in Wikipedia’s coverage of knowledge when it comes to marginalized groups. Did you know that only 18.12% of all Wikipedia biographies are about women and girls? We can change that with events like this one. https://whoseknowledge.org/issues/public-online-knowledge/

Our purpose is to contribute and amend meaningful content while closing the gaps and increasing visibility of underrepresented/marginalized communities.

Provide an opportunity for community engagement, promoting diversity and inclusion of both Wikipedia’s content and it’s contributors. The knowledge of marginalized communities is the knowledge of the majority of the world. How can we best support these communities to bring their knowledge onto Wikimedia projects? Learning patterns for centering marginalized knowledge: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Learning_patterns/Centering_Marginalised_Knowledge


Let us know you're coming! For fire code reasons, space is maxed at 60.

If you have a Wiki account, you can register by adding your User Signature to the list of Attendees below.

We encourage participants to create an account ahead of time! You can get started now by clicking "Create account" in the top right corner of the page, or by following this link.

OrganizersNatalie Coulter, Tanya Pobuda

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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: cfr@yorku.ca


Accessibility: Accessible space. Everyone welcome. Directions to York University https://goo.gl/maps/AdXnDHiZNXpRP77k9 York University campus map https://acmaps.info.yorku.ca/files/2014/10/KEELE-Map-Colour.pdf Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/838735843219428/


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 QueerEdge.ca/ View the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/214739677

Past events

The Centre for Feminist Research, in collaboration with The Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies, Presents:

State Surveillance, Muslim Subjects and Islamophobia symposium & Graduate Student Workshop


> State Surveillance, Muslim Subjects and Islamophobia symposium

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Time: 10am-3.30pm
Location: 109 Atkinson College (Harry Crowe Room), York University, 4700 Keele St         

Link to Facebook event
Directions to 109 Atkinson
Directions to York University
York University campus map
Accessible entrance on the north-east side of the building

Gender Neutral Washroom: Room 119A

Wayfinding signs will be posted on the day of the event

How do contemporary practices of governmentality shape Islamophobia? Bringing together international and Canadian scholars, activists and emerging scholars, the symposium explores the implications of British and Canadian state national security strategies for the civil liberties of Muslim subjects, and the ways these regulations shape and reinforces the discourses of Islamophobia.


10am-12pm:  'Meek', 'Mother', 'Monster': Sur(veil)ling Muslim Women by Dr. Nisha Kapoor

Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies Annual Lecture and Q&A

12-1pm: catered lunch

1-3.30pm: Panel and Q&A with Dr. Jasmin Zine, Khadija Cajee, and Hawa Mire

Click here to RSVP for the symposium. Questions? Contact juliapyr@yorku.ca


“Meek', 'Mother', 'Monster': Sur(veil)ling Muslim Women” by Dr. Nisha Kapoor

Dr. Nisha Kapoor is the author of Deport, Deprive, Extradite: 21st Century State Extremism (2018, Verso). She is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at University of Warwick. Prior to that, she held appointments at the University of York (UK) and Duke University, where she was 2012-13 Samuel DuBois Cook Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences (REGSS) and at Manchester Metropolitan University. She was awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders Award, 2015-18 entitled ‘Race, Citizenship and the State in the Context of the War on Terror’.

“Deemed High Profile: Kids on the No Fly List" by Khadija Cajee

Khadija Cajee is an entrepreneur and the co-founder of No Fly List Kids (@noflylistkids), a grassroots advocacy group whose work compelled the Federal Government to legislate changes to Canada’s Secure Air Travel Act after she discovered her infant son had been falsely flagged as a security risk.

