Book Launches

Building Community, Accessing Justice: In Conversation with the author of Scarborough Catherine Hernandez
January 23, 2019 in room 1014 Helliwell Centre, Osgoode Hall Law School

A conversation with the author, playwright, activist about her book Scarborough, access to justice and building community beyond institutional structures. Catherine Hernandez (@theloudlady) is the award-winning author of Scarborough (Arsenal Pulp Press). Scarborough won the 2015 Jim Wong-Chu Award, was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award, the Evergreen Forest of Reading Award, Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, the Trillium Book Award; and longlisted for Canada Reads 2018. It made the "Best of 2017" list for the Globe and Mail, National Post, Quill and Quire, and CBC Books.

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Lielle Gonsalves
Research Centre Coordinator
Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre, Institute for Feminist Legal Studies
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, Canada  M3J 1P3
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Join us on Wednesday, January 16th at 4:00 PM for an exciting discussion with Elettra Stimilli, author of Debt and Guilt: A Political Philosophy (2018) at The Catalyst at FCAD. This event is free, and all are welcome to attend. Please circulate to interested colleagues.

Debt: A Political Philosophical Issue
Elettra Stimilli
Sapienza University of Rome

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
RCC 230 - The Catalyst [click for Google Map]


The issue of debt and how it affects our lives is becoming more and more urgent. The "Austerity" model has been the prevalent European economic policies of recent years led by the "German model". Elettra Stimilli draws upon contemporary philosophy, psychology and theology to argue that austerity is built on the idea that we somehow deserve to be punished and need to experience guilt in order to take full account of our economic sins. Following thinkers such as Max Weber, Walter Benjamin and Michel Foucault, this talk provides a startling examination of the relationship between contemporary politics and economics and how we structure our inner lives.

Elettra Stimilli is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. She is the author of Jacob Taubes (2004) and The Debt of the Living (2017), and the co-editor, with Dario Gentili and Glenda Garelli, of Italian Critical Thought (2018).

This event has been made possible through a collaborative effort between Ryerson University's Infoscape Research Lab, Technē: Wilfrid Laurier University Biopolitical Research Group, Italian Thought Network, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto, York University's Glendon Campus Communications Program, and Wilfrid Laurier University.​

Choices under Duress of the Holocaust: Benjamin Murmelstein and the Fate of Viennese Jewry, Volume I: Vienna |  January 16, 2019 at 5pm at the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies, 7th floor of the Kaneff Tower

Dear Friends of the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies,

We are pleased to invite you to the launch of the book Choices under Duress of the Holocaust: Benjamin Murmelstein and the Fate of Viennese Jewry, Volume I: Vienna, on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 5pm at the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies, 7th floor of the Kaneff Tower, York University.

The culmination of over three decades of research, Choices under Duress of the Holocaust: Benjamin Murmelstein and the Fate of Viennese Jewry, Volume I: Vienna examines the decision-making process of Jewish communal leadership under Nazi domination from both a historical and a philosophical perspective. Taking as its testcase that of the controversial Rabbi Dr. Benjamin Murmelstein, this first of two volumes investigates his actions as deputy and then leader of the Jewish community of Vienna between 1938 and 1942. In contextualizing Murmelstein’s actions within their broader historical framework, Choices under Duress of the Holocaust widens its focus in presenting a painstaking history of the Viennese Jewish community under the extreme conditions forced upon it by its Nazi overlords. The second volume, which will appear in about two years, deals with the Viennese Jewish community from 1942 to 1945 and with the fate of those who were deported to the “model ghetto” of Theresienstadt/Terezin, where Murmelstein was eventually appointed Judenältester (Chief Jewish Elder).

The manuscript of Choices under Duress of the Holocaust was completed shortly before the deaths of its authors, Professor Leonard H. Ehrlich (University of Massachusetts at Amherst) and Dr. Edith Ehrlich, and prepared for publication by their son, Professor Carl S. Ehrlich (York University).