"Islamophobia and the Security Industrial Complex" by Dr. Jasmin Zine

Dr. Jasmin Zine (Wilfrid Laurier University) has developed award winning curriculum on Islamophobia and anti-Muslim racism and worked with the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe the Council of Europe, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on guidelines for educators and policy-makers on combating Islamophobia. She has completed a SSHRC-funded national study on the impact of 9/11, the ‘war on terror’ and domestic security discourses and policies on Canadian Muslim youth and is finishing a book manuscript based on this study tentatively titled: Under Siege: Islamophobia and the 9/11 Generation. She is currently working on a SSHRC funded research project mapping the Canadian Islamophobia industry in partnership with the National Council of Canadian Muslims.

Hawa Y. Mire is a diasporic Somali storyteller, writer, and strategist with more than a decade of experience in high-impact community-based initiatives, as well as the co-editor of MAANDEEQ, a collective of young Somali-demics from diverse fields who write about the Somali territories and the Somali diaspora. She holds a master’s degree in environmental studies from York University, where her research was preoccupied with storytelling as a site of social-boundary making, and is currently completing her PhD in anthropology at Carleton University.


> Graduate Student Workshop with Dr. Nisha Kapoor

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019
Time: 11am-12.30pm
Location: 519 Kaneff Tower, York University, 4700 Keele St         

Directions to York University
York University campus map

Accessibility information: Accessible space, with elevator access and door opening push buttons in the building lobby. The wheelchair-accessible and gender-neutral bathroom is located in the hallway leading from the elevators to the room. Wayfinding signs will be posted. Please note Kaneff is not a scent-neutral environment. Let us know if you have other accessibility needs. Wayfinding signs will be posted on the day of the event.

Limited space available.

Click here to RSVP for the workshop. Questions? Contact juliapyr@yorku.ca


Co-Sponsored by: York University Graduate Students' Association (YUGSA), Research Events Fund at the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, the Department of Sociology and the Department of Social Science.

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CFR Research Cluster:

Girls' Studies Research Network Launch: Snapshots From the Field

At conferences, we often meet other York colleagues working on girls and girlhood, but rarely have the chance to chat about the intersections of our research at length. What is happening in girls' studies at York University? Come to the Girls' Studies Research Network's inaugural launch event and find out!

We invite you to come share a small snapshot of your research with other girls' studies scholars on Friday, September 13, 2019 between 2 - 4 PM in 626 Kaneff Tower, York University.


Instead of formal paper presentations, we invite participants to highlight three succinct main points. Our goal is to get a sense of what we are researching, across career stage, department, and discipline! Examples of this structure might include:

- past, current, and future research goals
- 3 problems you've encountered in your research
- 3 new questions your research raises
- 3 texts or case studies you are working with
- 3 different real life girls that your research engages

If you don't want to present, no problem! Please come join us for the afternoon and enjoy talks from our confirmed speakers: Natalie Coulter, Deanne Williams, Clara Chapdelaine-Feliciati, Anuppiriya Sriskandarajah, Marlis Schweitzer, Sarah Flicker, Mary Grace Lao, and Lisa Sandlos.

To also present, please fill out this form by September 6, 2019.

Co-Sponsored by: Department of English and the Institute for Research on Digital Learning (IRDL) at York University.

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Co-sponsored by the Centre for Feminist Research:


Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies Master's Symposium

With support from the Gender, Feminist, and Women's Studies Department and the Centre for Feminist Research, this symposium will highlight the theoretical adventures and scholarly interventions of GFWS MA students as they work through their MRP or thesis.

Purpose of this symposium is to provide Master's students with:
- experience presenting in an academic setting
- feedback for their research projects
This symposium is open to past or present MA students with relevant work related to gender, feminist, and women's studies.

If interested, please submit a 250 word paper abstract + title to mawomensymposium@gmail.com by Friday September 13th. The conference date is Tuesday October 1st.

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* Please note the new date, time and location! The talk will take place on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 12-1:30pm in 280A York Lanes! *

The Centre for Feminist Research presents:

Bearing Witness, Holding Space: Black Caribbean Migrant Women and The Literacies of Belonging

Talk by CFR Visiting Graduate Student and CERLAC Visiting Researcher Warren Harding

Chaired by CFR Director Dr. Enakshi Dua

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Time: 12:00-1:30pm

Location: 280A York Lanes, York University, 4700 Keele St

Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible space, gender-neutral & gender-segregated washrooms. Kaneff is not a scent-free environment. FREE event. All are welcome.

Please RSVP to juliapyr@yorku.ca.


Warren Harding speaks to the ways in which late twentieth-century Black Caribbean migrant women use their creative expressions to develop spaces that interrogate meanings for belonging, both on and beyond the page. Caribbean women writers and cultural producers enact “bearing witness” and “holding space” as practices that radically transform literary, performative, cultural, and everyday practices of belonging. Interiority, relationality, imagination, materialization, and mobility are integral themes between these women’s gendered, raced, migrant, and Caribbean experiences.

Four questions guide this research: 1) How do Black Caribbean migrant women writers and cultural producers’ embodiments of “bearing witness” and “holding space” create a radical politics of belonging? 2) How do these embodiments expand what it means to belong in spite of heteropatriarchal, anti-Black, nativist, and colonial enactments on the world? 3) How can fieldwork enhance the study of Black women’s literary and cultural productions? 4) How do Black Caribbean migrant women’s experiences reshape the discourses of language and nation between the African and Caribbean diasporas?


Warren Harding is a PhD candidate (ABD) in the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University and a Visiting graduate student with CFR.

While pursuing his PhD, he earned an A.M. in Comparative Literature at Brown through the Open Graduate Education Program and an A.M. in Africana Studies. Warren also earned a B.A. with Honors in Africana Studies and History from Oberlin College where he was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. He is currently conducting fieldwork in Toronto on twentieth-century Black Anglophone Caribbean migrant women in Toronto where he is researching the Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection at the Toronto Public Library and conducting interviews with Black Caribbean migrant women writers, publishers, and performers in Toronto.

Co-Sponsors: Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) and the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples at York University.

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Co-sponsored by the Centre for Feminist Research:

Book launch: Disciplining Coolies: An Archival Footprint of Trinidad, 1846 (Peter Lang Publishers, 2019)


Exhibition Launch: Coolie hauntings

(October 24 – November 5, 2019)

By Amar Wahab

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Canadian Language Museum, Glendon Gallery, Glendon Campus, York University 2275 Bayview Avenue

Co-Sponsors: Canadian Language Museum, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Events Fund, Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, York University.


Lancement: Disciplining Coolies: An Archival Footprint of Trinidad, 1846 (Peter Lang Publishers, 2019)


Vernissage: Spectres de coolies

par Amar Wahab

Le jeudi 24 October 2019, de 18 h 30 à 20 h 30 (Exposition du 24 octobre au 5 novembre 2019)

Museé canadien des langues, Galerie glendon, Campus Glendon, Unviersité York, 2275 av. Bayview

Commanditaires: Museé canadien des langues, le Fonds de soutien aux événements de la Faculté des arts libéraux et études professionelles, le Bureau de la vice-présidente – recherche et innovation, l’École de genre, sexualité et études des femmes, à l'Université York.

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Co-sponsored by the Centre for Feminist Research:

Announcement of Upcoming Workshop:

Decolonization, Social Movements and Performance in the Caribbean and Canada 1968-1988

October 24-26, 2019

York University

In response to increased inequality, dispossession and violence, scholars, artists, students and community members from the Caribbean and North America discuss decolonization between 1968-88 through the lens of performance and ask what this period’s repertoire of knowledge has to offer decolonial visions and struggles in the present.

Hands-on Performance Workshops with Diane Roberts, Anique Jordan and Camille Turner

October 24, 10:00-16:30.

Opening Reception and book launch of The Coup Clock Clicks by Brian Meeks and featuring readings by Carole Lawes, Lillian Allen, Canisia Lubrin and more

October 24, 18:30-21:30, A Different Booklist, 779 Bathurst St.