Light kosher refreshments

Complimentary parking at the York Lanes Parking Garage

The Criminalization of Migration | Book Launch  December 5, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
140 McLaughlin College, Senior Common Room

With an estimated 260 million migrants in the world today, including over 68.5 million of those who are forcibly displaced, States have turned to draconian measures to try to stem the flow of irregular migration, including, the criminalization of migration itself. "Crimmigration" or the "criminalization of migration" involves the use of criminal law measures, public policies, and practices that stigmatize, marginalize and diminish or undermine the rights of those who are forcibly displaced. Canada has not been immune from these practices, despite its reputation of being one of the most open immigrant and refugee receiving States in the world.

Speakers: Joseph Rikhof and Nancy Weisman (panel) with James Simeon (Moderator)

Light refreshments provided.  Everyone welcome.
For further information, please contact Vicky Carnevale at: x: 33824 or

Hosted by the Office of the Head of McLaughlin College.

The Centre for Feminist Research and the Graduate Program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies Present: Book launch for Queer Politics in India: Towards Sexual Subaltern Subjects by Shraddha Chatterjee (GFWS)
November 6, 2018
12 - 2 PM
626 Kaneff Tower | York University

Introduced by Dr. David Murray (Anthropology)
Moderator: Harshita Yalamarty (GFWS)
Respondents: Preity Kumar (GFWS) and Karuna Chandrashekar (SPTH)

Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible space, gender-neutral & gender-segregated washrooms. Light refreshments provided. Please advise of allergies with RSVP. Kaneff is not a scent-free environment.
FREE event. All are welcome.

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Brown bag event – bring your own lunch! Cookies and coffee provided.

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Summary: Queer Politics in India simultaneously tells two interconnected stories. The first explores the struggle against violence and marginalization by queer people in the Indian subcontinent, and places this movement towards equality and inclusion in relation to queer movements across the world. The second story, about a lesbian suicide in a small village in India, interrupts the first one, and together, these two stories push and pull the book to elucidate the failure and promise of queer politics, in India and the rest of the world.

NEW BOOK: Research Handbook on Child Migration by Bhabha, Kanics and Senovilla Hernandez
Recommended by Wenona Giles

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The scope and complexity of child migration have only recently emerged as a critical factors in global migration. This volume assembles for the first time a richly interdisciplinary body of work, drawing on contributions from renowned scholars, eminent practitioners and prominent civil society advocates from across the globe and from a wide range of different mobility contexts. Their invaluable pedagogical tools and research documents demonstrate the urgency and breadth of this important new aspect of international human mobility in our global age.

"Listening to the Lyricism of Leonard Cohen",
A musical book-talk with Dr. Rabbi Aubrey Glazer,
Professor Sundar Viswanathan, David Wall and Aaron Lightstone
Sunday, October 28, 2018
7pm in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall,
Accolades East Building, York University

Dr. Glazer's insights on the spiritual and mystical threads of Leonard Cohen's lyrics will be punctuated by live musical renditions of the great Canadian Jewish bard's songbook.

Dr. Glazer's book, Tangle of Matter & Ghost: Leonard Cohen's Post-Secular Songbook of Mysticism(s) Jewish & Beyond, published by Academic Studies Press (2016), will be available for purchase and signing at the kosher reception following the concert.

Admission is free but seats are limited.
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The Canadian Jewish Literary Awards
October 14, 2018
2:00 P.M.
Tribute Communities Recital Hall
Accolate East Building

The Canadian Jewish Literary Awards will be celebrating the works of Natalie Morrill, Kathy Kacer and Jordana Lebowitz, Pierre Anctil, Max Wallace, Rebecca Papucaru, Daniel Kupfert Heller, Seymour Mayne and Anne Renaud and Richard Rudnicki.

Please join us for a meet-the-author reception and book signing after the ceremony.
Passes to the Student Services Parking Structure will be available on site.

The venue is located just outside the York University subway station (TTC Line 1).

Register here.

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