Keynote by Erna Brodber, Jamaican writer and activist ““After the Looking Glass: Blackspace and Emancipation”

October 25, 18:30-20:00, Jackman Humanities Building, University of Toronto, 170 St. George St. Room 100

Jamaican writer and activist Erna Brodber is a major voice in Caribbean literature whose work addresses the history, memory and identity of the African Diaspora. Her novels include Nothing’s Mat (2014); Louisianna (1997); Myal (1988); and Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home (1980). She has also created blackspace, a place for performances, ceremonies of remembrance and “groundings” which aim to recovery lost histories and engage what she calls “the unfinished task of emancipation.”

**This Event is Free and Open to the Public**

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Panels and Roundtables  (Program Available)

October 25-26, 09:00-17:00, 205 Founders College, York University

**All Events Are Free and Open to the Public**

Sponsored by:

Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora, York University; Deans, Faculty of Environmental Studies and Education, York University; Chair, Department of Humanities, York University; CERLAC, York University; CFR, York University; African and African Diaspora Knowledge Initiative Project, Brown University; Humanities Research Institute, Brock University; Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto, Reclaiming Justice: Memory and Memorialization of Violence.

For More Information Contact:

Heather Evans (Coordinator) heevans@yorku.ca

Organized by:

B. Anthony Bogues, Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice, Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory, Brown University. barrymore_bogues@brown.edu

Ronald Cummings, Associate Professor, English, Language and Literature, Brock University. rcummings@brocku.ca

Honor Ford-Smith, Associate Professor, Cultural and Artistic Practices for Social and Environmental Justice, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University 3jamaicanplays@gmail.com

Co-Sponsored by the Centre for Feminist Research:

Reclaiming Justice: Memory and Memorialization of Violence conference

باز خواهی عدالت: یاد و یادمان سازی از خشونت

October 25­‐27, 2019

University of Toronto

Organizer: Shahrzad Mojab, The Art of Resistance in the Middle East: Women Political Prisoners
Contact: Shahrzad.mojab@utoronto.ca
This event is generously funded by the New College Initiative Funds (NCIF)

Co-Sponsored by the Centre for Feminist Research:

2 Years Later, at York U: Responses to The Equity Myth

Wednesday, November 13th , 2:00pm-3:30pm
Ross South 802, York University


Dr. Frances Henry, FRSC and Professor Emerita, Anthropology
Dr. Carl James, FRSC and Professor, Education and Sociology
Dr. Ena Dua, Interim Director of the Centre for Feminist Research and Associate Professor, Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies
Discussant: Dr. Shirin Shahrokni, Department of Sociology, Glendon

The university is often regarded as a bastion of liberal democracy where equity and diversity are promoted and racism doesn’t exist. A landmark study on racism in Canadian universities, published in 2017, draws on a rich body of survey data and i terviews to examine the everyday workplace experiences of racialized and Indigenous faculty members across Canada, and reveals that the policies and diversity initiatives undertaken so far have only served to deflect criticism of a system that is doing little to change itself. In this panel session, three York authors of The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities will reflect on how their work has mobilized equity efforts at York U and in institutions across Canada. They will reflect on whether and why certain themes, concerns, and questions have garnered response while others have received less engagement. Finally, Frances, Ena, and Carl will consider the work that needs to be done to address racialization and fulfill the promise of equity in higher education.

Dr. Frances Henry, FRSC and Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, is considered to be one of Canada's leading experts in the study of racism and anti-racism. Since the mid-seventies when she published the first study of attitudes towards 'people of colour' she has consistently pioneered research in this field. Notable books include The Equity Myth (co-authored), The Colour of Democracy, and Racism in the University: Demanding Social Justice and Inclusion. Professor Henry is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and is the Canadian delegate to the Inter-American Network of Academies of Science's 'Women for Science'

Dr. Carl James, FRSC and Professor, holds the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora at York University, where he is also the Affirmative Action, Equity & Inclusivity Officer. He teaches in the Faculty of Education and the Graduate Program in Sociology. An educational background in sociology, his research interests include examination of how race, ethnicity, gender, class and citizenship intersect and mediate opportunities in education and employment for racialized and marginalized youth.

Dr. Ena Dua is Interim Director of the Centre for Feminist Research, and Associate Professor in School of Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies at York University. Her research covers the historical construction of the categories of nation, race, and gender in Canada; immigration processes; women and health; equity and anti-racism policies; and the racialization of masculinity and femininity, globalization, and biodiversity. Her notable publications include: Scratching the Surface: Canadian Anti-Racist Feminist Thought, The Hindu Woman’s Question,  Decolonising Anti-Racism, and Theorizing Anti-Racism: Linkages in Marxism and Critical Race Theories.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/399009104112606/

All are welcome.The Global Labour Speaker Series is organized by the Global Labour Research Centre at York University and is co-sponsored by the School of Social Work, Faculty of Education, Department of Equity Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Sociology, Department of Geography, Social and Political Thought Program, Department of Philosophy, Department of History, Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law program, Department of Politics, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Department of Social Science.

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The Centre for Feminist Research Indigenous Women’s Speakers Series & the Faculty of Health Indigenous Lecture Series on Decolonising Health Present:



Co-organized by Drs. Elaine Coburn (International Studies, Glendon) and Sean Hillier (Health)


10-11AM: workshop

Open to graduate students and junior faculty; space no longer available
York University – Keele Campus. You will receive your attendance confirmation from the CFR Coordinator via email
Click here to request to attend the workshop

1-3PM: Dr. Joyce Green keynote + Q&A

Enabling Reconciliation or Enabling Colonialism?
Transforming in Conditions of Colonialism and Ecological Crisis

The justification for depriving Indigenous peoples of land, resources, jurisdiction, sovereignty, and respect relies on racist ideology, theology and views of development, inevitability and superiority. In what is now called the settler state of Canada, the solution to the imposition and continuation of colonialism on Indigenous nations has been deceptively marketed as reconciliation - not decolonization.

The practice of colonialism has led to destructive approaches to the ecosystems in which we are all located. While the situation is dire for both Indigenous peoples and our climate, there is hope and transformation to be found in solidarities emerging across communities, countries, and generations.

Keynote information:

Light refreshments provided starting 12.45PM
Open to all. Second Student Centre, Second Floor Convention Hall.
York University – Keele Campus. Click here to RSVP


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Directions to the Second Student Centre from the York University subway station


Please contact CFR Coordinator Julia Pyryeskina at juliapyr@yorku.ca.


About the speaker: 

Dr. Joyce Green is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Regina.

She has taught in the fields of Canadian politics, women and politics, and Native studies. Her research interests have focused on issues of decolonization in Canada, and of democracy in Canada. Most recently she has been preoccupied with the project of Indigenizing the university and with reconciliation problematics. Her published work has dealt with Indigenous-state relations; Indigenous feminism; citizenship, identity, and racism in Canada’s political culture; Indigenous human rights and with reconciliation in Canada. She is the editor of Making Space for Indigenous Feminism (Fernwood Publishing and Zed Books, 2007; 2nd. ed 2017) and of Indivisible: Indigenous Human Rights (Fernwood Publishing 2014).

Dr. Green is of English, Ktunaxa, and Cree-Scottish Metis descent, and her family’s experiences have provoked much of her scholarly and political work. She currently lives in ʔa·kiskaqⱡi?it, in ʔamak̓is Ktunaxa  (Cranbrook, B.C., in Ktunaxa territory).

Event co-sponsors:

Department of Equity Studies, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Office of the Dean-Faculty of Graduate Studies, Graduate Program in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, Graduate Program in Social and Political Thought, York Indigeneity in Teaching and Learning Fund-Office of the Vice Provost Academic, Glendon Indigenous Affairs Council.

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